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    If you go to California’s Central Coast

    Where to stay

    Moonstone Landing

    6240 Moonstone Beach Drive

    Cambria

    805-927-0012

    www.moonstonelanding.com

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    Great location, good rooms with fireplaces, simple breakfast included, $100-$295.

    Adelaide Inn

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    1215 Ysabel St., Paso Robles

    805-238-2770

    www.adelaideinn.com

    Simple but super clean, good-size rooms, swimming pool, from $100.

    Where to eat

    Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill

    6550 Moonstone Beach Drive

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    Cambria

    805-927-3859

    www.moonstonebeach.com

    Yummy pasta, seafood, and steak dishes at decent prices, with inexpensive local wines, from $13.75 (lunch) to $30.95 (dinner market price).

    Sebastian’s Café

    442 Slo San Simeon Road

    San Simeon

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    805-927-3307

    A hop from Hearst Castle, wine tasting room, huge sandwiches.

    What to do

    Hearst Castle

    750 Hearst Castle Road

    San Simeon

    800-444-4445

    www.hearstcastle.org

    Gorgeous grounds, inspiring interiors, remarkable stories of Hearst. See the movie, take at least one tour, adults $25, children $12, slightly higher prices at night.

    Elephant Seals of Piedras Blancas

    Highway 1, seven miles north of San Simeon

    805-924-1628

    www.elephantseal.org

    Watch for the crowds and listen for the bellowing to locate the viewing station near where scores of elephant seals laze in the sun.

    Wine tastings

    Tasting rooms are everywhere, in small storefronts, warehouses, and strip malls.