The Casitas of Arroyo Grande
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Chapter 1 Sydney-Los Angeles
We both had checked on Google Maps before committing to this plan and the mileage looked quite reasonable, but somehow while we were flying between continents the road between LAX and our first night's accommodation stretched.
Getting out of Los Angeles was not nearly as mentally taxing as leaving Paris was …
Could we tell them tomorrow's news today as we arrived before we even left? Maybe not, but we could tell US customs that they ought to put on more than 4 officials for processing a full to capacity jumbo jet of weary travellers. And we could tell the baggage handlers they could put our priority labelled bags in a place where they wouldn't be …
Flight arrived on time here in Los Angeles. Got through immigration fairly quickly although had to make up the name of a hotel in order to complete their records. Organised a hire car from budget, a Hyundai Sante Fe jeep sports, very comfortable. We left the airport and found our way on to highway 145, traffic was dreadful. We saw Beverly Hills in the distance. Took the turn off for Ventura onto highway 101.
We had planned to stop at ...
... Pismo, only Avila is a bit more covered by surrounding mountains making it more shielded from the wind. We had some snacks at the farmers market (Sweet Corn and Nutella Crepes) and enjoyed the atmosphere and sunshine.
For the evening we made reservations for the show of the Great American Melodrama theater. We found a leaflet for this show in the Hotel Lobby and thought, ...
... down the coast and as
it clings to the mountainside overlooking a rocky shoreline, claims
to be one of the most scenic drives in the world. Whilst I cannot
dispute this, it is certainly a stunningly spectacular drive, which
because of stopping for the many photo opportunities, put us well
behind schedule. I would say that it is comparable to the road
running through Chapman's Peak and down Cape Point in South Africa,
How has this b&b rated in the past?
Located in the rolling hills outside the picturesque town of Arroyo Grande lies this gem. The term B&B does not do this place justice, I think of it as more of a small private home with comfortable self contained guest quarters arranged around a beautifully landscaped grounds.
The hosts are friendly but carefully maintain the professional distance needed to let visitors find their feet, relax and wander around the grounds. They offered sage advice about distances to local attractions and certainly helped us achieve the goals of visiting certain places without knocking ourselves senseless with a long drive that we had initially thought of doing.
The breakfasts were too delicious and plentiful, Tony and Pat know how to lavish you with the most comfortable bed and softest sheets you'll ever find.
It is hard to say goodbye, so do stay for longer than we did.
If I had to find fault at all, it is that hard-core coffee nuts from Australia would appreciate espresso coffee over filter, but that is basically a cultural difference.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.