July Fourth Weekend

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July Fourth Weekend

beautiful fireworks showThe famed fireworks will return to the shores of Cambria, California after a hiatus in 2015 due to fire concerns related to the severe drought. The spectacular display will take place on July 4 beginning at dusk, lighting up the sky for miles along the Central California Coast. Shamel Park will be the central location for not only fireworks, but an entire day of activities geared toward making Independence Day fun for the whole family.

The return of the fireworks to Cambria in 2016 is especially momentous as the town celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary. Cambria has been accustomed to extravagant Fourth of July festivities since its establishment in 1866. The town would host huge parades and picnics, as seen in the picture below, taken sometime in the 1870s (courtesy of the Cambria Historical Society). Local establishments would drape their buildings with red, white and blue bunting, and visitors would travel from all over the area to see the spectacle.

Photo Courtesy of the Cambria Historical Society

Photo Courtesy of the Cambria Historical Society

This Independence Day will be another noteworthy celebration in Cambria. Events will kick off at 11 a.m. with the opening ceremonies, followed by live music and dancing. Guests can join in a waiter and waitress tray balancing relay race, or the Linn’s pie eating contest, and children can play various games, get their faces painted or hop into the bounce house in the kids’ area.

Photo Credit: Terry Farrell

Photo Credit: Terry Farrell

At 3 p.m., a raffle drawing will offer participants the chance to win some great prizes. There will be concessions available all day, and the swimming pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking and admission are free, and the trolley will run along Main Street and Moonstone Beach Drive to Shamel Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day will conclude with the fireworks show, which is specially designed to be low-altitude in order to provide better visibility in case of fog. For more information, visit cambriachamber.org.

The Celebration of Cambria Authors is another exciting part of the Fourth of July weekend, taking place on Saturday, July 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Cambria’s Veterans Memorial Hall. Presented by the Cambria Historical Society and the Friends of the Cambria Library, this event will highlight notable local authors as well as some authors who have written about Cambria. The featured speaker is Sharon Lovejoy, who will speak at 2 p.m. This event will honor the sesquicentennial anniversary of Cambria. Book your stay now!

Olallieberries 101

IMG_9779It’s olallieberry season in Cambria! If you haven’t noticed, olallieberries are kind of a big deal around here. If you’ve never heard of olallieberries, you’re in for a treat. In honor of olallieberry season, we’re offering a course on Olallieberries 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Olallieberries! Don’t worry; there are no quizzes in this class. Just fun facts about one of our favorite fruits!

How do you say “olallieberry”?
Olallieberry is pronounced oh-lah-leh-behr-ree.

What is an olallieberry?
The olallieberry was created at Oregon State University by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1949 by combining the loganberry and a youngberry, but genetically, an olallieberry is about two-thirds blackberry and one-third red raspberry.

IMG_9776Where can I find olallieberry products in Cambria?
Olallieberries thrive in California’s Central Coast climate and are used in recipes at restaurants throughout Cambria. From salad dressings to desserts, local chefs have been using olallieberries in their culinary creations for years. One of the most popular olallieberry hotspots is Linn’s Fruit Bin, where they grow their own olallieberries on Linn’s family farm (it’s actually the primary crop!). Linn’s is famous for their olallieberry pie, but they also have olallieberry muffins, sauces, preserves, syrups, vinaigrettes and even salsas available for purchase.

Are there any recipes for olallieberry dishes?
There are so many recipes for making your own delicious olallieberry creations at home, but we’d like to share one of our favorites. This recipe is courtesy of the Olallieberry Inn in Cambria, where they offer monthly cooking classes in their newly remodeled state-of-the-art kitchen.

Olallieberry Bars


1 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 (10 oz.) jar olallieberry jam


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a saucepan; remove from heat. Stir in brown sugar until dissolved. Cool to room temperature. Combine flour, oats, baking soda and salt in a bowl and mix well. Mix in nuts. Reserve 1 cup of flour/oat/nut mixture for the topping. Press the remaining mixture into a greased 9″x13″ baking pan. Spread with Olallieberry jam and sprinkle the remaining flour/oat/nut mixture over the top. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars. Enjoy!

How can I satisfy my olallieberry craving?
Book your stay in Cambria today to get started on your next olallieberry adventure!

National Trails Day – Repost from The Mommy-Files

National Trails Day is Saturday, June 4th! It’s the perfect excuse to get outside and hike one of the many winding trails within Fiscalini Ranch. Adventurers will love the easily-accessible tide pools, and families with small children will appreciate the “well-manicured pathways,” as described by The Mommy-Files, an awesome blog whose writer took a hike through Fiscalini Ranch last Christmas. The weather is certainly warmer now, but the views are just as breathtaking. Don’t forget to share your photos with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the chance to be featured!

The Mommy-Files adventure begins here:

For those of you who know me, I am always up for a hike, with Russel it usually takes a bit more convincing. So when we headed out, it wasn’t with the anticipation of finding a hike. We just happened upon one. Taking a drive up Hwy 1, we came to Cambria, which is a lovely coastal town. We followed signs to the beach and found ourselves at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Nice wide-open spaces with neatly manicured pathways. We saw couples with strollers, young kids riding bikes with their parents, the elderly out on a stroll – all age groups. Click here to continue reading.

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Photo Courtesy of The Mommy-Files

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Photo Courtesy of The Mommy-Files

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.