I'm leaving in a few days for a short break in CA. Starting from San Jose, the plan is to have a leisurely drive down the coast as far as Big Sur, then back again. I've checked previous posts here-- there's one San Jose post and several about Big Sur-- and of course have looked at Jim's write-ups about his trips to SF, but I was wondering (hoping, really) if anyone had any other recommendations for that whole area (Half Moon Bay, Monterey, Carmel, even Gilroy!) or up to an hour or two inland. Many thanks in advance. I'll report back, of course.