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Road Trip Through Central California

By July 2, 2020July 7th, 2020No Comments

Luxury California Coastal Getaway

Roll your windows down and let the ocean breeze push you up the coast. Stop in quaint towns, pull off for lookouts, trek through the natural terrain and dine on fresh local dishes.

Four Nights Five Days

Personally Recommended Hotels and Restaurants

Cambria – Big Sur – Carmel – Pebble Beach


Day 1: Santa Barbara to Cambria

Drive about two hours and 15 minutes from Santa Barbara to Cambria. Grab a bite to eat for lunch and walk around the small town. Enjoy your afternoon exploring the sites. Drive from Cambria to the Post Ranch Inn (about an hour and a half away). Spend your night relaxing at the iconic hotel. Relish in a glass of wine, a cup of tea, or take a dip in the infinity pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean below.

Day 2: Big Sur

Enjoy a full day in Big Sur. Take a hike, drive the cliffside road, or lounge at the hotel for the ultimate indulgent vacation. Spend one more night at the Post Ranch Inn.

  Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur
Cambria, California

Day 3: Carmel-by-the-Sea

Drive to Carmel-by-the-sea (or Carmel Valley, your choice). It is just a 45-minute drive to Carmel-by-the-Sea, and an hour to Carmel Valley. Wander through the town, wine taste, eat at Grasings for lunch (in Carmel-by-the-Sea) and dine at La Bicyclette for dinner. If you head inland to Carmel Valley we recommend resting your head at the Carmel Valley Ranch.

Day 4: Carmel to Pebble Beach

Drive under three and a half hours to Casa Palmero, a lovely property in Pebble Beach. Enjoy the day by the beach, golfing, or poolside with a refreshing cocktail. Have dinner at The Inn at Spanish Bay and spend your night at Casa Palmero.

Day 5: Heading Home

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and have the morning to sneak in a few more sites or hours of relaxation. After lunch drive back to Santa Barbara, this should only take about four and a half hours giving you plenty of time to settle back in.