Big Sur Inn: The Deetjen Legacy

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BIG SUR INN The Deetjen Legacy

"Only places of such wondrous character can fool you into thinking you are at home"

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The same untamed majesty that drew poet Robinson Jeffers to the Big Sur Coast also inspired Helmuth Deetjen to create Big Sur Inn, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the Department of the Interior. Visitors and locals alike recognize the Inn's distinctive vernacular architecture as the most authentically preserved in Big Sur. ...

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BIG SUR INN The Deetjen Legacy

"Only places of such wondrous character can fool you into thinking you are at home"

-Sunset magazine

The same untamed majesty that drew poet Robinson Jeffers to the Big Sur Coast also inspired Helmuth Deetjen to create Big Sur Inn, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the Department of the Interior. Visitors and locals alike recognize the Inn's distinctive vernacular architecture as the most authentically preserved in Big Sur. Anita Alan traces the Inn's history and legends from the poetic inspiration that compelled Helmuth Deetjen to journey from his native Norway to settle among the redwoods of California.

With his wife, Helen Haight Deetjen, he established an intimate refuge, not just for two, but for travelers, artists, and celebrities worldwide. Whether the average guest or a well-known visitor such as Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Peter Sellers, John Denver or Joan Baez, all have found Big Sur Inn a haven from the brisk pace of city living.

Inviting color and vintage photographs from the Inn's beginning to the present guide you through the Inn's natural surroundings; its cozy rustic rooms; and its enchanting restaurant. The poetry of Robinson Jeffers frames each chapter of this book, designed to bring the warmth of Deetjen's hearth into your home.

2008 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Bronze Award Winner!
2007 Independent Publisher Gold Award Winner!

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Editorial Reviews

Society of American Travel Writers
Whether or not you've visited the historic Big Sur Inn, the romantic photographs, poems and recollections of the place will enchant you. Intensely detailed, this book explores the California inn as well as the rich lives of the owners and founders."
The Los Angeles Times
Even if you've never driven past the Big Sur Inn on Route 1, much less fallen into its old-world arms at the end of a long drive or a hard week, you'll relish this illustrated story of its founding."
The Monterey County Herald
Alan knows the coastal community intimately and does full justice to the story behind the famed inn and its owner."
The Salinas Californian
A rich pictorial scrapbook executed with great skill and love… Five Gold Pens out of five for Big Sur Inn."
Norwegian American Weekly
Alan provides a beautifully written story of the beloved Big Sur Inn."
The Carmel Pine Cone
Filled with historical images from Deetjen's personal archives…a wealth of stunning photographs depicting the natural beauty of the area."
The Monterey County Weekly
Meticulously researched history."
West Pacific Region at the 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards
Big Sur Inn: The Deetjen Legacy (Gibbs Smith, Publisher) won the 2008 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Bronze Award from the Society of American Travel Writers and the Gold Award for Best Non-fiction
National Endowment for the Arts
"I have to say that I read (and viewed) the book with that particular nostalgia a Californian feels in the East recalling the beauty of his native state. I'm sure I had the same reaction that most readers will have-I must stay there!"
— Dana Gioia, Chairman
National Endowment for the Arts - Dana Gioia
I have to say that I read (and viewed) the book with that particular nostalgia a Californian feels in the East recalling the beauty of his native state. I'm sure I had the same reaction that most readers will have-I must stay there!"
The Carmel Pine Cone
"Filled with historical images from Deetjen's personal archives a wealth of stunning photographs depicting the natural beauty of the area."
The Monterey County Weekly
"Meticulously researched history."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423600121
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/18/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Anita Alan graduated from the University of Southern California, studied at the New School in New York, and received her MA from Monterey Institute of International Studies. She worked as a writer, editor, and photographer for the Big Sur Gazette, in Big Sur, California, where she and her family lived for twenty-five years. She contributes photographs and human interest articles to newspapers and magazines, including magazines for children. She makes her home on the Monterey Peninsula.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction x

1 Nature of the Inn 2

2 The Deetjens 14

3 Not Breaking the Harmony 38

4 Room for Inspiration 60

5 Feeding the Soul 82

6 Deetjen on His Own 106

7 Friends of the Inn 128

8 Keeping the Inn 146

Acknowledgments 158

Afterword 160

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2009

    Big Sur Inn is a must read for anyone who plans to travel to the Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey area. Because of the book I stayed at the inn. It was all Anita Alan described and more. My rustic room had journals of guests who wrote feelings of being ther

    Evidently Anita Alan spent many nites there when the original owners ran the inn. She knows about every piece of memorabilia on the walls or shelves and can tell the story of who gave it, or how it got there. There are wonderful walkways around the inn which she describes perfectly. I could hardly wait to touch a match to the easy to light logs in the wood fireplace in the room my sister and I stayed in. Each room has a name.
    This is definitely not the Ritz, but a wonderful rustic place to get away from it all. Just as she described the food is excellent too. I can't believe all the research that went into this...definitely worth the read.

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