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Mom, Are We There Yet? Blog Repost: Road Trip to Hearst Castle & More

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Deborah, creator of the Mom, Are We There Yet? blog recently went on a road trip to Cambria and the Central Coast!

She and her family visited the elephant seals, Hearst Castle, Nitt Witt Ridge, and more. They loved that Cambria has no chains, only unique storefronts and eateries! They were also fascinated by the old buildings in town, many of them now housing businesses and restaurants, like Robin’s, where they ate dinner one evening.

Deborah and team ventured out during the crazy storms a couple weeks ago, but they still had a great time. Check out their amazing adventures here!

 

Darling Magazine: The Solo Getaway of Your Dreams

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Recently, Cassie Winslow from Darling Magazine took an incredible solo trip to Cambria, and basically, she stole our hearts in the process. We love her beautiful photography, her independent soul, her stylish aesthetic, and most of all, her do-it-all itinerary! Here’s a sneak peek of her fantastic article:


“Nestled on the Pacific Coast just 20 minutes west of Paso Robles lies a charming California village lush with nourishing energy, splendid farm-to-table restaurants and welcoming locals. Inviting spaces and a wealth of opportunities to rest and recharge make Cambria an especially lovely destination for a solo getaway.”


Read the rest of the article here! Be sure to follow them on social media, too. Trust us when we say you won’t want to miss out on their adventures—but they don’t just travel. Darling Magazine is a resource for beauty, fashion, business, art, hosting parties and everything in between. It’s delightful, we promise.

 

Give Back During Your Getaway in Cambria

With Earth Day fast approaching on Saturday, April 22, now is the perfect time to start talking about stewardship. There are just as many opportunities to relax and explore as there are to give back in Cambria. Earth Day and stewardship go hand in hand, and Cambria is an ideal location for celebrating, appreciating and giving back to our beautiful planet! Take our stewardship quiz to find out what type of activities suits you best, then start planning your trip.

More About Stewardship Travel

Stewardship travel means forming connections with the land, wildlife, history, people and culture of a community. It’s about adding a bit of doing good and feeling good to your vacation.

“Stewardship travel invites visitors to join Cambria in taking care of its community,” says Linda Finley, Cambria’s stewardship travel ambassador. “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.”

All year long, there are a variety of ongoing activities and annual events that allow guests to Cambria the opportunity to do as the locals do. Don’t just be a tourist. Don’t just stop by. Be a steward of the things that make Cambria unique. Everyone can make a difference.

Takes Your Breath Away, and Gives Back More

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.” All proceeds benefit the Education Program at the Museum.

Spirited Learning Experience

Join Stolo Family Winery & Vineyards every first Saturday of the month on their 23-acre vineyard up beautiful Santa Rosa Creek Road, just minutes from the small, historical coastal town of Cambria. Take an educational walk through the vineyards and learn the history of the location, what’s going on 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

Acquiring property for public access and open space is only the beginning of the process to save land for future generations. 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 is solely performed by generous volunteers on the monthly clean-up days, where they pull unwanted weeds, pick up trash and generally beautify the Preserve.

A Celebration of Springtime

While every day is a beautiful day in Cambria, springtime is especially delightful—in part because of the many events taking place around town. Art, nature, cycling, food, motorcycles and cars will all be celebrated this spring, adding even more to the long list of reasons to visit this quaint coastal town. This wide spectrum of activities is business as usual here—interests vary for the locals, meaning every visitor will find something to love in Cambria!

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Cambria Wildflower Show
Annual Chili Cook-Off, Car & Motorcycle Show
Sculptures by the Sea
Eroica California
Olallieberry Festival
Cambria Bee Faire

 

CAMBRIA AMBASSADORS: Ivy & Eve’s Girls’ Getaway

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Meet two of our sassy, wine-loving ambassadors, Ivy & Eve of the Hello Ivy & Eve blog!

These girls know how to travel in style, so when they went on a girls’ getaway to Cambria, we knew they would wine and dine their way through our quaint coastal town.

This was their second trip to Cambria (read about their December adventure here), so their itinerary featured unforgettable favorites as well as some of the fun things they missed out on last time. From the Sea Chest Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant to the J. Patrick House to Junk Girls to Moonstone Cellars and Cutruzzola Vineyards, the girls selected some of the very best Cambria has to offer—and this list does not do their trip justice… they did so much more!

Check out their full trip on their blog, and be sure to follow them on social media to catch all of their future adventures.

Trust us, you won’t want to miss anything.

