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Posted: 07/16/2014 5:41 AM

Husker fan with my trip booked to Fresno.... 


Every year our family takes 2 or 3 trips with the Huskers, and I am really looking forward to this one at Fresno State.  A day or 2 in San Francisco, the game in Fresno, and some time in Sierra and Sequoia.  Anything I shouldn't miss while in the area?

Anyway...really looking forward to this trip and a good football game.
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Posted: 07/16/2014 5:50 AM

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As somebody who spent 5 years in Nebraska, what I missed most about CA was the beach. Take a 2.5 hour drive to Cayucos, or 3 hour drive to Pismo or Avila. While in Fresno, get the tri-tip sandwich at the Doghouse at the corner of Shaw & Chestnut, near the stadium. Tri-tip is harder to find out East & I know you Husker fans love eating meat on game days.


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Every year our family takes 2 or 3 trips with the Huskers, and I am really looking forward to this one at Fresno State.  A day or 2 in San Francisco, the game in Fresno, and some time in Sierra and Sequoia.  Anything I shouldn't miss while in the area?

Anyway...really looking forward to this trip and a good football game.

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Posted: 07/16/2014 5:57 AM

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We are going to fly into SF, then spend a day driving into Fresno leisurely.  On the map it looks like California Highway 1 south to almost Carmel before heading east. But I like your suggestion of getting a little further south...to Cayucos...the kids would love to see that I'm sure.

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Posted: 07/16/2014 6:25 AM

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Yup, Hwy 1 to Santa Cruz (boardwalk for the kids) then Monterey/Pebble Beach/Carmel is my suggestion. Awesome scenery. Then east to Fresno. Yosemite Valley for sure. On your way back to SFO you might want to consider Napa Valley though not much there for the kids. Have a great trip.

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Posted: 07/16/2014 6:52 AM

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Now you are talking about Big Sur. Have you been there before? It is truly amazing. But Highway 1 in Big Sur is not really a highway. We are talking spectacular views and hidden beaches. It's not a road where you drive 60 miles per hour and only stop for gasoline. In fact, you need to fill up in Monterey or else you will spend a fortune buying gas, if you find a gas station at all.
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Posted: 07/16/2014 7:01 AM

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One more idea if you go east from Monterey Bay to Fresno you'll be on Hwy 152. Midway in the hills you'll come to Casa de Fruta. It's a great place for a comfort stop. It has a gas station, restaurant, wine and sandwich shop, candy store, fruit and gift shop, a small open air train for the kids to ride, a carousel and a few farm animals. Lots of tour buses and travelers never miss stopping at Casa de Fruta. Good sandwiches in the wine shop.
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Posted: 07/16/2014 7:43 AM

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bulldog50 wrote: One more idea if you go east from Monterey Bay to Fresno you'll be on Hwy 152. Midway in the hills you'll come to Casa de Fruta. It's a great place for a comfort stop. It has a gas station, restaurant, wine and sandwich shop, candy store, fruit and gift shop, a small open air train for the kids to ride, a carousel and a few farm animals. Lots of tour buses and travelers never miss stopping at Casa de Fruta. Good sandwiches in the wine shop.
+1!!   Don't miss this great place.
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Posted: 07/16/2014 8:49 AM

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Huskers3531 wrote: We are going to fly into SF, then spend a day driving into Fresno leisurely.  On the map it looks like California Highway 1 south to almost Carmel before heading east. But I like your suggestion of getting a little further south...to Cayucos...the kids would love to see that I'm sure.
You'll all enjoy this part of your drive.  Some of the most beautiful scenery in the world!!  Not exaggerating.
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Posted: 07/16/2014 9:13 AM

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So if we drove south leisurely to about Carmel and spent the night before driving east to Fresno on Highway 152 the next day, any suggestions on where to stay?  Would prefer not to stay at a chain hotel, but rather a B&B or something similar where the kids could experience something a little more "California" in style (one that would be family friendly, of course). Although I guess any hotel on the beach would be more "California" than the Midwest! biggrin


The best road trips we've ever taken to these games have been the result of asking good folks like you for suggestions - not just using Google or a travel guide.  So keep the suggestions coming!

Plan is to get into SF on Wednesday and spend the night, then spend Thursday on the coast south to about Carmel, then Friday leisurely driving toward Fresno.  Saturday of course will be all about the game, and then Sunday and Monday in the Fresno area and the national parks east of there.

