If you’re hoping to escape for the holidays, look no further—Cambria offers a winter wonderland right by the sea (without the snow)! Whether you’re hoping to see the extraordinary Christmas light displays, find unique gifts for your loved ones, or simply want to warm up with some delicious clam chowder, you’ll find everything you’re looking for and more on a very merry winter getaway in enchanting Cambria.
Cambria Christmas Market
The Cambria Christmas Market is back this year for guests staying at the Cambria Pines Lodge, The Sea Otter Inn, and J. Patrick House & Inn! Create magical memories with your loved ones as you stroll through and gaze at the millions of colorful lights adorning the Lodge. Tickets are only available to guests staying at a Moonstone Hotel lodging property, so book your room ahead of time so you don’t miss out on the most wonderful time of the year in Cambria!
Cozy up with Clam Chowder
The Central Coast is well-known for its tasty clam chowder, and Cambria is no exception. Many restaurants offer it as one of their daily soup options while others keep it on the menu full-time, but wherever you stop for a steaming-hot bowl, you’ll be sure to leave with a full stomach and full heart. Be sure to stop by local restaurants like Black Cat Bistro and Robin’s Restaurant to indulge in their many soup options.
Hunt for Holiday Treasures
There are no chains in Cambria, which means each storefront is completely unique. Whether you’re looking for bohemian home decor, dainty jewelry, one-of-a-kind antiques, and sommelier-approved wine, Cambria’s shelves have something for everyone on your Christmas gift list. Just don’t forget to pick out something memorable for yourself!
Savor a Slice of Pie
You can have a slice of Cambria no matter where you’re celebrating the holidays with an olallieberry pie from Linn’s! You can grab a pie in a variety of flavors, and they even ship their goods all over the country. Linn’s delectable pies and preserves will add a special flair and flavor to your holiday meal.
Conquer a Cold Morning with a Cup of Coffee
Cambria is home to a number of charming cafés, each offering special delicacies and appealing options. Cambria Coffee Roasting Co. is a local staple that roasts their brews in-house. Bring home a bag of their gourmet blends for the coffee lover in your life!
Snuggle by the Sea
Grab a blanket and head down to Moonstone Beach, where you can snuggle up to stay warm, listen to the sound of the waves, and enjoy the salty air. If you’re there during the day, you can search for moonstones—but the sunsets are truly stunning.
Observe the Splendor of Local Wildlife
The Central Coast’s wildlife peaks during the winter months—the elephant seals begin to return to the Piedras Blancas Rookery, the exotic herd of zebras graze the fields at Hearst Ranch, and the California Grey Whale is in migration providing plenty of whale watching opportunities on the Whale Trail.
Low Lodging Rates
Besides all of the other great reasons to visit Cambria in the winter, room rates are more affordable than ever, and you can stay right by the ocean or cuddle up in town without breaking the budget. Your winter escape is just a short drive away… so what are you waiting for? Book your stay today!