Ranch-Style Lodgings Along Pacific Coast
The Cambria Palms Motel is nestled amid green, rolling hills not far from the sparkling Pacific coastline and California’s Highway 1, one of the world’s most scenic routes. Loungers dotting the inn’s property provide front-row seats for taking in the scene, which is enhanced by the smell of blossoms from a tranquil backyard garden.
Inside, guest rooms feature coffee-colored walls and decorative touches unique to each room. The laid-back lodgings are straightforwardly yet stylishly adorned, with floral-themed artwork and comforters in shades of gold and red. The Cambria Palms loans out complimentary bicycle cruisers for exploring the surrounding countryside or pedaling into downtown Cambria to visit quaint shops and restaurants. Nearby boutique wineries present inviting opportunities for day trips.
Cambria, California: Picturesque Pacific Coastal Village
The coastal town of Cambria lies about 6 miles south of San Simeon, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Though the village is small, it has a host of natural and cultural attractions, including 30 art galleries in the charming downtown area, beachfront boardwalks at Moonstone Beach, and an elephant-seal rookery.
Just a few miles away lies the famed Hearst Castle, the enormous estate that once belonged to newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. The building took more than 25 years to complete, has more than 100 elaborate rooms, and houses an astounding collection of Spanish and Italian art and antiques. Numerous tours crisscross the 127-acre estate throughout the day, acquainting visitors with the grand rooms, cottages, kitchens, and fitness room wallpapered with Hearst's collection of Family Circle comic strips.