CowParade SLO in Cambria

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CowParade SLO in Cambria

Moo-n Drops & Moo-maids

Moo-n Drops & Moo-maids

CowParade™ is an “international moo-ving public art exhibit that has been featured in over 75 cities and towns around the world!” This year, 101 cows (in honor of Highway 101) are on display along the Central Coast. The life-size cows are made of fiberglass and are 120 pounds each!

As the cows continue to “march” along the Central Coast for CowParade, we wanted to take some time to highlight the cows residing in Cambria! There are six cows in total, two of which are “mini moos” and therefore smaller than the rest—but no less special! Here is a sneak peek at the cows currently grazing in Cambria.

We are so excited to be included in this udderly wonderful parade of cows. It will all come to an end on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Don’t miss the opportunity to see them while they’re in Cambria, and be sure to check out the cows featured on our app!


Moo-n Drops & Moo-maids
This cow, painted by the lovely and talented Melody Rose Lara, is located outside of the Cambria Landing Inn & Suites on Moonstone Beach Drive. Inspired by the blurring of boundaries between space and sea, we think this cow perfectly depicts the mystical enchantment of Moonstone Beach.


Coastal Cow
The Coastal Cow captures the abundance of marine life on the Central Coast. Created by Tish Rogers and Patrick Dennis, the cow reflects a unique perspective, both above water and underneath. You won’t want to miss this cow; it’s grazing next to the Shell Station on Main Street in the West Village.

The Vineyard Diva
There are so many great wineries along the Central Coast that we couldn’t miss out on an opportunity to glorify them in cow form! This “bovine beauty” was created by Mary Clark-Camargo, who used glass mosaic pieces to create a spectacular vineyard scene. This golden-horned princess is located at the Cambria Historical Museum at the corner of Burton Drive and Center Street.



How do you count the cows in the Cow Parade? With a cow-culator, of course! If you want to check your answer, however, you can always ask our Cow-cu-lations cow, located on the corner of Main Street and Santa Rosa Creek Road, across from the dog park. Put together by the Paso Robles Art Association, this cow is better at math than most humans.

Mini Moo: Side Walk Surfin’
Karen Floyd, the artist behind this cow, sought to illustrate the permanent vacation she feels like she’s been on since moving to the Central Coast. She loves the year-round beach weather and beach town pace. This wave-riding cow is surfing the sidewalk in front of Robin’s Restaurant on Burton Drive. Cow-a-bunga, dude!

Mini Moo: Where’s Cowldo?
This cow is a mystery! (Moo-stery? Too far?) Painted by Tish Rogers and Patrick Dennis, the cow roams the streets of Cambria, never staying too long in one place. What does Cowldo look like, you ask? You’ll have to find it to find out!

The Cambria Christmas Market Returns

img_1238The holiday market is returning to Cambria on Friday, November 25! Featuring beautiful light displays along with tons of vendors selling the most coveted holiday gifts and treats, the Cambria Christmas Market will celebrate a time-honored European custom, dating back to the Middle Ages! The traditional Christmas market, or “Weihnachtsmarkt,” as it is referred to in Germany, opens the holiday season with delicious food, warm winter beverages and gifts galore. If you’re feeling extra curious, check out this list of vendors.

The spectacular lighting creates a magical winter wonderland that kids and kids-at-heart will love. You will need at least an hour to take in all of the sights! Be sure to sneak a peek at the gallery for a hint of what’s to come.

img_1252This highly-anticipated event will run until Friday, December 23, with a limited number of tickets available. This year, tickets are expected to sell out in advance and if they do, they will NOT be sold at the door. Don’t miss out on the biggest event of the holiday season! Purchase your tickets here. Admission prices are $5, $10 or $15 depending on the date, but kids five and under are always free. Keep in mind that on November 28th and 29th as well as December 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th, the Market will be closed. The last shuttle to the Market is at 8 p.m., ticket sales close at 8:15 p.m., and the last shuttle from the Market leaves at 9:15 p.m. More information on the shuttle service and parking is available here.

Make your plans to visit Cambria and the Christmas Market; tickets are available now!

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.