Historic Summit Inn Sold


Summit Inn to change hands

Escrow expected to close at end of month, owner says

By Matthew Cabe, Staff Writer (Daily Press)

HESPERIA — C.A. Stevens — longtime owner of the Summit Inn Restaurant located at the top of the Cajon Pass — has sold the historic diner and property to a Wrightwood-based family.

Stevens, 84, told the Daily Press on Thursday that the restaurant, its adjacent eight-room motel, a manager’s office and the Summit Station Antique Shop were purchased by the Recinos family for approximately $1 million.

Escrow is expected to close June 30.

Otto Recinos, 41, described the new ownership as a “family operation” between his mother, Annabella Recinos, his sister, Katherine Juarez, and himself.

He told the Daily Press historical significance is what attracted his family to the diner that has been in business since 1952.

“We’re thinking of completely renovating it and taking it back to its original look,” Recinos said.

The historic Summit Inn sign at the top of the Cajon pass at dusk in this undated file photo. PHOTOS BY JAMES QUIGG, DAILY PRESS

The famed restaurant has been sold to the Wrightwood- based Recinos family.

 The motel, which has been closed for years, will be fully remodeled and reopened, according to Recinos, whose family purchased the Pines Motel in Wrightwood — a business that caters to Pacific Crest Trail hikers — in January.

“We plan to be open 24 hours a day, and have events on the weekends once a month,” Recinos said. “We’re going to have a big barbecue grill outside and have weekend rib and beer specials ... We’re optimistic. It’s a great place. C.A. is ready to retire, and he’s made it this many years. I think it will be good to bring some new energy in.”

The current staff of waitresses and cooks — many having worked at the Summit Inn for decades — will remain intact once the sale is finalized, according to Stevens.

“I made the deal on this that they keep the help,” he said. “I put it right in the contract. They keep all the help, and (Otto) said, ‘Oh yeah, we’d be crazy not to.’ He’s a pretty smart guy.”

Stevens purchased the Summit Inn on Friday the 13th in 1966 for $335,000.

Despite being four months shy of a proper golden anniversary, he said a celebration of his 50 years as owner is scheduled for early October.

— A feature article on C.A. Stevens and his Summit Inn memories will appear in Sunday’s edition of the Daily Press. — Matthew Cabe can be reached at or at 760-951-6254. Follow him on Twitter @DP_MatthewCabe 

General Meeting Minutes - June 2016

Canadian Route 66 Association Minutes for Sunday June 12 2016

Brunch meeting held at Delta Golf Course

Bonnie thanked the members who attended Hats Off Day on Saturday June 4. Everyone had a good day, 103 cars attend in the hot sun.

We have now purchased Canadian Route 66 loco decals for your car. As before we have ordered decals with a white outline and without the outline,  $5 each.

Our annual picnic will be held Saturday August 6 at Walter & Joan Shemley, have offered their back yard in Langley once again. This will be a potluck event with everyone assigned a side dish or salad, the Association will purchase burgers, buns.

Oct 23, 2016 will be the 20th Anniversary of the Canadian Route 66 Association

Please mark your calendar for the Annual Canadian Route 66 Xmas party, Saturday December 3 at the Delta Golf Course. This will be a special event to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Tim Kikkert, newsletter editor will be contacting various members who have been with the association since the early years for our Member Profile section of the fall/winter edition.

Route 66 News:

November 2016 marks the 90th Anniversary of Route 66. Los Angeles is planning a festival for the November 11 weekend. The festival area will be near Route 66’s original western terminus of Seventh and Broadway in downtown L.A. In 1926, it was one of the busiest intersections in America. (The terminus later was moved further west to Santa Monica.) Downtown Los Angeles is undergoing a big revitalization following many years of decline. The festival area will located be in the Historic Theatre District at Broadway & 7th Ave.

Scott Piotrowski organizer for the Los Angeles Route 66 festival will be encouraging people to attend the festival via public transportation. Plans are still being developed to secure accommodation options centered near the light rail stations as well as Downtown. There could also be shuttles from the nearest Gold Line station to take festival goers directly to the event within the Broadway/Theatre District.

In lieu of a July meeting Bonnie is proposing a visit to the BC Vintage Truck Museum at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds Saturday July 9. The Truck Museum is operated by the Surrey Historical Society Saturdays only, admission is by donation

Following the museum we will take a trip back in time on the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway’s, BCER 1225 restored interurban railcar tram. All trains depart from the Cloverdale Station (Hwy 10 & 176A St); round trip is 55 min. The route goes from Cloverdale to Sullivan Station (64 Ave. & 152 St.) and immediately returns to Cloverdale. NOTE: you stay onboard the tram when it arrives at Sullivan Station.

Due to the summer months our next meeting will be September 18.

Meeting Adjourned at 11:30 am.

Burnaby Hats Off Day Show & Shine Photos 2016

Burnaby Hats Off Days Photos 2016 - Click on Picture to View