by: Amy Risley
Me & Jay
You might want to bring your own toiletries,
but this offering is still pretty charming.
A quaint nook in the restaurant within the main house...bric-a-brac and antiques galore. The décor's traditional English feel has been maintained since 1939, when a widowed Englishwoman invested in and built upon the space, including adding the stunning redwood bar from a nearby ranch.
Who needs Yelp when you've got volumes of handwritten journals in each room? You could spend hours pouring through the endearing, inspiring notes and illustrations left by past guests.
Comfy cozy simplicity.
Home sweet cabin...nestled under towering redwoods next to a lovely little stream. Castro Cabin is the one standalone room on the property.
Front deck for star gazing.
Misbehaving rugrats beware...
Simple seating area.
The blueberry pancakes are worth a cheat. Ridiculously delish.
A skylight just above the bed lets the moonlight in and keeps you connected with the great outdoors.
A storybook scene greets you as you
approach the main house at Deetjen's.
Highs + Lows
Big Sur is undeniably one of the most spectacular environments you can visit in the U.S., and this is the perfect home to adopt while you're there. Be sure to experience the drive up the coast.
No locks on the doors. No wifi. No cell service. Nothing to do but tune in to nature and turn into a calmer, more peaceful you.
So many friends were eager to make a spontaneous trip up the coast after we raved about it, but the rooms book up weeks in advance. Plan ahead!
There's no minibar, and they advise you to keep food in your car so pesky raccoons won't visit you for a midnight snack. If you're looking for a more pampered, luxurious experience, check out neighboring Post Ranch Inn or Ventana.
- Life Changing
- Environmental Consciousness
- Overall Value
- Night's Sleep
- Stealable Stuff
- Refer a Friend
Historic, Rustic Inn
Peaceful, magical, old-world ambience.
Tucked on the east side of Highway One along the dramatic coastline. Close to Big Sur's best hikes, shops and restaurants.
Around 20 rooms, some have shared bathrooms. Each has its own distinct theme and individual charm.
- Year Opened
Rooms were built between the 1930's and 1960's
- Designed By
No need for that here! Ask the staff to guide you toward their hiking trails for 180 degree ocean views and condor sightings.
Romantic, homey setting serving local, organic food and an impressive selection of California wines. Their breakfast was voted best in Monterey County.
There are a few barstools to cozy up to inside the restaurant.
Nope. Don't expect cell service either! This is the ultimate place to power down, breathe and relax.
Yes. Lock them up in the fake miniature jail near Grandpa's room if they're naughty.
Modest and worthwhile.
In the Area
Skinny dip in the hot springs and get the best massage of your life.
Henry Miller Library
55000 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920
Great selection of literature, cool art, and
big music acts always passing through.
Earth Tu Face Serum
48603 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920
When you're being one with nature, your products should be too!
48865 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920
For getting up close and personal with the sea lions.
Neighborhood: big sur
Hotel Location: 48865 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920