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Bridge Street Inn rocks out at Gary Kramer Guitar Cellars

The Bridge Street Inn enjoys intellectually stimulating guests on many different levels. I have exciting news, Jennifer from Gary Kramer Guitar Cellars has given the Inn 2 for 1 wine tasting coupons. Need some hair metal intelectual stimulation? Your host will happily play Van Halen on the record player and over coffee share with you his favorite hair metal stories. After a hairy metal morning at the Inn travel to @garykramerguitarcellars in Paso Robles for a hairy metal afternoon. The guitars, memorabilia, delicious drinks and hospitality are worth the 38min drive:):):)

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Fall is a great time to bring your bike to Cambria

Curious to know what a fall day in mid November looks like in Cambria?  Fall is a great time to bring your bike to Cambria.  The Bridge Street Inn offers covered out of site bike parking.

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The bike ride from the Bridge Street Inn to Hearst Ranch Winery is fairly flat, beautiful views, and a wide shoulder on the PCH.

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Happy Bridge Street Inn guests at the Hearst Ranch Winery.

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Patagonia Work Culture found at Bob and Jan’s Bottle Shop

bob and jan's bottle shop liquor store cambria

2292 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428
(805) 927-4909

Bob and Jan’s Bottle Shop is a block away from the Bridge Street Inn. The store has a fine selection of alcoholic beverages plus other essentials like toothpaste.  Forgot half and half for your morning cup of coffee?  Need some Haagen Dazs ice cream at 10:55 PM?  Run to Bob and Jan’s. When the rest of the East Village shops are closed  you might find what you need at the liquor store.  It’s open from 9AM till 11PM Mon-Sat and 8PM on Sun.

Bob and Jan’s business culture exemplifies a section of the current book I’m enjoying, “Let My People go Surfing” by Yvon Chouinard the founder of Patagonia. The chapter that describes the type of people Patagonia seeks to hire reminds me of Bob and Jan’s employees.   Yvon writes, “Of course we do hire some people strictly for their technical expertise. We have employees who never sleep outside or who have never peed in the woods. What they all do share, as our organizational development consultant noted, is a passion for something outside themselves, whether for surfing or opera, climbing or gardening, skiing or community activism.”

Bob and Jan’s Bottle Shop employees are an example of this type of hiring practice. Here are two employees at Bob and Jan’s who do more then drink wine, eat ice cream or brush their teeth.

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New art by Maury Schallock that features aliens and the Bridge Street Inn.

Aliens at the Bridge Street Inn

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Cambrian motorists happily share the road with bicyclists and Noreen the horse rider.

Moonstone Cellars: A Taste of Home

There’s something about wine that cultivates a sense of belonging within a group of friends, or even complete strangers. The simple act of cracking open a good bottle of wine (whether that means a $100 bottle of Cabernet, or the $1.99 version from your neighborhood Trader Joe’s) immediately lets me know that we are about to share a moment together. I’m not talking about a sloppy drunkfest; I’m talking about those special, honest moments that are created as a result of a communal experience.

Lounging at Moonstone Cellars on a lazy Sunday afternoon, happily observing the crowd gathered around the bar, wine tasting, mingling and generally soaking up the good life, I see the bond that wine creates. Like anything, too much can be just as destructive as it can be beneficial (no one likes the melodramatic wine-o), but in the right context with the right people, it’s one of those pleasures in life that makes me smile all the way from my head to my feet. I love when cheeks become rosy red after only a few sips. I love listening to a passionate wine-maker describe the lush variety of tastes and smells as I smile and nod in complete and total ignorance. Hues of chocolate? I’ll take it! An oaky aftertaste? I don’t follow, but right on! Most of all, I love the way that wine makes us want to share: share stories, experiences, knowledge. Our culture is so focused on the individual that we forget to share these important things. We are so concerned with ourselves that, in some cases, many of us have forgotten the simple lost art of sharing with another, whether it be a bottle, a glass, or a simple conversation.

Walking into the warm and cozy shelter of Moonstone Cellars, you’ll immediately feel at home. Jill’s the sort of woman that you can’t just say hello to. It’s the whole “if you give a mouse a cookie” concept: If you say hello to Jill, you will want to sit her down, and pick her brain, and allow her to tell you about her journey with your chin in hand and your wine glass full. In a manner of minutes you might learn about her career in acting, her bout with stand-up, how she ended up at a winery in small town Cambria after forging her way through the smog and disappointment of LA.

Not only is the conversation that hovers about the cellar fascinating and compelling, but their wine tasting is one of the best deals in town. For only $5 – yes, you read that correctly, five dollars – they will tease your palate with six of their sinfully delicious local wines. Now I’m normally a red girl, but Moonstone has shown me the light to the world of white with their 2010 Viognier, referred to by the experts as “the red drinker’s white.” I would heartily agree if I weren’t busy staring despondently at my empty glass of this white that made me a convert, a believer in white wine.

I believe that wine can help open up our hearts, if we’ll let it. So come on down to Moonstone Cellars and have yourself a drink, or six (tastes, that is). And make sure to ask for Jill. You can tell her your friends at the BSI sent you.

Moonstone Cellars
801 Main Street  Cambria, CA 93428
(805) 927-9466

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