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Get Cheesy in Cambria

Say, “Cheese!” It’s no surprise that this sentence always makes us smile—cheese is simply wonderful. Fortunately for traveling cheese lovers, Cambria is the perfect place to satisfy your cheesy cravings. Not only does Cambria have many wineries and tasting rooms ideal for cheese pairings, it’s home to an incredible creamery where you can taste a variety of cheeses, and even pet some goats. You’ll definitely have a gouda trip with these charming cheese stops on your itinerary!


Stepladder Creamery

Stepladder Creamery

Founded in 1871, this ranch has been family-owned and operated for three generations. In their words, they specialize in traditionally crafting small-scale, handmade cheeses with milk from their pasture-raised herd of very well-loved Lamancha goats. They also make artisan cow’s milk, goat’s milk and mixed milk cheeses using milk exclusively from two local, family-owned dairies. In short, yum! Also, if petting goats isn’t on your bucket list, it should be—they’re adorable.

Stepladder Creamery is a part of the California Cheese Trail, and they were recently featured in this Bring Me video about a cheese-lover’s road trip!



Indigo Moon

Indigo Moon

This Main Street eatery is all about helping you make the perfect match—between wine and cheese, that is. The cheese selection in their wine and cheese shop is one of the best in the area, and they are eager to help you discover all of the details and nuances of tastings. Don’t miss their charcuterie to round out your meal experience! You can even eat a delicious meal after your tasting—just hop over to the restaurant next door, located in one of Cambria’s oldest historical buildings.

 


Soto's True Earth Market

Soto’s True Earth Market

If picnics are more your style, visit Soto’s True Earth Market, a grocery store housed in a former-meat-market-turned-historic-landmark on Main Street. Pick your favorite cheeses, some deli meats, and a bottle of local wine or beer and head to Moonstone Beach for a coastal view during your feast.

 

 

 

 


Ivy & Eve Cocktail Hour

Olallieberry Thyme Vodka Lemonade

It’s Olallieberry season in Cambria and if you didn’t know, Cambria and Olallieberries go together like PB & J.
Olallieberries are a large juicy summer berry that’s part blackberry, part red raspberry, and completely delicious! This summer sipper is perfect for a lazy afternoon by the pool (or beach, or backyard BBQ). It is sure to be a hit all season long!

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Lemonade Ingredients:

Makes one jug of lemonade.

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (5 to 6 lemons)
  • 1 cup superfine sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 3 cups water

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Cocktail Ingredients:

Makes one cocktail.

  • Lemonade (see recipe above)
  • 5 olallieberries
  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 2 thyme sprigs
Berries

Olalieberries are famous, here in Cambria.

Directions:

  1. Place 3 large olallieberries in a tall glass.
  2. Muddle with a wooden muddler (or a fork).
  3. Add 1.5 oz (1 shot) vodka to the glass and stir.
  4. Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  5. Top with lemonade.
  6. Take the thyme sprigs in your hands and clap your hands together to bring out the aroma.
  7. Garnish with a slice of lemon, two olallieberries, and the smacked thyme.

Enjoy!

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Cheers!

Summer Lovin’ in Cambria

We’re in love with all of the entertaining activities and events this summer!

Summer vacation means more time spent with family and friends, warm weather, and an abundance of memorable moments. Walking along Moonstone Beach, shopping on Main Street, venturing up the coast to see the elephant seals, hiking the many trails—we always say there’s something for everyone in Cambria. When you come to Cambria this summer, make sure to add these events to your to-do list to round out the perfect trip!

17th Annual Gene Cerise Country Coast Classic Bike Ride
The Country Coast Classic, taking place in Cambria on Saturday, June 24, supports and funds programs that promote positive development of the youth in the community. Riders can do 1/4–century, 1/2-century and 3/4-century rides on some of the most scenic coastline in the area. Registration includes well-stocked rest stops, experienced SAG, a barbecue lunch and a raffle ticket.

Picnic in the Park
The Fourth of Julyis always cause for a big celebration in Cambria. This year, join in the party at Shamel Park on Tuesday, July 4, with food, games, live bands and dancing! The celebration begins at 11 a.m. and continues through the evening, ending with a spectacular fireworks display.

Photo via Greenspace

Photo via Greenspace

Art and Adventure Auction
On Saturday, July 22, enjoy a fabulous dinner prepared by Robin’s Restaurant as a selection of art donated by locally and nationally known artists is auctioned off, as well as exciting adventure trips. This event is hosted by Greenspace and benefits their local environmental and cultural efforts.

New Tour of Hearst Castle—The Art of San SimeonMG_5396-postcard-sq-crp
This brand new semi-private tour highlights William Randolph Hearst and how he acquired his remarkable paintings, tapestries, sculptures, antiquities, and furniture. This two-hour tour, offered twice daily, only runs for a limited time, from Monday, May 1 to Friday, June 30, so be sure to take advantage of this special opportunity.

2017 Pinedorado Days
Pinedorado Days is a Labor Day Weekend event that kicks off on Saturday, September 2, and continues through Monday, September 4. After the big parade on Saturday, the Pinedorado grounds will offer barbecues, kids games, prizes, face-painting, food booths, kiddy cars, an art show and live music. There will also be a beer and wine pub. The car show on Sunday at the Veteran’s Hall will feature all years and makes. This weekend is fun for the whole family.

