24 hours in cambria
my favorite part of cambria is definitely moonstone beach
Just about every year, we have been heading down the California coast to Cambria, a sweet little town packed full of charm. It’s about 3.5 hours south of San Francisco, and you get there by driving down Highway 101 to Paso Robles (another great town full of wineries) and cut over to the ocean.
Cambria makes for a perfect weekend escape but has plenty of local sights and activities for all interests. If you're only spending one day, here's what I would recommend that you not miss:
I love starting my day in Cambria by grabbing a coffee and walking Moonstone Beach. It’s right at the end of town with a lovely boardwalk and beach that’s fun to walk at any time of year, even in the cold of winter. If it’s low tide, we try to collect the namesake stones, which are pearly white and opalescent. If you find a big enough one, it makes for lovely jewelry. After working up an appetite, head to into town to Linn's for brunch (don’t forget to enjoy some of their famous Ollalieberry preserves on a fresh scone or muffin). Linn’s is a true establishment and is not to miss.
After re-fueling, poke around the small but lovely town for a little shopping. There are a few great antique stores and jewelry/art galleries worth checking out. Another easy side trip is to hop in the car and head a few miles south down Highway 1 to Morro Bay. Say hi to the huge Morro Rock, be sure to visit the Garden Gallery (which has the most amazing ever-changing displays and merchandising), and grab some salt water taffy on your way out.
After a quick refresh, we head back into town to one of our two favorite dinner spots, Robin's or The Black Cat. After a leisurely dinner, take a very short drive up the hill to the beautiful woodsy Cambria Pines Lodge, which again is spectacular in any season. It’s always fun to grab a drink in the rustic bar which usually features live music.
On our way home we try to take the famous Highway 1 back and make a pit stop just slightly north at Hearst Castle, or a few more hours north in Big Sur, home of coastline and dramatic views that California is most famous for.