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Plan your next trip around one of San Simeon's special events.
- February 22 - 27, 2018 Piedras Blancas Light Station Historical TourGo back in time to the lonely and blustery life of the lighthouse keeper with a visit to the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. First lit on February 15, 1875, to guide ships along the Central Coast of California, the 100-foot-high lighthouse operated for 100 years. In 1975, the tower was automated and the station went unmanned. In the fall of 2001, the Bureau of Land Management began restoring the light station and grounds.
Piedras Blancas Light Station has been congressionally designated an Outstanding Natural Area. Teeming with wildlife, the surrounding area is home to elephant seals, otters, peregrine falcons, harbor seals and California sea lions; and if you go during whale season you might spot a mother and calf as they make their way north.
Tours of the light station are offered Monday through Saturday, except federal holidays. Meet at the former Piedras Blancas Motel, located 1.5 miles north of the light station, at 9:45. Do not wait at the gate to the site!
- February 23 - 26, 2018 Walk Back in Time: Cambria Museum & Historic Buildings Self-Guided Walking TourCambria has a rich history dating back to the 1860's. 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. You can start with a docent-led tour of the Museum prior to embarking on your exploration of the historic East Village.
The Cambria Historical Museum is located in the former Guthrie-Bianchini house, which was built in 1870. The building was designated in the National Register of Historical Places in 1980 and opened in 2008 as the Museum, after significant restoration. In addition to educating Cambria area residents and visitors about the history of the various people who have lived in the area, it provides a gathering place for small social functions and serves as a park in the beautiful Heirloom Garden. The Museum property hosts speaker events, festivals, and serves as the hub for information in the East Village. The Museum store provides visitors with books by local authors from pioneer families, paintings, old-fashioned children's toys and books, and more.
- February 23, 2018 Binocular Walk at Fiscalini Ranch PreserveBeautify Cambria presents an evening binocular walk at the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve on Friday, February 23. Watch as the sun sets and the stars come out and then listen to the sounds of the creatures as docents share their secrets. The Central Coast Astronomical Society will have a representative on-hand to talk about the stars. A post-walk gathering will follow at Moonstone Cellars.
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