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Old 04-02-2008, 09:10 PM
 
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For a no-thrills but quiet and rustic trip back in time, I like the Piedras Blancas motel north of San Simeon. Movie rentals in the lobby and a tiny, low-key restaurant overlooking the bluff and roaring central-coast ocean. Front yard is "decorated" with a hodgepodge of odd items. It has a certain 1930s roadside nostalgia about it. Maybe the constant northwest wind adds a certain character to the place, too. Not sure what it is, but I like it.
Sounds kinda cool ... maybe like something you'd see on Route 66 in AZ or NM? That's a possibility.

Have you, or anybody else reading this, stayed at The Madonna Inn in SLO, I think? We like funky, eclectic places and I found it online and thought it seemed interesting.
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:12 PM
 
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Then you defintely want to go to Solvang and then turn left into the Santa Ynez Valley. In Los Olivos, almost every winery has a tasting room. Along the road, there is a mini horse farm and a couple of apple orchards where you can pick your own apples.

Solvang is about 45 North of Santa Barbara so if you've decided to stop in Santa Barbara you won't be going out of your way. Also, if you like to gamble, the Chumash Indians have a casino next to Solvang. It's a very nice hotel and they have entertainment.
We thought about wine country, just to see it (we don't drink) but I think we're going to stick to PCH between LA & SF.
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Old 04-02-2008, 10:01 PM
 
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i know a sweet little b&b in santa cruz that i highly recommend. it's called the REDWOOD CROFT, and it's located in a gorgeous redwood forest about six miles in from the coast just south of davenport. the breakfasts are fabulous-- fresh biscuits with homemade preserves, delicious fresh herb omlettes, and things like that; no cheap "continental" breakfast featuring stale store-bought pastry there! the innkeepers, sita and dale, are a lovely couple who will sit and chat with you for hours, or leave you alone, whichever you prefer. the atmosphere is very homey and intimate, but also offers lots of privacy. ask about the "bathtub room."

here are some photos i took of the inn and grounds when i was there in '06.

(i think you have to click on the images to enlarge them.)


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Old 04-03-2008, 01:00 AM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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Brings back great memories. I rode my bike down the Pacific Coast Bike trail from SF to Moorpark in 1995.

http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd316/charles_ucsb/BIKE_SF2.jpg (broken link)

Here's where the main places to check out are:

Santa Cruz
Monterey (Aquarium, Kayaking in the bay; If you have kids take them to Dennis the Menace park)
Carmel
Big Sur
San Simeon (Hearst had his own electric power plant, I think it was 50 Hz AC)
Cambria
Morro Bay
San Luis Obispo
Pismo Beach
Solvang
Check out Andersons Split Pea soup nearby in Buellton. See if you can break the record of for eating the most bowls of soup (currently 11 or 25 or something??? I forgot. I think you win a trip to Denmark if you can break 25???)
You rode that bike from SF to Moorpark? Wow. That is one looooooong bike ride. No wonder you have legs that look like a powerlifter. I think I'd like to bike that trail one of these days.
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Old 04-03-2008, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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You rode that bike from SF to Moorpark? Wow. That is one looooooong bike ride. No wonder you have legs that look like a powerlifter. I think I'd like to bike that trail one of these days.
It was fun and cheap. Took the train from Oxnard to SF: $59 for the one way ticket an $6 for the bike.
Stayed in hostels in SF and SC for like $7/night or something cheap.
SF to Santa Cruz to Big Sur to San Simeon to Santa Maria to Goleta to Moorpark. All 80 mile rides. The hostel in Santa Cruz, right near UCSC, is a restored 1890s Victorian era mansion, wood floors, free standing bathtub...really cool.

