We planned to stop at COAST to pick up dinner, since the nearest food to our hotel was 18 miles away – and a 36 mile round trip for dinner would have been murder – but completely missed that they are closed Tuesdays. So we pressed on, and trusted that we could either finish our protein bars or perhaps would find a solution once we got to the Lodge. We booked at Lucia Lodge, which was gorgeous. Simple accommodations (no TV, yes wi-fi), but comfortable bed, good water pressure & complimentary products (including a postcard!), and a gorgeous (if basically unfurnished) chill spot on the cliff for views.
We didn’t find anybody going out to eat that we could tag along with, but one of the staff members (the guy who does the internet?? unclear) gave us some spicy chicken wings he made, a can of sardines, and some tasty almond chocolate, and the housekeeper gave Charles a ride to Gorda, the closest town, to supplement. We met some very cool Swedes who were staying there as well, who joined us down on the cliff for sunset and talking late into the night. Stargazing, stories, laughter, shooting stars, Milky Way expanding across the whole sky, and deep peace. It really could not have been nicer, and I would stay there again in a heartbeat.
It’s also still owned by the same family who got the land through the Homestead Act. Their nearby store, which they opened in 1937 in response to the PCH (at that point, the Cabrillo-San Simeon Highway) being built, had a fire in 2021. Even without the store & restaurant, it was a superb place to spend the night.