The sensational Cavalier Oceanfront Resort and Robin's Restaurant

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  • Sunrise at the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort as seen from the balcony of rooms 273 - 278 overlooking the stunning beach in San Simeon near Hearst Castle. Sunrise at the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort as seen from the balcony of rooms 273 - 278 overlooking the stunning beach in San Simeon near Hearst Castle. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • The sun sets over the beach at the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort as seen from the balcony of rooms 273 - 278 at this spectacular retreat along the coast of San Simeon near Hearst Castle. The sun sets over the beach at the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort as seen from the balcony of rooms 273 - 278 at this spectacular retreat along the coast of San Simeon near Hearst Castle. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • The oceanfront wing featuring rooms 273 - 278 of the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort in San Simeon near Hearst Castle, as seen from the beach below in the late afternoon. The oceanfront wing featuring rooms 273 - 278 of the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort in San Simeon near Hearst Castle, as seen from the beach below in the late afternoon. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • Families walk the pristine beach in the late morning just below the balcony of the Best Western Cavalier Oceanside Resort in San Simeon, just north of Cambria, California Families walk the pristine beach in the late morning just below the balcony of the Best Western Cavalier Oceanside Resort in San Simeon, just north of Cambria, California Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • Birds resting in the afternoon sun on the giant rock that dominates the middle of the beach below the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort in San Simeon, as the tide washes in. Birds resting in the afternoon sun on the giant rock that dominates the middle of the beach below the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort in San Simeon, as the tide washes in. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • One of several fire pits in the early evening above the beach at the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort that are nightly gathering places for tourists and guests. One of several fire pits in the early evening above the beach at the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort that are nightly gathering places for tourists and guests. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • Silver rays from a full moon gleam across the water at 5am at the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort in San Simeon as seen from the spectacular balconies of rooms 273 - 278. Silver rays from a full moon gleam across the water at 5am at the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort in San Simeon as seen from the spectacular balconies of rooms 273 - 278. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • A cluster of the brilliant multi-colored rocks that are a featured aspect of the lovely beach below the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort in San Simeon near Hearst Castle. A cluster of the brilliant multi-colored rocks that are a featured aspect of the lovely beach below the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort in San Simeon near Hearst Castle. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • The view from the windy bluffs looking south at the unspoiled coastal wonders from one of several scenic outlooks en route to Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. The view from the windy bluffs looking south at the unspoiled coastal wonders from one of several scenic outlooks en route to Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • An awe inspiring view looking north towards Big Sur across the unspoiled coastal beauty from the bluffs of one of several scenic outlooks en route to Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. An awe inspiring view looking north towards Big Sur across the unspoiled coastal beauty from the bluffs of one of several scenic outlooks en route to Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • The old schoolhouse at WR Hearst State Beach Park was used by the families in the 1930's that worked at Hearst Castle, which dominates the mountaintop "La Cuesta Encantada" in the background. The old schoolhouse at WR Hearst State Beach Park was used by the families in the 1930's that worked at Hearst Castle, which dominates the mountaintop "La Cuesta Encantada" in the background. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • The massive swimming pool at Hearst Castle in San Simeon at the top of "La Cuesta Encantada" or the enchanted hill where William Randolph Hearst entertained the cream of Hollywood in the 1930's. The massive swimming pool at Hearst Castle in San Simeon at the top of "La Cuesta Encantada" or the enchanted hill where William Randolph Hearst entertained the cream of Hollywood in the 1930's. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • "Whale in the Sea", two whale shaped islands the lie just offshore from the elephant seal sanctuary in San Simeon captivate the imagination as waves wash over the rocks in the foreground. "Whale in the Sea", two whale shaped islands the lie just offshore from the elephant seal sanctuary in San Simeon captivate the imagination as waves wash over the rocks in the foreground. