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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.

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

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!

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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.

JoshWillTravel Explores Historic Cambria

Our friend Josh, from the JoshWillTravel blog, went on the historic tour of Cambria at the end of April, and he took some great pictures in the process! Cambria has some amazing history, and as we celebrate the sesquicentennial, there’s never been a better time to explore. You can check Josh’s pictures out here, and if you want to take the historical tour for yourself, check out the Cambria Historical Society website, create your itinerary and book your stay today!

Photos Courtesy of JoshWillTravel.Wordpress.com. Click here to see his full walking tour experience.

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Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, Photo by JoshWillTravel

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Cambria Historical Museum, Photo By JoshWillTravel

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Historical Plaque, Photo By JoshWillTravel

Celebrating Earth Day, Every Day

In case you haven’t heard the buzz, stewardship travel means connecting with the land, wildlife, history, people and culture of a community. But as we like to say, it’s about adding a bit of doing good and feeling good to your vacation. While Earth Day, celebrated on April 22nd, is a day devoted to demonstrating support for environmental protection, every day in Cambria is an earth celebration through our stewardship travel program.

“Stewardship travel invites visitors to join Cambria in taking care of its community,” said Cambria’s Stewardship Travel ambassador, Linda Finley. “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. It’s sometimes hard to believe that more than 3 million people each year travel through Cambria heading north or south along the Big Sur National Scenic Byway.”

So on Earth Day or any day, there are a variety of ongoing activities and annual events that allow guests of Cambria the opportunity to do as the locals do. So, don’t just be a tourist. Don’t just stop by. Be a steward of the unique things that make Cambria, Cambria. Everyone can make a difference.

With new opportunities added often, here’s a stewardship preview, but be warned—you may want to take more action!

Takes Your Breath Away, and Gives Back More

IMG_1688Make a difference on vacation through charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitats and cultural heritage sites through stewardship travel in Cambria. One ongoing stewardship opportunity that allows you to give a little and receive a little is through the Cambria Historical Society.

What: Self-Guided Walking Tour of Historic Cambria

Where: Cambria Historical Museum
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1pm to 4pm; and Monday, 10am to 1pm

No reservations needed.

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.” The cost of the book is $10, with all proceeds benefitting the Education Program at the Museum.

Spirited Learning Experience

IMG_9239Expand your knowledge and gain a deeper connection to the people, land, wildlife, heritage and culture while visiting Cambria. One ongoing stewardship opportunity is a tour and tasting to learn the lay of the land at Stolo Vineyards.

What: An educational tour of the Stolo Vineyard with wine tasting
When: 1st Saturday of each month
Reservation needed: Yes, contact Stolo Family Winery at (805) 924-3131 or info@stolofamilywinery.com to make arrangements

Join Stolo Family Winery & Vineyards on the first Saturday of the month on their 23-acre vineyard located on beautiful Santa Rosa Creek Road, just minutes from the small, coastal town of Cambria. Take an educational walk through the vineyards and learn the history of the location, the benefits of planting a vineyard crop on agricultural land and what it takes to maintain a low-yield, high quality vineyard in a coastal location. Get a sneak peek of what’s going on seasonally 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

Bluff Trail South Entrance 1Get involved, create unique memories and make your vacation more meaningful with stewardship travel activities that engage with locals through beach cleanups that protect wildlife, trail restoration that preserves natural habitats, and contributions that restore coastal heritage sites. One ongoing stewardship opportunity to lend a hand is through the monthly clean-up days along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

What: Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Restoration & Stewardship Days
When: 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am to noon
Reservation needed: Yes, contact Friends of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve at (805) 927-2856 or email ffrpcambria@sbcglobal.net to make arrangements

Acquiring property for public access and open space is only the beginning of the process to save land for future generations. Some lands are closed to the public to preserve them. 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 needs to be done by volunteers.

Springtime in Cambria

While every day is a great day in Cambria, spring is especially delightful; in part, because of all of the great events taking place around town! If you were looking for an excuse to visit, here is your chance. The Cambria Wildflower Show, Sculpture by the Sea and Save the Bees, Save the Trees Weekend will all take place in Cambria in the next couple of weeks. Don’t miss out—book your stay today!

Cambria Wildflower Show

IMG_3696Springtime in Cambria should be on everyone’s bucket list. The hills of the Central Coast are covered with a lush carpet of native wildflowers. Head to Cambria April 23-24 for the 11th Annual Wildflower Show. See hundreds of flowers on display and learn about the local plants that decorate the hillsides of the Central Coast. Plan your wildflower weekend getaway today!

