Sunday, August 30, 2015

San Gregorio

A  L  O  H  A !
Click on Photo to enlarge store
San Gregorio is an unincorporated community
 in San Mateo County, California.

Population: 214 people. 

Considered part of
the San Francisco Bay Area, 
she is south of Half Moon Bay.

The proprietors of the venerable
San Gregorio General Store 
are my friends George C. 
& his lovely wife Josephine.

It is a remarkable place
where you can buy aspirin,
farm clothes, books (!)
and all manner of things
you MUST have.
(Like my new bandanna  
of cloud types).
There is also a bar,
and live music on weekends.

George sells more copies
of my book than any 
store in Hawaii!

The San Gregorio General Store 
has been operating since 1889.

 San G is little more 
than a crossroads
in the middle of farm country
a short distance from 
Pacific Beaches.
Above is the old Stage Stop
just across the road
from the store.

Today, the San Gregorio Stage Stop
is a private home, albeit with the 
sign, a historic plaque (far right)
and gaily painted kites
(or are they masks?)

Not to be outdone in eccentricity
the farmer across the road
from the other two
(it is a crossroads)
Air dry's his ocean catch
along the fence!


" Named after Pope Gregory I 
(Saint Gregory the Great).
 San Gregorio was a booming town 
in the 1850s, when wealthy San Franciscans would travel to the San Gregorio House by stagecoach to enjoy fishing, hunting, 
sea bathing, and boat races. 
The original stagecoach stop stands across Highway 84 from the store.  
In 1915, the community was 
home to seven cheese factories. "

OK, Back in the car!

                        Warmly, cloudia


eileeninmd said...

Hello Cloudia, I love to see these old General Stores still open and doing well. I have never seen one with live music and a bar, that is cool. Wonderful images from your trip! Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your day and have a great new week ahead!

EG CameraGirl said...

I like the architecture of that general store and it sounds like a great place to browse and buy! Sounds like you had a fun trip to the mainland. ;)

Fireblossom said...

Candy smokes??? LOL

(on the wall in the last picture)

Blogoratti said...

Looks like a fine place, thanks for sharing.

Charles Gramlich said...

Cool looking little place

eViL pOp TaRt said...

It looks like an interesting store in an interesting place!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Seven cheese factories!!! Aye currumba :) cheese toastie heaven :) welcome home Cloudia, Pixie isn't the only one happy to see you..

Teresa said...

Wow!! You went on an eccentric little Cloudia trip to NorCal!! Next time I got to the northern part of the state, I will have to check out San Gregorio. I had never heard of it. Thanks for teaching me something new about the state where I've lived for 25 years :)

TexWisGirl said...

a cool place in history with a personal connection! nice!

Cloudia said...

Oh what a little, will do!

Cloudia said...


Cloudia said...

Thanks Dear s

Elephant's Child said...

No wonder you loved it. Quirky, and a celebration of beauty.

RedPat said...

Everything you would need in is in that store! Brilliant!

ayala said...

So cool! I wish I knew I just visited San Francisco. I love it there. We passed half moon bay on the way to Monteray.

William Kendall said...

It does sound like they stock all the essentials! It reminds me of the odd country store here.

21 Wits said...

Thank you for my visit here, what a quaint and lovely spot. I can thank Amazon for selling me your book! (I hope to see more photos from here, and what other places you saw.