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


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

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.

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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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!



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.