Oh what a fond farewell to a new found favorite in Cambria! We absolutely have fallen in love with this little coastal town that for the most part is not even on the beach. It boasts lovely shops and restaurants, a sweet organic market, a wonderful and large garden and gift shop, a large old fashioned hardware store, quaint hotel/motels, several B&B’s, and friendliness that is infectious! It rests on a stretch of the CA coast that for both of us is soul filling! The San Joquian Mountains, the wineries, the bays, proximity to major freeways but far off the beaten path, and the tempered warmth of the California sun…be still my beating heart!!! They were also having a Scarecrow festival this weekend that was quite fun, and super creative! We will be back to this one, guaranteed!
We wound our way north and eastward, through the breadbasket of the valley, past rolling hills, finally landing in the foothills where the small town of Sonora lies. It is an old mining t0wn, very much still thriving today, with a population of about 4600. This is a town that M lived in as a child for a brief time, where her father worked on the Don Pedro Dam Project, and where she has fond memories.
We thankfully had the foresight to book a room at the Gunn Hotel, which originally was the home and business location of Dr Lewis C Gunn, in the late 1800’s. It was later made into a hotel, so quaint, with much rich history in its stone walls! We had a lovely dinner at the Diamondback Grill, and enjoyed the best glass of rose’, Prospect 772, a local wine from the hills not too far from here. We will have to seek this one out when we get home!
We took photos of the old family home, which has now been converted into coop apartments with 6 small units. It looks and is bigger and much less red (the original color was the beautiful red color of the United Methodist Church just down the street). Even with the new look I could remember all of the fun times that began and ended at this at this house/home. It brought a smile to my face once again…
We visited some shops, and now back to the room for a bit of blogging, and an early rise tomorrow as we wind our way northward for our last night of this magnificent journey!