Friday 8/16 - Sunday 8/18
Get ready for
The Oceanpoint Ranch
7200 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428
Our recommended route (215 miles from Santa Monica):
PCH to 154 to 101
Less windy / more highway (226 miles from Santa Monica):
PCH to 101
Check in is 3PM on Friday 8/16 but you can come enjoy the property anytime on Friday. The party officially starts at 4PM. Need something, call or text Karen: 310-890-7740
When you arrive and park, leave your things in the car and you’ll find us near the lobby. We’ll get you acquainted and checked in. Cold beverage anyone?
What to Bring
Road trip packing tips: Bring snacks, drinks and car fun like games, sticker books and audiobooks. I like to make a dollar store trip for some fun car surprises.
Dress is beach casual/vacation attire. Wear what you are comfortable in! (There will be a photographer on site Saturday and you’ll get free access to download all photos). Don’t forget your bathing suits! Aside from the ocean, there’s a pool on-site. You may want sneakers for walks or hiking, too.
Weather is cool in the mornings & evenings and low to mid 70s during the day - pack layers
Kids bikes / scooters: We think there’s enough to do on foot, but it’s also a great place to bike and scooter so if you’d like, bring those too. Adult bike rentals are available nearby.
Food and drink. Breakfast and dinner is included and lunch will be during family free time. We have recommendations on restaurants (below) or feel free to stock your mini fridge with lunch and snack items. You can grab a la cart picnic items including wine and beer at the on-site restaurant & shop The Canteen or there is also a great grocery store in Cambria serving local organic groceries, wine, beer, salads and sandwiches. Please bring a water bottle for your child(ren).
Soto's True Earth Market
2244 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428
Closes 8PM (805) 927-3410
Road trip tips
Here are some great places to get out and stretch or have lunch along your journey
Carpinteria (1.5 hrs from LA)
Beautiful beaches, small shops and cafes, right off the highway
Santa Claus Lane - Santa Claus Lane is a popular locals favorite for it's wide stretch of gorgeous white sand with a perfect break for swimming, boogie boards and beginning surfers.
Padaro Beach Cafe 3765 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria, CA 93013
Fish tacos and a sand pit for the kids to play in with an ocean view. Right on the beach for a little beach walk before or after a bite. http://padarobeachgrill.com/
The Spot 389 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013
A hamburger stand that has been serving burgers and fries for more than 50 years. There’s nothing fancy about the burger: ground beef, American cheese, crisp lettuce, fresh tomato, a dill pickle and thousand island dressing. But there it is — the classic beach burger. http://www.facebook.com/TheSpotCarpinteria
Across from The Spot is a playground and a beautiful walkway along the Carpinteria State Beach.
Los Alamos (1 hour from Carpinteria along the 101, 2 hours to Cambria)
With its decidedly chill vibe and population of less than 2000, Los Alamos is the coolest little Western town in Santa Barbara County. Walk the restaurants, galleries and shops on Bell Street.
Bob's Well Bread Bakery 550 Bell St, Los Alamos, CA 93440 (open till 6PM) (805) 344-3000
Quaint bakery with a folksy interior offering artisanal bread, pastries & creative cafe fare.
Full Of Life Flatbread 225 Bell St, Los Alamos, CA 93440
(Opens at 4:30 on Fridays, 11:30a on Saturdays and Sundays)
Convivial eatery specializing in creative wood-fired pizzas, locally sourced fare & craft brews. http://fulloflifefoods.com/
Avila Beach (1 hour from Los Alamos, 1 hour to Cambria)
Avila Beach is a small and quiet family friendly beach town. It’s beautiful landscape, beach playgrounds and ocean view restaurants make it a great stop for families.
Custom House 404 Front Street Avila Beach, CA 93424
This Central Coast beach-side location holds beautiful views with a casual atmosphere. The menu has something for everyone; we recommend the fresh fish! https://oldcustomhouse.com/
Ocean Grill 268 Front Street Avila Beach, CA
Ocean Grill in Avila Beach offers expansive views of the Pacific that is just across the street and a menu created by Executive Chef Michael Reyes, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York. http://oceangrillavila.com/
Welcome to Cambria
you made it
The most important thing to do now is relax and enjoy your family vacation - we have it all covered. But if you do want additional things to do outside of our itinerary, that’s all below. (All of this info and maps will be provided to you on-site). Are you relaxed yet?
