Central Coast Hotels Expecting Busy Holiday Weekend Despite Pandemic
The travel industry has been hard hit for the past year during the coronavirus pandemic.
Some hotels in our region are expecting the Easter holiday weekend will bring a boost because of people taking a local staycation.
At the Cliffs Hotel and Spa in Pismo Beach, a steady stream of guests are checking in.
They are wearing masks and standing in line on carefully spaced-out marks.
The hotel has - like so many in our region - limped through a year of closures, restrictions and uncertainty.
General Manager Elise Quick says it’s been a turbulent time for the hotel and their staff, and that they've had to "pivot" and be creative with appealing to guests with options like take-out cocktails or a drive-in Cinco De Mayo celebration, but that she's looking forward to a return to normalcy.
Quick told KCLU that Pismo Beach’s location – away from big cities – is something which is appealing to guests who are in need of a change of scenery but don’t want to risk a city or busy resort during the pandemic.
One hotel guest says she traveled a three hour drive from Watsonville California. It's her first trip away in a year, and says she chose a beach break over the city because she thought it would be a safer choice.
Another guest traveled from San Francisco as part of a road trip to Palm Springs, and says that choosing a location that meant they could be outdoors for safety was a primary factor.
The California Department of Public Health advises against planning celebrations with multiple households over Easter, and strongly recommends staying home or in their region and avoiding non-essential travel.