Bluebird Inn, Cambria
California's central coast lies the quaint village of Cambria. Here
at the pines meet the ocean and visitors stroll along strands of
unspoiled beaches. Minutes from Hearst Castle, this is a choice
first destination and Bluebird Inn is
on the Santa Rosa Creek, in the heart of this village of historic
houses, unique shops and fine restaurants.
Bluebird was built around the gracious local landmark, the Lull
Mansion. This Victorian style mansion was built in 1880 by George
Washington Lull, one of the founding fathers of the region, in honor
of his lovely new bride, Mary Inman. A passing trader in exchange
for a horse, hunting knife, chaps and riding money gave Mary to
and Innkeepers, Ken and Gisela Cooper greet visitors with European
The poppy seed cake served in the morning is a recipe Gisela perfected
and travelers remember. In the 1920's, an open-beam lobby with a
flagstone fireplace was built onto the mansion and a motel was built.
This welcoming lobby with it's fireside seating, coffee bar, rare
baby grand harp upright piano, and intriguing European music box,
feels like a mountain lodge.
are some significant historic sites to see when visiting Cambria.
These include The Santa Rosa School building, The Santa Rosa Chapel,
restored in 1995 and The Old Cemetery. Soon visitors will be able
to learn of the history of Cambria and
the Central Coast at the new Cambria Historical Society Museum that
will be located in The Guthrie-Bianchini House currently being restored.
Until then, everything you need to know you can learn from Ken Cooper
as you sip your morning coffee in
The Bluebird's Lobby.
the shops to visit while in Cambria is Seeker's Gallery, where we
found hundreds of gifted glass artists represented in what is included
in America's top 100 fine craft galleries. Robin's Restaurant is
a favorite among visitors and locals and offers fireside and patio
you did not stop in Harmony on your way into town, you may wish
to drive back six miles to experience this tiny artist colony and
it's hillside winery. William Randolph Hearst frequented Harmony
when it was a small farm to pick up eggs on the way to Hearst Castle.
This artisan village is featured in the song Hwy 101 as the writer
speaks The Phoenix Gallery, "Where glass is blown in an old dark
barn, while Jimi (Hendrix) whines his pearl guitar." Surrounded
by softly lit hillsides and Oak, time stands still in this village
where couples are still married in a beautiful little chapel shaped
as a wine keg.
trip to Cambria would not be complete within a stroll along Moonstone
Beach, a tour of Hearst
Castle and a walk to the end of the forested peninsula directly
below Hearst Castle. This beautiful coastal hiking trail can be
accessed just north of San Simeon's small pier, in front of an old
gothic wheelhouse where ships once stored materials and treasures
that would build and furnish Hearst Castle. This area is a part
of William Randolph Hearst State Park and in the springtime the
trees on this peninsula are filled with the migrating Monarch Butterflies.
You may wish to purchase your Hearst Castle Tickets early in the
morning for an afternoon tour as tours fill up mid day and then
spend some time hiking on the Peninsula until your tour time later
in the afternoon.
Bluebird Inn provides quaint creek side motel-style accommodations
with the ambiance and hospitality of an historic inn, bed and breakfast
and puts you in the heart of a charming coastal village, while minutes
from Hearst Castle.