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BlendFest – The 805’s Premier Wine Tasting Event

Showcasing the Unique and Unconventional Blends of the Central Coast 

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Some of the greatest wines are made from a blend of grapes rather than a single varietal. By blending varietals, winemakers can change a wine’s quality, enhancing aromas, color, texture, and body, making it a more well-rounded and complex wine. With the ideal climate and soil, the Central Coast’s wine region produces some of the most unique and distinct blended wines in the world.

Last year, Paso BlendFest on the Coast held its inaugural event celebrating the spectacular wine blends produced by the region’s award-winning wineries. Set on the seaside bluffs of the rugged California coastline, guest sampled premium blends from dozens of the region’s finest wineries surrounded by breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

L.A. based journalist and travel writer for the Huffington Post, Scott Bridges headed up the coast for a little wine and relaxation in Cambria. He rounded out his visit with a trip to BlendFest’s 2015 event. Checkout the highlights of Scott’s trip in his article Escape LA: Wines Among the Pines in Cambria. Scott called BlendFest “the best of both worlds, serving to awaken visitors to the complex taste of Paso’s vino and to the stunning views of the coastline of Cambria…”

Not his first trip to Cambria, Scott writes that Cambria’s thriving cultural scene highlighted by a row of art galleries on a pedestrian-friendly main street are what puts Cambria on the map. With restaurants that embrace the latest culinary trends, a thriving wine industry, unique boutiques and fine art galleries, Cambria is quickly becoming one of the most popular coastal getaway spots in California.

For those of you who missed last year’s event, tickets to 2016 Paso BlendFest on the Coast are on sale now. This year’s event, held February 19 through 21 on Hearst Property at Old San Simeon Village, will feature over 30 renowned wineries, each sampling 3 unique blends. The weekend includes wine tasting sessions, blending seminars and an exclusive winemaker dinner. Guests who stay in Cambria can save on event tickets with our Stay & Save package. Book your stay directly with one of Cambria’s participating lodging partners and save $10 on BlendFest Grand Tasting tickets.

 

Enter to win BlendFest tickets! We’re giving away two tickets to both the Afternoon and Evening tastings happening February 20th!

Fill out the form below to enter to win. Contest ends Wednesday, February 10th at 11:59PM. Winners will be notified by phone on Thursday, February 11th.

**This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winners, Patty C. and Stephanie T.!**

Win SAVOR Tickets!

*This contest is now over. Congratulations to our winners, Tina R. and Cindy P.!

 

Visit Cambria is giving away 2 Tickets to the Roam with the Clydesdales at Covell Ranch OR 2 Main Event Tickets to two lucky people!

SAVORSunset’s Savor the Central Coast

The Main Event at Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast invites you to let your taste buds take the wheel and experience an epicurean adventure while tasting, sipping, and indulging everything the Central Coast has to offer. Located at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, the two-day event on September 26 and 27 showcases celebrity chefs, brew masters, as well as purveyors of artisanal food from throughout California.

Enjoy unlimited food and wine tasting as you wander the Marketplace where over 100 wineries, restaurants, and food purveyors invite you to sample delicious food and drink.

Roam with the Clydesdales at Covell Ranch

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to see beautiful stands of native pine trees from a clydesdalesspectacular vantage point: a hay wagon pulled by Clydesdale horses (A SOLD OUT EVENT). Ralph Covell, owner of the stunning Covell Ranch, will guide you on a tour of the 1,500-acre property that is home to both expansive vistas of endangered Monterey pines and over 100 impressive Clydesdales. Explore the rolling hills (protected by a conservation easement from The Nature Conservancy) and enjoy the company of the Clydesdales, learning how Covell’s vision extends to hydroponically growing feed for these noble draft horses. Afterwards, relax with a deluxe picnic lunch paired with local Central Coast wines. Continue reading

#ShareCambria

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The most memorable vacation moments in life are often shared with the ones we love and enjoy spending the most time with. Here’s your chance to create a new vacation memory with those loved ones in beautiful Cambria, CA.

Check out our latest contest and maybe you and your friends will win a getaway to Cambria. Click here for more information.

SAVOR Ticket Giveaway

*This contest is now over. Congratulations to Jamie G. for winning the SAVOR Main Event and Clydesdales tickets!

 

Visit Cambria is giving away 2 Tickets to the Roam with the Clydesdales at Covell Ranch PLUS 2 Main Event Tickets!

SAVORSunset’s Savor the Central Coast

The Main Event at Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast invites you to let your taste buds take the wheel and experience an epicurean adventure while tasting, sipping, and indulging everything the Central Coast has to offer. Located at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, the two-day event on September 27 and 28 showcases celebrity chefs, brew masters, as well as purveyors of artisanal food from throughout California.

Enjoy unlimited food and wine tasting as you wander the Marketplace where over 100 wineries, restaurants, and food purveyors invite you to sample delicious food and drink.

Roam with the Clydesdales at Covell Ranch

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to see beautiful stands of native pine trees from a clydesdalesspectacular vantage point: a hay wagon pulled by Clydesdale horses. Ralph Covell, owner of the stunning Covell Ranch, will guide you on a tour of the 1,500-acre property that is home to both expansive vistas of endangered Monterey pines and over 100 impressive Clydesdales. Explore the rolling hills (protected by a conservation easement from The Nature Conservancy) and enjoy the company of the Clydesdales, learning how Covell’s vision extends to hydroponically growing feed for these noble draft horses. Afterwards, relax with a deluxe picnic lunch paired with local Central Coast wines.

For a chance to win, you must do the following:

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1.  “Like” this blog post by clicking the “Like” button above
AND
2.  Comment below with why you want to attend SAVOR and do the Clydesdale Adventure Tour!
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(Optional)  3. For a bonus entry, click the “Tweet” button above to tell all your Twitter friends about SAVOR and this giveaway! 
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Sweepstakes Timeframe: Monday, August 4 through Monday, August 18.
Winner Notified: Tuesday, August 19
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Fall in Love with Cambria Sweepstakes

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It is one of our favorite times of the year — fall! In the spirit of the season, we invite you to enter our Fall in Love with Cambria Sweepstakes for a chance to win an overnight stay in our wonderful seaside village, a private tour of Stolo Winery and Vineyard, a private tasting for two, barrel sampling, and four private-reserve bottles of wine!

Entering is easy. Click on the link posted below, which will direct you to a form on the Visit Cambria Facebook Page. “Like” our page, if you have yet to do so. Next, simply fill out the form with your name, location and e-mail address, then submit your entry. You can also earn bonus entries if you “Share” the Fall in Love With Cambria Sweepstakes on Facebook or Twitter!

The Fall in Love with Cambria Sweepstakes ends on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 11:59 p.m., Pacific Standard Time, so be sure to enter before it is too late! For the sweepstakes’ official rules, click here.

Good luck!

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.