Weekend Vacation in Cambria

A weekend in Cambria, California would be enough to slow anyone down, the small town atmosphere and late summer fog is exactly the reason that many people find themselves heading over to the coast to get a reprieve from the sometimes suffocating summer heat in the Valley. Cambria offers a small town in their downtown ready to cater to anyone looking for antiques or a couple of art shops. Just a short trip up scenic highway 1 you can see Hearst Castle former home of W.R. Hearst newspaper tycoon. My images from a prior visit to Hearst Castle can be seen here.

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Exeter Christmas Tradition

It’s not exactly walking in a winter wonder land, but it is as close as many people will get here in the Central Valley. Every year for who knows how many years Exeter has kicked off the Christmas Season by having what I would call a very large open house. Every shop devotes extra time to stay open for the benefit of the local area shoppers. The best of the small town era not lost to the progression of time.



Shops who elect to stay open late put out their best dress and order in treats if they haven’t home baked some treats for the late evening shoppers. Exeter Every place puts out their best dress and best treats each Thursday after Thanksgiving until Christmas, downtown Exeter, Ca in that evening is transformed into a magical place full of the joy that comes with Christmas.


I know that for most people the comparison may fail, but the downtown feel rivals that of Disneyland, with much more variety and things that people can actually use and treats for free. Additionally there are photos that can be taken with Santa, rides that can be taken on horse and buggy, and even a train that can be walked around and have it’s horn blown by any child at heart. People come from miles around to experience the Exeter Downtown Christmas event and if you live in the area I encourage you to attend next year as this years Thursdays evenings before Christmas are almost gone.