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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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