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Posted: 07/16/2014 9:39 AM

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Huskers3531 wrote: So if we drove south leisurely to about Carmel and spent the night before driving east to Fresno on Highway 152 the next day, any suggestions on where to stay?  Would prefer not to stay at a chain hotel, but rather a B&B or something similar where the kids could experience something a little more "California" in style (one that would be family friendly, of course). Although I guess any hotel on the beach would be more "California" than the Midwest! biggrin


The best road trips we've ever taken to these games have been the result of asking good folks like you for suggestions - not just using Google or a travel guide.  So keep the suggestions coming!

Plan is to get into SF on Wednesday and spend the night, then spend Thursday on the coast south to about Carmel, then Friday leisurely driving toward Fresno.  Saturday of course will be all about the game, and then Sunday and Monday in the Fresno area and the national parks east of there.
I don't have any B&Bs to suggest to you off the top of my head, but I know there are plenty to choose from.  Also, just so you know, it's gonna be about a 30-40 degree change in temperature from the coast to Fresno.  So, dress accordingly LOL.
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Posted: 07/16/2014 9:50 AM

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Just something for you to think about.

If you have small children, then, yeah, the 152 route with a stop at Casa de Fruita is a good idea.

However - if it's just grown-ups, or if your kids are junior high and older, you owe it to yourself to drive down Highway 1.  You will never forget the coastal/cliffside/mountains-to-the-sea scenery (between Monterey/Carmel and Hearst Castle) for as long as you live.  Probably one of the three best one-day drives in the world.... just saying.
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Posted: 07/16/2014 10:02 AM

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Depending on how much you want to spend, you might want to check out Sanctuary Beach Resort.  It's real close to Monterey and you'd know you were in California.
http://www.thesanctuarybeachre...CFZNffgodiwIAaQ

If you want to be close to the Monterey Pier and all the attractions you could look at Monterey Hotel, although this one is a little pricey too.
http://www.montereyhotel.com/

Then there is always the option of renting a condo, especially if you have a larger group.  There are many golf courses in the area that have condos right on the fairway.  Just remember that the Monterey/Carmel area is pretty damn pricey!  If you want to get a good seafood dinner that won't break the bank, I suggest Massaro and Santos near the Presidio.  In the evening there are a lot of sea lions that lay on the docks and my daughter always loves to go look at them.
http://www.massaroandsantos.com/

Hope that helps!
Huskers3531 wrote: So if we drove south leisurely to about Carmel and spent the night before driving east to Fresno on Highway 152 the next day, any suggestions on where to stay?  Would prefer not to stay at a chain hotel, but rather a B&B or something similar where the kids could experience something a little more "California" in style (one that would be family friendly, of course). Although I guess any hotel on the beach would be more "California" than the Midwest! biggrin


The best road trips we've ever taken to these games have been the result of asking good folks like you for suggestions - not just using Google or a travel guide.  So keep the suggestions coming!

Plan is to get into SF on Wednesday and spend the night, then spend Thursday on the coast south to about Carmel, then Friday leisurely driving toward Fresno.  Saturday of course will be all about the game, and then Sunday and Monday in the Fresno area and the national parks east of there.
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Posted: 07/16/2014 10:03 AM

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Oh, and BTW, if you have never been to Yosemite... that's another world-class drive.  Seriously.
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Posted: 07/16/2014 10:13 AM

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redroadster wrote: Oh, and BTW, if you have never been to Yosemite... that's another world-class drive.  Seriously.
Yes, if you haven't been to Yosemite, that is one thing you should not miss in your life, one of natures wonders.  You can go in going north out of Fresno on Hwy 41 and then exit out Hwy 120 (this route had the hwy closed a few years ago but I am pretty sure that has all been fixed up) and you will wind up north of Modesto which is about 80 miles east or so of SF.

As for the Monterey/Carmel area, I would suggest one of the hotels/motels on Munras Ave. in Monterey.  Stayed at a couple of those over the years.  Monterey is a bit more tourist like than Carmel but there are some more things to do there.  My kids and grandkids have always enjoyed the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the area around the Cannery and the wharf.

The Science Exploratorium in SF at Pier 15 is a very cool place for kids and adults.  Just down the way from Pier 39 (which you should probably check out since it is a major tourist spot in SF). 

http://www.exploratorium.edu/
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Posted: 07/16/2014 10:20 AM

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I live in Monterey and would love to make some suggestions. The area is pricey but there are countless bed and breakfasts in the cities of Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel and Carmel by the sea, which combined are all in a smaller area than the city of Fresno. You can do a quick google search. If you go the bigger hotel route, the International Clement is a stunner and right on the water of Cannery Row. Worth it.

