Help! I am planning a road trip for the summer and am struggling to dedide where to stay between Carmel and Santa Barbara. Originally I wanted to stop at Big Sur but have been advised that whilst stunning, it is not too far from Carmel and time wise we need to get a bit further down the coast before stopping over (we plan to spend the day exploring Big Sur before driving off late afternoon).
However I am unsure of where we should stay. I have heard Cambria, Moonstone Beach and Morro Bay are romantic but all of the hotels (or Inn's as they all seem to be) all look a little run down and shabby. So then I thought perhaps SLO may a better option?
Although we are on a budget, we would like to stay somewhere quite nice, that has nice restaurants close by.
Please help as this is the last bit of the trip I need to book and it's driving me mad!