one of the top Glass Art Galleries in the Nation. See fine art
produced by famous local artists as well as international artists.
Watch artist work at their studios. Purchase as much as you like
and have it shipped home.
Beach Pick up semi-precious jasper stones of all colors
on the beach. Enjoy the tide pools full of crabs, sea
anemones, fish, and sometimes starfish and an octopus or two. Climb
the cliffs to the left of Shamel Park and see indentations in
the rock where Chumash Indian women ground acorns.
Laugh with the Sea Otters at play, the occasional northern fur-bearing
seal, or drive up Highway 1, 12 miles north of Cambria, just south
of Piedras Blancas lighthouse to see the Elephant Seals.
Watch for whales from Leffingwell Landing
while you picnic and photograph the spectacular views of waves
crashing on the rocks.
Culture abounds in Cambria; Listen to live jazz bands and music of
every genre at local restaurants and night spots. Enjoy
plays at one of our local theaters. Relax!
Enjoy wine tasting, at one of
Cambrias wine tasting rooms or tour the Paso Robles wine
country near by. Start with Harmony Cellars, our closest winery
just five miles south of Cambria. Then head west to the
other wineries off Hwy 46, 2 miles south of Cambria.
Castle, an architectural wonder designed by Julia Morgan
in an era when female architects were few. The Enchanted Castle
fulfilled the dream of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst
to build a European style castle filled with fine art atop
his favorite mountain on his ranch in San Simeon.
the Santa Lucia Mountains of California on a hilltop overlooking
the Pacific Ocean, craftsmen labored nearly 28 years to create
a magnificent estate of 165 rooms, and 127 acres of gardens,
terraces, pools, and walkways. Its rooms were furnished with
an impressive collection of Spanish and Italian antiques and
art. Its name is La Cuesta Encantada
"The Enchanted Hill".
The Castle is open for tours daily, except
and New Years Day, Four daytime tours and one Evening Tour
are available in the Spring and Fall. Tickets are
sold for specific tour times and may be charged to your MasterCard,
Visa or Discover Card. Tours depart from the Visitor Center by
bus at the time printed on the ticket. An audio tape program
provides background information during the 15 minute, 5-mile
trip to the Castle. Since tours often sell out in advance, reservations
are recommended. For Reservations 1-800-444-4445.
Reservations may also be made in person
at the Hearst Castle ticket office, open daily.National Geographic Theater Hearst Castle A film so big, you
can't miss it! Experience 5-story tall movies! Located in San
Simeon at the Hearst Castle Visitor Center. For Show Times call
Tour California State Historic Landmark
#939, "Nit Wit Ridge".
A three level house on 2 1/2 acres of terraced rock gardens. It
was created by one man by the name of Arthur Beal, (Capt. Nit Wit,
Der Tinkerpaw) who created this environment out of collected materials.
Stroll the streets of Cambria, a charming
village still quiet and quaint but teeming with culture. Shop
the unique shops where youll find crafts and wares you
wouldnt be able to find anywhere else.
Look for mouth blown glass, toy soldiers,
whimsical timepieces, hand fired and dressed porcelain dolls,
wearable art, antiques, cat & dog collectibles,
Native American crafts, country keepsakes and a myriad of other treasures.
Dine in Cambria and San Simeon on Prime
Rib, Sea Food, Thai, Italian, Mexican, French, Health Food or
Sip Champagne inside or outside with a view
of the Pacific Ocean, find art on the walls or enjoy the hustle
and bustle of sidewalk cafes. Tour
award winning Herb gardens mid town.
Browse the quaint Antiques Shops that abound
in Cambria. Peruse our Farmers
Market 2:30-5:00 pm on Fridays at the Vets Hall parking
lot on Main Street in the West Village.
If you enjoy touring, drive or mountain
bike the 18 mile Santa Rosa Creek Road. Start off Main
St. and take the leisurely 2 hour winding drive with charming
views of farming and ranching as it has been for a century. Stop
at Linn's Berry Farm to tour and sample their world famous Olallieberry
pies and preserves. What kind of berry? An Olallieberry is two-thirds
blackberry and one-third European red raspberry.
sports enthusiasts, hike the trails at Moonstone Beach Drive,
Santa Rosa Creek Road or San Simeon State Beach. Play Tennis
at Coast Union High School campus, Volleyball at the lodge, swim
at the heated pool at Shamel park or the heated pools at many
of the local inns. Surf or windsurf from charter boats out of
Morro Bay, 20 minutes south. Have Fun!
JOSLYN RECREATION CENTER 950
Main St. 927-3364 The Center offers a number of activities
and clubs, including lawn bowling, dance, fishing, garden, golf,
investment, pinochle, quilting, RV, singles, square dance and
travel. Current membership is open to anyone over 18 years
of age. The hall is also available for rental for special
events. For more information call during office hours,
10AM to 2PM Monday through Friday.
LANDING Morro Bay
1215 Embarcadero 762-5263 Whale watching
and fishing. 20 minutes south, live bate, tackle licenses, rentals.
