Do your 9 days include visiting San Francisco?
If so, here's one possible itinerary for you (BTW- Flying out of LAX would be a more affordable option than flying out of Santa Barbara):
SF: 3 nights
Monterey/Carmel: 2 nights
Cambria: 1 night
Santa Barbara: 2 nights
Will need to know what kind of budget you're operating on to give good advise on lodging, dining, etc.
"Some" lodging options in the Monterey/Carmel area:
Seven Gables Inn, Green Gables Inn, La Playa Hotel, Monterey Plaza Hotel, Tickle Pink Inn
Lodging options in Cambria:
Moonstone Landing, Fog Catcher Inn, Best Western Fireside Inn, Castle Inn, Cambria Pines Lodge
Santa Barbara lodging:
Fess Parker Doubletree
Simpson House Inn
Harbor View Inn