Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur

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The inn was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright student Rowan Maiden some 70 years ago and is still lookin good. It was built by brothers Frank and Walter Trotter in 1948. It’s unique in that it’s framed with local 1×12″ redwood, interwoven and sandwiched together. There is no 2″ lumber in the framing at all.

You can sidestep the expensive dinners by getting a draft beer and an “Ambrosia burger” at the bar.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur

  1. My Nepenthe: Bohemian Tales of Food, Family, and Big Sur
    By Romney Steele (granddaughter of the owners)
    https://books.google.com/books?id=KxyQpT0tKqsC&pg=PA41&lpg=PA41&dq=Frank+and+Walter+Trotter&source=bl&ots=10INYlJYAQ&sig=ACfU3U3bHqLhfH8w8MhKIuDpXmKG8Wgu0w&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiks_rImp_jAhVpr1QKHSRXBbIQ6AEwDnoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false

    I was there several times in 60s but could never afford to actually eat there.
    Mostly on way to Big Sur Hot Springs, which became Esalen (and got structured).

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