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Santa Barbara to San Simeon road trip, anytime of the year!

One of my favorite road trips in central California is what I call my anytime of the year trip, “Santa Barbara to San Simeon” driving along the Pacific Coast Highway and 101, nice and slow, stopping at all the great places along the way. Pulling into Santa Barbara, the American Riviera, my first stop was the Santa Barbara Visitors Center located at 1 Garden St. at Cabrillo Boulevard.These helpful and kind people are a wealth of information to start your visit! There is free-WiFi at the center. Or you can “Visit Santa Barbara” and plan your trip, off of your computer or phone! A few recommendations for your DINING experience are; Lucky’s Restaurant   Lucky’s occupies a building complex originally constructed as the Montecito Bungalows back in 1926 when Coast Village Road was part of Highway 1, the original Pacific Coast Highway. Lucky’s has been honoring the classic American steakhouse tradition since 2000. If you’re looking to impres
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The Joseph House Inn (Bed and Breakfast) Bishop, Ca.

For me, it’s the essence of hospitality, comfort, beauty, delicious food, beautiful decor, lovely rooms and ambiance that pleases your senses, so you want to come back. Also a great location! I recently found this at THE JOSEPH HOUSE INN in Bishop, Ca. By the way, this is the ONLY ‘Bed and Breakfast’ in Bishop. This is a rare jewel, that reminded me of an ‘oasis in the desert’. It’s a beautiful place that welcomes you; especially the hosts, Myriam, Hilde and Max. I felt like I knew them for years. Myriam, the daughter of Hilde and Max, runs the operation and is an outstanding host. You don’t want to miss her gourmet breakfast that is included in your stay. You will be graced with all of the comforts of home; a welcoming glass of wine or beer when you arrive, fresh flowers that adorn your bedroom, fine linens, thick cotton towels, hairdryers, plush robes, TV’s with DVD’s and wireless internet. This 4500 sq.ft. home sits on 3 lush acr
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The Cliffs Resort, Pismo Beach, Ca.

Another real ‘jewel’ of a find, one block from the shops and restaurants in Pismo Beach is The Cliffs Resort. Here’s what I liked about this resort: First of all, the view. It sits on a bluff  right on the ocean; just about every room had a beautiful view of the water. Then, I found the staff  very professional. This California resort will dazzle you with exquisite details, from a heated outdoor pool to a relaxing spa treatment. You’ll love the first-class amenities, newly renovated accommodations, and alluring setting. Located on Shell Beach on California’s amazing central coast, it’s located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. A scenic drive to Hearst Castle, and is close to nearby world-class golf courses, theatres, art galleries and more than 80 wineries. Many hotels are close to the water, but the oceanfront Pismo Beach California hotel sits on its very own bluff, overlooking its very own beach. Fresh from a recent guestroom and resta
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