Romantic Accommodation on the Central Coast of California

Accommodation on the central coast of California can be the perfect getaway for any couple looking for romance. But when planning your accommodations along the central coast of California  ... and that much needed getaway vacation that is only days or weeks away can be daunting.

You have wisely selected a fabulous destination, but where will you stay for the weekend or an extended vacation?

Will it be a high end resort in a park like setting tucked against the Santa Lucia Mountains, or a Pebble Beach high glamour hotel, or maybe a budget-wise no frills motel close to just about everything?

You might even have thought of a respit in a basic cabin in the Big Sur Mountains ... far enough away that you have the quiet and seculsion that you desperately need, but still only a half hour away from the never ending excitement of the Monterey Peninsula.

It's all here if you know where to find it!

The Classic Pebble Beach Experience

So ... what will it be and how will you decide?

Read a little further, and see if these suggestions can get you on the right track because sometimes ... if not most of the time, the right place to rest your head can be the key to a memorable get away!

The Carmel Vally Ranch Lobby

First Things First ... Choose One Of Six Geographical Destinations Between Pacific Grove and Big Sur

Your choice of lodging can make or break your carefully planned getaway. The first step is to choose the type of accommodation, and then the geographical area of the central coast where you prefer to be.

You can get started as a first step by considering that:

There are six major areas near Carmel where a nice selection of  lodging is to be found:

  • The Carmel Valley- Miles of hiking trails and high quality resorts
  • Carmel-By-The-Sea- Charming bohemian era vintage places to stay whether you choose elegant hotels or a tuck box cottage
  • Carmel Highlands- Perched above the waters edge ... some unusual Inns and Resorts that put you in close proximity to goregous views of the Pacific Ocean
  • Monterey - Ocean front accommodation near Cannery Row and moderate budget-wise hotels and motel accommodations near outlying areas.
  • Pacific Grove- The victorian settlement know as the "Last American Home Town" also has a number of bed and breakfast lodging option that very popular
  • Big Sur - A short 45 minute drive along one of the most scenic highways in the world leading to a magical place with curious places to stay and perfect views of ancient green redwoods and blue waters

#1 Carmel Valley ... Sun Even When It's Foggy On The Carmel Coast

Entrance To Quail Lodge

The Carmel Valley is only a couple of miles from Highway1 and Carmel By The Sea, but it's also a million miles away if you want more privacy.

  • Consider the newly renovated Quail Lodge and Resort. Acres of open space, lush well manicured grounds, attentive staff, reasonable rates and a great golf course are all part of makes the new Quail Lodge a great setting for a vacation. If you're feeling adventurous there is an all day Land Rover driving course to test your back hills skills
  • The Benardus Lodge is farther into the valley, but is designed within a vineyard setting with very upscale accommodations and highly acclaimed spa facilities
  • The Carmel Valley Ranch among others in the area is stunning, and affords one the quiet escape that many are looking for. No crowds, no traffic ... just sublime tranquility with large condo-like accommodations ... some with fireplaces.

#2 Carmel By The Sea ... Charming and Romantic 

Doris Day's Cypress Inn In Vintage Carmel

The tiny hamlet of Carmel By The Sea reminds you of the bohemian days when writers and artist arrived here from San Francisco to escape the crowds.

Hotels and cottages sprung up to cater to these artisans and many are still here. Most lend themselves to a nostalgic and romantic attitude, and always seem to be in demand.

Visit the Carmel Hotels and Accommodations page and see for youselves why finding an available room here can sometimes be a challenge.

Play Chess Outdoors at the La PLaya Hotel "Grand Dame of Carmel" And Enjoy Ocean View Rooms In The 1905 Era Neighborhoods Of Carmel

#3  Carmel Highlands ... And A Little Tickle

The Tickle Pink Escape!

Just south of Carmel a few miles is the residential community of Carmel Highlands.

There are a couple of resorts located here with magnificant views of the Pacific Ocean from a vantage point a hundred feet above the highway. Visit the Tickle Pink Inn webpage and discover the interesting history of the California senator who once lived here and the history of it's conversion to an Inn, and how pink became part of it's title.

#4  Monterey and The Pounding Surf

Enjoy Evening Cocktails At The Pebble Beach Lodge

Monterey Knight's Inn Budget-Wise Accommodations

A trip to Pebble Beach to explore the land that has been set aside as a private tribute to the beauty of the California Coast. While you're here, plan on a stay at one of the "over the top" venues for your memorable vacation accommodations.

 If you would rather save some of your vacation cash for fine food, then try these places for a less opulant but still wonderful lodging experience.

#5  Pacific Grove Vintage Victorian Charm

Gates At Asilomar 

Pacific Grove is perched on the tip of Monterey Bay and right on the waters edge. Stay at any one of the historic hotels or resorts here and experience life along the coast as it was 50 years ago.  If you long for a tranquil and restful setting, and don't mind the absence of high end accommodations, then Asilomar should be on your list of possibilities.

Even though the walls may be thin, and there are no phones, wi-fi or television, and the service is sometimes lacking, many return here year after year because it feels so utterly relaxing to be here.

I have stayed here on two occassions and walked these grounds many times and I must say, it is indeed a special place if a peaceful setting is high on your must haves for your getaway escape ... just don't expect fancy toiletries and down comforters.

#6 Big Sur Escape And Adventure

Ventana Lodge And A Hint Of What Is To Come!

Big Sur is worth the 45 minute drive along the edge of the Pacific Coast! The pastoral setting of green and blue with grazing cows and a vintage lighthouse soon change to ancient redwoods and blue ocean vistas. If you want to really escape, try one of these well known places to stay. where you can embrace the best of Big Sur.

So Many Places To See And Stay!

It's impossible to review all of the 300 plus hotels, inns and resorts along the central California Coast, but these are among the best in each class. We hope you will try something new every time you return,

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