Nancy McKarney

A historic castle crowns this lovely California waterfront town.

Travel + Leisure
May 18, 2012

A former artist colony in central California whose quiet streets are lined with Victorian homes, Cambria sits cheek-by-jowl with the iconic Hearst Castle.

Hearst Castle

Tour Hearst Castle, perched high on La Cuestra Encantada (“the enchanted hill”) nine miles north of Cambria. The closest thing California has to a grand European palace—and an architectural testament to monomaniacal excel—this sprawling, opulent property is one of the state’s absolute must-sees.

The Sea Chest Oyster Bar and Restaurant

Catch a spectacular sunset at The Sea Chest Oyster Bar and Restaurant, reminiscent of a New England cottage, while feasting on fresh oysters and garlicky scampi.

Pelican Cove Inn

Request a room with an ocean view, whirlpool tub, and fireplace at this cheerful yellow property surrounded by succulent gardens.

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