The small secluded town of Cambria on the Pacific Coast has a cool new boutique hotel, The Cambria Beach Lodge.
Cambria has always been our favorite midway overnight stop when traveling on Highway 1. Nestled into a Monterey pines forest, the seaside village is perfectly veiled from too much traffic, making it irresistible for a good night’s sleep after a long drive. The Main Street is sprinkled with cute little vintage stores, established restaurants and galleries, while the hotels line up on Moonstone Beach Drive, just across the ocean . For our latest trip down to LA, when our Booking.com research displayed a new, fashionable hotel in Cambria, we couldn’t contain our excitement. The Cambria Beach Lodge was everything our design-loving hearts are longing for. Recently remodeled, Cambria Beach Lodge delivers a contemporary design with coastal elements, art from local artists, a cozy lounge with a fireplace and the best-stocked mini-bar or better yer, mini-shop we have ever seen in a hotel room.
27 coastal-inspired rooms are awaiting the travelers to rest and relax, with custom-made furnishings, premium bedding, sun-bleached wood floors, soft towels and comfortable bathrooms. Planning a longer getaway in Cambria? Choose a room with fireplace or patio. Other nice touches were the Wool Faribault blankets for chilly California nights or the binoculars for birds watching in the morning.
“Summed up by the town’s motto ‘Pines by the Sea’, this stretch of California Coastline is packed with unspoiled beaches, pine forests, and small town charm.” –David Dittmer of PRG Investment & Management
“Similar to the other boutique hotels in the PRG portfolio, we wanted to create a complimentary lifestyle hotel that is reflective of the environment and culture of the surrounding area. In this case, it is about a simple, stylish experience surrounded by surf, wine, and adventure. It is our hotel take on the California Road Trip.”
We couldn’t agree more. In the morning there is also a complimentary breakfast with coffee, orange juice, pastries and hard boiled eggs. Absolutely enough to kick off the day. You can enjoy it in the lobby or take in outside on the small front porch. We opted to take our coffee for a walk along the beach. Also, a note to mention, the hotels in Cambria usually come with a more expensive price tag, but Cambria Beach Lodge is pleasantly affordable, with rates ranging from $99 on weeknights – $180 on weekends. There is something magical about waking up in Cambria, it just feels different, and while we have never stayed for more than one night, things might change now that Cambria Beach Lodge is in the town.
Well-stocked mini-shop with local wines, cool burlap Cambria tote by Apolis, survival guide and sunscreen.
IF YOU ARE STAYING OVERNIGHT IN CAMBRIA
5pm: check in
5.15-5.30pm: rest for a second
5.35pm: go out, have a walk along the beach for one of the most beautiful sunsets. if it’s foggy, no matter, go out, it’s still beautiful.
6pm: dinner time, you have few options
#1 Sea Chest Restaurant & Oyster Bar – just next to the CBL, this traditional seafood restaurant has been an institution in Cambria for a long time. Don’t miss the clam chowder.
#2 Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill – also on the same street, with patio dining, Moonstone Landing is great for eating and wine sipping while sunset watching.
#3 Main Street Grill – quick, affordable, good. If you are too tired to wait for a table, Main Street Grill is the way to go. They have been serving burgers, BBQ and sandwiches to locals and visitors alike. Note: only cash.
8pm: most of the restaurants close by 8 pm. time to go to your room, cozy up, indulge in the mini-bar and have a good rest.
8am: rise & shine! breakfast is served from 7 am – 10 pm at the Cambria Beach Lodge.
8.30am: before or after breakfast have a walk again along the beach. Believe us, a morning walk along the shores, will fuel you with good energy for the rest of the day.
9am: pack your car and hit the road again. or just stay for awhile.
*Photography by Ana Kamin