Central California: Paso Robles

Paso Robles is a dream to us for its light, its soft hills, and its modest elegance. Four hours north of Los Angeles, it’s really best for a long weekend.

It’s our favorite place to go wine tasting in Central California, and our Valentine’s weekend escape of choice.

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Central California: Morro Bay

Spooner Cove, Morro Bay - Photo by Susan Liepa

Shortly after San Luis Obispo in Central California, the 101 splits off to Highway 1 and beautiful Morro Bay.

Take the Los Osos/Baywood Park exit for entrance to town via Morro Bay State Park, driving one mile along a wide stretch of verdant road bordered by extinct volcanoes.  Look out for the town’s huge landmark in the bay, Morro Rock.

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The Best of Central California

The ubiquitous California Valley Oak

We get away to Central California as often as we can — it’s a couples’ paradise, with driving routes that hug both the Pacific Ocean and gently sloping hills dotted with gnarled trees.

Within this region of the state you’ll find pristine beaches, historic towns and buildings, excellent wineries, a great meal here and there, sweeping views, little inns, posh resorts, and the new millenium phenomenon known as “upscale camping.”

With all of its attractions between 2 and 5 hours north of Los Angeles, it’s easy to take regular two- or three-day weekends and always feel like you had a true vacation.

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