Cambria's popular Moonstone Beach Drive extends from the downtown area and winds toward the ocean. Lined with popular destination hotels and bed and breakfast type establishments, Cambria houses a healthy tourist population year round. The presence of tourists aids in the continued economic development of the town and has enabled many small business owners based in the area to operate successfully. Additionally, the money spent by visitors has aided in the local governments funding for beautification projects, the town's school system and the regional parks and recreations department. Overall, Cambria is a safe, clean environment that offers its residents a unique resort-like lifestyle filled with a plethora of recreational amenities to satisfy anyone's taste.
Picturesque San Luis Obispo County, part of the wine country featured in the award-winning movie Sideways, boasts two distinct wine country regions. Both attract worldwide acclaim. The cool climate and marine sediment in these wine regions combine to produce the most highly regarded, rich and buttery Chardonnay grapes on the west coast. A short drive to the east in the chalk and limestone hillsides of Paso Robles the long, hot summers yield superb reds such as Zinfandels and Rhone varietals.
In addition to the more than 100 wineries in the region, San Luis Obispo towns such as Cambria are where art galleries abound with most presenting the paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photographs and other creations of the many talented local artists that have chosen to live here.
There are also live theatre venues, symphony performances and a variety of museums to visit. The region's motto of, "There's always something exciting going on!" is demonstrated through the long list of plays, concerts, fairs, festivals, sporting events, holiday celebrations, special museum exhibitions and other events that attract locals and visitors alike. One of the most famous local attractions is Hearst Castle, situated atop the Enchanted Hill. Located near San Simeon in the Santa Lucia Mountains, this magnificent estate of 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways commands a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean and the hills and valleys of the Santa Lucias. Today, Hearst Castle is a state historical monument and one of the most popular visitor destinations in California.
For the outdoor enthusiast the region is equally abundant in its options. From pristine beach and adventurous waters to quiet country roads and the rolling terrain of the countryside and forested hillsides, a mild and sunny climate makes exploring the great outdoors easy. Ecological tours serve to educate those interested in learning about this unique environment. For those seeking education by trial, fishing, biking, kayaking, hiking, surfing, and mountain climbing adventures can be arranged, professionally, or privately. Golfing is also a very popular activity. San Luis Obispo County has several golf courses that will test the skills of all golfers, regardless of skill level. Stunning views, tall trees and manicured fairways define the area's courses where a peaceful yet challenging round of golf can be capped by a glass of one of the region's fine wines in the 19th hole.
California's Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo serves as the region's educational hub. The university hosts major collegiate athletic events, touring concert groups and performing artists, and theatrical events featuring performances from the institution's student body as well as theatre companies from across the world. Cal Poly is also an award-winning research facility that offers locals an excellent opportunity to pursue higher education at an excellent university close to home.
Cambria's location within San Luis Obispo County makes living in this town the perfect place for those seeking modern amenities, boundless recreation and employment opportunities, and attractive housing without sacrificing the tranquility and solitude found only in quieter, more rural communities. Cambria's proximity to regional attractions, the Pacific Ocean and day drives to both Los Angeles and San Francisco make this city's centralized location an ideal place to live. So, if you are seeking an escape from big city life but are not yet prepared to sacrifice big city amenities, consider this family-oriented town that rests along what some consider to be California's most dramatic coastline.
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