Central Coast California
California Beach Town in San Luis Obispo County off the CA-1
Cambria is a beautiful beach town located in the northern part of San Luis Obispo (SLO) County. Their famous beach, Moonstone Beach, is a quieter beach compared to other SLO beaches like Pismo Beach, Oceano, Grover Beach, Avila Beach and Morro Bay.
More famously, the Cambria Christmas Market in the winter attracts many to visit Cambria. Here is a short video of my visit at Cambria Christmas Market below.
The Cambria Christmas Markets opens between Thanksgiving weekend through Dec 23rd every year. It is a ticketed event. However, if you decide to do a lodge stay at the Cambria Pines Lodge within that timeframe, it would also include entry to the lights too. The Cambria Christmas Market is located on the Cambria Pines Lodge property.
The photos above are my original pictures that I took of Moonstone Beach in Cambria. They were shared by Highway 1 Roadtrip's instagram and credited me @sanluisobispomom. On this post link above, they included my photos and received over 900 likes! You can visit my instagram to see more recent beach pictures and reels that I took in San Luis Obispo County.
Moonstone Beach in Cambria
The most popular thing to do in Cambria is walk along the Moonstone Beach and take in the views.
There is not a lot of shops that are conveniently right there at Moonstone Beach like you would see at Pismo Beach so I recommend getting coffee to-go somewhere before getting in the car to head to Moonstone Beach so you can bring along a cup of joe and enjoy the peaceful ocean waves. Here's instagram reel from my visit to Cambria's San Simeon State Parkand Moonstone Beach. You can also pack a picnic to bring along to enjoy. There are benches you can sit on.
Depending on the weather, it can get windy. Bring a windbreaker jacket!
Robin's Restaurant in CambriaA very popular restaurant in Cambria is called Robin's Restaurant because of their ambiance and amazing quality of food. Located in Cambria, this restaurant has a large beautiful patio area for seating. Their food is fantastic! We enjoyed lunch together here as a family.
Cambria Pines Lodge
Besides enjoying the ocean and quieter beach town, many come to Cambria to stay at the Cambria Pines Lodge during the holiday season and enjoy walk a through special Christmas Lights around the holidays (as mentioned above) or dine at their restaurant for special occasions or Sunday brunches. On their property is a large nursery and a gift shop named Yellow House Gift & Antique Shop that you'll see past the garden area. They are all worth checking out and are open year-round. Here is an instagram reel from my visit at Cambria Pines Lodge's Yellow House Gift & Antique Shop.
Moreover, you can buy Christmas ornaments year-round from this gift shop. The garden and nursery is great place to stroll through and buy plants for your garden. I saw koi fishes in their pond when I was there.
See my video clip below to see my walk through Cambria's Pines Lodge's Nursery, Zen Garden and large gift shop. It's free to visit their gardens, year-round.
Restaurant at Cambria Pines Lodge
Every Sunday at Cambria Pines Lodge is a special brunch day at their restaurant. They also have a brunch buffet for special occasions as well, like Mother's Day. We enjoyed a celebration here on Mother's Day before and enjoyed their offerings and complimentary glass of mimosa (for adults 21 years old and older).