Big Sur Inn: The Deetjen Legacy

Big Sur Inn: The Deetjen Legacy

by Anita Alan


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Big Sur Inn: The Deetjen Legacy by Anita Alan

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423600121
Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date: 08/18/2006
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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