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Central Coast, California Music Venue Guide

Bridge Street Inn guests!!! I met the Electric Howlers at the 927 Beer Company located in Cambria, CA. Last night they played at Fernwood Resort just up the road in Big Sur. Guests when booking your room at the Bridge Street Inn always check the music venues in the surrounding area. Music before accommodations!!!!!

Heading to Cambria from San Francisco.

Big Sur:

Fernwood Resort

Henry Miller Library

Santa Cruz:

The Catalyst

Moe’s Alley

Rio Theater

The Crepe Place

Flynn’s Cabaret and Steak House

Monterey:

Golden State Theater

Planet Gemini

Music venues with in 33 miles of the Bridge Street Inn.  The Bridge Street Inn is located half way between SF and LA on highway 1.  

Paso Robles:

Vina Robles Amphitheater

Cambria:

Seed and Soul

927 Beer Company

Morro Bay:

The Siren

San Luis Obispo:

Fremont Theater

Slow Brew

Boo Boo Records has a comprehensive list of upcoming shows in the area

Avila

Avila Beach Resort

Heading to Cambria from Los Angles

Santa Barbara:

Santa Barbara Bowl

Grenada Theater

Velvet Jones

Ventura:

Ventura Theater

Tavern

Joshua Tree

Pappy and Harriet’s

Joshua Tree visitor guide

Bakersfield

Fox Theater

Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace

Music production companies on the Central Coast

Folk Yeah

Good Medicine Presents

NumbSkull Productions

Please contact if you would like a music venue added to the list

Why Stay at the Bridge Street Inn for 3 Nights?

Overnight guest receive 20% off a 3 night reservation. 

Entire Bridge Street Inn rental and cottage rental guests receive 15% off a 3 night reservation. 

Why stay 3 nights?  

Day 1:  Hearst Castle is located 8 miles North of the Inn.   The Castle offers multiple daily tours.  Across from the castle is the William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.  A popular beach, this protected cove offers visitors pier fishing, kayak/paddleboard, picnic tables, barbecue grills, and an eucalyptus forest to explore. A short walk from the beach is Sebastian’s General Store.  Inside you can enjoy a causual-chic grass fed Hearst burger and the Hearst Ranch Winery wine bar. 

Day 2:  23 miles North of the Inn is Salmon Creek Falls. This is your opportunity to explore the southern part of Big Sur.  Between Cambria and Salmon Creek Falls are many unpopulated beaches with no cell phone reception.  One of my favorites is San Carpoforo Beach.  Salmon Creek Falls, Ragged Point Fire Road trail and Buckeye Camp trail system offers amazing picnic spots like at Estrella Camp, swimming holes, and hiking.  Just south of Salmon Creeks Falls is Ragged Point.  A perfect stop to enjoy a cup of coffee with amazing views.  Also between Cambria and the falls are the most interesting critters called Elephant Seals.  Well worth a stop.

Day 3:  No drive day.  Explore the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.  Catch the trail a few blocks from the Inn.  Hike all the way to the ocean.  Take a book, postcards, and journal to Moonstone Beach.   Enjoy Cambria’s many restaurants, coffee shops, galleries and yoga studios.

Hiking the Ragged Point Fire Road Trail at Sunset

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One of the best hikes on the Central Coast of California is 25 miles North of the Bridge Street Inn.  Park at the south turnout a stone’s throw away from Ragged Point.  Walk through the gate on the East side of the highway.  The trail is rather strenuous.  Up and back is 4 miles with a 1700′ elevation gain.  For a majority of the hike the ocean will be in sight.  The dramatic ocean views will accommodate the adventurer who wants to go for a quick 30 minute hike or the hiker who will make it to the top but on their own slow pace.  Beauty unfolds at every turn.

At the top of the ridge lives a sea of green grass and oak trees.  Rest against an oak tree.  Take in vista views of the ocean to the west and mountains valley’s to the east.  The ridge top is rather flat with a few gentle rolling small hills tops.

For more detailed information including a map check out the Hiking in Big Sur-Ragged Point Fire Road Trail link.

One of the benefits of ending a hike near Ragged Point is you can their enjoy the restaurant and coffee shop.  Here is a link to the Ragged Point restaurant menu.

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Artist Megan Marunowski is at the Bridge Street Inn

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

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Heartwarming moments under beautiful, sunny skies

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Best seats in town for early morning conversations and a hot cup in your hand

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When life gives you lemons, share with all!

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Brandon’s Muesli will brighten any day

Big Sur

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Sunset Waves, Sand Dollar Beach

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Morning Hues, Moonstone Beach

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As the Fog Rises, McWay Falls

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Beyond the Horizon, Big Sur

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Nautical Orb, 2017

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Wayward Wild, 2017

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Tropic of Paradise, 2017

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Summit Halo, 2017

 

Afternoon Jade Cove Adventure

If you are a rock hound and want a good story start talkin to the locals at the Cambria Ale House.  Don’t be surprised if a local pulls out a piece of Jade from their pocket or show you a piece of Jade that has been fashioned into a ring.  They will tell you stories about obsessed rock hounds that put on scuba gear and brave the cold pacific and the currents looking for Jade on the ocean floor.  Other rock hounds risk the slick shale rock trail down to the cove and venture knee deep into the tide pools knowing that a sleeper wave can hit that at any moment.   All this excitement can be found at Jade Cove 37.5 north of the Bridge Street Inn located in the Big Sur.

