California Central Coast
Tue-Fri, July 14-17, 2020
$975/person (double occupancy)
$275 single supplement
Escorted by Sue Anderson, OLLI Director
Registration Deadline: May 14
Activity Level: Moderate w/considerable walking
Includes round-trip motorcoach transportation from Palm Desert, three nights lodging, two breakfasts, two dinners and one lunch, Hearst Castle tour, wine tasting, olive oil tasting, La Purisima Mission tour, Solvang outdoor theatre performance, porterage, taxes, and bus driver gratuities.
Escape the summer heat as we meander up the central coast for four days and three nights of California’s most iconic destinations. This trip includes motorcoach transportation; three nights lodging; two breakfasts; a stop in lovely Santa Barbara; welcome dinner in Morro Bay; tour of the famous Hearst Castle; wine tasting, lunch, and olive oil tasting in Paso Robles; tour of La Purisima Mission, California’s most extensively restored mission in Lompoc; and dinner and outdoor theater performance in the quaint Danish village of Solvang. All taxes, fees, and gratuities are also included. Join us for this fun summer exploration of California’s central coast.
TUESDAY, JULY 14: Our tour begins with a morning departure from the CSUSB Palm Desert campus. Our first stop is Santa Barbara, where you’ll have time to enjoy lunch and shopping. Walk to Stearn’s Wharf pier or dine in one of the many outdoor cafes along colorful State Street. Then, we’re on our way to magical Morro Bay, our home for two nights. Enjoy the unique rural landscape en route, as we pass green rolling hills, vineyards, and farmland. After checking into our hotel, the Best Western Plus San Marcos Inn, breathe in the fresh ocean air, relax, or take a walk to the harbor. Wine and cheese is served in the hotel lobby starting at 5:00. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner on the bay at The Great American Fish Company, known for its fresh seafood and steaks. (D)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 15: Breakfast at the hotel is included. This morning, we’re off to the majestic Hearst Castle for a guided “Grand Rooms” tour. Every evening, Mr. Hearst’s guests gathered in the splendid social rooms on the ground floor of Casa Grande (big house). Follow in their footsteps as we travel back in time and experience what it was like to be a guest at Hearst Castle. Stroll the gardens, take in the sweeping coastal views, and visit the Neptune and Roman pools at your leisure following the tour. Then we head to Paso Robles for an included lunch and wine tasting. Another fun stop on today’s itinerary is the Pasolivo Olive Oil Ranch, where we’ll sample estate grown, top medal winning extra virgin and crushed flavored olive oils, paired with award winning vinegars. Dinner tonight on your own in Morro Bay. (B, L)
THURSDAY, JULY 16: After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the morning in Morro Bay - watch the playful sea otters, stroll the bayfront, or get some shopping in before checking out of the hotel. Heading south, we’ll stop at La Purisima Mission, the most extensively restored mission in California. A private tour will lead us through the historic buildings and bring them to life through our guide’s stories of mission life and the people who once lived there. We continue to our hotel in the Danish community of Solvang, where tonight we attend the “Theatre Under the Stars,” Theatrefest (performance TBA). Traditional Danish dinner included. (B, D)
FRIDAY, JULY 17: Enjoy breakfast on your own today in charming Solvang before we check out of the hotel and head back to Palm Desert. Our estimated return time is 5 p.m.
This trip is offered in partnership with Let's Go Travel! To register, email us or call (760) 320-3009.