Our family travel series continues with Valley-based boy mom and lifestyle contributor Nadine Bubeck (Mama B.). Every month, Nadine showcases a fabulous destination- providing five things about visiting the hot spot.
This month, we’re heading to the country roads of California. Nestled a few hours north of Santa Barbara, lies the picturesque central coast. Often overlooked, it’s a lovely destination for families.
Where to stay:
Spend a few nights at Oceanpoint Ranch in the heart of Cambia, a quaint seaside village in San Luis Obispo County. The property is cozy and affordable, amidst Moonstone Beach. Many of the ranch-inspired bungalows have fireplaces, and there’s a great restaurant on property.
After, take the 10-minute to Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, a peaceful retreat in San Simeon. The family friendly resort has a huge grassy lawn that overlooks the beach- equipped with cornhole, checkers and more. The best part? You’re literally steps from the sand. (Don’t forget to snag a s’mores kit for nighttime roasting! The property prepares fires nightly!)
Where to play:
Visit Linn’s Farm in Cambria. The family-owned business is known for its pie shop downtown, but the actual farm is open to the public. Graze the olallieberry vines (we had a blast berry picking!) and taste-test some delicious jam. Little known tidbit… ask to rope swing over the creek- if the owners are around, they’ll likely give you a push.
Next, sight-see the elephant seals off the coast of San Simeon. They’re the silliest looking creatures- kiddos love it! (Oh, and on your way- see if you can spot the zebras grazing south of Hearst Castle.)
Tour Stepladder Creamery. By reservation only, get up-close and personal with playful puppy-like goats (amazing photo opps!). Learn about making cheese, and then give some a taste.
Next, you’ll swoon over the Covell Clydesdale Ranch, one of the only places in the world to experience the gentle giants. Watch in awe as over 50 Clydesdales run free- and depending on the age of your kids, you can even ride them! Tours are available by vehicle as well. (And get this- a son and daughter run the ranch… the daughter leads all the tours herself- she started doing so at 16!)
Finally- treat yourself to some vino! The area is known for fabulous wineries, like Stolo Family Vineyards. Why? Because it’s family friendly! YES, you can sip while the kids roam the lawn, play games, and even pet goats!
Where to feast:
Cambria’s gorgeous Moonstone Beach Grill flaunts views of the ocean. Indulge in fresh seafood (A+ kid’s menu as well!).
For lunch, check out Sebastian’s in San Simeon, across the street from the entrance into Hearst Castle. It’s a café/tasting room, so the kids can eat while you… DRINK!
What to bring:
Shorts, pants, tanks and jackets… you literally never know what the weather will be along the coast.
The area is very drivable, ideal for road-tripping. If you have any questions about the area, Highway Discovery Route is a great resource.
Written by: Nadine Bubeck
Nadine Bubeck is a TV Personality, author, lifestyle blogger, and fashion designer, having founded Mama B. Designs: boutique apparel that benefits March of Dimes. The Valley-based parenting contributor is a blessed boy mom times three. (nadinebubeck.com)