Our first stop is the fabled Big Sur Inn, the thirties-era creation of the eccentric Helmut Deetjen and his wife Helen. This historic compound of cabins and a café/restaurant is nestled in Castro Canyon. The overall rustic style is reminiscent of Deetjen’s native Norway. Both the architecture and surrounding landscape feature imaginative and funky found elements.
Welcome to the heart of Big Sur Bohemia.
This lounge chair carved from a tree trunk has a natural elegance.
“Kitty please come home!”
A psychedelic collage of jewel-like mosaic pieces on the wall of the old laundry shed.
The bleached vertebra of a whale found on a near-by beach is given new life as a garden ornament.
A literary corner in the cozy interior of the café decorated with memorabilia- vintage photographs, manuscripts and a sculpture bust, honors two contemporaries: the poet, Robinson Jeffers and Deetjen.
(To be continued...)
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