Situated on the coast surrounded by natural landscapes, Cambria is conveniently located within close proximity to hiking trails, open spaces and iconic sights along the Highway 1 Coastal Route. But beyond the sweeping views and pristine beaches, Cambria is home to a thriving cultural scene that is worth exploring. From art galleries to historical buildings, here are our picks to make the most of this artistic coastal community.
Go Antique Shopping
Cambria has a wide variety of antique shops filled with fascinating finds and unique treasures. As a result, antique lovers could spend all day perusing the numerous stores. Even a quick shopping trip may uncover something special.
Explore Art Galleries
Cambria has a reputation as an artist colony, which is evident by the number of studios and galleries to explore. Locally-made paintings, sculptures and artisan crafts are sure to make the perfect handmade gift.
Hunt for Beach Treasures
Directly across from the Cambria Inns Collection of hotels is Moonstone Beach. This beach is the perfect spot for hunting for sea glass and shells. Gather some sea glass to put in a jar or create your own piece of artwork with your findings. Cherish your findings and bring a little piece of Cambria home with you.
Visit Nitt Witt Ridge
Nitt Witt Ridge is likely one of the most unique things you’ll experience in the area. This funky house was built by reclusive artist Arthur Harold Beal. He spent 50 years creating his “castle” on the hillside of his two and a half acres of land. Nitt Witt was constructed using an assortment of materials, including wood, abalone shells, beer cans, old stoves, concrete and car parts. It’s considered one of the finest examples of Folk Art in the country.
Enjoy the Theatre
Adding to this creative community is the Cambria Center for the Arts, which plays host to various theatrical performances, readings and workshops. Regardless of the time of year, there’s always an entertaining or inspiring event to experience.
Take a Historical Walking Tour
Cambria is a historical town with a fascinating story of the American West, full of priceless tales of cowboys, miners and pioneer families. Visit the Cambria Historical Museum for a glimpse into Cambria’s early days, or take a walking tour to discover its history by foot. Take a walk around town and visit different houses, cemeteries and chapels of historical significance. During your stroll, you’ll learn about the people, businesses and buildings that helped shape Cambria.
Discover the town of Harmony
Harmony is an unincorporated community just south of Cambria, home to a former dairy creamery. With a population of 18, this quirky, eclectic (and tiny) town is as authentic as it is charming. Stroll through the gardens, visit Harmony Glassworks for hand-blown glass or pop into Harmony Pottery for handmade gifts. Soon, you’ll be able to eat ice cream from the renovated creamery and enjoy casual dining at Bower & Baker Restaurant, which are set to open this year.
Come to Cambria for a dose of culture and a relaxing place to vacation. It’s hard not to be captivated by its artistic, historical soul. When you do visit, you’ll have your choice of Cambria hotels Cambria hotels when you stay at the Cambria Inns Collection along Moonstone Beach, including Blue Dolphin Inn, Sand Pebbles Inn, Castle Inn and Moonstone Cottages .