One of my favorite California escapes is the drive up US 101N/CA-1. There, approximately 240 miles north of Los Angeles, is the picturesque, seaside town of Cambria. If you’ve never been, I promise that it is worth your stop. Close to the majestic Hearst Castle, and brimming with charm (and completely devoid of big chain stores), Cambria is a place you will want to visit over and over again. And from now until December 21, 2013, the Blue Dolphin Inn brings you an extra reason to add Cambria to your travel plans.
The Blue Dolphin Inn (6470 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria, CA 93428) is an adults only property (guests must be 18 or over) which is literally only steps from Moonstone Beach and a boardwalk that runs two miles up the coastline. From now until December 21st, Blue Dolphin Inn is offering guests the chance to enjoy their “Comfort & Joy” packages. The package includes a two night stay, tickets for two for a daytime tour of Hearst Castle (already decorated for the season and in my experience, all the tours are well-worth your time), a keepsake Blue Dolphin Inn holiday ornament and fresh gingerbread cookies delivered in-room (and hot cider and cocoa are offered in the lobby).*
Blue Dolphin Inn is one of the Cambria Inns, a collection of boutique hotels. In addition to Blue Dolphin Inn, Cambria Inns include the warm and welcoming Sand Pebbles Inn; the private Moonstone Cottages (for guests 18 and older); and the family-friendly Castle Inn. The Cambria Inns collection of hotels is also offering a special treat to guests this season. Their “Holiday Giveaway, Getaway and Give-back” sweepstakes is running right now through December 31st. The grand prize winner will receive two nights at Moonstone Cottages by the Sea, and a $250 donation to a local food bank of the winner’s choosing. All you have to do to enter is visit the Cambria Inns Facebook page and review the contest tabs for all the details.
I’ll admit, this trip is on my wish list. I loved exploring Cambria, and being at the Blue Dolphin would provide easy access not only to the ocean, but also to the shops and terrific restaurants in town. Plus, in December, Cambria celebrates “Holiday in the Pines.” The city is resplendent in its holiday decorations and lights with many stores offering open houses and discounts. I loved browsing through the bookstores, antique stores, clothing boutiques and galleries the last time I was there, and the spirit of the holidays will only make it more enticing. The city has events planned throughout December. Christmas markets, concerts, lighthouse tours and holiday auctions are calling to revelers—so start making your plans today!
*$299 starting rate applicable for a standard room, midweek only. Package requires a two-night minimum and is available November 1-December 21, 2013. To book the “Comfort & Joy” package, please call Blue Dolphin Inn at 800.222.9157(toll free) or 805.927.3300.