 

Hit the Open Road This Spring

Take a Road Trip to Cambria

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If you enjoy the feel of the wind in your hair and the sun on your back, the Central Coast is the perfect playground for free-spirited riders looking for an outdoor adventure. And springtime is one of the best times to hit the open road and head for the coast. The weather is almost perfect and the seaside cliffs are covered with wildflowers making for an unforgettable scenic ride. Whether your bike is a custom chrome Harley or an ultra-lightweight road bike, the Pacific Coast Highway is a favorite scenic route for all types of bikers.

And after a day on the road soaking up the scenery, Cambria offers relief for the road-weary traveler. For years, Cambria has been a year-round haven for two-wheel adventurists and outdoor enthusiasts looking to discover the Central Coast in a way that only two wheels can offer.

Photo: Debby Boutros

Photo: Debby Boutros

Eroica California, a vintage-inspired cycling event, returns to the Central Coast April 8-9. Eroica California celebrates the golden age of cycling as riders leave today’s modern conveniences behind and hit the road on vintage bikes as they travel through private vineyards, unpaved gravel roads and up the steep canyons of Central California Wine Country. Starting in Paso Robles, Eroica offers four routes ranging in length from a 40-mile scenic short route through Paso Robles and Templeton to a treacherous 127-mile seaside route with segments along Highway 1 that lead through the heart of Cambria before heading back to Paso. This route – called the Eroica (or Heroic) – will challenge the physical and mental boundaries of even the most experienced rider.

IMG_9710If hot chili, cold beer, and vintage cars & motorcycles are more your thing, you’ll want to head to Cambria for the Annual Chili Cook-Off, Car & Motorcycle Show April 22 from 10-3pm at the Veterans Hall and Pinedorado Grounds. Enjoy gourmet chili, live music, and sample great local beer while you check out some of the coolest cars and motorcycles on the Central Coast, then vote on your favorite. Entry to the car and motorcycle show is free and chili sampling is just $10.

Whatever type of bike you’re into, Cambria offers the perfect backdrop for road warriors, competitive cyclists or those just looking for a scenic ride. Check out our seasonal lodging packages and plan your spring road trip today!

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend 2017

You’ll be green with envy if you miss out on these St. Patrick’s Day activities in Cambria! Check out this itinerary, full of perfect plans for a fun-filled weekend. (If you see any leprechauns, let us know.)

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Farmers Market

1000 Main St.
Cambria, CA 93428
(805) 927-6220
2:30PM – 5:00PM

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, there will be beer produced by local breweries, authentic Irish fare by Maureen McGonigle Linn, fun St. Paddy’s contests for prizes, and a few surprises, along with the freshest seasonal produce from local farms.

 

Prix Fixe St. Patrick’s Dinner at Robin’s Restaurant

4095 Burton Drive
Cambria, CA 93428
(805) 927-5007

http://www.robinsrestaurant.com/happenings/?id=20

Enjoy traditional classics at Robin’s Restaurant this St. Patrick’s Day. From beer and cheese soup to corned beef and cabbage, check out the full delicious menu at their website (optional beer flight available!). Reservations are highly encouraged.

 

1st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Joslyn Recreation Center

950 Main St.
Cambria, CA 93428
(805) 927-3364
5:00PM – 6:30PM

http://cambriachamber.org/mar.php

Serving traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner from 5:00-6:30pm. $20 per person includes wine or beer and dessert. Tickets available for purchase Monday-Friday 10am-2pm at the Joslyn Center or at the Chamber of Commerce Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

 

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Fiscalini Forest Loop Walk

http://cambriaranchwalks.com/

10am-12pm

Walk to Forest Loop Trail of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve with a docent from Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Enjoy the Monterey Pine forest as you learn about the plants, animals, human history, and the trails in this special part of Cambria. The walk is about 2 hours and 2.5 miles long with very little elevation gain. Bring water, shoes that protect the toes, and wear long pants to help protect from possible poison oak. Children welcome with adult supervision. FFRP docent walks are free of charge and open to the public. For information and directions to Tipton Trail Head, call Stephen at 805-400-5366. Rain cancels the walk.

 

927 Beer Company 5th Anniversary Party

921 Cornwall St.
Cambria, CA 93428
(805) 203-5265
12PM – 9PM

Join 927 Beer Company as they celebrate their 5-year anniversary! Food will be available via food truck with plenty of delicious beer on tap and live entertainment.

