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Pacific Coast Highway Tiki Trip
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Joined: Jan 30, 2008
Posts: 148
From: Washington DC
Posted: 2010-08-14 05:06 am   Permalink

The wife and I are heading to Sunny Cali in October for a mini-Pacific Coast Highway trip. Starting in San Fran and heading down to San Diego. I was hoping some of you Cali-Tc'rs could help out an East-Coaster with some tips/recommendations...

Plan on swinging by:

San Fran

1. Forbidden Island
2. Smugglers Cove
3. Tonga Room (one last time

Then on to LA (I have never been)

4. Don the Beachcombers (hope they have the new Don mugs!)
5. Oceanic Arts (Do I need to call ahead?)
6. Tiki Ti (psyched to finally go there!...what time should I get there?)
7. Shag Store
8. Disneyland (Enchanted Tiki Room)

Then on to San Diego (my buddy is getting married on Halloween)

9. Bali Hai

Any major omissions??? Let me know!


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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2617
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2010-08-14 05:54 am   Permalink

The Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach is actually on PCH like Don's is and they have a great mug!

331 N. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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Joined: May 16, 2008
Posts: 2720
From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2010-08-14 09:39 am   Permalink

Hearn, you left out the Tonga Hut...


Poor Tonga Hut always gets overlooked. I think Jeremy needs to buy an advertising banner.

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From: Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 2010-08-14 10:11 pm   Permalink

If you are actually going down the coast (or at least Highway 101) a side trip to Morro Bay to check out the Harbor Hut could be in order. The place has (at least when I was last there)some subtle vintage tiki touches and a big tiki outside, BUT it is not a most-see. If you are pressed for time, there are far better places, BUT if you have the time go for it!
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From: DC Metro Area (MD)
Posted: 2010-08-16 05:14 am   Permalink

I'd also recommend - if you're stopping by Monterey on the way - lunch at Hula's, especially their fish tacos.

For the Bay Area - if the Emeryville Trader Vic's is done with its remodel, that's a great place too.

As far as places to stay:
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn is a great hotel and the food there is phenomenal.

In San Luis Obispo, the Madonna Inn has various themed rooms, even some cave-like ones. We stayed in Daisy Mae, which was all rock walls, floors and ceiling. HIGHLY recommended. They also have a very swank pink-boothed restaurant/bar area.


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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2010-08-16 5:21 pm   Permalink

On Central Coast, I'd recommend Harmony Winery.

In SB, go by the SB Surf Museum for their Tiki outside.

But, most importantly, visit the Purple Tiki in El Segundo!

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From: Kihei, Maui
Posted: 2010-08-24 12:42 am   Permalink

This little place on the Malibu pier has a cool little tiki room that is worth checking out...I stopped by there today on my way back from Oasis and had a mai tai served in a Ku mug... They also have a couple bowls left, some crate mugs and others..


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From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2010-09-14 12:50 am   Permalink

stop at the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum.

Bamboo to you, and tikis too.
in Luecadia/Encinitas area, on the way to San Diego, south of Oceanside.


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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2010-09-17 10:58 am   Permalink

Give me a PM if you are going through Carmel and Big Sur.
(One of the most beautiful drives in America)
I live right off Hwy. 1 there.

Have fun!

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Joined: Jan 30, 2008
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From: Washington DC
Posted: 2010-11-08 2:48 pm   Permalink

Just wanted to thank everyone for their wonderful suggestions. The wife and I had a fantastic journey along the Pacific Coast...

Tonga Room (one last time)...
Smuggler's Cove...
Don The Beachcomber's...
Tonga Hut...
Oceanic Arts (got an autographed mask from Leroy and Bob!!!!)...
Bali Hai (the new renovation was awesome)

I'll be posting a detailed account shortly (as soon as I catch up on my work!!!)

Cheers and Mahalo!

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