HEARST CASTLEGateway to the bohemian culture of Big Sur, lies the decadent and legendary Hearst Castle. William Randolf Hearst entertained a steady stream of the era's biggest movers and shakers on this 'La Cuesta Encantada' (Enchanted Hill).
ELEPHANT SEALSOn the silver-grey shores of San Simeon, hundreds of massive elephant seals (up to 8000lbs) bellow and soak up the sun each day.
HARMONY TOWNPop. 17 people, this could be the smallest town in America. Not much to do here yet, but word is its new owner/Mayor has plans to restore the town to its former glory.
EAT / DRINK
SANDY’S DELI & BAKERY604 Main Street · Take away homemade soups and sandwiches perfect for a day of wine tasting or outdoor adventure.
CAMBRIA COFFEE ROASTER761 Main Street · Locally roasted fair trade coffee; a locals favorite. Plus they have nitro cold brew on tap.
MADELEINE’S WINE SHOP788 Main Street · Stock up on your local favorites at this tiny wine shop and restaurant in the heart of downtown Cambria. Selection of local boutique wines to taste and take away.
ROUTE 1 GRILL841 Main Street · Don’t let the casual nature food you, this joint takes its BBQ seriously. Come hungry.
BLACK CAT BISTRO1602 Main Street · Downtown intimate bistro and wine bar. A local favorite.
MOZZI’S SALOON2262 Main Street · Established in 1866, Mozzi’s is the last remnant of “the cowboy bar” in Cambria, complete with taxidermy, jukebox and the occasional bar room brawl.
LAS CAMBRITASMain Street · House-made chips & salsa, margaritas with fresh lime juice and a menu full of tipico Mexican cuisine. If you like El Torito, you’ll be happy here. Live music on the weekends.
ROBIN’S RESTAURANT4095 Burton Drive · A longtime locals favorite, Robin’s serves up Thai and Indian influenced fare in a charming indoor garden. Open for lunch and dinner.
LINN’S 4251 Bridge Street · If you don’t have time to visit Linn’s original farm stand out on Santa Rosa Creek Rd (a 20-minute drive east via Main St), you can fork into their famous olallieberry pie at this take-out counter that delivers pie and comfort fare like chicken pot pie and all the tchotchkes money can buy.
SEA CHEST6216 Moonstone Beach Drive · Kitchy, nautical themed oceanfront restaurant that happens to be one of the best seafood joints on the Central Coast. No reservations. Cash Only.
927 BEER COMPANY821 Cornwall Street · Hands down the best micro brewery on the Central Coast and currently only available in Cambria. Thankfully they sell growlers for your home (or hotel room) enjoyment.
HIKE BLUFF’S TRAILBluffs trail is a scenic 2 mile walk along the bluffs of Moonstone Beach.
HIT THE TOWN BIKE PATH The local bike path is alongside hwy 1 starting at Moonstone Beach, extending through to the end of town.
SURF AT MOONSTONE BEACH A consistent, sandy bottom break good for longboarding.
ANTIQUESRight across from Robin’s Street you’ll find a cluster of vintage inspired shops overflowing with oddities, curios, and antiques for treasure hunters.
THE LOVE STORY PROJECT734 Main Street · Equal parts photo booth, gift shop, and recording studio all spun around L O V E. Stop by to share a story of your first love, heartwarming memory, or a conversation between you and yours.
PETER PLOUGH PLAYHOUSEMain St · Cambria’s unique, intimate community theatre, presenting live stage plays and other events year-round since 1976. Shows are usually on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, with frequent Sunday matinees at 3 pm and occasional Thursday performances.
JUNK GIRLS2024 Main Street · The original Junk Girls: Jenny & Melissa: create charms, art, jewelry and sculpture all from recycled metals.
OLD SANTA ROSA CHAPEL2353 Main Street · With its hilltop setting amongst Cambria’s famed forest of pines and oaks, this lovely white, tiny church is the perfect place for an infusion of spirit.
AMPHORA GALLERY4070 Burton Drive · A cooperative gallery founded to exhibit the work of local artists who have been creating beautiful Art Pottery, Sculpture and Paintings in their home studios in the pine forests of Cambria for many years.