An August 2002 trip
to Cambria by StephCat
Quote: Cambria is a quaint Central California beach town with a variety of attractions, both natural and manmade.
We enjoyed the wine hour (various types of California wines, crackers and various dips), meeting other guests, our hosts Ann and John, and their cute Schnauzer. Cookies and milk were provided at bedtime -- yum! Breakfasts were great, very filling, including fruit, granola with yogurt, and a hot dish. John makes sure that he chooses the dishes so each morning the guests get something new (not an issue if you're staying a weekend, but more of a challenge if there are guests who've been there a week!).
John and Ann were also pleased to recommend restaurants, places to hike, etc.
If we visit the area again, we would definitely stay at the J Patrick House!
They have an extensive website: www.jpatrickhouse.com/
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 27, 2002
J. Patrick House
2990 Burton Drive
We wished we'd eaten here for dinner rather than at the restaurants we did end up at! Couldn't get reservations at a time we wanted to eat (albeit VERY short notice, called around 5 or so for dinner that evening).
Their website: http://www.robinsrestaurant.com/
4095 Burton Drive
Cambria, California 93428
That said, Hearst Castle is lovely and impressive, both the different buildings and the grounds. The swimming pools are gorgeous and so very, very tempting.
If you have an interest in California Arts & Crafts/ Spanish furnishings and home architecture you're in for a treat as well. The small, tiled bathrooms in the guest rooms/houses were interesting in that they were that small, for such a grand showcase of a house.
Time spent in the museum before your tour is time well-spent as well.Keep an eye out for zebras -- literally -- as you drive along Hwy 1.
750 Hearst Castle Road
San Simeon, California 93452
Attraction | "Along coast/ to seals"
We parked at one of the parking lots off Hwy 1 and hopped the fence onto the national park land (our B&B host said it was okay to do this).
We hiked north along the tops of the cliffs, looking down at the waves, rocks, and occasional tide pools. We could hear sea lions barking as we hiked. Eventually we came to an area with some sand dunes and big rocks, overlooking the beaches where the elephant seal females and juveniles were basking. Most of the males were in the water, bellowing and bashing into each other -- very impressive to watch all that testosterone in action!
Note: don't get too close to these animals. The rule of thumb is, if they seem aware of you -- they look back at you, fidget, move, etc., you are too close.
Hiking Along Coast
Various sites along coast
Redondo Beach, California