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Named after Pope Gregory I
Pope Gregory I , better known in English as Gregory the Great, was pope from 3 September 590 until his death...
(Saint Gregory the Great), San Gregorio was a booming town in the 1850s, when wealthy San Franciscans
San Francisco , officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the financial, cultural, and transportation center of the San Francisco Bay Area, a region of 7.15 million people which includes San Jose and Oakland...
would travel to the San Gregorio House by stagecoach
A stagecoach is a type of covered wagon for passengers and goods, strongly sprung and drawn by four horses, usually four-in-hand. Widely used before the introduction of railway transport, it made regular trips between stages or stations, which were places of rest provided for stagecoach travelers...
to enjoy fishing, hunting, sea bathing, and boat races. The building still stands, but is no longer a functioning hotel
A hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging on a short-term basis. The provision of basic accommodation, in times past, consisting only of a room with a bed, a cupboard, a small table and a washstand has largely been replaced by rooms with modern facilities, including en-suite bathrooms...
. However, the San Gregorio General Store has been thriving since 1889. It houses eclectic items for sale, from books to clothing to groceries. Its bar serves sasparilla and hot chocolate as well as alcoholic beverages, and is frequented by local musicians. The original stagecoach stop stands across Highway 84 from the store. Recently, San Gregorio has become a favorite among filmmakers looking for a "funky" historical backdrop.