When one of my colleagues heard we were driving up the coast, he pretty much insisted that we check out the Cass House Inn. It's in the sleepy beach town of Cayucos, which is just about 5 miles north of Morro Bay. It's just over the hill from Paso Robles and all the wineries of the central coast.
The property is beautiful, a block off of the beach, with gorgeous gardens (lots of weddings happen on weekends). The house rooms are suitable for couples, but since we were three, they put us in the beach cottage, which was fantastic. It had a proper bedroom, living room (with the most comfortable pull-out couch our daughter has slept on), kitchen (with everything you need and more--from s&p to olive oil--even cupcake accessories should you feel so inspired), washer and dryer. Great California beauty products in the bathroom, cookies for us from a local cookie shop...super thoughtful details.
The restaurant is fantastic--it is a tasting menu restaurant, and done so well. Everything is locally sourced and made with lots of love and care.
Breakfasts are included, and are simple, but thoughtfully prepared, always with local ingredients, many of them from their own gardens, or yogurts that the owners have made.
When we walked out on this super long dock, from the late 1800s, we saw dolphins and otters. It was epic--looking back towards the Morro Bay Rock, and to the rolling golden hills behind Cayucos...all I could think about was "how do I get to live here someday"?!