Cambria, CA 93428Cambria is an unincorporated coastal community located approximately 35
miles north of San Luis Obispo and 6 miles south of Hearst Castle.
Population is approximately 6,100. Cambria has 3 banks, a high school,
an intermediate and a grammar school, plus a private Montessori school.
Originally subdivided over 70 years ago, Cambria was developed into a
community of small, average size vacation homes. Recent trends have
expanded Cambria to a village of full time workers, retirees, along
with the large number of people who call Cambria home for long
vacations in homes that overlook the ocean or sit serenely in the
San Luis Obispo County and the State Coastal Commission govern and
oversee building development within the community. Building size and
height are regulated and adapted to specific areas within the
community. The local water district, Cambria Community Services
District (CCSD), issues water and sewer permits. Due to the countywide
Growth Management Ordinance, the wait for building in Cambria is
approximately 20 years, unless purchasing a lot already on the CCSD
water/sewer list awaiting permits. Cambria is located in the County of
San Luis Obispo, Supervisorial District #2.
Known over the years as Santa Rosa, Roseville, San Simeon and
"Slabtown". The town became Cambria (the Latin work for Wales
according to Funk & Wagnall's) in 1869, on the recommendation of a
local committee. One story has it that a committee member had recently
been to Cambria County, Pennsylvania, and that woodsy, mining area
reminded him of home. Squibb House Bed & Breakfast on Burton Dr
Cambria began as a fishing and quicksilver mining town, then later
became important for its dairy and lumber exports. Today, the pine
covered hills and rugged shoreline attracts artists and tourists. A
number of interesting buildings remain from Cambria's early days,
including the Old Santa Rosa Church, the Squibb-Drake house, the 100
year old Brambles (now a restaurant), Santa Rosa School, the Hoosegow,
The Gordon Howard home and the Lull house, now a part of the Bluebird
A quiet seaside village, Cambria is a place you can renew your soul
among the pine-covered hills and crashing surf.
Watch for whales from Leffingwell Landing while you picnic and
photograph the spectacular views of waves crashing on the rocks. Enjoy
the tide pools full of crabs, sea anemones, an occasional sea star, and
even an octopus or two.
Watch magical sunsets and hear the gentle crash of surf from your cozy
fireplace room on Moonstone Beach Drive. Pick up semi-precious jasper
stones of all colors along the driftwood covered beach. Stroll Main Street in the Village just off Highway 1 and visit unique
shops and galleries, enjoy the cuisine at one of the many restaurants,
or take in evening entertainment at the theater or cafes .
Follow Main Street to the Eastern end of the Village and you will
discover Cambria's history in Victorian buildings that date to the
1870's. Burton Drive has some of Cambria's most prestigious galleries
and restaurants. You can sit outside the Corner French Bakery and soak
up the atmosphere or dine on prime rib, sea food, Chinese, Italian,
Mexican, French, or California Cuisine.
The Classic Car Show and Chili Cook-off, held annually in March,
showcases a myriad of classic and vintage vehicles. Held on the
grounds of the Cambria Vet's Hall, at Main Street and Cambria Drive, it
is always a fun event for all ages. Next door, on the Pinedorado
Grounds, the mouthwatering chili cook-off is just the place where one
can sample some of the best chili anywhere.
The Allied Art Schoolhouse Gallery, at 789 Main St., is also a bit of
Cambria history. It was the original one room Santa Rosa School on
Santa Rosa Creek Road. At the present time it is home to "The Gallery
at the Old School House" for the Allied Arts Association. You can take
in an afternoon of art by local artists or an evening of theater or
music performed by the Associations performing arts arm.
The Pinedorado Parade, held on Labor Day weekend every year, is always
a great event for adults and children alike. After the parade, you can
spend the afternoon at the Pinedorado grounds enjoying barbecues, kids
games, prizes, face-painting, food booths, kiddie cars and the annual
Pinedorado Art Show.
The Cambria Chamber of Commerce is located in the center of the village
and is the a hub of activity for visitors and locals alike. If you
need information, tickets for an upcoming event, or just help answering
your questions; the Chamber office is the place to come. Stop by and
say hello next time you are visiting Cambria.
In December you can stroll the town from 5:30 to 9:00 pm and enjoy the
relaxed atmosphere and camaraderie of Cambria businesses as they open
their doors for your enjoyment on Hospitality Night. You will encounter
some great discounts, holiday drawings, and yummy treats. Santa and
Mrs. Claus attend special tree lighting ceremonies throughout the
evening. It is a time for music, entertainment, and wonderful
festivities all over town.
Climate: Mild, no smog, clear blue skies, some seasonal fog, ocean
Temperature: 50°-70°F year-round.
Normal rainfall: 20" to 25" a year.
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