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Cambria, CA

by TerriAnn

If you have ever been on Highway 1 between Northern and Southern California, you have been by the little town of Cambria. Most drive right past this somewhat obscured gem over and over again, myself included. In researching places we could visit within driving distance, we settled on the Central Coast and Cambria, being local to most sights, became our home base.

Town of Cambria on the Central California Coast

Sometimes people equate small towns with boring, sleepy places. Cambria is nothing like that. The size lends itself to a cozy atmosphere with friendly locals and a homey feel. Just strolling down the sidewalk and peeking into the modest shops along the street was so nice. My daughter even commented that she did not want to leave and that this was a great place to be. Quite an unexpected reaction from an almost preteen girl. It just goes to show that Cambria is very unique in the ambiance it creates.

While there are some stores aimed toward tourists, others were just plain charming. I finally found the perfect gift for my mother and her husband at a shop called Heart’s Ease (they were watching our dog, Speckles, after all). It looked like a tiny one-room house but, as we walked through various bends, it seemed to never end. When it did we found ourselves in a sunny backyard garden with soothing chimes ringing away.

The downtown area is divided into East and West but it’s basically one long street with a few cute areas to each side. There were a few restaurants but nothing really stood out enough taste-wise to recommend. Oh, as you explore, don’t forget to see the original lens of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse that is on display.

Town of Cambria on the Central California CoastTown of Cambria on the Central California Coast

One of the best things about Cambria? It’s location. What better way to unwind than to hop over to Moonstone Beach and enjoy the beautiful sunset?!

Town of Cambria on the Central California Coast

While you won’t find pricey amusement parks or a flashy night life (everything closes by 6 or 9pm), you will find yourself actually enjoying a much needed vacation and counting the days to when you can return.

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Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell March 22, 2012 - 8:06 am

It looks like a wonderful place to spend a leisurely day!

Cookies & Clogs March 23, 2012 - 9:05 am

Oh, it was so special and a great spot to take it easy!

Danielle @ Royalegacy March 22, 2012 - 9:39 pm

That is a terrific picture of the lighthouse top. Cambria must be one of the most peaceful spots on the California coast. I have enjoyed this series that you have written.

Cookies & Clogs March 23, 2012 - 9:07 am

Thank you! I can’t believe I never knew about this lovely town until now. I’m glad you like the posts and I have one more on my ‘list’ to write. Then I’ll have to move on to another vacation place to highlight. Thanks for your supportive comments and insights as well 🙂

Mike Lomeli July 22, 2012 - 11:53 pm

I live here, it is boring, Trust me. But it is clean and safe. I am originally from Southern California (near everything) so it is really tough living here, especially if you are single.

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