 

Fuddy Meers

Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre
1350 Main St.
Cambria, CA 93428
7:30PM

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2864072

Fuddy Meers is an American play by David Lindsay-Abaire. It tells the story of an amnesiac, Claire, who awakens each morning as a blank slate on which her husband and teenage son must imprint the facts of her life. One morning Claire is abducted by a limping, lisping man who claims her husband wants to kill her. The audience views the ensuing mayhem through the kaleidoscope of Claire’s world. The play culminates in a cacophony of revelations, proving that everything is not what it appears to be.  Director Gregg Wolff

 

Rough House at Cambria Pines Lodge

2905 Burton Drive
Cambria, CA 93428
9:00PM

Nestled amid a magical landscape, Cambria Pines Lodge provides a wide variety of accommodations in a picturesque setting. Encompassing a breathtaking 25 acres of world-class gardens and Monterey pine forest, our Cambria, CA hotel features spacious rooms and suites, beautifully appointed with a thoughtful assortment of contemporary amenities. We also provide a therapeutic day spa, sparkling outdoor heated pool, soothing hot tub, and convenient business center. Enjoy a diverse menu of enticing dishes at Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant, along with great happy hour specials and live music each evening in the Fireside Lounge. With uniquely engaging indoor and outdoor venues, we’re an ideal destination for weddings, corporate meetings, and social engagements.

 

Tales of the Cork: Escape to Cambria

Greg Stobbe is a well-known and well-loved blog author, lauded for his experience and expertise in both wine and travel. He loves to share his stories with his followers, offering tricks of the trade, honest and intelligent accounts, insider knowledge, and even custom itineraries for the most exciting adventures.

He’s traveled all over Europe, explored wine country in California, and he recently went on a three-day getaway in Cambria! Of course, he blogged about it—and through his writing we get a peek into his fabulous taste in wine, food and vacationing. His blog includes a full itinerary of his trip as well as tips to make your stay unforgettable.

Check out a preview below…

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Cambria Vacation Inspires Central Coast Dreaming

Vacations affect your happiness and planning one can produce enough positive vibes to justify a three-day getaway. And, according to a 2010 New York Times article, the effects of vacation anticipation can boost happiness for up to eight weeks.

While I have led tours to New York City, Europe, and the central coast many times, I still get positive endorphins as I did drafting those trips more than 20 years ago. The key? Planning and dreaming about vacations before departure.

With today’s busyness and hectic pace, many long for sounds of seagulls, rhythm of the waves, sweet smells of pine forests, beach or bluff walks, and air as clean as mother nature intended.

So when a three-day window arose for Geena and I to enjoy Cambria, California, a pre-planned agenda helped ensure a relaxed, no hassle weekend. And, to top it off, planning and anticipating the vacation for a few weeks beforehand may be even more important to a feeling of relaxation than just the days away from home.

Cambria is a sleepy “just off the beach” town a few miles north of Morro Bay, Cayucos and six miles south of San Simeon and Hearst Castle fame on California’s central coast.

Cambria’s pristine beaches, tide pools, wine tasting and forest, bluff and other docent-led Fiscalini Ranch walks are the perfect slow-pace agenda we wanted and longed for. We knew a leisurely drive could easily take a visitor to the Piers Blancas Light Station, Paso Robles wine tours, the Edna Valley and SLO County wineries or the college town of San Luis Obispo. But Cambria’s beauty, beaches, paths and slow pace was calling.

We wanted to escape to Cambria and take in its natural wonders.

And, Central California visitors or Central Valley residents will tell you, there is PLENTY TO DO during a three-day mini vacation in Cambria, thank you.

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Head over to the Tales of the Cork blog to continue reading the rest!

 

Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Month

The Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Celebration is finally here! In Cambria, we treasure our location for so many reasons: the lush natural environment, coastal views, rich history and wealth of delicious local food and wine. During the celebration, we encourage visitors to get involved! There are tons of special events and year-round activities that will allow guests to immerse themselves in our coastal heritage.

Here is a cheat sheet for some of the events happening in and around Cambria to celebrate our amazing region! Head to the Highway 1 Discovery Route website for more information about what’s going on all over the Central Coast during the celebration.

Ocean Giants Film at Hearst Castle
BlendFest on the Coast
Piedras Blancas Light Station Historical Tours
Fiscalini Ranch Activities
Cambria Art & Wine Festival
Hands-On Citizen Science Outing in San Simeon Cove
Cambria Clean-Up Kit & Appreciation Tote Bag
Elephant Seal Exploratory Tours
Pacific Coast Wine Trail Passport Weekend

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.