Pacific Coast Bicycle Route - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 06-06-2008, 03:45 AM
 
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Cre8 said "For a no-thrills but quiet and rustic trip back in time, I like the Piedras Blancas motel north of San Simeon. Movie rentals in the lobby and a tiny, low-key restaurant overlooking the bluff and roaring central-coast ocean. Front yard is "decorated" with a hodgepodge of odd items. It has a certain 1930s roadside nostalgia about it. Maybe the constant northwest wind adds a certain character to the place, too. Not sure what it is, but I like it. "


Cre8, I don't know who you are, but I LIKE your style.

The ocean-front Piedras Blancas Motel was physically closed by the Trust for Public Lands in April 2005, and then turned over to California State Parks, who have left the architectural resources of the site to languish and deteriorate.... while in the meantime this incredible winding, gorgeous rural stretch of historic old Highway One is also slowly eaten away... by new development and the infamous Hearst family/Corporation land-deal with the State.

I am spokesperson for a grass-roots group of former patrons of this ****y old motel, which, as Cre8 suggested, had a unique charm and was run by a wonderful manager who made sure the complex remained a link in the chain of real community along this coastline. WE NEED YOU! We need anyone who is willing to simply contact CA State Parks to request that the Piedras Blancas Motel be re-opened --- as a motel --- asap! (please contact Nick Franco of CA SP at nfranco@hearstcastle.com ...and see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piedras_Blancas_Motel ... and see OUR site HERE --- and be sure to click on the links at bottom... http://www.webspawner.com/users/motelhost/index.html )

Here is the deal ----- the Hearsts get to construct 27 new estates for "the family" along this pristine stretch of coastline, along with fifteen houses for "worker accomodation", PLUS they are building a 100-room in for the wealthy
just a few miles south in the historic (and also un-molested) village of San Simeon! In addition, four new estates (!!!!) have been jammed in across from the Piedras Blancas, completely runing the historic context of the old motel, and also destroying the viewshed of historic Highway One IN VIOLATION OF ALMOST EVERY CRITERIA AND PRECEDANT of the California Coastal Commission...

... and yet they hesitate to re-open this low-impact funky old vintage motel which served so many American and foreign tourists for more than fifty years... with rates as little as $28 per night in 2004!!!!

When my wife and I finally stayed in the Piedras Blancas, we were shocked at what a great resouce it was. Directly on the ocean, peaceful and so tranquil that hawks, skunks, and bobcats would visit, and nightime sometimes brought a mountain lion down near the facility. In the meantime deer could be seen across the road, while sea lions and elephant seals hung out on the beach. A truly magical place.

PLEASE SPEAK UP AND HELP US!!!! This section of coast is being victimized, despite what the vague stories that the Bay area and SoCal press have been giving us! Other motels in the area have been monopolizing and price-fixing for years, and it is decent working families who are suffering.

We can't do this ourselves --- there are only fifty of us in our group --- so THANK YOU, and may you be blessed for helping us out!

-- Don Faxon, Spokesperson, Citizens for the Preservation of the Piedras Blancas Motel
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Old 07-26-2008, 10:49 AM
 
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( can't properly quote with this old browser, so: )

Cre8 said "For a no-thrills but quiet and rustic trip back in time, I like the Piedras Blancas motel north of San Simeon. Movie rentals in the lobby and a tiny, low-key restaurant overlooking the bluff and roaring central-coast ocean. Front yard is "decorated" with a hodgepodge of odd items. It has a certain 1930s roadside nostalgia about it. Maybe the constant northwest wind adds a certain character to the place, too. Not sure what it is, but I like it. "


Cre8, I don't know who you are, but I LIKE your style.

The ocean-front Piedras Blancas Motel was physically closed by the Trust for Public Lands in April 2005, and then turned over to California State Parks, who have left the architectural resources of the site to languish and deteriorate.... while in the meantime this incredible winding, gorgeous rural stretch of historic old Highway One is also slowly eaten away... by new development and the infamous Hearst family/Corporation land-deal with the State.

