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Tox/Detox Itinerary

You may know Cambria as a quiet coastal hamlet, abundant with eccentric antique stores and quaint lace-edged bed & breakfasts, but there is so much more for the young at heart. With a fresh infusion of hoteliers, winemakers, brewers, restaurateurs, fitness instructors, and artists—along with some old-school dive-bar fun—Cambria has everything for the perfect weekend with your girlfriends. You just have to know where to go.

On day one: TOX. Wine and beer taste, rock out to live music, eat pie, and indulge. In other words, treat yourself. On day two: DETOX. Eat healthy, do yoga, take in the beautiful natural surroundings, and meditate. By the time you leave Cambria, you’ll have had the perfect combination of entertainment and relaxation. 

Itinerary

Day 1: TOX

Morning: Stop for coffee and a snack at the Cambria Coffee Roasting Company, then take a tour of decadent Hearst Castle.

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Midday: Grab a monstrous sandwich or burger at the Café.

Afternoon: Head east through winding hills on Santa Rosa Creek Road for wine tasting at Stolo Family Vineyards and homemade pie or jam on the farm at Linn’s Fruit Binn.

TOX- Afternoon

Evening: Check into your lodging property and freshen up for a night out. Then, catch a beer at 927 Brewing Company and dinner at the Black Cat Bistro.

Night: Let the intoxication continue with drinks and dancing to live music at Mozzi’s, Cambria’s historic biker bar.

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Day 2: DETOX

Morning: After a healthy breakfast at Centrally Grown, clear your mind (and palate) with a yoga class on Moonstone Beach.

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Midday: Enjoy fresh-pressed juices, smoothies and Instagram-worthy salads at Sandy’s Deli or tasty health-food options at Soto’s True Earth Market.

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Afternoon: Take a hike through the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve or visit sustainably-farmed goat and avocado ranch, Stepladder Creamery, followed by tea and a private massage at El Colibri.

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Evening: Dine on light, global fare at Robin’s Restaurant, followed by a walk through the village, window-shopping as you go.

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Night: Detox is done. Fall asleep early to the sound of the waves.

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Fall in Love with Cambria Autumn Events

Summer is coming to a close, but that does not mean the fun is over. Cambria plays host to numerous exciting events in the fall, including Pinedorado Days and Scarecrow Festival, two Cambria classics that excite visitors year after year. The weather is beautiful, and these events provide another opportunity for guests to visit and fall in love with Cambria. This magical coastal town has delights around every corner, and bookings will fill up fast. Book your stay for this fall now so you won’t miss out!

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Pinedorado Days is a Labor Day Weekend event that begins on Saturday, September 2, and continues through Monday, September 4. After the big parade on Saturday, the Pinedorado grounds will offer barbeques, kids games, prizes, face-painting, food booths, kiddy cars, an art show and live music. There will also be a beer and wine pub. The car show on Sunday at the Veteran’s Hall will feature all years and makes. This weekend is the perfect way to kick off fall.

9th Annual Scarecrow Festival

This October, more than 400 imaginative and lively scarecrows will line the streets of Cambria’s East and West Villages, Moonstone Beach and San Simeon. The scarecrows are the perfect manifestation of Cambria’s incredibly artistic community. Attend the kick-off party on Thursday, October 5 at the Cambria Nursery & Florist, where the winning scarecrows will be announced, and visit the scarecrows all over town throughout the month of October.

Cambria Scarecrow Classic 5K Run & Walk

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This year, visitors can take part in the Scarecrow Classic on Sunday, October 8, which goes from Shamel Park into Fiscalini Ranch and features amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite scarecrows. It’s sure to be fun for the whole family!

Hearst Castle Evening Tours

Beginning on Tuesday, October 3 and continuing through Christmas Eve, Hearst Castle will feature the Living History Program that emphasizes the lush lifestyle of the estate. The castle is fully illuminated on this two-hour-long evening tour, as docents in period dress bring history to life. Hearst Castle is one of many must-see attractions on the Central Coast, and is only six miles north of Cambria.

40th Annual Central Coast Woodcarvers Show

At the Cambria Vet’s Hall on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, join 28 local and statewide wood carvers at their annual showcase, where they will display and sell their art. The competition takes place at 1 p.m. on both days. There will be a raffle for individual carvings as well as a silent auction for a featured piece. Tools and supplies will also be available for purchase.

Get Cheesy in Cambria

Say, “Cheese!” It’s no surprise that this sentence always makes us smile—cheese is simply wonderful. Fortunately for traveling cheese lovers, Cambria is the perfect place to satisfy your cheesy cravings. Not only does Cambria have many wineries and tasting rooms ideal for cheese pairings, it’s home to an incredible creamery where you can taste a variety of cheeses, and even pet some goats. You’ll definitely have a gouda trip with these charming cheese stops on your itinerary!


