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Cambria coastline

A few weeks ago I decided to take a spontaneous road trip to Cambria. The end of October is one of the best times to visit Cambria to see the elephant seals lounging on the beach, which solidified my decision to go there. The other popular times for elephant seal watching is end of February and in May, but Cambria is beautiful all year round.


Cambria Beach Lodge – I loved everything about my stay at Cambria Beach Lodge. It’s located across from Moonstone Beach and the picturesque boardwalk that lines the oceanfront. Each room has a modern beachy feel, supplied with a cozy wool blanket, tasty snacks, wine, and the surf report written on a chalkboard hanging on the wall. I loved watching the sunset from the front patio and waking up to a tasty breakfast in the lobby with ocean views.

Cambria Beach LodgeCambria Beach Lodge


Moonstone Beach – Moonstone Beach is the famous beach that lines the Cambria coastline. There’s a picturesque one-mile wood plank boardwalk that lines the coast and this popular surf spot. I caught the boardwalk in front of the hotel and walked along the beach and into the forrest area until it ended, before ending up in town. Moonstone Beach doesn’t have many shells, but there’s lots of beautiful drift wood to collect.

Cambria Moonstone Beach

Hearst Castle – When I was young we spent many family vacations driving up the coast and stopping at Hearst Castle. The legendary estate was inherited by William Randolph Hearst in 1919. He then developed it into what it is today and purchased more land around the stately home, and in Cambria. In the 1920s Hearst started one of the first print media companies and was a major producer of movie newsreels. Some of these historic newsreels can be viewed during a tour of Hearst Castle.

Hearst Castle

Elephant Seals – From Hearst Castle, drive a few miles north up Highway 1 until you see signs for elephant seal viewing. This enclave is one of the best places to watch the elephant seals. There’s a secluded fenced area perched on top of the cliff not far from the sand, where you can witness nature at its finest. The seals lounge, bark, swim, and roll in the sand. It’s like an episode on National Geographic IRL.

elephant seals CambriaSan Simeon elephant seals


Home Arts – This quaint shop is filled with beachy home decor, chic furniture, and children’s finds. There’s a little bit of everything and so many things that I wanted. I walked out with a cozy poncho sweater and a brass buck, which is now on my desk.

Cambria Shopping

Linn’s – So it’s not what you normally think of when you hear shop; it’s a pie shop. Linn’s is known for their olallieberry pies and it’s a tasty must buy. All of the pies are made in house and olallieberries are pretty famous in Cambria. It’s like going to Napa and not tasting the wine. You need to taste something with olallieberries and I would suggest the pie.

Note: I’m already planning my next weekend getaway. Big Sur, Joshua Tree, Palm Springs, and San Diego are topping the list right now.


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