Cambria is a Californian seaside town that has grown into something special since quicksilver miners dubbed it “Slab Town” in 1862. It has been described as one of America’s prettiest places. These days the locals also call it “Pines by the Sea” in recognition of the Monterey Pines that hug the rocky cliffs above its unspoiled beaches. Cambria is a superb spot to explore the offshore marine park, wander across adjoining boardwalks, or cycle safely seemingly forever.
Cambria has something for everybody. No matter your interests you will be enriched by your experiences. Here are a few samples of what’s offered once you’ve settled into your luxurious home away from home, Casa Pelicano, and are ready to explore your new surroundings.
More than Sandy Beaches
The first thing you’ll want to do is wander down to a nearby beach and stick your toes into the sand. While you may find just a few other people down there, you’ll hardly be alone. Just a ten minute drive north, there always seem to be a few hundred Elephant Seals. Come in December through to February, and there could be thousands more crammed right next to each other on the beach.
There’s something about sea air that makes fresh-cooked food taste so much better. If it’s time for breakfast, pop down to Linn’s or Redwood Cafe. The casual family lunches at West End Bar and Grill are great, unless you prefer to try Main Street Grill’s pulled-pork, tri-tip and chicken sandwiches – or perhaps have an inexpensive barbeque of burgers, ribs and crispy fries in mind. For something more formal in the evening there’s no place quite like The Sea Chest, the Black Cat Bistro, Indigo Moon, Madeline’s, or the Sow’s Ear.
It’s Time to Go Shopping
Just as there are restaurants to suit all tastes, there are shops for everybody in Cambria too, many are set in fascinating older buildings. Take your pick from antique boutiques and art galleries to clothing stores and gift shops. While ladies are always center stage in Cambria, husbands and teens have not been forgotten – although to be honest, the older males have been known to chill out at Camozzi’s Saloon or the characterful West End Bar instead.
How about Hearst Castle?
The home that millionaire William Randolph Hearst created between 1919 and 1947 is an extravaganza extraordinaire of classic architectural styles that range from a Roman forum to a street in Venice. It’s said Hearst was tired of holidaying in a tent and “wanted something a bit more permanent up there on the hill”. It’s certainly stood the test of time, and you can arrange a day or night-time tour of it by booking through the Cambria Chamber of Commerce or calling (805)-927-3624.
A Never Ending Story
If you fancy a drive out in the countryside consider wine-tastings at cellars like Jack Creek, Niner, Tobin James, Castoro Cellars, Eberle, Justin Wine or Wild Horse where you’ll taste some great Californian wines blessed by our warm summer days and cool nights. Don’t forget to pop by for a round of golf at Hunter Ranch in Paso Robles’ undulating farmlands – or Morro Bay Golf Course with peaceful ocean views.
When your day of holidaying is done, it’s time to return to your luxury home in Casa Pelicano to enjoy the evening, as a golden sun sets in the Pacific Ocean and the sea gulls flock home to bed. You’ll find everything you need for a simple barbeque or gourmet banquet. Choices like these are what Californian seaside vacations are all about.