Louise Speaks: After having just left the Nitt Witt Ridge, this was quite a change. The neighborhood was peaceful, relaxed and between the smell of the sea, the breeze coming off the ocean, and sounds of the birds in the trees, it gave a whole new meaning to the city of Cambria.
The J. Patrick House, IS mentioned in Patricia’s book “1000 Places To See Before You Die”, and for a change I can understand why. The J. Patrick House blends with its wooded setting above the village of Cambria and is an authentic log home. The main house overlooks a forest of tall Monterey pines making the perfect setting for a relaxing, romantic getaway. Because we were here in January, the B & B was still decorated for the holidays.
From the main log cabin you can stroll through the lovely garden under the passion vine-covered arbor to enter the charming Carriage House, where you will find seven beautifully decorated rooms. Each room comes with a private bath and a Wood Burning fireplace. Here you can enjoy Irish country charm and all of it’s amenities. At 5:30 each day guests can enjoy the company of other guests and visit in the cozy living room of the log cabin. Here you will have a choice of homemade hors d’oeuvres and complimentary fine wines. A full breakfast is served each morning in the Garden Room.
As you enter the front door of this enchanting log home, the warmth of its embrace will welcome you. The aroma of freshly baked cookies, homemade granola, breads and muffins will transport you to a magical place. The staff make you feel right at home the moment they answer the door. The owner Linda, offered us a comp night just so we could experience what it is like to stay at the J. Patrick House, so we could then blog about it. We would have loved to do that, but our schedule just didn’t permit for it.
Linda became the owner in a very interesting way. The J. Patrick House just happened to be one of her favorite Inns in her favorite vacation spot. When the inn came up for sale in September of 1999, it was a natural fit for her to buy it. Linda does everything possible to create a warm, friendly atmosphere, plus offers exemplary hospitality to all of their guests.
I have checked Yelp and other travel sites to see the reviews and the ratings given to the J. Patrick house, and not a negative comment has been made. The area, the home, the rooms, the staff, the owner. all of it, make it a very desirable place to stay. In reading the comments, rarely do guests stay for just one night. This is chosen as a vacation spot, where guest stay for many days.
The J. Patrick House gets a rating of an A. Even though we didn’t stay here, the charm you felt just by walking around left no doubt that this would be a great place to stay.
From the J. Patrick House, it was almost time for dinner so we thought we would try one of the restaurants that Patricia suggested in her book. Cambria, has some quaint restaurants for sure, and the Sow’s Ear, just sounded interesting. Seeings that my favorite meat is Ham, I was assuming that Ham was their specialty.
However when we arrived it was not yet 5:00 and the Sows Ear does not open until 5:00 so we looked in the window, took a picture and left. The menu is posted, and it appears to be a small cafe serving a wide variety of food…but I didn’t see any ham dishes, so even if it was open I probably would have passed….I mean stuffed mushrooms??? Really???
I’m not going to give the Sow’s Ear a rating, because we didn’t even go inside, but it did seem like a cute place and it is close to the beach so how bad can it be.