|Day 1 ||Sun. Nov. 12th Shell Beach & Holiday Extravaganza (D) |
Travel to the Central Coast for a two-night stay at the Sea Crest Resort on the cliffs above
Shell Beach. After an early dinner at F. McLintock’s, laugh out loud during an early-evening
performance of “The Phantom of the Melodrama.” at The Great American Melodrama and
Vaudeville in Oceano.
|Day 2 ||Mon. Nov. 13th Hearst Castle & Madonna Inn (CB, L) |
Learn about migrating Monarch butterflies at the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove. Experience a Santa
Maria-style tri-tip lunch (e-mail or call for vegetarian substitution) at the iconic Madonna Inn where the decor is very retro and very over the top. Tour Hearst Castle, beginning with an IMAX presentation on William Randolph Hearst’s life and the building of his palatial estate.
Choose the introductory tour, recommended for first time visitors, or a tour focusing on the
upper floors of the main house. The first tour is the least strenuous and includes 170 steps, the second tour includes 404 steps. Choose your restaurant with an independent dinner near the Pismo Pier.
|Day 3 ||Tues, Nov. 14th (CB, L) |
Travel scenic backroads to Lime Rock Orchards to taste wonderful walnut products, including oils, butters, and rosemary-roasted walnuts. Lunch is at Setness Tours favorite McPhee’s in tiny Templeton.