1 . Hotel Paradox

Santa Cruz, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (831) 425 - 7100

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Experience convenience and boutique style luxuries at the downtown Santa Cruz Hotel Paradox. Each guestroom and suite features designer furnishings and deluxe amenities where you can relax in peaceful fashion. The comfort of your stay radiates into the kitchen at Solaire Restaurant where farm to table American favorites will leave you begging for more. The Paradox Pooldeck, with its heated pool, fire pit, and private cabanas, also create that perfect getaway. Between enjoying the luxurious comforts of Hotel Paradox, take advantage of the local scenes. The Beach Boardwalk is a must in Santa Cruz where a permanent smile will be painted on your face from the coaster and carousels. The beaches are pristine with shimmering sun, sand, and surf, and the view is impeccable from the tops of the Redwoods on a zipline tour with the Mount Heron Redwood Canopy Tour. Everywhere you turn, you’ll find coastal fun with Hotel Paradox.

Address

611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, California 95060

Highlights

Celebrate your wedding in style with Hotel Paradox. The upscale forest atmosphere creates a beautiful atmosphere where you'll experience all the luxuries and beauty you deserve.

Related Onsite Offerings

Hotel Paradox is home to 8,000 square feet of event space to host your next party! You'll experience modern facilities drenched in impeccable style.

2 . Carmel Lodge

Carmel , California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 405 - 5038

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Find yourself in one of California’s most coveted seaside locations at Carmel Resort in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Surrounded by natural beauty, your ocean view is framed by Monterey Pines, live Oak, and winding Cypress for a truly natural scope of the coast. The individually decorated guestrooms provide a quaint and unique experience to match each unique guest, and they include a wealth of modern comforts and amenities. In addition to the charm of your individualized stay with Carmel Resort, it’s prime location to the area’s beautiful attractions makes it a one of a kind destination. For golf enthusiasts, Pebble Beach offers one of the world’s most beautiful and difficult courses to test your skills. Big Surf is an outdoor playground with scenic hiking, surfing, biking, and more. And, Carmel Beach, only a short walk from the resort, is one of California’s most famous and pristine. It’s all at your fingertips with Carmel Resort.

Address

San Carlos St. & 5th Avenue, Carmel, CA

Average temperature

Carmel, California experiences average high temperatures around 70 and average low temperatures in the mid 40s.

Getting there

From the North Head south on CA-1/Cabrillo Highway 1 to Ocean Ave. Make a Right turn onto Ocean Ave. Head down Ocean Ave. to San Carlos st. Make a right turn onto San Carlos st. Go down two blocks to 5th Ave. Continue through the intersection and Carmel Lodge is on the right hand side. From the South Head north on CA-1/Cabrillo Hwy. until reaching Ocean Ave. Make a left turn onto Ocean Ave. Head down Ocean Ave. to San Carlos st. Make a right turn onto San Carlos st. Go down two blocks to 5th Ave. Continue through the intersection and Carmel Lodge is on the right hand side.

3 . Sea Otter Inn

Cambria, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 870 - 6954

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Ocean views, blooming gardens, and quaint lodging is what you’ll experience during your stay at Sea Otter Inn. Individualized country style welcomes you as you step inside the Sea Otter Inn. Guestrooms and suites feature luxuries such as soothing whirlpool tubs, warm fireplaces, and views of the roaring ocean. Step across the street to the Moonstone Boardwalk for an unspoiled natural experience, or head down to the beach and frolic in the tide pools. When you aren’t enjoying the serenity of Sea Otter Inn or strolling the boardwalk, take advantage of Cambria’s exquisite sites. Hearst Castle is a treasure to be seen in all its majestic richness as are the elephant seals at the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery. Explore the art and culture of Cambria with wine tastings, art galleries, and antique shops. And, don’t forget to indulge in the area’s decadent fare!

Address

6656 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria, California, 93428

Extra Stops

Wine enthusiasts will love a stay at Sea Otter Inn with its convenient location to Black Hand Cellars, Moonstone Cellars, and Red Poets/Skyhawk Lane, all located in downtown Cambria. There are also a number of additional wineries located along a scenic coastal drive.

