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Retro-Chic Pismo Beach

California Beachin'


Known as one of California's last "true beach towns", Pismo beach is simply RAD. Like... the raddest of the rad. We arrived there on a Thursday evening and we were instantly greeted with wine and dog treats (yummy) as we checked into our room at the Inn at The Cove.


This cute little hotel sits ocean side of the cliffs - we totally scored an amazing sunrise/sunset view. Our room looked the bluffs, the water and the sunset. I'd say that a win when you get all three in one!




When we first got into our room we had an amazing welcome note and the fridge was stocked with several different types of cider from local cideries (anyone that stocks the fridge with cider is already my BFF). But, Emily and I weren't the only ones getting all the treats - Charlie also had a warm welcome with her own dog bed, bowls, and her favorite peanut butter flavored bones!


After we settled in, we took Charlie for a walk on the grounds of the Inn at the Cove, we made both friends and enemies with some other fellow doggy stayers. Pretty sure Charlie even inadvertently interrupted a wedding ceremony going on (sorry!) because she was so excited to run around the bluffs.


We were definitely hungry from the long drive, and decided to hit downtown Pismo for dinner. It was a little late for a weeknight, so not a lot of restaurants/places were open, but we found a cute little diner to grab a quick bite! Ya'll... when I say this town was straight out of some Grease/The Outsiders/pier scene from The OC, that's exactly what it was like. It had a really old fashioned vibe with retro diners, arcades, and neon signs lining the same street that leads out onto the pier *que summertime vibes.


The next day we woke up late (because it was my birthday, and you all know how that goes 😎), we made it down for breakfast, packed up our things, and then went to check out the pier during the day. Note: everywhere is dog friendly..except the beach we wanted to walk on soooo beware! We spent the afternoon cruzing in and out of the small beach souvenir shops and then made a final stop at Old West Cinnamon Rolls *drool.




Unfortunately, we couldn't stay long and had to continue down the Golden Coast to LA but we absolutely loved Pismo and wished we could have stayed longer. It's definitely on the list to go back soon because of how chill the vibe was.


If you happen to be in the area and spending the night, you should totally stay at Inn at The Cove. Gay and dog friendly- can't go wrong!


Until next time, Pismo!

- The Buckley's

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