My wife and I made our first trip to Cambria on our anniversary in the Summer of 1991. For those of you who have never been, Cambria is not known for amazing golf courses, huge waves to surf upon, or crazy nightlife after the sun goes down. Your kids would most likely be bored out of their minds.
So....why go there?
Cambria is a small town nestled off of Highway One between Morro Bay and Carmel, just down the road from San Simeon and Hearst Castle. You won’t find a Taco Bell or Jack in the Box in town, but what you WILL find is several art galleries, amazing restaurants, a variety of shops and old cemetary dating back to the mid 1800’s.
Cambria is surrounded on all sides by tall pine trees. The deer population has been growing every year.
My wife and I fell in love with Cambria in 1991, and we’ve been back almost every year since. We don’t take the kids. We don’t go for the amazing food at Brambles or the Sow’s Ear.
We go, every year, to spend some alone time at an inn which is located on Moonstone Beach. What’s so special about Moonstone Beach?
We've decided that the sound of the waves on Moonstone Beach is different than any other place on the planet. (We haven't been everywhere on the planet, but we're SURE this is the case.) Add to that incredible sunsets, otters, sea lions, dolphins, whales, and a boardwalk that stretches across some of the most beautiful coastline on the West Coast and you’ll begin to understand why we drive the 250 miles up the coast every year to get there.
On our most recent visit, a storm was moving in as we arrived, Wednesday, February 21:
The sun reappeared briefly before disappearing in an amazing sunset...
As the rain moved in, we headed back to our room with a fireplace at the Blue Dolphin Inn:
By the next morning, the storm was breaking up and it was time for some shots of the coast from the boardwalk:
The beach itself is covered with smooth stones, many of which are volcanic in nature and are pitted with small holes. (Hence the name "Moonstone.") We didn't see any otters on this trip, but they can usually be found just up the beach from where we stay.
Again, some of the most beautiful coastline you'll find on the Pacific Coast:
The inn we've stayed at for the past 16 years is the Blue Dolphin Inn. It has changed ownership a few times and does not have quite the magic it did back in 1991, but you can't beat the location.
It's also tough to beat the view from our room. We usually spend hours just staring out at the Pacific Ocean, listening to those waves:
(More to come...)