Restaurants that would be fun for both kids and adults would be the Cannery Row Brewing Company in Monterey, old Fisherman's Grotto on the wharf, or the Monterey Fish House on Del Monte Avenue. Also, Baja Cantina is a Mexican joint that is a can't miss just off Highway 1 in Carmel Valley.

There are a ton of spots to stop, hike, go to the beach, whatever, on HWY 1 just south of Monterey near Carmel. The drive to Fresno from 152 is not the greatest after Pacheco Pass, but Casa de Fruita would be a nice pit stop.

The weather should be perfect at that time in Monterey, probably an average of 65-70 degrees with morning fog burning off by noon. It's like that all summer. Soak it in, Fresno will be 40 degrees warmer. I really hope you enjoy your time. Safe travels!
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Posted: 07/16/2014 10:51 AM

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So glad to hear from you, Husker. I just came back from a 2 week tour through Iowa and Missouri. Beautiful country and really nice people. The Midwest is totally underappreciated as a vacation destination. Maybe it's because I'm a farmer, but I could really appreciate all of the top notch farming going on there. And you people keep your houses and property up. The houses in the neighborhoods I visited were neat as a pin. I think we fall short here in Cali. Just a few tips: 1) as was mentioned, San Francisco can be quite cool. Remember the Mark Twain quote, "the coldest winter I ever spent was the summer I spent in San Francisco."  Fresno will live up to it's reputation for being hot. If you plan on tailgating, or showing up early to the game it will be hot with a bright sun. But, as soon as the sun goes down the temperature will be perfect. No humidity with a gentle cool breeze. Shorts and t-shirts are a standard uniform here. 2) the people I encountered in Iowa and Missouri were so courteous and respectful - do not expect that in California. Freeway traffic is cutthroat.

I sure hope we treat you with warmth and courtesy. It is hard to compete with San Francisco, Carmel, Big Sur, but here in the 'other California' try to appreciate what makes us special. We are the most fecund agricultural region in the history of the world. No brag, just fact. I hope we give you guys a good game. 

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Posted: 07/16/2014 10:59 AM

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bulldogsblue wrote: I live in Monterey and would love to make some suggestions. The area is pricey but there are countless bed and breakfasts in the cities of Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel and Carmel by the sea, which combined are all in a smaller area than the city of Fresno. You can do a quick google search. If you go the bigger hotel route, the International Clement is a stunner and right on the water of Cannery Row. Worth it.

Restaurants that would be fun for both kids and adults would be the Cannery Row Brewing Company in Monterey, old Fisherman's Grotto on the wharf, or the Monterey Fish House on Del Monte Avenue. Also, Baja Cantina is a Mexican joint that is a can't miss just off Highway 1 in Carmel Valley.

There are a ton of spots to stop, hike, go to the beach, whatever, on HWY 1 just south of Monterey near Carmel. The drive to Fresno from 152 is not the greatest after Pacheco Pass, but Casa de Fruita would be a nice pit stop.

The weather should be perfect at that time in Monterey, probably an average of 65-70 degrees with morning fog burning off by noon. It's like that all summer. Soak it in, Fresno will be 40 degrees warmer. I really hope you enjoy your time. Safe travels!
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Posted: 07/16/2014 12:20 PM

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If you pass through Oakhurst on Highway 41 on your way to Yosemite I have a few recommendations for food.  Skip the fast food and try South Gate Brewing Co.  Awesome burgers and micro brew.  The locals love El Cid if you are craving mexican food.  For dessert hit Reimer's (right next door to El Cid).  Great ice cream, candies, and fudge.

There probably won't be much water from the falls in Yosemite that time of year given the severe drought we have had here.  The views will still be beautiful everywhere in the park.

The mountain roads have very few passing lanes and the speed limit is 55.  The highway patrol will be at the passing lanes between Fresno and Oakhurst, and you will get a ticket for anything over 65!  Be safe and enjoy the ride.
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Posted: 07/16/2014 1:13 PM

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I can't believe I forgot Baja Cantina!  It's one of my favorite places to go.  Also forgot to mention a great place for breakfast in Carmel Valley called Jeffrey's.  My family has a condo on Carmel Valley Ranch golf course and it is right around the corner from there.  They usually have a crab eggs benedict that is amazing.
http://www.jeffreysgrillandcatering.com/
bulldogsblue wrote: I live in Monterey and would love to make some suggestions. The area is pricey but there are countless bed and breakfasts in the cities of Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel and Carmel by the sea, which combined are all in a smaller area than the city of Fresno. You can do a quick google search. If you go the bigger hotel route, the International Clement is a stunner and right on the water of Cannery Row. Worth it.