OF THE ELEPHANT SEALS
924-1628 P.O. Box 490, Cambria,93428 Come visit our new office
at 250 San Simeon Ave. Ste 3B, in The Cavalier Plaza, San Simeon,
3 miles north of Cambria. Dedicated to educating people about
elephant seals and other marine life.
TIDE POOLS & LOCAL WILDLIFE
Stroll Moonstone Beach boardwalk down to the tide pools. Spend hours watchin the local seals or viewing marine life in their natural habitat.
SYLVESTER GALLERY 724 Main St.
Featuring paints in the early California Impressionist style,
Florals, landscapes & seascapes.
ALLIED ARTS ASSOCIATION: Art Gallery is at 1350 Main Street, 927-8190. An association of artists of every genre, art lovers,patrons and volunteers. Our mission is to foster, encourage and promote both the visual and performanc arts in this area. Allied Arts’ members are interested in the vitality of the arts in our lives and in our community. Although many of our members have extraordinary artistic talent, some find satisfaction in supporting the arts by their contributions to scholarship funds and the various creative projects sponsored by Allied Arts. We all share a common interest and appreciation of the arts. Theatre at the Cambria Center for the Arts.
GALLERY 775 Main St. (800)
or 927-4465 Extensive selection of countrys
top artists, creative custom framing, prints & originals. Disney
CASA de ORO JEWELRY 4090
Burton Dr. #5 / 927-5444 Custom jewelry designing, repairs,
weddings, chains, charms and unique "one of a kind" jewelry
featuring local and U.S. artists. Local Cambria and San Luis
County artists work on display and for sale. Serving Cambria
for 23 years in the same location.
GALLERY OF WEARABLE ART at
the PORTEHOUSE 4015 West St. / 927-2492 A boutique specializing
in one-of-a-kind fashions, sizes small thru 3X, unique accessories,
fine art, and unusual home interior items.
ARTS 727 Main St. 927-2787
Unique home &
bath furnishings, perfumes, ceramics, textiles.
GALLERY 750 Sheffield Street (west village)
805-927-2917 One of the few artist-run galleries in the country.
Howard creates charming and expressive watercolors in brilliant
colors. Buy direct from the artist. Gallery established in 1972.
Purchase securely online @HowardKline.com or visit the gallery.
Open daily 11-5
Burton Dr. 800-424-3827 or 927-3447 "Where
American imagination takes shape." Ceramics,
glass, jewelry, waterfalls, wood clocks, kaleidoscopes,
metal, fashion accessories.
PAPER OMELETTE www.paperomelette.com
2026 Main St. / 927-2249 One-of-a-kind handmade books, cards,
letterpress stationery, writing accoutrements, papers from
around the world, objects d'art and original paintings.
GALLERY Burton/Center St. (800)
841-5250 or 927-4352 Museum quality American
glass art by 250 leading artists.
STEPHANIE'S SPECIAL CREATIONS 927-4272
Original hand painted designs on wearable art: Duster length
jackets, vests, overalls, children's clothing; as well as note
cards, matted prints, wall & floor art. For a note card
catalog, call me! Studio open by appointment only.
TERESABELLE GALLERY & GIFTS 766 Main St. 927-4556
Eclectic collection of fine arts and unique gift items
handmade by some of the areas finest artisans and craftspeople
VISIONS OF NATURE PHOTOGRAPHHY
GALLERY 784 D Main St. 888-201-7555 or 927-0740
Large format landscape nautre photography printed on Ilfochrome
& KAYAK RENTALS
KAYAKS COMPANY 927-1744 In William
Randolph Hearst Park ~ 6 miles north of Cambria in
San Simeon Cove Located on the beach at Hearst State Park. We
rent kayaks with instructions and assist in and out. We
also rent boogie boards & wetsuits. We have hourly
rates for kayaks and also conduct guided tours.
CAMBRIA BICYCLE OUTFITTERS: 926-2230 - 1602 Main Street. We’ve still got that old shack of a shop in “downtown” Cambria, complete with some museum pieces. (For the old-timers out there, yes, that was us in the original issue of Mountain Bike Action – and every issue since!) This is still ride HQ for some of the best singletrack on the California coast.
LANDING - Morro
Bay 1215 Embarcadero 772-1222 Fishing and whale-watching
tours. Live bate, tackle, licenses, rentals.
NIT WIT RIDGE 881
Hillcrest Drive (West Village)
927-2690 Michael & Stacey O'Malley. Nit Wit Ridge is California
State Historic Landmark #939. It consists of a three level
house on 2 1/2 acres of terraced rock walled gardens. It was created
by one man by the name of Arthur Beal, (Capt. Nit Wit, Der Tinkerpaw)
who used rocks, wood, abalone shells, beer cans, tile, car parts,
TV antennas and miscellaneous nick knacks. Reservations are
required to tour the entire house and grounds. The tour is
approximately 45 minutes, which includes a 4-minute video.
