Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Month: January Events
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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.

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.

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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!

Cambria’s Harvest Festival

harvestfest1-pumpkinVisit Cambria for the Harvest Festival! Put on by the Cambria Historical Society, this celebration of all things fall has so much going on that they couldn’t pack it into just the weekend. Book your stay now and get ready to experience the glory of the harvest! Don’t forget to keep an eye out in town for the scarecrows as a part of Scarecrow Festival, going on throughout the month of October.

 

 

Harvest Fest Weekend
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Saturday, October 8, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Come to the Cambria Historical Museum for live music by the Indigo Jazz Quartet and a whole slew of fun harvest activities, including face painting, pumpkin decorating and a silent auction. There will be barbecue as well as wine and beer for those of legal age, and root beer floats for the young and young-at-heart. Vendors will be selling all of their harvest-related wares. Don’t miss this free event!

 

 

 

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Sunday, October 9, 1 – 3 p.m.

Bring your finest homemade pie to enter into the Pie Baking Contest, or simply stop by to taste them and choose your favorite. You’re invited to bring a dessert to share and meet some new friends!

 

 

 

 

 

Harvest Festival Farm Tour
FARMERS MARKET  PIE CONTESTMonday, October 10, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tour the beautiful farms and ranches of Cambria on this guided bus tour. The tour features the Hearst Castle Arabian Horse Ranch, home to some of the most beautiful horses in the world, and the quaint village of Harmony along the Central Coast. $100 per person includes a seat on the bus as well as lunch and wine tasting at Harmony Cellars. Make your reservation online – but get your ticket early, as this is sure to be a sell-out event!

 

Harvest Festival Dinner
dsc_0318Tuesday, October 11, 5 – 8 p.m.

This special fall fundraiser will benefit the Cambria Historical Society and the upkeep of the museum. Hosted at Robin’s Restaurant, the meal will include appetizers on buffet, a fresh garden salad, warm bread and butter as well as a dessert bar featuring fall favorites like pumpkin cheesecake and apple bars. Guests will have their choice of main course: braised short ribs, grilled salmon filet or butternut squash ravioli, all with delicious sides. Tickets are $100 per person.

 

Some photos provided courtesy of the Cambria Historical Society.

 

Scarecrow Festival Returns to Cambria

IMG_4288This fall, as cool winds begin to sweep through town and the leaves begin to change, Cambria will be transformed once again into an artistic showcase, with scarecrows hiding around every corner. Fortunately, there is nothing to be scared of, as these scarecrows are a part of the 8th Annual Scarecrow Festival, which features delightful characters crafted out of unusual materials, unlike their cornfield brethren.

During the entire month of October, visitors can enjoy hundreds of artfully crafted and unique scarecrows on display throughout Cambria’s East and West Villages and along Moonstone Beach Drive. Over the years, the Scarecrow Festival has grown into a community-wide event with over 400 scarecrows placed throughout town. This year, the theme is Cambria’s 150th Anniversary, which the town is celebrating all year. The Scarecrow Festival’s opening weekend is September 28 through October 1, and there will be a series of special events during this time.

IMG_4304Introduced by the Cambria Historical Society in 2009, this annual festival exhibits some of the most incredibly imaginative and creative scarecrows designed and handcrafted by local artists and business owners. The variety of materials used to create the scarecrows makes them exceptionally unique.

Visitors can enjoy the beautiful fall weather by browsing through Cambria’s exclusive shops and specialty stores, strolling along pristine beaches, or enjoying the local fare at some of the finest wineries and restaurants on the Central Coast, all while taking in these whimsical creatures that display the artistic spirit of Cambria.

Whether guests visit during opening weekend or any day in October, the Scarecrow Festival is a great way to experience one of the most charming towns along the Central Coast. Plenty of local inns provide opportunities to make it an overnight stay; scores of restaurants, shops, hiking trails, wineries and more offer ample ways to enjoy your time. Guests can find a map and guide to all of the scarecrows, as well as additional information, at CambriaScarecrows.com. Guests can also pick up a copy at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce.

