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Visiting Central California Coast

Spring along California’s central coast is prime season for whale watching. Through the end of March, visit locations like Venture Harbor or Channel Islands Harbor to catch the sight of grey whales migrating along the coast. This is also the season to explore the Heritage Valley on the Fillmore & Western Railway – discover the pristine agricultural valley and its historic communities, just north of Los Angeles along the Santa Clara River in Ventura County.

Celebrate Earth Day in Ventura at the award-winning 2014 Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest. Spend a beautiful spring day at Promenade Park enjoying entertainment, exhibits, and activities celebrating the environment. Learn and honor the Earth along Ventura’s beautiful beachfront boardwalk April 26th.

California is known for the film industry, and San Luis Obispo showcases some of the best results at the 20th Annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival March 5th through the 9th. Branded "Film Wine Fun," the 2014 SLCIFF screens cutting edge films at venues including the Fremont Theatre, Palm Theatre, and Hearst Castle in San Simeon.

Return to Ventura County in May for the 2014 California Strawberry Festival. Celebrate the strawberry harvest in Oxnard May 17th and 18th at the Strawberry Meadows of College Park on South Rose Avenue. Let the kids loose for fun in Strawberry land, tap your feet to music from two Strawberry Festival stages, and sample fresh strawberry delicacies. To the north in Arroyo Grande, the annual Strawberry Festival for 2014 is May 24th through 26th.

Things don’t get much more Californian than a surf and wine celebration. Pismo Beach celebrates the best of San Louis Obispo and California at the 2014 Wine Waves & Beyond is April 3th and May 2nd through 4th. Festivities include a surf movie night, the Hip, Hops & Hogs Throwdown, and surfing contests among the fun.

North in Santa Barbara, winter is deceiving, however an ideal season for the blooms at the 69th Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. The 2014 show is March 14th through 16th at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. The longest running orchid show in the U.S., the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show features thousands of blooming orchid species and hybrids from around the globe. Events also include the Cymbidium Society of America Annual Congress.

Central California Coast Hotel Map

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36 Best Western Hotels
in Central California Coast

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    Casa Grande Inn

    Arroyo Grande

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    Colony Inn

    Atascadero

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    Camarillo Inn

    Camarillo

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    Capitola By-the-Sea Inn & Suites

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    Carmel Bay View Inn

    Carmel

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    Carmel's Town House Lodge

    Carmel-By-The-Sea

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    Carpinteria Inn

    Carpinteria

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    La Posada Motel

    Fillmore

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    Forest Park Inn

    Gilroy

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    South Coast Inn

    Goleta

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    San Benito Inn

    Hollister

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    De Anza Inn

    Monterey

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    Park Crest Inn

    Monterey

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    Beach Resort Monterey

    Monterey

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    Monterey Inn

    Monterey

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    Victorian Inn

    Monterey

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    El Rancho

    Morro Bay

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    San Marcos Inn

    Morro Bay

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    Tradewinds

    Morro Bay

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    Oxnard Inn

    Oxnard

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    Black Oak

    Paso Robles

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    Shelter Cove Lodge

    Pismo Beach

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    Shore Cliff Lodge

    Pismo Beach

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    Salinas Valley Inn & Suites

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    Salinas Monterey Hotel

    Salinas

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    Royal Oak Hotel

    San Luis Obispo

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    Somerset Inn

    San Luis Obispo

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    Cavalier Oceanfront Resort

    San Simeon

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    Beachside Inn

    Santa Barbara

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    Encina Lodge & Suites

    Santa Barbara

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    Pepper Tree Inn

    Santa Barbara

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    Inn

    Santa Cruz

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    All Suites Inn

    Santa Cruz

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    Big America

    Santa Maria

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    Inn of Ventura

    Ventura

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    Rose Garden Inn

    Watsonville

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Central California Coast Events

November 2014

November 29 - December 31, 2014
Christmas at Hearst Castle

Experience one of California's most famous attractions, Hearst Castle, decorated in Christmas splendor. Be sure to take the Grand Rooms Tour and the Evening Tour.

December 2014

December 5, 2014
Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade

Join over 50,000 spectactors and watch one of the most thrilling holiday parades in the country. Kick-off is at 6:30 p.m. on State Street, from Sola to Cota.

December 7, 2014
Monterey Brighten the Harbor Boat Parade

Decorated boats cruise along the coast of Monterey Bay for everyone's enjoyment. Find a good spot and enjoy the show, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m.
 

January 2015

January 27 - February 7, 2015
Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Hollywood stars descend onto Santa Barbara for this world-renowed festival, which features everything from mainstream to indie films.

February 2015

February 12, 2015
San Luis Obispo Culinary Carnival

Experience delightful food at this social mixer and live auction paired with the regions finest micro-brews and wine.

February 9 - 15, 2015
Pebble Beach Pro Am

The world's premier PGA TOUR pro-am kicks off on the Monterey Peninsula's world-class golf links.

August 2015

August 10 - 16, 2015
Monterey Car Week & Concours D'Elegance

The world-famous Monterey Car Week takes over the whole town. Don't miss car shows and famous rallies, like the Concours D'Elegance.

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