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I'm not wanting to do Disney. I am wanting to get my family outdoors. I'm envisioning renting a cabin, or camping, or a place with nice beaches. I don't know. Not LA and not SF (I used to live there and all, but not for this vacation). I am hoping for some smallish town or even resorty area where we can relax. Good food is a plus. We have toddler and a 10 yo. Neither do well in the car!
 

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What about San Diego (or Coronado for a small town)? You could even take the train. Santabarbaracarfree.org is offering a buy one get one free Amtrak ticket for San Luis Obispo to San Diego. Of course, you live in a beautiful beach town, but just in case you wanted to visit another one... There are so many great things to do for kids of all ages here.
 

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Maybe Carmel/Monterey? The food there is wonderful, it's kind of small town (it feels more small town then where I live anyway!), and there's the aquarium. Carmel has really nice bed and breakfasts, if that's something you're looking for. And, wow, the beach is sooo beautiful there. We don't get past much more than Newport Beach here, so the beach is kind of dirty, and you can never see the sunset past Catalina.
 

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What could I do with kids in Cambria/San Simion? I'm very interested since it's just 2 hours from here! My only knowledge of the area is driving through on the way to Big Sur, stopping to see the elephant seals. Any nice places to stay? Things to do?
 

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I love going to all the beautiful boutiques, art galleries, and antique stores. Even if I have no $$ to spend it's fun for me. I don't know how old your kids are. DP and I will fly kites on the beach, and look for jade and other pretty rocks on the beach for a whole day at least once on our trip.<br><br>
There is a cool new place, well new to me the last time I was there, where you go and mosaic tile an art project. It's like those paint a ceramic kind of place, but instead they have tons of things to moasic tile. That would be a blast for kids.<br><br>
There's always Heasrt Castle. I was going to Cambria once or twice a year for over a decade before I went to the castle. DP really wanted to go and it it was neat, but not really my thing to see big houses.<br><br>
Hotels? there are a TON of great places to stay for all budgets. I really like staying on moonstone drive cause you are on the beach and it's so beautiful. But if you want to save some $$ the Motel 6 up the road a couple miles in San Simeon is the nicest Motel 6 I hae ever stayed at. It was built a Holiday Inn so the rooms are a good size, and it's located across the street from the ocean, instead of on the ocean, so you can get rooms for cheap. I used to smoke and they had a room on the 2nd floor that was a smoking room, I think #215 that I could sit in bed writing in my journal and see the ocean out the window.<br><br><br>
I could go on and on, if you are really interested I'll PM you more info on the area.
 

