Cambria’s Olallieberry Inn – Our History

Have you ever wondered about the History of the Olallieberry Inn? Just in case you did…We thought we would share our story……

The History of Cambria’s oldest Boutique Hotel… This Magnificent Greek Revival Home at 2476 Main Street was built in 1865 by the Manderscheid brothers. Prominent Businessmen who owned the first local Drug Store.

The home is built from Cambria pine and beautiful Redwood sourced from trees in Big Sur. Milled by the local Leffingwell Saw Mill.

In 1883, the home was purchased by Benjamin Franklin. Another prominent Cambria Businessman who also owned the General Store, the Franklin Theater, and the Granger Saloon in Cambria. He also owned a 500 Acre Ranch on Santa Rosa Creek. The same beautiful creek that the Inn and gardens oversee.

In 1901 the home was acquired by Amos and Ida Smithers. Ida was the grand-daughter of William and Eunice Leffingwell (The Saw Mill Owner) and Amos became the Director of the Bank of Cambria in the 1920s. Amos Smithers also owned a Cambria ranch.

Gordon and Frieda Howard bought the home in 1955 and converted it to a Boarding House and Tourist Home until the mid-1970s. They also ran a small restaurant.

In 1976, a local citizen, Dr. Shaw, and his wife bought the home ad carefully restored it. The Shaws turned it into a formal Bed and Breakfast.

Now, since 1955, over 60 years later, from Boarding House and Tourist Home, the Olallieberry Inn is still serving the Cambria community and is celebrated by the San Luis Obispo Tribune as the Top-rated Bed and Breakfast.

Now owned by a new generation of owners the Inn is recognized for their gourmet breakfast, local wines, homemade appetizers, and lavish English gardens. Nelson and Maureen Hubbell have again meticulously restored the property to its original vintage that honors its historic roots but with a very relevant décor and ambiance that supports original art and music reflective of the vibrant creative arts scene of Cambria.

“We’re very proud to be part of such a romantic luxury home and charming artist Community. A hidden gem of the central coast. We’re committed to excellence and maintaining the Inn’s outstanding reputation as the Best Bed & Breakfast and Boutique Hotel in the county!”

“Charming B&B with gracious hosts. My husband and I loved this B&B because it was a perfect mix of old world charm with a hip retro musical theme. Odd, but it works. Plus, Maureen, the owner, and her entire staff were so friendly, warm, and gracious. They served a wonderful wine with tasty appetizers in the late afternoon on their patio that looks out into a lush open land with lots of the trees, flowers, and birds with a creek running through it. Plus, the beds are very comfortable and the linens are luxurious. Their prices are reasonable for the area. We enjoyed our stay so much we’ve already booked a return visit for later this year!”  – Paula