At last, the cookbook is here!! All the recipes for breakfast that I have done for the last five years at On the Beach. I wrote this cookbook in recognition of the many guests who have said: “If you had a cookbook, I would buy it!” My forty years of cooking in cafes on the west coast as well as the Northwest have gone into the making of this. It is not just recipes, but allowing your own renditions of the basic ingredients to make it your own, which is the way they were developed. CABBI (California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns) posted my Bacon and Leek Quiche recipe and put it succinctly when they said it is not just about the Inn, but “beloved for its breakfast” If you have stayed at On the Beach, Bed and Breakfast you know that we cook from scratch, morning to evening, and it is not the kind of offering you get at big hotels. I invite you not only to check out the cookbook, but also see all the different, creative input from our talented chefs at On the Beach, Bed and Breakfast!
The cookbook will be available at the Front Desk at On the Beach and also via email order: MaureenHandshy8@gmail.com
Our journey on the most amazing drive in California starts in the heart of Big Sur, along coastal Hwy 1. This trip focuses on short stops and does not include the amazing camping spots available along the way. So fasten your seat belts because this will be the trip of a lifetime.
Nepenthe is an amazing stop for delicious nibbles, great local Santa Lucia Highlands pinot noirs and the most refreshing cocktails. The Phoenix gallery on the ground level is sure to delight the eye and the senses with art, books and exquisite lotions, among silk garbs and garden gifts. There is also second level café for those looking for a quick bite. The top level opens to amphitheater style seating and the entrance to Nepenthe Restaurant. If available, request a table on the ocean side patio for the most breathtaking views of the Pacific. Nepenthe’s webcam is set up on their website at www.nepenthebigsur.com , so do not hesitate to check the weather and the crowd levels. This stop is a very popular destination during summer and the weekends, so we suggest you time it wisely, otherwise parking can be a bit of challenge.
With a full belly and a heart ready for adventure, set sail south through the newly constructed tunnel. Many guests have suggested a stop at the New Camadoli Hermitage Monastery for a bit of zen and some great gift items, including cards, coffee, fudge and granola.
Next on the itinerary would be a quick stop at Sand Dollar Beach. A myriad of steps and turns will settle the earlier lunch and open onto a gorgeous beach. Make sure to wear appropriate foot wear for an easy hike. The climb back up can be easily listed as a calorie burning activity.
The next stop on our Highway 1 Discovery Route would be the amazing Salmon Creek Falls. A very easy walk-hike from the highway opens up to beautiful boulder created pools and majestic falls. Other hikes also present themselves at this site, however, they require some experience and appropriate attire.
One of the last attractions on our personal list would be Ragged Point Inn and Restaurant. The lawn area in the back uncovers breathtaking views of the coast. Do not forget to check out the local artwork and local reclaimed wood sculpture.
As the hours of sunshine dwindle and you sail on the highway towards Cayucos, add to the list the elephant seals. A boardwalk allows visitors to admire the mammals in their natural habitat, enjoying the beach. Thirty-five minutes of driving left and you have arrived to On the Beach, bed and breakfast. Slip into our comfy robes, grab a glass of wine and let the sound of the ocean lull you away.
When in Cayucos…
-These are a few of our favorite things-
A perfect day starts with a morning walk on the bluffs north of town. While sipping on a freshly brewed cup of local coffee from On the Beach (SloRoasted.com – The Morning Fog Lifter) you can watch the waves crash into the shore and breathe in the fresh air. I prefer to go to the windmill and then thread back for some hot breakfast at the bnb (9am-11am). With a full belly and a warm heart, it’s time to spend a few relaxing minutes on the roof top deck. An invigorating shower is followed by some wine tasting at Cayucos Cellars, half way down the block (CayucosCellars.com). This sensory experience can only be followed by two tacos from Ruddell’s Smokehouse (SmokerJim.com) ; if in season the smoked ono is sure to delight. Lunch cannot be complete without a sweet treat from the Brown Butter Cookie Company (BrownButterCookieCompany.com).
After a quick siesta at the hotel and a cup of tea, the journey is back on for some more wine discovery and education at Full Moon Wine Bar (Full Moon Wine Bar and Bistro). A flight of wines and a cheese plate, while looking at the ocean, is just what the doctor prescribed to take you through to dinner time. The decision process involving the evening meal can always be daunting. Will it be Italian at Caffe della Via (CafeDellaVia.com), tantalizing French Style cuisine at Hoppe’s Garden Bistro (HoppesBistro.com) or a tasting menu at The Cass House (CassHouse.com)? The casual side begs the question of: Duckies Chowder House, Sea Shanty (SeaShanty.com) or Martin’s (Martins.com)?
If one’s solar plexus is longing for more, a late night snack will most likely be encountered at Schooners Wharf, alongside some delightful cocktails (SchonersWharf.com). The later night excitement along with live music (a couple of times a week) can be encountered at the Old Cayucos Tavern.
It is considered appropriate to enjoy the town as if you lived here, as long as you remember not to leave any trash behind, always wear a smile, and tip your servers.
Until the next time, we wish you health, happiness and loads of Cayucos fun time.