Restaurants that would be fun for both kids and adults would be the Cannery Row Brewing Company in Monterey, old Fisherman's Grotto on the wharf, or the Monterey Fish House on Del Monte Avenue. Also, Baja Cantina is a Mexican joint that is a can't miss just off Highway 1 in Carmel Valley.

There are a ton of spots to stop, hike, go to the beach, whatever, on HWY 1 just south of Monterey near Carmel. The drive to Fresno from 152 is not the greatest after Pacheco Pass, but Casa de Fruita would be a nice pit stop.

The weather should be perfect at that time in Monterey, probably an average of 65-70 degrees with morning fog burning off by noon. It's like that all summer. Soak it in, Fresno will be 40 degrees warmer. I really hope you enjoy your time. Safe travels!
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Posted: 07/16/2014 2:46 PM

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bulldogsblue wrote: I live in Monterey and would love to make some suggestions. The area is pricey but there are countless bed and breakfasts in the cities of Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel and Carmel by the sea, which combined are all in a smaller area than the city of Fresno. You can do a quick google search. If you go the bigger hotel route, the International Clement is a stunner and right on the water of Cannery Row. Worth it.

Restaurants that would be fun for both kids and adults would be the Cannery Row Brewing Company in Monterey, old Fisherman's Grotto on the wharf, or the Monterey Fish House on Del Monte Avenue. Also, Baja Cantina is a Mexican joint that is a can't miss just off Highway 1 in Carmel Valley.

There are a ton of spots to stop, hike, go to the beach, whatever, on HWY 1 just south of Monterey near Carmel. The drive to Fresno from 152 is not the greatest after Pacheco Pass, but Casa de Fruita would be a nice pit stop.

The weather should be perfect at that time in Monterey, probably an average of 65-70 degrees with morning fog burning off by noon. It's like that all summer. Soak it in, Fresno will be 40 degrees warmer. I really hope you enjoy your time. Safe travels!
I'll second the Monterey Fish House. It's not as touristy (it's not even on the water), but make reservations, and still expect a line. The place looks like a shack, but the food is great. What they lack in ambiance is made up for in quality.

As for San Francisco, as the saying goes, you can sometimes get all four seasons in one day.
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Posted: 07/16/2014 3:47 PM

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Monterey Fish House was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives this week.

Looked very good.
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Posted: 07/16/2014 3:58 PM

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More ideas from me. I lived 20 yrs in Monterey but left 15 yrs ago so I'll defer to anyone still
Living there. Any good hotel on Cannery Row or near Fishermans wharf is great. Sanctuary Beach is unique. You park in the Main lot and then take golf carts to go to your room and around the resort. Campfire each nite with s'mores on the beach. It'll be COLD. Maximize your length of time there vs Fresno. When going thru Santa Cruz considering the Mystery Spot for something truly strange (google it) and consider a bite to eat at the Boardwalk if your kids are young or at Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola; you take a glass tram DOWN to the restaurant which is on the banks of a small river. Good food. DO be ready for temps in the high 50s to high 60s when in the Monterey Bay. I'm homesick.

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Posted: 07/16/2014 5:50 PM

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Huskers3531 wrote: So if we drove south leisurely to about Carmel and spent the night before driving east to Fresno on Highway 152 the next day, any suggestions on where to stay?  Would prefer not to stay at a chain hotel, but rather a B&B or something similar where the kids could experience something a little more "California" in style (one that would be family friendly, of course). Although I guess any hotel on the beach would be more "California" than the Midwest! biggrin


The best road trips we've ever taken to these games have been the result of asking good folks like you for suggestions - not just using Google or a travel guide.  So keep the suggestions coming!

Plan is to get into SF on Wednesday and spend the night, then spend Thursday on the coast south to about Carmel, then Friday leisurely driving toward Fresno.  Saturday of course will be all about the game, and then Sunday and Monday in the Fresno area and the national parks east of there.
I always enjoyed Carmel. A small but picturesque beach, where you can see Pebble Beach across the inlet, and a whole bunch of wonderful pastry bakeries along the main drag. Some nice little hotels too. Oops, you might want to disregard because you might forget to continue on to the game.


