Every once in a while in travel a person of like minded interest turns up with whom you touch base and find a kindred sort of warmth with. Brandon Follett is one of those people who I have met several years ago early in my van travels in the small beach town of Cambria, CA where he served me a cold glass of micro brewed beer at the local brewery. Immediately the conversation struck up regarding life, it’s adventures in travel, and ideas of the future as a result of the common ground of being Volkswagen Vanagonite adventure seekers. Brandon shared his thoughts at the time of making a place that he referred to as “Vanland” where he would procure various types of V-dub buses, vans, and various other forms of sleeping shelters and arrange them in a common ground area as a form of lodging hostel for an inexpensive, quaint, comfortable, and experience driven theme of a “place to stay”. He went on to realize that dream across country in the outer banks region of North Carolina some years later. He drove his Vanagon cross country to start the beginnings of his dream at a time where weather and the ever changing conditions of the outer banks opposed that dream with all it’s fervor. As I came back through Cambria some years later, once again, I thought to look Brandon up on Facebook and found him back here recently married and the proprietor of the Bridge Street Inn. Upon stopping by early one cool fall Morning I found him at the front door with that big Brandon smile inviting me in for coffee. I asked him if he remembered me from our encounter several years back and he said: “your the guy traveling in the Volkswagen with the Ford engine and the little bird”? I was brought inside the Bridge Street Inn and met the guests he had staying there from around the world and across country. There was Chad, who said he was from Atlanta and when I told him I had lived in Acworth he told me he was from Cartersville. We laughed and carried on about Doug’s Restaurant in nearby. Then there were the young women from Germany whose daughter had a VW T-3 as there called in Europe, whom also joined in on the conversation and took pictures of us all. The Morning coffee, conversation, photo shoot, and music took us outside for a van showing and more laughs. The hour plus visit went by in what seemed like minutes. Seeing Brandon and hearing his tales of the last few years and what he has done is one of those rare life experiences that makes van travel all that it is. He has not given up on his dreams and has turned the Bridge Street Inn into a eclectic nerve center of a place where people come and experience Cambria in a way that is an extension of how we could only wish to find places when we travel. If you are ever traveling the coast of California and are looking for a wonderful experience by all means you should not pass up the warmth of a place like the Bridge Street Inn and the hospitality of Brandon Follett!…
We booked it for a night on the way to Los Angeles and it was just perfect. Friendly host and perfectly organized. The house is an old church house with little cute rooms, chaired bathrooms and kitchen and living room. Still we felt having the house for us alone. The little city is beautiful with little shops restaurants and some bars. Definitely worth it to stay a bit longer. We will come back.
Small old house converted to inn. So cozy and fun. Full kitchen for your use, good small shared bathrooms. We felt very comfortable. Brandon is a helpful and friendly host and other international guests were cool.
Private rooms are reasonably priced. I would recommend a room upstairs as they are nice and secluded from any noise in the common areas. I got to stay with the Bridge Street Inn last October while visiting family in Cambira. Great place to meet people, lots of people biking down hwy 1 staying here made for fun conversation. Warning: Cambria is a bit off the beaten path if your relying on public transit. (I had to take the bus to Morro Bay and it's a pain.)
Lovely looking house close to everything in Cambria. Our room was clean and fresh. Kitchen facilities were great. We chose room#1 upstairs to avoid being near the kitchen, dining & lounge areas, but the other 3 guests were so quiet I don't think it would've mattered. In hindsight we wished we had stayed another couple of nights as the vibe in the house and the town was fabulous.