FROM THE OLALLIEBERRY INN COOKBOOK
little cookbook contains recipes for the food served at the Olallieberry
Inn in Cambria, California.
house is of Greek Revival style, built in 1873. The magnificent
sequoia that graces the front of the house was planted in 1885.
It was Dr. Jack Shaw who converted the house into a Bed&Breakfast
in the mid 1980’s and named it the Shaw House. Then about
three years later, he sold it and the new owners renamed it the
Olallieberry Inn. By the time we bought the inn in May 2001 it
was nine rooms (six in the main house, three in the innkeeper’s
cottage) and had a large commercial kitchen. We are very grateful
to have such a large kitchen and many of our guests have “oh’ed
and ah’ed” over it.
what is an olallieberry! Genetically the Olallieberry is approximately
two-thirds blackberry and one-third European red raspberry. It
was developed in 1949 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at
Oregon State University by crossing a Loganberry with a Youngberry.
The result was called the Olallie, an Indian word meaning blackberry,
because physically the berry looks like a classic blackberry.
Many of our guests ask how it is that we came to own an inn. It
all started when Marilyn, my sister, and her husband, Larry moved
back to California from the island of Kauai after managing an
inn for four years. They loved it and wanted very much to have
their own inn in California. So the three of us starting talking
about the idea and I decided that I could sell my house for capital
and I could retire early. So, in late 2000 we decided to start
looking for “the perfect inn”. We thought it would
take a long time since we wanted a “turn key” operation,
enough rooms to make an income for Marilyn and Larry and to be
able to have a staff, something within our price range, along
the ocean, and it had to “feel right”. We hooked up
with a realtor who specializes in Bed&Breakfast sales and
we were ready to begin our long process to find an inn. Well,
to our surprise and amazement, and thanks to our realtor, the
first inn we looked at was the Olallieberry Inn! We looked no
further – this was definitely the place for us.
have never looked back – it has been the absolutely right
thing for each of us. And our skills blend very well together.
Marilyn is good at handling the financial tasks and she also happens
to be an excellent massage therapist. Our guests rave about her
massages. Larry is the chief cook and handyman (but not bottle
washer). He is a mater at the breakfast items, as our guests will
attest. I am the marketing person, I love visiting and chatting
and carrying on with the guests.
When we took over the inn, we had a very clear vision of what
we wanted to create – a place where guests would have a
memorable experience, relax, enjoy good food, have interesting
conversations, and make new friendships. For our part it is important
for us to create a warm, inviting environment to make all this
things happen. We have put much energy into decorating the inn
(we change the decorations for the different seasons and holidays),
cultivating a beautiful, inviting garden, and cooking and serving