Spring Fling 2018


Exploring Cambria, Castles and Lighthouses

 April 6th – 8th, 2018

 ACBS explores the quaint town of Cambria and vicinity for Spring Fling.

Cambria is a wonderful little town with many interesting shops and restaurants. It is also close to Hearst Castle, the elephant seals, the beach, and many wineries.  We have a fantastic weekend planned for you.

Most of you will be driving down 101 and cutting over on 46 to get to Cambria. This will put you through some excellent wine country and we have a list of wineries to stop at along the way before you get to Cambria if you so choose. We will email you closer to the date to let you know if we have a group that will be at one or two of the wineries.  There are also many other attractions in and around the area if you arrive early on Friday.  We will have more info for you or check out the Info Map here http://welcomemap.biz/.

Friday Night 6:00pm– we will be having dinner in downtown Cambria at the Cambria Pub and Steakhouse. The Pub is downstairs and our dining room at the Steakhouse is 16 steps up. (Note there is no elevator.)  Great food, great people and fun people!

We only have a 2 spots left for the Hearst Castle Tour. The Light house tour is filled up.  Contact Sandy Chase to get on a wait list.

Saturday starts off early with a tour of Hearst Castle. Hearst Castle’s history begins in 1865, when George Hearst purchased 40,000 acres of ranchland. After his mother’s death in 1919, William Randolph Hearst inherited thousands of acres around San Simeon, and over time, he purchased more. The spread eventually encompassed about 250,000 acres. With architect, Julia Morgan, Hearst conceived a retreat he called La Cuesta Encantada—Spanish for “Enchanted Hill.” By 1947, when Hearst had to leave the remote location because of his fragile health, the estate was still unfinished even though it comprised 165 rooms and 123 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways—all built to Hearst’s specifications and showcasing a legendary art collection.

Saturday 9:00am – We will start with the movie, “Hearst Castle – Building the Dream”. This is a movie that was produced exclusively for the Hearst Castle Theater. Breathtaking original cinematography combined with vintage clips and stills from the 1920s and 30s allows the construction and history of the Castle to come to life on a five-story screen.  Our tour starts at 10:20, we plan to be there at 9:00 am to see the movie and then go to our tour.  If you miss the 9:00 movie, there is a 9:45 but you will cutting it close.  Get there early because we have to take a shuttle bus from the parking lot to the visitor center.

10:20 am – ONLY 2 SPACES LEFT!  SIGN UP NOW!  We are hopeful that we can add more spaces, so if you cannot sign up and want to go, please call or email Sandy Chase to get on a wait list &/or alternatives.  408-219-8353 or sandy-chase@comcast.net. We will be doing the GRAND ROOMS TOUR.  Gather in the grand social rooms of Casa Grande—the largest house at Hearst Castle—to experience what it was like to be a guest at this hilltop retreat. Recommended for first-time visitors, this tour also has the fewest stairs to climb.  Tour highlights include Assembly Room, Refectory, Billiard Room, Theater, Gardens, Neptune Pool and Roman Pool.  This Tour will last about 60 minutes.

Saturday Noon – We will have just enough time for a box lunch. We will have about an hour to eat at the picnic grounds on the beach directly across from Hearst Castle. Then off to a lighthouse and nature walk.

Saturday 1:30There are no open spaces for this tour and nature walk but we are hopeful that we can add more spaces, so if you  want to go, please call or email Sandy Chase to get on a wait list.  408-219-8353 or sandy-chase@comcast.net.  Piedras Blancas Light Station provides a glimpse into our nation’s past when lighthouses served a vital role in maritime navigation. Today it is managed as a historic park and wildlife sanctuary.  The light station is part of the federally designated Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area and the California Coastal National Monument. The tower and some support buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Our tour starts at 1:30 and we will meet at the former Piedras Blancas Motel located 7 miles north of Hearst Castle on Highway 1. Do not wait at the gate to the light station! Wheelchairs and strollers are available upon request. Tours last about 2 hours and include a 1/2 mile of easy walking. Bring your binoculars for wildlife viewing.   Tours enter the lighthouse, but you cannot walk up to the top of the tower due to safety concerns.  http://www.piedrasblancas.org/index.html

Saturday Night – Dinner at the Cambria Pines Lodge.  Cocktails at 5:30 and Dinner at 6.

Blue, White & Gold – “Let’s Get Nautical” theme and a there is a Table Decorating Contest.  We will have 7 to 9 round tables with white table clothes and blue napkins.  You provide the centerpiece for the table.  No open flames.  Everyone will have a secret ballot and the winner will receive a prize.  The first 7 people to contact me will be assigned a table, and then I will start a waiting list. Have fun, be creative, but leave us room to sit.  Contact me at sandy-chase@comcast.net or 408 219-8353.  Don’t forget to dress for the Theme.

Sunday we will have an ACBS Board meeting at 9:00 at the Cambria Pines Lodge.  At this time we don’t have anything organized for Sunday, but there are many places to visit on your own.  We will have info for you.

You need to get a hotel reservation ASAP.  We have 20 rooms left at Cambria Pines Lodge at varying costs.  These rooms go off reserve on March 6.  The rates are for double occupancy and include a buffet breakfast. Each additional person is $10 per night (s). All Saturday night stays carry a two night minimum. All rooms are non-smoking.  Rooms can be booked on-line a t​http://cambriapineslodge.com/grouplogin​ with the following group code and password. Group code: ACBS# Password: acbs *Please note that group code and password are case sensitive and the code needs to include the “#” symbol, which is not present in the password.  Or book by calling the toll-free reservations number (800-966-6490).   This is the hotel where we will have Saturday night’s dinner and the Sunday mornings meeting.

Other lodgings are available in the area.  I tried Trivago.com and put in Cambria, Ca for a listing of rooms.  If you use the map feature you can see how close they are to the Cambria Pines Lodge on 2905 Burton Drive.

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