Stay & Play in Cambria – Summer Activities

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Stay & Play in Cambria – Summer Activities

Cambria: The Perfect Place Stay and Play This Summer!

**Update: As of June 2nd the annual Fireworks Show has been cancelled due to fire hazards caused by the severe drought. Cambria’s other Independence Day activities will go forward as scheduled. For more information about this cancellation, click here.


Getaway for an Extended Weekend

locallygrownCambria’s relaxed pace make it the perfect place to unwind from today’s hectic lifestyle. Take advantage of the long days and make it an extended weekend! Every Friday afternoon “rain or shine”, the Cambria Farmer’s Market features the highest quality, locally grown seasonal produce and delicious food products and dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients. From the freshest produce to succulent BBQ to scrumptious Olallieberry pie, this is truly a foodie’s paradise!

Treasure Seekers Paradise

After you’ve satisfied your inner gourmet, spend the weekend antiquing. If you’re into looking for hidden treasures, there’s no better place than Cambria. The village is a shopper’s paradise with quaint antique stores, galleries and boutiques. From priceless antiques to affordable vintage items and collectibles, Cambria’s historic East Village will delight antique lovers or those who just want to spend a lazy weekend kicking around!

Biking on the Scenic Central Coast

bikeBike enthusiasts won’t want to miss the 15th Annual Gene Cerise Country Coast Classic Bike Ride on Saturday, June 27th. Riders are invited to join in a great day of cycling fun set along some of the most stunning scenery in California. This race offers 100, 50, 25 and 15-mile routes for every level of cyclist – all set in the scenic vineyards and rolling hills of the Central California coast. After the race, a BBQ feast awaits! This annual fundraiser is organized and run by Cambria’s own Slabtown Rollers Cycling Club and benefits Cambria youth. To register visit

It’s Never Too Early to Plan for the 4th of July

The fireworks might be cancelled but we’re still celebrating our nation’s independence! Cambria’s traditional 4thof July Picnic in the Park will be in full swing at Shamel Park. The day’s festivities will go on as planned! Opening ceremonies start at 11am. The fun-filled day will include waiter/waitress races, a pie eating contest, delicious food, live music and dancing, games and activities for the whole family. Instead of fireworks (which were cancelled due to the drought), the evening will culminate in a “Cambria Pops” concert starting at 7pm. The concert will feature the big band sounds of the Royal Gardens Swing Orchestra playing some of your favorite patriotic tunes. Click here for event details.To make reservations visit



Cambria News Round-Up: May 15

Lately, the little village of Cambria has been mentioned in blogs and national news articles alike. So much so that we’ve decided to round them up for your viewing pleasure.

This week, Travel Channel named Cambria one of the must-stop detour spots when road tripping the PCH. They named Nitt Witt Ridge, Cambria Pines Lodge, Brambles Dinner House and nearby Hearst Castle as places to explore.

Looking to unplug from your busy work life? So was New York Times writer Danielle Pergament. In this essay-like article, she explains the benefits of taking a PCH road trip with your kids, and all the best stops to keep them entertained. Elephant seals, anyone?

Check out more awesome Cambria mentions below.

Travel: California’s Central Coast – Day 2 – Cambria & San Simeon By: Roesch Photography

An Afternoon at Centrally Grown in Cambria, CA By: David Bradley via

For Love of Nature: Elephant Seals Make Amazing Comeback By: The News and Advance in Lynchburg, VA

History, Culture and Stewardship Travel Beckons Year Round Visitors to Stay Longer along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route By: California Highway 1 Discovery Route

Take a Run in Cambria By:


Cambria’s Discovery Loops Offers Scenic Day Trips for Everyone

Discovery Loop

While there are many things to enjoy in Cambria, we invite you to delight in one of our Discovery Loops. What is a Loop?

Cambria’s loops are a group of drivable destinations or points of interest that are surely not to be missed. Depending on your interest, you can choose from beaches and parks, hiking trails, historical architecture and gardens.

Below are a few for your gander. But don’t forget to book your stay.

Historical Loop

Photo of Cambria Historical SocietyCambria is filled with beautiful structures many of which are historical. Nitt Witt Ridge, a California Registered Historical Landmark #939, is a house on two-and-a-half-acres in Cambria. Artist/recluse Arthur “Art” Harold Beal bought his hillside lot in 1928 and spent most of the next 50 years carving out the terraces with only a pick and shovel and creating his own “castle on a hill.”


Hiking Trail Loop

Photo of the entrance of San Simeon Creek TrailOne of many hikes on our loop – you can explore sandy beaches and rocky tide pools on a 2.85 mile round-trip hike down the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk, crossing a pristine beach that is preserved by Hearst San Simeon State Park. There is only 40 feet of elevation change over the level and easy trail. Explore tide pools or walk across the sand on Moonstone Beach to add variety to this beautiful oceanfront stroll.


Beach Loop

ShamelPark2One of our featured beaches on the loop – Leffingwell Landing – can be accessed just off Highway 1 on the north end of Moonstone Beach Drive. While the parking lot looks small, this beach access has big things to offer. Take a seat on park benches to enjoy the view, or walk down the trail, then down steps to the beautiful beach and north San Simeon Creek. And don’t miss Centrally Grown – a new local favorite – directly across on Hwy 1.




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.