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Coast and Castle

This is a Specialty Group Tour

a minimum rental of four cars.

 

Coast and Castle Tour

The Coast & Castle Tour begins in Cambria, half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Cambria is a small central coast community nestled in the pines. In Cambria you will find lots to do. Antique stores, galleries, gift shops, or take a drive down Santa Rosa Creek Road. The countryside along this picture postcard road is reminiscent of the roads the Model T grew up on. The pastoral setting will have a calming effect on you as you wind your way through stretches of roads covered in a canopy of trees. In the spring the river will race alongside you making its way to the Pacific Coast. During your tour, you will stay at The Pelican Suites, a 4 diamond accommodation. Just across the street is beautiful Moonstone Beach. The beach is covered with tiny smooth, semi precious stones.

The next day drive up Highway 1 – one of the most picturesque roads in America. We will prepare a picnic lunch so you can pull of the road, spread out a blanket and enjoy your picnic as you watch sea otters play.

Just down the road you might see Elephant Seals stretched out on the sand taking their nap. Docents are on hand to explain the Elephant Seals habits and migration cycle as well as answer questions about the California Coast.

I know it will be hard to stop exploring the Central Coast but you will want time to tour Hearst Castle. Few places on Earth compare to Hearts Castle with its 165 rooms decorated with rare antiques from around the world. Hearst Castle sits on the Santa Lucia Mountains, a Coastal range above San Simeon. Mr. Hearst called this resting place La Cuesta Encantada, “The Enchanted Hill”.

Several tours of the castle will be available for you to take. You will need to allow about two hours per tour. As you tour the grandeur of the castle, keep in mind that Mr. Hearst referred to it as "The Ranch". On a clear day the views over the Pacific Ocean and the California Coast are stunning from “The Ranch Home”.

After your day's activities, return to the Pelican Suites to freshen up for a night out on the town at one of Cambria's finest restaurants. The next day is yours. You may enjoy touring the coast or other southern coastal towns.

HARMONY (don't blink), all half dozen buildings of it began to decline in the 1950's with the dairy industry. The towns name however has an interesting history. The name came after a shooting death in 1907, the result of feuding dairy farmers. The murder brought the areas battling residents together, and in an effort to instill a truce, the Harmony Valley Cooperative Dairy was formed. The town has a working post office and may be one of the smallest communities with such a destination. If you've ever wanted to be mayor or a city dignitary, you might consider buying the town. Harmony comes on the market every once in awhile. It last sold for a little over a million dollars. So, how bad do you want to be mayor?

CAYUCOS got its name in 1769 for the little canoes – Cayucos – spotted off shore. You might want to spend time at the antique stores or walk out onto the pier. The pier became a shipping center for nearby dairy farmers and cattle ranches in 1875.

MORRO BAY started out as a small fishing community. You can still purchase fresh fish from the boats when they dock. While waiting for the fishing boats, you might enjoy watching pelicans dive for their own catch. If you're lucky, you will see a sea otter swimming on his back while eating his own seafood off his stomach. You may find this too much to do on an empty stomach, so stop in at one of the many seafood restaurants that overlook the bay. After lunch be sure to visit the shell shop with the Pacific Coast's largest collection of shells from around the world. Take a walk through the art galleries and little shops that line the embarcadero.

Drive out to Morro Rock and watch the boats or take a walk down the beach. Drive up to Black Mountain; from there you will have a spectacular view of Morro Rock, the Bay and the bird sanctuary as well as miles of beaches. This would make a great photograph.

 

 

 

 
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