This 101-mile route will allow you to earn your spots on the Central Coast. From Avila Beach up the coast, you’ll find yourself riding from one charming town to another, finally stopping in Cambria, a hidden gem off of Highway 1. You can pause for a bite to eat at one of Cambria’s best-known establishments, then taste some local varietals next door. Pick up some pie on your way out of town and hit the beach for a quick dose of ocean air. Head back to Avila Beach on a similar route for some more coastal views and adventure—but don’t worry, the early hills you faced are a thing of the past!
NOTE: There is a small unpaved section of the route near See Canyon, but not enough to need special tires or other accommodations.
Points of Interest
Linn’s began as one family’s American dream. The year was 1977, and John and Renee Linn left the big city behind to farm fertile but rugged land on the Central Coast. Less than a decade later, the couple had a bustling fruit and produce stand, where the olallieberry-a then almost-unheard-of fruit that crossed a blackberry with a raspberry-reigned supreme, especially in Renee’s pies. Customers kept asking for more, and in 1989, a little red brick restaurant named Linn’s opened in Cambria’s historic East Village. Serving hearty breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, Linn’s also has small plate choices, offers Hearst Ranch beef and naturally, bakes lots of olallieberry treats. Grab a slice of pie for your dessert, or pick up a personal pie to-go!
Moonstone Beach & Boardwalk
Famous for its dramatic coastline and breathtaking views, Moonstone Beach and its mile-long boardwalk is where your Cambria seaside escape begins. Whether you want to sink your toes into the sand, catch glimpses of marine life swimming by, explore living tide pools, or simply ride by and enjoy the views, you will find there is something for everyone to enjoy on Moonstone Beach.
Avila Beach & Pier
Avila Beach Pier is 1,685 feet long and is intended for tourist strolling as well as recreational fishing. It extends out from the center of the actual beach of Avila Beach and is surrounded by beach goers most months of the year. Stroll along the beach or out onto the pier for some great views of the Pacific.
Gopher Glen Apple Farm
The Gopher Glen family apple farm and farm stand is nestled in the oak-coated hills of Avila Valley, just to the side of See Canyon Road. For just over forty years, we have been opening our gates each summer inviting families to come in and taste the sweet deliciousness of our wide variety of apples, baked goods, and fresh produce. You see Gopher Glen Apple Farm is much more than a farm-stand on the side of the road—it’s a family experience. It’s a destination that harkens the joy of being amongst the hills, underneath oak tree canopies, and enjoying the fresh flavors of the Central Coast.
Stop at Indigo Moon along Cambria’s Main Street for lunch and start with some wine and cheese pairings, but after that, go wild! Indigo Moon has plenty of options, and you can explore the menu while dining in the front room, on the patio, or in the charming garden out back.
Cayucos Cellars is truly the quintessential small family winery. Owned and operated solely by a family of five, they have no employees-just themselves and their dogs to help staff the tasting room. All of the wines produced by Cayucos Cellars are fermented using only the inherent abilities of wild yeast, and are aged for three to six years in neutral oak barrels before bottling. Cayucos Cellars is a must for those who love unique flavors and great conversation.
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
At the main entrance to Fiscalini Ranch, the one-mile Bluff Trail boardwalk meanders above the coastal bluff from Windsor Boulevard. This scenic trail offers spectacular ocean views and is a good place to spot native wildlife, seabirds, migrating whales, sea otters and other marine life. You can ride from one end to the other and remain on route.