Fall Fun for the Family
What is more fantastical than the autumn season? With soft orange sweaters, chilly breezes, cozy drinks in ceramic mugs, and creative costumes, it truly ignites the imaginations of all ages. With various activities to enjoy and beautiful scenery to explore, Cambria is a great destination for having fall fun with the entire family.
Explore Scarecrow Festival
Feel welcomed to Cambria by over 400 imaginative and lively scarecrows! Lining the streets of Cambria’s East and West Villages, Moonstone Beach, and San Simeon, these creations are the center of the annual Cambria Scarecrow Festival. Lasting throughout the month of October, the festival spreads the spirit of fall and brings a smile to every face. This event truly showcases the immense talents of Cambria’s artistic community. As you explore around town, see how many scarecrows you can find while shopping at Cambria’s unique shops and galleries.
If you happen to be in Cambria the weekend of October 8, take some time to check out the Harvest Festival! Held at the Cambria Historical Museum, this fun event features live music, unique gift items, and food vendors—all Halloween-themed!
Jack Creek Farms
Jack Creek Farms, a small family farm located right outside of Cambria on Highway 46, is a perfect stop for family-focused fall fun. You can pick up local fruits and vegetables all year long, but their pumpkin patch is a must-see in the fall! Sip on an apple cider slushie and enjoy a freshly baked treat using in-season ingredients grown right on the farm. Make sure to check out their pumpkin patch, because it just isn’t fall until you’ve seen pumpkins! Don’t leave without navigating the fort maze!
Covell Clydesdale Ranch
The Covell Clydesdale Ranch is the only place on earth where you can experience majestic Clydesdale horses grazing on nearly 2,000 acres of rolling pastures speckled with pristine Monterey Pines and overlooking an exquisite view of the Pacific Ocean. Riding a horse is a quintessential autumn activity, so make sure to fit a visit to the ranch into your Central Coast visit. Their daily hours are Monday through Saturday, with a 9 a.m. trail ride, a 12 p.m. vehicle tour, and a 3 p.m. trail ride. They also offer private tours for events! Check their website for more details.
While you’re exploring the Central Coast, Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is a beautiful area to visit. Home to a number of endangered species and species of special concern, the ranch preserve offers a wonderful display of nature’s diversity. Take a hike down one of eight trail entrances that meander through 437 acres of protected forest, riparian habitat, and grasslands. For more information about this non-profit, visit their website.
Fall Foodie Favorites
Cambria Coffee Roasting Company
As you stay busy in Cambria with your family, enjoying the magical fall season, you’re sure to need a cup of coffee. Cambria Coffee Roasting Company is known for its attention to detail in crafting gourmet blends and serving up unique roasts to its clientele. Grab a pumpkin spice latte, plus a baked good or two, and enjoy your morning!
When you’re ready for a more substantial dessert, visit Linn’s Restaurant to try their Olallieberry treats and goodies! While their food is delicious in any season, the pies are especially perfect for a bite of fall coziness. The company has been around since 1989, when they served fresh fruits and veggies from their farm stand. Now, their restaurant offers yummy farm-to-table food. Visit one of their locations during your time in Cambria.
French Corner Bakery
As you continue your quest for delicious treats, make sure to check out The French Corner Bakery. They offer hearth-baked bread, savory quiche, cheesecake, specialty cakes, pastries, and even custom blended coffees. You can find something for everyone in your family here! A local shop that has been in business for 35 years, their food is always baked from scratch.
While this trip is focused on making sure your whole family has fun, make sure the adults get a chance to relax too! The Stolo Family Vineyard farmhouse and old dairy barn sit at the base of a sun-kissed, nine-acre vineyard. While kids can run around the pet-friendly meadow, adults can enjoy wine tasting. Make reservations at their website!
The Shops at the Garden Shed
You can’t enjoy fall without decorating for the season! In the center of Cambria is a historic tin creamery that dates back to the 1890’s, making a perfect backdrop for what it houses now: the Garden Shed. The area is also full of shops such as Ocean Heir, Simplistic Home and more, where you can find the right fall decor for you.
Spend some time at Slabtown Mercantile, a store that is full of heirloom quality home goods, supplies, and sundries. Take some pictures in front of their beautiful floral mural before heading inside to find some quality home goods to make your house feel like fall!