The charming coastal community of Cayucos is an ideally situated home base for your vacation on the Central Coast. The town is littered with antique stores housed in old buildings, fish and chip eateries with views of the ocean, and surf shops that supply visitors with surfboards and accessories to maximize enjoyment of the beach. Our favorite lunch destination is Ruddell’s Smokehouse, you can’t beat Jim’s smoked fish tacos or his prime location on the sidewalk across the street from the water. Cap off your night with a drink at the Old Cayucos Tavern, look closely and you will see old photos of the Cass House dining room hung above the bar.
In room massage services are available at the Inn (rates start at $110 per hour, please call for details) and the following attractions are within easy reach during your next Cayucos vacation:
The Central Coast wine region is the largest and most diverse in California. To the north, the Paso Robles wineries are known for their Rhone varietals. To the south, Edna Valley is most famous for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir production. Both regions are within a 20 minute drive of the Cass House.
You don’t have to go far to enjoy the natural beauty of the Central Coast, the Cayucos state beach is just steps from the house. If you plan on venturing out further than that, there are endless amounts of hiking trails, state parks, bike paths and long stretches of coastline within a 30 mile radius of the house. A must see is Montana De Oro, a state park located in Los Osos (a 15 minute drive from Cayucos). The drive through the park alone is worth the trip and there are numerous hiking trails and beach access points along the way. Horseback riding tours can be arranged, either following the trails or along the beach.
Just as thousands of visitors before him and millions since, William Randolph Hearst found the Central Coast to be the ultimate escape from life in the big city. There are several tours which highlight various parts of the castle and gardens.
The Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery is located north of Cayucos, along scenic Highway One. Seals come ashore twice a year, once to take part in the breeding season and again to molt. December through March is their Breeding season and April through August is their molting time.