Celebrating Earth Day, Every Day

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Celebrating Earth Day, Every Day

In case you haven’t heard the buzz, stewardship travel means connecting with the land, wildlife, history, people and culture of a community. But as we like to say, it’s about adding a bit of doing good and feeling good to your vacation. While Earth Day, celebrated on April 22nd, is a day devoted to demonstrating support for environmental protection, every day in Cambria is an earth celebration through our stewardship travel program.

“Stewardship travel invites visitors to join Cambria in taking care of its community,” said Cambria’s Stewardship Travel ambassador, Linda Finley. “Cambria has always been a hub for people who care about nature, history and small towns. Famous for its pines, Cambria is equally well known for its arts community, clean beaches and as a serene retreat for weary road warriors. It’s sometimes hard to believe that more than 3 million people each year travel through Cambria heading north or south along the Big Sur National Scenic Byway.”

So on Earth Day or any day, there are a variety of ongoing activities and annual events that allow guests of Cambria the opportunity to do as the locals do. So, don’t just be a tourist. Don’t just stop by. Be a steward of the unique things that make Cambria, Cambria. Everyone can make a difference.

With new opportunities added often, here’s a stewardship preview, but be warned—you may want to take more action!

Takes Your Breath Away, and Gives Back More

IMG_1688Make a difference on vacation through charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitats and cultural heritage sites through stewardship travel in Cambria. One ongoing stewardship opportunity that allows you to give a little and receive a little is through the Cambria Historical Society.

What: Self-Guided Walking Tour of Historic Cambria

Where: Cambria Historical Museum
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1pm to 4pm; and Monday, 10am to 1pm

No reservations needed.

Cambria has a rich history dating back to the 1860s. Visitors and locals alike enjoy the self-guided walking tour that visits 26 historic structures throughout the small and welcoming town. Start your tour at the well-preserved Cambria Historical Museum downtown. There, you’ll purchase the walking tour guide book, “Historic Cambria – Treasures of the Past.” The cost of the book is $10, with all proceeds benefitting the Education Program at the Museum.

Spirited Learning Experience

IMG_9239Expand your knowledge and gain a deeper connection to the people, land, wildlife, heritage and culture while visiting Cambria. One ongoing stewardship opportunity is a tour and tasting to learn the lay of the land at Stolo Vineyards.

What: An educational tour of the Stolo Vineyard with wine tasting
When: 1st Saturday of each month
Reservation needed: Yes, contact Stolo Family Winery at (805) 924-3131 or info@stolofamilywinery.com to make arrangements

Join Stolo Family Winery & Vineyards on the first Saturday of the month on their 23-acre vineyard located on beautiful Santa Rosa Creek Road, just minutes from the small, coastal town of Cambria. Take an educational walk through the vineyards and learn the history of the location, the benefits of planting a vineyard crop on agricultural land and what it takes to maintain a low-yield, high quality vineyard in a coastal location. Get a sneak peek of what’s going on seasonally in the vineyard at the time of your visit and how it affects the vines and overall growing season. Finish your walk and talk in the rustic tasting room and winery with a complimentary sample of three estate wines. Learn briefly about the boutique wine making process and connect the flavors of the wine with the vineyard itself.

Lend A Hand, Fill Your Heart

Bluff Trail South Entrance 1Get involved, create unique memories and make your vacation more meaningful with stewardship travel activities that engage with locals through beach cleanups that protect wildlife, trail restoration that preserves natural habitats, and contributions that restore coastal heritage sites. One ongoing stewardship opportunity to lend a hand is through the monthly clean-up days along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

What: Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Restoration & Stewardship Days
When: 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am to noon
Reservation needed: Yes, contact Friends of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve at (805) 927-2856 or email ffrpcambria@sbcglobal.net to make arrangements

Acquiring property for public access and open space is only the beginning of the process to save land for future generations. Some lands are closed to the public to preserve them. It is the belief of Friends of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve that by remaining open to the public, the Preserve can serve as the much-needed connection to nature we all crave. However, keeping it open and in a natural state means taking care of the land and its few improvements. No funds were given with the purchase of the Preserve for this, so this work needs to be done by volunteers.

Springtime in Cambria

While every day is a great day in Cambria, spring is especially delightful; in part, because of all of the great events taking place around town! If you were looking for an excuse to visit, here is your chance. The Cambria Wildflower Show, Sculpture by the Sea and Save the Bees, Save the Trees Weekend will all take place in Cambria in the next couple of weeks. Don’t miss out—book your stay today!

Cambria Wildflower Show

IMG_3696Springtime in Cambria should be on everyone’s bucket list. The hills of the Central Coast are covered with a lush carpet of native wildflowers. Head to Cambria April 23-24 for the 11th Annual Wildflower Show. See hundreds of flowers on display and learn about the local plants that decorate the hillsides of the Central Coast. Plan your wildflower weekend getaway today!

Sculpture by the Sea

The towering pines and seaside cliffs of Cambria provide inspiration to artists from around the world. Art lovers won’t want to miss the Annual California Sculptors’ Symposium Art Show & Sale Saturday, April 30 at Camp Ocean Pines. After a week-long symposium, world-class and amateur sculptors exhibit and sell work inspired at this master class that draws in sculptors from across the country. Meet the artists as they work in fields overlooking the Pacific at this unique seaside art show.

Save the Bees, Save the Trees

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Celebrate Arbor Day in Cambria at the Save the Trees, Save the Bees Weekend! The event kicks off April 30 with the Arbor Day Concert at the Greenspace Creekside Reserve. Enjoy live music by the Zen Mountain Poets, a Monterey Pine tree sale, tours of the historic Chinese Temple and more. Tickets are $10 at the door, children 14 and under are free.

The celebration continues with the 1st Annual Bee Faire on May 1 at the Cambria Historical Society. Celebrate our fuzzy little friends that are so vital to our ecosystem. This event features local honey and honey goods, exotic honey & wine tasting, California honey mead, beeswax candle making, face painting and more. Admission is free to this family-friendly event. Book your stay!

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.