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CALIFORNIA BEACHES
DREAM INN, SANTA CRUZ
The only beachfront hotel in Santa Cruz, the 165-room Dream Inn is set on the historic Boardwalk and welcomes guests with its casual ambience and colourful retro-chic style. All bedrooms feature walk-in rain shower, coffee maker, mini-fridge, iron/ironing board and private balcony affording sweeping views of Monterey Bay. The inspired menu at ‘Aquarius’ serves freshly caught seafood, meat from nearby organic farms, local wine, and craft beers, whilst ‘Jack O’Neill’s’ will keep you plied with fancy cocktails and comfort snacks. Whether you want to surf or paddle board on the beach, laze by the pool or simply gaze out from your balcony as the sun sets over the Pacific, the Dream Inn will ensure that your California beach stay is one which is chilled and relaxed.
APPLE FARM, SAN LUIS OBISPO
Apple Farm wine country inn welcomes guests with its warm hospitality, cosy and comfortable lodging, and tranquil, rural setting. The 105 guest rooms offer a range of accommodation which includes the Millhouse, where it’s easy to drift off to the gentle sounds of the mill’s authentic waterwheel. ‘Apple Farm Restaurant & Bakery’ is a long-time favourite with locals and visitors alike, serving simple and traditional fare along with speciality entrees which include fresh local meats and seafood, followed by hot apple dumpling. The restaurant also offers a ‘Happy Hour’ – from 3-6pm! The heated pool and hot tub are ideal for the mild days of the Central Coast, and if you want to explore the area, Hearst Castle, Big Sur, and the rolling valleys of the wine country are only a short drive away.
PORTOLA HOTEL & SPA, MONTEREY
Inspired by the area’s natural beauty, the Portola Hotel & Spa is one
of Monterey Peninsula’s finest hotels. The décor of the 379 guestrooms mirrors the nautical feel of the hotel, and the full range of in-room amenities includes coffee makers, hairdryers and refrigerators. ‘The Club House’ boasts the best breakfast in Monterey, and also offers a wide variety of seasonal dishes prepared using local ingredients, whilst typical California cuisine is on the lunch and dinner menus at ‘Jack’s Monterey’. If you like your craft beers, ‘Peter B’s Brewpub’ with its daily ‘Happy Hour’, is a must. Other onsite facilities include fully-equipped spa, fitness centre and outdoor pool, and away from the hotel, Old Monterey Farmer’s Market, Monterey State Historic Park and Old Fisherman’s Wharf are all within a close proximity.
HARBOR VIEW INN, SANTA BARBARA
The family-friendly Harbor View Inn is a deluxe boutique resort-style hotel in a location that is perfect for experiencing the best that Santa Barbara can offer. Harbor View Inn’s 102 bedrooms and 13 luxurious suites offer a range of accommodation, all of which feature a private balcony or patio and include amenities such as coffee maker, fully stocked mini-bar, and iron/ironing board. ‘State Street Coffee’ serves morning pastries and artisan espresso, and the ‘Poolside Bar & Grill’ offers daytime sustenance and refreshments. There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance or alternatively, you may want to take advantage of the hotel’s ‘In-Room Dining Service’. Relax by the pool or in the new ‘Spa Beaumontia’, and for those wishing to get out and about, the beach and Stearns Wharf are right across the road.
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