Cambria, California is a small village on the central coast. The town is known for great restaurants, unparalleled beauty, and a low-key vibe. Whether you’re a nature lover, a foodie, or you just need to get away, Cambria will be able to offer an indulgence worth exploring. Located half-way between the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and San Francisco, Cambria sits amongst rugged coastline and must-see California landmarks. Hearst Castle, Paso Robles Wine Country, Big Sur, the elephant seals, and a whole lot of R&R are within striking distance of the Burton Inn. If you’re in need of a vacation to replenish the soul and reignite your passion, either for each other or for life itself, spend some time with us at this famed Cambria hotel.
There are three general areas in Cambria. East Village is the historic zone with many of the premier shops and restaurants. A mile down Main Street, you’ll find West Village. There are some adorable shops, a couple wine tasting rooms, and restaurants there as well. Last is Moonstone Beach, which has a beautiful boardwalk that is great for morning and evening strolls. You’ll also find the Sea Chest Restaurant and Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill, two restaurants with beautiful ocean views. The small town is just that, small. It’s pretty easy to walk the entire stretch from East Village all the way to Leffingwell Landing along Moonstone Beach Drive.
In addition to the three general areas, there are a few pockets worth adventuring. Santa Rosa Creek Road takes you back into the hills. When the coast is socked in fog, you can usually drive just one mile along Santa Rosa Creek Road and find golden sunshine casting its warmth on the open farmland. There’s not much to see, other than some breathtaking, undeveloped landscape. You will want to drop by Linn’s Original Farm Store if you decide to cruise along Santa Rosa Creek Road. It’s just five miles from Cambria’s East Village and our Cambria hotel. You can pick up some tasty jams and delicious pies at their country store. If you’re into cycling, Santa Rosa Creek Road is prime territory for road biking. You may want to ride with slightly thicker hybrid tires as the road is not too well-paved in some parts and it can get a little rough.
Santa Rosa Creek Road winds its way to Highway 46. Paso Robles Wine Country. It can take quite awhile via Santa Rosa Creek Road, so if you’re in a rush to start wine tasting, you might want to take Highway 1 to Highway 46. The closest vineyard is 15 minutes from our Cambria hotel while some vineyards will be an hour-long and very scenic drive.
If you’re keen to do some walking, you may also want to make a trip to Fiscalini Ranch. It’s an incredibly well maintained walking trail that overlooks the ocean. Wildflowers take over during Spring and there are numerous wooden benches to stop and take in the beautiful surrounds. Take Windsor Blvd until you hit a dead end. Park there and start your lovely stroll.
Of course, you’ll want to make your way out to San Simeon to see the infamous Castle on the coast. Hearst Castle is a masterpiece that looks down on an equally impressive beach cove. After you’ve taken the bus up the hill and toured Hearst Castle, cross the highway to the cove. One of our very favorite walks takes you beneath a canopy of trees and circles around the sheltered bay. It is gorgeous. A little further north along Highway 1, you’ll find the elephant seal colony and the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse.
Going in the opposite direction, there are two towns you may want to meander through. Harmony is one of the least populated places in California. The sign says Population 18 and you’ll find a crafts store and Harmony Cellars. There’s another slightly bigger town (Population just over 2,500) just a hop and skip further south called Cayucos. Cayucos is a beach town through and through. The main street has seen a recent uptick in cute shops, antique stores, and one of the central coast’s best restaurants can be found here. It’s called Hoppe’s Bistro. It is absolutely worth the 15 minute drive from our Cambria hotel to Cayucos to dine at this acclaimed restaurant.
That covers only a small number of places to see and activities to do while you visit our Cambria hotel. Ultimately, Cambria is a place you can return to time and time again and find a new favorite. Whether it’s an untouched stretch of coastline or a great restaurant, there’s a treat waiting for you in Cambria.