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Cambria - Hearst Castle

A February 2004 trip to Cambria by SFPhotocraft

Best Western Fireside Inn Moon Photo, Cambria, California More Photos
Quote: For Spring Break we headed south to LA and Disneyland. Rather than taking the very boring I-5 we took the slower 101 and headed off the freeway to see Hearst Castle and the Cambria area. It was well worth the detour.

Cambria - Hearst Castle

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Overview

Hearst Castle Photo, Cambria, California
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We drove down and LA from the bay area. This time we took the more scenic Hwy 101. We crossed over to Hwy 1 and visited Hearst Castle. It is WELL WORTH the detour. You cut away from 101 at Paso Robles and take 46 to Cambria. This area is becoming known as another wine country in California. There were lots of nice wineries with tastings. We did not allow time to stop, but plan to on the next trip. You hit the Pacific near Cambria. The coast is breathtaking and stopping to enjoy the tide pools is worth the stop. Kids and adults will love hunting for sea stars, crabs and other creatures. Moonstone Beach is the most famous beach in the area, but other beaches can compete. Cambria is cute, with fu...Read More

Best Western Fireside Inn Moon

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Best Western Fireside Inn Moon Photo, Cambria, California
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The hotel is very comfortable. It's a low-rise (one level) typical motel-style hotel. The motel is modern and the upkeep is great. Things were very tidy around The Fireside Inn. It's located directly across Hwy 1 from Moonstone Beach. The office is small with a nice fireplace. There is a medium sized pool and a relaxing hot tub and a cozy breakfast room. Rates all include a hearty self serve breakfast. What more could you want? The hotel is clean and comfortable and in a great location. Breakfast is good and the pool and hottub are great. Being a motel, the parking is easy and convinent, our car was right outside our front door. At check in, the staff was a little unfriendly. We ask...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2004

Best Western Fireside Inn Moon
6700 Moonstone Beach Dr
Cambria, California 93428
(805) 927-8661

Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill

Restaurant | "Moonstone Beach Bar/Grill"

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The restaurant (as the name suggests) is right across from the Moonstone Beach. On a warm night you can sit out on the patio and look across Hwy1 to the ocean and beach. On our night, the fog had rolled in and the weather had made it not suitable for outdoor dining (even with heat lamps). The inside is fine, you have large picture windows looking across to the beach. The waitstaff was friendly. The restaurant is not fancy, but a little more upscale than most in the area. They offer a full bar and a great menu. The menu was expansive with lots of choices. It runs from fresh fish, to steaks to pastas. The kids had steak and it was excellent. I had an orange -coated halibut and it too was de...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2004

Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill
6550 Moonstone Beach Drive
Cambria, California 93428
(805) 927-3859

Hearst Castle

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Attraction

Hearst Castle Photo, San Simeon, California
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Words cannot describe this attraction! I have seen photos for years but to actually be here is awesome. The castle is hard to describe in words. It's a European castle built on the top of a hill in the middle of nowhere. How they got the materials up this hill is a wonder. Julia Morgan worked her magic to build this great work, so far away from any major city. WR Hearst threw parties, entertained movie stars and politicians here, and lived in this wonderful estate six months each year. It has been left intact and much like it was in Hearst's day. You can feel what it must have been like to be one of the honored weekend guests at this estate. The tours are well run. The estate ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 18, 2004

Hearst Castle
750 Hearst Castle Road
San Simeon, California 93452
(805) 927-2020