I Love Where I Live: Welcome to Cambria's Holidays in the Pines

Holiday in the Pines Cambria

If you haven't discovered the quaint town of Cambria - you must! Cambria is one of our lesser known treasures in San Luis Obispo County, and on California's Central Coast.

Unfortunately, many know Cambria as one of the last highway exits before reaching their final destination at Hearst Castle; however, the town is a destination in itself with it's New England style architecture, pristine coastal setting and an enclave of fabulous food purveyors.

I usually recommend a trip to Cambria for couples, as the setting serves well for intimate dinners, romantic inns, and peaceful walks along Moonstone beach. But with Cambria's Annual Holidays in the Pines, kicking off December 1 and running through December 31st, the plethora of activities will appeal to ‘children' of all ages.

My advice: If you haven't been to Cambria yet, come visit during the Holiday in the Pines! Here's a run down of what the town has planned for the event:

Nov 25-Dec 31 Pewter Plough Playhouse Presents "'S Wonderful!" Main Street at Sheffield St in the West Village. Contact Box Office 927-3877 http://www.pewterploughplayhouse.org

Dec 1 - Hospitality Night - Stroll the streets, enjoy treats and festivities at the Village Open House. The Trolley will run all along Main St. 5:30 -9:00 p.m. Cambria Chorale at the Joslyn Center 6:00

Dec 1 - Dec 31 - Christmas at the Castle - Experience the beauty of the Castle decorated for the Holidays. Call 1-800-444-4445 for reservations.

Dec 6 - Festival of Trees, decorated tree auction Bid on a beautiful, fully decorated tree. Food, wine and a silent auction. Gala Event of the Year. Vet's Hall 6:30 p.m.

Dec 9 - Cambria Chorale at the Farmers Market Enjoy the beautiful sounds of the season with the fabulous Chorale, 3:00 pm, at Cambria Drive

Dec 9-10 - Cambria Community Chorale Concert Annual holiday concert with the Santa Lucia and Coast Union HS Chorus. TOGS/Old Cambria Grammar School 7:00. Tickets on sale at the Chamber of Commerce.

Dec 10 - Children's Christmas Party at Pinedorado - Bring the kids to see Santa, games, food, and fun. 1000 Main St., 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

Dec 10 - Old Fashioned Christmas at Santa Rosa Chapel - Saturday, December 10th 7:00 p.m. $15 donation. Chamber of Commerce or call 805-927-1175. Performance by Molly Dunlap and Friends. Tickets available at Lily's Coffee House & Chamber of Commerce or call 805-927-1175.

Easily, you can see there are activities galore. And what better way to experience Cambria for the first time than when it's ‘all dressed up' for the Holidays!

You can explore lodgings at http://www.sanluisobispocounty.com/visitors/san-luis-obispo-hotels/ or give Cambria's Chamber a call for their recommendations and specials at (805) 927-3624

Enjoy your trip to Cambria.

Laura Gurreau