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Recent Central Coast reviews

  • Beautiful home with wonderful views!

    "We had the pleasure of staying at this home for three nights and loved every minute of it! The house is clean and well equipped with all the tools to cook and entertain. What we loved the most was waking up to the views and sounds of the ocean. The owners were accommodating on a late checkout and a pleasure to deal with all around. This house will definitely be our choice on our next visit to Aptos."
    Guest: Melody B. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 31, 2014
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  • Excellent in every way!

    "We spent the thanksgiving weekend at Riverstar. From the minute we arrived we were in heaven. It was just the 3 of us as the other couple cancelled ..... So we had the whole place to ourselves. The house was huge. Modern, clean and spacious. Betty and her whole family greeted us upon arrival and they were all amazing. We felt like old friends by the time we left. We brought our 2 little dogs, Which was great as we hate to leave them home. We used the bbq a few nights and went in to town for dinner the other. The location was perfect for us. Far enough away to feel private , yet close enough to town and lots of wineries. We actually really enjoyed the tasting room on property, as well. Leo was pouring during our stay and he was the BEST! So nice, funny and informative. We bought a ton of wines and they were all excellent! And how convenient to just walk like 25 steps to get there. No worries about driving! We would recommend this property to anyone, in fact we are all ready planning another visit! Thank you Betty and family for an amazing and much needed family get away."
    Guest: Sue R. Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 30, 2014
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  • 20th Anniversary Family reunion

    "This is a beautiful property with SO much to do on property and even more to see in the gorgeous Central Coast. This is our second stay at Wild Hair Ranch. Tim had very detailed instructions to make our stay comfortable and there were plenty of towels and dishes for our crowd. Loved the hen fresh eggs and the little girls loved the trampoline!"
    Guest: Teresa N. Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: January 24, 2015
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  • Our 2nd time and we had a blast again!!

    "Love, love, love this house and the owner is so accommodating and easy to work with! You cannot beat the location with just a short walk to Pleasure point to watch the surfers or to the Point Market & Cafe for an amazing breakfast burrito (get the "Barrel" you won't be disappointed!). We spent a night on the roof top deck watching the sun set and drinking wine and it was so relaxing. This was our second stay at the Oliver house but this time we brought along another couple for a relaxing birthday weekend and they loved it! Thank you so much Nancy for another wonderful trip!"
    Guest: 1LovedMama Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 22, 2014
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Central Coast Travel Tips

The Central Coast of California spans for hundreds of miles between Monterey Bay and Point Mugu, from just northwest of Los Angeles County and south of San Francisco and San Mateo counties.

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo is credited with discovering the Central Coast following his landing in Santa Barbara County in 1542 after sailing from the south. America's first motel is located in San Louis Obispo and you can catch a glimpse of the rugged California shore when you travel through the coastal communities of Big Sur, Morro Bay and San Simeon.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is home to Natural Bridges State Beach, redwood forests and a moderate climate. The city was settled in 1791 and chartered in 1866 after the Mexican-American War when California became a state. An earthquake destroyed much of the city's downtown buildings in 1989. Since reconstruction, downtown Santa Cruz has become a bustling center for shopping, dining and attractions.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a popular maritime destination for visitors. The boardwalk's Neptune Kingdom features mini golf, an arcade, pool tables and laser tag. There are boardwalk rides for everyone in the family including the Giant Dipper and Bulgy the Whale - in fact, more than 60 million people have gone on the Giant Dipper roller coaster that opened in 1924. Another favorite attraction on the boardwalk is the 1911 Looff Carousel. This National Historic Landmark is a hand-carved merry-go-round that boasts a Ruth and Sohn band organ as well as a Wurlitzer 146.

Natural Bridges State Beach is famous for its natural bridge as well as ideal conditions for migratory whale, otter and seal watching. When you visit the beach you'll see sea stars, crabs and other ocean life during low tide. Also in the park is a large area of wildflowers that blossom in the spring, and Moore Creek creates freshwater wetlands and a salt marsh. Natural Bridges State Beach is also home to the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve - during the winter months, up to 100,000 monarchs find refuge here.

Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove can be found between Point Pinos and Monterey. It's often referred to as one of America's last hometowns and known for its Victorian homes. There's a massive annual migration of monarch butterflies that makes its way through the city each year.

Asilomar State Beach is located on the Monterey Peninsula. Visitors to the beach can access coastal trails and the nearby Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve. Asilomar State Beach is a one-mile strip of sandy shores and rocky coves with a ¾-mile walking trail. All marine animals and features at the beach are protected. There's a boardwalk at the beach that houses a number of buildings and halls, including a cafe for you to enjoy a cup of coffee and a gift shop to pick up a book to sit by the water and read.

[http://www.pointpinoslighthouse.org/ The Point Pinos Lighthouse] was lit in 1855 and remains a Coast Guard navigational aid today, making it the oldest active lighthouse in the state. The first lighthouse keep at Point Pinos was Charles Layton and after he died in 1855, Charlotte Layton became the first female lighthouse keeper on the West Coast. When you visit Point Pinos Lighthouse you can take a tour of the historic site and learn more about what is was like for lighthouse keepers who were in charge of ensuring the light was lit as well as the lighthouse's progression through history.

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a top destination in the U.S. and nestled above a white-sand beach. Everything in the city is within walking distance so you won't have any trouble navigating the streets to find hundreds of shops, restaurants, wine tastings and art galleries.

[http://aquariumofthebay.org The Monterey Bay Aquarium] sees nearly 2 million visitors each year. There are more than 600 species of animals on display, and thanks to its location near the water, the aquarium can enjoy a high circulation of fresh ocean water. There's a massive tank for viewing California coastal marine life which is also the first in the world to grow live California giant kelp. Sea life at the aquarium includes stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters as well as bluefin and yellowfin tuna. The penguins in the Splash Zone exhibit are a favorite among families visiting the aquarium and the zone houses African Black-Footed penguins.

Point Lobos State Reserve features Cypress forest, hidden coves, beaches and overlooks where you can catch a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean. At Point Lobos you'll find one of the richest underwater habitats in the world, making it a favorite spot among divers. However, seals, sea lions and sea otters can be found swimming through the waters here, too. Scuba and free diving are popular activities among visitors to the reserve. Other favorite things to do at Point Lobos include sightseeing, photography and jogging. There are unique geological formations and endangered archeological sites that you won't see anywhere else.

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