Hi Kibblesmom and all you other CC experts. My sister and I want to take a trip of about 4 days, starting in Pacific Grove and working our way down the coast, probably as far as Santa Barbara. I was thinking one night in Big Sur, the second near Cambria (want to do Hearst Castle since my sister hasn't been there) and the third in Santa Barbara. My sister likes nature and animals and artsy things; I like comfort (I know, I'm a pill) and animals and botanical gardens (anyone know if the one in Santa Barbara is good?).
So, I'm looking for suggestions for lodging in the three places. I pretty much know what's available in Big Sur, and nothing there thrills me--Ventana is too expensive, and many of the others are frighteningly rustic. My sister is intrigued by Treebones. Any opinions on that?
I remember hearing that you can see elephant seals somewhere down there. Is that right?
Any suggestions for lodging, dining (we both like really good food), places to visit, etc. would be appreciated. Due to my sister's bad knee, strenuous hikes are out, but we could do some mild hiking.
Thanks for your help!