Getting there

From Los Angeles and the south Take Highway 101 North to San Luis Obispo and take the Highway 1 North off-ramp, signed Hearst Castle. Cambria is just a 40 minute drive from San Luis Obispo up Highway 1 through Morro Bay. Continue past the turnoff for Cambria village and at Windsor turn left (towards the ocean) and then right onto Moonstone Beach Drive. Sea Otter Inn is at 6656 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria. From San Francisco and the north Take Highway 101 South, through Paso Robles, exit at Highway 46 and travel West towards Cambria. At the Highway 1 intersection, turn right (to the North) and continue past the turnoff for the village of Cambria (approximately 4 miles). At Windsor turn left (towards the ocean) and then right onto Moonstone Beach Drive. Sea Otter Inn is at 6656 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria.

4 . Tradewinds Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (855) 683 - 7290

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The Tradewinds Carmel radiates luxury and romance while providing a boutique hotel experience in beautiful Carmel. Splashed in Asian and tropical design, Tradewinds Carmel is home to quality guestrooms. Treat yourself with in-room spa treatments or a stroll through the blooming meditation gardens while enjoying luxuries such as cozy fireplaces, ocean views, and exquisite bedding and furnishings. Located amidst the excitement and beauty of Carmel, Tradewinds Carmel puts you in the middle of Carmel’s best attractions. Only blocks from Ocean Avenue, you can spend afternoons soaking in the sun, the sand, and the surf. Make your way down the charming tree lined streets to fine dining, shopping, and wine tasting. A few miles away, hit the links at Pebble Beach or view the beauty of exotic sea life at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Address

Mission Street at Third Avenue, P.O. Box 3403, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93921

Highlights

Tradewinds Carmel is your bed and breakfast experience with 100 percent Egyptian cotton linens and down pillows wrapped in Thai silk as well as a rich breakfast buffet of fresh fruits and juices and French pastries.

Getting there

Directions From the North: Coming from the Bay Area - Drive south on either Highway 101 (the fastest route) or Highway 1 (the most scenic route.) If using Highway 101, approximately 90 miles south of San Francisco take the Monterey Peninsula Exit - West 156. This will connect you to Highway 1 just north of Monterey. Stay on Highway One until you come into the Carmel Area Turn right on Ocean Avenue and follow it through a residential area You will come down a hill and Junipero will be the cross street - the next cross street is Mission Turn right on Mission Street Follow Mission Street for three and one half blocks. Tradewinds will be on the right hand side Tradewinds is located on Mission Street between 4th and 3rd Avenue Directions From the South on Highway One: Stay on Highway One until you come into the Carmel Area Turn left on Ocean Avenue and follow it through a residential area You will come down a hill and Junipero will be the cross street - the next cross street is Mission Turn right on Mission Street Follow Mission Street for three and one half blocks. Tradewinds will be on the right hand side Tradewinds is located on Mission Street between 4th and 3rd Avenue

5 . Avila Lighthouse Suites

Avila Beach, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (805) 627 - 1900

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Only steps from the Pacific Ocean sand, Avila Lighthouse Suites is the perfect coastal California treat. Located between lush hills and the Pacific, everywhere you look is a paradise. Each two bedroom boutique style suite is fully furnished in crisp and modern decor with a private balcony or patio for gazing upon the ocean waves. Between the open area play decks and heated pool and the refreshing ocean air, you’ll relish in your stay with Avila Lighthouse Suites. Enjoy everything the scenic central coast has to offer during your stay with Avila Lighthouse Suites. Stroll the beach and play in the tide pools, or grab a kayak for some ocean cave adventure. Take in the gorgeous sights while biking Avila trail, and visit the area’s wealth of boutique and antique shops. Hearst Castle is a must see as are the countless and tasteful wineries. You’ll find a endless days of fun with Avila Lighthouse Suites.