I am spokesperson for a grass-roots group of former patrons of this ****y old motel, which, as Cre8 suggested, had a unique charm and was run by a wonderful manager who made sure the complex remained a link in the chain of real community along this coastline. WE NEED YOU! We need anyone who is willing to simply contact CA State Parks to request that the Piedras Blancas Motel be re-opened --- as a motel --- asap! (please contact Nick Franco of CA SP at [EMAIL="nfranco@hearstcastle.com"]nfranco@hearstcastle.com[/EMAIL] ...and see [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piedras_Blancas_Motel]Piedras Blancas Motel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/url] ... and see OUR site HERE --- and be sure to click on the links at bottom... [url=http://www.webspawner.com/users/motelhost/index.html]HELP SAVE THE PIEDRAS BLANCAS MOTEL! 2007 UPDATE[/url] )

Here is the deal ----- the Hearsts get to construct 27 new estates for "the family" along this pristine stretch of coastline, along with fifteen houses for "worker accomodation", PLUS they are building a 100-room in for the wealthy
just a few miles south in the historic (and also un-molested) village of San Simeon! In addition, four new estates (!!!!) have been jammed in across from the Piedras Blancas, completely runing the historic context of the old motel, and also destroying the viewshed of historic Highway One IN VIOLATION OF ALMOST EVERY CRITERIA AND PRECEDANT of the California Coastal Commission...

... and yet they hesitate to re-open this low-impact funky old vintage motel which served so many American and foreign tourists for more than fifty years... with rates as little as $28 per night in 2004!!!!

When my wife and I finally stayed in the Piedras Blancas, we were shocked at what a great resouce it was. Directly on the ocean, peaceful and so tranquil that hawks, skunks, and bobcats would visit, and nightime sometimes brought a mountain lion down near the facility. In the meantime deer could be seen across the road, while sea lions and elephant seals hung out on the beach. A truly magical place.

PLEASE SPEAK UP AND HELP US!!!! This section of coast is being victimized, despite what the vague stories that the Bay area and SoCal press have been giving us! Other motels in the area have been monopolizing and price-fixing for years, and it is decent working families who are suffering.

We can't do this ourselves --- there are only fifty of us in our group --- so THANK YOU, and may you be blessed for helping us out!

-- Don Faxon, Spokesperson, Citizens for the Preservation of the Piedras Blancas Motel
Thank you for letting me know about e-mail ( please contact Nick Franco of CA SP at [EMAIL="nfranco@hearstcastle.com"]nfranco@hearstcastle.com[/EMAIL]) I did e-mail to Nick Franco about Piedras blancas motel need re-opening soon.
I found good e mail that I can e mail to Nick because I can't find it since 2006. Long time lost.
Please let people know about e mail. Very important.
I understand how you feel about upset closed motel.
Me too.
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Old 07-26-2008, 10:58 AM
 
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Default Please spread the words about saving Piedras Blancas Motel

Please e mail to Nick Franco for [email]nfranco@hearstcastle.com[/email]

We want Piedras Blancas Motel be re-opening SOON.
Please spread the words other people to save Piedras Blancas Motel

Thank you
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:13 AM
 
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( can't properly quote with this old browser, so: )

Cre8 said "For a no-thrills but quiet and rustic trip back in time, I like the Piedras Blancas motel north of San Simeon. Movie rentals in the lobby and a tiny, low-key restaurant overlooking the bluff and roaring central-coast ocean. Front yard is "decorated" with a hodgepodge of odd items. It has a certain 1930s roadside nostalgia about it. Maybe the constant northwest wind adds a certain character to the place, too. Not sure what it is, but I like it. "


Cre8, I don't know who you are, but I LIKE your style.

The ocean-front Piedras Blancas Motel was physically closed by the Trust for Public Lands in April 2005, and then turned over to California State Parks, who have left the architectural resources of the site to languish and deteriorate.... while in the meantime this incredible winding, gorgeous rural stretch of historic old Highway One is also slowly eaten away... by new development and the infamous Hearst family/Corporation land-deal with the State.

