I know when I am approaching a crossroads in my life because I unexpectedly plan a trip to Big Sur. Why Big Sur? It may sound very ‘California Speak’ to describe Big Sur as a spiritual site, but it is. It possesses a mystical convergence of giant redwoods, rivers, beach, natural springs, waterfalls and ocean.
This is where I go to to unwind. A quick excursion is sometimes all I need. On the road at 8 a.m., sitting at ‘my table’ on the front patio of Nepenthe’s sipping a cocktail by 11:30, eating an Ambrosia burger by noon, browsing the Phoenix shop at 2, sipping an espresso and knitting on the deck of Cafe Kevah at 4, departing at 5, home by 8. Even with all the driving I come home feeling relaxed and ready to face my next challenge.
Big Sur is also the perfect place to celebrate milestones, like a 25th wedding anniversary. Which is what we did just last week. This time we lingered a little longer with a two night stay at Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn.
You are either a Deetjen’s person or you are not. It will either capture your soul from the moment you see it or you will think ‘really?’. It is not Post Ranch Inn or Ventana Inn & Spa. If you don’t fall under its spell after spending the night or having breakfast or dinner, then please do not return. The rest of us want to enjoy our time there in peace because we like that there are no locks on the doors – or televisions, internet access or telephones in the rooms.
And what is there to do at Deetjen’s? Take a morning hike up the canyon or sit on the bench and contemplate one of many hidden Buddha statues.
Smell the violets
or just sit under the arbor and knit…