CAMBRIA AMBASSADORS: Ivy & Eve’s Girls’ Getaway
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CAMBRIA AMBASSADORS: Ivy & Eve’s Girls’ Getaway

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Meet two of our sassy, wine-loving ambassadors, Ivy & Eve of the Hello Ivy & Eve blog!

These girls know how to travel in style, so when they went on a girls’ getaway to Cambria, we knew they would wine and dine their way through our quaint coastal town.

This was their second trip to Cambria (read about their December adventure here), so their itinerary featured unforgettable favorites as well as some of the fun things they missed out on last time. From the Sea Chest Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant to the J. Patrick House to Junk Girls to Moonstone Cellars and Cutruzzola Vineyards, the girls selected some of the very best Cambria has to offer—and this list does not do their trip justice… they did so much more!

Check out their full trip on their blog, and be sure to follow them on social media to catch all of their future adventures.

Trust us, you won’t want to miss anything.

 

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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Bluff Trail, Fiscalini Ranch

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.

Wine on the Coast

One of the best things about a weekend getaway to Cambria on the Central Coast is the close proximity to all of the incredible wineries in the area. Grapes grown in the unique coastal climate have a flavor unlike any other, attracting wine lovers from all over the world. January is the perfect time to schedule your vino-vacation, too, because there are multiple wine-centric events happening in and around Cambria!

Check them out below.

 

BlendFest on the Coast

Paso Robles Wine Country’s 3 rd 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, Winemaker Dinner, two Blending Seminars, 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!

 

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!

 

Wine Pairing Dinner

Pacific Coast Wine Trail is hosting their Wine Pairing Dinner in Cambria at Indigo Moon Restaurant. At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, during Cambria Art & Wine Festival Weekend, join Cayucos Cellars, Chateau Margene, Cuatro Dias, Harmony Cellars and MCV Wines for an elaborate five-course meal!

All-inclusive tickets cost $100 per person, and they must be purchased in advance.

For reservation questions, call Harmony Cellars at 805.927.1625. Book your reservations here!

 

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Blendfest

Cambria Art & Wine Festival

Cambria Art & Wine Festival

 

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!

Celebrate Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Month along Highway 1

stewardship-discover-cambriaFebruary is known as the month of love, and this year Highway 1 is paving the way, taking you places you never thought were possible. This February join the Central Coast in celebrating Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Month. Whether you are a free spirit or two of a kind looking to make a difference while vacationing, the Northern California Coast offers new discoveries. As you make your way down the coast, experience adventure and romance in Cambria.

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One of the most breathtaking aspects of Highway 1 is its stunning shorelines and beaches, but what most people do not know is that California’s coast is home to some of the world’s most diverse and rare marine life. Along the way, stop by Cambria for an exclusive escape into nature. This time of the year is perfect for viewing California seascape, including; Sea otters floating offshore with their pups while elephant seals bask by the water’s edge. Cambria offers some of the most impeccable beaches, just the right location to search for moonstones or spot dolphin and whale migrations.

WCC_Stewardship_Logo_ColorTo add a little “feel good” to your Central Coast splurge this February, check out the Wine Coast Country website to view the many ways you can enjoy a stewardship-filled visit. If you are not able to join us for Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Month, peruse through the website for more opportunities to enjoy whale-watching excursions, lighthouse tours and discover stewardship travel possibilities.

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.