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Posted: 07/16/2014 9:39 PM

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You got a lot of great ideas on what to see. All very good quality things to see and do. Hope you have a couple of weeks to do all this so u can enjoy it. I always find the hardest thing to do when traveling is deciding which places I want to prioritize so I can enjoy the sights I do see and not try to fit too much into the trip where you just feel like you are driving everywhere, but not really spending enough time to enjoy the trip. Best wishes on your sight seeing and be safe, Go Dogs!
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Huskers3531 wrote: So if we drove south leisurely to about Carmel and spent the night before driving east to Fresno on Highway 152 the next day, any suggestions on where to stay?  Would prefer not to stay at a chain hotel, but rather a B&B or something similar where the kids could experience something a little more "California" in style (one that would be family friendly, of course). Although I guess any hotel on the beach would be more "California" than the Midwest! biggrin


The best road trips we've ever taken to these games have been the result of asking good folks like you for suggestions - not just using Google or a travel guide.  So keep the suggestions coming!

Plan is to get into SF on Wednesday and spend the night, then spend Thursday on the coast south to about Carmel, then Friday leisurely driving toward Fresno.  Saturday of course will be all about the game, and then Sunday and Monday in the Fresno area and the national parks east of there.
I always enjoyed Carmel. A small but picturesque beach, where you can see Pebble Beach across the inlet, and a whole bunch of wonderful pastry bakeries along the main drag. Some nice little hotels too. Oops, you might want to disregard because you might forget to continue on to the game.

OK, Scotty - just gotta tell my Pebble Beach story.

A few years back, had business in Monterey, on a Friday.  It was also a special occasion/anniversary, etc., so I took the wife to spoil her for a long weekend.  Splurged on 3 days @ the Lodge at Pebble Beach.  Reserved a specific room, overlooking the 18th fairway.  Got there to check-in, Friday afternoon - the clerk says, "So sorry, we are overbooked, don't have your room available... but we have upgraded you."  I said, "Same price?"  She said, "Absolutely.  We have put you in the Owner's Cabin, behind the 18th green..."  (The owners, at that time, were Clint Eastwood, Arnold Palmer and Peter Uberroth.)

I had to endure 3 days in a 3-level cabin, sumptuously appointed, huge bar, giant fireplace, margaritas on the patio, watching the golfers on 18 as the sun sank over Carmel Bay... Man, we suffered through it, somehow.
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scottydawg wrote:
Huskers3531 wrote: So if we drove south leisurely to about Carmel and spent the night before driving east to Fresno on Highway 152 the next day, any suggestions on where to stay?  Would prefer not to stay at a chain hotel, but rather a B&B or something similar where the kids could experience something a little more "California" in style (one that would be family friendly, of course). Although I guess any hotel on the beach would be more "California" than the Midwest! biggrin


The best road trips we've ever taken to these games have been the result of asking good folks like you for suggestions - not just using Google or a travel guide.  So keep the suggestions coming!

Plan is to get into SF on Wednesday and spend the night, then spend Thursday on the coast south to about Carmel, then Friday leisurely driving toward Fresno.  Saturday of course will be all about the game, and then Sunday and Monday in the Fresno area and the national parks east of there.
I always enjoyed Carmel. A small but picturesque beach, where you can see Pebble Beach across the inlet, and a whole bunch of wonderful pastry bakeries along the main drag. Some nice little hotels too. Oops, you might want to disregard because you might forget to continue on to the game.

OK, Scotty - just gotta tell my Pebble Beach story.

A few years back, had business in Monterey, on a Friday.  It was also a special occasion/anniversary, etc., so I took the wife to spoil her for a long weekend.  Splurged on 3 days @ the Lodge at Pebble Beach.  Reserved a specific room, overlooking the 18th fairway.  Got there to check-in, Friday afternoon - the clerk says, "So sorry, we are overbooked, don't have your room available... but we have upgraded you."  I said, "Same price?"  She said, "Absolutely.  We have put you in the Owner's Cabin, behind the 18th green..."  (The owners, at that time, were Clint Eastwood, Arnold Palmer and Peter Uberroth.)

I had to endure 3 days in a 3-level cabin, sumptuously appointed, huge bar, giant fireplace, margaritas on the patio, watching the golfers on 18 as the sun sank over Carmel Bay... Man, we suffered through it, somehow.

