Cambria lists top unsuspected vacation spots


A colorful sunset lights up the sky in a view of Moonstone Beach in Cambria.

A colorful sunset lights up the sky in a view of Moonstone Beach in Cambria.

A list of the top six ‘off-the-radar’ holiday destinations includes Cambria’s own seaside village on the Central Coast.

Wendy Gold, author of the June 30 report for, identified the six communities chosen as “hidden gems worthy of your travel list that really are still hidden.”

Gold wrote of Cambria: “This quaint town is home to unspoiled coastlines and reserves, picture-perfect inns and charming restaurants. Hunt for moonstones at the beach…try the famous olallie berry pie at Linn’s and partake in forest bathing – or just take a walk or bike ride – at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

She also suggested trying fresh cheeses from Stepladder Creamery.

The main photo in Gold’s report was of Cambria’s one-mile-long Moonstone Beach boardwalk, which winds along the shoreline cliffs and offers sweeping ocean views.

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The Moonstone Beach boardwalk was one of the reasons Cambria was rated one of the best “off-the-radar” vacation destinations. Jayson Mellom Grandstand archive photo

Woody Sears, co-founder of travel app Autio, described in Gold’s report a bumper sticker from another city on the June 30 list, which reads “we’re all here because we don’t we’re not all here”.

Among the things Sears mentioned and Gold cites about “this little beach town…. (there were plenty) of open spaces, walking and biking trails, and wild beaches. …It also has an attractive downtown area with plenty of dining options.

In order, the six communities highlighted as “off the radar” destinations that are “less saturated with tourists (and tourist traps!) but still rich in culture” were:

  • Port Townsend, Washington (where Sears found the sticker)
  • Tubac, Arizona
  • New River Gorge, West Virginia
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  • Shipshewana, Indiana
  • Bend, OR

Gold said that sometimes visits to places like these are “just what the soul craves.”

The direct link to the list is

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Kathe Tanner has been writing about the people and places of North Shore SLO County since 1981, first as a columnist and then as a journalist. During her career, she has been a bakery owner, public relations manager, radio host, trail guide and jewelry designer. She’s been a Cambria resident for over four decades, and if it’s in town, Kathe knows it.


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