Top 10 Things About Cambria
With so many treasures to offer, Cambria is the most charming seaside village you’ll ever discover on the California central coast. This fall, as you plan a getaway along the famed Highway 1 Discovery Route, here are 10 reasons you need to fully explore Cambria:
Cambria destinations are what bring people back year after year. Of Cambria’s prime destinations, Hearst Castle, a magnificent estate just north of Cambria, takes a seat at the top. With 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools, and walkways it truly is a world wonder. Or, take another glimpse into the past while you enjoy stunning sunsets and a front row seat to whale migrations at the historic Piedras Blancas Lighthouse.
Discover one-of-a-kind treasures you will not see anywhere else. Our vibrant artist community of designers, artists and craftspeople, includes original art, hand-blown glass, ceramic art and unusual crafts. Become charmed by the eclectic array of locally owned shops including antiques, jewelry, fine art and local crafts. You never know what you might discover when you explore the village…With no malls or chain stores in sight, Cambria is the perfect destination to find that unusual gift or unique souvenir.
#3: Wine & Beer Tasting
Cambria offers some of the most exciting and creative wine-and-dine experiences on the Central Coast. Check out the local wine scene with the Pacific Coast Wine Trail, which includes our local wineries and vineyards, or do a walking wine tasting tour of the village and visit the local wine bars. If craft beer is more your thing, make sure you visit Cambria’s microbreweries. These down-to-earth breweries specialize in crafting the perfect beer for any occasion.
From barbecue to fine dining, family style or romantic, a vast array of dining experiences awaits you. Select from several establishments that offer anything from casual custom made picnic fare, to banquets for your perfect wedding or event, and everything in between. Whether a food aficionado or just looking for a place to taste great food and wine with great company, travelers are sure to enjoy the culinary delights served in restaurants and cafes throughout this coastal hamlet.
Cambria’s rich history is rooted in the stories of the American West with tales of Native Americans, cowboys, miners, merchants and pioneers. One of the oldest homes in Cambria, built in 1870, the Guthrie-Bianchini House still stands and is now the home of the Cambria Historical Museum. Share in Cambria’s heritage and visit the Historical Museum, Creekside Garden Preserve and Historic East Village, and revel in the notable local architecture. Or, take a self-guided walking tour of the designated historical buildings as well as many other unusual features including the eclectic Nitt Witt Ridge.
#6: Moonstone Beach
Feel the sand between your toes at this natural wonder. In fact, if you look closely at the small rocks along the beach, you will see some are colorful, shiny moonstones for which the beach was named. Moonstone Beach is one of many un-crowded beaches on the Cambria Coastline, but this one brings something extra special to residents and visitors. Enjoy the mile-long boardwalk or stroll in the sand.
#7: Outdoor Adventures
With an ever-changing landscape and breathtaking views, Cambria is perfect for avid road cyclists, hikers, kayakers, boating, relaxing horse trail rides and more! Leave everything else behind as you immerse yourself in endless trails throughout the countryside, like the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, or bike along scenic coastal Highways and country roads.
#8: Natural Wonders
Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and visit Central Coast’s Eden. Cambria offers the area’s most untouched coastlines and some of the most protected and pristine scenery. From beachcombing and whale watching, to hiking through the pines, this destination is filled with natural wonders you will not forget. Relax in one of the many coastal hotel rooms or vacation rentals while watching the glorious sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.
#9: Music & the Arts
An artist’s Mecca, Cambria offers extraordinary inspiration from tiny pebbles of sand to enormous pine forests. And, Cambria’s artists capture it all. Meet the locals as they take the stage at the local theaters or perform live music nightly, and many venues feature al fresco dining and musical entertainment!
#10: Nothing…nothing at all…
Cambria is the perfect place to be when you want to relax and do absolutely nothing.