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Beaches, wine country and great resorts, too
Film stars like Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and Charlie Chaplain once boarded the train in Los Angeles to travel through the night up the California coast. Their destination: the palatial hilltop estate of William Randolf Hearst.

Today, the Hearst Castle is the most popular tourist attraction in San Luis Obispo County, but just a small part of what keeps people coming back to the area. Breathtaking natural beauty, beach and spa resorts, fascinating California history – they're all part of a vacation on the Central Coast.
Central Coast Lodging
(For recommended restaurants and activities, please see below)
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Cabrillo Inn at the Beach
931 East Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA  93103
Ph: 800-648-6708   Fx: 805-965-1623
From $99 Nov-Feb - "East Beach", Santa Barbara's oceanfront paradise with swaying palms, sea breezes and an orchestra of waves. Our oceanfront location is only minutes to Historic Stearns Wharf and great shopping on "State Street". Relax and enjoy spectacular ocean and Channel Island views from your room, by the pool, or one of our second floor sundecks. Start your morning with a complimentary continental breakfast in our ocean view lounge. We also offer Spanish Vacation Cottages by the week or month: Two Bedroom, two bath units with full kitchens, with parking. Ask about our off-season "Free Nights in Paradise"
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Pismo Lighthouse Suites
2411 Price St.
Pismo Beach, CA  93449
Ph: 805-773-2411   Fx: 805-773-1508
Email: info@PismoLighthouseSuites.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Imagine a California vacation getaway where you can be as free as a kid again. Whether travelling for business or pleasure, the Pismo Lighthouse Suites hotel will put the fun back in your travels, providing the ideal location to experience Pismo Beach and the Central Coast of California. Situated atop the bluffs in Pismo Beach overlooking the expansive Pacific Ocean, the Pismo Lighthouse Suites is an all-suite family hotel offering world class service, comfortable and spacious guest suite accommodations and an unmatched oceanfront location, glass-enclosed outdoor heated pool, family play deck, and all the nearby attractions.
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Shore Cliff Lodge
2555 Price Street
Pismo Beach, CA  93449
Ph: 805-773-2341   
Email: Info@ShoreCliff.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
The BEST WESTERN PLUS Shore Cliff Lodge, one of Pismo Beach's premier hotels, offers breathtaking panoramic views from 90 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Every guest room offers scenic ocean views from a private balcony or patio and features pillow top mattresses, compact refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker with Seattle's Best Coffee and Bath and Body Works toiletries. Enjoy the hotel's daily complimentary continental breakfast, take a dip in the area's largest oceanfront pool and Jacuzzi or indulge in a relaxing spa therapy to get the ultimate rest and relaxation during your Pismo Beach vacation.
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Paso Robles Inn
1103 Spring Street
Paso Robles, CA  93446
Ph: 805-238-4707   
Email: info@PasoRoblesInn.com
Historical charm meets modern comfort in the enchanting Paso Robles Inn. Built in 1891, the hotel has been a legendary location for central California vacations for more than a century. Book your stay in one of the Inn's Deluxe Spa Rooms or brand new two-room suites and enjoy your own private hot springs mineral spa tub...we're the only downtown hotel that has them. Enjoy outdoor heated pool and spa, spa services, Free Wi-Fi, our historic Paso Robles Steakhouse and Cattlemen's Lounge, and 1940s diner-style Coffee Shop. Stroll to wine and olive tasting rooms, restaurants, boutique shops, and much more.
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Carmel Mission Inn
3665 Rio Road
Carmel, CA  93923
Ph: 800-348-9090   Fx: 831-624-8684
Email: info@carmelmissioninn.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Breathtaking beaches, world-class golf courses, an endless variety of leisure and cultural activities and a wealth of unique shops are a primary part of the Monterey Bay experience. With our quaint, yet stylish setting and array of gracious amenities that include a heated pool, fitness center and room service, we've truly created a destination within a destination. Additionally, we offer fantastic facilities for weddings, business meetings and special events. From the soothing décor and plush furnishings to the unbelievable attractions and exhilarating activities just minutes away, our hotel delivers the type of stay that makes a vacation feel complete.