Stepladder Creamery

Stepladder Creamery

Founded in 1871, this ranch has been family-owned and operated for three generations. In their words, they specialize in traditionally crafting small-scale, handmade cheeses with milk from their pasture-raised herd of very well-loved Lamancha goats. They also make artisan cow’s milk, goat’s milk and mixed milk cheeses using milk exclusively from two local, family-owned dairies. In short, yum! Also, if petting goats isn’t on your bucket list, it should be—they’re adorable.

Stepladder Creamery is a part of the California Cheese Trail, and they were recently featured in this Bring Me video about a cheese-lover’s road trip!



Indigo Moon

Indigo Moon

This Main Street eatery is all about helping you make the perfect match—between wine and cheese, that is. The cheese selection in their wine and cheese shop is one of the best in the area, and they are eager to help you discover all of the details and nuances of tastings. Don’t miss their charcuterie to round out your meal experience! You can even eat a delicious meal after your tasting—just hop over to the restaurant next door, located in one of Cambria’s oldest historical buildings.

 


Soto's True Earth Market

Soto’s True Earth Market

If picnics are more your style, visit Soto’s True Earth Market, a grocery store housed in a former-meat-market-turned-historic-landmark on Main Street. Pick your favorite cheeses, some deli meats, and a bottle of local wine or beer and head to Moonstone Beach for a coastal view during your feast.

 

 

 

 


Ivy & Eve Cocktail Hour

Olallieberry Thyme Vodka Lemonade

It’s Olallieberry season in Cambria and if you didn’t know, Cambria and Olallieberries go together like PB & J.
Olallieberries are a large juicy summer berry that’s part blackberry, part red raspberry, and completely delicious! This summer sipper is perfect for a lazy afternoon by the pool (or beach, or backyard BBQ). It is sure to be a hit all season long!

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Ivy & Eve

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Lemonade Ingredients:

Makes one jug of lemonade.

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (5 to 6 lemons)
  • 1 cup superfine sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 3 cups water

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Cocktail Ingredients:

Makes one cocktail.

  • Lemonade (see recipe above)
  • 5 olallieberries
  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 2 thyme sprigs
Berries

Olalieberries are famous, here in Cambria.

Directions:

  1. Place 3 large olallieberries in a tall glass.
  2. Muddle with a wooden muddler (or a fork).
  3. Add 1.5 oz (1 shot) vodka to the glass and stir.
  4. Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  5. Top with lemonade.
  6. Take the thyme sprigs in your hands and clap your hands together to bring out the aroma.
  7. Garnish with a slice of lemon, two olallieberries, and the smacked thyme.

Enjoy!

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Cheers!

Summer Lovin’ in Cambria

We’re in love with all of the entertaining activities and events this summer!

Summer vacation means more time spent with family and friends, warm weather, and an abundance of memorable moments. Walking along Moonstone Beach, shopping on Main Street, venturing up the coast to see the elephant seals, hiking the many trails—we always say there’s something for everyone in Cambria. When you come to Cambria this summer, make sure to add these events to your to-do list to round out the perfect trip!

17th Annual Gene Cerise Country Coast Classic Bike Ride
The Country Coast Classic, taking place in Cambria on Saturday, June 24, supports and funds programs that promote positive development of the youth in the community. Riders can do 1/4–century, 1/2-century and 3/4-century rides on some of the most scenic coastline in the area. Registration includes well-stocked rest stops, experienced SAG, a barbecue lunch and a raffle ticket.

Picnic in the Park
The Fourth of Julyis always cause for a big celebration in Cambria. This year, join in the party at Shamel Park on Tuesday, July 4, with food, games, live bands and dancing! The celebration begins at 11 a.m. and continues through the evening, ending with a spectacular fireworks display.

Photo via Greenspace

Photo via Greenspace

Art and Adventure Auction
On Saturday, July 22, enjoy a fabulous dinner prepared by Robin’s Restaurant as a selection of art donated by locally and nationally known artists is auctioned off, as well as exciting adventure trips. This event is hosted by Greenspace and benefits their local environmental and cultural efforts.

New Tour of Hearst Castle—The Art of San SimeonMG_5396-postcard-sq-crp
This brand new semi-private tour highlights William Randolph Hearst and how he acquired his remarkable paintings, tapestries, sculptures, antiquities, and furniture. This two-hour tour, offered twice daily, only runs for a limited time, from Monday, May 1 to Friday, June 30, so be sure to take advantage of this special opportunity.

2017 Pinedorado Days
Pinedorado Days is a Labor Day Weekend event that kicks off on Saturday, September 2, and continues through Monday, September 4. After the big parade on Saturday, the Pinedorado grounds will offer barbecues, kids games, prizes, face-painting, food booths, kiddy cars, an art show and live music. There will also be a beer and wine pub. The car show on Sunday at the Veteran’s Hall will feature all years and makes. This weekend is fun for the whole family.

