Stewardship travel, if you haven’t heard the buzz, means connecting with the land, wildlife, history, people and culture of a community. But as we like to say, it’s about adding a bit of doing good and feeling good to your vacation.
While Earth Day, celebrated on April 22nd, is a day devoted to demonstrating support for environmental protection, every day in Cambria is an earth celebration though our stewardship travel program.
“Stewardship travel invites visitors to join Cambria in taking care of its community,” says Linda Finley, Cambria’s stewardship travel ambassador. “Cambria has always been a hub for people who care about nature, history and small towns. Famous for its pines, Cambria is equally well known for its arts community, clean beaches and as a serene retreat for weary road warriors. It is sometimes hard to believe that more than 3 million people each year travel through Cambria heading north or south along the Big Sur National Scenic Byway.”
So on Earth Day or any day, there are a variety of ongoing activities and annual events that allow guests to Cambria the opportunity to do as the locals do. Or as we promote: Don’t just be a tourist. Don’t just stop by. Be a steward of the unique things that make Cambria, Cambria. Everyone can make a difference.
With new opportunities added often, here is a stewardship preview, but be warned—you may want to take more action!
Takes Your Breath Away, and Gives Back More
Make a difference on vacation through charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitats and cultural heritage sites through Stewardship Travel in Cambria. One ongoing stewardship opportunity to give a little and receive a little is through the Cambria Historical Society.
- What: Self-Guided Walking Tour of Historic Cambria
- Where: Cambria Historical Museum
- When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 4pm; and Monday 10am to 1pm
- No Reservations Needed.
Cambria has a rich history dating back to the 1860s. Visitors and locals alike enjoy the self-guided walking tour that visits 26 historic structures throughout the small and welcoming town. Start your tour at the well-preserved Cambria Historical Museum downtown. There, you’ll purchase the walking tour guide book, “Historic Cambria –Treasures of the Past.” The cost of the book is $10, with all proceeds benefitting the Education Program at the Museum.
Spirited Learning Experience
Expand your knowledge and gain a deeper connection to the people, land, wildlife, heritage, and culture while visiting Cambria. One ongoing stewardship opportunity is a tour and tasting to learn the lay of the land at Stolo Vineyards.
- What: An educational tour of the Stolo Vineyard with wine tasting
- When: Monthly on the 1st Saturday
- Reservation Needed: Yes, contact Stolo Family Winery at (805) 924-3131 or email@example.com to make arrangements.
Join Stolo Family Winery & Vineyards every first Saturday of the month on their 23-acre vineyard up beautiful Santa Rosa Creek Road, just minutes from the small, historical coastal town of Cambria. Take an educational walk through the vineyards and learn the history of the location, the benefits of planting a vineyard crop on agricultural land and what it takes to maintain a low yield, high quality vineyard in a coastal location. Get a sneak peak of what’s going on in the vineyard at the time of your visit and how it affects the vines and overall growing season. Finish your walk and talk in the rustic tasting room and winery with a complimentary sample of three estate wines. Learn briefly about the boutique wine making process and connect the flavors of the wine with the vineyard
Lend A Hand, Fill Your Heart
Get involved, create unique memories and make your vacation more meaningful with Stewardship Travel activities that engage with locals through beach cleanups that protect wildlife, trail restoration that preserves natural habitats and contributions that restore coastal heritage sites. One ongoing stewardship opportunity to lend a hand is through the monthly clean-up days along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.
- What: Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Restoration & Stewardship Days
- When: Monthly, on the 3rd Saturday, from 9am to noon
- Reservation Needed: Yes, contact Friends of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve at (805) 927- 2856 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Acquiring property for public access and open space is only the beginning of the process to save land for future generations. Some lands are closed to the public to preserve them. It is the belief of Friends of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve that by remaining open to the public, the Preserve can serve as the much-needed connection to nature we all crave. However, keeping it open and in a natural state means taking care of the land and its few improvements. No funds were given with the purchase of the Preserve for this, so this work needs to be done by volunteers.
Participate in our Stewardship activities and help us preserve and protect the beauty we all love to enjoy. Cambria is truly Central Coast’s best-kept secret.