Cambria Ambassador Program Announcement

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Cambria Ambassador Program Announcement

The Cambria Tourism Board is thrilled to finally announce its newly developed Cambria Ambassador Program. We’ve partnered with bloggers from all across California, inviting them to use their photography, outdoor, and food and beverage expertise to give travelers like you an exclusive preview of Cambria. Over the next several months, a different set of ambassadors will post their features each month! With the seasons as their guide, these ambassadors will unveil endless options for explorers. This month, we are happy to introduce you to our first two bloggers: Veronica Hill and Josh McNair.

Veronica Hill – California Travel Expert


Veronica Hill – California Travel Expert

Veronica Hill is a native Californian and former travel journalist (Fodor’s, Associated Press, Freedom News Service) who has been recognized as one of the leading experts in California travel. More than 23 million people have watched her videos, and her California Essential Guide app has over 23,000 downloads. In January 2012, Veronica was selected as YouTube’s On the Rise winner, spotlighting up-and-coming channels. In August 2013, YouTube invited California Travel Tips and only 30 other channels to take part in its cutting-edge Creator Accelerator Program, which included three weeks of intensive training, collaborations and filming at the state-of-the-art YouTube Space LA facility in Playa Vista.

Since 2007, Veronica’s California Travel Tips channel has helped tourists make the most out of their visit to California. Not only does Veronica offer tips and secrets for visiting major attractions like Huntington Beach and Santa Monica, but she also tours off-the-beaten path destinations that don’t make it into most guidebooks. Veronica’s audience is a mix of California natives looking for something new to do, and prospective tourists coming from the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom. Veronica personally visits and films every location, sometimes spending up to a week at each destination for each video.

Josh McNair – California Through My Lens


Josh McNair – California Through My Lens

Throughout life, Josh McNair has always been intrigued with traveling and seeing the world through his own eyes. Always having been in love with different forms of art, he decided to take his photography to another level during a mission trip to Ethiopia. While there he photographed many different beautiful places, juxtaposed with the sadness of the poverty in the area. This experience instilled in him a need to see more than just what is outside of his window. Shortly after, California Through My Lens was born.

While he readily admits he’s not saving the world through his photography, he has been trying to fill his travel itch by documenting as much of his surroundings (California) as he can, all in an effort to get people to spread their wings and experience the beauty of life outside their own neighborhood. If he can get someone to realize how many amazing things they have within 45 minutes of their house, Josh has done his job.

Completely self-taught in photography, Josh has only been doing it seriously for a couple of years. Everyday he spends photographing, he learns more and more about the camera – and California.

(Guest Contributor) From Pines to Sea, Cambria Has it All

While I have yet to travel much out of state or even internationally, I am grateful that I live in California, one of the best states to be in. I have been able to explore much of The Golden State: San Francisco, San Diego, the Central Coast and, of course, being a SoCal native, very much of my own backyard.

When I am lucky enough to head up north, Solvang, Morro Bay, and Carmel are places that always are a must. But, at the top of that list? Cambria comes to mind. Nestled about 40 miles north of San Luis Obispo and whistling distance to San Simeon of Hearst Castle fame, Cambria might seem small to some, but they actually have so much to offer within their realms!


Another beautiful sunset on Moonstone Beach in Cambria, CA!


Last year, when I got to spend time there, I was in awe at how peaceful and versatile their natural wonders are. If you want to take a walk through the pines and feel transformed to a magical forest, you can easily obtain that feeling throughout their winding neighborhoods. If its the beach calling your name, one of my most favorites is in Cambria: Moonstone Beach. Boasting a gorgeous one mile boardwalk trail, this is the ultimate getaway for those looking for the sea without all the hustle and bustle. I enjoyed sitting on one of their wooden benches just taking in the ocean breeze and serenity. You might even spot a sea otter, or if you are super lucky, a whale!

Speaking of otters, Cambria is famous for being home to many, as well as dolphins and seals, which are quite abundant in this coastal community.

elephant seals male juveniles in water fighting, piedras blancas

Some of the Central Coast’s marine life.

If it’s wine you are in search of, there is a reason Cambria is said to be the “Wine Enthusiasts Getaway!” The Central Coast is home to many of the best vineyards around, so don’t think Napa is the only wine destination in California. Here, you will find their wonderful Wine Walk Trail—perfect to unwind after a day of taking in nature.

Or, if you would rather enjoy yourself in shops from posh to quirky, don’t worry, they have you covered for that, too! Their downtown village cannot get much cuter, with several inns, restaurants, shops and coffee houses lining the main drag, ready to serve you delicious dinners, desserts, ice cream and more. I always have to check out the antique shops; my parents have gotten me some of my favorite birthday gifts within these stores.


Hearst Castle

The beautiful Hearst Castle.

Go just a few miles out of town, and you will hit San Simeon, where no trip to this area is complete without checking out Hearst Castle. You will even see zebras on your drive up! Majestic and eclectic, The Castle is a must for all ages, and I especially hope to visit at Christmas time one year, they go all out making it a wonderland.

Whether you want to get away from it all with your honey, do a weekend with the girls (or boys), family (Mother’s and Father’s Day are practically here) or even on your own, Cambria is the perfect spot to do so. As a writer, I know this would be a beautiful, quiet escape to write, with the beach and seagulls as my background noise and a glass of wine on my table.

Summer is coming up, so why not check out all Cambria and the Central Coast have to offer?!

By Mary Lansing

Highway Closures

Highway 1 Closure

If you're heading to the Central Coast, be sure to be mindful of the stretch of Highway 1, 21 miles north of Cambria. Caltrans is busy with a major construction project to make traveling along the stunning Pacific Coast Highway a safer journey.

Highway 1 Storm Repair Along the Big Sur Coast Due to multiple active slides, State Route 1 is now closed between Ragged Pt. (SLO 72.87) and just south of Nepenthe (Mon 44).

Worried about Highway 1 Road Closures? Cambria and Hearst Castle are easily accessible from Highway 46 West from 101 South of Paso Robles or from northbound Highway 1 from the city of San Luis Obispo. Travelers from the north can easily take Highway 101 as an alternate route to Highway 1, which reduces travel time to Cambria by about 25 minutes.

For the latest road closure information visit the Caltrans website.