Puter - yes it was a travel agents who suggested San Luis Obispo! Not knowing the area we would have just listened to them - so now I'm really pleased that I came on here!
Sutter - thanks for your feedback on the Madonna Inn - we had looked on their website and thought that although many reviews thought the place was tacky - it looked interesting and something different - however I'm now definately leaning towards Cambria - which sounds really beautiful.
Kibblesmom & Seaspirit - thank you for the hotel suggestions - will check them all out online today.
We are hoping to book by the end of this month at the latest - so all your help is invaluable! Just need to decide whether to book through a travel agent or do it ourselves - but were struggling to find flights! They're so expensive!
Sorry, another question....
I have seen some comments in previous threads regarding drive in movie theaters, is this something we may find around this area?
We do have a drive-in theater in San Luis Obispo. It can be seen as you drive into town along Highway 101: Sunset Drive-In
SLO and Cambria are about 45 minutes apart, so not sure you would want to back track just for a movie. If this is something that feels like a "must" for you, then I suggest you find lodging closer to SLO so you're not doing so much driving back and forth.
Here are a few lodging options in/near SLO that I think would make for a lovely stay:
Avila Valley Inn
Dolphin Bay Inn
Inn at Morro Bay
You certainly have your work cut out for you, Jen. Decisions, decisions.....
Madonna Inn does have its fans. Just struck us as more of kitchy (deliberately so) motel than romantic hotel. To each their own.
You might also consider some of the hotels in the Pismo/Shell Beach area. The Shore Cliff & Shelter Cove both have ocean views. In Pismo the Sea Venture is right on the beach.
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