The holiday season in Cambria casts a special kind of magic. This coastal wonderland comes to life with sights and sounds that can only be experienced on the Central Coast during this enchanting time of year. Read on to learn about all the unforgettable moments waiting for you, then book your trip for the holiday season of a lifetime in Cambria.
Gift Shopping on Main Street
The holidays are a time of giving, so why not get a start on that by perusing Cambria’s shops for a special something you can only find there? There’s something for everyone on your list in the shops on Main Street, from chic boutiques to unique antiques. Discover rustic treasures at Sea + Green. Find inspiration for that hard-to-shop-for loved one among the ever-changing selection of The Garden Shed. Sample something sweet from local vendors at STASH Local Goods.
Lunch at Linn’s
After picking out gifts for others, it’s time to treat yourself at Linn’s. Take it easy during this busy time of year with their “easy as pie” eating options. Be sure to grab a slice of their olallieberry pie, the iconic comfort food of Cambria, and taste the magic of the season with every bite.
Cambria Christmas Market
There’s nothing else like the Cambria Christmas Market. Inspired by the European Christmas markets of the 1300s, this event features a breathtaking display of over two million twinkling lights. As you walk through this living fairy tale, you can explore artisan vendors, listen to live music, and enjoy delicious food and drink. Make time for a visit from Santa, and you have an experience that is truly magical.
Coffee at Cambria Coffee Roasting
If you need a special pick-me-up on the morning of your second day, look no further than the Cambria Coffee Roasting Company. Their gourmet blends are specially roasted right in Cambria, embodying the enchanting indulgences of the Central Coast. A cup of their carefully crafted brew is the perfect way to wake up in this town.
Wine Tasting at Cutruzzola
For something to sip on a little later in your day, stop by the Cutruzzola tasting room. Book your reservation, then prepare to sample the mythical flavors produced by the Central Coast’s unique climate. Before you head out, be sure to grab a bottle—the perfect gift for the holidays or to bring to a gathering.
Dinner at The Sow’s Ear
There’s nothing like cozying up fireside during the holidays, so why not experience that while dining out? The Sow’s Ear lets you enjoy the exquisite culinary creations of Chef Salvador Garcia, like the New Zealand Rack of Lamb. Pair your meal with their trademarked flower pot bread, and take in the homey atmosphere of one of their two fireside rooms for the ultimate holiday comfort food experience.
Don’t forget about one of the main events of the season: The Cambria Christmas Concerts featuring Louie Ortega. If you’ve purchased your tickets for this extraordinary show, you know you’re ready to cap off this holiday evening in style. Mr. Ortega and The Bunkhouse Band will serenade you with sweet songs that bring warmth to your holiday season. Even if you can’t make it this year, keep your ears out for future Cambria Christmas Concerts, as each one is its own once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Start the Morning at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Begin your third day by taking in the magic of nature. Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is the premier place in Cambria to witness the flora and fauna of the Central Coast. The wide selection of trails in the Preserve has something to suit you no matter what you’re looking for this time of year. Take your time savoring the mysticism of the moment, stopping at the benches located along the trails to take in those coastal views.
Brunch at Robin’s
Warm up after your chilly morning exploring the preserve by grabbing brunch at Robin’s. Their vine-covered, heated patio is the right spot to cozy up for the rest of the morning, all while sampling their eclectic, delectable menu choices. Try their Vietnamese spring rolls, or fill up on one of their delicious Thai-influenced curries. Don’t forget to grab a house-made cheesecake from their dessert case on the way out!
Explore local art galleries
Cambria is an oasis for artists of all kinds, and many of them are inviting you to step in and see their magical creations. Explore the historic Artifacts Gallery, taking in their range of pieces. For something a bit different, head to the Windancer Gallery, where you can behold a wonderland of wind chimes, bird feeders, handcrafted whirligigs, and all manner of outdoor art. Take something home from this shop for yourself or as a gift to celebrate this magical season.
Hearst Castle holiday twilight tour
The only thing more magical than Hearst Castle is Hearst Castle during the holidays! Step into this icon of the Central Coast as you’ve never seen it before. You’ll be warmed by the glow of the thousands of lights adorning the estate, and awed by the sights of towering Christmas trees. Explore the grounds and the grand rooms of Casa Grande, all while your knowledgeable guide and the enchanting atmosphere transport you back in time to the holiday experience of the Castle’s heyday.