It depends what you want to see. SLO is inland and not on the coast. On Thursday night they have a farmers market/street fair which is a lot of fun - but other than that with your family I'd give it a pass. Its great for couples though as lots of wineries in the immediate area.
If you are doing Big Sur Drive (i.e. kids in the back seat) be sure to let them get out of the car and relax a bit after you get off the twisty turny highway 1 portion through Big Sur Area.
They will most likely need the break - (although their green faces might give you a visible sign). Plan on a snack or meal if you decide to drive on to Santa Barbara.....or just get out and stretch your legs.
If you do not stay in Cambria (its more arts stores), you might want to give a look also at Pismo Beach - its more fun for families. Pismo Beach Lighthouse Suites there would be a nice place to spend the night if you decide not to make your way to Santa Barbara.
Have a good trip.Edited: 4:53 pm, June 25, 2012
Wow, what a great review. Thank you for your help.
You could look at Lighthouse Suites in Avila Beach as well, family friendly town and beach.
Agree with Pismo Beach. It's the family friendly choice.
The nice thing about the rooms at Pismo Lighthouse Suites is that the rooms are HUGE and have 2 bathrooms.
Cottage Inn, Sandcastle Inn, Kon Tiki Inn are a few more lodging options.
In Pismo Beach, I have stayed at the Cottage Inn a couple times and liked it.
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