Father’s Day Fun

What do you get for the dad who has everything?

The most valuable things to the World’s Greatest Dad (all those mugs you got for him did not go unnoticed) are not things at all—they are memories made and time spent with the people he loves. Use this itinerary as an outline for your perfect Cambria trip on Father’s Day weekend, because you know he deserves the chance to get away and make new memories, and there’s no better place than Cambria.

JUNE 16 – 18

 

Friday
6:00 p.m. – Dinner at Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill
If you’re looking for the perfect place to treat Dad to ocean-view dining, Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill is it. Although they do not accept reservations, their seafood-based menu is well worth the wait.
o Dinner hours: 5:00pm -9:00pm

Photo via kayakcambria.com

Photo via kayakcambria.com

Saturday
10:00 a.m. – Kayaking in the morning
Start your Saturday morning at sea! Whether you want to go at your own pace or take a tour, Kayak Outfitters will help you get out there. Please call ahead to reserve.

12:00 p.m. – Lunch and wine at Sebastian’s
From HearstRanchWinery.com: While it still serves as a general store and café to tourists, campers and sport fishing enthusiasts, Sebastian’s is also the gathering place to sample the wines of Hearst Ranch Winery. Local residents and visitors from all over the world savor the amazing Chardonnay, Rosé, Tempranillo, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Late Harvest Zinfandel and our Red Cuvée, White Cuvée and Barrel Select Cuvée Blends in our quaint and inviting tasting room. Historic remnants of the past alongside the inlaid copper bar top and rustic barn wood siding take you back to the turn-of-the-century when Old San Simeon Village was the center of rural commerce.

2:00 p.m. – Hearst Castle: Designing the Dream Tour
Tour Description from HearstCastle.org: Design and construction of La Cuesta Encantada (the Enchanted Hill) took over three decades. The Designing the Dream Tour explores the evolution of William Randolph Hearst’s magnificent estate, from its earliest construction in the 1920s, through the final touches of the mid-1940s. Your knowledgeable guide will take you by the world-famous Neptune Pool and through the lush gardens of the estate. After exploring the grounds, you will see the interior rooms of Casa del Sol, one of the three guest cottages. The rest of the tour will take you to the North Wing of Casa Grande (big house). Workers completed these guest rooms in the late 1930s and mid-1940s; they stand in stark contrast to the rest of the estate and reflect the changing tastes of both the client, William Randolph Hearst, and his architect, Julia Morgan. Your tour ends with a behind the scenes trip to the glorious Roman Pool where you will visit dressing rooms and end your tour poolside. The duration of your tour does not include the fifteen-minute bus ride to the hilltop. Please book your tour in advance.

4:00 p.m. – Beer tasting at 927 Beer
Sit back and relax with a cold brew or a tasting tray from Cambria’s only local brewery, 927!

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6:00 p.m. – Dinner at Black Cat Bistro
Simply elegant, and simply delicious, this intimate eatery in Cambria opened in 2002 and has been the talk of the town ever since. Sample unusual appetizers such as stuffed fried green olives, or sage and mushroom gnocchi. Try hearty entrees of roasted duck breast with dried cherry quinoa risotto, or a three-cheese baked polenta with eggplant and red chard. Desserts include mascarpone ice cream over pound cake with basil syrup, and a salted caramel tart. Paso Robles and other regional wines are central to this chef’s expression so let the wait staff suggest just the right pairings. Visit blackcatbistro.com or call (805) 927-1600.
o This restaurant serves abalone sourced locally from The Abalone Farm in Cayucos, a certified member of Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made online or by phone.

9:00 p.m.Catalina Eddy at Cambria Pines Lodge
Catalina Eddy and the Blue Keys are a new aggregation of seasoned Central Coast musicians who deliver an energetic brew of Blues, Roots, Rock and Rockabilly. They offer a strong core of rockin’ original tunes supported by a great assortment of classics from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, John Hiatt, Van Morrison and Willie Dixon.
o Cambria Pines Lodge
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.

Sunday
9:00 a.m. – Fishing at San Simeon Pier
Life moves fast. Nothing slows down a busy weekend more than an hour or two of quiet fishing off the San Simeon Pier. Check out the link below for all the info you need for a successful pier fishing trip.

12:30 p.m. – Lunch at Las Cambritas with live music from Rough House Band

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© CaliforniaThroughMyLens

If you find yourself in Cambria, but wanting south-of-the-border fare, head for Las Cambritas in the East Village. Come and enjoy live music on Thursday evenings in the lounge and Sunday afternoons on the deck by the beautiful creek. Rough House is a good old Country Rock quartet!

2:00 p.m.Linn’s Easy as Pie before heading out
Wrap up your weekend with a tasty treat. You can’t leave Cambria without a classic piece of Olallieberry pie from Linn’s!

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!

 

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.