 

Opening Weekend Events Schedule:

  • A Salute to Scarecrows Opening Gala. This starlit celebration offers local wine, beer, appetizers, music and a silent auction in the beautiful, scarecrow-decorated gardens of the Cambria Nursery. It takes place 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 29. Tickets are $35. Proceeds benefit the Festival and its student art programs.
  • The VIP Sunset Tour and Dinner, sponsored by Harmony Cellars.  A lucky 42 people will be given a guided walking and bus tour of the town’s best scarecrows.  After a champagne toast to the sunset in San Simeon, guests will enjoy dinner at Robin’s Restaurant in Cambria, featuring Harmony Cellars wine. The tour begins at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30. Tickets are $90.
  • Saturday, October 1st, A Toast to the Coast will feature tastings from the Pacific Coast Wine Trail members and local microbreweries, food from local food trucks, and live entertainment. Beer and wine tasting will take place between 12:30 and 3:30.  Find full event information, here.
  • “And the Winners Are…” Award Ceremony. The Festival announces this year’s winners in all categories at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1 at the Cambria Vet’s Hall, 1000 Main Street. Cheer on this year’s winners. Admission is free.

Finally, the Cambria Trolley will run from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. The route runs from the East Village to the West Village to Moonstone Beach. Trolley rides will be free.

Pinedorado Days Returns Labor Day Weekend

IMG_9607Tradition Takes Over Cambria

A time-honored tradition will return to Cambria this Labor Day weekend. The 68th Annual Pinedorado Days celebration extends from September 2 through September 5, full of fun, sesquicentennial-themed activities for the whole family. Pinedorado Days has taken over Cambria on Labor Day weekend since 1949, bringing a parade, car and motorcycle show, barbecue, art show, kids’ games and more into the roster of events over the years. Visitors will not want to miss this exciting series of events.

Events

Early risers can get a jump on the day Saturday morning at the AFS-Pinedorado 25th Annual 5K Fun Run. The race starts at 7 a.m. at the Coast Union High School and follows the parade route. The entry fee is $15 and proceeds benefit the Coast Union’s American Field Service Program.

Join in the pre-parade festivities at the Joslyn Center’s Annual Waffle Breakfast. Start your morning off from 7 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 3 with a delicious breakfast featuring both regular and gluten-free waffles, pork or veggie sausage, organic strawberries and melon, and more! Tickets are available for $10 at the Joslyn Center office or the Cambria Chamber of Commerce.

The event kicks into high gear with the annual Pinedorado Parade beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 3. See Cambria’s artistic and whimsical spirit at its finest as the floats make their way along the parade’s route that winds down Main Street from East to West Villages.

IMG_9606After the parade, head to the Pinedorado Grounds off Main Street where the festivities continue throughout the weekend. Featuring food booths, beer & wine, carnival rides & kiddy cars, games for the kids, face painting, an art show and live music, this event is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Concessions open daily at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5.

One highlight of the event is the renowned Pinedorado Barbecue, offering all your favorites – succulent top sirloin, tender chicken, hand-made burgers, fresh corn on the cob and mouthwatering baked goods. Raise a glass at the Wine & Beer Pub, where guests can enjoy local fare from some of the area’s finest wineries and brewers.

Visitors can get up close and personal with the exotic animal ambassadors from the Zoo to You” Wildlife Sanctuary out of Paso Robles on Saturday, September 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Pinedorado Grounds.

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On Sunday, September 4, be sure to check out the 10th Annual Pinedorado Car Show. Featuring over 150 cars on display, from vintage muscle cars and motorcycles to stock cars from the early 1900s to “souped-up” street rods, car enthusiasts will love this showcase of classic cars and bikes. Located at the Veterans Hall and Cambria Drive, the car show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pinedorado parking will be available at the Rodeo Grounds area west of Burton Drive and west of Highway 1 at Cambria Drive. The Cambria community bus will provide shuttle service to and from the parking lots to Main Street and the Pinedorado Grounds. Shuttle service will be available Saturday and Sunday, September 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about Pinedorado Days, visit www.pinedorado.com.

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.