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My Pebble Beach story: I was 5 yrs into my career and was hired by the finance dept at Del Monte Properties/Pebble Beach Corp. Worked 4 years for them. I'm a golfer. My stomping grounds were the fairways of Pebble Beach GC and Spyglass GC. FREE golf; just couldn't bump the paying customers. Got to play Cypress and Olympic. I Marshalled a PGA Championship. Got to do a little work with Bing Crosby and Clint. Worked the halls of the Lodge, the Tap Room and the Beach Club. Being young and idealistic I left them.

I'm a BIG DUMMY!!!

Not really, no complaints about the rest of my stay in Monterey.

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scottydawg wrote:
Huskers3531 wrote: So if we drove south leisurely to about Carmel and spent the night before driving east to Fresno on Highway 152 the next day, any suggestions on where to stay?  Would prefer not to stay at a chain hotel, but rather a B&B or something similar where the kids could experience something a little more "California" in style (one that would be family friendly, of course). Although I guess any hotel on the beach would be more "California" than the Midwest! biggrin


The best road trips we've ever taken to these games have been the result of asking good folks like you for suggestions - not just using Google or a travel guide.  So keep the suggestions coming!

Plan is to get into SF on Wednesday and spend the night, then spend Thursday on the coast south to about Carmel, then Friday leisurely driving toward Fresno.  Saturday of course will be all about the game, and then Sunday and Monday in the Fresno area and the national parks east of there.
I always enjoyed Carmel. A small but picturesque beach, where you can see Pebble Beach across the inlet, and a whole bunch of wonderful pastry bakeries along the main drag. Some nice little hotels too. Oops, you might want to disregard because you might forget to continue on to the game.

OK, Scotty - just gotta tell my Pebble Beach story.

A few years back, had business in Monterey, on a Friday.  It was also a special occasion/anniversary, etc., so I took the wife to spoil her for a long weekend.  Splurged on 3 days @ the Lodge at Pebble Beach.  Reserved a specific room, overlooking the 18th fairway.  Got there to check-in, Friday afternoon - the clerk says, "So sorry, we are overbooked, don't have your room available... but we have upgraded you."  I said, "Same price?"  She said, "Absolutely.  We have put you in the Owner's Cabin, behind the 18th green..."  (The owners, at that time, were Clint Eastwood, Arnold Palmer and Peter Uberroth.)

I had to endure 3 days in a 3-level cabin, sumptuously appointed, huge bar, giant fireplace, margaritas on the patio, watching the golfers on 18 as the sun sank over Carmel Bay... Man, we suffered through it, somehow.
Translation: Rooster got laid on command

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Posted: 07/17/2014 5:27 PM

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Bed and breakfast in Pacific Grove just north of Carmel:

 1) Seven Gables Inn 
 2) Green Gables Inn

Or just a nice fireplace hotel: Rosedale Inn

If you travel down hwy 1 - just before you get to monterey in Moss Landing, is Phil's Fish Market - a little hard to find but great food. Look for the smoke stacks.....or just google it.

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Posted: 07/17/2014 8:13 PM

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My recommendation is for a little place called school house. It's on 180, heading up towards kings canyon national park. It's about 20-30 minutes east of fresno. Get the filet minion, great little place.
If you have younger kids, check out our zoo. Really is a great place. It's not in a great place but once you park near entrance, it's great and safe. Heck, even without kids lol. Now Monterey has a great aquarium. Not sure if anyone mentioned it?
We may not be the best place in California, but with everything somewhat near, you can't go wrong finding something to do.

Enjoy your time here friend!

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Posted: 07/18/2014 10:52 AM

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I like the Santa Cruz option.Spend a day at the Boardwalk on the rides,and use the big public beach right there.From the Boardwalk take the Roaring Camp narrow guage railroad to Felton in the Redwoods above Santa Cruz,about a 40 minute ride up.They have a little Camp set up there that you can walk around.Then you can catch the train right back to the Boardwalk.Eat dinner at Shadowbook taking the tram down to the restaurant,where the food is great and the view is better.Then spend the night at The Dream Inn on the Cliffs just 1/2 mile from Boardwalk.It will be in the 70's in Santa Cruz,but be prepared for 105 plus in Fresno.It could be in the 90's,but be prepared.Everyone on this board is hoping for 105+,ask Colorado fans how that was..It's our 12th man.
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Posted: 07/18/2014 11:27 AM

