Posted by: cvancil | April 13, 2009

Possibilities: Olallieberry Inn

Our friends are officially visiting SLO this summer, yeah!  In preparation for their visit, I’ve been researching places to stay like mad, trying to find something that fits all of our budgets.  It may be that we don’t stay at the same place, and that’s ok.  I think the man and I would really love to stay at The Olallieberry Inn

I have passed by this place many times in our visits to Cambria and always wanted to stay here.  Not until I did extensive research on accommodations did I realize how beautiful their rooms are, and what fabulous breakfasts await guests every morning!  Run by Marilyn and Larry Draper, and Marilyn’s sister Marjorie, each person contributes a unique aspect to the running of this special B&B.  Need a massage?  Marilyn is a certified massage therapist, specializing in the lomi-lomitechnique.   Larry is famous for the gourmet breakfasts he cooks, and Marjorie is guaranteed to make your visit absolutely memorable (she also teaches cooking classes!).  Throughout the day, guests are offered fresh coffee, tea, water, and homemade cookies.  At 5pm, set your timer to return to the Inn for evening hors d’oeuvres featuring sampling of local wines and tasty goodies.  Not convinced yet?  Here’s a sample breakfast menu from their website:

“BREAKFAST SAMPLER
These are several of the many favorites breakfasts. If this menu inspires you to cook up your own Olallieberry dishes, please check out our Olallieberry Inn Cookbook – click here.

Olallieberry Stuffed French Toast– stuffed with cream cheese, yogurt, and olallieberry preserves with a sprinkling of powdered sugar. Served with the maple syrup or olallieberry syrup.

Ricotta Cheese Pancakes– Delicious light pancakes served with olallieberry syrup.

Santa Rosa Eggs – Cheese and eggs, southwestern style, accompanied by an assortment of homemade salsas, spicy and mild. and more.

Cinnamon-pecan, Buttermilk or Banana Pancakes– with a vegetable frittata.”

I haven’t even gotten to the guest rooms yet, and wow, what a selection!  Ranging in price from $135 to $225 a night, there is guaranteed to be a room that will not only fit your budget but also relax those stresses and cares away.  My two favorites are Harmony and San Simeon.  Each room offers luxurious accommodations in their own unique way, and naturally, you’ll receive a lovely hot breakfast each morning in addition to the evening gathering.   Many rooms have a fireplace and each one decorated to make you feel as though you’re in your own private cottage.  Being in town, the town of Cambria is just a short walk away, and after lunch, you can easily walk back for a nap or enjoy your favorite book your room.  Relaxation awaits you at Olallieberry Inn!

“The Olallieberry Inn has nine guest rooms – six in the Historic Home and three in the Innkeeper’s Cottage. All rooms have private baths with six being in-room and three being detached. Nine rooms have fireplaces. Each room is furnished with beautiful wall coverings, fabrics and antiques and has its own style and character. All rooms are double occupancy, with the exception of Creekside Suite which can accommodate up to four persons. Check-In time is 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.”

The Olallieberry Inn has a great last minute special that’s great for budgeted travelers needing to get out of town for a night at the very last minute: 

“Need a romantic getaway – like right NOW? Let us encourage you to escape by taking advantage of our last minute special.  Book an available room within 24 hours of check in for $150 for any night of the week!

Fine Print: You must request this special when making your reservation. Selected rooms apply. Valid for one night stays. Valid for the first night of multiple night stays. Applies to new reservations only, not to existing reservations. This special may not be used in combination with bedandbreakfast.com gift certificates.”

One last comment about this magical place – you must check out their gardens on their website, if not in person.  In memory of their garden designer, the gardens at Olallieberry make this bed and breakfast even more magical (if that’s even possible).  Full of unique flowers and shrubs, using organic gardening methods, the garden extends the calm demeanor of Olallieberry past the house and into the town of Cambria itself.

All pictures and quotes courtesy of The Olallieberry Inn.

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