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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

Ivy & Eve – Girls Weekend

A few weeks ago, we took a weekend trip down south to Cambria for a bit of relaxing “sister time” before the holiday festivities began. Cambria is a small beach town located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. When we decided to head south to Cambria for a quick girls-weekend, we chose to stay at the fun and trendy Cambria Beach Lodge. We teamed up with the Lodge to show all that Cambria has to offer!

xxx Ivy & Eve

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Here is a map the Cambria Beach Lodge provided for even more great suggestions!

Stay:

Cambria Beach Lodge Situated right on Moonstone Beach, this newly renovated and trendy hotel is the perfect place to spend a relaxing weekend in Cambria. The lodge is centrally located, making it a quick drive to downtown Cambria or Hearst Castle. The rooms were trendy yet inviting with a great mini bar full of tasty treats and even a set of binoculars for all of your outdoor adventures. Outside each room is a small porch with bright turquoise chairs and there is a large glass surrounded deck on the top floor overlooking Moonstone Beach. We took full advantage of this amenity by toasting our trip with a bottle of bubbly before going off to the Christmas Market and dinner. Each morning, they serve a simple yet tasty continental breakfast which is a real perk for when you want to relax with a cup of coffee and pastry and watch the early morning surfers on Moonstone Beach! The Lodge also has beach cruiser bikes for guests to borrow. We loved cruising the boardwalk across the street! There are many quality beachfront lodges in Cambria, but none quite have the fun and hip vibe that the Cambria Beach Lodge has. We totally recommend it!

To read more about Ivy & Eve’s sister weekend in Cambria, click the link.

Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Month: January Events

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 January events happening in and around Cambria to celebrate our amazing region! Check back soon for February events.

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Ocean Giants Film at Hearst Castle

On Saturdays from January 14 through February 25, 2017, guests can see the film Ocean Giants: Giant Lives for free at the Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Film Festival! It’s being held at the Hearst Castle Theater, which features a huge five-story screen. The three–part Ocean Giants series is all about the underwater giants that populate our oceans. Part one, Giant Lives, focuses on one of the most captivating creatures: the great whale. For film times and more information, check out the Coastal Discovery & Stewardship site.

BlendFest on the Coast
Paso Robles Wine Country’s 3rd annual BlendFest will take place in Cambria from Friday, January 13 through Sunday, January 15. It is the only wine festival dedicated to blended wines! This wine-filled weekend includes some fun blend-themed events: the Grand Tasting, the Winemaker Dinner, two Blending Seminars, a BlendFest Brunch and a painting class! You can also attend the event as a VIP by booking your stay at one of the featured Cambria or San Simeon lodging properties. By showing your room key, you can arrive early to your scheduled session time and get an extra half-hour of wine tasting! Get your tickets today!

Piedras Blancas Light Station Historical Tours
Just 15 miles north of Cambria on a rugged, windswept coastal point rests the historic Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. Named for the large nearby white rocks that sea captains used to guide them to shore, the Piedras Blancas Light Station was first illuminated in 1875 to guide mariners along the rocky California coast. Today, it offers visitors a glimpse into the past. A variety of tours is offered year-round, including Sunset and Whale Watching Tours as well as guided tours of the restored lighthouse and surrounding buildings. Lighthouse tours are offered every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, so be sure to check their website for more information!

Bluff Trail, Fiscalini Ranch

Bluff Trail, Fiscalini Ranch

Fiscalini Ranch Activities
Fiscalini Ranch has year-round activities that will connect visitors with nature, but during the Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Celebration, there are some special events you won’t want to miss. From ranch clean-ups to docent-led walks, Fiscalini Ranch is sure to bring the outdoorsman (or woman) out in you! The first ranch day of 2017 is on January 14, and you can find more information on their website. Docent walks take place throughout the month. Check the docent calendar for more information.

Cambria Art & Wine Festival
In true Cambria spirit, the Art & Wine Festival combines two major pieces of Cambria’s personality into one wonderful weekend. From Friday, January 27 through Sunday, January 29, patrons can learn about local wine and local art all in one place. Festival highlights include shopping specials, wine tasting, wine pairing, raffle prizes, live demonstrations by artists, an art show/silent auction and more! Click here to purchase tickets, and don’t forget to book your stay, too!

