A leisurely drive up the California coastline is a stunning travel getaway. Now add a touch of individuality and spend 5 nights each at a unique boutique hotel.
1. San Diego County
Visit the 15 room Hotel Marisol Coronado. Walk one short block from the hotel to Silver Strand State Beach. You can borrow one of the free hotel bicycles to explore the island. Or drive over to the mainland for a day at the San Diego Zoo.
DWKD Tip #1. Take your morning coffee outside in the hotel’s courtyard.
2. Los Angeles County
Right in the heart of South Bay’s Manhattan Beach is the 38 room Shade Hotel. Once you check in everything you’d ever want is walkable. Take a bike ride on the strand using the complimentary beach cruisers or stretch at one of the complimentary rooftop yoga classes. Young families can take advantage of the complete beach kit which includes everything from umbrellas to sand toys. Or go fancy and have one of Shade’s beach concierge’s set it up for you; all you have to do is show up! Shaunna McKelvey, Shade GM says, “all guests have to do is tell us what they want and we get it done.”
DWKD Tip #2. Wrap your baby in one of the tiny tot comfy bathrobes.
3. Monterey County
The famous and not-so-famous all relish time spent in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Stay at Bavarian influenced Hofsas House Hotel. It is a 38 room boutique property owned and operated by it’s founder’s granddaughter, Carrie Theis. Once the car is parked there you are good to walk to the shops, eateries and a multitude of wine tasting rooms. While on the Monterey Peninsula visit Point Lobos State Park for whale watching, drive through the commanding redwoods of Big Sur, take the 17-mile drive or visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Do not miss a spectacular meal at Tarpy’s Roadhouse.
DWKD tip #3: Pick up a Wine Tasting passport for a discount at Hofsas House. It entitles you to a 4 glass flight of wine at 9 of 14 participating tasting rooms.
4. Sonoma County
Timber Cove Inn is a 49 guest room property with lots of family friendly amenities like croquet on the lawn and s’mores by the fire pit. From Armstrong Redwoods State Park to the Russian River there are endless attractions. Plus a multitude of activities in Jenner, Sonoma, and Bodega Bay.
5. Mendocino County
The six room Westport is the northern-most hotel on Highway One. For family fun visit the disc golf course with sweeping ocean views. Or go to Westport Union Landing State Beach for camping, beachcombing, tide-pooling and fishing.
DWKD tip #4 Cross the street and take the short trail along the edge of the bluffs and stairs to a secret beach below.