The Ultimate California Family Reunion Vacation is Waiting for you along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route
Find Affordable Vacation Rentals and Hotel Properties, Outdoor Adventures and Cultural Attractions, along with Family Friendly Museums, Stewardship Travel Experiences and Healthy Dining, Plus Enter to Win a $5000 Vacation at www.Highway1DiscoveryRoute.com
According to the Wall Street Journal, more Americans are including children, grandparents and cousins when they travel. And Forbes Magazine agrees, stating multigenerational family travel tops the list of travel trends for the next 5 years. The CA Highway 1 Discovery Route offers not only 10 destinations along the beautiful Central Coast of California in San Luis Obispo County; it’s an affordable place to plan the next multigenerational vacation or family reunion. The newly updated website offers everything a family needs to plan the perfect road trip from details on area lodging, local maps, info on special events, family activities and over 70 Stewardship Travel activities perfect for the whole family. Located mid-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the route consists of 10 diverse artisan towns and seaside villages to explore, from Ragged Point & San Simeon, Cambria, Cayucos, and Los Osos/Baywood Park, to Avila Beach & Valley, Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Oceano and Nipomo.
WIN the Ultimate $5000 Highway 1 Discovery Route Road Trip
Take the entire family on a dream road trip along the iconic 101-mile CA Highway 1 Discovery Route. With every turn, family members will enjoy watching the majestic views of the rugged Pacific coastline as you pass the diverse artisan towns that make up the route. If you visit the site now through January 15, 2016, you could win the ultimate $5000 Highway 1 Road Trip. It’s easy, just sign up for the mailing list and you and your family could win a 3-night trip of a lifetime which includes lodging, wining, dining, as well as special tours, activities and events.
Depending on the size of your group and the types of activities you would like to enjoy, the right choice in lodging plays an important role in making your family vacation or reunion a success. Select the perfect lodging option for every budget from more than 500 incredible hotels, motels, vacation rentals and B&Bs. Families might want to consider one of the roomie vacation rentals. Most vacation rentals along the route offer family members room to stretch out and be comfortable while maintaining closeness. Some sit right on the beach and include a fireplace to cozy up in front of with a glass of California wine or a deck to sit outside and enjoy some salt air and ocean views.
Visitors can also find local loop detail within the main route with maps on each town’s Destination Visitor Guide Pages of the website, which include points of interest and interesting things to experience along the way. Just click on the area detail map and a special page will pop up, perfect for printing or sending to your mobile device during your trip though: Ragged Point/San Simeon, Cambria, Los Osos/Baywood Park, Avila Beach & Valley, Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, and Oceano/Nipomo.
Make Family Memories
Amazing memories are ready to be made in each location, and there is no shortage of fun to be had! For example, active kids will find plenty of outdoor adventure like kayaking and hiking while parents might enjoy the many wineries and even craft breweries for adults to enjoy. Meantime, grandparents seeking a more cultural adventure might want to spend their time exploring the Hearst Castle and historic lighthouses in the area. The entire family will enjoy participating in many hands-on Stewardship Travel activities, such as restoring trails, protecting wildlife and native tree plantings, while on vacation. Enjoy wine, craft beer and farm to table dining and arrange events and activities from the many available on Highway1DiscoveryRoute.com. To put it simply, there’s something every family member will appreciate along the Discovery Route.
One of the most popular family activities along the Highway 1 Discovery Route is a visit to the amazing Hearst Castle. Built in 1919 by William Randolph Hearst, on 250,000 acres of land he inherited from his mother, Phoebe Apperson Hearst. Originally known as “Camp Hill,” its wilderness offered a place for family members and friends to “rough it” on camping trips. Despite elaborate arrangements with separate sleeping and dining tents, Hearst envisioned more comfortable accommodations. His simple instructions to famed San Francisco architect Julia Morgan in 1919: “Miss Morgan, we are tired of camping out in the open at the ranch in San Simeon and I would like to build a little something.” Hearst and Morgan’s collaboration was destined to become one of the world’s greatest showplaces. As they were planning and constructing his dream home, Hearst renamed the rocky perch from which it rose “La Cuesta Encantada” – The Enchanted Hill.
The Great Outdoors
Exploring the outdoors is one of the best ways to spend your time along the Highway 1 Discovery Route and there’s something appropriate for every family member. Whether you want a hiking expedition in one of the State Parks, a kayaking trip on the bays, or an opportunity to view the native flora and fauna, you’re sure to find something here.
Magical hikes are full of wonder, enchantment, and excitement on the central coast. Central coast magic is to be found exploring beyond the main streets by hiking the less traveled areas of the Highway 1 Discovery Route. Those wanting to learn more about the area, and experience its magic, can participate in docent-led guided walks and hikes as well like the Ranger-led interpretive day and evening hikes throughout the oak woodland forest of Lopez Lake. Experience some of the most breathtaking views of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range and Pacific Ocean. Many visitors to the Central Coast make Lopez Lake their staging area for ziplining, wine tasting, golfing, and fishing.
Central Coast Aquarium
Young family members and those that are young at heart will enjoy the Central Coast Aquarium, ideally situated on the beautiful Central Coast just steps away from the beach and boardwalk. The small, family-friendly aquarium has a mission of educating and inspiring visitors of all ages about local sea life and marine science by giving them an exciting hands-on experience.
For those family members wanting an adrenalin rush, check out Banner Airways where visitors are invited to experience the adventure of a lifetime! Visitors are supplied with everything they need including a leather jacket, helmet, goggles and life jacket. You’ll fly in the exact aircraft that were used to train American Pilots during WWII. Make your fantasy come true by becoming a part of the action as you fly high over the Pacific Ocean.