Sculpture by the Sea

The towering pines and seaside cliffs of Cambria provide inspiration to artists from around the world. Art lovers won’t want to miss the Annual California Sculptors’ Symposium Art Show & Sale Saturday, April 30 at Camp Ocean Pines. After a week-long symposium, world-class and amateur sculptors exhibit and sell work inspired at this master class that draws in sculptors from across the country. Meet the artists as they work in fields overlooking the Pacific at this unique seaside art show.

Save the Bees, Save the Trees

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Celebrate Arbor Day in Cambria at the Save the Trees, Save the Bees Weekend! The event kicks off April 30 with the Arbor Day Concert at the Greenspace Creekside Reserve. Enjoy live music by the Zen Mountain Poets, a Monterey Pine tree sale, tours of the historic Chinese Temple and more. Tickets are $10 at the door, children 14 and under are free.

The celebration continues with the 1st Annual Bee Faire on May 1 at the Cambria Historical Society. Celebrate our fuzzy little friends that are so vital to our ecosystem. This event features local honey and honey goods, exotic honey & wine tasting, California honey mead, beeswax candle making, face painting and more. Admission is free to this family-friendly event. Book your stay!

Connect, Conserve and Care – Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Celebration

coastal-discovery-stewardshipDid you know that January is peak birthing season for the elephant seals near Cambria? Come witness this momentous natural event during the Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Celebration! From January 15 to February 29, this third-annual festival invites visitors and locals alike to “stay, play, learn and care” with events and activities that connect them to the Central Coast’s land, wildlife, history, people and culture in meaningful ways.

Cambria and San Simeon will be hubs for the six-week celebration, featuring special events like the Paso Robles Wine Country BlendFest on the Coast, February 19-21, which brings 30 renowned wineries from Paso Robles to the Hearst Property in Old San Simeon Village, each showcasing three distinct blends.

Also, every Saturday night at 6 pm throughout the celebration, the large-format Hearst Castle Theater will screen the full-length documentary, “Pelican Dreams,” to celebrate our national aquatic and underwater treasures preserved within the National Marine Sanctuary System.

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Other stewardship activities and adventure travel opportunities in Cambria and along the nearby coastline include: elephant seal exploratory tours and docent-led educational tours, the Coastal Discovery Center and hands-on Citizen Science Program at San Simeon Cove, Piedras Blancas Light Station historical tours, Cambria Museum self-guided tours, the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve monthly work day, Cambria beach clean-up opportunities, and Pacific Coast Wine Trail Coastal Discovery & Stewardship wine and food pairings.

Many lodging properties offer special packages and discounts to stewardship travelers during Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Month. To learn more, see a preview for the “Pelican Dreams” film and start planning your stay, please go to highway1discoveryroute.com/coastal-discovery-stewardship/.

Join in Our Conservation Efforts with a Winter Retreat to Cambria

Just A Few Hours of Your Time Can Make a Huge Difference…..

“…the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.”

― Wendell BerryThe Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

At the core of the Cambria community, is a desire to protect and preserve the natural resources and wildlife habitat of our seaside paradise. Cambria’s stewardship travel program provides eco-minded travelers with ways to participate in and to contribute to the community’s conservation and preservation efforts while spending a few days enjoying our unique and beautiful coastal town. Visitors are invited to take an hour or two out of their trip to join in our local environmental efforts, learn about our history, and hopefully develop a deeper connection with our community.

November is a great time for eco-minded travelers to visit the Central Coast. With near perfect weather year-round, there’s no better place than Cambria to plan a winter retreat. In addition to our year-round roster of stewardship activities, we have a few special projects in November to give insight into the town’s history, while helping to keep our town beautiful and preserve our natural resources.

IMG_5201On November 1st from 1 – 3pm, the Beautify Cambria Association and Cambria Historical Society will co-sponsor “Squibbing Day”. This community clean-up project was named in honor of Paul and Louise Squibb who retired to Cambria in the 1950s and could often be seen picking up trash while out strolling through town, thus coining the term “squibbing.” Often people would join in and eventually it became an annual event. Channel the spirits of the Squibb’s and join in our efforts to keep Cambria beautiful. Just stop by the Cambria Historical Society Museum (located at 2251 Center Street) the day after Halloween any time between 1 and 3 pm to pick up your cleanup supplies. You’ll receive a special tote bag and “I Squibbed” button, and we’ll have cookies and lemonade on hand for all our helpers. For more information visit http://www.cambriachamber.org/nov.

