California Journals

Driving the Pacific Coast Highway

A March 2001 trip to California by globe trotter

Laguna Niguel Photo, California, United States More Photos
Quote: A convertible is an essential part of driving this famous coastal highway - think Thelma & Louise & get in you car & drive!

Driving the Pacific Coast Highway

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Overview

17 Mile Drive Photo, California, United States
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- Hanging out in San Francisco - Half Moon Bay, lunch in Santa Cruz - Aquarium at Monterey - 17 Mile Drive at Pebble Beach - Shopping & eating in Carmel - 30 miles of spectacular coast at Big Sur - Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - San Simeon/Hearst Castle - Morro Bay & the 'rock of Gibraltar' - Relaxing in Santa Barbara - Lunching in Santa Monica - Star spotting in LA - Running on the beach at Laguna Beach.Quick Tips: We went out of season - & although we experienced a bit of mist around Big Sur - we encountered no jams or heavy traffic - it was a totaly relaxed & fast drive - don't go in summer!Best Way To Get Around: Crui...Read More

Tally Ho Inn

Hotel

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There is nowhere cheap to stay in Carmel! This inn is comfortable enough, the staff are friendly, the gardens are nice, the location central & the simple breakfast is freshly prepared - but it is not worth $180.00 p/n.
The rooms are more motel style than ''Inn'' & although they promise sea views - you really have to peer over roof tops to see the sea.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 11, 2001

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This is a glorified motel but the rooms are nicely furnished with lace, frills & antiques. The central reception area where guests eat breakfast & are invited to relax in the sitting room which is very nicely decorated with antiques. They also offer cheese & wine at around 5.00 pm - which is a nice way to meet & chat to other guests. The breakfast was also great - fruit, cereal & a cooked selection. The location is very central - only 3 blocks from the beach & oceanfront restaurants.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 11, 2001

Wyndham Sedona Vacation Resort

Hotel | "Ritz Carlton"

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I think this is one of the nicest hotels in San Francisco - it''s in a good location (although it''s an exhausting walk up the hill to get there from China town!)& the building is architecturally very nice. The rooms are opulently furnished with nice big beds & lots of room to move. The lobby bar is a great place to meet friends for pre-dinner drinks & nibbles - they have an amazing range of sushi rolls. The fitness centre is also very good - the pool is a good size & the massage I had was probably one of the best massages I''ve ever had.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2001

Wyndham Sedona Vacation Resort
1500 Kestrel Circle
Sedona, Arizona 86336
(928) 203-1026

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This hotel is in the not so picturesque area of downtown LA. The location makes it a lot cheaper than better located hotels but it''s not a particularly inspiring place. The rooms are small (but adequate) & the service is OK. In general the place is a little shabby & needs redecorating. Incidently, it is THE BEST place to stay if you are running the LA marathon - one block from the start & finish!

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 11, 2001

Emilio's

Restaurant

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We went here to experience classic 'Californian' dining & we wern't disappointed. The tuna rolls were one of the most inventive creations I'd ever seen - served in what seemed to be sugar cones (the ones you usually get ice cream in!). If you like plain, simple food this isn't the place for you as the flavours & mixture of ingredients are very full on. The restaurant itself is nicely decorated in a kind of rustic, Mexican way & looks out over the sea (over a road & a boardwalk!)

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 11, 2001

Gilda's

Restaurant

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Join all the old local people for lunch at Gilda's - Gilda herself still greets guests although she must be 75 years old herself! This is a cheap & cheerful 'fish & chip' restaurant (they do serve other fresh seafood too) out on the pier in Santa Cruz. It's a great lunch stop - especially if you get a window seat.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 11, 2001

Hog's Breath Inn

Restaurant

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This is Dirty Harry's place - yes Clint actually owns this Inn & is said to pop in from time to time - although we didn't see him! The dining room is dimly lit & furnished like a 19th century inn - this is quite well done & not too tacky. They also have fires & outdoor seating. The food is pretty predictable - steaks, burgers, salads, big desserts - but it's all OK. The prices are a bit high - but I suppose that's to be expected because of the celebrity ownership.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 11, 2001

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'Shutters' is a great hotel as well as restaurant - although we only stopped by for brunch other people have told me it's great for dinner too. Located on the beach front - it is the perfect place to people watch - especially if you sit outside on a sunny day. The brunch/lunch was lovely - the salads are huge & well prepared & service good.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 11, 2001