Visiting Cambria

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Need a quick getaway? Just a few hours north of the Los Angeles area, smack dab where the coast meets the wine country of Paso Robles, is the adorable town of Cambria.

Disclaimer: Cambria is one of my favorite little getaways. I have been here countless times and each time fall more in love with it. Even after all these years of visiting I still have not lodged, grubbed or drank everywhere. Visiting Cambria may be #lifechanging

vineyards in Cambria California

STAY

Cambria Pines Lodge

This laid-back lodge is on 25 forested acres with beautiful rooms and adorable gardens. The restaurant is fantastic, I eat here at least once on every single visit to the area, and the lounge offers live music on weekend nights. Check TravelZoo to see if there are any package specials…they often have great deals!

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Statues in the gardens of Cambria Pines Lodge

Kenya loves this place EXCEPT for this one statue! LOL

EAT

Robin’s Restaurant

Robin’s features handcrafted comfort cuisine with an array of international flavors made from farmers’ market fresh ingredients. Housed in a restored adobe home in the historic East Village of Cambria, Robin’s is a favorite with locals and visitors for its warm hospitality, cozy atmosphere and charming gardens. [courtesy of robinsrestaurant.com]

The Black Cat

Black Cat Bistro is known for serving Innovative Farm Fresh Fare. The menu changes often as they consistently strive to present fare that is reflective of seasonal, local produce and organically raised or sustainable product. The food is especially cognizant of wine pairings to electrify the palate. The Black Cat has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for nine years in a row. [courtesy of blackcatbistro.com]

DRINK

I can’t recommend enough that you explore this beautiful wine region by car. [Be safe…find a designated driver or a wine tour that fits your style]. These vineyard covered rolling hills make for a super fun drive and there are so many tiny backroads that lead to some amazing views. Here are some of my recommended wineries sorted by region:

Map of Paso Robles

Paso Robles/Templeton

Justin Winery [11680 Chimney Rock Road Paso Robles, CA]{Daily 10am-430pm}
One of my fav Cabernet Sauvignon is from here. Beautiful property and they have an Inn and a restaurant as well.

Eberle Winery [3810 Highway 46 East Paso Robles, CA]{Daily 10am-5pm}
A fun winery with underground caves…make sure to check them out.

Eberle Winery in Paso Robles

Kiss the Eberle pig for good luck…jk I made that up

Sculpterra Winery [5015 Linne Road Paso Robles, CA]{Daily 10am-5pm}
Wine and art combined in this smaller family-owned winery. Grab a glass and check out their unique sculpture garden.

Red Soles Winery [3230 Oakdale Road Paso Robles, CA]{Daily 11am-5pm}
Hilltop tasting room with super nice peeps. Flip flop and picnic friendly.

Amy Hates Carrots Wine Tasting in Paso Robles

One more glass please…

San Simeon

Hearst Ranch [442 SLO San Simeon Road San Simeon, CA]{Daily 11am-5pm}
Right at the foot of the entrance of Heart Castle is their small wine tasting room. Located in a historic general store it is a fun place to stop for a taste and some Hearst beef Jerky.

Unfortunately Eagle Castle Winery shut down so you will miss out on awesome photos like this *sad face

Unfortunately Eagle Castle Winery shut down so you will miss out on awesome photos like this *sad face

Not a fan of the vino? Check out the local brewery Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Also, keep your wine tasting touring nice and safe by using a driver like The Wine Line. Very convenient hop-on and hop-off tour service.

And for more winery suggestions read my Paso Robles post here.

DO

Right off of Pacific Coast Highway just north of Cambria is home to 17,000 elephant seals. Follow the signs to Piedras Blancas to observe these awesome critters in their natural habitat.

December – February is the mating season involving the enormous, not-so-attractive males battling it out for territory rights, March is when the just-weaned pups are learning to swim and dive, April – August is molting season [your old skin is so last season…haha], September – November is when the sub-adult males and juveniles return for some rest.

Elephant Seals Near Hearst Castle

Kenya even loves the elephant seals…sort of.

*Please note that I volunteered at a marine mammal rescue center for a couple of years, therefore these critters are dear to my heart. Sign up here to donate to ‘Friends of the Elephant Seal,’ the non-profit group responsible for this Piedras Blancas Rookery.

Elephant Seals Near San Simeon

William Randolph Hearst started to build a fabulous estate on his ranchland overlooking the village of San Simeon in 1919. By 1947, the hilltop complex included a twin-towered main building, three sumptuous guesthouses, and 127 acres of terraced gardens, fountains, and pools. [courtesy of heartcastle.org]

Hearst Castle

Needless to say, it is exorbitant and gorgeous. And the views from the castle will take your breath away.

The Outdoor Pool At Heart Castle

P.S. Keep your eyes open for zebras on the property [pronounced /ˈzeb.rə/]

Zebras at Heart Castle

Two of my favorite nearby spots are Big Sur and Paso Robles. Read my posts about them by clicking on the links.    

Find out about local events at PasoWine and book your hotel stay with the link below for some great deals!

Have you ever been to Cambria? Any favorite spots that I missed? Please let me know so I can check them out on my next visit. Cheers!


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