Covell’s California Clydesdales
How many places on earth can you join your family to experience almost 2000 acres of pristine Monterey Pine forest and rolling pastures with an exquisite view of the ocean and as if that’s not enough, over 100 head of Clydesdale horses all in one location? The answer is one, Cambria Pines by the Sea Ranch, home to Covell’s California Clydesdales.
Farmers Markets and Agriculture Tours
Agriculture is one of the oldest industries along the Highway 1 Discovery Route. Not only does the region produce award winning wine grapes, but an abundance of other crops including strawberries, avocados, oranges, walnuts, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, blueberries and more. Many local farms offer an organic selection as well. There are special farmer’s markets in each of the 10 diverse towns offering the freshest and best local products, produce, plants and flowers. This local produce is also served at many restaurants, some which even serve meals family style.
Pacific Coast Wine Trail
Parents and grandparents will want to discover the originality of the Pacific Coast Wine Trail (PCWT), one sip at a time. Consisting of 10 boutique wineries nestled in quaint, seaside towns dotted along the Pacific Coastline from San Simeon to Morro Bay, the PCWT offers guests a wine experience as unique as the coastal communities themselves.
- Hearst Ranch Winery, tasting room, located on the historical Hearst Property in San Simeon, is situated along the shore in a historic building built in 1852.
- Cutruzzola Vineyards, located in a coastal valley just outside Cambria, has two acres planted to Riesling and five acres to Pinot Noir.
- Black Hand Cellars, in Cambria has a family history of winemaking and draws its name from the Black Hand Mafia having a hankering for Tom’s great-grandfather’s wine.
- Moonstone Cellars, in Cambria, started in 1998 from a father and son venture and, due to gaining popularity, turned into a full-time operation.
- Twin Coyotes, also in Cambria, is the joint venture of twin brothers who source grapes from their own small vineyard.
- Stolo Family Winery, just outside of Cambria, is located on historic property where grappa was secretly made and sold during prohibition.
- Harmony Cellars, in the tiny town of Harmony, is the oldest and most established winery along the Northern Central Coast, having been in operation since 1989.
- Cayucos Cellars, in Cayucos, was established in 1996 by Stuart Selkirk and now his daughter and son follow in his footsteps.
- Chateau Margene, in Morro Bay on the Embarcadero, is a wonderful place to experience fine wines and olive oils.
- Cuatro Dias, in Morro Bay, established by Greg Allen, a fire-fighter who makes wine on his four days off – hence, cuatro dias.
Edna Valley AVA
Edna Valley, in the heart of SLO Wine Country, is California’s coolest winegrowing region, located just five miles from the Pacific Ocean. The northwest-to-southwest orientation of the Edna Valley creates a direct path for cool marine air to filter into the valley from the Los Osos/Morro Bay area. This climate, combined with the calcareous and volcanic soils results in wines with intensity, concentration and fresh, balancing acidity, perfect for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and aromatic white wines.
Arroyo Grande Valley AVA
The handful of Arroyo Grande Valley wineries currently have a reputation for premium quality wine production. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah are the top grapes grown here. The climate of Arroyo Grande Wine Country is more diverse than the consistently cool climate of nearby regions. The terrain of Arroyo Grande Valley Wine Country is made of sedimentary and volcanic soils over a layer of bedrock known as the Franciscan Complex. The Franciscan Complex is uplifted oceanic and continental crust that was formed over 100 million years ago.
Dive into California’s Underwater Parks
In California and around the world, special ocean areas are being designated to conserve our vulnerable ocean ecosystems and threatened marine life. The entire family will appreciate the fact that California is the first state in the nation to design a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) or underwater parks along its 1,100 mile coastline. Families can tour the 29 MPAs and one of the National Marine Sanctuaries along California’s central coast with breathtaking pictures and videos and links to nearby activities to enjoy these special ocean areas. This is just one of 70 amazing Stewardship Traveler experiences that family members can participate in along the 101 California Highway 1 Discovery Route. Come be a and experience these amazing MPA’s:
History and Culture
Visiting historical landmarks and experiencing cultural activities along the Highway 1 Discovery Route allows visitors to gain a deeper understanding and connection with this beautiful place. From the Point San Luis Light Station Park in Ragged Point, opened in 1889, to the Dana Adobe in Nipomo, built in 1840, there is plenty to explore. How about checking out the Old Edna Townsite? Founded in the early 1800s and once a bustling center for early farming and ranching families, the lovingly preserved Old Edna Townsite offers family fun for all ages including self-guided tours. Or take the family to the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Natural History Center and check out the exhibit featuring the “Lost City of Cecil B DeMille,” the largest movie set in movie history built for the making of DeMille’s film, The Ten Commandments. That movie set sits buried in the sand to this day.
Other Multigenerational Travel Perks
Visitors to the Highway 1 Discovery Route can also find lodging and activities that welcome their four-legged family members. Throughout the region you can find not only dog friendly hiking trails and parks, but also wineries and beaches. The beautiful weather of the Central Coast is conducive to year-round golfing with several world-class golf courses to choose from. If a vacation full of ways to relax and rejuvenate is on a family member’s to do list, there are several spas in the area to do just that. As you can see, it’s not hard to find things to do along the Highway 1 Discovery Route for every family member. Bring your binoculars and go bird watching in the Bird Sanctuary region of Avila Beach. Or plan a picnic at the beach while watching local surfers ride the waves, there are many free things to do as well. Find multi day family reunion itineraries created to make every family vacation one for the memory books!