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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

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!

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

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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

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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

 

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.