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Up the California Coast in late October-Workable itinerary?

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I'm usually on the Europe forum, so please bear with me if this is something I could have researched and found here, but I need too many suggestions so general input is appreciated. My first trip to California was June 2011 and I fell in love with the coast so want to share it with my husband. Here's the loose plan:

Flying into LAX on Thursday, Oct. 25. We need to stay in the LA area to meet with friends for several functions taking place in Long Beach, LA, Malibu, Ojai, etc. until noon on Monday. We will return friends to the airport and exchange our car for a convertible and the hub and I will head for Palm Springs early Monday afternoon. Going to PS to find the neighborhood where my parents rented a house when dad was stationed there in 1942 so it will just be a picture-taking pit stop, but that's where we should probably spend the night. (recommendation?)

Tuesday early morning head north up the coast. Here's where I could use suggestions:
Is Santa Barbara worth a stop for lunch and a walk in town? Then on to San Louis Obispo where we'd spend the night. (Anything else/instead you like in this area?).

Wednesday morning to Hearst Castle. Last year I spent several hours there and didn't see the second floor, so I anticipate this being a good portion of the day. Hoping to be in around 10:00 am and out by 2:00 pm and on to Pebble Beach for a quick view for my golfing hubby. DInner and on the road to Napa.

Wednesday night, Thursday and Friday in Napa (where? Last year went to the Coppola and another winery. Would like to go to Coppola again and 3-4 more. Recommendations? mid-range hotels?

Saturday morning-early-drive down to San Francisco and drop off the car. Take a taxi or ? to Fisherman's Wharf and pick up an open-top double-decker sightseeing bus tour that includes a good Alcatraz tour and two-days to use the hop-on hop-off. (This must be purchased in advance) Saturday night hotel recommendation?

Sunday night airport hotel. Flying home VERY early, as in 5:35 am!

If you've made it to this point, thank you! Does this sounds workable? Am I missing something you've seen/done and would recommend? Hotel/motel and/or restaurants you like?

I travel on a pretty tight budget, so I'm not looking for fancy hotels or 5-star restaurants. Clean and well-located motels even work.

THANK YOU!!! If you ever plan to go to Paris, I'll return the favor:)

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