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Cambria Historical Museum offers ranch tour, Winemaker Dinner

Trainers at the Hearst Arabian Horse Ranch run the steeds through their paces.
Trainers at the Hearst Arabian Horse Ranch run the steeds through their paces. Special to The Cambrian

Why, things just got better! Everyone who makes reservations for our Oct. 9 Winemaker Dinner or the Oct. 12 Farm and Ranch Tour now could win an over-night stay at the Cambria Pines Lodge from February through June, with plenty of extra amenities. 

Book your reservations ($100 per person) before the Oct. 5 deadline, at the museum or online, to be in the drawing and to ensure a place in our limited seating.

Dine with us Friday evening in our own Historical Heirloom Gardens, with a gourmet meal expertly prepared by Linn’s Restaurant Executive Chef Matt Beckett. His four-course Winemaker Dinner will be pork tenderloin with olallieberry glaze, preceded by his award-winning butternut squash soup and Aaron Linn’s seasonal farm fresh salad.

We’ll begin at 5:30, and enjoy music provided by the Royal Garden Swing Band. Saving the best for last? Dessert will be luscious pumpkin chocolate torte in a caramelized pecan crust. Every course will be paired with Harmony Winery’s finest. Actually, the best part is that the dinner benefits the operation of our historical museum, which is supported only by donations and contributions.

Benefiting scholarships and the programs of the Historical Society is the third annual Farm and Ranch Tour. Local guides aboard small passenger buses will enthrall you with details about our area, especially the Hearst Arabian Horse Ranch at Pico Creek, which is not usually accessible to the public. Then on to Hearst Castle, where Ben Higgins will give you a sneak preview about the future use of that unique pergola atop the hill, as well as its history.

Don Conestro will provide you with the back-story at the Rancho Marino Preserve and its adobes. Enjoy your gourmet lunch catered by Indigo Moon at Stolo’s Family Winery, including complimentary wine tasting and the winemaker’s talk about their process and products, which is particularly fascinating at this time of the year. Limited tickets for the tour are rapidly selling out again.

Brett and Julia Mitchell will appear with Indigo Jazz for your listening pleasure on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Harvest Fair on the museum grounds. Browse through myriad vendor booths, delight in all the scarecrows on display, and treat your kids to fun craft activities. Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., enjoy an inexpensive lunch from barbecue prepared onsite by Soto’s Marketplace, or shrimp gumbo made by chef Jeanne Brodie. 

Beverages available include the Native Daughters’ root beer floats.

On Sunday, Oct. 11, same time same place, be sure to stop at the pie tasting booth to sample “five out of 15 for only $5” and vote for your favorite choice. The Culinary Corner and Robin’s Restaurant sponsors have extended the deadline for entrants to Tuesday, Oct. 6. Don’t wait — valuable prizes await the top three chosen by popular vote. Proceeds benefit the Heirloom Gardens, which have been seriously affected by three years of drought. Call Consuelo Macedo for info at 927-3159. Music that day will be by Shannon Harmon, and admission both days is free.

But wait — there’s more! We invite you to hear our next parlor speaker on Thursday, Oct. 22, 5:30 p.m. Elizabeth Appel will regale you with her memories of Art Beal, aka Captain Nit Wit or Der Tinkerpaw. Call Chairman Penny Church for advance reservations and information at 927-1442, and for details about the Harvest Festival of events.

About the Museum

The Cambria Historical Museum and bookstore at 2251 Center St. at Burton Drive are staffed by volunteers from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday; the gardens and backyard nursery are open all day every day. 

Phone: 805-927-2891. 

Online:  www.cambriahistorical, cambriahistoricalsociety.