Best Things to Do in Cambria, California


Harmony Cellars, wine, travel, Nancy D. Brown
Harmony Cellars is a place to go wine tasting near Cambria on California’s Central Coast

Are you visiting Cambria for the first time? Below is a list of Central Coast secrets and recommendations for best things to see and do in Cambria, California, a place where you can escape on the California coast.

When I have a visitor from out of town, I take them to Fermentations or  Harmony Cellars, located outside of Cambria in the town of Harmony, population 18.

If you are looking for typical California cuisine, I recommend Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant.

Are you looking for a quiet place to escape and unplug? Check out Cambria’s Moonstone Beach.

When you come to Cambria, get your picture taken on Santa Rosa Creek Road  or in downtown Cambria.


Moonstone Beach, Cambria, California, travel, Nancy D. Brown
Moonstone Beach on California’s Central Coast is a quiet place to relax in Cambria

The best item on the menu at Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant is the Pan Seared Sea Scallops.

Notice a lot of trees in Cambria? This beach town is best known for towering pines near the sea.

Looking for cheap food in Cambria, check out Robin’s Restaurant. And for a wide selection of Central Coast wines, stop by the Cambria Shell Gas Station and Gift Shop. Yes, you read that right, this gas station on the central coast stocks all sorts of great wines!

For an expensive, yet quality meal, go to the Black Cat Bistro.

In Cambria, take your picture at the beach.

The best vantage points are taken by driving to the top of  Santa Rosa Creek Road.

Moonstone Beach offers great views and is the best place to  experience the Cambria Chili Cook Off & Car Show.

In Cambria, outdoor enthusiasts will want to bike ride or go horseback riding with Outback Trail Rides.

Looking for a little exercise? Walk along Moonstone Beach.


Creative Arts Cottage in downtown Cambria on California’s Central Coast

If you are a museum lover, Cambria’s best museum is Hearst Castle.

Don’t expect a night out on the town or dancing in Cambria.  This place shuts down at night.

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Black Cat Bistro is the spot for late night dining.

The Cambrian or The Tribune will keep you posted on what’s happening in town.

You can tell a lot about Cambria from visiting and going to the Cambria Farmers Market.

In the spring you should attend the Cambria Chili Cook Off & Car Show

In the summer you might enjoy a picnic at Shamel Park and while watching the Fourth of July fireworks celebration.

Insider Tip: Check out the often over-looked Piedras Blancas Light Station.

Go to The Tea Cozy for a great breakfast treat or spot of tea.

Just outside of Cambria you can visit San Simeon and visit the Elephant Seal Colony.


Santa Rosa Creek Road, California Central Coast, travel
Santa Rosa Creek Road offers some amazing views of California’s Central Coast

The best way to see Cambria is by bicycle.

Don’t miss the Cambria Farmers Market if you have kids traveling with you.

What are your favorite things to see and do in Cambria, California?

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Thanks to San Luis Obispo County Visitors & Conference Bureau for assistance with this post.  All photos except Santa Rosa Creek Road, courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown.


8 thoughts on “Best Things to Do in Cambria, California”

  1. Check out my unusual Bed and Brunch! Another of the wonderful artistic finds in Cambria. Victoria’s Last Resort has great food, total privacy, hot tub and a fireplace in the suite.

  2. I LOVE Robin’s food though it is not what I would call cheap eating, Lol!
    It is fresh from the farm tasting and the ambiance if great!

  3. @ KC
    I’m glad you agree Robin’s Restaurant is a Cambria winner. I’m not a local. Where would you recommend for cheap eats in Cambria, California?

  4. We love the Main Street Grill for the best hamburgers. Reasonable too and you can dine outside. Nearby Morrow Bay has a taffy shop where they make their own. Always a first stop for us and Giovani’s for fish. All on Embarcodero.

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