I am spokesperson for a grass-roots group of former patrons of this ****y old motel, which, as Cre8 suggested, had a unique charm and was run by a wonderful manager who made sure the complex remained a link in the chain of real community along this coastline. WE NEED YOU! We need anyone who is willing to simply contact CA State Parks to request that the Piedras Blancas Motel be re-opened --- as a motel --- asap! (please contact Nick Franco of CA SP at [EMAIL="nfranco@hearstcastle.com"]nfranco@hearstcastle.com[/EMAIL] ...and see [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piedras_Blancas_Motel"]Piedras Blancas Motel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/URL] ... and see OUR site HERE --- and be sure to click on the links at bottom... [URL="http://www.webspawner.com/users/motelhost/index.html"]HELP SAVE THE PIEDRAS BLANCAS MOTEL! 2007 UPDATE[/URL] )

Here is the deal ----- the Hearsts get to construct 27 new estates for "the family" along this pristine stretch of coastline, along with fifteen houses for "worker accomodation", PLUS they are building a 100-room in for the wealthy
just a few miles south in the historic (and also un-molested) village of San Simeon! In addition, four new estates (!!!!) have been jammed in across from the Piedras Blancas, completely runing the historic context of the old motel, and also destroying the viewshed of historic Highway One IN VIOLATION OF ALMOST EVERY CRITERIA AND PRECEDANT of the California Coastal Commission...

... and yet they hesitate to re-open this low-impact funky old vintage motel which served so many American and foreign tourists for more than fifty years... with rates as little as $28 per night in 2004!!!!

When my wife and I finally stayed in the Piedras Blancas, we were shocked at what a great resouce it was. Directly on the ocean, peaceful and so tranquil that hawks, skunks, and bobcats would visit, and nightime sometimes brought a mountain lion down near the facility. In the meantime deer could be seen across the road, while sea lions and elephant seals hung out on the beach. A truly magical place.

PLEASE SPEAK UP AND HELP US!!!! This section of coast is being victimized, despite what the vague stories that the Bay area and SoCal press have been giving us! Other motels in the area have been monopolizing and price-fixing for years, and it is decent working families who are suffering.

We can't do this ourselves --- there are only fifty of us in our group --- so THANK YOU, and may you be blessed for helping us out!

-- Don Faxon, Spokesperson, Citizens for the Preservation of the Piedras Blancas Motel
Can you create a petition? That save Piedras Blancas Motel.
I am not good write but you can write up on new petitionsite.com
[URL]http://www.thepetitionsite.com/create.html#how-much-does-it-cost-to-submit-a-petition[/URL]
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Old 07-26-2008, 06:42 PM
 
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We just drove home to Shell Beach from Dana Point/San Clemente on Monday.

We took 405 Fwy to Santa Monica, then up the PCH through Malibu on Hwy 1, stopping for a late lunch at Paradise Cove. (Turn left at the stop light about 4-1/2 miles north of the entrance to Pepperdine University.)

We almost always take Hwy 154 over San Marcos Pass on the north end of Santa Barbara's State Street. Just over the summit, take the exit above the bridge to the Cold Springs Tavern (old stage coach stop) and see a part of California that hasn't changed in over 120 years.

Continue on north on Hwy 154 and exit into the Danish community of Solvang. The quaint town rolls up its sidewalks about 5 pm. If you've been there, drive north into Los Olivos for wine tasting and a late lunch or dinner at Patrick's Side Street Cafe, one block west of the central flag pole in the middle of town. If you like prime rib, I recommend The Brothers restaurant in the old Mattie's Tavern (former stage coach stop) just a block and a half north.

It's about a 45-minute drive north to Pismo Beach/Shell Beach from Solvang on Hwy 101, or you can explore the "Santa Rita Hills" wine country west of Buellton on the way to Hwy 1, which will take you all the way north into Pismo Beach where it meets up with 101.

