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Where to stop and stay on CA coast

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Where to stop and stay on CA coast

I am planning a honeymoon for this coming July and need some help. We are flying to San Francisco and staying at Fisherman's Wharf for the first night. Then doing a day or two in Napa Valley (still don't know where to stay here) then driving down the coast to LA. We will have two nights to stop during the drive to LA and I need some suggestions on which places/cities would be the best. I appreciate anyone's help.

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1. Re: Where to stop and stay on CA coast

We like Monterey and Santa Barbara/Montecito. Check the forums for both cities here on Tripadvisor and you'll find plenty of hotel recommendations, restaurant recommendations and ideas for things to do.

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Anywhere between Monterey and Cambria that has an ocean view would be nice. Do you plan on taking the 1 or the 101 down the coast? If you can arrange to be in San Luis Obispo on a Thursday you can cath their Farmers Market.

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Should I take highway 1 or 101?

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We did a similar tour for our first anniversary and have been to the places you mention other times as well. Here's what I have to recommend:

1. Walk across the Golden Gate bridge - it's very cool and romantic. Go listen to some live music the night you are there. Plenty of places near the wharf on the main street. Eat at North Beach Restaurant http://www.northbeachrestaurant.com/

2. Wine country - it's been a long time, but we especially enjoyed staying at a B&B in St. Helena which was a bit less busy than the nearby towns. Our favorite winery is Cakebread Cellars. Still have a bottle from that trip and it's 17 years ago.

3. Big Sur - some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere.

4. Santa Barbara - if it's reopened stay at: El Encanto http://www.elencantohotel.com gorgeous hotel up on the SB hill. Take in this lovely mission. Go out for a sail.

Just slow down enough to enjoy yourselves...

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For your two nights on the coastal trip I would stay the first night in the Monterey area (see messages here on good lodgingsand sights to see) and the second night in Cambria in one of the lodgings on Moonstone Beach.

This gives you time to explore the Big Sur area. Search here for sights to see.

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Highway 1 is the scenic coastal route through Big Sur, while the 101 freeway takes you through cities and farmland.

I agree with Puter's suggestions of the Monterey Peninsula (I prefer a B&B in neighboring Pacific Grove) and Cambria.

The drive down the coast between SF and Cambria is some of the most beautiful scenery you will encounter in California. The drive south from there will offer less coastal views, especially after passing through Pismo Beach.

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7. Re: Where to stop and stay on CA coast

I really appreciate everyone's help!!!! Thanks so much

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8. Re: Where to stop and stay on CA coast

Even though I see that the helpful CA TA posters have already offered an abundance of wonderful suggestions, I thought I'd chime in as a fellow tourist (and fellow Buckeye!). My husband and I spent a week in SF/Monterey Bay area in October 18-25, 2008. Our itinerary included San Francisco (two nights in North Beach) and Sausalito with the remainder of the week exploring the coast with time spent in Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel, Moss Landing, Point Lobos and Big Sur. You can read my daily narratives by searching the topic "SF/Monterey Bay Area First-Timers" in California forums.

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If you'd like a romantic B&B, definitely take a look at Seven Gables Inn in Pacific Grove, designated by American Historic Inns as "one of the 10 most romantic inns in America."

We appreciated the abundance of amenities and the exemplary graciousness of all staff we encountered in our two days there, and its location on Ocean View Blvd. couldn't have been better.

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