Regular readers may recall my popular post last fall on my memorable stay at historic Deetjen's Big Sur Inn. I'm so saddened to learn of an emergency proclamation for Big Sur following this winter's storms.
For the first time in the inn's history, it is reaching out to friends and clientele who appreciate its beauty, warmth and hospitality as well as its cultural value to California coastal history. Deetjen's is in serious need.
"Last summer the 134,000 acre Soberanes fire almost caused Deetjen’s to close full scale operations," states the non-profit inn's management. "Deetjens remained open primarily as a service to the community and also to serve those few intrepid guests who chose to visit. That was a major shock operationally but one from which we expected a full recovery. Unfortunately, the winter’s rains shut down all access from the south and, as can be seen in (this) photo, severely damaged our property, totally destroying Creek House (a duplex unit), Stokes and Faraway cabins as well as compromising many other historic structures and all the internal roadways. The coup de grace was the compromised structural integrity and consequent closing of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1 to the north. This closure dictated we close completely, a result shared with our neighbors Nepenthe, Ventana and the Post Ranch Inn and devastating to the families who depended on this work for their sustenance."
Deetken's intends to retain a skeleton staff for the anticipated 4-5 month closure and in order to do so it badly needs support. A consequence of its not for profit mission to provide an affordable Big Sur experience has been that it does not have large financial reserves. If you've stayed at and enjoyed Deetjen's in the past, a donation of any amount will be greatly appreciated.
Deetjen's is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and as such any donation should be deductible by you on your tax returns. Click here for donations which may be made by credit card, Pay Pal or check which will be acknowledged appropriately.
Any questions should be addressed to Doris Jolicoeur at 831-667-3219 or Jeanne Crowley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn Preservation Foundation Inc.