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Driving the Pacific Highway in California

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Photo: Jessica Schwartzberg

Spend three days cruising California’s most famous road and scoping out the must-see highlights and undiscovered stops.

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Hotels (2)

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    Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

    Many private homes don't have the wiggle room provided by the villas at this contemporary-Mediterranean resort on a bluff above a beautiful central

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    Su Nido Inn

    All nine rooms at this Mission revival-style, all-suite hotel have super-plush beds and custom tile work; three have vaulted ceilings.

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Restaurants (4)

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    Art Café and Bakery

    Don’t miss the curried chicken sandwich.

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    Splash Café

    Order the chowder in a sourdough bread bowl at this tiny spot.

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    Suzanne's Cuisine

    Dine on the slate patio of this 15-year-old local institution that serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes made with organic produce from area farmers

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    Malibu Seafood

    Located on the north end of Malibu, this casual seafood market and café is popular with surfers and sunbathers. Mark Ridgeway and his partners firs

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Activities (5)

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    Green Acres Lavender Farm

    Aromatic soaps and sachets are for sale here.

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    Sycamore Mineral Springs

    Head to the spa for a grape seed–extract massage.

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    Pottery

    Visit the rustic studio workshop of Midcentury ceramist Otto Heino, who, at the age of 95, produces museum-worthy pieces.

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    Hearst Castle

    Tour Hearst Castle, perched high on La Cuestra Encantada (“the enchanted hill”) nine miles north of Cambria. The closest thing California has to a

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    Bart's Books

    An open-air used bookstore set in the frame of a traditional (though roofless) house.

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