Weekend Getaway | Pismo Beach, CA


Pismo Beach, CA, is a town I have visited many times throughout my life. Funny how the reasons have changed over the years.

My very first visit to Pismo Beach was with a friend who attended UCSB. We picked her up in Santa Barbara, and drove up past Solvang, to eat at Splash Cafe. We had all the time in the world, in those days. So, to drive a few hours to see a friend and have a bowl of clam chowder, before heading back home, was nothing at all.

We've driven up to ride quads on those amazing sand dunes in Pismo Beach. We've stopped there on the way to other Central Coast cities. But, never have we stayed in Pismo Beach, on a "romantic getaway". There's a first time for everything!

My husbands and my schedules have been intense these past few months, so we truly only had one night to to spend away from the daily grind. One night to celebrate our anniversary. As always, hubby planned a wonderful trip.

He did some research, and found the Shore Cliff Hotel, which literally sits on an enormous cliff, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is home to the largest ocean front pool in Pismo Beach, and incredibly beautiful grounds.


Knowing my propensity to enjoy a view, hubby booked a second story, ocean front room with a balcony. Views from our balcony did not disappoint in any direction.




So, what did we do our first day in Pismo Beach? We arrived around 1:00 pm and were allowed to check into our room early. As usual, I ran through the room excited to check everything out and get out on that gorgeous balcony.

While I was exploring the room, hubby was setting up all of his electronics, the music, the phone chargers, and all of the techie things that I never have to worry about. I love him!

During all of the commotion of us settling in, there was a knock on the door... a bottle of Sparkling Apple Cider on ice and two champagne flutes to help celebrate our anniversary. I found that to be a very sweet touch, especially since hubby does not drink.


Settled into our digs for the night, hubby and I had our Sparkling Apple Cider on the balcony, and got ready to walk to a late lunch at Ventana Grill, a restaurant on property.

VENTANA GRILL


Ok, so lets talk food.

To start, I ordered a glass of local Rose. It was tasty and made for a nice nap after our seaside lunch.


We ordered two appetizers, the Corn Dusted Crisp Calamari, and the Asian Style Nachos.

Both were good. The calamari was your usual, run of the mill calamari, but, if you like calamari, than this is just what you would expect.

The Asian Style Nacho dish, was basically what should have been a stacked Poke dish. It was messy, it was hard to eat, some bites had too much wasabi, while others only had ginger. On the off chance that you did get a bite holding all of the ingredients, it was delicious. Meh!


After the good, but uneventful appetizers, we ordered one order of Carne Asada Taco's to share. The skirt steak simply melted in your mouth, the goat cheese went really well with the rest of the flavors in the taco, and the sauces that accompanied the tacos were very much on point as well.


Being the well rounded eaters that we are, dessert was par for the course. Flan!

I loved it, hubby thought it was just ok. He's had better, made at home by a very good friend of mine. We miss her flan.


SHORE CLIFF HOTEL PROPERTY