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From the hotel, pool, and outdoor bar area, guests can watch the tide roll in.
San Luis Obispo
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Bed-and-breakfasts abound, and there seem to be hotels and motels on every corner in San Luis Obispo. The best high-end lodgings are on the water, the most notable of which include the Inn at Morro Bay and the Cliffs. The former is appealing for its quiet, serene location, while the latter, which plays host to the annual World of Pinot Noir festival every March, offers a touch more luxury and is closer to the vineyards.

Please note that prices and other details can often change. We recommend that you call ahead before you go.

Cliffs Resort
2757 Shell Beach Road
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Telephone: (805) 773-5000; (800) 826-7827
Fax: (805) 773-0764
Website: www.cliffsresort.com

Rooms: 138
Suites: 24
Rates: $149 to $499
Services: Banquets/Events, Internet Access, Room Service, Restaurant/Bar
Amenities: Fitness Center, Jacuzzi, Pool, Sauna

From its perch above Pismo Beach, this resort offers great views of the Pacific Coast. Its location also makes it ideal for visiting area wineries, and even Paso Robles and Santa Ynez are an easy drive away. Built in 1984, the inn includes an oceanfront, palm-studded pool with an outdoor bar and dining area, part of a $4.5 million upgrade completed in September 2009. The rooms are sleekly modern in decor, and the best offer ample space, Italian marble bathrooms with whirlpool tubs and private balconies overlooking the Pacific. A short path down the cliff leads to prime beachcombing.

Inn at Morro Bay
60 State Park Road
Morro Bay, CA 93442
Telephone: (805) 772-5651; (800) 321-9566
Fax: (805) 772-4779
Website: www.innatmorrobay.com

Rooms: 94
Suites: 1 cottage
Rates: $109 to $400
Services: Banquets/Events, Concierge, Internet Access, Laundry, Room Service
Amenities: Golf, Jacuzzi, Pool, Spa

Situated inside Morro Bay State Park, this charming inn sets the stage for a romantic getaway. Rooms are a modest 260 square feet, typical for a 1960s-era inn, but they offer smart Cape Cod-style furnishings and cozy feather beds. The romance factor in many rooms is upped by a gas fireplace and private decks with Jacuzzis.

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