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Visiting Central California Coast

Whether it’s Halloween or the holidays, California’s central coast features more than enough to do with the rest of 2012. Home to cities like Monterey, Santa Barbara, and Morro Bay, the Golden coast's mid-section offers an array of annual festivals, and the Channel Islands National Park. Enjoy the park’s guided hikes, Tidepool Talk, and the From Shore to Sea Lecture Series throughout fall and winter. Check out seasonal city events like the 2012 California Lemon Festival, the 2012 Santa Barbara Beer Festival, or the 2012 Lighted Boat Parade in Morro Bay. Seasonal celebrations and outdoor activities shine throughout the Golden Coast.

Just north of Los Angeles are coastal communities like Carpinteria, Goleta, and Santa Barbara. Just outside of the Los Padres National Forest, across the Santa Barbara Channel from Channel Islands National Park, these central coast cities yield plenty of recreation and events. Held in mid-October, the 2012 California Lemon Festival is set in Girsh Park in Goleta, followed by the 2012 Santa Barbara Beer Festival at Elings Park on October 20th. Other Santa Barbara events include the Lemon Festival & Car Show, Halloween Safe Trick or Treat Downtown, and the Veterans Day Parade down State Street.

Morro Bay sits just west of San Luis Obisbo, and north of the Morro Bay State Park. This coastal city has a plethora of events remaining on its 2012 calendar. Don’t miss October events like the 2012 Morro Bay Harbor Festival, the 2012 Morro Bay Olympic Distance Triathlon, and the Morro Bay Beer Festival – a new addition to the bay. For those visiting the central coast during the holidays, catch the Christmas Street Faire in late November, and the Lighted Boat Parade in early December – featuring hundreds of yuletide vessels on display in Morro Bay.

November yields many festivals along the central California coast as well. Don’t miss the 2012 Harvest Celebration Weekend in Pismo Beach in early November, followed by the Veterans Day Celebration on the Pier. Santa Cruz presents the O'Neill Cold Water Classic throughout early November, while Ventura hosts the 2012 Ventura Restaurant Week and 2012 Ventura County Star Women Today Expo.

Add a touch of silver to the Golden Coast and you’ve got the perfect California Christmas getaway on your schedule. Check out “A Chanticleer Christmas" at Mission Carmel Basilica in Carmel, or head to Santa Barbara for the Downtown Holiday Parade. The Big Band Christmas Surprise! starts in late November in San Jose at the Theatre on San Pedro Square, or join the Santa Cruz Bird Club for the 2012 Christmas Bird Count. Ventura visitors may also enjoy the 2012 Channukah Festival, or the Ventura Harbor Holiday Parade of Lights and Fireworks.

Central California Coast Hotel Map

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34 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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    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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    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

March 2015

March 28, 2015
2015 Cottontail Day Festival

Join Ventura residents as they celebrate spring's beauty with a day of carnival activities, an egg hunt, prize giveaways, food and treats, and more at Ventura Harbor Village. Festivities begin at 10 a.m.

April 2015

April 25, 2015
2015 Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest

Celebrate Mother Earth with Ventura residents with a day full of live music, eco-friendly exhibits and vendors, arts and crafts, and plenty of beachfront fun. The fun begins at 10 a.m.

April 29 - May 3, 2015
2015 Wine, Waves, & Beyond

The beachfront  communites of San Luis Obispo County hits the waves for a good cause during this five-day event held at several beaches. Events include wine tastings, film screenings, surfing contents, and more.

May 2015

May 2, 2015
2015 Monterey Street Food Festival

A diverse host of food trucks line up at the Monterey Country Fairgrounds for an entire afternoon. The event begins at 12 a.m.

June 2015

June 6, 2015
2015 Morro Bay Music Festival

This family-friendly event showcases an afternoon's worth of talented local musicians, craft beers, arts and craft vendors, and more at Timberland Park in Morro Bay. The event begins at 11 a.m.

July 2015

July 4, 2015
2015 Fourth of July in the Village

Join Arroyo Grande residents as they celebrate our nation's independence with the 4th of July at the Rotary Bandstand's Village Band Concert. The event begins at 1 p.m. and will also feature treats, beverages, and food.

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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