Why Cambria Makes the Perfect Honeymoon Getaway
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Why Cambria Makes the Perfect Honeymoon Getaway

Untitled2The hustle and bustle that goes along with wedding planning is enough to drive anyone crazy. After your big day, let Cambria set the stage for the perfect honeymoon getaway. VacationIdea.com recently named Cambria as one of the 25 Best Small Town Honeymoon Destinations, describing it as a relaxed coastal town surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty of towering pines and the Pacific Ocean. Whether you’re the outdoor type, a wine and food connoisseur, or enjoy spending the day lazing on the beach, the coastal village of Cambria has something to suit everyone’s tastes.

Here are five reasons why a coastal escape to Cambria makes the perfect honeymoon getaway and a great place to unplug and unwind.

Photo: Shannon McMillen

Photo: Shannon McMillen

The Pacific Coast Wine Trail

Located in the heart of Central Coast Wine Country, Cambria is part of The Pacific Coast Wine Trail and home to some of the region’s best wineries and tasting rooms. Seven distinct, boutique wineries offering a wide selection of hand-crafted, premium wines are featured on this self-guided tour that stretches from San Simeon to Cayucos with four stops in Cambria. Wine aficionados can spend the day learning about and sampling premium, award-winning and hand-crafted boutique wines – often poured by the owners or winemakers themselves.

Cambria Embraces the Farm-to-Fork Philosophy

Cambria is renowned for its restaurants and wineries. From elegant, fine dining establishments to intimate cafés, Cambria is a food lover’s delight. With locally-sourced row crops, fruits and nuts, meats, olive oil, honey and more, the Central Coast is a veritable wealth of agricultural riches. Many local chefs like to take advantage of the region’s bountiful farms and ranches to create mouth-watering dishes that tempt your pallet. This farm-to-fork philosophy ensures that meals are created using the freshest, locally grown ingredients and that diners experience fresh-off-the-farm dishes that delight the senses.

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Take a Romantic Stroll Along the Beach

If you like kicking back on the beach with a good book and the feel of sand between your toes, Moonstone Beach is a great place to slow down and savor your surroundings. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day reading and relaxing while taking in the awe-inspiring Central Coast scenery. Search for moonstones and other hidden treasures while beach combing and exploring the tide pools. Moonstone Beach beckons to those looking for a lazy day of rest and relaxation.

 

Explore the Great Outdoors

Cambria is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts. From hiking to biking to kayaking to horseback riding, Cambria provides an incredible backdrop to your outdoor just like to cruise and sightsee, there’s a path for you. Nature lovers can horseback ride on some of the most spectacular scenery along Highway 1. Ride along the rolling hills, among oak groves and enjoy stunning panoramic views from the Pacific Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. If you prefer to travel by foot, Cambria’s hiking trails along the scenic coastline through sloping hills and pine forests are the perfect place to get away from it all. If you prefer sea to land, kayaking provides a unique vantage point for coastal exploration. Cambria is part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, one of the largest and most spectacular marine protected areas. Kayaking in the Sanctuary is a great way to experience nature’s beauty and wildlife up close.

UntitledTake a Drive Up Scenic Highway 1

The Pacific Coast Highway offers some of the most majestic scenery and breathtaking views you’ll ever see. The 123 miles of twisting, cliff-hugging curves along the picturesque Central California coastline stretches from Morro Bay through Cambria to Monterey. Cambria is the perfect starting point for a romantic daytrip along scenic Highway 1. From sheer mountain cliffs to redwood forests to pristine sandy beaches, this stunning section of the California coastline is a must see for everyone, but be warned…the drive is not for the faint of heart!

Find Your Aisle in Cambria

There’s more than one way to tie the knot, and every bride has her own signature touch to add. With the mystique of charming and private locations, Cambria is a treasure chest of eclectic elements that make it an ideal venue for a unique wedding. Boasting iconic natural settings, rustic country vineyards, eclectic trinkets and antiques, Cambria sets the stage to capture the essence of a bride’s vision and make everlasting memories.

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Something Old…

 

Elegant and sophisticated, the classical bride will find historical wonders for her memorable ode to the past. From castles to vine-covered cottages, Cambria’s architecture is reminiscent of the Victorian, Old World and bungalow styles from the turn of the century. Whether you choose to walk down the aisle adorned by the grand pools, gardens and terraces of Hearst Castle, or the quaint Santa Rosa Chapel overlooking the East Village, Cambria offers couples a venue of timeless beauty.

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Something New…

 

For the California country bride, the modern day backyard wedding includes walking an aisle in the midst of endless vineyards — in your favorite boots, of course. The Pacific Coast Wine Trail offers several exclusive winery venues, immersed within some of the Central Coast’s most enjoyable scenic routes and rustic countryside. Venture beyond the familiar roads of Paso Robles and uncover the luxurious pocket of landscape along the coastline. Celebrate your special day in the tranquil, romantic and private setting of trees and barrels as you savor the craftsmanship of local winemakers with friends and family.

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Something Borrowed…

 

Known as the land of pines by the sea, Cambria’s landscapes vary from rolling hills and vines to majestic woodlands and sandy shores. Mother Nature lends herself as a venue with outstanding features, including a dramatic ocean bluff trail and a rocky, 400-foot ridge gazing over the shoreline. For the whimsical bride who prefers an aisle of wildflowers under a treetop canopy, Cambria offers intimate settings off the beaten path. Your fairytale wedding will become your happily ever after as migrating whales, birds and deer take a front-row seat as your audience.

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Something Blue…

 

In Cambria, it’s hard to find anything bluer than the ocean. For the coastal bride, no ordinary walkway will do; this beach bombshell requires her own dramatic entry via the boardwalk. Famous for its spectacular coastline and breathtaking views, Moonstone Beach Boardwalk is where your seaside ceremony begins. Unlike other shorefront settings, Cambria’s beaches glimmer with rocks and stones of all shapes and colors — providing the most captivating of seaside venues. As your footprints fade in the sand, your special day will last a lifetime with stunning sunset photos in front of Piedras Blancas Lighthouse and shorefront ledges.

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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.