Can anyone help me with this please?
I'm in the UK, and haven't been to the California area before, and am having trouble finding out where the best place would be to stay.
We are planning the holiday for this March, so it's only a week or two before we want to set off.
We are looking at going for two weeks or so. We're flexible on exact dates, but i need to work next week, and need to be back at work again beginning of April
What we really want to do is fly to San Francisco, stay there a couple of nights, then hire a car and get to somewhere nice and quiet and pretty secluded, ideally right on a beach, but hopefully with redwoods, forests, rivers and rugged countryside close by, and relax, walk, take photographs,etc. We want to stay in one place for the whols twelve days after leaving San Francisco.
The flights are easy enough to sort out, as is San Francisco, but it’s the twelve days on the coast that I’m having real problems deciding on!
I’ve been looking at the Big Sur area, picked up on Deetjens on google, but think that would be fun for a couple of nights, but probably too much for ten plus nights! We're fairly light sleepers and I can’t imagine it’s that quiet at Deetjens. In any case I'm not sure whether it's walking distance to the coast.
I’ve been to a travel agent, and they mentioned the Post Ranch Inn, which looks like it’s way out of my pocket, and isn’t what we want anyway (too much pampering!).
The ideal would be a house to rent, or if we can't do that then a nice hotel, but not really one that’s the last word in modern luxury living. TV, DVD, WIFI etc are not what we are looking for! probably not a small bed and breakfast - I wake up pretty early and would like to go out for a walk without disturbing everyone!
It's just the two of us going (kids are grown up).
Can you suggest anywhere, or where to look?
Am I looking at the right location with Big Sur, or is there somewhere else that fits the description far better (maybe north into Oregon, I don't know)?
Thanks for any advice.