Cambria, California is a popular jumping off point for Hearst Castle and it is beautiful. Some would call it a "one horse town" but that is part of the charm. The coastline is spectacular and I can't get over how good the food is in California. Everything is extra fresh and minimally prepared. A chef friend of mine once said, "food should taste like itself". Now I get it. (I had the best trout ever at the Sow's Ear Cafe.)
Folks in Cambria are very helpful and sincere. A great base camp for my adventure to Hearst Castle.