Cambria Travel Guide

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Cambria Travel Guide

Cambria is a scenic getaway

Cambria Visitors Guide

Cambria visitors map. Click to expand.

CAMBRIA TRAVEL GUIDE – Nestled in a forest of coastal pines, Cambria rests along a rugged coastline, offering spectacular views, top-notch cuisine and quaint shopping.

The town is charming and filled with boutique shops and roads lined with wildflowers. Walking through Cambria is like revisiting the quiet, isolated community that flourished in the early 1900s.

Today, Cambria is the biggest settlement on the North Coast with two village areas filled with small shops, restaurants, motels and seaside cottages.

It is also the gateway to the California State Parks most popular attraction — Hearst Castle.

Cambria is about 35 miles north of San Luis Obispo on scenic Highway 1 and about 30 miles west of Paso Robles at the end of the wine country’s Highway 46 West.

On your drive you’ll first notice the smell of the magnificent pine trees. Then follow them, as they grow right up to the coastline.

Cambria boasts some of the finest restaurants in San Luis Obispo County. They run the gamut of tastes from California cuisine to seafood, but share a common goal of absolute freshness. In October, don’t miss the town’s annual Scarecrow Festival.

Cambria Travel Guide recommendations

Welcome! Please use this Cambria Travel Guide to find the best places for tourists to visit while enjoying the Central Coast’s finest attractions.

Antique Shops

Rich Man Poor Man Antique Mall – A two-floor antique and collectible mall filled with vintage picks from over 30 dealers. 2110 Main St., (805) 203-5350.

Art Galleries

Teresabelle Gallery – Handcrafted fine arts like jewelry, crafts, sea glass, beads, and gifts. 766 Main St. (805) 927-4556.

Moonstone American Craft Gallery – Since 1981- Finely crafted artwork, moonstone jewelry, fashion accessories, intricate hardware jewelry boxes, kinectic sculptures, wind & garden scultures, colorful kaleidoscopes and other beautiful handmade creations. Open 10am-8pm. 4070 Burton Dr., Historic East Village, Cambria, (805) 927-3447, (800) 424-3827.


Allocco’s Italian Bakery – A unique Italian bakery, specializing in fresh baked bread,Taralli Italian gourmet pretzels, Italian pastries, house sandwich & Italian coffee. Open 7 day a week. Come see them at North County Farmers Markets. 1602 Main Street, Cambria,, (805) 927-1501.

Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant – A casual, relaxing lodge environment with beautiful garden views. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. Features organic produce hand picked from the Lodge’s organic kitchen garden. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are recommended for dinner. 2905 Burton Drive,  (805) 927-4200 ext 2111.

Cambria Pub & Steakhouse – Fresh seasonal food served in a casual atmosphere. Featuring Harris Ranch beef, fish, poultry and vegetarian dishes. A full bar serves cocktails, local beer and wine. The outside covered patio is heated and pet friendly. Open Thur-Tues for lunch and dinner. 4090 Burton Drive,, (805) 927-0782

Las Cambritas – Family-owned local favorite serving creative Mexican home cooking and unique daily specials. Happy hour includes margaritas, well and beer. Central Coast wine list and live music on our pet-friendly patio on Sundays. 2336 Main St., (805) 927-0175.

Madelines Restaurant – Try some fantastic local boutique wines of the Central Coast in the wine shop. Enjoy an intimate American-French influenced dinner in the restaurant! Serving only the best organic meats and produce. Restaurant 5-9pm, Wine Bar 11-6pm. 788 Main St.,, (805) 927-4175.

Horseback Riding

Outback Trail Rides – Discover the true romance of horse and rider as you enjoy spectacular ocean and mountain views and an inside look at an exclusive private working ranch. Just south of Cambria. All rides are personally guided by an Australian Stockman. Specializing in small group and private rides. All rides by reservation, (805) 286-8772.

Outdoor Activities

Nitt Witt Ridge – Nitt Witt Ridge, is a hilltop home transformed  by one man into what has been described as an “assemblage of sculpted junk.” Arthur Weal,  spent many years collecting items fellow Cambrians were throwing away in order to create the home, which has been named a California  Historic Landmark as a true example of a folk art environment. Tours.  881 Hillcrest Drive, (805) 927-2690.

Tour Piedras Blancas Lighthouse – From June 15-August 31 tours are offered on Mondays-Saturdays except federal holidays. From September 1-June 14 tours are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, except federal holidays. Call for details (805) 927-7361.

Salons and Spas

Diva Day Spa – A welcoming spa and salon. Specializing in pampering and treatments for both men and women. Massage, face and body, nails, hair, weddings, special events. Located ocean front, minutes from Hearst Castle and Cambria. 250 San Simeon Ave #4,, (805) 927-4252.

Therapy by the Sea Day Spa – As soon as you enter you are transported with a sense of calm in this peaceful, intimate space. They have a variety of massage treatments, spa facials and spa packages to choose from. Best value for your dollar. 816 Main Street, Suite F, Cambria,, (805) 927-2956.


A Matter of Taste – Cambria’s gourmet and culinary shop. Featuring gourmet kitchen items and gadgets, spices, designer cookware, truffles and chocolate, cookbooks, special order shortbread tarts. 4120 Burton Dr.,, (805) 927-0286.

The Ball & Skein & More – A wide variety of unique yarns, knitting and crochet supplies, buttons, and kits. Something for everyone, from the beginning knitter to the serious fiber artist. Unique gifts and offerings to remember your trip to Cambria. 4210 Bridge St. (805) 927-3280.

Cambria Nursery and Florist – Display gardens, flower shop, rare plants, home furnishings and gifts. Open Mon. through Sat. 9 am- 5 pm,  and Sun. 9 am- 4:30 pm  Fri. and Sat. extended hours through the holidays. 2801 Eton Road, Cambria.  (805) 927-4747.

The Marketplace at the Garden Shed – A collective of unique and creative shops. It offers something for everyone. From art to antiques, gifts and garden, winetasting and so much more. All in a beautiful location at 2024 Main St., East Village, (805) 927-7654.

Vacation Rentals

Cambria Vacation Rentals – An independent property management company offering amazing vacation rental homes with ocean views and stunning sunsets. 784 Main St. in the West Village, (800) 545-5079 or (805) 927-8200.

The Pickford House – Experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to stay at Cambria’s largest mansion for your family reunion or friends gathering. 9 bedroom, 9 bath, 1920s film star theme. Reserve now to book exclusively for your family or group., 1 (888) 270-8470.

Wine Tasting

Fermentations – Great wine tasting bar specializing in local wines. Enjoy a glass while you browse our selection of unique gifts and home decor. Taste the fig lemon balsamic vinegar and other treats. 4056 Burton Dr., in the East Village. (800) 446-7505.

Hearst Ranch Winery – Taste remarkable wines, enjoy the beautiful sites of Old San Simeon Village and relive a little history by visiting the coastal tasting room in Sebastian’s General Store & Café. Open Daily 11 am-5 pm, 442 SLO San Simeon Rd., San Simeon, , (805) 927-4100.

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