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Pebble Beach, CA (golfing)

17-Mile Drive Waste of time and money IMO. Views are lackluster at best- UshDadude

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Cambria, CA

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Solvang, CA

Restaurants

None officially, with the following exception:

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Pismo Beach, CA is considered a Southern California store. This means all the food is kosher. There are no other Coffee Bean Stores between San Jose and Santa Barbara.

Shuls

Chabad by the Sea (Santa Cruz)

Chabad of Monterey

Chabad of Carmel Valley

Chabad of SLO
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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #400 on: November 05, 2021, 11:38:24 AM »
I'm working on my TR. but - Ventana was just sold, so if you're gonna book..... - https://www.siliconvalley.com/2021/11/04/ventana-big-sur-hotel-record-mega-real-estate-deal-150-million-covid/

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #401 on: November 05, 2021, 11:46:08 AM »
I'm working on my TR. but - Ventana was just sold, so if you're gonna book..... - https://www.siliconvalley.com/2021/11/04/ventana-big-sur-hotel-record-mega-real-estate-deal-150-million-covid/

“Hyatt had owned the hotel with the intention of turning it into a long-term management contract,” Reay said.

And in fact, Hyatt’s Alila brand has obtained such a management contract with the new owner, Hyatt said.
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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #402 on: November 05, 2021, 12:03:54 PM »
“Hyatt had owned the hotel with the intention of turning it into a long-term management contract,” Reay said.

And in fact, Hyatt’s Alila brand has obtained such a management contract with the new owner, Hyatt said.
does that translate into definitely accepting rewards bookings?

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #403 on: November 05, 2021, 12:07:45 PM »
Yes
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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #404 on: July 31, 2022, 12:09:58 AM »
Looking to spend a couple days in Northern California. Any suggestions where to stay on coast and which places are must sees? Half Moon  / Big Sur etc?

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #405 on: July 31, 2022, 01:02:42 AM »
Ventana was unavailable my last trip. I stayed at Carmel Highlands Hyatt, it's nice but time share hotel so rooms were weird.

The views though we're insane!!

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #406 on: July 31, 2022, 08:02:32 PM »
Looking to spend a couple days in Northern California. Any suggestions where to stay on coast and which places are must sees? Half Moon  / Big Sur etc?
Keep an eye on the fires. If you can go to ventana do it.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #407 on: July 31, 2022, 08:29:55 PM »
We are traveling with baby. They write its adult only?
Whats second best place in area

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #408 on: July 31, 2022, 10:18:10 PM »
We are traveling with baby. They write its adult only?
Whats second best place in area
Not many hotels in the area. You can go up or down the coast and there's a lot of options

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #409 on: August 01, 2022, 12:40:54 AM »
Caramel valley ranch was beautiful  but inland like 10 min. I really loved it! Also cat 7.

I never stayed in ventana, that and the Napa property were both switching to cat 8 but there was no award availability when I went In April.

Carmel Highlands has fantastic ocean views etc but not as nice room's, somewhat dated

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #410 on: January 08, 2023, 10:42:22 AM »
I am planning to be in LA from 1/19/2023 - 1/29/2023 on mid winter break with the kids. We are hoping to do only part of the PCH and was thinking about going up to Big Sur. The issue right now there is a road closure between Hurst Castle and Big Sur because of flooding so Hurst Castle is likely the farthest north we will be able to go.

Is it worth doing the drive from LA only to Hurst Castle and then back to LA? Seems like most of the highlights are on the north part of the PCH. What would the recommended stops be on the south part between LA and Hurst Castle with kids?

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #411 on: January 08, 2023, 12:45:00 PM »
I am planning to be in LA from 1/19/2023 - 1/29/2023 on mid winter break with the kids. We are hoping to do only part of the PCH and was thinking about going up to Big Sur. The issue right now there is a road closure between Hurst Castle and Big Sur because of flooding so Hurst Castle is likely the farthest north we will be able to go.

Is it worth doing the drive from LA only to Hurst Castle and then back to LA? Seems like most of the highlights are on the north part of the PCH. What would the recommended stops be on the south part between LA and Hurst Castle with kids?

Thanks.
The prettiest parts of the drive are north of Hearst castle, but it's still nice to be able to drive up to the castle if that's all you can do. As far as whether it's a good idea with kids, it depends on the age of the kids and what they're interested in. It's a lot like looking around an old castle like Hogwarts, so it they're into that they may like it. That said, to drive all the way to Hearst Castle from LA doesn't seem worth it to me without being able to continue on PCH.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #412 on: April 16, 2023, 01:43:52 AM »
Where's the best place to do a one way rental from SFO - LAX?

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #413 on: April 16, 2023, 10:53:30 AM »
Where's the best place to do a one way rental from SFO - LAX?
Are you asking which car rental place? There's no one place that's particularly better than others.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #414 on: April 16, 2023, 11:04:42 AM »
Are you asking which car rental place? There's no one place that's particularly better than others.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #415 on: June 15, 2023, 12:46:52 PM »
Looking into a trip Mon-Thurs from LA to SFO. What is a good stopping point on Monday on our way up? I want to stop at Tierra Sur for late lunch/early dinner and then make our way further up the coast.
Lnading Sunday night staying in LA
Monday somewhere along PCH- where?
Tues-Wed Carmel Valley Ranch
Thurs airport hotel

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #416 on: June 15, 2023, 02:21:28 PM »
San Luis Obispo is about midway between Tierra Sur and Carmel Valley. Can also stay in Paso Robles. There are marriotts in both.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #417 on: June 15, 2023, 09:43:14 PM »
San Luis Obispo is about midway between Tierra Sur and Carmel Valley. Can also stay in Paso Robles. There are marriotts in both.
Big Sur is a pretty place to stop as well.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #418 on: June 28, 2023, 02:19:37 AM »
I usually stay in Santa Barbara after Oxnard, then work my way up. You can stay in big sur. There's a really nice kimpton in Goleta also for a IHG redemption

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #419 on: June 28, 2023, 02:57:59 AM »
Big Sur is a pretty place to stop as well.
If you're going without kids and win the Hyatt award lottery stay in the ventana, with food from chabadtof Monterey. I have a TR somewhere