I am going on vacation in a week, and I cannot wait.
Stops and extended stays are to include Santa Barbara, San Simeon, Atascadero/Paso Robles, Monterrey, Santa Cruz, and a small town called Ben Lomond near Santa Cruz.
We are taking the 101 to Monterrey because we aren't sure how PCH will be looking with all the recent burn activity. Possible stops on the 101 could be Salinas and Gilroy, but we are just not sure yet. We will also be hitting up some wineries along the way.
Definites for the trip are the Hearst Castle and the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, and a lot of relaxation.
Please send me recommendations for these areas for your favorite restaurants, viewing spots, interesting activities, and such... They would be greatly appreciated.
I've been through some of the areas before quickly, but am looking to have a really great time.