Summer Events in Cambria

Monthly Archives: June 2015

Summer Events in Cambria

With the summer months heating up, there’s no better time to head to the cool Central Coast. Cambria is a great place to escape and unwind.

Summer Twilight Hours at Harmony Cellars

Friday evenings from June 19th to September 25th, Harmony Cellars offers a summer concert series from 5 to 7pm. Guests are invited to kick off the weekend with a glass of wine and live music on the patio at Harmony Cellars. Enjoy fine wine, live music, and olive oil tasting as you sit lakeside. Local food trucks will be on hand serving grilled hot dogs, tacos, ribs and more. Harmony Cellars is nestled in the hills of the coastal countryside just 5 miles south of Cambria. Click here for event details or 2015 schedule.

 

Cambria Heritage Day

0001765823-01.INDDTake a trip back to Cambria’s bygone era. Cambria Heritage Day is just around the corner. On Saturday, June 20th from 11am to 4pm, the Cambria Historical Society will host this annual event. Stop by the Cambria Historical Museum for some old-fashioned fun with live music, food and drink, crafts, kid’s activities and more. Many of Cambria’s local craftsmen will be on hand. Stroll the grounds and watch wood carving and basket weaving demonstrations – kids can even weave their own dream catchers. Sample fresh butter churned right before your eyes. Checkout vintage cars from the past and take a pic with Cambria’s historical 1937 Dodge fire truck. Plus they’ll be horse rides through the back village for “kids” of all ages. Join the Cambria Historical Society at this family-friendly event celebrating our town’s rich heritage. For event details, click here.

 

Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Tour

Photo of Piedras Blancas Lighthouse GroundsTours of the historic Piedras Blancas Lighthouse run Monday through Saturday from June 15th through August 31st. The lighthouse, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places, was first illuminated in 1875 to guide mariners along the rocky California coastline. Get a glimpse into the past as you tour the restored lighthouse, surrounding buildings and the half mile interpretive trail that offers spectacular oceans views. Click here to reserve your spot today.

 

 

July 4th Picnic in the Park

The fireworks might be cancelled but we’re still celebrating our nation’s independence! Cambria’s traditional 4th of 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.

 

 

 

Why Cambria Makes the Perfect Honeymoon Getaway

Untitled2The hustle and bustle that goes along with wedding planning is enough to drive anyone crazy. After your big day, let Cambria set the stage for the perfect honeymoon getaway. VacationIdea.com recently named Cambria as one of the 25 Best Small Town Honeymoon Destinations, describing it as a relaxed coastal town surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty of towering pines and the Pacific Ocean. Whether you’re the outdoor type, a wine and food connoisseur, or enjoy spending the day lazing on the beach, the coastal village of Cambria has something to suit everyone’s tastes.

Here are five reasons why a coastal escape to Cambria makes the perfect honeymoon getaway and a great place to unplug and unwind.

Photo: Shannon McMillen

Photo: Shannon McMillen

The Pacific Coast Wine Trail

Located in the heart of Central Coast Wine Country, Cambria is part of The Pacific Coast Wine Trail and home to some of the region’s best wineries and tasting rooms. Seven distinct, boutique wineries offering a wide selection of hand-crafted, premium wines are featured on this self-guided tour that stretches from San Simeon to Cayucos with four stops in Cambria. Wine aficionados can spend the day learning about and sampling premium, award-winning and hand-crafted boutique wines – often poured by the owners or winemakers themselves.

Cambria Embraces the Farm-to-Fork Philosophy

Cambria is renowned for its restaurants and wineries. From elegant, fine dining establishments to intimate cafés, Cambria is a food lover’s delight. With locally-sourced row crops, fruits and nuts, meats, olive oil, honey and more, the Central Coast is a veritable wealth of agricultural riches. Many local chefs like to take advantage of the region’s bountiful farms and ranches to create mouth-watering dishes that tempt your pallet. This farm-to-fork philosophy ensures that meals are created using the freshest, locally grown ingredients and that diners experience fresh-off-the-farm dishes that delight the senses.

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Photo: Nancy McKarney

Take a Romantic Stroll Along the Beach

If you like kicking back on the beach with a good book and the feel of sand between your toes, Moonstone Beach is a great place to slow down and savor your surroundings. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day reading and relaxing while taking in the awe-inspiring Central Coast scenery. Search for moonstones and other hidden treasures while beach combing and exploring the tide pools. Moonstone Beach beckons to those looking for a lazy day of rest and relaxation.

 

Explore the Great Outdoors

Cambria is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts. From hiking to biking to kayaking to horseback riding, Cambria provides an incredible backdrop to your outdoor just like to cruise and sightsee, there’s a path for you. Nature lovers can horseback ride on some of the most spectacular scenery along Highway 1. Ride along the rolling hills, among oak groves and enjoy stunning panoramic views from the Pacific Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. If you prefer to travel by foot, Cambria’s hiking trails along the scenic coastline through sloping hills and pine forests are the perfect place to get away from it all. If you prefer sea to land, kayaking provides a unique vantage point for coastal exploration. Cambria is part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, one of the largest and most spectacular marine protected areas. Kayaking in the Sanctuary is a great way to experience nature’s beauty and wildlife up close.

UntitledTake a Drive Up Scenic Highway 1

The Pacific Coast Highway offers some of the most majestic scenery and breathtaking views you’ll ever see. The 123 miles of twisting, cliff-hugging curves along the picturesque Central California coastline stretches from Morro Bay through Cambria to Monterey. Cambria is the perfect starting point for a romantic daytrip along scenic Highway 1. From sheer mountain cliffs to redwood forests to pristine sandy beaches, this stunning section of the California coastline is a must see for everyone, but be warned…the drive is not for the faint of heart!

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.