We’ve all been daydreaming about our next trip to the beach—with year-round mild weather and a relaxing vibe, Cambria is one of the most alluring destinations on the Central Coast. If you can picture yourself spending your escape touring art galleries, exploring nature, or curling up with a good book in your room, you belong in Cambria. There is much to see and do in this one-of-a-kind town, and your getaway will be peaceful and free from crowds. This year, turn your dreams into reality—plan your next trip to the coast and book your stay in Cambria.
1. Sitting on a bench in Fiscalini Ranch
The views in Fiscalini Ranch are stunning, and they are best enjoyed from one of the many artistic benches located throughout the Preserve. Some are constructed from distinctive materials, while others feature special decoration, but each one is unique—and each one offers a place from which to take in nature’s beauty.
2. Strolling through the garden at the Cambria Historical Museum
The Museum is a wonderful tribute to Cambria’s history, but the garden is a real hidden gem. Full of flora and fauna from the area, you’ll find Cambria’s clock tower at the edge of the property and many pathways meandering through the garden. If the Museum is open, stop in to see local artifacts and hear stories from days of yore.
3. Driving along Highway 1
Historic Highway 1 runs right through Cambria, and there are gorgeous views around every turn. There are pull-offs located along the entire stretch, but the oceanic vistas near Cambria are especially beautiful. Your trip to the Central Coast wouldn’t be complete without a picture somewhere along this iconic road.
4. Taking a photo in front of the mural at the Cutruzzola
Local volunteers, artists, and The Cambria Center for the Arts teamed up to create Cambria’s first mural project at Cutruzzola Vineyards. Take a picture in front of the mural, and don’t forget to tag @visitcambria and @cutruzzolawine!
5. Visiting the cow in Harmony
Population of 18, the village of Harmony is located just five miles south of Cambria and filled with small-town charm. The infamous Harmony cow and a photo op will be waiting at your arrival. While you’re there, get a sense of the village’s artisans by visiting Harmony Glass Works, then stop for a sweet treat at Harmony Valley Creamery.
6. Watching an artist at work at Patrick Gallery
Also known as Working Artist Studio, this aptly-named gallery is where local artist Patrick Dennis creates, showcases, and sells his artwork. Stop in to admire his latest artist-in-residence, and stay to learn about Patrick’s unique artistic style and methods.
7. Enjoying your chosen lodging property
If Cambria is your ultimate retreat, then your vacation may feature a lot of R&R in your room. Because there are no chains in Cambria, every lodging property is unique. Whether it’s a gorgeous ocean view, a cozy fireplace, a cool record collection, or bikes for exploring, snap a photo of your favorite feature—then, enjoy!
8. Sitting pretty in the bird’s nest chair at Slabtown Mercantile
Sitting in a bird’s nest is just one more unique adventure that you can experience in Cambria! Before heading into the boutique, climb into the bird’s nest chair and take a photo. Afterward, shop for heirloom quality home goods, supplies, and sundries at Slabtown Mercantile.
9. Walking along Moonstone Beach
If you’ve been to Cambria, you’ve definitely been to Moonstone Beach—it’s one of the most well-known stops in the area, and for good reason. The beach is scattered with tiny, white moonstones for the avid collector, but the waves will soothe any soul who chooses to walk its shores. Pause for a picture, or just pause, period.
10. Exploring the splendor of the Central Coast Wildlife
Kids will love seeing the creatures both up close and far away, and adults will love the delicious food and wine, stunning views, and affordable lodging. Bring your camera for the faraway fauna and prepare for the ultimate family getaway!