J. Patrick House, A Cambria Bed & Breakfast Inn

2990 Burton Drive, Cambria, California 93428
Innkeeper(s): Ann and John
  • Introduction

    J. Patrick House, Cambria Bed & Breakfast Inn front of inn

    Welcome to J. Patrick House! Our goal is to provide a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with beautiful surroundings for your getaway. We can help you plan any of the many activities available to you in and near Cambria, or just help you relax and do nothing but enjoy your surroundings. Our Inn is rated one of the top romantic getaways in California and the Central Coast.

    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 main log home has one guest suite. Stroll through the passion vine covered arbor to our charming carriage house with seven additional "country elegant" guest rooms. Our staff look forward to making your stay with us a memorable one. J. Patrick House, a Cambria Bed and Breakfast Inn, is an authentic log home and charming carriage house in a garden and forested setting.

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    We became Innkeepers at The J. Patrick House in September 1999. The J. Patrick House just happened to be our favorite Inn in our favorite vacation spot. When the inn came up for sale it was a natural fit for us. We do all possible to create a warm, friendly atmosphere, plus exemplary hospitality for our guests.

    Experience J. Patrick House, Cambria's original, and still the finest, bed and breakfast inn, nestled in the tall Monterey pines above Cambria's charming east village in Cambria, California.

  • Guest Room Amenities

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    Room Rates Include

    • Country elegant accommodations
    • Wood-burning fireplaces
    • Private bathrooms
    • Hosted wine hour
    • Complimentary concierge services
    • Beautiful gardens and sitting area
    • Dial-up internet access
    • Bedtime killer chocolate chip cookies
    • Exquisite breakfast
    • Homemade granola
    • Chef-prepared hot entree
    • Fresh baked bread
  • Guest Services

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    Guest Services

    When calling to make your reservation, please advise us of your special interests and desires. We will help you plan your stay and make needed reservations. Be sure to ask about our "added touches" of chilled wine or champagne, in-room massage, bouquet of flowers. We also host elopements and marriage renewals.

    Wine & Hor D'oeuvres

    Please join us each evening by the crackling fireplace in our gathering room for a hosted wine hour. You are sure to make new friends as you enjoy a glass of wine and a light snack.

    Killer Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Before retiring to your country elegant guest room, indulge in our fresh baked Killer Chocolate Chip Cookies and Milk.

    J. Patrick House, Cambria Bed & Breakfast Inn breakfast

    Full Country Breakfast

    Your J. Patrick House full, gourmet, country breakfast is often cooked by John himself. His Mother's strict training and his days at the firehouse have really paid off!

    Breakfast begins with fresh orange juice and a hot beverage of your choice. Fresh fruit with homemade granola, fresh plump raisins from local growers and delicious creamy yogurt is a typical starter. Hot entrée’s vary daily with fare such as: Vegetable Strata, Cheese Blintzes with Raspberry Sauce, Chili Corn Soufflé or Eggs Florentine.

    Home made breads are a delicious accompaniment. You might even get lucky and have the Stuffed French toast with Pure Maple syrup!

  • Awards & Accolades

    The J. Patrick House has been reviewed and selected to be in the following publications and has received the following awards:

    • Selected by Sunset Magazine as best sleeps on the Central Coast
    • Recommended by Sunset Magazine as Best Place to Stay: "Three Day Weekend, Cambria Charms" by Matthew Jaffe
    • J. Patrick House is "Highly Recommended" in the NY Times best seller: “1,000 Places To See Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz
    • Awarded the Arrington's Bed & Breakfast Journal book of Lists Award, "Best On the West Coast" and One of the Top 15 B&B/Country Inns as voted by Inn goers
    • Top Rated Bed & Breakfast in San Luis Obispo County for 8 consecutive years: Tribune News Yearly Award
    • Articles have appeared in: LA Times; San Diego Union ; SLO Tribune; Country Inns Magazine; Sunset Magazine; Napa Valley Register; San Francisco Chronicle. JPH is AAA and Mobile Travel Guide Approved
    • Visited and Reviewed by Elmer Dills, highly respected restaurant critic and travel writer. He appears on ABC 7 Eyewitness News every Sunday Morning, and hosts a restaurant and travel show every Saturday and Sunday on KRLA 870 AM and KABC AM
    • Visited and Reviewed by Jan Peverill, travel writer and Bed & Breakfast Commentator on the Elmer Dills Radio show
    • Recommended as best place to stay in BBW Press : Hearst Castle, The Celebration of an American Dream
    • Karen Brown’s Guides “ California's Charming Inns & Itineraries”
    • Awarded "Luxury" Status in Pamela Lanier's "The Complete guide to Bed & Breakfasts, Inns and Guesthouses"
    • JPH is featured in the 9th edition of WEEKEND ADVENTURES IN SAN FRANCISCO & NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. (see website)
    • Kathy Strong’s “ Recommended Bed & Breakfasts, California”
    • Frommer’s “ California Travel Guide”
    • “The Best Places to Kiss” Deborah Brada & Caroline O'Connell
    • “Weekends for Two in Southern California/50 Romantic Getaways” Bill Gleeson
    • Elizabeth Borsting’s “ California’s Best Bed & Breakfasts”
    • Sasquatch Books “ Best Places, Central Coast of Southern California”
    • Ken Christiansan’s “ The Romantic Pacific Coast”
    • Jan Peverill’s “Inns and Outs” Selected Hotels "Selections" publication for Northern America, U.K. and Ireland
    • Selected and filmed for CNN " Hotspots" Central Coast Segment
    • Recommended by Central Coast Magazine
    • Included in the newly published Gardenwalks in California (The Globe Pequot Press). JPH on pages 234-35
    • We are featured in Weekend Adventures in San Francisco & Northern California.
    • Recognized by Pacific Coast Business Times for excellence in Bed and Breakfast category
    • Included in Country Inns Guidebook - with some favorite recipes by Helen Sawyer
  • What Our Guests Have To Say

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    Review by B. & B. Hamton

    The California Central Coast city of Cambria is a destination to which you will return to restore and rejuvenate your inner sense of serenity and contentment. Nestled in beautifully forested slopes of Cambria, the J. Patrick House B&B is the perfect setting to fulfill your wishes for a memorable and restorative stay.

    The owners John and Ann and Innkeeper Lori have created the ultimate retreat from our hectic lives. Their attention to details is reflected in everything that they do; from the beautifully decorated and maintained rooms, the lovely gardens, the expertly and thoughtfully prepared foods and all that goes on behind the scenes that is orchestrated by the staff to ensure that your stay is not only memorable but a treasured experience that you will wish to relive time and time again. John has mastered the art of engaging all of his guests in scintillating conversations and thereby creating an atmosphere of conviviality amongst all of his guests.

    John has cultivated his culinary skills to a fine art. He has spent many hours perfecting his signature dishes such as his corn-cheese soufflé, banana French toast and his delectable cranberry scones. His special recipe granola and chocolate cookies are among the best that you will ever experience. As we have been, you too will be lured back to Cambria and the magical and serene J. Patrick House.

    Central CA

    My husband and I spent our 1st Wedding Anniversary weekend in Cambria. We spent 2 nights at J. Patrick House. What a wonderful experience. We were well welcomed the moment we stepped in the door. The innkeeper was very kind and showed us around. There was a problem with the original room that we had booked, so they had us stay in another room for the first night and then we would switch to our original room the second night. Not a problem, because all we had to do was gather all of our stuff together, and they moved our belongings themselves.

    The wine and snacks time was a nice moment to get to know some of the others that were also staying at the Bed & Breakfast. The innkeeper helped us pick out a restaurant for us to dine in that first night, and it was a great choice, the Sea Chest Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant. The rooms a J. Patrick house were very comfy, and the bed was very comfortable. I kind of wish it was a little colder, so that we would have been able to use the fireplace, but July is a great time to visit the Central Coast.

    The breakfasts at J. Patrick House was delicious. I as hoping that we would be lucky enough to get some of John's stuffed french toast, and we did. They were delicious. The breakfast is very fresh and very filling. This was our first experience at a Bed & Breakfast, and we loved it! We will definitely return one day, and we recommend this place to everyone! It's is perfect and in a perfect location!

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    Camarillo, CA

    The J. Patrick House Bed and Breakfast Inn exudes warmth and elegance in a country setting. The rooms are filled with elegant and comfortable decor. We had excellent "good night sleeps" in the big bed with beautiful linens and bedding! The gourmet breakfast each morning was plentiful and delicious. This is the perfect get-away for a romantic weekend or a quiet break during the work week.

    Fontana, CA

    My husband and I were recommended the JP House and went for it. It was our first Bed and Breakfast stay and it was amazing! The atmosphere was so peaceful and friendly. The service was superb! The wine and cheese hour, the outstanding breakfasts and the sweet cookies and milk at bed time. We adored our time there and plan to escape there at least once a year. The price is a real bargain for all you get! We consider that place and that quaint town a little heaven on earth.

