Discover Your Wild Side in Cambria

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Visit Cambria invites you to explore the wildflowers and your wild side this spring. Cambria is a quiet coastal hamlet, abundant with eccentric antique stores and quaint lace-edged bed and breakfasts, but there is so much more for the wild at heart.

Day One: Get wild like the flowers!

By the time visitors leave Cambria, they’ll have had the perfect combination of wildflower fun and relaxation.

Spring is on the way and with wildflowers blooming across the Central Coast, a wild weekend getaway is just the thing to spring for. With a fresh infusion of hoteliers, winemakers, brewers, restaurateurs, fitness instructors, and artists—along with some old-school dive bar fun—Cambria has everything for the perfect weekend with the girlfriends. You just have to know where to go to find the wildflower in you.

On day one of visitor’s wildflower weekend, they can sip on some wine and taste some beer, rock out to live music, eat pie, and indulge. In other words, treat themselves. Use day two of the weekend to relax and renew. Visitors can eat healthy, do a little yoga, take in the beautiful natural surroundings, and meditate on a great weekend of wildflower fun. By the time visitors leave Cambria, they’ll have had the perfect combination of wildflower fun and relaxation.

Day One: Get wild like the flowers!    

 Stop for a steaming cup of coffee and a deliciously warm morning snack at the Cambria Coffee Roasting Company.
     o The gourmet and specialty coffees offered at this quaint, local hotspot are roasted in-house, meaning visitors have likely never tasted fresher brews.
 Indulge in a tour of the decadent Hearst Castle.
     o Only six miles north of Cambria lies Hearst Castle, overlooking the Pacific Ocean from atop the Santa Lucia Mountains. Craftsmen labored for nearly 28 years to create this grand estate, named after media mogul William Randolph Hearst.

 Fuel up for the wild night ahead and grab a monstrous sandwich or burger at the Café on Bridge Street.
     o The Café is the perfect stop for inexpensive lunch fare, with sandwiches, salads and soups that everyone will love. Tucked away in a charming corner off the main thoroughfare, this eatery is an ideal lunchtime escape. Visitors can grab-and-go or sit down and enjoy.
 Later, embark on a walk along the Meander Trail to enjoy nature’s display of beautiful wildflowers before revving up for the rest of the evening.
     o Wind along the wildflowers with this west-to-east, uphill trail that meanders from Marine Terrace
Trail and connects to Ridge and Forest Loop Trails. Enjoy wide open space with Pacific Ocean

 Head east through the winding hills on Santa Rosa Creek Road for fine wine tasting at Stolo Family Vineyards.
        o Sitting at the base of a sun-kissed nine-acre vineyard, the farmhouse and old dairy barn at Stolo Family Vineyards dates back to the late 1800s. Less than three miles from the Pacific Ocean, the vineyards thrive in Cambria’s unique microclimate, producing unmatched coastal-style Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, and Syrah.
 After wine tasting, pick up some signature sweet homemade pie or jam at Linn’s Fruit Bin.
     o When it comes to dessert, visitors won’t want to miss Linn’s olallieberry pie. It’s a Cambria specialty, and incredibly popular, for good reason—it’s delicious! You can get pies, as well as all kinds of olallieberry delicacies, at the variety of Linn’s stores in town.

 Visitors can check into their lodging property and freshen up for a wild night out. Then, sip on an ice-cold
beer at 927 Brewing Company.
     o Sample some of the delicious brews offered by 927 Beer Company. They serve up some serious
suds like Toyon, Mudhoney Oatmeal Stout, Nit Wit Wheat, Old #23 Robust Porter and Dakota Pale Ale.
 Stop in at the Black Cat Bistro for dinner.
     o Simply elegant and sumptuously delicious, this intimate eatery opened in 2002 and has been the talk of the town ever since. Sample unusual appetizers, farm-fresh entrees and decadent desserts as visitors drink the regional wines that are central to the chef’s expression. Don’t miss the locally- sourced abalone from Cayucos.

 Let the fun continue with drinks and dancing at Mozzi’s, Cambria’s historic biker bar.
     o Established in 1866, Mozzi’s Saloon is the only historic biker bar in Cambria. Completely remodeled in 2007 with the original ambiance of yesteryear—full bar, live music, pool and snooker tables, friendly atmosphere, and bar menu—Mozzi’s has it all.

Day 2: Relax, renew, and detox!

 Visitors can clear their palette with a healthy and light breakfast at Centrally Grown.
     o This restaurant nestled in the hills along the coast has edible gardens, custom sculptures, sustainable water features, and ocean-view patios, not to mention delicious food and a rustic vibe.
 Then, clear the mind with a yoga class on Moonstone Beach.
     o Start the morning meditating on a wonderful weekend while listening to the calming ambiance of
the waves gently lapping the shores of the Central Coast. Yoga on Moonstone Beach offers visitors the ultimate relaxation.
 After yoga, enjoy the breeze off the Pacific Ocean while taking a walk along the Bluff Trail at Fiscalini Ranch.
     o At the main entrance to Fiscalini Ranch, the one-mile Bluff Trail boardwalk meanders above the
coastal bluff from Windsor Boulevard. This scenic trail offers spectacular ocean views and is a
good place to spot native wildlife, seabirds, migrating whales, sea otters and other marine life.

 Enjoy fresh-pressed juices, smoothies, and Instagram-worthy salads at Sandy’s Deli.
     o This quaint deli and bakery is conveniently located in the heart of Cambria providing visitors easy
 Or enjoy an out-of-the-box health food option at Soto’s True Earth Market.
     o Browse the shelves at Soto’s and curb cravings with fresh fruits and vegetables, cured meats, unique cheeses, and a variety of sandwiches. Grab whatever the heart (and stomach) desires, take it to-go, and enjoy on Moonstone Beach.

 Dine on light, global fare at Robin’s Restaurant, followed by a walk through the village, enjoying the breeze as you window shop.
     o Robin’s is known for its creative international fare, farm-to-table selections, and charming atmosphere. It’s located in a historic building, but you’ll likely be distracted by the incredible food and wine selection.

 The detox is complete! Spend the rest of the night relaxing and fall asleep early to the calming sound of the Pacific Ocean.

No matter what visitors choose to do on their wildflower weekend getaway, Cambria has something for everyone. So, grab your girls, grab your wine, and get wild.

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