Sebastian’s General Store has been temporarily relocated to the Hearst’s historic Seaside Warehouse, located across the street at the Hearst Ranch Winery tasting room, while the original building undergoes renovations.
Sebastian’s General Store has carried on through the generations. Built in 1852 at the peak of the whaling industry, the Sebastian Brothers provided goods and services to whalers, fishermen, miners and neighboring ranches. San Simeon Bay was the significant shipping point for barrels of whale oil, cheese, butter and other commodities on the Central Coast. Old San Simeon Village was flourishing with two hotels, saloons, a blacksmith, a livery stable, a butcher, schools, a depot for a stage travel to Cambria and a telegraph line to San Luis Obispo. In 1878, the Bay View Hotel was built; a first-class hotel with famous guests Thomas A. Edison, Winston Churchill and Calvin Coolidge, to name a few. By 1910, most of the village faded away, but Sebastian’s General Store survived. Sebastian’s was the first post office in San Simeon until 1905 when it was moved to the pier. It was moved back in 1945.
Today Sebastian’s General Store is home to Hearst Ranch Winery and The Truck. While the historic Sebastian’s General Store undergoes an extended restoration, Sebastian’s has been relocated to a larger, cliffside building across the street. With soaring ceilings, plentiful seating, and an accompanying food truck, the new location is the perfect place to stop on your way along the Pacific Coast Highway. Enjoy excellent wine and a bite to eat inside or at the dog-friendly outdoor tables with sweeping views of the bay.
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