Come together and make memories with loved ones.
Group vacations are all about spending time with friends and family, investing in important relationships, and making lasting memories. Meeting in the middle is the best way to make that happen. Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Cambria is the perfect spot for a great time with your favorite people from all over. We’ve collected details about great places to eat, stay, and have fun with your loved ones so you can start planning your getaway.
Lodging for Groups
Rent a coastal home together
For your next Cambria stay, try renting a home where your entire group can stay together. There are many different choices, from traditional Victorian houses to rustic cabins to uniquely modern architecture. If everyone pitches in, this can be one of the most affordable options for large groups. Also, it can help with food costs by allowing you to prepare some of your own meals in the kitchen where you can whip up your favorite family recipes!
Stay at the Bunkhouse at Oceanpoint Ranch
For the right balance of simple and luxury, stay at Oceanpoint Ranch. With hotel rooms described as ranch-chic, crackling campfires, lawn games, and the delicious Canteen restaurant, this might be one hotel you don’t want to leave. The Bunkhouse, which can house up to six guests and has a full kitchen, is a great place for large groups and families hoping for an elevated getaway.
Relax in a bed and breakfast
For more of an old-fashioned hotel experience, enjoy the comfort of a bed-and-breakfast! Cambria has many of these inns throughout its coastal community. While rooms might be too small to share with friends, they can provide personal space and still give a sense of community knowing your group is just down the hall. Take advantage of the provided breakfast, spend the day adventuring, and then come back to rest.
Restaurants for larger groups
While Cambria is full of intimate restaurants, there are also options for large groups. Select delicious menu items for the whole family without worrying about doing the dishes after! Plus, these popular dining establishments all take reservations!
Madeline’s, a Cambria staple for nearly 20 years, prepares French-inspired dishes. It’s the perfect spot to bring your group on an elevated friend-cation
A local favorite full of international flavors, Robin’s Restaurant is housed in the historic Souza House, which makes it even more of a must-see. You’re sure to try something new when you visit!
The Cambria Pines Lounge serves delicious food all year round, with seasonal ingredients always making appearances. Make a reservation to feast on weekend brunch while enjoying their beautiful garden.
Modern American cuisine, Indigo Moon serves delicious and unique meals. There’s sure to be something that everyone in your group will enjoy!
Takeout/catering for groups
Sometimes a long day of adventuring calls for takeout. When your group is tired, don’t push everyone to go out for a meal. Just order food to go from unique eateries all around Cambria, or even ask for delivery!
This Western-style pizza kitchen serves pies baked in a traditional brick oven. If you aren’t in the mood to leave your cozy lodgings, order their food to go! There’s nothing quite as deliciously indulgent as staying in for pizza.
If you’re in the mood for dessert, visit the French Corner Bakery and choose a few pastries for the road! This bakery does have a small dining area, so for larger groups, takeout might be the best option. Bring your desserts back to your hotel, or enjoy them as you walk around town.
Whether your group wants to have a relaxing lunch at your rental home or a fancy picnic on the beach, you can find charcuterie options at the Cambria Farmers Market and Soto’s True Earth Market! Taste local cheese from Stepladder Creamery alongside fresh produce. Don’t forget to bring a charcuterie board!
This farmstead creamery makes small-batch, award-winning cheese on a Central Coast farm. Cheese is made from the milk of goats on the farm, allowing Stepladder Creamery to manage every aspect of production. Founded three generations ago in 1871, Stepladder Ranch continues to be family-owned and operated. Get to know the friendly herd of LaMancha goats and tour the creamery and milking parlor. Tours are offered daily, but advanced reservations are required. Please call or email to schedule a tour.
For a dessert that is big enough to share with everyone, buy a family-sized fruit pie at Linn’s Restaurant. From apple to cherry to Olallieberry, there is sure to be a flavor that everyone will love.
Clydesdale horseback riding at Covell’s Ranch
Book a trail ride and ranch tour for your group at Covell’s Ranch. Clydesdales have been bred and raised at this family-owned ranch for over 40 years. Take advantage of the cool coastal breezes and beautiful scenery from the top of a horse while making lasting memories with your loved ones. The ranch can accommodate groups of up to eight people, so make sure you call ahead of time to get a spot!
Take a wine tour
There is nothing Cambria does better than wine. The area’s microclimate results in coastal tasting notes that are delicious and unique. Explore and indulge by visiting local wineries and vineyards in the area. From Main Street tasting rooms like Black Hand Cellars and Cayucos Cellars to countryside locations like Cutruzzola Vineyards and the Stolo Family Winery, the options are endless. For bigger groups and same-day appointments, call ahead to secure a spot in their tasting rooms.
The Black Hand Cellars Tasting Room offers outstanding red wines and stories that go with the “speakeasy” theme of the room.
Cayucos Cellars is truly the quintessential small family winery.
Cutruzzola Vineyards produces Riesling and Pinot Noir from the estate vineyard located just outside of Cambria. It is located a few miles from the water’s edge and just over the coastal mountains from the Westside Paso Robles wine region.
Sitting at the base of a sun-kissed nine-acre vineyard, the farmhouse and old dairy barn at Stolo Family Vineyards dates back to the late 1800s. Less than three miles from the Pacific Ocean, the vineyards thrive in Cambria’s unique microclimate, producing unmatched coastal style Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, and Syrah.
Explore the historic Hearst Castle
William Randolph Hearst started construction on his “La Cuesta Encantada” in 1919, and the mystical mansion is still enjoyed by visitors today. Whether you choose a daytime tour or a twilight rendezvous, your group will love exploring the historical site. Purchase tickets soon, as this is a popular attraction.
Walk on Moonstone Beach
This beautiful beach was named for the unusual soft stones that wash up on its shores. With decent surfing conditions, gem-like rocks to discover, and plenty of space for reclining, this spot has something for everyone. Take your group here and enjoy watching the waves crash as you reminisce.
Hike at Fiscalini Ranch
The Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is a natural sanctuary that boasts over eight miles of trails and open space. With dramatic bluffs that overlook the ocean, 150 different types of native plants, and 430 species of birds, this riparian habitat is a must-explore. Wander this unique area with your friends and family as you enjoy the splendor.
Enjoy the natural wonders
There are so many serene places to explore on the Central Coast. For wetlands, ocean views, and sand dunes all in one location, visit Oso Flaco Lake. If you would like to see a famous natural landmark, Morro Rock is a volcanic plug off the coast of Morro Bay. If you love wildlife, the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery is most active between October and May.