Whether you’re planning a last-minute family getaway or a romantic weekend for two, here are 5 epic Memorial Day weekend vacation spots on The Central Coast of California that will surely inspire you to book your next trip.
From recreational activities like golfing and driving dune buggies on the beach to laid-back leisurely outings such as wine tasting or relaxing at the pool, here are a few of our favorite places to spend Memorial Day weekend.
Memorial Day Weekend Vacation Spots
La Playa Carmel in Carmel-by-the-Sea
If your idea of a great vacation is spending time in a picturesque garden setting with ocean vistas just beyond, then an idyllic spot to book a Memorial Day weekend getaway is at La Playa Carmel in Carmel-by-the-Sea. This renowned historic hotel boasts updated elegant accommodations, an incredible buffet breakfast, and is just a stone’s throw away from the white sandy beaches of Carmel Beach. In addition to a peaceful swimming pool that beckons you to relax, they also offer cruiser bicycles to ride around this enchanting town.
Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel Valley
If the thought of golfing under the California sunshine sounds fun, then you should consider booking a Memorial Day weekend vacation at Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel Valley, California. This upscale resort and spa is home to one of the most beautiful golf courses on the Central Coast. Not to mention – the property offers guests exclusive experiences, such as outdoor yoga, the honeybee experience (at their on-site bee farm), and DIY lavender craft lessons. Plus, they have a relaxing swimming pool, incredible valley views, and a spa.
Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley
Another one of our favorite places to spend Memorial Day weekend in Carmel Valley is at Bernardus Lodge & Spa. This incredible property is surrounded by lush vineyards, picturesque strolling gardens, and a rustic glam setting. From gourmet fine dining to a fun-filled bocce ball court, it’s no wonder that this luxury resort is often visited by celebrities, notable figures, and jet-setters.
The Apple Farm Inn in San Luis Obispo
If you drive south a couple of hours from the Monterey Peninsula, you’ll end up in another epic Memorial Day weekend vacation destination known as San Luis Obispo. Here you’ll find the charming Apple Farm Inn, which is one of the cutest hotels in the area. Plus, they have a fantastic restaurant that offers a wide range of delicious dishes, including omelets, salads, sandwiches, and more. During your stay, make sure to check out the fabulous wineries in the surrounding area, as it’s becoming one of the most popular places to enjoy wine country on the Central Coast.
Beach Camping in Oceano Dunes / Pismo Beach
If you’re planning on bringing the kids along for a family adventure vacation this Memorial Day weekend, a fun place to plan a trip is in Pismo Beach, California. Just a brief drive away from Pismo Beach is a camping spot called Oceano Dunes, which allows you to do beach camping. One of the most popular outdoor activities in the area is driving a dune buggy along the beach, which is truly an exhilarating and memorable experience (for kids of all ages!). Plus, it’s a great place to try your hand at surfing, boogie boarding, and stand-up paddleboarding.
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