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Best Western Seacliff Inn
7500 Old Dominion Court
Aptos, CA  95003
Ph: 800-367-2003   Fx: 831-685-3603
Email: reservations@seacliffinn.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Just a minute's walk from Seacliff State Beach, The BW Seacliff Inn offers a family oriented atmosphere on six beautifully landscaped acres with scenic garden paths. The luxurious two room suites are uniquely appointed with modern furnishings and private jacuzzi for ultimate relaxation. We offer onsite dining at our locally acclaimed restaurant Severino's Bar and Grill. Join us for live entertainment five days a week and happy hour Monday through Friday! Our Sales and Catering department specializes in helping to plan all size events from business meetings to wedding receptions.
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Ventana Inn & Spa, A Joie De Vivre Hotel
Highway 1
Big Sur, CA  93920
Ph: 831-667-2331   Fx: 831-667-0573
Ventana Inn & Spa is a luxurious resort nestled in the mountains above California's central coast. Situated on 243 acres of wooded hillside, 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean on the Big Sur coast, Ventana Inn & Spa is quiet, secluded and beautiful. The Inn provides a peaceful and soothing atmosphere enhanced by its proximity to the area's natural wonders. All accommodations feature a deck or patio with forest, mountain, canyon or ocean views. Some decks offer personal outdoor spas. Most rooms have a wood-burning fireplace, separate living area, and custom bath amenities.
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Cambria Pines Lodge
2905 Burton Drive
Cambria, CA  93428
Ph: 800-927-4200   
Email: concierge@CambriaPinesLodge.Com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Nestled on 25 wooded acres, Cambria Pines Lodge offers something for everyone. Accommodations range from rustic cabins to elegant suites. The Main Lodge offers conference rooms with full-service catering, an excellent restaurant featuring local wines, the Fireside Lounge with nightly live entertainment, all surrounded by world-class gardens and events. The Organic kitchen garden provides homegrown organic produce to the restaurant, while the theme gardens offer spectacular landscaping and perfect areas for special events or a peaceful retreat. Enjoy our day spa, pool and spa, outdoor dining, garden tours and seminars.
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Moonstone Cottages
6580 Moonstone Beach Drive
Cambria, CA  93428
Ph: 800-222-9157   
Email: guestservices@moonstonecottages.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Three private ocean view cottages, nestled in a grove of mature cypress trees and lovely gardens. Beautifully designed and crafted these cottages offer quiet comfortable lodging like no other on Cambrias famous Moonstone Beach Drive. Listen to the the ocean in the backround, cuddle in front of the fireplace, enjoy a romantic honeymoon or maybe a 2nd honeymoon in a private, oceanfront cottage and get your continental breakfast delivered to your front door in the morning. A lodging experience that will be implanted in your memory for years to come.
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Sand Pebbles Inn
6252 Moonstone Beach Drive
Cambria, CA  93428
Ph: 800-222-9970   
Email: guestservices@sandpebblesinn.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
The Sand Pebbles Inn is an upscale, beach resort hotel offering pet friendly accommodations. We offer 20 cozy rooms, all with comfortable king or queen beds, free high-speed Internet access, refrigerators, microwaves, and much more. Whether you're visiting for a relaxing family vacation or a romantic weekend getaway, we have the perfect room for you. Many of our rooms offer full or partial ocean views, sofas and private patios. Unwind with a soak in your personal Jacuzzi tub, relax in front of your own fireplace and enjoy a deluxe continental breakfast or afternoon tea and cookies in the lobby.
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Blue Dolphin Inn
6470 Moonstone Beach Drive
Cambria, CA  93428
Ph: 800-222-9157   
Email: guestservices@bluedolphininn.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
The Blue Dolphin Inn is an upscale, beach resort hotel offering pet friendly accommodations in picturesque Cambria. The Inn is situated along the beautiful California coast, just minutes from San Luis Obispo County's other cities and tourist attractions. The Inn offers 20 cozy rooms, all with comfortable king or queen beds, fireplaces, free high-speed Internet access, refrigerators, and much more. Many of our rooms offer full or partial ocean views, sofas and private patios. Our spacious suites include private sitting rooms and a myriad of extra features. Enjoy a deluxe continental breakfast or afternoon tea and cookies in the lobby.