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bagman17 wrote: I like the Santa Cruz option.Spend a day at the Boardwalk on the rides,and use the big public beach right there.From the Boardwalk take the Roaring Camp narrow guage railroad to Felton in the Redwoods above Santa Cruz,about a 40 minute ride up.They have a little Camp set up there that you can walk around.Then you can catch the train right back to the Boardwalk.Eat dinner at Shadowbook taking the tram down to the restaurant,where the food is great and the view is better.Then spend the night at The Dream Inn on the Cliffs just 1/2 mile from Boardwalk.It will be in the 70's in Santa Cruz,but be prepared for 105 plus in Fresno.It could be in the 90's,but be prepared.Everyone on this board is hoping for 105+,ask Colorado fans how that was..It's our 12th man.
Colorado's defense was Fresno's 12th man that day.
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Posted: 07/18/2014 12:10 PM

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Clint Eastwood's Mission Ranch  in Carmel is a great place to stay.  missionranchcarmel.com
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Posted: 07/18/2014 12:44 PM

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bulldogz4ever wrote: Bed and breakfast in Pacific Grove just north of Carmel:

 1) Seven Gables Inn 
 2) Green Gables Inn

Or just a nice fireplace hotel: Rosedale Inn

If you travel down hwy 1 - just before you get to monterey in Moss Landing, is Phil's Fish Market - a little hard to find but great food. Look for the smoke stacks.....or just google it.

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Posted: 07/18/2014 1:07 PM

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BahaMan wrote: If you pass through Oakhurst on Highway 41 on your way to Yosemite I have a few recommendations for food.  Skip the fast food and try South Gate Brewing Co.  Awesome burgers and micro brew.  The locals love El Cid if you are craving mexican food.  For dessert hit Reimer's (right next door to El Cid).  Great ice cream, candies, and fudge.

There probably won't be much water from the falls in Yosemite that time of year given the severe drought we have had here.  The views will still be beautiful everywhere in the park.

The mountain roads have very few passing lanes and the speed limit is 55.  The highway patrol will be at the passing lanes between Fresno and Oakhurst, and you will get a ticket for anything over 65!  Be safe and enjoy the ride.
I spend practically every weekend in Ahwahnee(not the hotel!), and your recommends are right on.  I would add Pete's for breakfast.  Note: I grew up in Ahwahnee.
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Posted: 07/18/2014 1:28 PM

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dieharddog wrote: My recommendation is for a little place called school house. It's on 180, heading up towards kings canyon national park. It's about 20-30 minutes east of fresno. Get the filet minion, great little place.
If you have younger kids, check out our zoo. Really is a great place. It's not in a great place but once you park near entrance, it's great and safe. Heck, even without kids lol. Now Monterey has a great aquarium. Not sure if anyone mentioned it?
We may not be the best place in California, but with everything somewhat near, you can't go wrong finding something to do.

Enjoy your time here friend!
Husker fans, and Bulldog fans, the School House restaurant is OUTSTANDING!

http://www.schoolhousesanger.com/

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Posted: 07/18/2014 1:30 PM

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Just played at Sierra Meadows a week ago.  Love that course.
DogFan8 wrote:
BahaMan wrote: If you pass through Oakhurst on Highway 41 on your way to Yosemite I have a few recommendations for food.  Skip the fast food and try South Gate Brewing Co.  Awesome burgers and micro brew.  The locals love El Cid if you are craving mexican food.  For dessert hit Reimer's (right next door to El Cid).  Great ice cream, candies, and fudge.

There probably won't be much water from the falls in Yosemite that time of year given the severe drought we have had here.  The views will still be beautiful everywhere in the park.

The mountain roads have very few passing lanes and the speed limit is 55.  The highway patrol will be at the passing lanes between Fresno and Oakhurst, and you will get a ticket for anything over 65!  Be safe and enjoy the ride.
I spend practically every weekend in Ahwahnee(not the hotel!), and your recommends are right on.  I would add Pete's for breakfast.  Note: I grew up in Ahwahnee.
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Posted: 07/18/2014 3:59 PM

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DogFan8 wrote:
dieharddog wrote: My recommendation is for a little place called school house. It's on 180, heading up towards kings canyon national park. It's about 20-30 minutes east of fresno. Get the filet minion, great little place.
If you have younger kids, check out our zoo. Really is a great place. It's not in a great place but once you park near entrance, it's great and safe. Heck, even without kids lol. Now Monterey has a great aquarium. Not sure if anyone mentioned it?
We may not be the best place in California, but with everything somewhat near, you can't go wrong finding something to do.

