We spent the first 2 days of the New Year in Cambria, CA. It is only about 200 miles from us and only takes about 3.5 hrs. if everyone cooperates.
This is our absolute favorite spot to vacation. For a California beach town, it is quiet, quaint and cozy. The weather this time of year is usually beautiful (not too cold and never too hot). There is a great place to explore tide pools. The kids never leave the beach without being completely soaked. They have a wonderful city park right by the beach. They have a very nice Motel 6 that only costs $50/night (unheard of ). I'm sure there will be many more picts and blogs in the future.