    Los Angeles, CA

    We just spent our anniversary and 4th stay at the J Patrick House. Everything about this inn is wonderful. The innkeepers are great hosts and will do everything they can to make your stay special. The grounds and rooms are beautiful and very well kept up. Their homemade breakfasts consists of fresh granola, fruit and a delicious entree. They have wine & cheese in the afternoon and you can't resist the homemade cookies (baked that morning) and cold milk in the evening.

    We love Cambria anytime of the year. For a small community, there are many places to stay (because of Hearst Castle nearby). We always come back to the J Patrick House. The warmth and hospitality you receive is worth "the price of admission". We recommend this to anyone who wants to get away for a relaxing and romantic time.

    Franklin, TN

    We stayed at the inn during our trip of the California coast. The room, innkeepers, food, location to Hearst Castle were all wonderful. We couldn't have asked for anything more. We highly recommend it, and do allow time for Cambria. It's a cute charming town.

    Redwood City, CA

    We spent our 3rd Anniversary vi sting quaint, artsy Cambria by staying in a beautiful B&B for the 1st time. It felt kind of weird at first going into a house and entering our bedroom but when we did we were pleasantly surprised by the knotty pine interior, gorgeous bed, and fireplace! Everyone at the Inn was extremely nice, warm and inviting. It didn't take long to feel right at home even though my hubby had to go down to the street to have his nightly smoke. I'd recommend this place to anyone. Innkeeper John is a retired firefighter, friendly, and a good cook too! He'll make you feel right at home and give you as much advice as you would like. Thanks for the memories!

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    Menifee, CA

    What a wonderful experience we had at J. Patrick House. We have been to several B&Bs and we really enjoyed our stay here in Cambria. The evening wine and cheese sampling was a fun way to meet the other guests and the chocolate chip cookies at bedtime were delicious. The Tipperary room was exceptional! The bed was soooo comfortable and the fireplace was awesome. The stuffed french toast was out of this world! Wish we could have stayed for more than one night. We are already talking about going back for our anniversary!

    Southern CA

    This was our second visit to J. Patrick House. We love this place. The rooms are comfortable, the breakfast is fabulous and how can you go wrong with warm chocolate chip cookies and milk before bedtime. What we really enjoy is the fact that there are no electronics and you get to focus on each other. The inn is non-smoking and there are no kids so it's quite. The grounds are beautiful and the main street is not far away. The innkeepers are always helpful with great dinner and idea suggestions. This time we had dinner at a great restaurant in town and John, personally, gave us great directions to a hike/waterfall just a short distance away. We also took the inn's suggestion to use The Wine Wrangler for wine-tasking trip into Paso Robles. Yet another great time; we will be back!

    Seattle, WA

    We loved the beaches at Cambria Ca and it was so nice to come back to a cozy bedroom with a fire place at the J Patrick House. The two breakfasts we had were excellent and the gardens were welcoming. Coffee was pleasantly set our early in the morning and snacks and wine at night. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our 30th anniversary.

  • Area Information

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    So much to do! Savor the cuisine of Cambria's fine restaurants and the area's internationally recognized wine region. Discover the numerous art galleries, antique shops and gift stores in the east and west villages. Tour the remarkable Hearst Castle. Spend the day experiencing the beauty and tranquility of the countryside. Walk along the shoreline and visit tide pools or watch the fascinating elephant seals, sea otters and whales. Hike, bike or kayak. Or visit the many world-class wineries.

    We are here to help you plan your activities and are dedicated to making your Cambria getaway a truly unforgettable experience.Complimentary Concierge Services: We are experts on the Central Coast and welcome the opportunity to help plan your itineraries, wine tours, activities and dining reservations. Whether touring Cambria and the surrounding area or relaxing at the inn, our staff will ensure that you have all that you need to have an exceedingly wonderful experience! Cambria and the surrounding area offers a wealth of activities. Visitors come from around the world to experience the myriad of activities available to all who visit the Central Coast of California. Read on to EXPLORE your options.

    The Village

    The Charming East and West Villages of Cambria with fine art galleries and studios, antique shops, heart warming gift shops featuring many local artists and craftspeople, and of course a great selection of award winning restaurants. You will find Cambria quaint and friendly. Click here t

    Wine Country Tours and Tasting

    Our Wine Country starts just a short, beautiful 20 minute ride from Cambria on breathtaking Highway 46. You will enter a world of rolling hills and magnificent vistas, including Morro Bay, rich farmlands and the intimate wineries scattered throughout. Here you will find a rich history of wine making and grape growing that began in 1797. Today there are more than 70 wineries and 100 vineyards growing premium wine grapes on rolling hills that vary from 700 to 1100 feet in elevation. Wine tours can be arranged via Limousine or shuttle, or tour the region by bicycle or car. Of course a picnic lunch is always worth considering. The Central Coast Wine Region is well known world wide for producing award winning wines and for a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. You will be warmly welcomed at the winery tasting rooms. For Wine Region information: www.pasowine.com and www.faroutwineries.com.

