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Hipcamp now at the Bridge Street Inn

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Vanland:

Have a van? Looking for a happy/chill place to enjoy the comforts of your own van with the perks of a European Inn? Then you are in the right place! At the Bridge Street Inn we have one designated parking space for an adventure vehicle* and two guests.   

Book Vanland through Hipcamp

 

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Geranium Forest Campsite:

Have a 2 person tent?  Looking for a happy/chill place to to enjoy  the comforts of your tent with the perks of a European Inn?

Book campsite through Hipcamp

Hipcamp guests at Bridge Street Inn receive these amenities:

  • kitchen

  • down stairs sink/bathroom

  • wifi

  • lounge

  • shower

*An adventure vehicle must be able to legally fit in a parking space.  Bridge Street Inn can not accommodate TENTS or CARS in Vanland parking space.

Veronica, the Bridge Street Inn Spider Queen at the Cambria Scarecrow Festival

Another Cambria Scarecrow Festival is upon us.  Here is a photo documentary on how Catherine Greenup, Carl Finley, Rhonda Johnson, and Brandon Follett created Veronica, the Bridge Street Inn Spider Queen. Come stay at the Bridge Street Inn and check out the Cambria Scarecrow Festival.

Check artist Megan Maurnowski photographs of Veronica, the Bridge Street Inn Spider Queen.  CLICK HERE

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Artist Megan Maurowski photographs Bridge Street Inn Cambria scarecrow

Artist Megan Marunowski photographs the Bridge Street Inn scarecrow entitled Veronica the Bridge Street Inn Spider Queen.  Come check out the Cambria Scarecrow Festival.

See how Catherine Greenup, Carl Finley, Rhonda Johnson, and Brandon Follett created Veronica, the Bridge Street Inn Spider Queen.  click here.

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With her love for new experiences in nature and being surrounded with various cultures of the world, Megan Marunowski is one of the new additions to the community of eclectic people at The Bridge Street Inn in Cambria, California. The city resides in the heart of the Central Coast and sits at the Mouth of Big Sur Country, with beautiful views for travelers and locals alike. She wishes to expand her skills by seeking new opportunities and work trades while on her journey through the country.

Texas born and raised, Megan has a background in Contemporary dance and Fine Arts. With a BFA in Photography, Megan has continued to grow as a photographer, with a wide range of subject matter, from action-packed live music journalism to capturing the striking beauty of the landscape. As a previous teacher in Art Education, Megan found joy in spreading knowledge and self- expression through concepts of art, science and nature — these are the passions that led her to start traveling in New Zealand in 2016. She has been embracing the nomadic lifestyle ever since, continually creating photography and making new connections with people from around the world.

Learn more about Megan, her adventures’, and art on Instagram

Bridge Street Inn now offers guests and the Cambria community an EV Charging Station

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Tesla S Model using the Bridge Street Inn EV Station

BMW I Model using the Bridge Street Inn EV Station

BMW I Model using the Bridge Street Inn EV Station

Excess electricity is generated by the Bridge Street Inn property solar panels.  With the new Type 2 40amp EV charging station guests and the Cambria community can enjoy the power of the sun.  The Bridge Street Inn is now listed on the U.S. Department of Energy alternative fuels data center.  Here is a link to learn more about our power system.  https://www.afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations/places/86270

By popular demand, postcards are back at the Bridge Street Inn

Bridge Street Inn guests can now purchase these 3 postcards depicting the Bridge Street Inn and a motorcycle riding cat.  The cat photo was taken on Main St in Cambria, CA.

All postcards are printed on recycled paper.

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Motorcycle Riding Cat photo by Brandon Follett

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“Cambria, CA Loves Me, this I Know” an alternative travel and coupon guide (includes Morro Bay coupons)

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Brandon Follett likes to travel, but he keeps coming back to Cambria.

When the former Bridge Street Inn owner (2012-14) returned during January — before departing again for his new home in Buxton, N.C. — he left a little bit of himself behind in the form of a book: “Cambria, CA, Loves Me, this I know.”

The quirky look at the community that’s a brisk read at 52 pages. It’s part guidebook, part humorous retrospective and part coupon book.

Have trouble visualizing that?

