Scenic Alternative Route is Available to Hearst Castle and Ragged Point
Despite Recent Mudslides and Road Closures
 

San Luis Obispo County, CA (April 19, 2011) -While northbound travelers hoping to visit Hearst Castle and Ragged Point are not troubled with road closures on Hwy 1, southbound travelers have a lovely alternative to the recently closed sections of Hwy 1 south of Carmel: Hwy 46. This picturesque stretch of highway- which meets Hwy 101 in Paso Robles-takes travelers swiftly to Hwy 1 and then north to Hearst Castle, bucolic coastal communities and Ragged Point. The route is an excellent alternative for those who may have planned to travel south along Hwy 1 from Monterey.

Wineries dot both sides of Hwy 46 as it meanders through Paso Robles towards lush green hills which guide travelers onward to Cambria. The fullness of spring flowers blanket the countryside and the unyielding Morro Rock and Pacific Ocean can be seen from a distance atop the highway-seemingly to welcome travelers coming their way. Hwy 1, located at the end of Hwy 46, is an entrance to all things Central Coast.

Northbound Hwy 1 leads guests first to Cambria, a quaint artisan village with activities including world-renowned art galleries, antiquing, quaint B&Bs, cafés and sumptuous restaurants, concerts, bike rentals, whale-watching from the enticing two-mile Moonstone Beach boardwalk, and more.

The oceanfront town of San Simeon, only eight miles north of the Hwy 46 juncture, is home to Hearst Castle, ample lodging opportunities, miles of rugged coastal land with beautiful day hikes, kite surfing and kayaking, to name a few. The recent weather brought with it a whirlwind of commotion, but no traces are found on the Central Coast as there is a peace and quiet resounding throughout the beach communities. The Elephant Seals, uninterrupted by the mudslides, are basking in the sunshine. The infamous Hearst Castle jets out over San Simeon's emerald hills in majestic splendor, making visitors feel like royalty for a day as they partake in one of the multiple tours offered daily. Further north, travelers can tour the Piedras Blancas lighthouse, or soak in the sun at the established Ragged Point Inn, offering incredible views, lodging and a gourmet restaurant.

Travelers wishing to visit the charming beach town of Cayucos can drive south on Hwy 1 from Hwy 46. There they will find oceanfront hotels, charming Bed & Breakfast Inns and scores of vacation rentals perfect for families or groups traveling together. Renown for the sea glass that dots the beach, Cayucos is also home to wake boarding, parasailing and surfing. Ecotourists will enjoy hikes on the bluffs, tidepools and more. Antique seekers will keep busy in the many shops, and foodies will find sumptuous eateries. The south-bound traveler will be equally well rewarded.

Information provided by Wine Coast Country, www.winecoastcountry.com