Exploring California’s Central Coast mindfully means savoring every moment as you go. There are many exciting opportunities and places to explore, but you might miss some of the magic if you’re in a rush. Use these tips for mindful travel as you plan your next trip to Cambria to design a calming escape to soothe your mind, body, and soul. Ask yourself, “What can I learn from this experience?” throughout your journey, and take time to observe people and places around you. Be sure to wrap up each day with a few moments of gratitude for all you have seen and done—it’s easier to appreciate all of the good things in life when surrounded by the region’s incredible beauty.
Tip #1: Connect with Your Natural Surroundings
Once you arrive, begin each morning by committing to being present to the sights and sounds of where you are. Appreciate the colorful wildflowers that dot the roadside. Listen to the sound of waves crashing against the shore as you stroll along Moonstone Beach Boardwalk.
For a smaller and quieter alternative to the beautiful Fiscalini Ranch, visit Lampton Cliffs State Park. Find one of the benches and enjoy the view or head down to the tide pools at the base of the cliff for a look at local marine life.
Tip #2: Move Your Body
Physical movement and exercise help reinforce the connection between your mind and body. Rejuvenate your body and renew your spirit at one of Cambria’s studio classes or stop by the spa for a more soothing experience.
Choose from VYANA Wellness Collective‘s wide variety of services, which includes everything from massage therapy to studio classes to infrared saunas. Metta Pilates leads Pilates and yoga classes that are open to visitors throughout the week. They even have an outdoor class that is held at Stolo Vineyards! You’re in for a treat at The Nest Spa at El Colibri, which offers a collection of luxurious massages, including Swedish, aromatherapy, hot stone, and deep tissue. No matter how you decide to strengthen your mind-body connection, you’re sure to walk away feeling refreshed.
Tip #3: Indulge in Self-Care
Spellbound Herbs Giftshop & Garden is a unique shop housed in one of the oldest buildings in Cambria, a homestead from the 1870s. They have everything needed to create a calm atmosphere: self-care items like candles, soaps, bath salts, herbs, and more. Make sure to visit their magical fairytale garden, located behind the store! Stop at Lucia Apothecary Boutique to choose from a selection of body crèmes, perfumes, and body washes that will give you a chance to pause your busy schedule and nurture your skin long after your trip ends.
Tip #4: Taste the Local Flavors
Stop by the many locally-owned restaurants, farmers markets, and gourmet shops for a true taste of life in this beautiful area. Wild Ginger features flavors of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim, offering a menu with delicious vegan and vegetarian options as well as an outdoor patio. With over 80 different flavors of tea, Verde of Cambria is a must-visit on a mindful trip to the Central Coast. There are also shelves full of trinkets and unique teatime accessories to take home, like mugs, teapots, and boutique-sourced raw honey. Head into Linn’s Gourmet Goods or one of their other shops in Cambria to pick up a jar of their signature olallieberry preserves. Don’t hesitate to try the many other delicacies on display.
Tip #5: Take Home a Treasure with Purpose
Sea + Green was founded on the ideals of sustainability, intentionality, and honoring the earth. Browse the store for unexpected treasures like dried flowers, hand-dyed clothes, essential oils, and carved stone decorations. Plus, they often sell products with the goal of raising money for charitable causes! It’s not just a jewelry and gift shop—Bali Gems is also a community hub for Cambria’s local artists, musicians, and businesses. With a unique selection of handcrafted jewelry and gems such as moonstone, opal, larimar, and jade, you’re sure to find a beautiful piece to remind you of the Central Coast.