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Eight Best Hotels in San Simeon, California

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Hotels in San Simeon, California offer accommodations that are convenient to the Pacific Ocean coast, Hearst Castle and the Central California Wine Region. Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo are neighboring villages to San Simeon.

Following are some of the best hotels in San Simeon.

The Orchid Inn at San Simeon

This is a boutique hotel with amenities including a heated outdoor swimming pool an complimentary continental breakfast basket delivered to the guest room. The Spa at Orchid Inn offers relaxing massage treatments. El Chorlito Mexican Restaurant is located in between the main hotel and traveler buildings. 1-800-451-9900.

Orchid Inn Traveler

This is the more economical Orchid Inn lodging option, located 200 feet north of the main hotel. 1-800-451-9900.

Courtesy Inn

Located just three miles south of the Historic Hearst Castle. Facilities include tennis courts, indoor heated swimming pool, whirlpool, and climate controlled oasis area. Free Continental breakfast is available each morning.. Pets are welcome. Castillo Drive, San Simeon, California. 1-800-555-5773.

Motel 6 Premiere 1212

Motel 6 is six miles from Hearst Castle. The beach is within ten miles. Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, free expanded cable and an on site restaurant. Pets are allowed. Castillo Drive, San Simeon, California. 1-805-927-8591.

Quality Inn Hotel

Quality Inn is located two miles from Hearst Castle and is within walking distance from the Pacific Ocean. Amenities include indoor-outdoor whirlpool, outdoor heated swimming pool and free continental breakfast. 1-805-927-3998.

San Simeon Lodge. San Simeon Beach Resort

This resort offers a peaceful setting one block from San Simeon Beach. Elephant Seal Rookery is just minutes away, on scenic Highway One. Historic Hearst Castle is three miles away. San Simeon Beach Bar & Grill, an ocean view restaurant, is next to the lodge. . The lodge is located on 4.5 acres, surrounded by gardens and across from the ocean. Located just off or historic Highway One. Castillo Drive, San Simeon, California. 1-866-8990.

Sands by the Sea

This family owned and operated hotel is on the ocean side of Highway One with beach access. Amenities include an indoor heated swimming pool and complimentary continental breakfast. Hearst Drive, San Simeon, California. 1-800-444-0779.

Silver Surf Motel

Located three miles south of Hearst Castle on scenic Highway One. Beautiful coastal beaches are as close as 200 yards from Silver Surf Motel. Amenities nclude an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and large sun deck above the pool. Seven restaurants and cocktail lounges within walking distance. Pets are welcome. 9390 Castillo Drive, San Simeon, California. 1-800-621-3999.

Information is subject to change without notice. Contact the hotels for additional information and to make reservations.

The Best Places to Travel in California

Friday, July 12th, 2013

La Jolla California is a favorite destination for vacationers who come and stay during the long cold winter months. Most locals consider the weather to be one of the mildest in the nation. Not too hot in summer and mild in winter. Walk along Prospect Street and enjoy a great selection of quaint stores and art galleries. Just a heartbeat from the luxurious hotels are world-class shopping and excellent restaurants. As you walk along the pathways at edge of the ocean you can see swimmers, deep-sea divers, surfers and some fishing boats all enjoying the outdoors. Listen to the waves crashing down while you picnic and play ball. This park is a popular venue for romantic La Jolla weddings.

The Torrey Pines Golf Course is home to the PGA circuit and some of the holes on the course overlook the shimmering Pacific ocean. It is also one of the most scenic golf courses on the California coastline – and one of the nation’s premier municipal golf facilities.

Outdoor Hiking and San Diego beaches are the places to be if you’re an outdoors enthusiast. Torrey Pines State Park has trails of varying degrees and you can walk all the way down to the beach or remain high on the mountain-top and enjoy a more leisurely pace. If you look into the distance you may see whale spouts as they head down the coast to Baja Mexico for the winter. Take a hat and sun glasses, also a swim suit if you want to enjoy the beach down there but I should warn you it’s a long hike back up!

The village is a great place to hike – from the north end of Prospect walking south to the Children’s Pool. There is on-going discussion about this pool as the seals have decided this is a good spot to hang out. The city has closed the pool in order to protect the seals, not sure what the status is on that.

Just south of La Jolla Shores you will find a hillside path between the luxurious homes and the ocean. From this path you will have fabulous views of the Shores beach and also a place to see people in their kayaks making their way to The Cove. If the water is calm enough you will see them go into the cover itself. It’s risky, but there are always the “risk takers”. I’ve seen people scramble out of their kayaks and climb onto the rocks to safety, coming away with cuts and scratches.

La Jolla Kayaks in the Shores is a water enthusiast’s destination. La Jolla Shores is quaint and has a number of stores that cater for the discerning traveler. You can rent Stand Up Paddle Boards and La Jolla Scuba Diving has all you need to scout the marine life. This is all just a short walk to the beach. Birch Aquarium is very close by and a great attraction for those with an inquisitive nature for ocean creatures.

Hire a bicycle and pedal your way through the Village. Get out in the beautiful San Diego sunshine and take in the coastal scenery of the caves and the cove. Visitors can enjoy the outdoors and meet up with locals to talk about the lifestyle La Jolla offers. The city of San Diego is a few minutes south to enjoy Old Town and Petco Ball Park. Sea World and the famous San Diego Zoo are just a few of the other attractions downtown.