Cambria Pines Lodge
Why We Like This Place
As you settle into the relaxed setting of this hilltop lodge, it’s hard to believe that it was established in 1927 for an eccentric European baroness who wanted her own personal resort within visiting distance of Hearst Castle. Unfortunately, her plans for an opulent American lifestyle were cut short by her husband back in Europe, who demanded that she choose between him and her lodge. She chose the baron, and sold her home to the Cambria Development Company, which used the lodge as a gathering place for prospective buyers of local land. Since that time, the Main Lodge building has been replaced, and the property has added world-class gardens as well as accommodations ranging from rustic rooms to deluxe suites.
Although the current Main Lodge resembles a huge, modern-day log cabin, the grounds behind it bring to mind a lovely English garden. Rows of sculpted hedges separated by paths, bushes and beds of vibrantly colored flowers meander among Monterey pines. Next to the garden, a broad lawn serves as both ceremony and reception site for outdoor weddings. Couples get married in a white lattice gazebo at one end, and dance on a patio in front of a covered bandstand at the other; the entire expanse of grass in between is turned into an al fresco dining room filled with linen-covered tables.
Indoor receptions are held in the Peacock Room. With wall coverings of rosy beige, it derives additional warmth from an abundance of pine wainscoting and trim. Other pluses are a high ceiling, movable dance floor, adjustable lighting and a built-in, granite-topped pine bar. After the celebration, you and your guests can chat it up in the Lounge, where a fire blazes in the floor-to-ceiling river rock fireplace, and chandeliers glow overhead.
If you’re fortunate enough to be here for a few days, there’s a world of things to do outside the Lodge, too. Cambria itself is a quaint village, noted for its local artists and craftspeople and filled with shops, galleries and boutiques. Hearst Castle is a mere eight miles to the north, the beach is minutes away, and wine tasting has become a popular pastime in surrounding San Luis Obispo County. Alas, the baroness may have left the country so quickly that she never had time to truly enjoy either her lodge or her surroundings. We suggest you don’t make the same mistake: when you get married here, plan to stay long enough to take full advantage of all that this friendly, family-oriented venue and the Central Coast have to offer.
Max. Seated Indoors: 0
Max. Seated Outdoors: 250
Max. Seated Indoors: 250
Max. Seated Outdoors: 200
Max. Standing Indoors: 250
Max. Standing Outdoors: 200
|Max. Seated: 400|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The garden/gazebo area holds 250 seated.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The garden/gazebo area holds 200 seated. Indoors, the Peacock Room (which can be divided into 2 sections) accommodates up to 250 with a dance floor. Each half of the room can hold 90 seated with a dance floor.
MEETING CAPACITY: Several spaces are available that seat 40–400 guests.
Fees & Deposits
To hold your date, the entire site rental fee is due at booking: $1,700 for either the garden or Peacock Room, or $900 for half of the Peacock Room. A guest count guarantee is due 11 days prior to the event, and the food and beverage balance is payable at the event’s conclusion. Cambria Pines Lodge offers a varied menu, with luncheons ranging $21–31/person and dinners $27–39/person; alcohol, tax and a 20% service charge are additional. An $850 ceremony charge covers the use of the gazebo, chairs, setup/takedown service and rehearsal.
For meetings, the Sycamore, Treetop and Peacock rooms are available. Please call for pricing.
Indoor events, year-round, daily. Outdoor events, year-round, optimally mid-April to late October. For an outdoor reception and ceremony, 11am–4pm. For indoor functions, 11:30am–4pm or 6:30pm–11pm. Other times may be arranged; call for more information.
BYO w/ Corkage Fee
Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided, no BYO
Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Accessible
Site ViewsForest/Wooded Area
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Bed and Breakfast
Alcohol: provided, or corkage $10/bottle
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