I don't need to tell you how inspiring a trip to an artsy nature haven leaves me feeling. But I'm going to anyway. The flavors: panna cotta with blueberries and cream, crispy lemon cake with huckleberries and vanilla bean ice cream, honey glazed lattes, perfect huevos rancheros with roasted peppers... I'm still dreaming of them.
And the sights...green rolling hills, waterfalls, basking elephant seals, tourists in tank tops, crashing turquoise waves, tai chi surfers, sequinned skirt-clad lovelies running through the sand, plum trees in bloom, fat stripey cats, pink and orange sunsets...I can't get it out of my head, nor would I want to.
Deetjen's was extremely charming and I'll definitely stay there again. The restaurant is incredible, and the staff goes far beyond the call of duty. I've always stayed at the Big Sur River Inn, so it was nice to stay at this quaint and ghosty little joint. We had a woodstove in our room, so I got to play with matches and brush up on my girl scout skillz.
While I was away, my dad and Brandon pulled the trailer around the back of the property for me and she's now facing her major renovation that I keep quacking about. I'm cruising fabric for curtains and pillowcases as I write, I've moved the sewing machine into the living room so that I can work on the blankie while the kids do their frolicking in the commons, and I've set the date for her voyage up into the mountains. The kids and I will soon be practicing sleeping in there very soon.
I asked my Facebook friends to help me give her a name, as we've been calling her the Tiki Ti for years, after one of our favorite teeny bars back in our old Los Angeles neighborhood. She needs a wild one! Winner gets a mailer full of shop loot, please join in or come to Facebook and play.