Carpinteria to San Simeon
Trip Start Oct 16, 2013
26Trip End Nov 11, 2013
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First stop, Santa Barbara, 10 miles down the road. Walked out the pier then a drive around as we out of town toward Solvang.
A winding drive up through the hills to Solvang, the Danish tourist spot. Had a light lunch, soup for me, stew for Bob. A pretty town, but very touristy.
Headed north through San Luis Obispo and arrived at San Simeon, Courtesy Inn, mid afternoon. $55, cheaper than the motel 6 last night, a bigger room, view of the water, and a comfortable bed.
Couldn't get online tickets for Hearst Castle. tour, so took a drive down the road to their visitor centre to see if we could get tickets there. Secured ones for the 9.15 tour tomorrow morning -Grand Rooms Tour - $25 each. Checked out the displays and watched the movie that is included with the tickets. All we have to do in the morning is take the tour.
Checked out the beach on the short drive back to the hotel. Very rugged and reminiscent of WA scenery, particularly since it is very dry here, with no green in the hills at all.