Perched just steps from the sand, the brand-new Inn at the Pier (opened winter 2017) offers a great car-free getaway option for Central Coast visitors. The luxe hotel occupies a prime block across from the iconic pier, at the end of Pomeroy Avenue. Leave your car with the 24-hour valet service (included in the daily resort fee) and take full advantage of the enviable location, which embodies the classic California beach town lifestyle. Walk to the beach and downtown shops, take a dip in the rooftop pool, order an appetizer and cocktail from the rooftop bar and watch the sunset, then head down to the onsite restaurant, Blonde, for dinner. The hotel’s 104 rooms include private balconies; most offer ocean views.
601 Cypress St., Pismo Beach, 805/295-5565, theinnatthepier.com.
Originally published in the Santa Barbara SEASONS Summer 2018 issue.