Father’s Day Fun

What do you get for the dad who has everything?

The most valuable things to the World’s Greatest Dad (all those mugs you got for him did not go unnoticed) are not things at all—they are memories made and time spent with the people he loves. Use this itinerary as an outline for your perfect Cambria trip on Father’s Day weekend, because you know he deserves the chance to get away and make new memories, and there’s no better place than Cambria.

JUNE 16 – 18

 

Friday
6:00 p.m. – Dinner at Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill
If you’re looking for the perfect place to treat Dad to ocean-view dining, Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill is it. Although they do not accept reservations, their seafood-based menu is well worth the wait.
o Dinner hours: 5:00pm -9:00pm

Photo via kayakcambria.com

Photo via kayakcambria.com

Saturday
10:00 a.m. – Kayaking in the morning
Start your Saturday morning at sea! Whether you want to go at your own pace or take a tour, Kayak Outfitters will help you get out there. Please call ahead to reserve.

12:00 p.m. – Lunch and wine at Sebastian’s
From HearstRanchWinery.com: While it still serves as a general store and café to tourists, campers and sport fishing enthusiasts, Sebastian’s is also the gathering place to sample the wines of Hearst Ranch Winery. Local residents and visitors from all over the world savor the amazing Chardonnay, Rosé, Tempranillo, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Late Harvest Zinfandel and our Red Cuvée, White Cuvée and Barrel Select Cuvée Blends in our quaint and inviting tasting room. Historic remnants of the past alongside the inlaid copper bar top and rustic barn wood siding take you back to the turn-of-the-century when Old San Simeon Village was the center of rural commerce.

2:00 p.m. – Hearst Castle: Designing the Dream Tour
Tour Description from HearstCastle.org: Design and construction of La Cuesta Encantada (the Enchanted Hill) took over three decades. The Designing the Dream Tour explores the evolution of William Randolph Hearst’s magnificent estate, from its earliest construction in the 1920s, through the final touches of the mid-1940s. Your knowledgeable guide will take you by the world-famous Neptune Pool and through the lush gardens of the estate. After exploring the grounds, you will see the interior rooms of Casa del Sol, one of the three guest cottages. The rest of the tour will take you to the North Wing of Casa Grande (big house). Workers completed these guest rooms in the late 1930s and mid-1940s; they stand in stark contrast to the rest of the estate and reflect the changing tastes of both the client, William Randolph Hearst, and his architect, Julia Morgan. Your tour ends with a behind the scenes trip to the glorious Roman Pool where you will visit dressing rooms and end your tour poolside. The duration of your tour does not include the fifteen-minute bus ride to the hilltop. Please book your tour in advance.

4:00 p.m. – Beer tasting at 927 Beer
Sit back and relax with a cold brew or a tasting tray from Cambria’s only local brewery, 927!

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6:00 p.m. – Dinner at Black Cat Bistro
Simply elegant, and simply delicious, this intimate eatery in Cambria opened in 2002 and has been the talk of the town ever since. Sample unusual appetizers such as stuffed fried green olives, or sage and mushroom gnocchi. Try hearty entrees of roasted duck breast with dried cherry quinoa risotto, or a three-cheese baked polenta with eggplant and red chard. Desserts include mascarpone ice cream over pound cake with basil syrup, and a salted caramel tart. Paso Robles and other regional wines are central to this chef’s expression so let the wait staff suggest just the right pairings. Visit blackcatbistro.com or call (805) 927-1600.
o This restaurant serves abalone sourced locally from The Abalone Farm in Cayucos, a certified member of Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made online or by phone.

9:00 p.m.Catalina Eddy at Cambria Pines Lodge
Catalina Eddy and the Blue Keys are a new aggregation of seasoned Central Coast musicians who deliver an energetic brew of Blues, Roots, Rock and Rockabilly. They offer a strong core of rockin’ original tunes supported by a great assortment of classics from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, John Hiatt, Van Morrison and Willie Dixon.
o Cambria Pines Lodge
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.

Sunday
9:00 a.m. – Fishing at San Simeon Pier
Life moves fast. Nothing slows down a busy weekend more than an hour or two of quiet fishing off the San Simeon Pier. Check out the link below for all the info you need for a successful pier fishing trip.

12:30 p.m. – Lunch at Las Cambritas with live music from Rough House Band

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If you find yourself in Cambria, but wanting south-of-the-border fare, head for Las Cambritas in the East Village. Come and enjoy live music on Thursday evenings in the lounge and Sunday afternoons on the deck by the beautiful creek. Rough House is a good old Country Rock quartet!

2:00 p.m.Linn’s Easy as Pie before heading out
Wrap up your weekend with a tasty treat. You can’t leave Cambria without a classic piece of Olallieberry pie from Linn’s!

6 Ways to Indulge Mom on Mother’s Day Weekend

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Coming up with new ways to delight the moms in your life can be difficult—especially when they deserve so much for all they do! Fortunately, in Cambria, there are plenty of things to do that your mom will love. The fun ideas in this Mother’s Day poem are all included in our itinerary—get inspired and treat Mom to a weekend getaway full of peace, quiet, and happy memories.

  • First, put on your dancing shoes!

    On Friday, May 12, the Mighty Croon dogs will perform at the Cambria Pines Lodge. This four-piece band plays all types of music pleasing to all ages, and everyone will want to dance along!

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.

 

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.