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White Water

Cambria, California, United States

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The Premises 

White Water is a seaside lodge in central California with adventure-ready surroundings and serious design cred (the interiors by Nina Freudenberger are the last word in coastal cool). The front door is steps from a stretch of surf-blessed beach, a five-minute bike ride from Cambria’s quaint cafes and fifteen minutes by car from the Paso Robles wine region. Inside, you’ll find Aesop bath products, Erewhon goodies in the minibar and fresh pastries delivered daily to your door. This former motel may be just off Highway 1, but it’s a stop so spoiling you won’t want to put it in the rear view.

White Water

6736 Moonstone Beach Drive Cambria, California 93428United States



Compliments of the House 

A bottle of sparkling wine

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: 11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Rates include free coffee and pastries delivered to your room every morning. For heartier breakfast fare, you’ll need to head into town (it’s just five minutes by bike).


Free WiFi, public beach in reach, boutique, library with board games and vintage magazines, Linus bikes to borrow. In rooms: TV, Aesop bath products and an indulgent mini bar with local wines and Erewhon goodies.


A rash guard if you plan to brave the breakers and a fleece for dawn whale-watching missions.


All common areas and a number of Double Queen and Premier King rooms are wheelchair accessible.
The highly curated shelves in the lobby double as a general store – those design books, vintage vases and beach blankets are all available to buy.


White Water has been recently renovated in 2020 by Nina Freudenberger and is proudly distinguished as Cambria's newest luxury boutique hotel. The Lodge features direct access to Moonstone Beach Boardwalk, nearby state parks, and easy access to Cambria's nearby downtown villages.


You’ll feel like you’re bedding down in a magazine spread no matter which room you’re in – the interiors are an inspired mix of Baltic birch wood, beach-house whites and organic textures. The Ocean View King rooms merit special mention for their panoramic views of the Pacific and outdoor soaking tub so you can stargaze by night.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

There’s no full-service restaurant on site, but the lobby serves a selection of small bites and sharing plates like cheese fondue and charcuterie.

Liquid Bliss 

The petite bar in the lobby lounge has striped wallpaper in a rusty hue, beer on tap and a terrazzo countertop. You’ll also find local wines from their favourite vineyards in Paso Robles, ciders and spirits. Ask about the daily happy hour deals and plan your day accordingly.

Experience the Extraordinary 

If you’ve brought your board, you can find some of the central coast's best surfing on naturally secluded Moonstone Beach. There can be strong swells so it’s best suited to intermediate or advanced riders. If you prefer to stay dry, you can borrow one of the hotel’s Linus bikes and explore the boardwalk. The scenic, looping trails at the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve wind through pine forest, rolling grasslands and have stunning views of the coast – you might get lucky and spot a migrating whale (yelling ‘ahoy’ is optional but strongly recommended). Fifteen minutes’ drive up the coast is Xanadu-like Hearst Castle, the former newspapers tycoon’s mind-boggling mansion that houses more art and antiquities than you could ever see in a day (plus a herd of zebras, for some reason). Or wend your way to the exciting wine region of Paso Robles – book ahead for tastings and tours at Tablas Creek, Tin City and Austin Hope.


White Water is ensconced in the evergreens above Moonstone Beach in Cambria, just off California’s scenic Highway 1.


There’s a small airport in San Luis Obispo (a 50-minute drive from the hotel), but you’ll need to connect through a larger hub like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas or Denver.


The Amtrak station in San Luis Obispo offers daily service by the Coast Starlight train (which travels between Los Angeles and Seattle) and the Pacific Surfliner (which travels along the coast from San Luis Obispo to San Diego).


Hit the ignition – Cambria is equidistant from Los Angeles and San Francisco (about three and a half hours from each) on the famous Highway 1, so it’s the perfect overnight stop for both you and your little red Corvette. And, being a former roadside inn, there’s plenty of free parking on site.


6736 Moonstone Beach Drive Cambria, California 93428United States

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