Cycling on the Central Coast

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Cycling on the Central Coast

If you’re into cycling, Cambria should definitely be on your bucket list of “must do” rides. The Central Coast offers some of the most renowned routes for cycling enthusiasts looking to challenge themselves or just wanting a change of scenery.

From world-class athletes and cyclists competing in the Amgen Tour to a world champion freeride mountain biker who recently chose Cambria’s rolling hills to set the backdrop for his record setting ride, the Central Coast has drawn in riders from across the country and around the world. The spectacular views and coastal terrain make for an unforgettable ride that will leave you breathless (in more ways than one).

Dawn-CyclistsThe Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most spectacular cycling routes in the world. The stretch along Highway 1 between Cambria and Gorda provides some of the most scenic cycling views in California. Cyclists hug the rocky coastline as they ride along Moonstone Beach before heading up iconic Highway 1 to Gorda. You’ll see incredible wildlife and scenic points of interest along the way, like Piedras Blancas Light Station and elephant seal rookery, the San Simeon Pier and the zebras that roam the hillsides surrounding Hearst Castle. The route heading south on Highway 1 from Cambria to Cayucos offers a shorter ride but still features stunning ocean views with many vistas and stopping points along the way.

Heading inland from Cambria on Santa Rosa Road you’ll find a favorite route of local cyclists with plenty of challenges and hills to climb. The winding road featured on this route is lush, green and very peaceful, plus you’ll discover a few hidden gems along the way.

Whether you’re planning an extended biking tour, training for an event, looking for new routes to conquer, or just want to spend the weekend cycling and sight-seeing on the coast, Cambria offers routes for every level of cyclist and a cool place for road weary riders to stay after their ride.

With luxury spa hotels and beach front cottages, gourmet and casual dining, wine tasting and craft beer, eclectic art galleries, antique stores and boutiques, Cambria is the perfect place to unwind and relax after a long day’s ride. Plan your trip to Cambria and take a ride through the scenic Central Coast.


CycleCentralCoastLogoWe’ve made cycling on the Central Coast even easier. If you’re planning a cycling excursion or looking for new routes, visit This new cycling website is a one-of-a- kind resource where cyclists can discover new routes, plan cycling trips, learn about upcoming cycling events, and keep up to date on the latest cycling news and alerts. The Cycle Central Coast website highlights 130 miles of the best local biking routes with detailed info on routes (including distance, elevation and grade), road conditions, points of interest along the route, and places to stay.

Celebrate Fall in Cambria

Kick off the change of seasons on the Central Coast. Celebrate autumn in Cambria at one of our unique fall festivities. From Sunset Magazine’s SAVOR the Central Coast, a world-class wine and food tasting extravaganza, to Cambria’s Annual Scarecrow Festival, celebrating the whimsical and artistic spirit of our community, the Fall months are packed with events that celebrate the season. Here’s a list of reasons why you should take a trip to Cambria this Fall.


SAVOR the Central Coast (September 24-27)

All roads lead to SAVOR! Sunset Magazine’s SAVOR the Central Coast, California’s premier wine and food tasting, returns September 24-27. This event showcases celebrity and master chefs, Sunset Magazine experts, brew masters, as well as local fishermen and artisanal food producers from throughout California. Enjoy unlimited food and wine tasting from over 100 wineries, restaurants and food purveyors. Kick back and listen to live music, learn from experts at one of the exclusive seminars hosted by celebrity chefs, winemakers and sommeliers, pick up travel tips for your perfect Central Coast getaway, or take a mini tour through your favorite coastal region. SAVOR features the hottest culinary and wine trends from across California and the entire west coast! For more information or to purchase tickets visit


2015 Cambria Scarecrow Festival…Where Whimsy Runs Rampant (October 1-31)

This annual event embodies the spirit of Cambria. This year’s theme, “A Magical Place,” encourages everyone to celebrate the magic that surrounds Cambria year-round. The area transforms into a fantasyland of scarecrows as Cambrians show off their creativity and imagination. More than 400 scarecrows are on display throughout Cambria and San Simeon. The fun kicks off October 1 and continues through Halloween. To learn more visit


Annual Harvest Festival Weekend (October 9-12)

The Cambria Historical Society hosts the Annual Harvest Festival October 9-12. The festival kicks off Friday night with an exclusive fundraiser featuring a four-course winemaker dinner prepared by Linn’s Restaurant. Tickets are $100 per person and seating is limited. The festival continues throughout the weekend with the Harvest Market on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. Enjoy live music, barbecue, face painting, pumpkin decorating, beer, root beer floats, shrimp gumbo, a silent auction and more. Admission is free to this family-friendly event located at the Cambria Historical Museum. On Monday, October 12, enjoy a private guided bus tour of Cambria farms and ranches. Visit the Rancho Marino Reserve and Hearst Arabian Horse Ranch followed by lunch and winetasting at the Stolo Family Vineyards. Tickets are $100 per person and seating is limited. For more information or to purchase tickets go to


IMG_9239Stolo Family Vineyards Halloween Wine & Candy Pairing (October 30-November 1)

Visit the Stolo Family Vineyards for a little adult Halloween fun on Friday, October 30 through Sunday, November 1 from 11:30 am to 5 pm. This fabulously fun Halloween Weekend Wine & Candy Pairing offers a little grown up trick or treat action. Enjoy the whimsy as Stolo pairs their extraordinary estate wines with good old fashioned Halloween candy. Tickets are $8 per person. For more information visit


Halloween Parade & Harvest Carnival (October 31)

Celebrate Halloween Cambria style at the annual Halloween Parade & Harvest Carnival. Costumed kids are invited to join in the fun at the annual Halloween Parade as they trick or treat their way through Cambria’s West Village. Kids of all ages are welcome to participate. Parade participants will gather at the Cambria Community Center at 3:30 pm. Preschoolers and up are invited to the Harvest Carnival at the Community Presbyterian Church from 3 pm to 6 pm. With kid-friendly food, face painting, a bounce house, games for kids, a raffle with cool prizes, the Harvest Carnival offers a safe, family-friendly place to celebrate All Hallows Eve!

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.