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Another later start as we drove to the small seaside town of Morro Bay. What a gem. There is the imposing Morro Rock which dominates our view, when you can see it coming in and out of the June Gloom, as the fog this time of the year is known. The fog effects the whole coastal area at this time but normally burns off by mid day. We have seen …
... 24 miles to go and 16 miles on the range display.... Economical mode of driving on - no aircon or radio and off we set. We made reasonable progress and by 12 miles to go we still had 9 miles left in the tank - although we were beginning to wonder if we were going to make it with 5 miles to go and 3 miles on the range. . . . There was a huge sigh of relief when the motel finally came into sight with 2 miles range ...
SO THE WINDS DROPPED AND SAN SIMEON IS OKAY WE ARE OPPOSITE THE beach, MTEL FULL OF CYCLIST WHO DID THE SAME ROUTE AS US YESTERDAY.................... sweet little vilage up the road to wander in.................mainyl stopped here to visit hearst castle of the randolph hearst, ( granduaghter famous patty hearst etc).................and so tomorrow we are doing ...
... and Wyatt Earp. My interest was a little more contemporary and I came to know Melody Ranch through a 2004 series - Deadwood. Based on a real town in South Dakota during a gold rush. 10,000 people came to Deadwood in 3 months and the story is based on real life characters from history including a link to our next stop George Hearst. I really enjoyed the series. Its not for the fainted hearted nor the delicate of ear but if you can get past the language its a ripping yarn.
Continued down the Pacific Coast Highway, checking out the Carmel Mission on route to Big Sur. Spent the day absorbing the beautiful Big Sur coastline, stopping at Pfeiffer Beach and the Henry Miller library before spending the evening on Moonstone Beach in Cambria. ...
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A great experience
This was a nice little lodge. I will say the rooms look old but the gardens and restaurant made up for it and it was clean. We had a wonderful person check us in (Kathy) who seemed to have taken a "happy pill". The food was very good and the breakfast was wonderful. Outside in the gardens are pathways around the herbs, cactus, flowers and such with fountains and bird houses. We did not use the pool and when we checked out the hot tub it looked like it was dirty.
What a cute place!
My husband and I drove down the coast and stopped there for one night.
I would not have known about the place, had it not been listed in the back of the Entertainment book. We booked a spacious room in one of the cabins with two sofas and a fireplace for the half price rack room rate, which was $85. They also provide free breakfast, which includes bacon, eggs, and sausage. Although not fancy, it was very comfortable and I would stay there again.
What a tremendous place. We had only booked because they were one of the few places that would take a single night booking for a Saturday in August. The staff were helpful, the room was good, the food in the restaurant excellent and there was a bar with a live band.But the most wonderful thing about the Cambria Pines is the gardens which are really fantastic. Well worth a visit just to see them!
Always have had a great experience
Been there 3 times and we have always had a great experience. I've never heard noise, as we go in the off season, I guess that's why. The gardens are breath taking. Dinner at the lodge is great. Best steaks I've ever had. Breakfast, eeh ok. I mean, usually breakfast at a hotel is muffins and fruit. At least here it is eggs and bacon. Not to order, but a buffet. Biscuits and gravy. I like the idea, but biscuits and gravy need to be HOT. Overall, of the 3 times we've been it's been great. Would recommend.
Walls were too thin
Stayed there for 2 nights during the Memorial Day weekend. Paid $139 + tax for a standard room with 2 queen size beds. Couldnt sleep all night due to the constantly creaking floors overhead and the creaking bed. The walls were so thin that we could hear the people talking in the neighboring room as well as in the corridor. The breakfast was nothing exceptional. We didnt get the value for our money and we dont intend to go back.
My wife and I were very pleased with our room, which was one of the cottages(duplex). It was spacious and we could not hear the people staying next to us. The gardens are exceptionally beautiful and the paths and walkways very inviting. The full breakfast was more than we had anticipated. The staff was very friendly and professional at all times. We would definitely return and recommend it highly.
Charming in Cambria
What a charming place! My husband and I have stayed at the Cambria Pines twice now and we haven't been disappointed yet. We had our room upgraded to a suite and loved the two fireplaces and charming decor. Adding to our stay, we had a delicious dinner at the lodge which was included in the price (dinner package) and a very tasty breakfast buffet the next morning. Our walk through the gardens was wonderful. The lodge is a romantic place to stay to enjoy the tranquility of this seaside town.
A great place to stay
My husband and I stayed here in July and were delighted to receive a coupon for a $59.00 suite if we returned in November or December. We did just that, and we were delighted both times. We learned not to take a downstairs room, as the pepole above us in July stomped around all night. But the gardens are more beautiful than the brochure described, the free buffet breakfast is plentiful and delicious, and we loved the nature trails and the steep stairway to the East Village shops. Try the French Bakery in the village...just awesome. We will definitely go back again. Our standard room in July and our suite in November were both excellent. We loved the fireplace and the in-room fridge to store our local wine. Other points of interest: the Cambria Cemetery and the hiking trail on the cliffs over the ocean. Be sure to go to the Moonstone Beach Grill for dinner or drinks at sunset! Central California is gorgeous any time of the year.
Last year in August I was married at Cambia Pines Lodge and had a horrible experience. Upon check-in we were notified that there was not a room available for my wife on the night before our wedding (even though we had a confirmation number and had made the reservation 10 months earlier.) The next morning (the day of our wedding)I was blown off by the management for complaining about my wife not having a room, and told because of the inconvenience that they would give us 10 percent off of our room, after much yelling I finally got the room for free. I spent thousands of dollars to get married here and they treated me as if I had just walked in off the street to get a room. Following our wedding, the entire wedding party decided to have drinks at the bar that was at the lodge. During the time that we were there we were treated horribly by the bartender and the wait staff. The bartender let us know "that he was not in the mood to be at work tonight and we better deal with it." The bartender also was ridiculing an old man at the bar it seemed just for enjoyment.
Though my wedding was beautiful just because I married a beautiful woman and was able to spend time with my friends and family, I would not suggest anyone stay in this poorly maintained lodge.
Not a "quiet retreat" amidst the pines
I was very disappointed in Cambria Pines Lodge.
Our actual room was very nice (king suite with 2 fireplaces), but for the 3 nights we were there,
there were noisy people below us and beside us. This is a resort/conference center, but the way it was described, it sounded very quiet and romantic. Our check-in procedure was terrible...the person did not tell us about any of the amenities and the check-in was so fast I couldn't see straight. I had to call the front desk twice to see when breakfast was served and if there was a toll for phone calls. There are no lodge brochures in the room. On checkout, no one asked how our stay was, and after reviewing the bill, they overcharged me for 2 nights of the room. I argued until they gave me a credit, but the clerk made me feel as if it was my fault that I didn't read the check-in form where it was written. I told her I was checked in so fast I didn't have time to do anything. Anyway, Cambria has many places to offer and I don't suggest this one... unless you want a noisy family type place where people are walking around at 3a.m. yelling and screaming. I suggest any of the properties on Moonstone Beach in Cambria...they all looked very nice and peaceful. And also a cute Inn called Burton Drive Inn.