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • Tourists gather on the bluff above the elephant seal sanctuary at San Simeon as sea gulls fly overhead, with the Piedras Blancas lighthouse in the background. Tourists gather on the bluff above the elephant seal sanctuary at San Simeon as sea gulls fly overhead, with the Piedras Blancas lighthouse in the background. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • Two large bull elephant seals joust in the waters off of the elephant seal sanctuary near San Simeon, Hearst Castle and the Piedras Blancas lighthouse. Two large bull elephant seals joust in the waters off of the elephant seal sanctuary near San Simeon, Hearst Castle and the Piedras Blancas lighthouse. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • A cluster of enormous elephant seals lie on the beach while others  playfully interact at the amazing elephant seal sanctuary in San Simeon just down from Hearst Castle. A cluster of enormous elephant seals lie on the beach while others playfully interact at the amazing elephant seal sanctuary in San Simeon just down from Hearst Castle. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • Two whale shaped islands lie offshore in the distance from the elephant seal sanctuary in San Simeon just down from Hearst Castle, while a large cluster of sea gulls fly by. Two whale shaped islands lie offshore in the distance from the elephant seal sanctuary in San Simeon just down from Hearst Castle, while a large cluster of sea gulls fly by. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • Back at the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort the full moon is suspended in the sky as the dawn breaks over the beach as seen from the balcony of rooms 273 - 278 at this San Simeon wonderland. Back at the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort the full moon is suspended in the sky as the dawn breaks over the beach as seen from the balcony of rooms 273 - 278 at this San Simeon wonderland. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • The charming exterior of Robin's Restaurant in the center of the beautiful town of Cambria, California specializes in "hand crafted global cuisine" that consistently amazes and delights. The charming exterior of Robin's Restaurant in the center of the beautiful town of Cambria, California specializes in "hand crafted global cuisine" that consistently amazes and delights. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • The interior dining area of Robin's Restaurant is a meticulously restored cottage built in the 1930's by Frank Souza, who was the construction foreman at Hearst Castle. The interior dining area of Robin's Restaurant is a meticulously restored cottage built in the 1930's by Frank Souza, who was the construction foreman at Hearst Castle. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • The large open bustling patio at the spectacular Robin's Restaurant in Cambria, featuring wonderful "hand crafted global cuisine" in a lovely setting. The large open bustling patio at the spectacular Robin's Restaurant in Cambria, featuring wonderful "hand crafted global cuisine" in a lovely setting. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • Shellfish paella with wild tiger shrimp, Manilla clams and black mussels in a saffron risotto is a sumptuously delicious entree at the spectacular Robins Restaurant in Cambria, California. Shellfish paella with wild tiger shrimp, Manilla clams and black mussels in a saffron risotto is a sumptuously delicious entree at the spectacular Robins Restaurant in Cambria, California. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • The large open patio area at Robin's Restaurant in Cambria is airy and spacious and a wonderful place for lunch or dinner. The large open patio area at Robin's Restaurant in Cambria is airy and spacious and a wonderful place for lunch or dinner. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • Roghan Josh, a north Indian lamb curry with yogurt and an array of chutneys, is a spectacular signature stand-out dish at Robins Restaurant in Cambria, California. Roghan Josh, a north Indian lamb curry with yogurt and an array of chutneys, is a spectacular signature stand-out dish at Robins Restaurant in Cambria, California. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • The interior of Robins Restaurant in Cambria is a restored cottage built in the 1930s by Frank Souza, the construction foreman at Hearst Castle, and delightfully retains its mesmerizing charm. The interior of Robins Restaurant in Cambria is a restored cottage built in the 1930s by Frank Souza, the construction foreman at Hearst Castle, and delightfully retains its mesmerizing charm. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • The manicured gardens at Robins Restaurant in Cambria along California's central coast is frequently used for weddings and special receptions. The manicured gardens at Robins Restaurant in Cambria along California's central coast is frequently used for weddings and special receptions. Photo by: Alison Reynolds
  • Shanny Covey's Novo Restaurant is beautifully situated along a rushing creek in the middle of San Luis Obispo, several blocks from its more elegant sister restaurant Luna Red. Shanny Covey's Novo Restaurant is beautifully situated along a rushing creek in the middle of San Luis Obispo, several blocks from its more elegant sister restaurant Luna Red. Photo by: Alison Reynolds

