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Cambria, CA 93428

Cambria 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 pines.

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 Inn.

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 breeze.
Temperature: 50°-70°F year-round.
Normal rainfall: 20" to 25" a year.
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