    Hearst Castle

    This is a fun way to spend some of your time. The castle shows a taste of the life of William Randolf Hearst and his passion for this part of the world. His magnificent estate La Cuesta Encantada” (The Enchanted Hill) is open for tours daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. At the Hearst Castle, The National Geographic Theatre has a five story screen. It shows an excellent 40 minute dramatization of the building of the castle. Other documentaries are available seasonally. Information, go to http://hearstcastle.com or call 800-444-4445.

    Elephant Seals & Piedras Blancas Lighthouse

    Have you ever witnessed a 1 ton elephant seal? Do we have an experience for you! We'll tell you about it when you get here. For more information, visit: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/bakersfield/Programs/pbls.html

    Need more fun ideas? Walk, Bike, Kayak

    Extensive hiking opportunities both in the forest and at the shoreline are available. Enjoy a walk on beautiful Moonstone Beach or East West Ranch and search the tide pools for exotic sea life. Rent a bicycle right here in town (Contact ACE Hardware for bicycle rentals: 805-927-9930) and see everything up close and personal. Take a tour guided or self guided San Simeon kayak tour and view the sea life. Another kayak options is Morro Bay Kayak Rentals. Interested in a neighborhood walk? Some guests enjoy visiting a legendary home - made entirely of junk: Nitt Wit Ridge, Cayucos. View cambriaranchwalks.com for more information.

    Whale Watching, Fishing Charters

    A short drive to Morro Bay takes you to the region's most recommended boating company: Virg’s Landing.

    Explore Rural Santa Rosa Creek Road

    This adventure will take you to Highway 46, Paso Robles and Templeton wine Region, but not before you experience ranch lands, farms, wooded creeks, red tailed hawks, wild turkeys and turkey vultures.

    Horseback Riding

    Experience the South Coast of Big Sur by horseback on a private ranch and see whales, red tailed hawks, bald eagles , deer and much more. Horseback riding minutes from Cambria! Outback Trail Rides, West Off Highway One, Just South of Cambria and North of Highway 46. Call 805-286-8772 or visit www.outbacktrailrides.com for more information.

    Ride through shaded canyons, sunny hillsides, grazing cattle scenic mountain outlooks on a private ranch or ranch ride with stunning ocean views. One and two hour rides, Wednesdays thru Sunday. Advance reservations are required. J & J Riding Stables in nearby Montana De Oro State Park. Various packages available including a ride through the park and on the beach! Call at: 805-234-0578. Also, Shangri La Horse Rentals offers Beach, Forest and Lake Rides. Advance reservations are recommended. Call here: 805-438-3895. It is recommended that guests call the stables directly prior to arrival to make reservations and choose among the many options.


    These are our picks for best golf courses on the Central Coast: Morro Bay Golf Course and Dairy Creek in San Luis Obispo: 805-782-8060; Hunter Ranch, Paso Robles: 805-237-7444; 9-Hole Executive Course; Laguna Lake, Los Osos: 805-781-7309.

    Bird Watching

    Cambria and its environs host a large and varied assortment of birds.

  • Directions

    From Los Angeles

    1. Take 101 north to San Luis Obispo
    2. Get off at the Hearst Castle/HWY One exit
    3. Follow HWY One north approximately forty miles, past Morro Bay & Cayucos
    4. At the Burton Drive signal turn right onto Burton Drive
    5. Continue along Burton Drive approximately ½ mile to the J. Patrick House
    6. The inn will be on your right

    From San Francisco

    1. Take Highway 101 south past Paso Robles to Highway 46
    2. Exit at HWY 46 west towards Hearst Castle to the right and head toward the ocean
    3. At the T intersection of HWY 46 and HWY 1
    4. Turn right onto Highway 1
    5. At the Burton Drive signal turn right onto Burton Drive
    6. Continue along Burton Drive approximately ½ mile to the J. Patrick House
    7. The inn will be on your right

    From Big Sur, Monterey or Carmel via Highway 1

    1. Follow Highway One south past Ragged Point and San Simeon to the second traffic signal at the Burton Drive intersection
    2. Turn left onto Burton Drive and continue approximately ½ mile to the J. Patrick House
    3. The inn will be on your right