Old World Elegance Steps Away from the Sandy Shores
Pelican Cove Inn, Cambria
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The sunset serves as a backdrop to the frolicking dolphins as the ocean breeze plays with your hair. A deep, unexpected sigh escapes you as you realize for the first time in months you are truly relaxed. Stepping from your balcony into your room, the two of you cuddle up in front of a roaring fire with a bottle of wine purchased earlier at one of the local wineries.
As dawn breaks you realize there are no responsibilities today, just the time to choose to take a leisurely walk on Moonstone beach, tour the splendid Hearst Castle, stroll through the village of Cambria or stay in bed a while longer. You opt for the latter and scrunch deeper in the soft warmth of your spouse’s embrace.
When you do finally venture out, you’ll want to make dinner reservations at Robin’s or the Sow’s Ear Café, two local favorites. For a quick bite stop at the Main Street Grille where you’ll find chicken cooked on an open oak pit or for a sweet treat, pop into The French Corner Bakery and enjoy a delicate pastry.
Sleep Above the Bay
Inn Above Tide, Sausalito
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The view begins at the literal edge of your balcony, made of a clear acrylic so as not to obstruct your view of San Francisco across the bay. It is matched only by the pure luxury of the rooms: Hermes toiletries, oversized European down pillows, down comforter, featherbed, fine linens, binoculars to enjoy the view of the Bay and San Francisco, and complimentary high speed internet access. Flip on the CD players, throw open the patio doors and breathe in the sea air. Pure bliss! But you'll be torn: do you stay for the view or head downstairs for the complimentary wine and cheese hour? THE best sushi restaurant (Sushi Ran) in the Bay area is located within walking distance of the inn, but you may wish to opt for a carryout, to return to this incredible inn. The next morning, indulge in the extravagant continental breakfast of organic yogurt, granola, fresh fruits and fragrant coffee.
A Little Bit of Ireland
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
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This incredibly breathtaking resort is inspired by the seaside lodges of the 19th Century. Sitting on the very edge of the rocky cliffs, your visit is all about exceptional service, exquisite dining, and indulgent pampering. Book your room on Club Level and you can enjoy chef-prepared food and beverage presentations five times daily--all inclusive.
Don the plush micro fiber and terry robes and indulge in the ‘Couples Massage’ in the impressive spa. Just outside, you'll find a roaring fire. Pull up a couple of Adirondack chairs, and with the fire warming your back, face out toward the Pacific, soaking in the incredible rocky coastline. Consider the Dinner Tasting Menu, a six-course table d'hote in the hotel's signature restaurant, Navio.
Returning to your room, crack open your sliding door and drift to sleep to the sound of a lone bagpiper and the thundering ocean sweeping against the rocky bluff, just steps from your room.
Cambria Chamber of Commerce
Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau
San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau
Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau