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Nestled among towering pines and the shimmering sea on California's Central Coast, Cambria, California is a picturesque village that unfolds along scenic Highway One, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Just 6 miles south of the world famous Hearst Castle® and at the gateway to Big Sur, you will enjoy this romantic place that is tailor-made for relaxing escapes.

Free of chain stores and brimming with charm, Cambria invites you to exit the beaten path and explore one of California's truly unique Central Coast vacation destinations! Stroll down Main Street and up Burton Drive in the East village, browsing as you go. Travel north/west on Main Street and in about a mile you will find the West end of the village. Both ends of the village are lined with unique shops, art galleries, cafes, restaurants, tasting rooms, and boutiques that make for enjoyable strolling and wonderful shopping.

Moonstone Beach is a great place to view migrating whales, seals sunbathing on the rocks, sea otters, and amazing sunsets. It has it all: crashing waves, surfers, tide pools and driftwood-strewn sand. With a level boardwalk just above the beach and a smooth route down to the sand's edge, it is easily accessible by almost anyone. Cambria is not only one of "America's Prettiest Towns", according to Forbes magazine, it is one of "America's Friendliest Towns" - We look forward to your visit! Cambria has bed and breakfast inns, vacation rentals, motels, and the Moonstone Beach hotels are close enough that you can smell the spray and hear the crashing waves.

"Cambria is delighted to be a Host City for the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. With unparalleled ocean views and pristine coastal scenery, our artist's colony will offer the world's premier cyclists a spectacular welcome. Fans and riders will discover an unforgettable experience at Cambria's finish line and beyond."

Bram Winter, Cambria Tourism Board

LODGING LIST: http://visitcambriaca.com/stay/

All Photos by @Cooksey-Talbott Photography