Cayucos Guest House, Cayucos, California
Travelers on Pacific Coast Highway 1 often speed through the Central Coast of California, headed north to Big Sur or south to Santa Barbara. What they are missing is a collection of small towns and villages tucked next to the ocean that still retain a rare mid-century vibe that is difficult to find along the coast. Quiet main streets and uncrowded surf breaks are the norm. Located on a 1,200-acre ranch in the foothills overlooking the town of Cayucos, this guesthouse allows you to relax in the beauty of the coastal range. With several hundred vineyards nearby, you can spend the days tasting wines, or if you are looking for seclusion, there are miles of mountain bike and hiking trails surrounding the ranch.
Getting there: Fly into Santa Barbara and rent a car. Cayucos is a two-hour drive north from there. Once in town, the owners will direct you to their dirt road that will lead you to the ranch.
Rent now: Cayucos Guest House