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{from our road trip} the sanitarium…







While on our coastal road trip last week, we spend a night at the Sanitarium, a modern bed & breakfast,
in the small college town of San Luis Obispo. The former frat house was transformed five years ago into a dreamy, sun-filled,
and spacious place for visitors. Mixing original art, antique furniture, and modern comforts {like soaking tubs and steam showers}, the Sanitarium is definitely one of the most unique B&B's I've ever been to. 

{photos by Oh Joy}


  1. my family + i lived in the sleepy beach town of san luis obispo many moons ago so i have a soft spot for this place. and now, with this utterly charming b + b, the fiance and i have an excuse to have our own trip along the coast!
    thanks for sharing this hidden gem, joy!
    sylvie of silver lining

  2. lovely. i too lived in slo, though not that many years ago, in a perfect gingerbread-y victorian on islay street. these pics brought back so many memories — could almost smell the roses and lavender in the garden! thanks!

  3. I’m so glad you gave a little shout out to San Luis Obispo. I’ve been here for nearly a decade and have yet to tire of it’s charm and character. I hope you hit some delicious restaurants while you were here… there are so many!

  4. my favorite place by far for a quick get away from orange county. We’ve even taken the train up there since the station is literary around the corner from the Sanitarium. this was our hidden gem and I hold a special place in my heart for SLO.

  5. I stayed at the Sanitarium a few years ago and thought it was beautiful, but felt like there was something strange about it. In the middle of the night, I felt like there was a ghost in our room or something. (So weird!)
    I mentioned it to the inn keeper the next morning and he said, very matter-of-fact, “Oh, yes, it is haunted.” “Um, excuse me?” I replied. He then proceeded to tell us about all of the strange things that have happened there. Nothing dangerous, but eerie enough.
    I would think they’d what to let people know that ahead of time!
    Nonetheless, the place is very pretty!


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