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Where to Eat, Drink and Sleep in California This Month

Discover some of our favourite spots along Highway 1.

Santa Barbara

Hotel Californian

Hotel Californian

Set in a hotel building dating from 1925, Santa Barbara’s newest luxury stay blends Spanish revival architecture and neo-Moorish design touches.

What we loved Relaxing in the hotel’s outdoor common spaces, which include gardens and fountains, on both sides of State Street.

thehotelcalifornian.com

Barbareño

Barbareño

Chef Justin Snyder brings a playful sensibility to local ingredients – like a grilled avocado dressed with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. Try the oak tagliatelle, made from acorn flour (a nod to the local Chumash nation) and sautéed with local maitake mushrooms, asparagus and cheddar-style cheese.

barbareno.com

San Luis Obispo

Granada Hotel

Granada Hotel

This 17-room property’s distant past as a brothel shows in Persian rugs and dark wood throughout, plus fireplaces and vintage furnishings in each room.

What we loved Taking morning coffee in an easy chair in the book-filled lounge – a luxury we never get at home.

granadahotelandbistro.com

Cadillac CT6

Cadillac CT6

With room to handle a family vacay but sharp enough for a couple’s getaway, the CT6 features a variable V4/V6 engine that makes Highway 1 passes a breeze. On limited-access highways like Interstate 5, Super Cruise takes over so you can take your hands off the wheel.

CadillacCanada.ca

Big Sur

Ventana Big Sur

Ventana Big Sur

This resort reopened in October 2017 with revitalized rooms, shared spaces and the sprawling overlook restaurant, the Sur House.

What we loved Glamping in a redwood canyon one night, and spending the next in a suite on the mountain above.

ventanabigsur.com

Pfeiffer State Beach

Pfeiffer State Beach

Follow Sycamore Canyon Road for three kilometres west of Highway 1 to find this pristine beach where a creek empties into the Pacific Ocean. Dramatic rock formations – one with a natural arch – break the surf along the beach. The purple sand comes from manganese garnet in the cliffs.

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