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California Dreaming--Plan A

California Road Trip--Preliminary Planning

Saturday: Fly into SF Saturday night, Overnight near the airport.

Sunday: Meet J & C for lunch somewhere--Pescadaro or Santa Cruz (1 hr drive); visit Point Lobos State Reserve; Pacific Grove butterfly reserve; overnight Pacific Grove/Carmel. Dinner at Lucca.
http://pt-lobos.parks.state.ca.us/Information.htm
http://www.pgmuseum.org/Monarchs.htm
http://www.carmelcalifornia.com/
hotel—Carmel Village Inn http://www.carmelvillageinn.com/ $99 on Expedia
Dinner—Lucca http://www.cantinettaluca.com/kitchen/menu_dinner.html

Monday: drive to Cambria (3 hrs). Visit Big Sur, Elephant Seals park, San Simeon (4:10 tour). Overnight Cambria. http://www.fogcatcherinn.com/
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/beaches.html
http://www.elephantseal.org/Rookery/where.htm
http://www.hearst-castle.org/

Tuesday: Visit Paso Robles, winetasting, San Luis Obisbo, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach--(stay second night in Cambria, head to LA Wed am, avoid rush hour traffic)
http://www.prcity.com/visit/index.asp
http://www.visitslo.com/
http://www.morro-bay.net/visit/

Wednesday: Morning--drive to Santa Monica. (stop at Santa Barbara?) Venice Beach, Pier,
Overnight Santa Monica. http://doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/SMOPCDT/index.do
Good Mexican in SM for dinner--Monte Alban http://www.igougo.com/dining-reviews-b126334-Los_Angeles-Monte_Alban.html

http://www.westland.net/venice/
http://www.santamonicapier.org/

Thursday: LA: , La Brea Tar Pits, Farmer's Market/Grove for lunch, Warner Bros. studio tour, Griffith Observatory, Overnight Santa Monica
http://www.tarpits.org/
http://www.farmersmarketla.com/
http://www2.warnerbros.com/vipstudiotour/
http://www.griffithobs.org/

dinner--http://www.anisettebrasserie.com/

Friday: Getty Museum in morning, something else in afternoon with S&L. Dinner with S&L

Saturday: Home

Comments (5)

Sounds like a busy vacation and lots of fun!

Sounds like a really cool trip! Big Sur is beautiful, and the elephant seals are very impressive. Hearst Castle is crazy - definitely worth a visit!

I spent two days in Paso Robles with my daughter last November and had a lovely time.

Have a great trip!

Oh - we had a good dinner at Anisette in October. Have to say their appies and desserts were better than the entrees. Just a heads up. :D (Semi-celebrity sighting: Rob Morrow from Northern Exposure sat at the table next to us!)

jgk:

The drive down the coast is really a thrill! I have an idea, though. If you're going to Paso just for wine tasting, skip it and do tasting in Montery/ Santa Cruz area. Then you could go to San Luis Obispo, a nice University town, too.

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