Just returned from a weekend stay at the Sand Pebbles Inn in Cambria, CA, where we celebrated our 5th Anniversary, and this little gem exceeded all expectations.
The location is perfect as it is situated directly across the street (very light traffic) from gorgeous Moonstone Beach. The Inn is clean inside and out, and the staff was extremely friendly. We always felt taken care of, and we were treated as if we had been friends for a long time. There is plenty of parking. They have board games available in the reception area (no charge), as well as cold water and newspapers.
Our room, #214, is considered a partial ocean view, but we were pleasantly surprised by the row of windows giving us an exceptional view up Moonstone Beach (you can see the waves coming in while lying in bed). The building next door is low, so it doesn't block the view. There is a completely covered trash bin outside (in its own little building), but it was never an eyesore since the room is on the second floor. The room has a very comfy king size canopy bed as well as a gas fireplace. The heater worked exceptionally well for the cool night. The bathroom was clean, had plenty of counter space with all the typical amenities, and the water pressure in the shower was great. There was also a small microwave in the room, a small closet and an armoire with TV inside. There was a small, round table in the room as well with two chairs next to the window where we enjoyed some wine and cheese when we arrived, and our morning breakfast the next day. Speaking of which, breakfast (included) had the basics (milk, juice, coffee, fruit, yogurt, cereal, hard boiled eggs and fresh waffles made to order). There are small tables in the hallway for eating on, but we took our meal up to our room in order to enjoy the view while we ate.
Directly in front of the Inn is Moonstone Beach. It's all of a 10 steps away across Moonstone Beach Drive. The beach itself is situated about 25 feet below street level, and there are plenty of stairs to get down to it. For those who prefer a picturesque walk, there is a boardwalk that runs along above the beach (at street level), and it is not strenuous at all. Plenty of picture opportunities.
The town of Cambria (west) is a mile away (1-2 minutes by car), and there are plenty of little shops and restaurants to enjoy. We ate at Madeline's, and the food and service were outstanding. We also enjoyed some wine tasting at the Moonstone tasting room. There is a Cambria (east) about another mile up the main street, and it has lots more shops to explore. We had lunch at The Black Cat, which is a hip, little cafe serving excellent food.
If you are looking for excellent accommodations in a beautiful setting then you won't be disappointed. We weren't, and when it comes to an anniversary (guys) you want your wife to be happy and comfortable. We would definitely return to the Sand Pebbles Inn our next time up the California coast.
Oh yeah, almost forgot, Cambria is about a 20 minute drive away from Paso Robles (very beautiful drive on Hwy 46) where there are numerous wineries to enjoy. Our favorite is Bella Luna (in Templeton).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated atop Moonstone Beach, the rooms and accommodations at Sand Pebbles Inn are perfectly appointed for all types of travelers. Our location is situated right off famed California Highway One, and convenient for people traveling up or down this magnificent coastline. Families or friends will find our mid-scale boutique property wonderfully convenient to everything Cambria and the Central Coast has to offer, including world famous Hearst Castle, just ten minutes to the north. Our staff will happily share local knowledge to help you discover the lesser-known Cambria attractions. Our full oceanview rooms provide the most extensive views of the Pacific Ocean and Moonstone Beach. Most rooms have partial ocean views and are only steps from the two-mile boardwalk overlooking the beach, tide pools, and daring surfers. The property is tastefully appointed with coastal influences and treasures found on the beach. Settle into our pillowy soft beds and enjoy a movie from our collection of free titles. Laugh with your family as you play a game of Monopoly from our selection of board games. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Cambria, Sand Pebbles Inn will surely add to your experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sand Pebbles Hotel Cambria
- Sand Pebbles Cambria