Cambria is home to thirty art galleries. The Melanee Sylvester Gallery houses impressionist paintings. The Artifacts Gallery houses many types of art, including Disney collectibles. A unique experience is the Bronze Silver and Gold museum, which houses collections of silver and gold jewelry and sculptures. There are four other jewelry galleries in Cambria. The Gallery at the Old Schoolhouse showcases works of area artists. There is a photography gallery as well, the Visions of Nature Photography Gallery. Cambria is home to one of the top glass art galleries in the nation, and on Moonstone Beach you can collect your own jasper stones in a variety of colors.
Cambria and nearby La Selva Beach offer visitors stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Bordered by beaches and rocky cliffs, Cambria is a unique location where you can watch sea otters in their natural habitat, explore coastal tide pools, and watch whales from the shore. Twelve miles to the north, you can visit the Piedras Blancas lighthouse and watch elephant seals play in the ocean. The lighthouse is named for the white rocks below it, and was constructed in 1875. Visitors can view the original light, which was replaced in 1949, in a special room where it has been preserved. La Selva Beach is home to the Manresa State Beach Park, where visitors can camp, picnic, fish, and swim.
While visiting Cambria you will want to catch a ride around the town in the free Otter Trolley. Catch some of the local culture. Live music of every type can be enjoyed at the local restaurant scene. Explore the Paso Robles wine country and enjoy some wine tasting in Cambria. Catch a play at either the Peninsula Player Inc. or the Pewter Plough Playhouse theaters.
One of the highlights of a visit to Cambria and the central coast is going to be a visit to Hearst Castle. The Castle offers visitors five unique tours, each one visiting a different area of the castle. Built by a female architect, Julia Morgan, the Hearst Castle resembles an enchanted fairy tale castle. Built in the European style for newspaper giant William Randolph Hearst, the castle is located on the top of a hill overlooking the ocean. There are 165 rooms, 127 acres of gardens and terraces. The entire property is called La Cuesta Encantada, which means “The Enchanted Hill.” The castle is fifteen minutes from Cambria and is a must see attraction.
Shoppers will enjoy Cambria’s quaint village atmosphere. The wares you will find in Cambria are unique to the area. Hand blown glass, collectibles for your pets, American Indian crafts, and other keepsakes abound in the town’s shopping district. Cambria offers visitors bike and kayak rentals, as well as fishing and whale watching tours. A visit to Cambria offers you the chance to relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy some unique central Californian culture!