Feb 20, 2013

Cambria Weekend Getaway

Brandon and I took this little MLK Weekend Getaway in January and while we've been on this same trip in the past, we enjoyed it so much, it was a no brainer to go again. If I have any California readers, you might definitely be interested in checking out this little beach town.

Moonstone Beach

Have you ever wondered what is in between the Bay Area and Los Angeles? Well, besides a whole lot of nothing in the middle of the state, the coastline along Highway 1 is as good as it gets. No crowds. No commercialism. Just pristine beaches, hippie surfers, and funky hole in the wall restaurants.


Cambria is about halfway between L.A. and San Jose and consists of Moonstone Beach as well as some great restaurants and a downtown area.

We stayed at The Blue Dolphin Inn, our favorite little beachside bed and breakfast. It is an adorable inn and really well-priced. For a holiday weekend it was only $140/night, which included a small view of the ocean, breakfast and a super comfy bed.

Blue Dolphin Inn

Some shots of the room. I love the details. Fancy chocolate. Fireplace. Plantation shutters.

Blue Dolphin Inn

Blue Dolphin Inn

Blue Dolphin Inn

View from Blue Dolphin Inn room

But what I really loved was the breakfast. Of course I did. You fill out a door hanger menu with what you want and the next morning a picnic-ready breakfast arrives at your door.

Blue Dolphin Inn breakfast

Blue Dolphin Inn picnic breakfast

We spent the first night walking along the boardwalk in front of the hotel and watching surfers catch waves (it was Mavericks Weekend and the waves were gnarly, dude).

Surfers at Moonstone Beach

Moonstone Beach


The next day, we checked out a beach further down the road and was literally packed full of elephant seals and is maintained by The Friends of the Elephant Seals. I captured two of them fighting on video and accidentally deleted it :(

Elephant Seals

After checking out yet another beach/pier area, we had lunch at Sebastian's Store in San Simeon. Highly reccommend this place. Long lines of don't lie.

Maria on pier


Sebastians Store Chicken Sandwich

We shared the Gooney Bird sandwich and it was heavenly. BBQ sauce, pickles, bacon, cheese...

Sebastian's Store Chicken Sandwich

Next up, Hearst Castle Tour. Last time we were in Cambria we did the downstairs castle tour, so this time we chose the upstairs tour - of the bedrooms, library, and guest rooms.

Hearst Castle Ticket

Hearst Castle Guest Room

Hearst Castle Bedroom

Think Downton Abbey in real life.

Hearst Castle


On our way back to the Bay Area, we decided to take Highway 1 though Big Sur and Monterey. Amazing drive. Amazing getaway weekend.


Trip Breakdown

Lodging |  Blue Dolphin Inn
AttractionsHearst Castle | Friends of the Elephant Seals | Moonstone Beach
Food | Sebastian's Store, San Simeon | Black Cat Bistro, Cambria | Main Street Grill, Cambria

Click here for the full set of trip photos. 


  1. What an amazing trip! Looks so delightful...we'll have to keep this stretch of coastline in mind, next time we're out on the west coast. The B&B looks right up our alley too :-)

  2. 1. I NEED to go there. 2. I miss you. 3. I'm hopping on a plane.

  3. Sarah @ The Smart KitchenFebruary 27, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    I want to come next time. Do you think that would kill the romance of it? ;)

    BBQ sauce + pickles, plus Downton Abbey for the win!!!

  4. Super late response...but no I have not yet! It's on my "to read" list though!

  5. All those seals are just crazy to me! It's funny how I feel like that must be typical in Cali, but never seeing it myself I'm just thinking cooooooooooooooooool. Sounds like a lovely little getaway and your hair looks so long and pretty!

  6. Oh the first time I saw all the seals, it was unbelievable. I could just sit and stare at them all day.

    Thank you! I'm growing it out to (maybe) donate!

  7. I want to go to there!

    (anyone get the reference??)

  8. Haha. 30 Rock? Tina Fey is amazing. Have you read her book?


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