‘Trea­sure sale’ brings crowd to iconic Cam­bria ocean­front prop­erty

The Tribune (SLO) - - Local - BY KATHE TAN­NER ktan­[email protected]­bune­news.com

Ever been to a garage sale that had a six-piece jazz band play­ing at 9 a.m.?

That’s what a huge crowd of bar­gain-hun­gry buy­ers found at the Daou Ocean “trea­sure sale” in Cam­bria on Satur­day, along with hot cof­fee, dough­nuts, bot­tled wa­ter and what may have been more than 1,000 items for sale.

De­spite gates that were locked un­til the start time, so many ve­hi­cles and peo­ple had ar­rived early that a high­way pa­trol­man stopped to find out why cars were lined up down the drive­way and on the high­way.

He ob­vi­ously hadn’t got­ten ad­vance no­tice about the sale.

It was prompted when Ge­orges and Daniel Daou, own­ers of the well-known win­ery in Paso Robles, paid $4.3 mil­lion for the land, restau­rant, other build­ings, gar­dens and a plethora of items that were on-site at the ocean-front prop­erty then called Cen­trally Grown Off the Grid at auc­tion af­ter the pre­vi­ous owner filed for bank­ruptcy.

The lo­ca­tion, on the Ex­otic Gar­dens Drive bluff just off High­way 1 north of Cam­bria, is per­haps best known for hav-

ing been The Ham­let at Moon­stone Gar­dens for many decades.

Now, the Daou broth­ers want to put their own stamp on the iconic lo­ca­tion in prepa­ra­tion for their “wine-cen­tric, peo­ple-cen­tric, food-cen­tric and ul­ti­mately plea­sure-cen­tric” Daou Ocean com­pound. And that meant find­ing new homes for things that wouldn’t fit well in the new plan.


All pro­ceeds from the sale were do­nated to Friends of the Fis­calini Ranch Pre­serve, the non­profit that holds the con­ser­va­tion ease­ment on the 437-acre forested, ocean­front pre­serve that’s on the bluff in the mid­dle of Cam­bria. The pre­serve is owned by the peo­ple of Cam­bria, through the Cam­bria Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Dis­trict.

Jo Ellen But­ler, Friends’ ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, said Tues­day that $6,789 had been raised in the sale.

In ad­di­tion, Daou do­nated two hand­crafted benches by Will Scrog­gins to use on the ranch and some burl­wood pieces that will be used to make other benches, But­ler said. These were prob­a­bly close in value to what we made at the sale, “and we are very happy to have them,” she added.

Daou also do­nated some peeler poles for trail main­te­nance, and may sell some re­main­ing items on­line, But­ler said.


As buy­ers ar­rived at the sale, they found the south gar­den area and the ground floor of the restau­rant build­ing packed with mem­o­ra­bilia, hand­made benches, chairs, ta­bles, arts and crafts and much more for sale. Some items were priced (but hag­gling was al­most in­evitable). Oth­ers, like some long, heavy, freeform red­wood ta­bles, were marked “make an of­fer.”

With Jazz Al­ley Re­vue mu­si­cians riff­ing in the back­ground, shop­pers swarmed over the area, search­ing for spe­cial trea­sures.

Tom John­son and Margie Zlo­towitz scored a large hand-crafted wooden ze­bra for $10.

A hand­crafted bar sold for $300, and a set of an­tique, leaded-glass doors sold for $325, ac­cord­ing But­ler, both to lo­cals. “Peo­ple kept find­ing things we didn’t know were there,” she said, “and we had to keep check­ing with Daou to make sure they were re­ally for sale.”

Ge­orges Daou, Maeve Pes­quera (se­nior VP for Daou Vine­yards and Win­ery) and Christina River­aGlenn (the firm’s direc­tor of sales and hospi­tal­ity who lives in Cam­bria) were at the sale with lots of staffers to help Friends vol­un­teers man­age the friendly chaos.

When asked about the event’s am­biance Daou said with a smile, “I only know one way to do things.” Ges­tur­ing to­ward the ami­able crowd, he added, “And these peo­ple are won­der­ful.”

Both Daou of­fi­cials com­mented re­peat­edly about how de­light­fully wel­com­ing the North Coast res­i­dents were.

The weather co­op­er­ated dur­ing most of the sale, with vividly blue skies and sun­shine warm­ing the cool air. But by “haul­ing-it-away” time, when happy buy­ers had fig­ured out how they were go­ing to trans­port heavy fur­ni­ture items, a light rain had be­gun and a chill wind en­cour­aged work­ers to grab their warm jack­ets.

At one point, Pes­quera spoke to the crowd, ex­plain­ing Daou’s com­mit­ment to the ranch by say­ing sim­ply, “In giv­ing, we re­ceive.”

Then she in­tro­duced But­ler, who looked around and said, “It’s just amaz­ing what’s hap­pen­ing here!”

For de­tails about Daou, go to www.daou­vine­yards.com, and for Friends of the Fis­calini Ranch Pre­serve, go to www.ffr­p­cam­bria.org.

KATHE TAN­NER ktan­[email protected]­bune­news.com

Ellen But­ler, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Friends of the Fis­calini Ranch Pre­serve , left, and Ge­orges Daou at­tend a “trea­sure sale” Satur­day at the fu­ture site of Daou Ocean in Cam­bria.

KATHE TAN­NER ktan­[email protected]­bune­news.com

A cou­ple poses with a wooden ze­bra they pur­chased at the Daou Ocean “trea­sure sale” Satur­day. Pro­ceeds from the sale went to Friends of the Fis­calini Ranch Pre­serve.

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