Call Michael & Stacey for a tour.
PIEDRAS BLANCAS LIGHT STATION:
The Piedras Blancas Light Station
became operational in 1875 and was originally operated by the
United State Lighthouse Service. The construction of light house
was completed in 1875 with additional support facilities constructed
in later years. Modern times saw the operation of the Light Station
as a function of the United States Coast Guard. In 2001, the
Coast Guard relinquished the site to the BLM, which actively
manages the historic light station. BLM’s mission as a federal agency is to sustain
the health, diversity and productivity of the public lands for
the use and enjoyment of present and future generations with a
vision to enhance the quality of life for all citizens through
the balanced stewardship of America’s public lands and
resources. Recently the Light Station was designated an Outstanding
Natural Area by an Act of Congress, which highlights the importance
of the Station as a natural and historical national resource.
The light house was originally fitted with a Fresnel lens to
light the way for marine craft. However, the lens was replaced
with an automatic electric beacon in 1949 after the top of the
lighthouse was damaged. When the lens was removed, the "Friends of the
Piedras Blancas Lighthouse" preserved it and placed it on
public display in the "lantern room" located at the
Pinedorado Grounds on Main Street in Cambria.
Tours are available to view the Light Station on Tuesdays and
Thursdays at 10 a.m., and on the third Saturday of the month at
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Information on the mid-week tours may be obtained
by calling (805) 927-7361. Currently, donations are requested in
lieu of tour fees for the mid-week tours. Tickets for the Saturday
tours are sold at the Hearst Castle Visitors Center on the day
of the event. For information and to make reservations call (805)
927-6811. Tickets for the Saturday tour are $15 per person. Children
under the age of 16 years are free. www.piedrasblancas.gov
PINES LODGE 2905
Burton Dr. 927-4200 Live entertainment Monday thru
SIMEON BEACH BAR & GRILL 9520 Castillo
Dr., San Simeon 927-4604 Live music, call for
PLOUGH PLAYHOUSE 824
Main St. 927-3877 Outstanding stage productions. Call
the Theater for current plays and entertainment playing.
Outstanding year-round plays and comedies in the jewel
box of community theatres (nonprofit), since 1976. Call
the Theater for schedule or check the SeeCambria
calendar for current info.
ALLIED ARTS ASSOCIATION: 1350 Main Street, 927-8190. An association of artists of every genre, art lovers,patrons and volunteers. Our mission is to foster, encourage and promote both the visual and performanc arts in this area. Allied Arts’ members are interested in the vitality of the arts in our lives and in our community. Although many of our members have extraordinary artistic talent, some find satisfaction in supporting the arts by their contributions to scholarship funds and the various creative projects sponsored by Allied Arts. We all share a common interest and appreciation of the arts. Theatre at the Cambria Center for the Arts.
TOURS & CHARTERS
831-649-4523 In addition to golfing, shopping and some of the most
breath-taking scenery in the world, the Central Coast offers an
endless assortment of activities and learning opportunities. Let
Otter-Mobile Tours give you the entire experience!
AFFAIR (800) 445-6868 or 805-927-4200 Enjoy
the scenic beauty and friendly country ambiance of the
Paso Robles Wine Country. Today, there are more than
25 wineries and 100 vineyards throughout this scenic region. Our
half-day Wine Country Tours take you to a few of the area's
finer wineries and where you will see the vineyards and
production facilities as well as taste some excellent vintages. Picnic
lunch provided. Groups Welcome!
Harmony Valley Rd. Harmony 927-1625 Taste award-winning
wines at this small family owned winery. Nestled in the hills overlooking the quaint, artisan town of Harmony, just off Highway 1, Harmony Cellars Winery produces award-winning wines and offers a remarkable view of the coastal countryside.
Owners Chuck and Kim Mulligan built their winery to reflect the unique country atmosphere of the surrounding area. Roam the gardens, lounge in the gazebo or pack some goodies to enjoy with Harmony Cellars wine in the picnic area.
BLACK HAND CELLARS 66 W. Main Street · 805.927.9463
One of Cambria's most delightful treasures can be found in the West Village. Tucked into a sweet little courtyard is the ultra cool tasting room for Black Hand Cellars, a local boutique winery. Taste the fine varietals and visit with the helpful staff. Tom and Terrie also spent a great deal of time here so you can chat with them about their passion, Black Hand Cellars.
Burton Dr. 927-7141 Wine & gourmet food tasting,unique
gifts, gift baskets
OR 877-517-WINE (9463). Our tasting room is located in Cambria’s “West Village” at 801 Main Street at the corner of Main and Sheffield Streets. There you’ll find gifts, open bottles of award-winning wines, and a great time! When not making wine, Todd will be your host. He gladly discusses the wines in detail with you in a fun and engaging way. We are open daily from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Wine tasting is $5 per person for six tastes, or for another $5 you can also keep the souvenir tasting glass.
ROBLES VINTNERS & GROWERS ASSOC. Map and
details about all of the great wineries located off Hwy