Travel America: Fall in Love with Cambria, California this Autumn

Burton drive, Cambria, California

Burton drive, Cambria, California

Cambria, California is the perfect place for those who think a little differently, act a little differently, and are looking for something different from their vacation; like collecting memories, moments, and the occasional seashell, or maybe discovering their inner foodie.

This fall, Cambria is the perfect place to enjoy a refined get-away on the cozy California coast. With one-of-a-kind ways to spend a few days away, Cambria welcomes travelers to experience a vacation for the mind, heart, body and soul.

Two young males having a fight on Moonstone Beach at Cambria, California

Two young male elephant seals having a fight on Moonstone Beach at Cambria, California

Cambria’s artistic community dawns some of the most stunning work in California. It’s also popularly known for the annual Scarecrow Festival, Oct. 1-31. Thirty scarecrows kicked off the first Festival in 2009, but what the creators didn’t know then, was that they were initiating one of the most artful and unique scarecrow festivals in the U.S. Visitors are often delighted and amazed at the diversity in the display of over 350 scarecrows – many of which are made by businesses and artists who compete to be the most creative. For the entire month of October, the most artistic and lively scarecrows will line the streets of Cambria’s East & West Villages and Moonstone Beach.

Scarecrow Festival - Cambria, CA - Oct 11, 2013

Scarecrow Festival – Cambria, CA – Oct 11, 2013

Scarecrow Festival - Cambria, CA - Oct 11, 2013

Scarecrow Festival – Cambria, CA – Oct 11, 2013

October also begins the season of intriguing fun with activities like a German car show, an annual pie contest and, in addition to regular farmers’ market events highlighting some of the coasts most bountiful produce, the East Village Harvest Market. Featuring more than 30 booths, selling farm-to-table products, this event offers seasonal treats, local wine, beer and live music.

Moonstone Beach

Moonstone Beach

Moonstone Drive - Cambria

Moonstone Drive – Cambria

The season also showcases a creative Cambria, and offers something extra for the treasure hunter. Visitors will be charmed by the eclectic array of shops, from antiques and apparel to gifts and specialty stores; one never knows what they’ll discover when exploring the village. For those looking to spend some time outdoors, Cambria, known as “Central Coast’s Eden,” offers the area’s most untouched coastlines, pristine scenery and is ideal for both novice and experienced explorers.

Visitors know what a lighthouse is, but do they know what’s inside? Enjoy the historically enchanting Piedras Blancas Lighthouse as the guide, in period attire, leads guests on a mystic tour. Or, join Elise Wheeler, State Park Ranger, on an archaeology tour of the famous Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and learn how the people of Cambria have reacted to changes in climate, population and food recourses over the last 10,000 years. Travelers can also enjoy pleasant strolls through the pine forest identifying lichens, mushrooms and wildflowers. With over 182 species of birds on the preserve, one can spend their day bird watching or searching the coastline for marine mammals.

Piedras Blancas Lighthouse

Piedras Blancas Lighthouse

If rest and relaxation is your thing, Cambria welcomes voyagers to simply kick up their feet and stay awhile. With over 200 hotels, bed & breakfasts, motels and vacation rentals to choose from, feeling right at home is a coastal breeze. And, after a day around town or strolling through the pines, nothing puts the finishing touch on a visit to the coast like a refreshing glass of handcrafted wine. Cambria wineries offer premium selections, and the festivities are fun, too. With events like the 2nd Annual Wine & Pie Pairing, Harvest Fun In Harmony and winemaker dinners, visitors can help Pacific Wildlife Care by enjoying soups crafted by chefs competing for the title of “Best Soup Around” or enjoy a four-course meal as they dine by candlelight and dance the night away to live music.

For more information about fall festivities in Cambria and for additional information about Cambria, visit www.cambria.com

— Phillip D. Johnson