Big Sur in Flames

Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn is one of the beautiful properties under threat from the wildfires raging along the central California coast. According to this article, the inn was evacuated on Sunday, and the fire was so close that a burning log rolled into one of the rustic cabins, although it was quickly extinguished by fire fighters.

Loyal readers of this blog will remember Deetjen’s. That’s the place where Martine and I stayed during our trip to California in 2004. It was my second time at Deetjen’s and Martine’s first. The reason it was so special (besides the obvious — that Deetjen’s is a gorgeous, laid-back inn in a stunningly beautiful location) was revealed in this blog post. (Check item number 5.)


One of the beds in the room where we stayed. (Photo courtesy JLT on Flickr.)

I hope they get the fires out soon, and I hope Deetjen’s and other places in Big Sur, such as the Henry Miller Library, along the coast are saved.

2 thoughts on “Big Sur in Flames

  1. I was just at Deetjen’s today and every building still stands!
    The Inn is closed (as is the road to it). Hold your breath for
    winter. So much above the Inn and Henry Miller Library (also OK)
    burned that mudslides are certain to plague both places, not to mention many others. Big Sur Valley floods in these conditions.
    Both the north and south forks of the Big Sur River drainage have
    burned. Flash flooding may be averted if lots of action is taken as soon as the fire is out. They’re a brave, sturdy lot, the Big Sur people. Hold good thoughts for them!

  2. Thanks for the update, Anita. I hope things work out for the better.

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