Follett, 40, provides a hint of what to expect from the book, which includes imaginary conversations between fictional characters such as Francisco de Lovely.

“One inspiration was a book I found at a thrift store called ‘Letters from a Nut,’ by Ted L. Nancy, with an introduction by Jerry Seinfeld,” Follett recalled. “The letters are off-the-wall hilarious and at the same time informative about the hotels.”

Follett points to one of the vignettes in his book, titled “Did you Know My Underwear Matches the Arugula on Your Pizza?”

“In a humorous way, I introduce the fact that Cambria does not have any box stores, but it does have an amazing farmer’s market.”

Although Francisco himself is a creation of Brandon’s imagination, the author points out that the information he provides in the vignettes is factual: meant to help travelers play their stay in the Cambria area.

His favorite vignette is titled “I’m Sexier Than a Forest,” one of the selections he read during a book launch party late last month at The Bridge Street Inn.

“The story still makes me laugh out loud,” Follett said. “Especially the lines, ‘Is this tree sexier than me? Do I need to find an ugly tree to pose next to?’ I ask, ‘iPhone where is the nearest clear cut?’ ”

The book, which includes plenty of photos and illustrations, is a potpourri of eclectic information, ranging from maps to poetry, along with a recipe for tuna (which, Follett informs the reader, doesn’t taste good a la mode), distances from one place to another and a section on the Bridge Street Inn.

“The BSI was a great writing prompt because it is a business that represents the values of the owner and community,” Follett said.

The book, which includes plenty of photos and illustrations, is a potpourri of eclectic information, ranging from maps to poetry, along with a recipe for tuna (which, Follett informs the reader, doesn’t taste good a la mode), distances from one place to another and a section on the Bridge Street Inn.

“The BSI was a great writing prompt because it is a business that represents the values of the owner and community,” Follett said.

“Sometimes it was hard to separate one’s self from the business. Running the BSI felt authentic to me, it was never anything like ‘I work for Monsanto, but will only eat organic veggies raised in my own garden.’ The BSI inspired me to continue being myself, which inspired guests to return to the BSI.”

The guests at the inn, a hostel that operates in a 110-year-old building on Bridge Street, inspired Follett’s creativity, he said. The inn, he said, introduced him to Cambria via a six-week internship.

“I was pedaling down Highway 1, from the Santa Cruz area, when I arrived for my internship,” he said. “I think it’s inspiring that Cambria can sustain such a unique business as the BSI.”

Before releasing his latest work, Follett wrote a poetry/flash fiction series titled “Mental Foreplay for the Classics,” published on Wolf Peach Press in Boise, Idaho, and a book called “You Can’t Hide an Elephant in an Omelet.”

“Cambria, CA, Loves Me, This I Know” was four years in the making, he said. His cousin, Kari McKinney, took on the role of graphic design director and “helped create the tone of the book, much like how George Martin shapes a Beatles song.”

It’s an apt description. The book’s design features a collage approach to graphics and photos that is likely to leave the reader discovering new tidbits tucking into its nooks and crannies, much like the Beatles’ album covers for “Revolver” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

“The biggest obstacle” in creating the book, Follett said, “was the actual writing. “I took English 102 in college three times. I enjoy writing poetry because there are no rules, much like improvisational dance.”

The book also includes $100 worth of coupons to 20 local businesses — ten in Cambria and ten in Morro Bay.

article by Stephen H. Provost published in the Cambrian

Booojha the Silent Business Partner at the Bridge Street Inn

Booojha the cat

Booojha was a different type of business partner. He wasn’t interested in money. His concern at the end of the night was lap counts and behind the ear scratches.

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Despite Booojha being a handicap cat he never let people’s comments about his tail shake his self confidence.

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It’s not a peeping Tom. It’s Booojha the peeping cat.

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Every “Good Life Business Plan” should involve cats and cast iron.

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At 8AM expect a morning cup of locally roasted Cambria Coffee and Booojha.

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Booojha’s only form of personal hygiene came from licking himself. He always smelled and looked clean like a freshly laundered sheet.

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Brandon and Booojha after a long day of running the Bridge Street Inn.

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Booojha, the silent business partner, worked at the Bridge Street Inn from 2011 to 2013. You are greatly missed!!!!!!!