One dinner/night between LA and San Jose on the Pacific Coast Highway
In April we will have a brief three day/ 2night stay in California, following a trip to Tahiti. We'll arrive at LAX mid morning on the first day. We have two nights and then a flight home from San Fran. The second night we plan to eat at Manresa and stay in the Los Gatos area. So, for the first night, we're looking for a spot to have a fantastic meal and overnight somewhere along the coast between LA and San Jose. Thoughts?
Pismo Beach where Highway One (Pacific Coast Highway) and Highway 101 share the same road bed at the ocean's edge makes a good midway stop leaving from LAX, with some surprises in wineing, dining and lodging in this modest looking town. Some good recommendations here found by researching this forum. http://www.classiccalifornia.com
Santa Barbara is obviously the most charming stop along the way but only a few hours out of LAX, so you may want to get closer to SJ before you start the winding roads of the upper PCH.