Enjoy your time here friend!
Husker fans, and Bulldog fans, the School House restaurant is OUTSTANDING!

http://www.schoolhousesanger.com/
Interesting. I haven't been there in years. I was born and raised in Sanger, and lived there till 20 years ago. It was the 'Sherwood Inn' back in the day, and it was good, but nothing to rave about. Obviously under new ownership now.  The interior still looks the same, the 'train car' motif of the booths. Will have to take the wife and drive out there soon.
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Posted: 07/18/2014 5:41 PM

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I too was also born and raised in Sanger. The Schoolhouse tavern is a huge difference from sherwood inn.

My personal favorite for lunch : The Salmon Sandwich. 


jeclaibor wrote:
DogFan8 wrote:
dieharddog wrote: My recommendation is for a little place called school house. It's on 180, heading up towards kings canyon national park. It's about 20-30 minutes east of fresno. Get the filet minion, great little place.
If you have younger kids, check out our zoo. Really is a great place. It's not in a great place but once you park near entrance, it's great and safe. Heck, even without kids lol. Now Monterey has a great aquarium. Not sure if anyone mentioned it?
We may not be the best place in California, but with everything somewhat near, you can't go wrong finding something to do.

Enjoy your time here friend!
Husker fans, and Bulldog fans, the School House restaurant is OUTSTANDING!

http://www.schoolhousesanger.com/
Interesting. I haven't been there in years. I was born and raised in Sanger, and lived there till 20 years ago. It was the 'Sherwood Inn' back in the day, and it was good, but nothing to rave about. Obviously under new ownership now.  The interior still looks the same, the 'train car' motif of the booths. Will have to take the wife and drive out there soon.
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Posted: 07/19/2014 8:35 AM

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Wow,
All great suggestions that I can totally agree with (except Doghouse Grill, it's OK but just happens to be in a great location).

I'm working my way down highway 1 here (skipping the awesome city of Santa Cruz):

If you have time to drive down highway 1, it will be an unforgettable experience. Phil's in Moss Landing is a must (another poster mentioned). Park at Salinas River State Beach and walk on the boardwalk to Phil's and then back afterwards (especially at sunset). The Haute Enchilada in Moss Landing is great also.

Cannery Row in Monterey is a must. Read the book first. The aquarium is very cool too.
 
Carmel is quaint (and very staid) and the mayor used to be Clint Eastwood. He owned (or might still) The Hogs Breath Inn. Turn right at Coast Ave. down to the beach and back (15 minutes).

Point Lobos State Reserve - I could talk about all of the options here but not enough time.

Big Sur - http://www.nepenthebigsur.com/   'nough said. Designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright student which is the least memorable thing about it.

Limekiln State Park: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=577 - Read the history. One of the greatest short hikes ever, just off the highway.

Hearst Castle: Although gaudy, it is a must see. Designed by Julia Morgan.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/friend...ncas-san-simeon - Elepant seals are cool. Just off the highway.

Cambria has interesting "moonstones" on the beach and a great boardwalk.. Also right off the highway.

The drive to Fresno from here is much better than Highway 152. I like to take 46 back to 41, but you would miss Morro Bay (another cool beach town).

p.s. I lived on campus at Chadron State College (my mom was the coach for all aquatic sports) before I moved to California. I was a Huskers fan until I saw the light and became a Bulldog. I have to add a bit of Nebraska stuff: Danny Woodhead (Chadron State College) and Ryan Mathews (Fresno State) play in the same backfield. I know that isn't Huskers related, just Nebraska related.

p.p.s. We had our company Christmas party at the Schoolhouse in Sanger this last year. It was outstanding.

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Posted: 07/19/2014 9:23 AM

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Husker fan, your trip down the coast really depends on the age of your kids. Hyrim hit it on the head about going down the Highway 1. Go to Hearst Castle and see the elephant seals if you have time...only takes a few minutes to see the seals, they are just off the side of the road. Go online to see Hearst Castle to see if that is interesting ...also order tickets online. Most of the coastal towns north of Cambria are quaint, more for the older generation. If your kids are teens, go south about 15 miles or so to Cayucos, then it is 10 or less to Morro Bay...a cool big rock in the ocean on the bay, and then it is about 15 or so miles to Portuguese Palm Springs...Pismo Beach. Be careful if you go there...Harry's will suck you in and you may never leave. Best Clam Chowder in CA at Splash Café. This is a 2 hr 40 min drive back to Fresno driving conservatively. Check them all out online, and it just really depends on the age of the kids. If they are really young, then the older quaint stuff would be fine. if they are tweens or teens, mine are 16 and 20, then do the route I just told you about and rack up some huge Dad is Cool Points!
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