Sebastian’s General Store, Old San Simeon

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A booming whaling village at San Simeon Point once had 45 buildings, including a general store established in 1852. When the whaling industry declined, the building was moved a half mile to the east in 1878 and became the hub of a new village. The building played host to many celebrities, including Thomas Edison and Winston Churchill.

Today Sebastian’s General Store is a state historic landmark that houses a fantastic café, filled with locals who come for huge and reasonably priced sandwiches and salads. The free-range beef comes from neighboring Hearst Ranch beef (hear the moos?) and much of the produce is grown locally.

Check out the historic displays like harpoons and whaling spears, and shop for antiques and gifts in the tiny store.

The building also has a US Post Office and the Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room.

You can also buy your sammies and sit outside at picnic tables or at adjacent W.R. Hearst State Beach.

At A Glance

442 San Simeon Road San Simeon
San Simeon California 93452

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