We are excited to introduce – not one, not two, but three new Cambria ambassadors, who will serve as your guides to the best of our pretty city in the fall and winter months. Meet local bloggers Karen Grubb, Matt Browne, and Rachel Duchak who have agreed to help us uncover all that Cambria has to offer with the help of their combined photography, outdoor, and food and beverage expertise.
Karen Grubb is a Central Coast native, living and working in San Luis Obispo. She has worked as a freelance photographer for numerous brands including Toyota, Ford Motor Company, Microsoft, and CLIF Bar, to name a few. Travel and photography have always been a passion of hers and it shows through her Instagram photos. Karen’s feed offers a taste of all the natural beauty found around the Central Coast and throughout California. She uses Instagram to document and share her adventures and by doing so hopes to inspire others to get out and enjoy the natural beauty around them.
Matt is a beer loving, wine drinking, food eating dad to Sammy and husband to Annie. He likes to explore the Central Coast and when time and schedules permit, the world. Social media and blogging are how Matt tells his story and he’s been doing so since the beginning of 2009 with the help of his wife on their blog, HootnAnnie.
In 2004, Rachel Duchak moved to California, the state where her maternal grandfather was born and raised. After growing up in the Midwest and living in seven different states from Arizona to Massachusetts to Washington, she finally felt at home. She chose the Central Coast in part because this region hosted a relatively young wine country and the surrounding landscape was superb: Big Sur to the north, Yosemite to the east, Santa Ynez to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Within a few months of arriving in the Central Coast, she had a job at the Wild Horse Winery tasting room. Eventually, she began to work on their wine club newsletter and learned a great deal about the language of winemaking by reviewing old newsletters written by Ken Volk, the founder and original owner. The friendly, supportive people in the Central Coast slice of the wine industry impressed her and, in 2007, she decided to explore the foodie field as her primary career.