Jamie and Fern on the treacherous slick shale trail to the cove.

Brian scans for sleeper waves while digging in the pool.

I look up to see Brian hit by a big wave. I hold my breath ………. thank god he is all right.

The jade found this afternoon.

As we hike back to the Jeep the marine layer lifts to show the Santa Lucia Mountains.

Don’t miss out on the Big Sur Jade Festival OCT 5, 6, 7.  Book a room now at the Bridge Street Inn.

Click here for Big Sur Jade Festival info.

Germ-Free at Big Sur

Excerpt from my personal blog (enjoy the full post HERE):

It feels almost sinful to be enjoying life the way I am in Cambria. By enjoying I don’t necessarily mean that I am “filled with joy” at every second of every day. But I am getting to view some truly spectacular sights and meet some extraordinarily inspiring and engaging people on a regular basis, and for some reason it just feels… strange. The word “should” is continuously at the forefront of my mind. I should be working harder; I should not have bought cookies from Linn’s bakery (three days in a row); I should be working a “real” job with a “real” paycheck that will give me a “real” future. Sometimes I just want to beat the should outta should, if you know what I mean. Trying to take in the slow life and enjoy the simple pleasures is so unnatural to me, but I’m learning as I go, I suppose.

Per usual, I have more self-deprecating stories for you (you can find the afore-referenced self-deprecating stories HERE). So I’m peacefully reading in The Enchanted Toolshed the other morning when Brandon (my boss) loudly bangs on the door, throws it open and proclaims, “It’s going to be a Big Sur day today!” I’m all like, wha?, and he’s like, if we can get the hostel clean in thirty minutes we can all road trip up to Big Sur and go hiking! So I’m all, whoa man, you’re throwin’ off my plans to clean and go to the post office and otherwise sit on my ars the rest of the day… I gotta stick to the plan, man!

Then I snapped out of it and realized that I simply needed to reach up my butt, grab the stick out of it and take advantage of the opportunity being presented to me.

Fast forward half an hour: I show up to meet Brandon and Lori for our intense outdoor hiking adventure… wearing spandex running pants and hot pink nikes. If you know anything about hiking you probably know that hot pink running shoes typically aren’t the way to go. Dang it. I’ve been discovered as a fraud again (flashback to the 50-pound suitcase fiasco). Regardless, I headed into the forest armed and ready with my sunscreen, teeny tiny water bottle, and … you guessed it… hand sanitizer. According to my boss that makes me even less cool and outdoorsy, but I really don’t see why one can’t be cool with nature and also be terrified of contracting a malignant jungle parasite. Can’t the two coexist?

Against the odds, I will say that I pleasantly surprised myself on the hike and held my own quite nicely.

Check out some of these gorgeous views from Big Sur:

Moral of the story: if I can get over my general laziness and occasional phobia of the outdoors in order to bask in the glory of Big Sur, so can you. So do yourself a favor: get your butt out of bed, grab a cup of coffee for the road, and prepare to be blown away by some of the most beautiful views in the country. You’ll thank me later.

Ciao for now, friends of the BSI!

A. Lafargue
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Ann Wilson Pedals down the Central Coast of California

Ann roaming around the world on her bicycle

I had the pleasure of meeting Ann at the Bridge Street Inn. Thank you Ann for The Bridge Street Inn mention in your article. Looking forwards to reading more Anne bicycle adventures.

Santa Maria: via Big Sur, Pacific Valley, Cambria and San Luis Obispo

Tuesday November 1, 2011, 188 miles (303 km) – Total so far: 1,441 miles (2,319 km)

At the Visitor Centre in Monterey, I asked a lady assistant about joining the ’17-mile Drive’ on my way out of town, a scenic route which would take me along the coast of the Pacific Grove peninsula. A rather strained conversation went like this -“Do you have a map of the 17-mile Drive?” “You will be given one when you pay at the start.” “But bicycles are free and I want to join it half way because I am heading south.” “What do you mean “south”?” “San Diego.” “By car?” “No, by bike.” “What sort of ‘bike'” “A bicycle.” (I almost said ‘Dear Eliza, Dear Eliza, but managed to stop myself)

Her pencilled-on eyebrows raised a full inch and the look she gave me was one of either disapproval or disbelief – I couldn’t tell which but I decided it was time to leave.

The ride took me around the coast and brought me out at Carmel where I stayed on the ocean-side of the town and enjoyed a traffic-free run.

Before so long, the road started to climb and I knew I was coming into Big Sur country. This stretch of the coast is renowned for its beauty and for me it was everything I expected of my trip, and more. The rugged shoreline with its rocky outcrops is stunning and not one of my photographs does it justice. The ocean is a sea of diamonds sparkling and rippling in the light of the sun’s rays and exquisite views appear round every bluff.

To read the entire blog and enjoy beautiful photos CLICK HERE

Check out more Ann Wilson travel stories at http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/cumbriann