California Central Coast Road Trip – 2TravelDads

Author: , August 31st, 2018

What could be more perfect any time of year than a California Central Coast road trip? Nothing. Leaving the SoCal area out of Los Angeles and heading north up the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), you’re bound to find beautiful, quirky, delicious, and captivating stops. A road trip up the California Central Coast fits nearly any budget and can last a few days or two weeks. There’s never a dull moment with or without kids, and we’ve done it both ways.

Looking back (and as we plan to do a Central Coast road trip again soon) I think next time we’ll eat more ice cream, spend some time hiking in Los Padres National Forest and schedule our trip around either Spring Barrel or Crush in the Fall.

We only just started to get into the amazing, diverse world of wine on the Central Coast and it could be the focus of its own trip. Was that too much much of a hint of what’s in store? Oops. Having said that, prepare yourself for fun with the family any time of year on a PCH road trip.

Planning your California Central Coast road trip

It’s so much fun to throw some bags and supplies in the car and hit the road, but when you’re talking about family travel to a popular destination, particularly in the summer months, you need to plan things out a bit more than this. Here’s how to plan your perfect California Central Coast road trip (or any similar trip for that matter).

Perfect California Road Trip Activities along the PCH

We always like to start our road trip planning with making a list of sights and activities we know both the kids and adults will love. When we’re talking about California we know that we can almost always mix beach time with hiking and even some family friendly wine tasting. The California Central Coast is perfect for all of those activities. Add in our love for history and we’ve got endless opportunities to enjoy a perfect road trip along the PCH together.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Jabberwock B&B Inn, Monterey, California

Author: , June 8th, 2012

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Jabberwock B&B Inn, Monterey, CaliforniaSet on a half-acre of gardens, our Craftsman-style Monterey bed and breakfast inn offers fabulous views of the Monterey Bay with its famous barking seals.

When you’re ready to relax for the evening, you’ll find a huge, comfortable Victorian bed in your room, complete with lace-edged sheets and goose-down comforters. Our three guest rooms also include romantic Jacuzzi tubs for two.

In the late afternoon, we serve wine, hors d’oeuvres and aperitifs on an enclosed sun porch. After dinner, our guests are tucked into bed with homemade cookies and milk.

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I’ll Keep Visiting Monterey Until the Day I Die

Author: , January 8th, 2011

Monterey, CaliforniaAs I lay there all tied up in knots, with my right leg piercing the air near my ear, all I could think about was sea otters.  Never mind the fact that my rational mind was screaming, “Your LEG does not belong near your EAR.”  My creative mind was off with the sea otters, frolicking, swimming backwards, and fetching shiny ornaments for a reward of an abalone liberated from its pesky shell.

This made me laugh, although Paula – the expert masseuse targeting my tension with a force not unlike a sea otter slamming a rock on fresh food – hardly notices.  I’m blissed out at the Spa on the Plaza in Monterey, California, and my wandering mind is exploring my earlier visit to the expansive Monterey Bay Aquarium.

The Aquarium is by far the biggest draw for travelers to Monterey County, as it is consistently rated the number one aquarium in the US, and occasionally even the world.  The tanks are full of shimmering fish, giant octopi, and furry sea otters, not to mention a healthy share of rambunctious children mammals.  The aquarium’s popularity is also a bit of a curse, because the first thing that people say when you mention Monterey is usually, “Oh, that’s where the aquarium is!”

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Featured Property: Vagabond’s House Bed & Breakfast, Carmel, California

Author: , September 27th, 2010

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Vagabond's House B&B - Carmel, CaliforniaMagical — Located at the intersection of 4th Ave and Dolores St, in the heart of California’s Central Coast village of Carmel-By-The-Sea, this Boutique Inn and Spa Studio has earned its place as the most magical Boutique Inn on the Monterey Bay Peninsula. Located amongst Carmel’s finest restaurants, unique shopping and well-known art galleries, just blocks from the famous white sand of Carmel Beach and Pebble Beach.

The central stone courtyard, overflowing with flowers and dominated by an ancient oak and cascading waterfall have inspired writers and composers since the 1920s. Named for Don Blanding’s poem of the 1920’s (Vagabond’s House appeared in the best selling novel Drifter’s Gold which was written while living on the property) the inn houses a collection of antique clocks, toys and books, some of which come from Buffalo Bill Cody’s personal childhood collection.

Accommodations include extraordinarily charming guest rooms with fireplaces and hardwood floors. Each unique room achieves a distinctive ambience through a combination of elegance, tradition and fine art. Breakfast is delivered to your room each morning and includes organic locally grown and vine ripened fruits, French pastries, organic eggs and more.

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