A First-Timer’s Guide to Cambria

First-time visitors to Cambria are in for a treat. No matter what time of year, there is always plenty to see and do in Cambria. Prepare yourself for luxury lodging, delicious meals, boutique shopping, and wines made at local vineyards—not to mention the unforgettable ocean views. Kick back, relax, and enjoy everything this little gem on the Central Coast has to offer.

Begin your day with coffee from Cambria Coffee Roasting Company

The custom, house-roasted brews from the Cambria Coffee Roasting Company are sure to start your day off right. Try one of their delicious classics, or switch things up with a specialty seasonal latte.

Take a tour of Hearst Castle

Only six miles north of Cambria, ‘La Cuesta Encantada,’ or the Enchanted Hill, is a must-see for first-time visitors to the Central Coast. The grand estate, built by media magnate William Randolph Hearst in the 1920s, features 165 rooms and more than 125 acres of sprawling gardens, walkways, terraces, and pools, most of which are available for touring.

Stroll along Moonstone Beach Boardwalk

This iconic, protected coastline offers incredible views from the perfect vantage point—a one-mile boardwalk that meanders along the cliff above the beach from Leffingwell Landing to Fiscalini Ranch. Take the stairs down to the beach itself to hunt for moonstones and feel the waves lapping at your feet.

Explore the Shops at the Garden Shed

Cambria famously has no chain stores whatsoever, offering exclusively boutique experiences at independent shops and galleries. This specific group of shops offers something for everyone, but will especially appeal to those with a green thumb. Pick up a succulent at Grow Nursery and find a trinket to signify your trip at Ocean Heir.

Go back in time on the Historic Walking Tour

Cambria is home to a number of buildings with historic significance. Classic, Victorian architecture can be found all over town, so even if you decide not to partake in the official self-guided tour, pay attention as you wander—many restaurants, stores, and lodging properties throughout Cambria are located in historic structures.

Dine at one of Cambria’s finest establishments

Whether you’re in the mood for farm-to-table delights, fresh seafood, or a slice of olallieberry pie, Cambria has what you’re looking for. Check out Robin’s Restaurant for unique, international fare, or Indigo Moon  for classic wine and cheese parings. Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill is home to delicious seafood—and no meal would be complete without some olallieberry pie from Linn’s.

Listen to live music at the Fireside Lounge

The Fireside Lounge at the Cambria Pines Lodge is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring. Cozy up by the fire with a glass of wine or a cocktail and enjoy music from local bands.

Download the Visit Cambria app

Be sure to download the Visit Cambria app, available on both iOS and Android, for the ability to create your own custom itinerary that includes all of these exciting activities!

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