It has been a good start to the New Year and I’ve decided to treat myself to a lovely solo trip to Cambria, CA. Cambria is such a beautiful town. It’s off the central coast of California, in the middle between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It’s such a wonderful escape where the weather is nice year-round and the people are friendly.
Cambria has quickly become one of my favorite destinations to venture off to and explore which isn’t too far away from home.
Check out my YouTube video on my staycation in Cambria, CA:
El Colibri Hotel & Spa
I stayed at El Colibri Hotel and Spa which is right off the coast of the ocean. It’s a bit back in the woods and once you drive down Moonstone Beach Drive (or walk for a few minutes), you will see the ocean and all her beautiful glory. It’s a quiet and lovely hotel to stay in and they are practicing all the COVID safety measures to ensure the rooms are clean and sanitized.
As a clean freak, I have to say, the rooms were definitely cleaned well and I felt the cleaning staff did a thorough job on cleanliness. So if you are concerned about safety measures during these times, I can say that El Colibri made me feel comfortable and at ease during my travels there.
I stayed in a beautiful room with a lovely wooded view and it was perfect for what I wanted. The fireplace also added a nice touch as it is a bit chilly in January and temps were in the low 60’s during the day and dropping to the 50’s in the evening.
Besides my lovely bedroom, the bathroom was also a treat. It had a soaking tub and a standalone shower which is perfect for me as I love to soak in tubs. If you are looking to treat yourself to some much-needed self care, you will absolutely love the soaking tub!
Besides enjoying the lovely amenities in my room, I had the pleasure of venturing not too far outside of my hotel to explore all the wonderful things that Cambria has to offer. Here is what you can do and explore in Cambria:
One of the loveliest beach coastlines I’ve ever seen. Walk along this lovely coast and catch the sunset as the sky turns pink right before settling down. There are plenty of hiking, walking and biking trails along Moonstone Beach Drive, which is one of the main roads in Cambria.
I took several walks and ran a bit along the coast and it was one of the most peaceful and relaxing things I did. The beach walk is usually crowded (from what I’ve heard) but to my surprise I pretty much had it all to myself. Moonstone Beach Drive is lined with other lovely inns and hotels as well as some private residences but for the most part, it is a pretty quiet drive. Once you reach the end of Moon Stone Drive, you can venture further north towards Big Sur, which is what I did to explore more of the area.
Big Sur is only an hour north of Cambria but due to some flooding during my stay, the road to Big Sur was closed as there was a landslide which caved into the road on Highway 1. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to venture off to Big Sur but I will in my future getaways.
I don’t know about you but I love venturing off to places that are quiet, secluded and less travelled. I feel as though I can go freely about the place and explore without worrying too much about other people or my choice destination being overcrowded.
Especially with COVID, I’ve been extra careful to take all the necessary safety measures (and then some) to make sure I’m safe. Even though the hotel I stayed at does a thorough sanitization of the room, I also do my own cleaning once I arrive. I wipe down everything I’ll touch – and then some, to have peace of mind.
Besides the cleanliness of my room, I also make sure when I’m out in the open I double-up on masks and sanitize my hands when I get in the car; regardless if I touched anything or not. One of the nice things about Cambria is that there are less people. Even at mid-day, there weren’t many people and I felt it was the perfect getaway. It was exactly what I wanted.
Besides the lovely hotel and the amazing views from Moonstone Beach, I also had the pleasure of venturing off to the Farmer’s Market that happens every Friday right off Main St. It features local farmers who come and sell fresh fruits and vegetables. I had the pleasure of meeting Carol from Dragon Spring Farm who made the best fresh squeezed orange juice I’ve ever had in my life. I usually go to Whole Foods and buy their freshly squeezed juice from their juicer machine but Carol’s juice by far, is the best I’ve ever had in my life.
Driving up to Cambria just for the orange juice is well worth the trip in my opinion. It was the best (and still is!) that I have ever had. All in all, the peaceful scenery, gorgeous coast and quaint town make for the perfect vacation. Whether you are traveling solo or with family and friends, it is a lovely place to escape to when you just simply want to unwind and do absolutely nothing.
I hope you enjoyed this post and my little adventures I had the pleasure of exploring on my solo trip. I felt safe, secure and I had peace of mind during my time in Cambria. It is the perfect destination for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle and simply just be.