As many of you know, Cambria is full of beautiful wildflowers during the springtime. If you haven’t had the chance to visit Cambria in Spring, this week’s visitor snapshot, from Facebook fan Pam L., will make you want to head out to Fiscalini Ranch before the season is over.
Free People is a specialty clothing brand featuring the latest contemporary trends and vintage collections for twenties-something women who live free through fashion, art,music, and travel. Quality apparel, shoes and accessories invoke attributes of femininity, spirit, and creativity with a bohemian design. The Free People woman is smart, creative, confident and comfortable in all aspects of being. She pushes limits in the name of adventure – paving her path as a strong woman in today’s world. Letting creative juices flow and manifest in everything she does, she smiles and she dances to a beat that’s in her own heart. As feminine as she is tough, she is unique and wants the world to know.
The village of Cambria is also all about creativity. Just look at the many fine art galleries, local artisan crafts, and live music spots there are sprinkled around town. Needless to say, this little Central Coast spot is full of inspiration. So when we stumbled upon a Cambria blog written by specialty clothing brand Free People (of Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie fame), we had to share it! The photos alone will motivate you to get out there and create a new unforgettable adventure. Below we have posted a snippet of their recent blog post Day Trip: Cambria, California. Scroll down to the bottom to read the full story. You’ll be happy you did!
Free People’s story begins here:
One of my favorite things in the world is exploring small, sleepy beach towns. I can’t help but be drawn to the undeniable charm and beauty that these cities possess. Most recently, I mapped out a day trip to Cambria, a seaside village nestled in a pocket of pine trees in Central California. Over the years, I have always wanted to stop and explore Cambria while passing through. It’s off the gorgeous Highway One in San Luis Obispo County and sits at the halfway point between San Francisco and Los Angeles. It’s a town of leisure — antique shops, cafes, and bed and breakfasts line the streets.
Every April, foodies and car enthusiasts flock to our little town on an almost-always-sunny Saturday afternoon for a very special annual Cambria event: our chili cook-off, car and motorcycle show! This year, the 10am-4pm event on Saturday, April 18th will have gourmet chili, live music, raffle drawings, thirst-quenching local beer, and some of the coolest cars and motorcycles on the entire Central Coast. Want to get an idea of what to expect if you decide to come for a visit that day? Check out the video below from chef Jason Hill, last year’s chili cook-off judge and owner of cookingsessions.com.
It’s all happening at the Vets Hall & Pinedorado Grounds on Saturday, April 18th. You can vote for your favorite car or motorcycle (10 am -1 pm), sample mouthwatering chilies (12-3 pm) and cast your vote for the most delicious chili in Cambria. Car Show free, Chili tasting $10, Beer Tasting $3.
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.