Have you been to Cambria? It’s on the central coast of California, right at the spot where sunny, carefree southern California meets the cooler, more serious north. At least, I think so. I’m sure locals have their opinion of where their town is located.
You can see the landscape take on a more rugged look, and the architecture changes from stucco adobe-style homes covered in bougainvillea to cedar-shingled homes nestled among pine trees.
The town center has several charming shops, but my favorite is Heart’s Ease which has a perfect little secret garden tucked behind its walls.
Inside the shop there is a wonderful selection of potpouri in large clay pots that you can scoop up into paper bags.
My favorite reminded me fall in New England.
There are historic inns and romantic restaurants….
like Robin’s Restaurant.
Healthy, locally-sourced food and decadent desserts…
Made even better with a chilled glass of chardonay, of course.
A sunny spot outside the museum to enjoy and antique shops to explore…
After we explored the town, we drove out to the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and discovered a landscape that reminded us of the moors of Scotland. There was even a bagpipe playing in the foggy distance. How cool is that? It was such a welcome relief from the heat we had just left farther south.
This pretty much sums up what exploring the cool, fresh sea air of Cambria felt like during the hot summer months.
**all photos taken with my trusty iPhone 4s