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Sea Otter Inn
6656 Moonstone Beach Drive
Cambria, CA  93428
Ph: 800-966-6490   Fx: 805-927-5805
Email: info@Seaotterinn.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Welcome to Sea Otter Inn, one of the original hotel properties on Moonstone Beach Drive. Located just 40 minutes north of San Luis Obispo and 30 minutes south of the Big Sur coastline, Sea Otter Inn is your perfect home base for exploring California's Central Coast. Local activities include Hearst Castle, the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery, wine tasting rooms, art galleries, antique shops, and lots of great restaurants. Enjoy a relaxing walk on the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk for spectacular ocean views, wildlife viewing, and the sheer exhilaration of unspoiled nature. We hope to welcome you soon!
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La Playa Carmel
Camino Real at Eighth Avenue
Carmel, CA  93921
Ph: 800-582-8900   Fx: 831-624-7966
High TripAdvisor Ranking
For over 100 years La Playa Carmel has been known as the "Grande Dame of Carmel". Newly restored, this 75-room historic hotel is located just steps from the sands of Carmel Beach and the renowned shops, galleries and restaurants of charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. The cornerstone of one of California's most prestigious neighborhoods, this landmark features meticulously tended gardens, intimate patios, secluded courtyards and a tranquil terrace swimming pool. The culinary experience at La Playa Carmel is sure to please even the most discerning palate with a sumptuous Champagne Breakfast Buffet or libations and light fare in the historic Bar and Lounge.
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Tradewinds Carmel
Mission Street at Third Avenue P.O. Box 3403
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA  93921
Ph: 831-624-2776   Fx: 831-624-0634
Email: Info@tradewindscarmel.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Embrace your true Zen with a stay at Tradewinds Carmel. Featured as one of Architectural Digest's most glamorous hotels, one of Forbes Travel Guide's best small hotels, and voted as one of the world's top inns by Coastal Living, our Carmel luxury hotel combines the elegant with the relaxing, offering tranquil surroundings and views of the Pacific Ocean. Indulge yourself in fine Egyptian cotton linens and luxurious goose down feather beds, pillows, and comforters. Enjoy our spa tubs, fireplaces, Japanese tansu wetbars, wi-fi, fresh orchids and bamboo fountains. Pet friendly and dog friendly rooms available upon request.
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Holiday Inn Express - Grover Beach
775 N. Oak Park Blvd.
Grover Beach, CA  93433
Ph: 805-481-4448   Fx: 805-473-3609
High TripAdvisor Ranking
The Holiday Inn Express Grover Beach-Pismo Beach is located perfectly between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the sunlit central coast, and only two miles away from Pismo Beach, where guests can enjoy surfing, sailing, fishing, and ATV riding. Golf, tennis, walking trails, horseback riding, bike riding, and an abundance of wineries and tasting rooms are nearby, as is California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). Our hotel offers a calming getaway with spacious rooms, on site pool, waterfall, and jacuzzi. Holiday Inn Express Grover Beach/Pismo Beach has been awarded with the Trip Advisor "Certificate Of Excellence" for the year 2011.
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The Sanctuary Beach Resort
3295 Dunes Drive
Marina, CA  93933
Ph: 877-944-3863   Fx: 831-883-9477
Email: info@thesanctuarybeachresort.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Nestled along the edge of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the Sanctuary Beach Resort is unique among Monterey ocean beach front hotels. Ideally situated just 10 minutes north of Monterey and south of Santa Cruz, you will find spacious, luxurious accommodations with breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean on 19 acres of secluded, rolling dunes. The resort offers easy access to fine dining, the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, and beautiful golf courses along the Monterey Peninsula.
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Embarcadero Inn
456 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA  93442
Ph: 800-292-7625   
Stay close to nature on the working waterfront of Morro Bay. Close to wine tasting, kayaking, beaches, golf, Hearst Castle, estuary, and much more. Enjoy bayside views from your private balcony in one of the Inn's 33 comfortable and generously-sized rooms. Recently renovated and ready for your enjoyment! Available "Family Suite" is a fully-appointed 2 bedroom unit with kitchen, dining area, living room, and 2 private balconies. Enjoy Free WiFi, covered parking, two Jacuzzis and a complementary continental breakfast overlooking the bay. Special senior rates and vacation packages available.
