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Visiting the Central California Coast

California’s Central Coast is inviting all year round, but summer’s surely a highlight. Whether it’s antiquing in Carmel-by-the-Sea, enjoying high-octane excitement at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, or appreciating the arts in Santa Barbara, the fun doesn’t stop all season long.

One of the most beautiful regions in the entire world, the California’s Central Coast is begging to be explored. Cover the most ground by packing up the car and embarking on a scenic driving tour. No matter your starting point, countless, one-of-a-kind, roadside attractions await in both directions, and communities like San Simeon and Morro Bay make excellent places to get out and stretch your legs.

Don't miss the 22nd Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival on August 6th and 7th. Make your way to downtown Watsonville to be a part of the celebration, which features specialty vendors, live music, parades and more. It’s free fun with a little something for everyone in the family.

To the south in Santa Barbara, crooner Ray LaMontagne brings his raspy and soulful voice – along with more than a decade of material – to the Santa Barbara Bowl. Get your tickets before they sell out. The music starts at 8 p.m.

In the beginning of October, cooling weather means harvest season is on its way. From October 7th through the 10th, the Santa Barbara Vintners host the 2016 Celebration of Harvest Weekend, which brings a variety of dinners and tastings to locations throughout the Santa Ynez Valley. Check local listings for more information on how to celebrate the hard work of local wine producers or just attend the Festival Grand Tasting at the Old Mission Santa Inés in Solvang on October 10th.

That same weekend, the 2016 Pioneer Day Parade is a great way to find a sense of local history and culture in Paso Robles. Held on October 8th at Paso Robles City Park, near the downtown area, the fun surrounding the actual parade includes classic car showcases, local food offerings, and activities just for youngsters. It all starts at 10 a.m.

Central California Coast Hotel Map

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33 Best Western Hotels
in Central California Coast

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    Casa Grande Inn

    Arroyo Grande

  • BEST WESTERN Plus 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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    Monterey Inn

    Monterey

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    Victorian Inn

    Monterey

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    El Rancho

    Morro Bay

  • BEST WESTERN Plus San Marcos Inn

    Morro Bay

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    Tradewinds

    Morro Bay

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    Oxnard Inn

    Oxnard

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Black Oak

    Paso Robles

  • BEST WESTERN Plus 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

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Cavalier Oceanfront Resort

    San Simeon

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    Beachside Inn

    Santa Barbara

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Encina Inn & 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

  • BEST WESTERN Plus 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

August 2016

August 6 & 7, 2016
22nd Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival

Don't miss the 22nd Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival on August 6th and 7th. Make your way to downtown Watsonville to find all of the music vendors, live music, parades and more. This is a free, all-ages event.

September 2016

September 10, 2016
An Evening with Ray LaMontagne

Make your way to the Santa Barbara Bowl on September 10 for live performance from Ray LaMontagne. The raspy, baritone-voiced LaMontagne makes a stop in Santa Barbara as just one stop on his 45-city tour in support of his sixth studio album, Ouroboros.

October 2016

October 7 – 10, 2016
Celebration of Harvest Weekend

Hosted by the Santa Barbara Vintners, the Celebration of Harvest Weekend is one of the area's premier annual events. You'll find select locations throughout the Santa Ynez Valley hosting dinners and tastings – enjoy the hard work of local vintners as they pour a fine selection of reds and whites.

October 8, 2016
Pioneer Day Parade

Make the most of your summer visit to Paso Robles. Be sure to check out the Pioneer Day Parade on October 8th. Head for the Paso Robles City Park near downtown for this annual event. Day-long activities include classic car showcases, the actual parade, and a free bean feed.

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