today would be the first time I'd drive down it.
As you first start out on Cholame Valley Rd, you might feel like it's going to stretch on forever. Slow down, enjoy the view, and before you know it the road will start to bend again. As you reach this point, you will be exiting SLO County, and entering Monterey County. It's about 2 miles into the curves, that you will cross a bridge with very unique signage. "San Andreas Fault - Now Entering North American Plate".
After our scrumptious lunch (that had us stuffed) we decided to take a look at the grounds of the Parkfield Lodge. We were first struck by what we thought was an old pumping station, now used as storage (or something forgotten, like that). Turns out, when you walk around back, you see this is actually one of the rooms offered by the inn. Beside this unique room is a "broken" monument. Upon reading it, you understand why it's broken. The two pieces of the monument are a little over 12 feet apart. This represents the movement the San Andreas Fault has had since the early '30s. It moves about 2.33 inches per year. At this rate (according to the plaque on the monument), Los Angles will move past San Francisco in about 31.5M years. Among the several detached rooms (cottages) you will also find a "waterworks" fountain, a small pool/hot tub, and a BBQ area (both gas a wood). This seems like the perfect setting for a country wedding, or family reunion.
This little town doesn't have a lot to offer, but what it does....it does right. Plenty of Nature to explore. Amazing food to come together around, and friendly people to share it all with. Whether you're looking to get a quick day-trip out of Slo County, or looking to have a "destination weekend", we HIGHLY recommend taking the short drive out to Parkfield, California.
-Written by @SLOCOUNTYINFO