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Sundown Inn
640 Main Street
Morro Bay, CA  93442
Ph: 805-772-3229   Fx: 805-772-7381
Email: sundowninn@gmail.com
A charming Morro Bay motel that has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, walking distance from the waterfront, golf course, state park, and other city attractions. Only 30 minutes from Hearst Castle. Clean, comfortable, and cozy rooms to brighten your stay in Morro Bay! We offer rooms of the following bed sizes: king, queen, queen & twin, and two doubles. Families rooms are also available upon request. AAA two diamond motel. All of our rooms feature HBO, in-room coffee, tea, refrigerator, microwave and soothing Magic Fingers bed massage.
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Ojai Valley Inn and Spa
905 Country Club Road
Ojai, CA  93023
Ph: 855-697-8780   
Email: info@ojairesort.com
High TripAdvisor Ranking
For over 80 years, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has been considered one of the best secrets among leisure and business travelers from California and around the world. Rated #26 for 2014 of all US resorts by T & L, and on Conde Nastes' 2014 Gold List, the Inn is located in a magical, secluded valley just 35 miles south of Santa Barbara on the Gold Coast. Escape to this historic resort of casual elegance offering you 220 tree shaded acres featuring luxury accommodations, Spa Ojai, and a championship golf course which has hosted seven Senior PGA Tour events.
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Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach - Hotel and
Resort
2101 Mandalay Beach Rd
Oxnard, CA  93035
Ph: 805-984-2500   Fx: 805-984-8339
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Located on 8½ acres of ocean front property, Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach - Hotel & Resort is the only Southern California all-suite beachfront resort. This luxurious vacation destination is convenient to the Channel Islands, Ventura, Ojai, Camarillo, Malibu, Santa Barbara and Port Huaneme. Our pet friendly suites are beautifully decorated with private bedroom, spacious living room, and two full marble baths. Guests will marvel at the spectacular ocean views, sparkling pools, waterfalls, exotic gardens, and lagoons. Enjoy a workout in our fitness center, playing tennis, biking or with a refreshing dip in the swimming pool.
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SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel
2241 Price Street
Pismo Beach, CA  93449
Ph: 800-782-8400   Fx: 805-773-4525
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Whatever your vision of the perfect Pismo Beach vacation - whether it's enjoying the sunset over the Pacific on your private balcony, lounging by the oceanfront pool, or romantic walks on the beach - it's all right outside your door. With our very own beach access just steps away, retro-modern accommodations filled with the latest amenities and technology, a heated oceanfront pool, three outdoor spas, BBQ and fire pit areas, and our hotel's spectacular RoofTop Terrace four stories above Pismo Beach - staying at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel is better than having your own beach house. For local's (805)773-4608.
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The Inn at the Cove
2651 Price St.
Pismo Beach, CA  93449
Ph: 805-773-3511   Fx: 805-773-0368
High TripAdvisor Ranking
At Inn at the Cove, formerly BEST WESTERN PLUS Shelter Cove, we offer premium accommodations perched atop a secret cove that overlooks the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean. Discover a classic beach town that offers unprecedented access to California's best shopping, dining, nightlife and attractions. Located near Hearst Castle, Inn at the Cove places you just a short drive away from California Wine Country. Enjoy our clay tennis courts, large oceanfront heated pool, hot tub, spa services, free parking and more. Each of our newly renovated accommodations feature stunning ocean views, private balconies, high-speed Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, and
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The Morgan at San Simeon Hotel
9135 Hearst Drive
San Simeon, CA  93452
Ph: 800-451-9900   Fx: 805- 927-178
Email: E-mail: info@hotel-morgan.com
The Morgan at San Simeon; named after Julia Morgan the famed architect of Hearst Castle. Experience the style and comfort of this unique boutique hotel located on the majestic California Central Coast. Whether you are looking for a vacation rich with unique sightseeing opportunities, a trip to the fabulous Hearst Castle, or simply a coastal getaway with spa services and quality amenities, your visit to The Morgan will be a memorable one. Popular nearby attractions include Hearst Castle; Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery; Paso Robles wine country and the beautiful beaches and coastline.