Nice hotels include the Sea Venture facing west south of the Pismo Beach pier. Two nicer hotels on the ocean are next to each other in Shell Beach (now annexed by Pismo). The Cliffs has a large American flag flying in front which can be seen from the highway (Spyglass Drive exit) and next to it, the newer Dolphin Bay Resort. These are south facing and above a popular surfing spot. Three miles west is Avila Beach on Avila Beach Drive (or San Luis Bay Drive if construction has closed the former). The Lighthouse Suites is across the street from the central coast's safest beach. The Avila Golf Course, behind the beach, has a pretty good restaurant, but I can't recall the name.

San Luis Obispo is a must stop just to walk around this historic Mission town. Great shopping and dinning in this college town (try Home) Two restaurants I recommend are across from each other on Monterey Street, just a half block down from their art deco Fremont theater: Koberl at Blue (California cusine and great bar) and Palazzo Guiseppe's on the Court Street plaza. There is a new Apple store just a half block away on Higuera Street. On Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 PM they close off five blocks of Higuera Street for their famous Farmer's Market.

13 miles north of San Luis on Hwy 1 is Morro Bay. Recommended lodging: The Inn at Morro Bay (across from the golf course) above the bay; The Embarcadero Inn, across the street from the Morro Bay Yacht Club; the new Anderson Inn (five rooms above the Anderson family's famous Galley Restaurant on the water. Dinning: The Inn at Morro Bay and Windows on the Water on the Embarcadero, upstairs at Marina Village. If you like "top shelf" spirits, I recommend Legends bar (Main and Harbor) for the largest inventory and the best prices on the west coast for hard to find, high end spirits.

Drive through the beach town of Cayucos on your way up the coast to Cambria. There are a string of small ocean front hotels on the old highway which is now Moonstone Beach Drive. Make reservations online for Hearst Castle tours. Buy their "experience" and catch the 40 minutes big screen movie "Building A Dream" before or after the tour in the State Park's theatre, just a few steps from where you board the buses to the "Enchanted Hill".

About 4 miles north of San Simeon is a Elephant Seal breeding ground. They have built a dirt parking lot and wood boardwalk to view the hundreds of seals that beach themselves just south of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. They give birth around January, but you'll still see some Elephant seals on the beach in August. There is no charge for parking.

The Post Ranch and Ventana are quiet, upscale, but remote retreats south of Big Sur State Park. One of the most popular views if from the patio of the Nepenthe restaurant on the top of the hill before driving down into Big Sur village. The old lodge was formerly owned by Orson Wells and his wife Rita Hayworth before being converted into a public restaurant in the early 1950s. The views alone are worth the stop.

North into Carmel stop at Clint Eastwood's Mission Ranch behind Carmel Mission. Great steaks, a fun piano bar and nice outdoor patio. For french cusine, try the French Poodle, a small but romantic restaurant in downtown Carmel.

In Pebble Beach stop a The Lodge overlooking the 18th hole at Pebble Beach. You can enter 17-Mile drive from the Carmel gate, just a block above their white-sand beach.
There are three restaurants in the Lodge. Club IXX is the most expensive. At sunset you can watch a bagpiper play the setting sun down at the Inn at Spanish Bay on the north end of 17-mile drive.

Further north, drive through the classic California beach town of Capitola where you can
lunch on the beach overlooking Monterey Bay or dine at the famous Shadowbrook overlooking Soquel creek. You take a tram down to the restaurant or traverse their garden walk. Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk is just a few miles north.

If you plan to visit Napa Valley wineries after staying in San Francisco don't miss the new, 14-years in construction, Castello di Amorosa, Dario Sattui's dream Tuscan castle winery just north of St. Helena in south Calistoga. It can't be seen from the St. Helena Hwy, but is across the hill from Sterling Vineyards.

For good Italian food, I recommend you try Campanina on Union Street between Laguna and Octavia. North Beach restaurants are over priced. Be sure to drive across the Golden Gate (free direction is north, southbound you'll pay $6 or $7 depending when the price goes up) and take the first exit into historic Sausalito.

Enjoy!
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