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... with SLO(W) puns. The town has many original 1920s buildings and interesting shops. Had lunch at the GHood Karma Restaurant - lentil soup with Baja Veggie burger, Bakti Bowl of vegetarian curry. Looking up to the mission building across the stream. I visited the mission while lunch was being prepared - service was SLO(W).
Between 1769 to 1830 there were 21 missions established between San Diego and Sonoma ...
We woke up again at sunrise and ate steak, eggs and grits. Dave took off to go fishing and Abby and I took a short hike up to a peak to check out the view; wasn't so impressive. Abby’s losing her sharpness with age as even though she was pretty much on my heels during the hike she somehow got disoriented and took off back to the campground as if she had lost me. There was a small valley between us and I could see her over at the campsite looking around ...
... to the car to get it (15minute coach trip) and persuading them to let us back up again to finish looking around the gardens. It was at this point we discovered that I had misplaced out car keys! Panic ensued! We found out tour guide and she spoke to the rangers office who said that they had been found on the coach - phew!!! So a trip back down to the bottom of the hill to fetch the keys, followed by Sofia's milk ...
Coastline from Washington to California Aug. 19 - 25 Beulah has been our trusty steed through thick and thin, bless her heart. We tooled along the coastline stopping at some gorgeous spots. Hearst Castle was very memorable in San Simeon. The elephant seals are so cute near the castle along the beach. Big Sur is phenomenal. The giant redwoods are indescribable. Standing next to one you can feel the ancient wisdom they hold. ...
This morning we visited Hearst Castle in San Simeon. La Cuesta Encantada, the enchanted hill now known as Hearst Castle was the property of newspaper magnate, William Hearst. After inheriting an enormous parcel of land from his mother in 1919, William's original idea was to build a bungalow, according to a draftsman Hearst's words were " I would like to build a little something upon the hill in San Simeon, I get ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bluebird Motel Cambria
I was also concerned about The Bluebird Inn after reading the recent critical reviews. I had stayed there a couple of years ago and liked it so well that I remembered the name for future use.
Better than expected.
In spite of some very negative reviews on this site my wife and I held our collective breath and booked two nights at the Bluebird Inn. The place was just as nice as it was the last time we were there about four years ago.
The queen bed room was bright, clean and comfortable. The lounge was just as cozy and the management as friendly as before. The price was great too; in all of Cambria the rate was the most reasonable.
One of the Bluebird's best features is it's location.
It is within walking distance of all the restaurants and shops in the East Village and if you're ambitious the West Village as well.
Comfy place to stay
We talked my mom into trying something different from the chain hotels and she loved The Bluebird. She is very picky. The room was comfortable and we enjoyed the cozy lobby in the morning and evening. My kids, my mom, and I all really enjoyed our stay. We enjoyed walking over the local restaurants especially for breakfast.
The reservation was booked almost 2 months in advance for graduation weekend. I found the number from a website with a complete listing of motels and hotels. It appeared to be in a pretty nice part of town 2 blocks from the beach. Admittedly, it was priced substantially lower than any other motel I called on this very busy and inflated priced weekend. The lady assured me that it was clean, just an older motel .... nothing fancy.
I go to Cambria about four to six times a year for escape, and to visit family. The Bluebird is not that bad, but is really not that great either. The rooms are ugly. The beds and sheets are not that comfortable, and very much salvation army-esque as another reviewer put it. The staff was just alright. BUT, the prices for this place cannot be beat! Just dont expect much. It's like an old roadside motel in a really cute neighboorhood. If you dont expect much, it will do just fine. However, absolutley do not stay here for more than two nights under any circumstances. The walls are so thin, so if your neighboor snores, you better have earplugs! Im serious. Our neighboors spoke russian and now im practically fluent. Anyway- its not that bad of a place, but it will do for one night if your passing through. If your looking for a romantic weekend getaway-this is definently not the place. Try the pines lodge, or anything on moonstone drive. Pleasent travels! CB
Avoid the Bluebird at all costs
There are many nice places to stay in Cambria, but unfortunately, this isn't one of them. We go to Cambria about once a month or so and have stayed many places. While the Bluebird has "curb appeal" the rooms are overpriced and need updating. The beds will cripple you and the decor is anything but quaint. The rooms must have been furnished by Salvation Army rejected furniture. The hosts are condescending and will run your credit card prior to your arrival and without your knowledge. Don't be fooled by the ads. This is NOT the place to stay in Cambria.
A cozy retreat
The Bluebird Motel was one of the best values we found in our December trip down the California coast. We walked into this warm, cozy lodge-like lobby. The fireplace was roaring, Christmas music was playing. People were sitting at tables playing cards or reading. They also had comfy couches and chairs by the fireplace. Lots of magazines. And cookies, cocoa, coffee, tea, for whoever wanted them. Our room was spacious, nicely decorated and very clean. There was a big red bow on each room door for Christmas. And lights were on each building. It gave us the feeling of the holidays, even though we were far from home.
Won't Return to the Bluebird
I've stayed at the Bluebird a number of times over the past ten years and have recommended it to friends but I will no longer do so. I stayed there last night with family and upon check-out, the owner got quite upset when I told him the rate he had quoted me when confirming my reservation by phone was $5 lower than the rate he was now trying to charge me. I understand when you do not have an email system of confirming reservations that miscommunications may occur, but he was very confrontational and did not work to find a solution to the problem. Given the owner's inability to calmly resolve the problem, I will stay elsewhere in the future.
Creekside with a garden!
Had a great time, will stay there again without a doubt. The owners were most helpful in getting our Porsche Speedster water tight for the drive home . . . The room was extremely nice and way better than the "hosts' hotel and we saved a $100 p/night!
I really enjoyed my stay here. We stayed in one of the creekside rooms with a fireplace. It was very comfortable and nicely decorated. We had a quiet balcony overlooking a garden area and just beyond that is the creek. There are some chairs in the garden area too, where we sat and enjoyed the babble of the creek (it was spring so it had more water than one might find in the summer). The location of this hotel is the key to my choice. It is centrally located within walking distance of many restaurants and stores. On a previous visit to Cambria we stayed at an inn on Moonstone Beach. While it was very nice, and was directly across the street from the ocean, it was somewhat isolated from town. We had to drive to town (find a place to park) for shopping and meals. That is the beauty of the Bluebird Motel - you can leave your car parked and walk to most places! It does not provide breakfast like many of the places on Moonstone Beach (the others almost have to, due to their location) but there are many little cafes and bakeries within walking distance. I would definitely return here.