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Hotel Oceana Santa Barbara
202 W. Cabrillo Boulevard
Santa Barbara, CA  93101
Ph: 800-965-9776   Fx: 805-965-9937
Email: Info_sb@hoteloceana.com
Situated on Santa Barbara's West Beach, between Stearns Wharf and the Santa Barbara harbor, this sprawling 122 room resort is a stone's throw from the beach and within walking distance of all of the area's famous shopping, dining, and entertainment. All hotel rooms include imported Egyptian cotton linens, down comforters and pillows, Aveda bath toiletries and either CD Players or I-pod docking stations. Outdoor sun-drenched sitting areas provide breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Two outdoor pools and whirlpool, private poolside cabanas, fitness center and intimate outdoor gardens are yours to enjoy.
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Santa Barbara Spanish Vacation Cottage
Rentals
931 East Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA  93103
Ph: 805-963-6774   
These rare and unique Vacation Cottages have all the elements of classic Santa Barbara Spanish architecture: stucco exterior, red tile roof, original multiple pane french casement windows, used brick patios and walkways, interior ceramic tile and plaster. Compromising 1600 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room accented by a gas fireplace and sofa-bed, built-in cabinets and bookcases. Beautiful french windows accent every room allowing for a light, airy feeling. Large, fully equipped kitchen, beautiful landscaping and large brick patio with built-in brick fireplace and gas barbeque. Local:(805)966-1641
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Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
1564 Copenhagen Drive
Solvang, CA  93463
Ph: 800-824-6444   Fx: 805-688-8824
Email: gm@winevalleyinn.com
Centrally located on an acre of lush gardens in Solvang, The Wine Valley Inn is a fantasy of cottages, chateau suites and deluxe guest rooms. A meandering brook trickles through the property, crossed by arching bridges. With 56 guest rooms, six charming cottages and a grand suite, the Wine Valley Inn can accommodate a variety of tastes and budgets. All rooms are comfortably furnished with modern amenities including complimentary wireless Internet, plush goose down comforters and elegant bathrobes. Cottage Suites are individually decorated in a contemporary style and boast spacious living rooms with wood burning fireplaces. Private patio and spa.
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Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
450 East Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA  93001
Ph: 800-842-0800   Fx: 805-641-1539
Email: sales@cpventura.com
Located directly on the beach, the subtle sounds of waves crashing against the sand will sooth you from the moment you wake up to the time your head touches the pillow for the night. When you visit the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach you will be pleased to find a magical place expertly maintained with services meant to accommodate you during your time with us. We offer 258 guest rooms including 18 suites, with High Speed Internet Access. Enjoy the new C-Street Restaurant, with California inspired cuisine, and AQUA Beachfront Bar. Call for our specials please.
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Four Points by Sheraton - Ventura Harbor
1050 Schooner Drive
Ventura, CA  93001
Ph: 805-658-1212   Fx: 805-658-1309
The only hotel on the Ventura Harbor, the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor is nestled on 17 acres of prime coastal land along California's Gold Coast. We are less than an hour north of Los Angeles and less than 30 minutes south of Santa Barbara. Our hotel features 106 luxurious guest rooms, most with private balconies and spectacular views. Stay fit in our exercise facility, relax in our refreshing pool or jacuzzi. We offer an intimate dining setting, ideal for dining with friends or business associates. We know your needs. Nope, we're not mind readers. We just pay attention.
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Holiday Inn Express - Ventura Harbor
1080 Navigator Dr.
Ventura, CA  93001
Ph: 805-856-9533   Fx: 805-856-9539
Stunning beaches, fresh seafood, eclectic galleries, wine tastings and top businesses, this location has it all. Situated right on the harbor, near endless Ventura beach fun, and the vibrant downtown area. Amenities include: 24-hour Business Center; free wired and wireless HSIA; two spacious meeting rooms; free hot breakfast and more. We're only four miles from two convention centers and close to the Naval Base Ventura County. Tour Channel Islands National Park, with sea kayaking and whale watching, visit Ventura Harbor Village, with unique boutiques, carousel and weekend concerts.
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