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Relish Cambria’s Seaside Village from Scenic Vacation Houses

Boasting one of California’s few seaside Monterey pine forests, Cambria is a small village with immense charm. Its art galleries, restaurants and New Age boutiques speak to the village’s vast creativity. Visitors stroll the oceanside boardwalk or hike the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve bluffs, waiting for another spectacular sunset. Then they head to their nearby houses to relax by cozy fireplaces and enjoy conveniences like on-site washing machines and high-speed Internet connections.

Explore Historic East Village

On Main Street’s east end, the East Village is the original town. It’s full of cute Queen Anne cottages, beautiful gardens, interesting shops and excellent restaurants. The eight-block heart of the neighborhood offers cozy coffee shops, beautiful art galleries, knitting stores, antique malls, inventive eateries, famous pie shops and the Historical Society and Museum. It’s the kind of neighborhood where you see neighbors chatting in the tiny post office and deer crossing the street.

More Fun in West Village

Continue up Main Street, and you’ll find the West Village's numerous captivating galleries and specialty shops. The West Village is also home to the town library, information center and the historic Piedras Blancas Light Station’s original Fresnel lens. Savor a nice dinner, enjoy a Pewter Plough Playhouse production and wander West Village’s side streets to discover hidden gems.

Savoring the Sights and Sounds of Local Beaches

Moonstone Beach and its neighbor Leffingwell Cove are gorgeous beaches surrounded by craggy rocks and splashes of wildflowers. If you’re visiting in winter, keep an eye on the ocean so you can spot migrating whales spouting in the distance. The boardwalk offers a good vantage point, and you’ll occasionally encounter a wild bunny or squirrel along the path.

Enjoy the Community Spirit of Cambria

An artistic and friendly community like Cambria is a natural site for lively annual events. Its annual Pinedorado Days celebration begins with a colorful parade down Main Street. Live music, car shows, fun runs and other cheerful activities last throughout the long Labor Day weekend. In October, Cambria’s Scarecrow Festival is a wonderland of creativity. Locals craft extraordinary full-size “scarecrows” and display them around town. From amazing mermaids to scarecrow marching bands, the event gives locals a chance to show off their artistic talents and senses of humor.

History Among the Pines

In the pines above the East Village, you’ll discover more of Cambria’s unique character. Dating back to 1870, Cambria Cemetery is a historic and current-day treasure. Here, personalized gravesites feature inviting benches and beautiful statues mixed with more unusual offerings like little needlepoint villages, pink flamingoes and wind chimes. Wander the cemetery, and you’ll discover fascinating local history. There’s a confederate soldier buried here, countless Spanish Flu Pandemic victims and Japanese abalone divers from 1910.

The Weather’s Fine in Cambria

Like most of California’s beautiful Central Coast, temperatures are fairly moderate here throughout the year. Highs are mostly in the 50s and 60s, and fall is usually the perfect time to visit. Cambria generally gets more winter rain than the rest of San Luis Obispo County, but clear winter days here are usually delightful.

Scenic Routes to Cambria

Cambria straddles picturesque Highway 1 between Big Sur and San Luis Obispo, so driving here is scenic from all directions. Alternatively, fly or take Amtrak into San Luis Obispo, and rent a car. Drive up Highway 101 North to Paso Robles, then head west on Highway 46. You’ll pass 15 of the region’s best wineries and tasting rooms, so plan on taking a full day to make the 45-mile trip.

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                                                                                                      Recent Cambria Reviews

                                                                                                      Family Retreat Bliss

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                                                                                                      First let me say there are not a lot of places that will accommodate up to 29 people! This is the second time we have rented the Pickford House for our Mother's birthday gatherings. The Pickford house makes you feel as if you've stepped back in time with it's 1800 decor while accommodating large groups of people at the same time. The fact that each quest has their own bedroom and bath, I can't say enough about. The downstairs bar/dinning area allows all to gather at the same time to enjoy each others company. The surrounding area, of course, speaks for itself. Would we rent again? You bet!!
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
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                                                                                                      Enchanting honeymoon getaway!

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                                                                                                      This adorable cabin is the perfect spot for a true romantic getaway. It is tucked back off of the street in a beautiful foresty area and the minute you walk in the door, you know youre not going to want to leave. When we arrived, the owner met us there and provided so many ideas for us on where to eat, site see, etc. And then she let us be for the rest of the weekend. Not only is the cabin amazing, but the town of Cambria is sooo quaint. We walked around downtown, did some wine tasting, smoked cigars, and treated ourselves to a nice dinner. Everything is so clean and fresh, it reminded us of Disneyland. And of course the beach is right there and we went on a beautiful hike along the San Simeon coast. The elephant seals were captivating. Anyway, we cant say enough good things about this cabin and town. In fact, we are so fond of it that we are planning to return for our one year anniversary in July and are very much looking forward to it!!
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Apr 30, 2009
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2008

                                                                                                      What a gem!

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                                                                                                      My family, which includes 3 teenagers and a 120 pound black lab, stayed at The Big Red House for 5 nights in August and we couldn't have been happier with our choice. The house is immaculately maintained and the location is incredible! Apparently most families who stay here bring dogs but you can't tell when you're here. There's not a dog hair to be found in the place! The kitchen is well stocked, the video library is hard to beat, the flat screen TVs are amazing, and so is the view. The master bedroom faces the ocean and when the windows are open and the sea breeze is coming through it is Heaven on earth! The house is located in a very upscale neighborhood and we took walks in the neighborhood every day. If I had to find a complaint (and it's hard to come up with one) I guess it would be that the backyard isn't fenced. Our dog isn't the type that you can just let out and he'll stick around, so we had to take him out on a leash each time he needed to go potty. But who cares. We were on vacation and it was no big deal. We'll definitely be back!
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Dec 18, 2007
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2007