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Half-way between between San Francisco and LA, on California's sun-kissed central coast, lies the beautifully unspoiled seaside village of Cambria. This idyllic getaway offers a taste of small-town America from days gone by, when life operated at an altogether more leisurely pace. But don't think for a second that this means a shortage of things to do – seal-watching, wine-tasting, spectacular hikes, and all manner of adventure sports await. Locals are rightly proud of the town's thriving independent shopping and restaurant scene – there are unique experiences to be had on every corner, and not a fast food chain or soulless mall in sight.

Things to see

Cambria's compact town center is a paradise for discerning shoppers, offering quirky antiques, award-winning artisan wines, locally-produced jewelry, and one-of-a-kind gifts galore. Local vendors flock to the weekly farmers' market to tout fresh organic vegetables, nourishing home-made soups, and tempting hand-crafted cakes. Moonstone Beach Park is the perfect spot for a revitalizing coastal walk. This stunning stretch of coastline is skirted by a meandering boardwalk, lined with magnificent pine trees, which offers great vantage points for the spectacular sunsets. Nitt Witt Ridge is a truly unique monument to Cambria's creative and independent spirit. This ramshackle 3-storey house was constructed largely out of household junk and salvaged waste materials. Its reclusive creator, the late Arthur Harold Beal, is today heralded as a folk-art pioneer. Nearby San Simeon State Park is an area of astounding natural beauty, which stands adjacent to Hearst Castle. This jaw-dropping Mediterranean style mansion is believed to have inspired Orson Welles' classic film Citizen Kane.

Hotels in Cambria

In keeping with the town's friendly and laid-back demeanor, hotels in Cambria offer warm welcomes and maximum comfort. Top-end luxury options are scarce, although there are smart boutique hotels with luxurious spa facilities, landscaped gardens, and deep-soaking whirlpool tubs. There are plenty of B&Bs offering a cozy home-from-home atmosphere, uniquely-decorated rooms, and a delicious cooked breakfast each morning. Away from town you'll find your favorite international chain hotels, offering impeccable service and great value for money. Wherever you choose, you can expect amenities like free WiFi, drinks making facilities, and cable television.

Where to stay

There's plenty of accommodation to choose from in Cambria itself, either in the gently bustling center of town, or with picture perfect views of Moonstone Beach. Nearby San Simeon offers scenic forest camping, spectacular views of Hearst Castle, and is home to an extremely popular Elephant Seal rookery. A little way down the coast, Morro Bay is another popular and picturesque seaside town. Each year it plays host to a vibrant Harbor Festival, which sees visitors flock from all across the coast for delectable fresh seafood and free-flowing, ice-cold beer. While we're on the subject of drinking, Paso Robles is the place to stay if you're here to tour the region's numerous wineries. It's also famous for its natural hot springs, and as such is home to an abundance of decadent spas.

How to get to Cambria

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport is just 35 miles from Cambria, and offers daily flights to and from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix, plus car hire. San Luis Obispo also has its own Amtrak train station. Cambria is located on U.S Highway 1, 240 miles north of Los Angeles and 240 miles south of San Francisco, so driving from either city is a viable option.

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