Enter to Win a SAVOR CENTRAL COAST Wine-Food-Fun Getaway Valued at $2,000.00!

Sunset Savor the Central Coast is now offering a Food Fun Getaway Contest – click on here to get all the details and enter to win today! Hurry, the sweepstakes ends September 9, 2011!

For more information on this fantastic event go here.

Ventura’s Fall Festivities Keep Summer Alive!

While most of the country gears up for chilly weather in the fall, Californians can enjoy the outdoors for months after Labor Day.  From beachside festivals to wine galas under the stars, Ventura coaxes visitors and residents into taking an extended summer vacation.  Here are some fantastic upcoming events to enjoy the Central Coast of California:

Paint Ventura invites people of all artistic abilities to tap into their creativity and support the arts.  Highlights include exhibits by local artists and workshops focusing on a variety of media, open to adults and youth for free or for a small fee.  The event itself is free and takes place on September 9-11; times and venues vary daily.  More information is available at http://www.paintventura.com.

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Don’t Miss this Blogger’s Central Coast Tale

Checkout one family blogger’s experience on the Central Coast:

Just arrived in BuelltonSanta Barbara county after an excellent drive down the” PCH” from Carmel, taking in the amazing Coastal scenery of the Big Sur – dramatic cliffs, huge pacific surf and hair-pin bendy roads (another RV navigational challenge)! Had a great lunch-time stop at a restaurant called Nepenthe in the heart of the Big Sur.

Monterey and Carmel were superb – the whale watching was the undoubted highlight with us being extremely lucky in seeing a couple of killer whales and also spending a great few hours in the impressive Aquarium in Monterey.

Tomorrow we are taking in some winery visits in the Santa Ynez wine area and then an afternoon on the beach near Santa Barbara.

Probably time to return the RV as I have started to assess the various merits of the different RV ‘s around the campgrounds – may need some serious help from friends and family to talk me out of entering the dark world of caravanning when we return to the UK. Thanks in advance!

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New Hyatt Comes to Santa Barbara

Hyatt recently announced the official name change of Hotel Mar Monte to Hyatt Santa Barbara. This much-loved 80-year-old landmark oceanfront hotel has been undergoing extensive renovations since February 2011. The first phase of renovations included 91 guest rooms as well as landscaping and décor in the lobby, pool and deck area. This October, the renovation will resume with the remaining 80 guest rooms and all function space receiving a makeover, with all areas expected for completion in 2012.

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Going Coastal — With the London Free Press

The coastline between Big Sur and Carmel, Ca., offers vista points on practically every corner. (PAUL TURENNE, QMI Agency)

Check out this recent travel story at the London Free Press.

“Whoever built California’s coastal Highway 1 must have done so on a bet.

There’s really no other justifiable reason that the 144-kilometre stretch of coast between Carmel and San Simeon should have any kind of connection between it. Unless, of course, you count the fact it is one of the most stunning landscapes on the planet.

The road certainly doesn’t exist to service the area’s population. There have to be fewer than 100 people who live on that stretch of coast – a truly remarkable thing, considering the density of much of the rest of California, and a testament to the unmanageably rugged nature of the state’s Central Coast. Continue reading

Sea Otter Pup on Exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

June 30, 2011: At just 9 weeks old and weighing 11 pounds, she’s the youngest and the smallest sea otter pup that they’ve ever had on exhibit. She’s spending time with Joy, our most experienced mentor mom who can show her all the things a young otter needs to know. Continue reading

Amazing History Abounds…

It’s always suprising what you can find… on California’s Central Coast. The region is home to a pleathora of points of historical interest from Spanish settlements dotted across the region, to more than half of the California Missions established in the 18th Century, to locations which hold important places in the history of the United States of America.

Check out this incredible HD quality virtual tour created by Hearst Castle’s restoration project.