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Tor House

26304 Ocean View Ave, Carmel, CA 93923-9109
+1 831-624-1813
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weekend get away

It was a nice tour not very long but informative with lots of Carmel early history. Not a place... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2017
Marta T
Santa Barbara, California
Interesting Tour of Tor

The Tor House was the home of poet Robinson Jeffers. Yeah, I hadn’t heard of him either. The tour... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2017
Excelsior, Minnesota
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The historic home of the poet Robinson Jeffers is open to the public for group tours Fridays and Saturdays. First Tour at 10AM, last tour at 3PM. Tours last about 1 hr 20 minutes. Docents describe the life and times of Robinson and Una Jeffers, his poetry, philosophy, and accomplishments of building his home of sea-tossed granite. Wear walking shoes to cope with uneven ground and steep stairs. No photography during tours. Special events annually are the Spring Garden Party held the first Sunday in May when photography is permitted in Tor House and Hawk Tower. Jeffers Fall Festival is held the first weekend of October and includes discussions and presentations on Jeffers' poetry and his life in Carmel. Both are paid events. Check the Tor House web site for details near the time of event.
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26304 Ocean View Ave, Carmel, CA 93923-9109
26304 Ocean View Ave, Carmel, CA 93923-9109
+1 831-624-1813
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

It was a nice tour not very long but informative with lots of Carmel early history. Not a place for small children

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Reviewed 15 October 2017

The Tor House was the home of poet Robinson Jeffers. Yeah, I hadn’t heard of him either. The tour is an opportunity to learn a lot about him and includes some short readings of his poetry, but mostly its a pretty cool tour of Tor....More

1  Thank KimmyKit
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Very interesting home. The tour lasted an hour and a half; should have been half an hour. Very dragged out and frustrating.

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Reviewed 15 August 2017

The tour was so good that we could not believe it is for real. The place is tiny, thus the group was very small - only five people, and it was great. Thank you, Stewart, for spending extra time with us. Unfortunately I knew very...More

2  Thank K9082NGelizabeths
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Reservations required for small group tours of the home of Robinson Jeffers. Our tour guide was fantastic - the pace is leisurely and fitting for a bygone era. The history of the constructing and embellishing of the structures is fascinating. Everyone is invited to read...More

1  Thank relaxandread
Reviewed 16 July 2017

This home built by as famous early 20th century poet. Constructed mainly by him of local boulders. Our docent gave an hour-long fascinating tour and talk about family.

1  Thank mittyc2016
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Although I have visited various writers' homes, one impression is that while the homes are comfortable, they are pretty ordinary homes. It is not like one can simply move into the home and become a good writer – not like one of those Ironman suits,...More

2  Thank Panguin
Reviewed 3 April 2017

The tour is interesting. I wish I had read some Jeffers before I went, I would have had a better idea of the man and the place.

1  Thank Dave_in_Clio
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

What a joy to tour this unusual home of poetry Robinson Jeffers! The tour us about 1.5 hours and the docents are well versed and friendly. Tours are max if 6 people so you really get a chance to see and hear everything, as well...More

2  Thank lizclark100
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Our docent-led tour was an eye-opener. I was aware of the poetry of Robinson Jeffers, but did not know of the other aspects and endeavors of this amazing man. What he built on the shores of the Pacific Ocean is something out of a fairy-tale,...More

1  Thank twomartinilunch
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