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“Romantic poetry” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tor House

Tor House
Ranked #11 of 107 things to do in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
San Luis Obispo, CA
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Romantic poetry”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2012

Great when the house is open ..mysterious feeling of early Carmel.

Visited May 2012
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Riverbank, California
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40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Truly a GEM”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2012

Amazing story, landscaped grounds, knowledgeable docents - we were lucky enough to attend a fundraiser here and loved it!

Visited May 2012
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Ile-de-France, France
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Tor House, a Must See”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2012

We've visited Tor House many times, and drive by each trip to Carmel if we don't intend to visit it. The poetry of Robinson Jeffers, and the story of their family, is integral to the story of Carmel, in our opinion. Don't miss Tor !!!

Visited September 2011
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Carmel, California
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Interesting old stone house”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2012

Built of stone by 20th century poet Robinson Jeffers, it overlooks carmel Bay and out to Point Lobos. Entrance just a block off a beautiful walk on Scenic Drive in Carmel above the beach and shoreline.

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SF Bay Area
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83 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“A stunning piece of Carmel history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2012

You must reserve 1 week in advance for tours (run by volunteers as a labor of love). This is a delightful and informative view into Carmel's early artistic history. Those who appreciate architecture will find Jeffers' buildings fascinating, and the stories will interest everyone but small children.

A little hard to find, as modern development crowds right up to the tiny lot that is left of Robinson Jeffers' huge original estate. The views to the ocean from both house and garden are stunning!

Visited September 2011
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