Travel from the West Coast to the East Coast for a literary treasure

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Do remember reading Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. His stories still live on the page, in the movies, on Broadway and in our heart. Stevenson, a literary celebrity during his lifetime, now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world. His literary genius grew from his travels. Travel fed his imagination and creative genius. If you’re a traveler who loves to read and create, you’ll enjoy visiting California and New York to learn and explore the wonders of Robert Louis Stevenson.

Here’s a suggested itinerary for your travel adventure


silverado museumRobert Louis Stevenson Silverado Museum houses thousands of objects representing the writer’s life from childhood to his last years. Some of the highlights include an ornate mahogany writing desk that Stevenson owned when he penned Treasure Island, his toy soldiers, and rare first editions of his works.


SilveradoMuseum is located at 1490 Library Lane, St. Helena, CA and it’s open daily in afternoon.



Stevenson House located in Monterey, CA. is the home where Stevenson lived while waiting for his future bride to obtain a divorce. He lived in The French Hotel, formerly a boarding house, and is now called the Stevenson Hotel. His walks on the Monterey Coast provided the setting of his Treasure Island. The California State Park’s StevensonHouseCollection gives an extensive listing of  Stevenson’s objects on display at this home.


StevensonHouse  is located at 530 Houston Street, Monterey, CA. Tour hours vary, so call for guided tour information.

New York

Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage in the Adirondack Mountains is where Stevenson lived during the winter in 1887-1888. During his stay here he worked on Master of Ballantrae. StevensonCottageLife offers interesting details on the writer’s inspiration for this novel and his other prolific writings during his stay at Saranac Lake location.





RobertLouisStevensonMemorialCottage is located at 44 Stevenson Lane, Saranac Lake, New York and it’s open July through Columbus Day; closed Monday; other times by appointment.

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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking

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