Things to Do
Cambria and the surrounding hamlets of San Simeon, Harmony, Cayucos, Morro Bay and the inland wine regions offer a wealth of fun activities that can be enjoyed for a two day or weeklong stay!
A wonderful article about Cambria and things to do in our area. Cambria: The Toast of the Central Coast.
Best places to visit:
Hearst Castle: In the Santa Lucia Mountains of California on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, craftsmen labored nearly 28 years to create La Cuesta Encantada “The Enchanted Hill”, 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. (Hearst Castle photos courtesy of Hearst Castle State Park)
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National Geographic Theater Hearst Castle: Experience 5-story tall movies! Located in San Simeon at the Hearst Castle Visitor Center. For Show Times call 927-6811
Local Walks: The Fiscalini Ranch Preserve offers miles of walking trails, featuring dramatic coastline, coastal prairie, seasonal wetlands, and majestic pine and oak forests.
For more information: https://www.ffrpcambria.org/explore/trails/
Moonstone Beach: This magnificent beach is a healthy walk from Olallieberry Inn or a very short drive. Most extraordinary are the tidepools, surfing, picnicking, bird watching, viewing sunrise and sunsets, as well as strolling along the extensive wooded walkway that spans the oceanfront.
Piedras Blancas Lighthouse: Piedras Blancas is Spanish for “the white rocks”, so named because of the white rocks bleached by centuries of bird guano. The name was given to this point of land, just north of Hearst Castle, by Juan Cabrillo in1572. Construction began on the first lighthouse at Piedras Blancas in 1872 and was completed in 1875 at which time the original light source was installed. This original Fresnel lens was replaced with an automatic electric beacon in 1949. Fortunately the “Friends of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse” has preserved this lens for public viewing in the “lantern room” located at the Pinedorado Grounds on Main Street in Cambria.
Elephant Seal Viewing: The Piedras Blancas Rookery is the only elephant seal rookery in the world that is easily accessible, free, and open to the public every day of the year. No reservations are needed. The rookery is located seven miles north of San Simeon on Highway 1.
Get the most up to date information: https://visitsansimeonca.com/what-to-do/elephant-seals-san-simeon/
Bicycle the Coast: Visit Cycle the Central Coast for bicycling ideas: www.cyclecentralcoast.com
For bicycle rentals within 5 minutes of the inn:
Our Favorite Wineries: Here are wineries near us that we recommend for tastings (grouped by proximity to each other).
Download and print this PDF as your guide to local wineries:
Wine Tours: Take a private wine tour with Victoria! She does the driving (your car) and will take you to the best wineries on the Central Coast / Paso Robles Wine Country. Please visit Victoria’s website and call her directly to book your tour.
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Our Favorite Restaurants:
Linn’s Restaurant – 2777 Main Street 805-927-0371 www.linnsfruitbin.com
Contemporary country cuisine.
Madeline’s – 788 Main Street 805-927-4175 www.madelinescambria.com
Gourmet dining with American and French influenced cuisine. Diverse menu – salads, seafood, pastas, vegetarian.
Robin’s – 4095 Burton Drive 805-927-5007 www.robinsrestaurant.com
Array of international recipes include Asian curries alongside grilled seafood, unique pasta & south of the border specialties.
Sow’s Ear – 2248 Main Street 805-927-4867 www.thesowsear.com/
Home cooking and gourmet creations.
Indigo Moon – 1980 Main St, (805) 927-2911 www.indigomoonrestaurant.com/
Contemporary American fare with nightly seafood specials. The restaurant is set in a historic building with a lovely garden patio.
Central Coast Outdoors offers top rated kayak, bike and hike tours in the area. Kayak on Morro Bay, bike on the coast or in local wine country, or hike local state parks with them. All bike and hike tours are private and kayak tours have a private option. Experience the Central Coast with the local experts! https://www.centralcoastoutdoors.com/
Interested in attending a concert at Cambria’s Old Santa Rosa Chapel on the hill? Experience music at its best when it’s Unplugged. The warmth and intimacy of this simple wooden Chapel is sublime. One of the only acoustic music series in the area! https://www.brynnalbanese.com/cambria-concerts-unplugged
More things to do:
Take a drive or ride along rural Santa Rosa Creek Road to see the countryside – hawks, turkeys, farms, beautiful landscape – good for car ride, motorcycling or biking.
Ride Majestic Clydesdales! – Says the crew at Covell’s Clydesdale Ranch: Our family has been breeding clydesdales for over 30 years and has shown them all across the USA and Canada. In 2015 we started a business from home, and now share them with the public as a family passion. We love our gentle giants and watching you all get to enjoy them too!
Get information here: https://www.covellsclydesdaleranch.com
“The best place to stay in Cambria CA. This is a classic and well maintained B&B in a terrific location. Everything is clean, well decorated and the owners are fantastic. They have a fantastic sit down breakfast with your fellow travelers every morning, and a wine and appetizers gathering in the early evening. They are located adjacent to a creek that is festive with wild birds and frogs. It is a beautiful and most comfortable place to stay.” – Edward M., Palos Verdes Peninsula