Join in Our Conservation Efforts with a Winter Retreat to Cambria

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Join in Our Conservation Efforts with a Winter Retreat to Cambria

Just A Few Hours of Your Time Can Make a Huge Difference…..

“…the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.”

― Wendell BerryThe Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

At the core of the Cambria community, is a desire to protect and preserve the natural resources and wildlife habitat of our seaside paradise. Cambria’s stewardship travel program provides eco-minded travelers with ways to participate in and to contribute to the community’s conservation and preservation efforts while spending a few days enjoying our unique and beautiful coastal town. Visitors are invited to take an hour or two out of their trip to join in our local environmental efforts, learn about our history, and hopefully develop a deeper connection with our community.

November is a great time for eco-minded travelers to visit the Central Coast. With near perfect weather year-round, there’s no better place than Cambria to plan a winter retreat. In addition to our year-round roster of stewardship activities, we have a few special projects in November to give insight into the town’s history, while helping to keep our town beautiful and preserve our natural resources.

IMG_5201On November 1st from 1 – 3pm, the Beautify Cambria Association and Cambria Historical Society will co-sponsor “Squibbing Day”. This community clean-up project was named in honor of Paul and Louise Squibb who retired to Cambria in the 1950s and could often be seen picking up trash while out strolling through town, thus coining the term “squibbing.” Often people would join in and eventually it became an annual event. Channel the spirits of the Squibb’s and join in our efforts to keep Cambria beautiful. Just stop by the Cambria Historical Society Museum (located at 2251 Center Street) the day after Halloween any time between 1 and 3 pm to pick up your cleanup supplies. You’ll receive a special tote bag and “I Squibbed” button, and we’ll have cookies and lemonade on hand for all our helpers. For more information visit

DSCN0801Don’t feel like cooking Thanksgiving Dinner? Spend Thanksgiving in Cambria and join in the annual Thanksgiving Weekend Tree Planting at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Skip Black Friday madness and do your Christmas shopping in Cambria. Enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast from one of Cambria’s acclaimed restaurants then beat the crowds and spend your Black Friday meandering through the shops and boutiques of Cambria’s East Village. On Saturday, stop by and lend a hand at Fiscalini’s annual tree restoration. Help plant, mulch and water hundreds of rare and endangered Monterey Pines to help replenish our dwindling native forest. Cambria is home to 2,500 of the remaining 15,000 acres of these majestic trees that once lined the coast of California from San Diego to north of San Francisco. Help us protect and preserve this lush forest that provides a habitat for countless species . For more information visit

The Annual Scarecrow Festival Returns to Cambria

October in Cambria holds a special appeal! The weather is at its most spectacular and the Annual Scarecrow Festival is in full swing. It’s a great time to experience Cambria at its quirky and creative best. All month long, scarecrows showcase the artistic creativity, whimsical spirit and sense of humor that is Cambria. Hundreds of scarecrows line the streets, shop windows and beach fronts of this coastal town.

The festival began in 2009 with the Cambria Historical Society’s display of 30 scarecrows. Now in its fifth year, the Scarecrow Festival has grown into a community-wide event with over 400 scarecrows bowling, bathing, painting, pedaling, fishing and flying through town as the whole town joins in to build these hand-crafted works of art. Over the years, the festival has grown into one of the most artful and unique scarecrow festivals in the U.S., drawing thousands of visitors from across the country.

As an arts community, the Scarecrow Festival is embraced by all as locals showcase their innate talent and quirky sense of humor. Each year Cambria’s local merchants, business people, artists and students join forces to present this truly extraordinary event. From favorite children’s characters to movie scenes to political statements to scarecrows with actual moving parts, you’ll be in awe of these weird and wonderful creations on display at every turn.

Scarecrows are equipped with high-tech QR codes that allow you to get all the details on your favorites. Track your favorites, rate them and post pics on Facebook. Prizes are awarded for the most whimsical, most unique & creative, most life-like, best animation, best of show, best festival theme and, of course, most likely to scare crows. Visit Cambria’s Scarecrow Festival this Fall season and decide for yourself!

Here’s a preview of some of this year’s entries:

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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.