The Oceanpoint Ranch has so many family friendly amenities that you may not even bother leaving the 9 acre property. The pool, beach, game room, lawn games and outdoor areas to explore are all right there. If you do want to leave here are a few great options for you.
(sorted by distance from the hotel)
Moonstone Beach Boardwalk & Leffingwell Landing (at Oceanpoint Ranch, OPR)
Walk down to Moonstone Beach where you’ll see the beautiful stones that give Moonstone beach it’s name
Just a short walk from Oceanpoint Ranch, guests will enjoy the 2-mile wooden boardwalk that meanders along the coast between Leffingwell Landing to the South end of Cambria’s Beach along the other Moonstone Beach hotels and restaurants. Keep your eyes out for whales breaching and seals sunning.
Across from the hotel at Leffingwell’s Landing, enjoy a state picnic ground that features tide pools and premier views of the ocean and wildlife.
Zagster Bike Rental Station 6620 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria (.5 miles from OPR)
Explore Moonstone Beach or Cambria’s downtown by bike! Download the app and rent your own, just like city bikes. http://bike.zagster.com/cambria/
The Spa and Wine Bar at El Colibri Hotel 5620 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria (1.4 miles from OPR)
Oceanpoint Ranch sister property El Colibri has a spa, hot tub and wine bar. Book a spa service and enjoy these amenities https://www.elcolibrihotel.com/
Shamel Park and Playground: 5455 Windsor St. Cambria (1.8 miles from OPR)
Located right next to the beach, Shamel’s six-acre park is a wonderful place to recreate. Praised by locals for its beautiful landscaping and cleanliness, Shamel Park offers easy beach access, a gazebo, playing field, horseshoes, a children’s play area and a heated, ADA-compliant swimming pool. https://slocountyparks.com/day-use-parks/shamel-park/
Downtown Cambria: East and West Village (3 miles from OPR, either drive or rent bikes)
Stroll the shops, tasting rooms and restaurants along Main Street in downtown Cambria. Start at the West Village and stroll to the East Village and back. We recommend Linn’s Cafe and a variety of Wine Tasting rooms (see below)
Stepladder creamery 4450 San Simeon-Monterey Creek Rd, Cambria (5 miles from OPR)
(805) 924-3131 Children under 5 free, Adults $20-$35
Stepladder Creamery is a small farmstead goat dairy and creamery just north of Cambria, California. Join us for a tour and cheese tasting on our private ranch- it's a lovely escape! You'll get to play with goats, learn about our cheesemaking and taste our cheeses. All visits must be booked online in advance. https://www.stepladdercreamery.com
Hearst Castle 750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA (7 miles from OPR)
Open Friday: 9-5, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 9-5
We recommend reserving a tour in advance. Built by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, Hearst Castle is an architectural marvel with 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 127 acres of gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a movie theater, an airfield, and the world's largest private zoo! Since 1957, when the Hearst Corporation donated the castle to the state, visitors have been able to tour the grounds with its impressive collection of art and antiques, remarkable design elements and breathtaking views. Best for adults or kids over 6. http://hearstcastle.org
Elephant Seal Vista Point (10 miles North of OPR) family friendly
Elephant Seal Vista Point, San Simeon, CA 93452
See the Elephant Seals up close. The Piedras Blancas Rookery is the only elephant seal rookery in the world that is easily accessible, free, and open to the public every day of the year. No reservations are needed. http://www.elephantseal.org/
WALKS AND HIKES
Cambria boasts a rugged coastline and lush rolling hills. Below is a guide to the best hikes in the area. Be sure to bring a bottle of water, hats and sunscreen.
The Moonstone Beach Boardwalk (at Oceanpoint Ranch (OPR))
Explore sandy beaches and rocky tide pools on a 3-mile hike down the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk, crossing a gorgeous beach that is preserved by Hearst San Simeon State Park. There is only 40 feet of elevation change over this easy hiking trail, just steps from El Colibri Hotel & Spa. Explore the tide pools or walk right on the sand for beautiful oceanfront hike.
