San Simeon and Coastal Cambria
A historic castle crowns this lovely California waterfront town.
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.
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.