A few weeks ago I went on a weekend getaway with my mom and aunt. We were celebrating my aunts birthday and decided that a quick trip down the coast would be perfect. We ended up in Pismo Beach which is about 4 hours south of San Francisco. Pismo and the surrounding area is the perfect beach town - perfect views, great people, and delicious food.
I wanted to offer some tips for planning a weekend getaway and share with you some of the fun times we had. We picked a hotel off the main highway, we wanted it to have ocean views and close proximity to all of the area without being right downtown. We did some research to pick out what would be the best place for us - which included a fabulous balcony.
When picking a hotel you should really consider these three questions;
1. How much time will you be spending in the room?
2. How close is it to the activities that you will be doing?
3. What amenities will you be using at the hotel/do they offer them?
During the weekend we had two fabulous dinners. One at Steamers and one at Ventana Grill. I highly recommend both restaurants if you are in the area. They both offer great drinks and a full and flavorful menu.
The big highlight of the weekend was an afternoon at the Sycamore Mineral Springs spa. The mineral springs have been around for over 100 years and the resort was built around them. The spa was tucked away in the forest and featured a variety of massage packages. Additionally you can rent a private hot spring for an hour. It was definitely worth it, and the grounds of the resort were absolutely breathtaking.
On our way out of town we stopped at Avila Valley Barn, they had a pumpkin patch (which I checked off my list), sunflower fields, farm animals, and local produce and goods to purchase in their store. We weren't planning on going but saw it on the road and decided that it would be a great stop.
Weekend getaway tips:
1. Do some research about what the town or city has to offer.
2. Talk with locals about their favorite things to do (restaurants, sights, ect).
3. Don't plan too much - go in with some ideas but leave time for exploring whatever you may find along the way!