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve (2.8 miles from OPR)
This 436-acre property has a great history and is home to a number of endangered species. The most outstanding natural feature is their dramatic ocean bluff that runs more than a mile long, where you can view migrating whales, elephant seals, and other ocean mammals. https://www.ffrpcambria.org/explore/trails/
Harmony Headlands Trail (11 miles from OPR)
It’s a two mile hike from the highway to the scenic coastline, making it a four-mile round trip. It’s a wide and comfortable trail made of compacted dirt. It has slight rolling hills making it perfect for beginners, families and even strollers. The trail has diverse and unique habitats supporting rare, endangered and sensitive plant and animal species. There are several benches for resting on the path and a portable bathroom a short distance from the beginning.
LOCAL TASTING ROOMS & VINEYARDS
Moonstone Cellars Tasting Room Open daily from 11a - 5p. (2 miles from OPR)
812 Cornwall St, Cambria, CA 93428
This wine tasting room is located in Cambria’s “West Village” is where you’ll find gifts, open bottles of award-winning wines, and have a great time. https://www.moonstonecellars.com/
Black Hand Cellars Tasting Room Open daily from 12p - 5p. (2 miles from OPR)
766 Main Street, Cambria, CA 93428
One of Cambria's local treasures can be found in the West Village. Tucked into a sweet little courtyard is the ultra cool tasting room for Black Hand Cellars, a local boutique winery. Taste the fine varietals and visit with its friendly staff. https://www.blackhandcellars.com/
Twin Coyotes Winery Tasting Room Open Daily 12 - 6p (3 miles from OPR)
2020 Main St. Cambria, CA 93428
Located right here in Cambria, visit Twin Coyotes Winery and Tasting Room in the quaint downtown area for a taste or a glass of one of their award winning wines. https://twincoyotes.com/visit/
Stolo Family Vineyard Open 11:30am - 6pm (5 miles from OPR) (fan favorite!)
3776 Santa Rosa Creek Cambria, CA 93248
Just minutes from Main Street, up Santa Rosa Creek Road, you'll find a restored farmhouse that sits at the base of a 9-acre vineyard. The farmhouse and old dairy barn date back to the late 1800s. With the addition of the new rustic tasting room and winery, visitors are treated with the full winery experience. Stolo has live music on Saturday 8/16 from 3-5PM https://www.stolofamilyvineyards.com/
Harmony Cellars Vineyard Open Daily 10a - 5:30p (8.5 miles from OPR)
3255 Harmony Valley Road Harmony, CA 93435
Harmony Cellars Winery produces award-winning wines and offers a remarkable view of the coastal countryside. Roam the gardens, lounge in the gazebo, or order a cheese board to enjoy with Harmony Cellars wine in the picnic area. https://www.harmonycellars.com/
The Canteen at Oceanpoint Ranch (family friendly, at OPR)
Open Friday: 7a-11a & 5p-9p, Saturday: 7a-11a & 5p-9p, Sunday: 7a-11a
7200 Moonstone Beach Dr., Cambria, CA, (805) 927-4648
Stop in a meal or pick up some beer, wine, coffee or picnic items
Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill (family friendly, .5 miles from OPR)
Open Friday: 11a-3p & 5p-9p, Saturday: 11a-3p & 5p-9p, Sunday: 10:30a-3p & 5p-9p
6550 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria (805) 927-3859
Boasting an oceanfront location, Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill serves seafood, steaks, pastas, and a great kids menu. https://www.moonstonebeach.com
Linn’s (family friendly, 3 miles from OPR)
Open Friday: 8a-9:30p, Saturday: 8a-9:30p, Sunday: 8a-9:30p
2277 Main Street Cambria, CA, (805) 927-0371
Linn’s of Cambria offers daily specials and some of the best comfort foods with a great kids menu. Enjoy a wide selection of Central Coast wines with your meal and famous Cambria pastries, Olallieberry Pie. It's a popular spot for breakfast, too! http://www.linnsfruitbin.com
Robin’s (family friendly, 3 miles from OPR)
Open Friday: 11a-4:15p & 5p-9:30p, Saturday: 11a-4:15p & 5p-9:30p, Sunday: 11a-2:45p & 5p-9p
4095 Burton Drive Cambria, CA, (805) 927-5007
International flavors meet seasonal ingredients for a delightful experience at Robin’s, serving sustainable fare in a charming garden patio or in the romantic fireside dining room. http://www.robinsrestaurant.com