we did that drive in june, although we only planned for one day in the car, so we didn't do 101, that would have been too many hours.
In case you are looking for a place to stay in the LA area, I highly recommend the Belamar Hotel in Mahhattan Beach .
Instead of having "answers" on a math test, they should just call them "impressions," and if you got a different "impression," so what, can't we all be brothers?
I highly recommend a little B&B called The Inn at Depot Hill. I don't remember the name of the town it is in, but it is closer to SF than LA. Great, great inn. Amazing romantic rooms and fabulous service.
Santa Cruz is cute. There is the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, which is cheezy, but fun. I don't know much else about it, since that's all I've done in Santa Cruz.
Monterey/Carmel is also a cute area. We stayed in Monterey (near the Fisherman's Wharf there) and did wine tastings and did some shopping in Carmel downtown. We also ate at Roy's while we were there - yum!
If you aren't going to be rushed, I'd recommend driving down PCH as opposed to the 5 or 101. You can make it take as long as you want by stopping in all the little towns along the way. I don't really know of any particular hotel recommendations in all the different cities & towns, but if you start in Santa Cruz and continue south along the coast, you will also pass through Carmel, Monterey, Big Sur, San Simeon (where Hearst Castle is), San Luis Obispo (consider the Madonna Inn there) and Santa Barbara. I would recommend a minimum of one overnight stay while you make that drive. Otherwise you'll be too rushed & can't really enjoy the scenery & towns along the way.
Thanks again for the replies. We may not go to LA now.
DH and I decided that 4 days in SF isn't very much, seeing as the first half-day is eaten up by travel, and one day we are planning to go on a wine tour.
We still want to head down the PCH and we were thinking of staying at Adobe on Green Street B&B in Santa Cruz for one night.
framboise, the Madonna Inn is um....interesting, to say the least! Have you stayed there? When I clicked your link, I thought '"what a cute little inn". Then I saw the rooms Holy cow! I don't know if I'd be able to convince DH to stay there.
Personally I'd stay in the Bay Area. I'd hit Napa, Marin, SF and take an overnight trip to Carmel and Monterey. But that's because I love the Bay Area (and I live in LA).
How many days in all do you have for this trip?
Personally I'd stay in the Bay Area. I'd hit Napa, Marin, SF and take an overnight trip to Carmel and Monterey. But that's because I love the Bay Area (and I live in LA). How many days in all do you have for this trip?
I agree with this. I've lived in both Southern and Northern California and I love the Bay Area.