Address

550 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

Getting there

From Bakersfield - Approximately 150 miles; 2.5 hours - Take Hwy 99 North to Hwy 46 West - Drive approximately 90 miles on Hwy 46 West towards Paso Robles - Merge onto the US-101 South via the ramp on the left. - Drive approximately 36 miles towards Avila Beach. - Take the Avila Beach Drive exit toward Avila Beach/Port San Luis. - Stay on Avila Beach Drive approximately 3 miles. - Turn left on 1st Street and the Avila Lighthouse Suites will be directly on the right. - 550 Front Street, Avila Beach From Fresno - Approximately 150 miles; 2 hours 35 minutes - Take Hwy 41 South for approximately 90 miles. - Merge onto Hwy 46 West and drive towards Paso Robles for approximately 19 miles. - Take the US-101 South Merge onto the US-101 South via the ramp on the left. - Drive approximately 36 miles towards Avila Beach. - Take the Avila Beach Drive exit toward Avila Beach/Port San Luis. - Stay on Avila Beach Drive approximately 3 miles. - Turn left on 1st Street and the Avila Lighthouse Suites will be directly on the right. - 550 Front Street, Avila Beach, CA. From San Francisco and the Bay Area - Approximately 240 miles; 3 hours 55 minutes - Take the US-101 South and drive approximately 230 miles to San Luis Obispo County and Avila Beach, CA. - Exit Avila Beach Drive and turn right towards Avila Beach/Port San Luis. - Stay on Avila Beach Drive for approximately 3 miles. - Turn left on 1st Street and the Avila Lighthouse Suites will be directly on the right - 550 Front Street, Avila Beach, CA From Los Angeles and Central California Coast - Approximately 190 miles; 3 hours 15 minutes - Take the US-101 North and drive approximately 190 miles to San Luis Obispo County and Avila Beach, CA. - Take the Avila Beach Drive exit toward Avila Beach/Port San Luis. - Stay on Avila Beach Drive approximately 3 miles. - Turn left on 1st Street and the Avila Lighthouse Suites will be directly on the right. - 550 Front Street, Avila Beach, CA

Related Onsite Offerings

The Spa Central Coast Avila Beach will create a relaxing and blissful spa experience where you may enjoy a full menu of spa treatments seven days a week.

6 . Best Western Plus Shore Cliff Lodge

Pismo Beach, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (805) 773 - 4671

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Take is an expansive and impressive view from the Best Western Plus Shore Cliff Lodge’s ninety foot cliff perch above the Pacific Ocean. Experience the comforts and modern amenities of a luxury hotel with Best Western Plus. Each guestroom features a private patio or balcony overlooking the grandiose vistas of the Pacific where you may enjoy the fresh ocean air. Relax by the large heated pool or unwind with a massage; it’s all a part of the experience with Best Western Plus Shore Cliff Lodge. In addition to some of the best views around, Best Western Plus Shore Cliff Lodge is near all the premier attractions of the central coast. Experience a life romance and riches at Hearst Castle, and cruise your way through the tastes of the Edna Valley wine region. For a more laid back adventure, explore the pier or bask in the sunshine from the beach as the ocean laps over your toes.

Address

2555 Price Street, Pismo Beach, California, 93449-2111

Extra Stops

Only two short miles from Best Western Plus is downtown Pismo where you may walk the historic streets while enjoying quaint boutique shopping.

Related activities

Only steps from Best Western Plus is Steamers restaurant where you will find fresh seafood with an ocean view!

7 . Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

Pismo Beach, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (805) 773 - 4300

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Whether you are overdue for a romantic retreat or a fun family getaway, Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa is your ideal coastal vacation. Each plush suite includes a poolside or ocean view as well as modern and luxurious amenities. Enjoy custom wood kitchen cabinetry and designer furnishings as well as the onsite Lido restaurant featuring a casual and elegant atmosphere with a local menu. The spa provides a relaxing getaway with body treatments, facials, massage therapy and more. During your stay at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, you’ll enjoy a wealth of area culture and fun. Let the ocean be your playground with surfing, kayaking, boat tours, and whale watching. Of course, the beach is always a great escape for an afternoon of sunbathing or a horseback ride through the sand and rugged shore. Discover wine tastings at area wineries as well as numerous hiking and biking trails. It’s all at your fingertips with Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa.

