Unforgettable Trips to Moonstone Beach
Explore the best Cambria attractions and things to do near our Moonstone Beach hotel - Fireside Inn. From the legendary Hearst Castle to the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery and premier wine tasting, you'll discover plenty of fun and history just minutes from our Cambria hotel!
Experience the Magic of Moonstone Beach
Collect luminous Moonstones on the meditative shores of Moonstone Beach, just steps from the Fireside Inn. Guests enjoy strolling the 1-mile boardwalk that meanders along the splendid coast between Cambria’s north end to Leffingwell Landing and back. And just a short walk from Leffingwell’s Landing, a state picnic ground that features mild tidal pools and great oceanfront wildlife viewing opportunities. Explore the tide pools and watch the sea otters as they frolic in the waves.
Tour World-Famous Hearst Castle
Built over 28 years under the direction of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, Hearst Castle is an architectural marvel. The castle features 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, 127 acres of gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a movie theater, an airfield, and the world's largest private zoo. A variety of exotic animals still roam the grounds.
In its heyday of the 20’s and 30’s, invitations to Hearst Castle were highly coveted. Hollywood film stars and politicians often visited, including Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant, the Marx Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, James Stewart, Bob Hope, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Roosevelt, Dolores Del Rio, and Winston Churchill. Since 1957, when the Hearst Corporation donated the castle to the state, visitors have been able to tour the grounds with its impressive collection of art and antiques, remarkable design elements, and breathtaking views. When you stay at our hotel near Hearst Castle, you enjoy easy access to this architectural wonder.
Sip Your Way Through Wine Country
The Central Coast Wine Country is home to some of the best wineries in the state, covering more than 25,000 acres of California wine country and carrying more than a century of compelling history and countless awards. Whether you take a liking to reds or whites, the area surrounding our hotel offers something unique for every wine lover.
In addition to regularly scheduled tastings and tours, Paso Robles Wine Country is home to a number of annual events, including the Zinfandel Festival, Grand Tasting Tour, Wine Festival, CRAVE, and Harvest Wine Weekend. The Pacific Coast Wine Trail is the Central Coast's new local wine trail. Enjoy hand-crafted wines from six small producers along the scenic coast; from San Simeon through Cambria and to Harmony. This trail includes Hearst Ranch Winery, Black Hand Cellars, Moonstone Cellars, Twin Coyotes Winery, Stolo Family Vineyard, and Harmony Cellars.
See Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery
Come up close and personal with the gentle giants of the sea - elephant seals - at Piedras Blancas. Offering year-round viewing and public access, it's one of the best places to view these unique 5,000-pound marine mammals!
The Glass-Making & Wine-Tasting in Harmony
The quaint village of Harmony is located just south of Cambria. With a population of only 18, it is home and headquarters to one of America’s finest glassmakers, Carl Radke, the proprietor of Phoenix Studios and Glassworks. This respected public figure features the most original objects of art in the region. Wine tasting can also be enjoyed in the town of Harmony.