Three and a Half Days, Cayucos, Aviia Beach
Last year we did a story entitled “Five and a Half Days” in which we visited San Francisco, Sausalito, Napa, Fairfield, Suisun Bay, Benicia, The Delta, plus visited the Jelly Belly Factory, fished Grizzly Island, and so much more yet only in five and a half days. We never felt rushed and spent hours just leisurely kicking back or fishing along the rain saturated banks of the delta.
This time we are doing a mini version called, Three and a Half Days. On this trip, we visited Cayucos, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Oceano, Summerland, The Dutch town of Solvang, Carpenteria, Downtown Ventura, and Santa Barbara. We visited a butterfly grove, an ostrich farm, we saw six piers plus drove on two, we fished at night under a full moon, we saw otter and seals, and made it back home in time to watch the 6:00 news. As with the other trip, we never felt rushed.
Cayucos and Avila Beach
Don’t ask me why but we decided to make our first stop and overnight stay at Cayucos, a small town situated on the central coast of California. Maybe it was because every hotel on this New Year’s weekend was pretty much booked except for the really expensive rooms. Luckily, we found an inexpensive vacancy in Cayucos, so I immediately perused the internet to find information about this hotel. The reviews were all over the place. One person loved their room, the other hated it, some thought it dirty, and others thought it was fine. So it was with much trepidation that I pressed the “Book It” button on the online travel site.
We arrived in Cayucos and checked into the room. I became just as undecided as the reviews, I both hated it and loved it at the same time. It had a small living room, with a kitchen, separate bedroom, a couch, chair, and a fire place. That is what I loved about it, plus it was on the main street and close to the beach. We won’t go into what about it I hated.
It was dark now and our bodies were stiff from a long drive, however, we were still running on adrenaline, so we decided to check out the vicinity nearby…it didn’t take long.
There appeared to be one main street with restaurants, shops, and various other businesses. It was just past nine thirty and it seemed like the town had already rolled up the carpets. On this road, the Sea Shanty restaurant was all decked out in holiday lights and looked to be the happening place. A few other eateries and bars had their fill of patrons but other than that, the road was quiet.
Most of the homes lined the rolling hills of which are quite common on the central coast. After a long dry summer, the hills were more of a brownish tint than their normal vibrant green.