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Cayucos, right next to Morro Bay, short drive to the Hearst Castle.<br>
We rented a small 2 bedroom house about two houses from the beach approx. 8 years ago for $450 for a week. It was a moldy crappy little house, so I wouldn't recommend it exactly but I'm sure you could find something relatively affordable in much better condition. We loved Cayucos so much that we tried to move there but it didn't end up working out. It's a very small town on the beach, artsy but right next door to Morro Bay, which has tons of restaurants and shops and for a tourist attraction, there is Morro Rock. Cayucos was very laid back and relaxing. We were there in July, during a heat wave, the weather was gorgeous and the beaches were EMPTY! We loved it! Then we'd go to the quaint little shops and restaurants and grocery stores and we'd be in heaven. Everyone was extremely friendly and the town was tiny, you could definitely live without a car there if you didn't have to drive to work. Morro Rock was about a 5 minute drive. Even Morro Bay is still a small community but it seemed metropolitan compared to Cayuocos so all the conveniences were available, with a wider selection of restaurants, the tourist attraction of the Rock and cute shops galore.<br>
We would go back to Cayucos in a heart beat.<br><br>
Some of the following links have event calendars, check them out!<br><br><a href="http://www.cayucosbythesea.com/" target="_blank">http://www.cayucosbythesea.com/</a><br><a href="http://www.cayucoschamber.com/#Events" target="_blank">http://www.cayucoschamber.com/#Events</a><br><a href="http://www.cayucosliving.com/" target="_blank">http://www.cayucosliving.com/</a><br><br><a href="http://www.hearstcastle.org/" target="_blank">http://www.hearstcastle.org/</a><br><br>
Solvang is a Danish town that is about an hour and a half away. You could perhaps plan to go there on your way home, for instance. They have some nice restaurants, cute shops and excellent bakeries.<br><a href="http://www.solvangcc.com/" target="_blank">http://www.solvangcc.com/</a><br><br>
Of course, you could also stop in Monterey for a day and go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is also always worth another visit.<br><a href="http://www.mbayaq.org/" target="_blank">http://www.mbayaq.org/</a><br><br>
Hope that helps! Have a wonderful vacation!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">There's always Heasrt Castle. I was going to Cambria once or twice a year for over a decade before I went to the castle. DP really wanted to go and it it was neat, but not really my thing to see big houses.</div>
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Too funny, somehow I missed your posts entirely. I must have had this thread up on my screen for a long time! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
p.s. I loved Hearst Castle but I have a thing for gorgeous art and beautiful huge dream houses. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Cayucos, right next to Morro Bay, short drive to the Hearst Castle.<br>
We rented a small 2 bedroom house about two houses from the beach approx. 8 years ago for $450 for a week. It was a moldy crappy little house, so I wouldn't recommend it exactly but I'm sure you could find something relatively affordable in much better condition. We loved Cayucos so much that we tried to move there but it didn't end up working out. It's a very small town on the beach, artsy but right next door to Morro Bay, which has tons of restaurants and shops and for a tourist attraction, there is Morro Rock. Cayucos was very laid back and relaxing. We were there in July, during a heat wave, the weather was gorgeous and the beaches were EMPTY! We loved it! Then we'd go to the quaint little shops and restaurants and grocery stores and we'd be in heaven. Everyone was extremely friendly and the town was tiny, you could definitely live without a car there if you didn't have to drive to work. Morro Rock was about a 5 minute drive. Even Morro Bay is still a small community but it seemed metropolitan compared to Cayuocos so all the conveniences were available, with a wider selection of restaurants, the tourist attraction of the Rock and cute shops galore.<br>
We would go back to Cayucos in a heart beat.<br><br>
Some of the following links have event calendars, check them out!<br><br><a href="http://www.cayucosbythesea.com/" target="_blank">http://www.cayucosbythesea.com/</a><br><a href="http://www.cayucoschamber.com/#Events" target="_blank">http://www.cayucoschamber.com/#Events</a><br><a href="http://www.cayucosliving.com/" target="_blank">http://www.cayucosliving.com/</a><br><br><a href="http://www.hearstcastle.org/" target="_blank">http://www.hearstcastle.org/</a><br><br>
Solvang is a Danish town that is about an hour and a half away. You could perhaps plan to go there on your way home, for instance. They have some nice restaurants, cute shops and excellent bakeries.<br><a href="http://www.solvangcc.com/" target="_blank">http://www.solvangcc.com/</a><br><br>
Of course, you could also stop in Monterey for a day and go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is also always worth another visit.<br><a href="http://www.mbayaq.org/" target="_blank">http://www.mbayaq.org/</a><br><br>
Hope that helps! Have a wonderful vacation!</div>
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Thanks so much. I know a few teachers at my school actually commute from Cayucos so I'll have to hit them up for info. (I actually live North of SB, just 20 minutes from Solvang, so that won't be our vacation. Heck, I was just there this morning!)<br>
I grew up in this area but I just am in the rut of vacations in SF, LA, SD. Shopping in SB and SLO, I just need to try new places.<br>
What is 4 hours inland from here? I'll have to get out my map.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks so much. I know a few teachers at my school actually commute from Cayucos so I'll have to hit them up for info. (I actually live North of SB, just 20 minutes from Solvang, so that won't be our vacation. Heck, I was just there this morning!)</div>
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For some reason, I kept thinking you were in Santa Cruz not Santa Barbara, hence my suggestion of Solvang and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Silly me!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What could I do with kids in Cambria/San Simion? I'm very interested since it's just 2 hours from here! My only knowledge of the area is driving through on the way to Big Sur, stopping to see the elephant seals. Any nice places to stay? Things to do?</div>
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Why not Big Sur? Amazing camping around there! Granted, I've only been once <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am wanting to get my family outdoors. I'm envisioning renting a cabin, or camping, or a place with nice beaches. I am hoping for some smallish town or even resorty area where we can relax. Good food is a plus. We have toddler and a 10 yo. Neither do well in the car!</div>
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Mammoth? Great year-round <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
What time of year are you thinking about?
 

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I have never been to Mammoth. Any ideas? Do you camp/cabin? Probabaly late spring early summer. I love Big Sur, but we go every August so was looking for other ideas. Plus, I am paranoid as it is, driving with the kids. That drive just about does me in!<br><br>
I did grow up here, and I know where all the places are on the map, it's just nice to get recommendations from people who have btdt. Plus, I'm sure there are cool things happening towns that the tourist never know about.
 

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Another nod for Cambria.If you camp, there is the San Simeon Creek /Washburn Campground. Tons of walking trails and right next to the ocean.<br><br>
THe tile place is in the east village of cambria; I didn't even know it existed the first ocuple time I went. v West village is more touristy, east is more artsy.<br><br>
There is a B&B/hostel in the East Village called the Bridge Street Inn. Their hostel rates start at $18 a night. Their room rates start at $50. Its the cheapest hotel in Cambria.<br><br>
If you like quirky, try Nitt Witt Ridge. This old codger built a ramshackle house out of beer cans and abolone shells, etc. Its fun for the (older 7/8 and up) kids because there are really weird things to look at EVERYWHERE. There are toilet seat picture frames, among other things.<br><br>
The Magic shoppe in the West Village is fun to explore, also. The owner (long hair, big and tall, forget his name right now) is an interesting guy to talk to, and he or the employees willl do a magic trick or two for ya.<br><br>
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