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If you go to California’s Central Coast

Where to stay

Moonstone Landing

6240 Moonstone Beach Drive

Cambria

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805-927-0012

www.moonstonelanding.com

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

Adelaide Inn

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

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

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.

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