Address

2727 Shell Beach Rd, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Highlights

Dolphin Bay Resort is happy to welcome your pets to the resort.

Related Onsite Offerings

Dolphin Bay Resort provides guests a number of on-site amenities including a fitness center, outdoor pool, lawn games, and more.

8 . Cambria Pines Lodge

Cambria, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 920 - 5718

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Relax in the pine covered hills of Cambria in the luxurious and country-style setting at Cambria Pines Lodge. After a day of exploring the coast, there is nothing more comfortable than a suite or guestroom stay with Cambria Pines Lodge. Rustic yet modern, you’ll feel at home feeling as forest and garden views envelop your stay. Not only do the accommodations at Cambria Pines Lodge provide a soothing experience, the amenities provide just as much warmth. Spend an evening dining at the Cambria Pine Lodge Restaurant where the casual and relaxing atmosphere meets fresh dishes designed using ingredients from the organic kitchen garden. After a delicious meal, stroll through the grounds where gardens of herbs, flowers, gazebos and more provide a peaceful and romantic setting. Or, head to the Fireside Lounge where the roaring stone fireplace and live entertainment create an evening of ambiance.

Address

2905 Burton Drive, Cambria, CA 93428

Highlights

The gardens at Cambria Pines Lodge are enough to keep you coming back for more. The Herb Garden, Succulent Garden, Flower Bed, Green Garden, Gazebo Garden, White Garden, Rose Garden, and Organic Kitchen Garden create the perfect backdrop along the ancient pines and dining areas.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Sojourn Day Spa will help you unwind with a therapeutic massage or body treatment. You will also enjoy Cambria Pine Lodge's heated pool, jetted spa, and nature trail.

9 . Carmel Valley Ranch

Carmel, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (831) 625 - 9500

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Surround yourself in the natural oasis of Carmel Valley where lush greenery and rolling hills provide a backdrop of breathtaking beauty at Carmel Valley Ranch. Carmel Valley Ranch brings this beauty of the valley indoors. Each suite features towering cathedral ceilings and warming travertine fireplaces as well as custom furnishings and decor to match the scenic surroundings. The accommodations of Carmel Valley Ranch are met with equally impressive amenities. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation or a thrilling adventure, Carmel Valley Ranch is the right place. Keep active on the 18 hole golf course and driving range or the tennis courts. Carmel Valley Ranch is home to 500 acres filled with hiking and biking trails where natural discoveries await. Let go and unwind with a stroll through the pinot noir vineyard or a dip in the salt water swimming pools. There’s something for everyone at Carmel Valley Ranch.

Address

One Old Ranch Road, Carmel, California 93923

Related activities

Spa Aiyana, meaning "eternal blossom," is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the view of Carmel Valley while enduring a whole menu of services.

Related Onsite Offerings

Carmel Valley Ranch is home to a number of decadent dining options whose menus are filled with fresh, local, and organic dishes. Choose from the Lodge Restaurant, River Ranch Cafe, or the Golf Clubhouse.

10 . Lone Oak Lodge

Monterey, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 283 - 5663

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Centrally located near all the beauty and excitement of the Monterey Peninsula, Lone Oak Lodge is your convenient home on the central coast. Lone Oak Lodge provides modest and cozy guestrooms and suites for the traveler looking to explore the Peninsula. Guests will enjoy modern amenities and added features such as the indoor spa and fitness center as well as an outdoor BBQ area perfect for an evening with friends and family. During your stay at Lone Oak Lodge, take advantage of the Monterey Peninsula’s many attractions. A must see is the Monterey Bay Aquarium where you’ll learn and explore new and exotic ocean life. Just outside the doors of the aquarium is Cannery Row where you’ll find a wealth of shops, fresh dining, and fun. Not far are the links of Pebble Beach and a number of wineries for a tasty treat.

Address

2221 N. Fremont St., Monterey, CA 93940

Population

As of 2012, the population of Monterey, California is 29,003.

Fun facts

Cannery Row was made famous by author John Steinbeck in which his stories illustrate life when the sardine canning industry was booming.

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