It started with a quest; to return to a wonderful restaurant named Hoppe's. Fifteen years earlier my wife and I had fortuitously been sent to Hoppes at 901 in Morro Bay when we asked the folks at the Moro Bay Inn for a dinner recommendation. The meal was so wonderful we vowed to return one day. This was that day (although we knew Hoppes had moved to Cayucos).
So knowing where we wanted to eat meant we knew where we wanted to stay. Of course we could have stayed in Moro Bay or Cambria, even San Luis Obispo or Paso Robles if we didn't mind the drive. But we wanted to be able to walk to dinner so Cayucos it was.
For a town of less than 3,000 people there were a surprisingly large number of motel options. And while price was a factor we figured off-season, mid-week rates would be negotiable at just about every establishment in town. So based on TripAdvisor reviews, a description of balconies and the location nearest downtown, we picked Cayucos Sunset Inn.
We could not have been more pleased with our decision. Having traveled from Carmel-by-the-Sea that morning, we were pretty tired when we were greeted by at the inn by Lisa Mankins, the owner. She and her husband, John. had built this B & B from scratch 9 years earlier. Since John Mankins also operates a successful plumbing business, you would expect, and you would be right, that the bathrooms alone were gorgeous with two-person Jacuzzis and roomy showers.
The six rooms are actually suites with a living room area separated from the bedroom by the bath/shower areas. The room was tastefully decorated in pieces of local art. The linens are high thread count to make your sleep more enjoyable. There are nice touches everywhere which befits a property of this reputation.
One of the biggest reasons to choose this inn, however, was the private balconies overlooking the ocean. Even though the inn sits right on the only main drag in town, the location was fun in part because you could see all the goings-on until the noise subsided when they rolled up the sidewalks up at 9:00 pm, small town style. From our balcony I could see Moro Rock to the South, the Cayucos pier to the North and the little coffee shop (Kelly's) in the center of town that buzzed like a beehive when it opened at 7:00 am. My only criticism is the power lines that criss crossed my view. I don't think the Sunset Inn can do anything about that!
As chance would have it Hoppe's Bistro is closed on Tuesday's, the day we arrived. Darn it, we just had to go with Lisa's recommended Schooner's for a sunset dinner. That was followed by a visit to the local Cayucos Tavern for an after dinner drink before heading back to our comfortable bed.
Breakfast is a special event at Sunset Inn. All the more special because we were the only ones in the inn the two nights we stayed so we received hot meals fresh from the kitchen that Lisa dished up herself. She then was kind enough to visit with us and give us some of the history of the town. That was some of the most enjoyable time of our visit.
A walk on the beach, a coffee at Kellys, a day in Moro Bay and a dinner at Hoppes brought our two-night stay to a quick end. As we walked the town we realized there were a lot of other good options for accommodations in Cayucos. In the end, however, we think we made the correct decision for us to stay at this AAA Four Diamond inn whose reputation Lisa rightfully protects with vigor.
We know from Lisa that the town doubles in size during the summer. She said about 50% of the houses in town are beach homes for folks from Fresno, Bakersfield and other inland areas. We feel fortunate that we were there before the summer season gets started so we could enjoy the tranquility of the town. And so we could renew our acquaintance with Hoppe's Bistro.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cayucos Sunset Inn is a welcoming, open building trimmed with beautiful flowers and hedges. We have a shaded patio in front for the guests to relax in. The patio opens to our quaint dinning area where we serve a free breakfast and hold a complementary wine and cheese hour. Our five rooms vary in size. Four are located upstairs with ocean view patios. The rooms open to a living room area with a television, electric fire place, and couch in the front. Through the small hall, the bedrooms have luxurious king size beds, additional electric fire places, and small refrigerators. Each of these four rooms have jacuzzi tubs and rain shower heads. We have a smaller downstairs room we offer as well. We are located in a small throwback beach town. Our building is about a block from the beach with ocean views up top. The Inn is located on the main road up from Cayucos's restaurants and shops. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cayucos Sunset Hotel Cayucos