DSCN0801Don’t feel like cooking Thanksgiving Dinner? Spend Thanksgiving in Cambria and join in the annual Thanksgiving Weekend Tree Planting at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Skip Black Friday madness and do your Christmas shopping in Cambria. Enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast from one of Cambria’s acclaimed restaurants then beat the crowds and spend your Black Friday meandering through the shops and boutiques of Cambria’s East Village. On Saturday, stop by and lend a hand at Fiscalini’s annual tree restoration. Help plant, mulch and water hundreds of rare and endangered Monterey Pines to help replenish our dwindling native forest. Cambria is home to 2,500 of the remaining 15,000 acres of these majestic trees that once lined the coast of California from San Diego to north of San Francisco. Help us protect and preserve this lush forest that provides a habitat for countless species . For more information visit http://www.ffrpcambria.org/calendar.

Stewardship Travel Activities – Connecting with Cambria

If you’re looking for a vacation with an environmental twist, there’s no better spot than Cambria. Located along the stunning Central California Coastline, Cambria offers a variety of stewardship travel activities for the ecotourist. What is stewardship travel? It’s about giving back to the community and adding a bit of “doing good and feeling good” to your vacation.stewardship-travel-cambria-california

Protecting and preserving the Cambria’s natural resources has always been a number one priority for locals. Now, visitors are invited to experience the history, natural resources and preservation efforts that make Cambria truly one of a kind by taking part in one of over 70 unique stewardship activities or contribution opportunities throughout the Central Coast.

Making a difference can be as simple as spending an hour or two cleaning up trash and debris while you’re out exploring trails and beaches or scheduling an educational excursion to one of the area’s natural, cultural or historic sites. From hands-on activities for people who don’t mind getting a little dirt under their fingernails to docent-led walking tours, there’s a way for everyone to get involved. While February is Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Month, Cambria offers year-round activities for the environmentally-minded traveler.

Five Recommended Stewardship Travel Excursions:

Stolo Family Vineyards Abalone & Wine Pairing

On February 7th and 28th guests will have the rare opportunity to learn about the Stolo family’s two unique businesses that thrive in our coastal environment. Enjoy the perfect pairing of local abalone from The Abalone Farm and wine produced from the Stolo Family Winery & Vineyards. The abalone, prepared fresh while you watch, will be complemented with fresh bread, local fruit and cheese, and delicious estate wines from the Stolo Family Vineyard. Tickets are $38 per person and space is limited to 30 guests so make your reservations early. For tickets go to www.wineweb.com/scripts/secure/order.cfm/treviti.

Hands-On Citizen Science Outing in San Simeon Cove

Each Saturday visitors can participate in the Coastal Discovery Center’s Plankton Monitoring program at San Simeon Cove. Citizen scientists help by taking measurements and collecting samples for use in ongoing research. Samples are taken to the Discovery Center where they are examined under a video microscope. Guests learn about ocean plankton and its role in the ecosystem. This incredible adventure gives tourists the unique chance to participate in an ongoing science and research project that plays an important role in the protection of our natural resources.

Cambria’s Annual Wildflower Weekend Show

Springtime in Cambria is a sight to behold with an abundance of wildflowers and flowering trees and shrubs. Plan a trip to the Central Coast the last weekend in April for the Annual Wildflower Show at the Cambria Veteran’s Hall. Over 500 bouquets of native wildflowers will be on display all under one roof, plus experts will be on hand to give talks about native plants. Wildflower books, seeds and native plants will for sale at the event.Untitled2

Cambria Beach Clean-Up

Each September on the 3rd Saturday of the month, volunteers from across California join together at sites all over the state to take part in the Annual California Coastal Clean-Up Day, now in its 31st year. Volunteers come together, scouring beaches and inland waterways picking up trash and debris. Last year, a total of 850 sites across California’s 58 counties participated in the state’s largest volunteer event. A total of 66,292 volunteers statewide picked up 1,030,571 lbs. of trash and an additional 98,761 lbs. of recyclable materials from California beaches and inland waterways –a total of 1,129,332 lbs. or 564.7 tons. For information visit www.coast4u.org.

Thanksgiving Weekend Tree Planting at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

Join in the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve annual tree planting Thanksgiving weekend. Visitors can help plant, mulch and water hundreds of rare and endangered Monterey Pines. The restoration project helps to replenish the native forest and preserve this protected coastal gem for future generations. Reservations are required. Visit ffrpcambria@sbcglobal.net to make arrangements.

 

 

 

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.