CAMBRIA, Calif., October 4, 2013 — The Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort in San Simeon is a sensational gateway to the wonders of Hearst Castle. It is a wonderful launching pad to explore the cosmic beauty of the amazing central coast of California in and around the beautiful town of Cambria.

Rooms 273 through 278, on the second floor of a wing overlooking the Pacific Ocean, are without question the most glorious rooms in all of Cambria and San Simeon. They offer a view that redefines the word spectacular. This charming and unprepossessing hotel is a truly secret hideaway that delivers a superlative experience in an unforgettable location for an entirely affordable price.

The rooms are comfortable and elegant, with twin queen beds and quaint, wood-burning fireplaces for a romantic ambiance on chilly nights. Each balcony overlooks a 30-foot precipice above the beach, the rocks, and the pounding surf below. The view north spreads out into a stunning vista: the untrammeled brilliance of unspoiled coastline and Big Sur in the distance.

While the rest of the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort is excellent, with a wonderful restaurant on site, make reservations specifically for rooms 273 through 278 for an otherworldly experience that transcends the most romantic of dreams, all for a price starting at $239 a night.

Above the beach and next to the ocean side units is an open field with a number of fire pits which are used regularly every evening. The beach itself is reached through a staircase down the bluff, and its sandy expanse is covered with brightly colored stones of all hues, shapes, colors and patterns. Over the course of the day surfers come and go with the tides, families walk the beach, and the colors and shadows are an ever changing kaleidoscope as the sun rises and sets in glorious Technicolor until the moon’s shining silver rays gleam across the water at night.

Just three miles north is Hearst Castle, publishing giant William Randolph Hearst’s opulent monument to himself, set on thousands of acres at the peak of a mountaintop. It is one of California’s most visited State Parks and tourist attractions. This glorious structure, where Hearst entertained the cream of Hollywood in the 1930’s, is well worth a daylong excursion, but reservations and tickets are required, and are best booked well in advance.

En route there are a number of scenic outlooks where visitors can stop and gaze endlessly at the pristine ocean, steep bluffs, and rocky outcrops below. At the base of Hearst Castle is the W. R. Hearst State Beach Park. It boasts a delightful cafe, Sebastian’s, a vintage schoolhouse from the 1930’s, and imposing views of the castle at the peak of “La Cuesta Encantada,” the enchanted hill above.

Several miles north, before Piedras Blancas lighthouse, is an elephant seal sanctuary where dozens of enormous elephant seals can be seen lounging on the beach, or playfully jousting for dominance in the water, while offshore two large islands in the shape of great white whales dominate the seascape.

South of San Simeon sits Cambria, a lovely town filled with antique stores and unique shops. At the center of it all is Robin’s, boasting a “hand crafted global cuisine.” This is a true culinary gem, with a flair for spicy Asian textures and innovative curries. It has a remarkable cottage setting with a large bustling patio. 

Shellfish paella with large wild tiger shrimp, black mussels and Manila clams in a saffron risotto is a sumptuous delight, ridiculously tasty. Moroccan duck breast with radish and sunflower shoots and ginger chutney is phenomenal, tender and succulent. So are the crab cakes, with large chunks of lump crab and almost no filler. Tandoori chicken with yellow dhal is perfectly cooked, spicy and crisp on the outside, juicy and flavorful on the inside.

Roghan Josh, a north Indian lamb curry with yogurt and an array of chutneys is simply spectacular, a signature stand-out dish that tantalizes and amazes with each serving. Enjoy a wonderful meal on the large covered patio or a more rustic setting in the meticulously restored cottage, originally built in the 1930’s. Shanny also operates Novo Restaurant in nearby San Luis Obisbo, featuring her familiar global cuisine in a remarkable setting alongside a rushing creek, and its sister restaurant, Luna Red, with a sophisticated tapas menu of delicious small plates.

The ebullient Shanny Covey has been the guiding force behind Robin’s enduring success since 1985. Her commitment to fabulous exotic food with an organic edge emphasizing local ingredients has made Robin’s a destination restaurant. It is a must-stop dining experience on any trip through Cambria.

 

www.cavalierresort.com

www.robinsrestaurant.com

www.hearstcastle.org  

Joel Berliner is a travel writer based in Los Angeles.


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