Central Coast & Central Valley
California Fun at a Central Coast B&B
California's Central Coast and Central Valley are known for their agricultural contributions and endless coast line. The mild weather of the region makes it a great getaway year-round and the area has something for everyone. Quaint towns full of art and culture line the coast, and the valley is home to some of the world best wines. Discover the charm and abundance of activities available at a Central Coast or Valley bed and breakfast inn.
With sun, surf, and miles of golden sand, Santa Cruz is the quintessential California beach town. The Santa Cruz Wharf is known for fishing, viewing marine mammals and other recreation. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
is California's oldest amusement park and a designated
State Historic Landmark. Take a thrill ride on the Beach Boardwalk's 1924 wooden roller coaster. Ride through the redwoods abroad Roaring Camp Railroad's historic steam train. Hike the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail at Big Basin State Park. Take a relaxing walk along the beach at Natural Bridges State Park. Stroll the charming seaside hamlet of Capitola. Explore the vibrant arts scene and inspired cafés in downtown Santa Cruz. Family adventure awaits at a Santa Cruz inn.
The Monterey Peninsula is a destination that blends stunning natural beauty with refined elegance. Be captivated by the dramatic exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world. Wander along the historic Cannery Row made famous by novelist John Steinbeck, featuring fine restaurants, lodging and specialty shops. Some of the country's best seafood and clam chowder is sold at the restaurants along Monterey Fisherman's Wharf. The peninsula is also home to quaint towns like Moss Landing, located right on the bay, and Hollister, located near the north entrance to the Pinnacles National Monument. The Pinnacles National Monument can also be accessed by a drive south down the Salinas Valley, where travelers can view endless fields of lettuce and expansive vineyards. Experience natural beauty at a Monterey Peninsula bed and breakfast.
The small town of Pacific Grove lies along the Monterey Bay and is best known for its wintering Monarch butterflies. Take a trip down the famous 17-Mile Drive and enjoy endless views of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the Pacific Grove's small-town charm as you explore the shops and restaurants down Lighthouse Avenue. With dozens of world-famous golf courses in the area, why not test your swing at the holes of historic Pacific Grove Golf Links or nearby Pebble Beach. Visit the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium or walk down historic Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck. Walk along the Monterey rec trail for miles of coastal views. You may even spot an otter in the water. Discover small town charm at a Pacific Grove bed and breakfast.
The quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea offers a wide variety of restaurants, coffee houses and bakeries. Carmel is a mecca for artists, writers and musicians. More than 100 art studios, galleries and antique stores display the works of artists from around the world. Take time to browse the boutique shops and antique stores. The coastline has some of the most beautiful views in all of California. Just a short drive from Carmel, visitors can spend an afternoon exploring the area's coastline at Point Lobos State Reserve or take a drive along the breathtaking Big Sur coastline where more fantastic photo opportunities await you. Or sample the fine wines of the beautiful Carmel Valley. Find coastal luxury at a Carmel Boutique inn or B&B.
With its close proximity to mountains, beaches and deserts, there's something for everyone in Paso Robles. Located centrally between Los Angeles and San Francisco in the coastal mountain range of central California, Paso Robles offers a unique and affordable escape from city life. Enjoy a relaxing day of wine tasting, fine dining and boutique shopping in downtown Paso Robles. Named for the local oak trees El Paso de Robles, or "pass of the trees," is one of California's fastest growing communities of boutique and family-owned boutique vineyards and wineries. Just a short drive to the coast, Paso Robles is close to Morro Bay and some of the world's best seafood or the charm of San Luis Obispo. Enjoy a wine country escape at a bed and breakfast in Paso Robles.
On California's legendary Highway 1, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, or "SLO" as it's affectionately called by the locals, was named the "happiest city in America" by Oprah. This Central Coast destination known for its lovely coastal towns and leisurely pace. Wander the shops and restaurants tucked into historic downtown San Luis Obispo. Enjoy a day at the beach in Cayucos or have some fresh seafood in Morro Bay. Make the short drive to Cambria and explore Hearst Castle, and the numerous antique shops located in the small coastal town. A quick drive north leads visitors to the inland town of Paso Robles, known for its award-winning wineries and country charm. Fun awaits at a San Luis Obispo bed and breakfast or boutique inn.
Cambria is located just west of the central valley, along California's coastline. Browse the art and antique shops in the town of Cambria. Just a short drive north of Cambria is the famous Hearst Castle also known as San Simeon, after the town it resides in. Built in 1919 by newspaper millionaire William Randolph Hearst, Hearst Castle featured 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, swimming pools, a movie theater, an airfield, and the world's largest private zoo. Designated a State Historical Monument and a National Historic Landmark, this indulgent castle is open to the public for tours. The town of Cambria is free of any chain stores and is true located off the beaten path, nestled between towering pines and the Pacific Ocean. Relax at a Cambria bed and breakfast inn.