The Getaway: California Coastal Roadtrip

The Getaway: California Coastal Roadtrip

by Nicole Phillips

Whether you’re a California native or planning to visit the beautiful state, one trip that must be made is a road-trip up the coast. From rocky cliffs to soft-sand beaches, there’s a reason why the West Coast is often referred to as, “The Best Coast.” With 840 miles of coastline, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with where to go and where to stay, so we’ve mapped it out geographically and suggested the perfect outfits to pack for every stop along the way.

La Jolla, CA

With sweeping ocean views, stunning rugged cliffs, it’s no wonder that artists flock to this sparkling seaside village adjacent to San Diego. La Jolla has beautiful weather all year round, so you’ll want to be outside for most of your stay, leisurely touring the beautiful town.

The Getaway: California Coastal Roadtrip
Where to Stay: La Valencia Hotel

Since 1926, this charming and intimate hotel is iconic. Overlooking the La Jolla Cove cliffs, you may not want to leave. With four different types of rooms to choose from, (Vintage, Classic, Villa & Icon), there is something for everyone.

Where to Eat: Crab Catcher

“From boat to table,” the Crab Catcher is the perfect place to get the freshest seafood and some of the most spectacular views of the Pacific. Their Crab Benedict for brunch or their rich Cioppino can not be missed.

What to Wear:

Southern California beaches are known to get hot during the day and cool when it the sun goes down so think layers. A beautiful, sun dress paired with a lightweight jacket is the perfect look to enjoy this beautiful beach town.

Malibu, CA

Iconic beach city Malibu is the ideal home for many celebs who long to escape busy LA. Full of local surfers who know every spot to hideaway on the beach, Malibu is a place that is meant for some quiet downtime.

The Getaway: California Coastal Roadtrip
Where to Stay: The Surfrider Malibu

Right on PCH, and across the street from Surfrider beach, this modern and tranquil boutique hotel is said to be inspired by the picturesque landscape of Malibu. This is the perfect place for anyone who needs a little down time but still wants to be close to local shops and restaurants.

Where to Eat: Moonshadows

With one of the best views in Malibu, Moonshadows also has some of the most freshest seafood dishes and an atmosphere that is romantic but casual. Try their miso glazed black cod or opt for the catch of the day.

What to Wear:

Do yourself a favor and spend your day on the beach with your favorite swimsuit and go California cool with a beautiful caftan when you head for dinner and drinks.

Cambria, CA

Quaint, charming and worlds away, Cambria boasts small-town charm and offers impressive scenic eye-candy for those who love both the woods + coast — the town’s motto is, “where the pines meet the sea.”

The Getaway: California Coastal Roadtrip
Where to Stay: Fogcatcher Inn

Enjoy a bottle of wine from one of Cambria’s local wineries on the deck overlooking scenic Moonstone Beach. The Inn is quaint and unassuming but has so much central coast allure.

Where to Dine: Linn’s Restaurant

With farm to table fruits and vegetables and locally raised, Hearst beef, Linn’s is small-town dining at it’s finest. Enjoy delicious comfort food dishes and a glass of wine from one of their local Central Coast wineries. Finish off your meal with a piece of one of Linn’s award winning Olallieberry pie.

What to Wear:

Pack a lot of layers! The Central Coast can be quite chilly, even in the spring summer and sometimes the fog stays hovering over the town for most of the morning. And since it’s likely that you’ll be shopping and browsing some of the local galleries in their very walkable downtown, bring pieces that are ready for a full day.

Big Sur, CA

There is something that only people who have visited Big Sur, know about Big Sur. There is a magic amongst the coastal redwoods that hooks you and stays within your soul for a lifetime. Escape to Big Sur if you need to reconnect with nature and enjoy a little solitude under a canopy of ancient trees.

The Getaway: California Coastal Roadtrip
Where to Stay: Glen Oaks Big Sur

Nature lovers rejoice when staying at one of the modern-rustic cabins at Glen Oaks. With eco-friendly attention to design and functionality, you’ll feel worlds away and one with the natural surroundings. Opt for one of the larger cabins with an outdoor tub where you can literally, forrest bathe or choose a smaller cottage full of intimate charm.

Where to Dine: The Sur House

With locally sourced, crafts coastal cuisine from the fish to produce — The Sur House is a place that cannot be missed. Located in the Ventana Resort and perched up high above the clouds and the Pacific, the views are one of a kind and inspiring. Enjoy the Ora King Salmon or Potato Crusted Ling Cod and savor the freshness that only fish caught that day could bring.

What to Wear:

Pack for adventure and indulging in your forest loving delights. Think whimsical, boho dresses paired with a utility jacket for when the fog rolls in and settles amongst the giants.

Shelter Cove, CA

Shelter Cove is not for the timid. Hidden away on the Lost Coast in the depths of Humboldt County, it takes commitment to reach this sleepy beach town. Narrow and windy roads through incredibly dense redwood forests, you may get half-way there and wonder if you’ve made the right decision. But as soon as you make it into town and see the weathered lighthouse overlooking a rocky and foggy coastline that only Northern, California beaches can bring — you have already fallen in love.

The Getaway: California Coastal Roadtrip
Where to Stay: Inn of the Lost Coast

The Inn of the Lost Coast is not super fancy, but you really will not spend much time in your hotel room. You will be on your balcony over the rugged coast watching for grey whales and delighting in pelicans diving for fish. Upgrade to a suite and enjoy a fireplace in the room where you can sleep with the sliding glass door open to fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves and stay warm with the cozy fire. You will not want to go back to reality, so book a few nights to soak it all in.

Where to Dine: Gyppo Ale Mill

Known as the most remote brewery in California, if you love craft beer and humble but GOOD food, while overlooking beautiful coastlines, next to a cozy firepit — then this is your place. Enjoy fresh Pacific oysters or enjoy their delicious Endocado de Camarones with their West Coast style IPA.

What to Wear:

Think cozy when packing for this stop. The North Coast is cold in the evening so you’re going to want to bring extra layers to pair with an easy breezy dress.

Pack your bags and download your favorite podcasts and new music. A trip up California’s coast is a memorable trip enjoyed solo, with your lover, your best girlfriends or your family. Dress accordingly.


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