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San Luis Obispo County, California

2019 Official Visitors Magazine

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A Royal Gem

Situated above the quaint town of San Simeon,

Hearst Castle is a palatial estate offering tours

year-round

PHOTOS COURTESY © HEARST CASTLE/CA STATE PARKS ®

Located just off of Highway 1,

the crown jewel of San Luis Obispo

County, Hearst Castle was built by famed

publisher William Randolph Hearst

and houses his extensive collection of

fine art. Guests can take in sweeping

views and marvel at the treasures Hearst

acquired, including Greek vases and

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tapestries that once belonged to Louis

XIV and Roman sculptures on several

tours offered by the Castle.

The property also features stunning gardens

and breathtaking architecture. Catch a

film about the Castle that begins every

45 minutes at the on-site theater. Find

free museum exhibits, a gift and museum

shop, food service and locally produced

beer and wine at the Visitors Center. Tour

reservations are strongly recommended.

HearstCastle.org

HearstCastle


Experience Pasolivo

Taste award-winning products

On a 140-acre ranch in Paso Robles, Pasolivo is a

producer and purveyor of world-class olive oils, specialty

foods and luxury bath and body products.

Pasolivo is open to the public every day at two

locations: Vineyard Drive and their downtown tasting

room on Park Street. The olive orchard is home to more

than 6,000 trees that are hand-picked and milled onsite

within hours of being harvested.

Enjoy tastings at both locations and when you fall in love,

take the flavors of SLO CAL® home. Pasolivo takes pride in

offering natural products of the highest quality to create the

best experience in your home and for gifting to others.

Pasolivo.com

Pasolivo

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EXPLORE

Ramble along the iconic

Highway 1 for incredible

views, tasty treats and

Insta-worthy moments.

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WELCOME

Let us be the first to welcome you

to SLO CAL®.

DISCOVER

Get to know SLO CAL and learn

about every corner of the county.

MAP

Navigate your perfect stay.

NEW & NOTEWORTHY

Be one of the first to experience the

latest offerings in SLO CAL.

SIP

SLO CAL offers an unmatched craft

beverage scene.

SCENERY

Local photographers share their

points of view.

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MEET & GREET

Discover why SLO CAL is the perfect

place for your next event.

STAYS

Top-notch lodging abounds in

SLO CAL. Here is the go-to list.

TASTE

With a countywide bounty

available, farm-to-fork meets

sea-to-spoon in SLO CAL.

ADVENTURE

Check out this round-up of some

of our favorite outdoor activities.

SAVE THE DATE

Turn to the calendar of events for

a year’s worth of happenings.

SO SLO CAL

Get inspired by these #SLOCAL pics.

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Cambria Inns

Collection

Yours to discover

Nestled along Moonstone Beach, these four oceanview inns

are each uniquely designed to appeal to different tastes.

Blue Dolphin Inn

Twenty upscale rooms make a great romantic getaway with a

complimentary picnic breakfast delivered daily to your door.

Sand Pebbles Inn

Resting high along Moonstone Beach, this beachy-chic designed

property is a perfect destination for meeting friends or family and

includes a deluxe continental breakfast each morning.

Castle Inn

With a classic California vibe, this property is budget-, family- and

pet-friendly and has a heated pool and complimentary continental

breakfast.

Moonstone Cottages

Three charming cottages are designed for privacy and quiet solitude,

including gas fireplaces and complimentary breakfast delivered to

your room.

All four of these inns offer easy access to beaches, walking trails, coves

and unique rock formations—and there’s always a good chance to spot

sea otters, gray whales and other marine life.

CambriaInns.com

CambriaInns

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Welcome

We invite you to explore San Luis Obispo County, California!

Here in SLO CAL®, we have a unique approach to life, taking things

at a much slower pace and allowing time to enjoy the incredible

beauty and bounty of this place we get to call “home.”

In the pages ahead, you’ll find the wide variety of activities, scenery

and flavors that our destinations and partners offer every day. And

we can’t wait for you to take part in it all. Chat with a local winemaker

on the patio of our favorite vineyards. Grab farm-fresh lunch from a

gourmet food truck. Pick your breakfast fruit from an orchard or one

of our 13 farmers markets. Adventure out to the trails or tides for the

perfect Insta Story.

From our playful coastal communities to our approachable wine

regions, bustling downtowns to serene ranchlands, there’s more here

than you can possibly do in one trip. So, read on, start dreaming and

let us show you a world you’ve been too busy to see.

