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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 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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Steamers of Pismo Beach, Ca.

Have you ever been on vacation and wanted to find a restaurant with a beautiful view, great service and a tempting menu? This is just what I found when I drove up to Steamers restaurant in Pismo Beach, Ca. The minute I entered the restaurant, I could see the ocean out of most of the windows, no matter where I chose to sit. I knew this was my kind of place. As a matter of fact, the place was packed, and this was during the week, not on a Friday night! Steamers serves lunch and dinner. Since all hotels and restaurants are conveniently located in the town of Pismo Beach, Steamers is a popular dining place for many visitors and guests, within walking distance of their hotels. Every seat in the restaurant has a view of the ocean. Jay Britton, the Manager is very proud of his restaurant. The customer service that you experience from the staff is excellent. Many have been working there for a long time. So what does that tell you? I started off with their award winning, ‘clam chowderR
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