Central Coasting: Get the Star Treatment at Vespera Resort | CSQ
Just a three-hour drive from Los Angeles, the Vespera Resort on Pismo Beach is a beacon for travelers looking for a stellar getaway on the sands of the Central Coast. The name Vespera means the evening star, and this starry theme, paying homage to the Chumash First Nations who inhabited the area and used the stars to cross the Santa Barbara Canal, is elegantly reflected throughout the resort.
Perched on the legendary Pismo Beach promenade, Vespera offers guests an upscale East Coast and West Coast atmosphere with stunning ocean and pier views and easy access to the charming seaside town, farm-to-table restaurants and award-winning wineries that dot the central coast. Pismo Beach, nestled a few miles from San Luis Obispo (SLO for locals) on the Pacific Coast Highway, is renowned for its sandy beaches, relaxed vibe, and fresh seafood. Rest assured, at Vespera you won’t have to sacrifice sophistication to relax.
The modern coastal motif of the Vespera Resort embodies the essence of a beachfront home, celebrating Pismo beach culture with contemporary beach decor, punctuated by clean lines, pops of blue, nautical accents and seashells, sumptuous furniture, natural textures, earthy touches like white oak floors and lots of natural light. The chic open-plan lobby lounge, with a coffered ceiling that anchors the space, suggests a large living room. A grand fireplace and spacious seating areas invite guests to linger and relax before walking across the expansive Starlight Lawn, which leads to an outdoor bar with fire pits and an elegant, ready-to-use saltwater pool and deck. for lounging during the day and having cold drinks at sunset. If you have to work or fancy a relaxed getaway wherever you are, a high-tech business center and Surfside meeting rooms await.
After a day in the sun, you can enjoy a regional meal
The airy, seaside vibe extends to the 124 chic rooms, with soft whites, taupes, browns, and blues, and fine touches, such as tongue-and-groove wood wall panels, floor-to-ceiling windows, and soft, neutral herringbone carpet. Most rooms have private balconies overlooking the Pacific Ocean, oversized bathrooms with Carrara marble and white subway tiles, floor-to-ceiling showers, freestanding tubs, toiletries Upscale bath and a Verazza espresso machine, among other amenities. Upscale accommodations include the Boardwalk Junior Suite, which features a fully equipped kitchenette with dishwasher, the Dunes Suite with mountain views, and the ultra-luxurious 800 square foot Presidential Pacific Suite with magnificent ocean views, king bed, living room with sofa bed and extended balcony.
Opened in October 2019, the Vespera Resort is part of the Autograph collection, so members can earn Marriott Bonvoy points. Do you want to bring your pet? Dogs under 45 lbs. are welcome. Sure, there’s a high-speed Wi-Fi connection, but hopefully you’ll be spending most of your time offscreen. Once you’ve settled in, you can put on your swimsuits, head out to the oceanfront pool deck, and have a refreshing cocktail or snack from the outdoor bar.
After a day in the sun, you can enjoy a regional meal at Vespera’s Somerset Grill. The extensive menu features vegetables and ingredients from local organic farms, including Talley Farm, and a range of entrees emphasizing wood-fired grilled selections, such as Pacific salmon, swordfish grilled, premium steak fries and a BBQ smoked half-chicken, juicy at home. For sides, try the homemade farm-fresh potato salad or the truffle mac and cheese.
Another must-see food stop is Fish and Chips Pismo, an iconic SLO restaurant since 1963. Its tasty clam chowder in a bowl of sourdough toasted butter bread, along with its famous white cod and Pismo Fish & Chips fries, are essential for a true Pismo Beach vacation.
the Ventana Grill is also within walking distance along the trail north of Vespera with access from the beach. With some of Pismo Beach’s best tacos and the best panoramic beach views, the restaurant is a home away from home for Brown Pelicans, the area’s many winged inhabitants.
Surf and sand
The Vespera Resort’s beachfront location offers direct access to the iconic promenade and historic Pismo Beach pier, a short walk from downtown Pismo Beach and just five minutes from the 10 mile hike, riding and biking at the 900-acre Pismo Preserve. Also nearby is the 5.5-mile Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreation Area, with the state’s largest coastal dunes and California’s only state park with vehicle access. on the beach. In addition to ATVs, strollers, and off-road motorcycles along the dunes, outdoor activities include surfing, swimming, horseback riding, and kitesurfing. The nearby Dinosaur Caves Park is an 11-acre clifftop land popular with walkers and runners.
Outdoor enthusiasts can also hire a cruise ship from the hotel and explore the beautiful, period seaside town. Water enthusiasts can enjoy surfing, bodyboarding, kayaking, boating and swimming, all on the beach facing the resort. Aquatic equipment is available for hire from the hotel.
Golfers can perfect their swing at Avila Beach Golf Resort, Pismo Beach Golf Course and Cypress Ridge Golf Course.
Visit and sip
Other nearby attractions include Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove – California’s largest populated monarch butterfly grove – and Price Historical Park, with a museum housing the earliest adobe ruins. California’s central coast offers miles of stunning coastline dotted with dozens of charming towns, including Morro Bay (with its volcanic Morro Rock), Paso Robles and Cambria. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Tolosa’s historic Mission San Luis Obispo, Montana del Oro State Park, Big Sur, and Hearst Castle are all within easy driving distance.
For wine lovers, no escape from LA is complete without a visit to the scenic Edna Valley wine country. The region is home to over 250 wineries, and you’ll find the best selections as the unique, year-round temperate climate helps produce award-winning vintages.
Talley vineyards‘Rosemary’s acclaimed Chardonnay, served at the White House, is perfect for sipping while taking in the tasting room’s 360 ° view of the vineyards and working farm. Tolosa wine estate is known for its Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, so plan to spend some time soaking up its magnificent terrace. Quiet Chamisal vineyards, sustainably produced Chardonnay and Pinot Noir can be tasted straight from the source.
See you later (sooner than) later
With its proximity to LA, slower pace, and coastal charm, it’s likely you’ll want to visit the Vespera Resort more than once. Don’t be surprised if the stars line up for a return trip soon.