Welcome to SLO CAL!

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The Tradition of Castoro Cellars

Experience the flavor

Founded in 1983, family-owned and operated Castoro Cellars Vineyards

and Winery is one of the oldest wineries in Paso Robles wine country.

Organic and sustainable, the SIP and CCOF Certified Organic winery offers

over 20 estate-grown wines, live music throughout the year, yoga brunch

events, a disc golf course and wine tasting from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily.

Their premier 18-hole disc golf course is set amongst rolling hills of old

oaks and vineyards. This scenic course is fun, yet challenging. The Whale

Rock Disc Golf Course is designed to be enjoyable for kids and beginners,

while challenging the expert.

Their most diverse offering of the year is Whale Rock Music Festival, a

two-day music and arts festival in the vineyard that features talent from all

over the country and activities for all ages. Attendees can enjoy world-class

music, art exhibitions, yoga classes, craft beer, delicious food and, of course,

Dam Fine Wine.

Check out their website to find everything Castoro Cellars has to offer all year long.

CastoroCellars.com

CastoroCellars

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Hell

Nice to meet you. My name is San Luis Obispo County, California,

but you can call me SLO CAL®.

“Slow” may not seem like a good thing, but here, we think it will set you free. While the rest of the world is racing to the end,

slow gives your life the attention it deserves. Away from the noise and chaos of crowded streets, slowing down allows us to

reconnect—to breathe. But in this place, slow is not falling behind; it’s the freedom to catch up with the things that matter

most to you. I know you’ll find that SLO CAL is just your speed.

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CAVAN HADLEY

Morro Bay

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California

Dreaming

Here on California’s Central Coast, there’s

no need to rush—and there’s no time like

the present. Ideally centered between

the cosmopolitan hubs of San Francisco

and Los Angeles, SLO CAL® borrows the

best of both but leaves the breakneck

pace behind. With uncrowded beaches

and 315 days of sunshine per year, this

generous playground welcomes anyone

searching for flavor, culture, adventure

and a place apart. Ready to make

your getaway? Try one of these doable

journeys and find yourself here.

| By Jaime Lewis

SAN LUIS OBISPO . EDNA VALLEY

This bustling town, home to a university, boasts hiking and

mountain biking trails, boutique shopping, wine tasting,

nightlife, dining, museums and historic landmarks, all within

walking distance of downtown. Listen to the bells at Mission

San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Take in the flavors of the famous

Thursday night farmers market. Make your contribution at the

bizarre Bubblegum Alley. Then head out to Edna Valley to relax

with coastal-grown chardonnay and pinot noir.

Where to Stay: The San Luis Obispo area is your oyster, with

options ranging from unique downtown boutique hotels to Edna

Valley wine country accommodations.

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PASO ROBLES

As home to some of the finest wines in the world, Paso Robles has exploded in recent years

into a chic burg with cow town roots. Don’t be surprised to find boots and big buckles shining

in the area’s 200+ wineries, tasting rooms and fast-growing collection of distilleries, breweries

and cider houses. When tasting time ends, head downtown for shopping, entertainment and

wine country dining.

Where to Stay: Go mobile with an RV park overlooking the vines on the outskirts of town,

tuck into a winery bed and breakfast or settle in at a charming luxury hotel near restaurants,

shops and tasting rooms around Downtown City Park.

ARROYO GRANDE

Ready to be unplugged? Stroll this village’s main street and find a roaming brood of roosters

that have become the town mascots, then gear up to walk the swinging footbridge that hangs

40 feet above the creek. As for shopping, you’ll literally find a butcher, baker and candlestick

maker in the historic town center, plus antique shops and farm-fresh restaurants. When it’s time

to get your adventure on, head out past pretty farmland to Lopez Lake for hiking, water sports,

ziplining and fishing.

Where to Stay: Arroyo Grande provides plenty of vacation rentals as well as quaint

bed and breakfasts near the village or overlooking farms, fields and vineyards.

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NIPOMO

Hit the links at your choice of golf courses and take in views

of the ocean, dunes and mesa. For local history, visit the Dana

Adobe, built in 1851 at the foot of Nipomo’s hills by Captain

William Dana. Today, the adobe features historical talks and

presentations to bring California rancho culture to life. Come

dinnertime, make your way to one of the local steakhouses,

where the drinks are stiff, the oak coals burn hot and the steaks

are huge.

