The Art Weekend
October 20 thru October 22

There’s nothing like art to make for a wonderful time. Of course, scarecrows are a form of art themselves. But while you’re checking out the scarecrows in Cambria consider these other possibilities for an art weekend.

Arrive in time on Friday to spend an hour or two in the late afternoon at the Cambria Center for the Arts and view the annual fall Juried Show. Afterwards check into your hotel, and decide where to have a great dinner. If there’s time, take an early peek at some of larger installations of scarecrows, such as the giant cornstalkers along Cambria Drive between Highway 1 and Main Street or the animated display near the Bluebird Inn.

If you want to be healthy along with your art shows, be sure to sign up for the Saturday Scarecrow 5K with a run along the ocean. Proceeds benefit the local Cambria Youth Athletic Association.

Then take advantage of the annual Open Studio Arts Tour that opens up the homes and studios of local artists. But don’t overlook the local galleries, such as Patrick Dennis/Working Artist Studio or Artifacts or Chambers Gallery or Patricia Griffin Ceramics.

Maybe you’re more interested in art of the vinological type. Well, consider combining stops at local tasting rooms of the Pacific Coast Wine Trail like Cutruzzola or Moonstone. (It’s also Harvest Wine Weekend for the Paso Robles wine area).

Be sure to leave time to talk about that great art you saw or the wine you tasted by planning a nice dinner. Cambria and San Simeon have many spots to consider. Here’s just a few: Black Cat BistroRobinsMoonstone Beach Bar and Grill , and San Simeon Beach Bar and Grill.

On Sunday, maybe you can schedule a massage or plan a walk. But make sure you see all the scarecrows. If you’ve missed any of these locations on your weekend so far, plan to stop by: the East Village, the West Village, Moonstone Beach, San Simeon and the grounds of the Cambria Nursery.

This is also a great time to shop. Check out stores like A Matter of Taste, Among Friends, Ball, Skein and More, Home Arts and Love Story Project and all the shops at the Garden Shed.

Then be sure to package up all those memories (and purchases) in your own form of artistry before you head home. Maybe you could show off your artistic flare by posting a few items to Facebook or Instagram.

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