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.