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Coastal Discovery Center

Hands-On Citizen Science Outing in San Simeon Cove
Just a few miles up the road from Cambria is San Simeon, which, among other things, features the Coastal Discovery Center. The Citizen Science outing provides visitors with the knowledge and resources to help protect our sacred marine life. The Plankton Monitoring program takes place weekly on Saturdays, and is a kid-friendly option for those passionate about saving our oceans! For more information, check out the San Simeon Activities Guide page.

Cambria Clean-Up Kit & Appreciation Tote Bag
Giving guests are always invited to help clean up Cambria! You can pick up your kit at the local Visitor Center and head down to Moonstone Beach for stunning views while you make a difference for the marine life of the area. For more information on this and other stewardship travel opportunities, check out the stewardship page on our website.

TalesoftheCork Repost: Sipping a Cambria Moonstone Cellars Tempranillo

Cambria is brimming with wonderful tasting rooms and estate wineries throughout the area. TalesoftheCork’s Greg Stobbe shares his review of Moonstone Cellars’ 2009 Paso Robles Tempranillo in his recent blog post below. Check out the preview and then head over to his blog for the full story!

Photo Credit: Greg Stobbe, TalesoftheCork

Photo Credit: Greg Stobbe, TalesoftheCork

 

Greg’s story starts here:

Visitors planning a trip to Cambria, California, often stroll along the wooden boardwalk, go whale and elephant seal watching, visit  Hearst Castle and a dine at one of Moonstone beach-side restaurants.

But in downtown Cambria, a small boutique winery and wine shop should be on your list, besides window shopping. Pencil in Moonstone Cellars.

While we don’t get over to Cambria very often, a leisurely walk in the picturesque town and nearby ocean boardwalk, visitors will find boutique and antique shops, mom and pop cafes and restaurants and the local wine shop and winery: Moonstone Cellars.

Continue reading, here.

Wine on the Coast

One of the best things about a weekend getaway to Cambria on the Central Coast is the close proximity to all of the incredible wineries in the area. Grapes grown in the unique coastal climate have a flavor unlike any other, attracting wine lovers from all over the world. January is the perfect time to schedule your vino-vacation, too, because there are multiple wine-centric events happening in and around Cambria!

Check them out below.

 

BlendFest on the Coast

Paso Robles Wine Country’s 3 rd annual BlendFest will take place in Cambria from Friday, January 13 through Sunday, January 15. It is the only wine festival dedicated to blended wines! This wine-filled weekend includes some fun blend-themed events: the Grand Tasting, Winemaker Dinner, two Blending Seminars, BlendFest Brunch and a painting class! You can also attend the event as a VIP by booking your stay at one of the featured Cambria or San Simeon lodging properties. By showing your room key, you can arrive early to your scheduled session time and get an extra half-hour of wine tasting! Get your tickets today!

 

Cambria Art & Wine Festival

In true Cambria spirit, the Art & Wine Festival combines two major pieces of Cambria’s personality into one wonderful weekend. From Friday, January 27 through Sunday, January 29, patrons can learn about local wine and local art all in one place. Festival highlights include shopping specials, wine tasting, wine pairing, raffle prizes, live demonstrations by artists, an art show/silent auction and more!

Click here to purchase tickets, and don’t forget to book your stay, too!

 

Wine Pairing Dinner

Pacific Coast Wine Trail is hosting their Wine Pairing Dinner in Cambria at Indigo Moon Restaurant. At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, during Cambria Art & Wine Festival Weekend, join Cayucos Cellars, Chateau Margene, Cuatro Dias, Harmony Cellars and MCV Wines for an elaborate five-course meal!

All-inclusive tickets cost $100 per person, and they must be purchased in advance.

For reservation questions, call Harmony Cellars at 805.927.1625. Book your reservations here!

 

Blendfest

Blendfest

Cambria Art & Wine Festival

Cambria Art & Wine Festival

 

Christmas on the Coast

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Cambria Christmas Market

The holidays are the perfect time to take a trip to the Central Coast. There is so much to see and do, whether you’re fond of historical homes, bright lights or festive feasts! Check out these fun activities in the area this season, and keep scrolling down to find a list of restaurants open on Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Book your holiday stay today!

The Christmas Market features vendors with all sorts of treats and gifts, as well as thousands of lights strung up to create a magical winter wonderland that you won’t want to miss! Read our blog for more information.

You can see this spectacular estate just as Mr. Hearst’s guests did in the 1920s and 1930s at Christmastime! The castle is fully decorated and offering three tours specially featuring the holiday splendor. Décor will be up through the end of the month of December. Check out their website to book your tour.

