Nestled halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Cambria is a year-round retreat for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies and wine aficionados, art lovers, families, and romantics. Whether your dream getaway includes rest and relaxation, a rush of adrenaline, or a little bit of both, Cambria and everything it has to offer is awaiting your arrival.
1. Take a Hike (or a Stroll)
Cambria is home to a number of walking and hiking trails for every level of fitness. If you’re looking for a leisurely stroll with ocean views, check out the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk or one of the many paths in Fiscalini Ranch. Hike through the pines of Cambria at Henry Kluck Memorial Trail or along the coastline of Leffingwell Landing. If you love the great outdoors, then your next trip should include plans to traverse the open spaces of Cambria by trail!
2. Sip and Savor Wine
With two estate wineries and multiple tasting rooms within walking distance of one another, Cambria offers a unique wine tasting experience. Spend time at Stolo Winery, getting to know the Stolo family’s rich history in winemaking, or travel back in time to the 1920s at Black Hand Cellars. Sip to the sound of waves crashing at Madeline’s on Moonstone or catch peek-a-boo views of Hearst Castle at Hearst Ranch Winery. Kick-off your stay with a sip of something special at one of Cambria’s tasting rooms.
3. Find Inspiration in Local Art
Cambria is a hub for artists and creatives alike. The many art galleries carry everything from paintings and pottery to sculpture and photography and everything in between. Watch Patrick Dennis in action at the Working Artist Studio as he paints daily, preparing for art festivals and exhibits, or make a short trip out to Harmony to view one-of-a-kind, hand-blown glass at Harmony Glassworks. Before you leave, don’t forget to stop for a photo shoot in front of Cambria’s newest murals painted by local artists at Slabtown Mercantile and Cutruzzola’s tasting room on Main Street.
4. Go Wild with the Animals of Cambria
Elephant seals, whales, and zebras—oh my! The Central Coast has a wide variety of exotic animals that are awaiting your discovery. Visit the elephant seals at the Piedras Blancas Rookery or head north on Highway 1 for a chance to spot zebras at Hearst Ranch. For a unique view of Cambria, ride through Fiscalini Ranch on horseback with guided trail rides or explore the tidepools at the bottom of Leffingwell Landing. Don’t forget to bring binoculars and a camera, no matter what kind of animal you want to see!
5. Get Your Zen On
A little bit of “me time” is so much better with the sand beneath your toes and an ocean breeze blowing through your hair. Clear your mind with peaceful walks on the Boardwalk or a yoga class with Tula Yoga on the beach. Treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage at El Colibri Spa & Hotel or stop by the Little Free Library to pick up a book and enjoy some quiet time. Cambria can be as peaceful as you need it to be, and when you’re ready for fun and adventure, you won’t have to travel far.
6. Coast Down Highway 1
Highway 1 is one of California’s natural wonders due to its rich, colorful history that dates back to 1894. With 81 miles of bucket list destinations like the cliffs of Ragged Point and the Piedras Blancas Light Station, you’ll feel as if you’re in the middle of a California dream. Roll down the windows, turn up the music, and get ready for the road trip of a lifetime.
7. Sink Your Toes in the Sand
Famous for its dramatic coastline and breathtaking views, Moonstone Beach is where your Cambria seaside escape begins. Whether you want to feel the sand underneath your toes, catch glimpses of marine life swimming by, explore living tide pools, or head out to sea for surfing, boating, and other aquatic adventures, you will find there is something for everyone to enjoy on Moonstone Beach.
8. Chow Down on Central Coast Cuisine
Cambria has a food scene that’s worth the trip to the Coast alone. Our town is full of unique, privately-owned markets, restaurants, and dining options to satisfy any craving. Seafood on Moonstone Beach Drive, Thai cuisine in a dreamy garden, and one-of-a-kind pies and desserts are just the beginning of your Central Coast food tour.
9. Shop Til’ You Drop
It goes without saying that Cambria has one of the best shopping experiences on the Central Coast. With no chains in sight, Cambria’s collection of one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, antique stores, and art galleries offers items you won’t find anywhere else. Follow our two-day shopping itinerary to support Cambria’s local businesses and ensure you don’t leave with any shopper’s remorse.
One of the best ways to experience Cambria is by bike. Regardless of your preferred pace, Cambria is a cycle-friendly community for both casual and competitive riders! Whether you’re riding solo or with your entire family, explore our boutiques and restaurants on Main Street, take in the salty air on Moonstone Beach Drive, or venture out on one of our more advanced cycling routes—the options are endless!