Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn

Lodge in Big Sur

Nestled among redwoods and wisteria, this creekside conglomeration of rustic, thin-walled rooms and cottages was built by Norwegian immigrant Helmuth Deetjen in the 1930s. Some antiques-furnished rooms are warmed by wood-burning fireplaces, while cheaper ones share bathrooms. Note this timeless escape is particularly rustic, and potentially not suitable for all travelers.