Cambria is an R&R kind of town. The main part of town has 2 "village" areas with shops/eateries that you can walk around and browse. The town's garden shop (Cambria Nursery) on a hill above the East Village is relaxing to walk through. They've created several outdoor "rooms" with streams, waterfalls, etc.
There's a wooden boardwalk/path that meanders along the pretty shoreline right across the street from the Pelican Inn. At the north end of Moonstone Beach drive is Leffingwell Landing, a day use park where you can often spy otters just off shore or walk the short trail through the Monterey pines down to the beach.
Cambria is also home to Nit Wit Ridge, a house built entirely out of junk by an eccentric gentleman over several decades. We call it the poor man's Hearst Castle.
The Santa Rosa Chapel is a quaint, historical piece of property worth checking out.
After the slow, long drive down through Big Sur, Cambria is a welcome relief for relaxing and re-charging before continuing the next day.Edited: 01 June 2014, 17:45
The walk along the boarded path at Moonstone Beach is a lovely way to stretch your legs and relax after the drive through Big Sur. There is something about the sound of the surf that is soothing. Enjoy the Pelican Inn, we stayed a couple of nights in February and enjoyed it.
There are also cute shops and nice restaurants in Cambria. The town cemetery is an interesting place to walk around too.
Cambria has some very nice places to eat. Moonstone Bar & Grill is right down the street from your hotel. They have a great outdoor patio there with views of the ocean. The Sow's Ear Cafe and Black Cat Bistro are two other favorites of ours. Linn's is the place to try the ollaieberry pie. Have fun! :)
The shops in East and West Village have everything from t-shirts to antiques, blown glass, ceramics and paintings or prints. There are a lot of creative people who have left L.A. and San Francisco's big cities and call Cambria home. If you like to walk, there's not only the beach boardwalk on Moonstone Beach Dr but also East-West Ranch or Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Your hotel staff can give you directions. Just south of Cambria (less than 5 minutes drive) you can visit Harmony (population: 18) or arrange to go into the hills on horseback with Outback Horseback Outfitters. Cambria Pines Lodge, on Burton Drive, also has an outdoor garden with topiary and other unique things to see walking around the grounds. Nitwit Ridge charges $10pp to tour the place.
My favorite breakfast haunts are Creekside Cafe and Redwood Cafe, both in the Redwood Village Center near Burton Drive off Main in West Village. Small,indoor and outdoor seating, family owned and unique specials, and reasonably priced good food. Reasonably priced for dinner with salads and BBQ chicken and ribs, Main Street Grill. Cambria is a small town, so you won't have a problem finding these spots.
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