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In the early 20th Century (circa 1930), a castle was built up the hill north of town in the Santa Lucia mountain. This was not just an ordinary castle but a luxurious estate filled with the finest art and marble and stone from around the world. Films stars frequented Hearst's Castle in San Simeon and their regular visits were enjoyed by cities such as Cambria.  Perhaps the influx of wealthy guests influenced helped transform Cambria into an artists mecca. Though there are not as many galleries as Carmel, there are enough to occupy a day's worth of shopping. 


Farms also exist and surround the city, providing fresh produce tourists enjoy in fine restaurants such as Brambles and in healthy faire offered next door at Robin's. Hotels overlooking the beach, numerous shops and galleries and Hearst's Castle make this a popular spot for travelers in what might normally seem like the middle of nowhere to metropolitan residents seeking the big city lights.


Ibrowsingf you are a toy soldier enthusiast, browse or shop at the Soldier Factory. Thousands of soldiers representing numerous countries and eras are available. Purchase unfinished or painted soldiers, per choice. Take the tour of the shop to see the molds used to create these magical men of battle.

Cambria Library   900 Main Street  Cambria, California  927-4336  

Farmer's Market is held every Friday at 2:30 PM. 
Piedras Blancas Light House Fresnel Lens.   
The Pewter Plough Playhouse at Cambira's Performing Arts Center, Main at Sheffield, West Village (805)


Brambles Burton Drive, (805) 927-4716 
Steaks, Fresh Seafood, Prim rib, Lam Chicken, Pasta Greek, Vegetarian, Open Daily 
Creekside Gardens Cafe, 2114 Main, (805) 927-8646    California Country Cookin' and Authentic Mexican at night 
JJ's Old Fashion Pizza, 2380 Main, (805) 927-3084 for Pizza, Hamburgers, Hot & Cold Sandwiches 
Robin's Restaurant, 4095 Burton Dr.,  (805) 927-5007 Asian Curries, Seafood, Pasta, Mexican, Vegetarian, Cappuccinos, Desserts and Wedding Garden Facilities, Open 11 AM to 9 PM 
Round Up Pizza & Grub, 815 Main, (805) 927-4115, Full Salad Bar, Sandwiches, Chicken, Donuts, Cinnamon Rolls 
Sergio's   788 Main, (805) 924-0825  Italian with a Mediterranean twiss, closed Sun., Mon. 
The Sow's Ear Cafe, 2248 Main Street, (805) 927-4865 for Fresh Fish, Chicken Fried Steak, Chicken & Dumplings and Gourmet Delights 
The Tea Cozy, 4286 Bridge Street, (805) 927-8765 serves traditional British Lunches & Teas, gifts, Antiques and select British Groceries 
West End Bar & Grille, 774 Main, Wes Village (805) 927-5521 is a friendly, local pub with casual lunch and dinner menus for the whole family. 


Where to stay: Cambria is a charming village with misty mornings alternating with blue skies and sunshine. It offers the romantic evening strolls along a boardwalk fronting the ocean at Moonstone Beach where a number of hotels offer suite and room accommodations. Some of our favorites include Fogcatcher Inn and Best Western Fireside Inn. When you stay along the coast, you can count on visits to the beach as part of your daily routine.