The 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.
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.
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.
Take 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!