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Driving from San Francisco to LA,- Place to stay in Big Sur

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Boston
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Driving from San Francisco to LA,- Place to stay in Big Sur

We're driving from San Francisco to LA in early June. We thought we'd spend one night in in Carmel or Pacific Groove (not sure which would be better) and then take two days from there to LA.

Are there places to stay in Big Sur.? We're not campers, would like an Inn or B&B.

Where would be a good place to stay for one night?

Grover Beach, Ca
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1. Re: Driving from San Francisco to LA,- Place to stay in Big Sur

The general recommendation for a 3 day/2 night trip between SF and LA is Monterey/Carmel/Pacific Grove for the first night and either Cambria or Pismo Beach for the second night.

Some B&B options in the Monterey/Carmel area:

Old Monterey Inn

Seven Gables Inn (PG)

Green Gables Inn (PG)

Gosby House Inn (PG)

Inn at 213 Seventeen Mile Dr (PG)

Normandy Inn (Carmel)

Cobblesone Inn (Carmel)

Carmel Wayfarer Inn

Lamp Lighter Inn (Carmel)

Big Sur is a little less than an hour's drive from Monterey, but easily seen on the drive down the coast to your next destination.

If you decide on Cambria for that second overnight stop, look at Moonstone Landing, Sand Pebbles Inn, Fog Catcher Inn, Best Western Fireside Inn, Blue Dolphin Inn, Cambria Pines Lodge.

If you decide on Pismo Beach, look at Kon Tiki Inn, Sea Crest Resort, Cottage Inn, Best Western Shelter Cove Lodge, Sea Venture Resort

San Francisco...
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2. Re: Driving from San Francisco to LA,- Place to stay in Big Sur

Yes, there are places to stay in Big Sur. Did you check out the hotels section here on TA? You may like Deetjen's. IMO it's a very different experience staying in Big Sur v. Carmel. It depends on what you want.

Avila Beach...
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3. Re: Driving from San Francisco to LA,- Place to stay in Big Sur

I also recommend staying in Big Sur if you can. Deetjens would probably be closest to a B&B. There are also cabins at Ripplewood. Big Sur River Inn has good deals overlooking the river.

Boston
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4. Re: Driving from San Francisco to LA,- Place to stay in Big Sur

We plan on staying in Pacific Grove mostly because the Monterey Peninsula looks lovely and interesting.

We'd then spend the next day driving through Big Sur and end up staying on night somewhere and drive to LA the next day.

The places you mention in Cambria all look nice. Do you have a preference between Fogcatcher Inn or Sand Pebbles Inn? What about Moonstone landing?. It is cheaper than the other two. Mostly it would be nice to find a relatively calm place to spend the night. We wouldn't be doing too much running around there - maybe walking along the beach or through the town. I notice that the Fogcatcher Inn has a pool. Is it swimming weather in early June?

Thanks

Grover Beach, Ca
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5. Re: Driving from San Francisco to LA,- Place to stay in Big Sur

Moonstone Landing and Sand Pebbles are both in good locations in relation to the water line. If you get an upper level room at Moonstone Landing, you'll have a nice deck to sit out and relax on. Might even have a bit of a view if you're not directly ocean facing.

June weather typically sees foggy mornings/evenings to sunny, mild afternoons. Our summers are generally on the cool side, but if the Fog Catcher's pool is heated, it's always swimming weather. :-)

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