The Pewter Plough Playhouse will be hosting a special show of Clue: The Musical on New Year’s Eve at 7 p.m. After the show, head over to Harmony Café for dinner and wine. Then, take part in the New Year’s festivities from 10 p.m. to midnight, with live music from the Sunny Wright Trio. Call the box office at 805.924.1219 for reservations!

 

Open Restaurants

To find more information about these restaurants, visit our Food & Wine page.

Christmas Day:

  • Cambria Pines Lodge
  • Cavalier Restaurant (San Simeon)
  • Dragon Bistro
  • Madeline’s
  • Ragged Point Inn & Restaurant
  • Sandy’s Deli
  • Wild Ginger

New Year’s Eve:

  • Black Cat Bistro
  • Cambria Cafe
  • Cambria Pines Lodge
  • Cambria Pub & Steakhouse
  • Cavalier Restaurant (San Simeon)
  • Dragon Bistro
  • Harmony Cafe
  • Indigo Moon
  • La Terraza Mexican Grill
  • Las Cambritas
  • Linn’s Easy as Pie
  • Linn’s Restaurant
  • Madeline’s
  • Main Street Grill
  • Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill
  • Ragged Point Inn & Restaurant
  • Robin’s
  • Route One California Grill
  • San Simeon Beach Bar & Grill
  • Sandy’s Deli
  • Sea Chest
  • Wild Ginger

New Year’s Day:

  • Black Cat Bistro
  • Cambria Pines Lodge
  • Cambria Pub & Steakhouse
  • Cavalier Restaurant (San Simeon)
  • Dragon Bistro
  • Indigo Moon
  • La Terraza Mexican Grill
  • Linn’s Easy as Pie
  • Linn’s Restaurant
  • Madeline’s
  • Main Street Grill
  • Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill
  • Ragged Point Inn & Restaurant
  • Robin’s
  • Route One California Grill
  • San Simeon Beach Bar & Grill
  • Sandy’s Deli
  • Wild Ginger

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.

Cow-cu-lations

Cow-cu-lations

Cow-cu-lations
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!

Scarecrow Festival Winners and Highlights

This year is full of excitement and innovation at the annual Scarecrow Festival! Throughout the month of October, visitors and residents find scarecrows around every corner. They make the fall spirit contagious in Cambria! There were so many creative entries this year, and our judging committee had a very difficult time selecting winners. Fortunately, there was an abundance of categories and therefore many scarecrow champions. Themes ranged fromcreative use of materials to sesquicentennial and traditional designs. Our scarecrow creators couldn’t have done a better job; all who visited were awestruck and delighted!

In case you missed some of the scarecrows this fall, we’ve put together a slideshow of the winners in the Adult and Student categories. Please enjoy the ingenuity and resourcefulness of these outstanding entries, and visit Cambria before the end of the month to see the complete showcase of superb scarecrows!
To view a complete list of winning scarecrows, please click here: list-of-winners

New Visit Cambria App

ctb12393_travelappwindowclingThe Visit Cambria App is a great way to make your trip to Cambria as special and seamless as possible. The Visit Cambria App has hundreds of things to do in Cambria, including unique locations to visit, themed self-guided tours, places to stay and eat, local wineries and breweries as well as unique cycling routes in the area. You can add activities, events and/or places that you find interesting to your itinerary and create your ultimate Cambria to-do list! The app is available for download on iOS and Android. App features include:

EXPLORE

Using the EXPLORE feature, you can see many of the wonderful destinations Cambria has to offer, including Hikes & Trails, Food Wine & Beer, Secret Gems, Natural Wonders, Surrounding Spots, Lodging and more. There is also a section for Cycle Central Coast, where cyclists can check out some popular routes and take a look at upcoming cycling events in the community.

EVENTS

Cambria has some exciting events that attract visitors from near and far, including the Scarecrow Festival, the Art & Wine Festival and the Cambria Christmas Market. The EVENTS section lists live music and upcoming events in town with details about each event.

WEATHER

The WEATHER section will lead you to live weather updates in Cambria from Accuweather forecasts.

MY ITINERARY

Using the MY ITINERARY feature, you can add every destination that interests you to one convenient list. Each destination has a photo, description, and links to more information, including maps and directions. This list will make it easy for you to explore Cambria during your visit!

 

Download the app 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.