Hotels Fill Up As Car Enthusiasts Flock To Central Coast For Car Week – KION546

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (KION) Car Week and Concours d’Elegance are back after a year of hiatus, and car enthusiasts flock to the Central Coast to witness the events.

As the car’s final days of the week approach, the race to find a hotel on the peninsula is still well under way. The difficult part for some visitors is that hotels require a multiple night stay.

“We only wanted to come for an evening, and it was a bit difficult to find a hotel that could accommodate someone for a short time, but we found a hotel in Carmel. Probably a little more expensive than normal”, said Kurt Weidner, who is from Novato.

Across the peninsula, many hotels – like Portola, Tides, and Casa Munras – are all booked, some a year in advance, even with the pandemic. A spokesperson for the Pebble Beach Company, where the main event takes place, said in a statement that they were almost entirely domestic travelers.

Best advice we’ve had? Look early and months before the car week.

“That’s really the key, knowing that people are traveling now,” said Tony Wisniewski, senior director of marketing for Carl Zeiss. “It’s a great show. You have to make sure you check in early enough that you can get something reasonably priced.”

Others have been lucky in looking for a place to stay outside of the peninsula.

“We are staying in Salinas because it is the only place we could find at a reasonable price,” said Phaulner Monroid, a resident of Phoenix, AZ.

Ranbir Chawla from Loveland, CO said, “It’s just easier to stay out of town for a bit and drive fifteen, twenty minutes.”

Hotels were not the only solution. Some chose to stay with friends, while others took the AirBNB or Verbo route. And if you think it is difficult to find accommodation, some have said that finding transportation is just as bad.

“We were trying to rent a car here, and it was painful to rent a car,” said Jame Rimmer and Lydia Peacock of Denver, CO.

UBER is also an option to travel to and from each of the Car Week events.

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