Where to Stay: Hang near the golf course in a vacation rental—

there are some great accommodations next to the scenic fairways.

Picture

Perfect

Day

ATASCADERO . TEMPLETON . SANTA MARGARITA

Get up close and personal with monkeys, flamingos, snakes and

tigers at Atascadero’s Charles Paddock Zoo, then grab an ice cream

and paddle across the water at Atascadero Lake Park. Alternatively,

have a picnic and play yard games in the Sunken Gardens,

followed by a stroll to one of downtown’s coffee shops, local stores

or watering holes. Those with sky-high ambitions can’t miss

Santa Margarita’s ziplines over acres of vineyards, but for anyone

yearning for simpler times, a visit to charming Templeton is in

order, with its vintage shops, historic mill and classic town square.

Where to Stay: If your style is elegant and traditional, you’ll love

this area’s historic hotel, but bed and breakfasts and family and

budget-friendly options abound here, too.

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LOS OSOS . BAYWOOD PARK

Relax in the uncommonly chill atmosphere of these two towns

right at the coastline. Enjoy Baywood’s popular farmers market,

where purveyors sell fresh produce to chefs, home cooks and

visitors alike. Take a hike among “mountains of gold” at Montaña

de Oro State Park and finish at secluded Spooner’s Cove beach.

For dinner, find a casual noodle shop, family pizzeria or romantic

table for two and cap it all off with a sunset walk through a

pygmy oak forest.

Where to Stay: It’s all about the view here, so head to the

balcony of a boutique coastal hotel or vacation rental with

stunning ocean scenes, or enjoy time at a quaint inn or

lodging on the golf course.

OCEANO . GROVER BEACH

Savor life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by riding

horses or motor vehicles on the sand at the Oceano Dunes

State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). When hungry, grab

a bite at one of Grover Beach’s casual eateries or barbecue at

the water’s edge. For entertainment, nothing beats a show in

Oceano at the professional year-round theater where the acting

and singing are top-notch and the laughs are plentiful.

Where to Stay: Horseback riders should book an equestrianfriendly

seaside golf or RV resort, while families and couples

can take advantage of any number of vacation rentals or hotels.

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Hit the

Open Road

SAN SIMEON . RAGGED POINT

Nothing compares to the opulence of

Hearst Castle, where tycoon W.R. Hearst

built his 90,000-square-foot hilltop estate

in San Simeon overlooking the glittering

Pacific. Wander its gardens, revel in the

views and take in Hearst’s vast collection

of art and antiquities. Then push north to

Ragged Point for lunch or an ice cream,

being sure to check out the large and

lazy elephant seals and historical Piedras

Blancas Light Station on the way.

Where to Stay: Check out the area’s coastal

hotels and cozy inns.

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CAMBRIA . HARMONY . CAYUCOS

Walk the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve for ocean views, comb for sea

treasure on Moonstone Beach and shop for local arts in Cambria.

Don’t miss the itty-bitty town of Harmony, population 18, whose

quirky artist community features hand-blown glass pieces made

right there in the gallery. Hunt down antiques, check out the local

talent at the seaside skate park and indulge in a farm-to-table

lunch just steps from the beach in Cayucos.

Where to Stay: Styles run the gamut across the coast, including

vacation rentals, hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts.

CRESTON . CHOLAME . SAN MIGUEL

Tour the small bucolic towns of SLO CAL®,

unchanged by time and home to cowboy country,

remote ranchland wineries and their tasting rooms.

You can even find a memorial to the life and death

of James Dean in tiny Cholame.

A longstanding mission town, San Miguel’s charm

extends beyond its historic heart at Mission San

Miguel Arcángel, built in 1797 and recently restored.

Find a flavorful Mexican restaurant, bite into a

burrito, then step out on the Pleasant Valley Wine

Trail, one of SLO CAL’s best backroad tasting

regions where reds take the spotlight.

Where to Stay: In your search for overnight

accommodations, look no further than the area’s

backcountry vacation rentals nestled amongst

majestic oaks and sprawling vineyards.

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Take Your Time

AVILA BEACH

A seaside town with a flavor all

its own, Avila Beach is ideal for

extended days at the beach, long

meals on the patio and leisurely

walks along the Bob Jones Bike

Trail, which is sometimes called the

“City to the Sea Trail.” A sensory

wonderland, Avila’s wine tasting

rooms line the streets, seafood

comes in fresh from the waves at the

Harford Pier and nearby See Canyon

grows orchard upon orchard of rare

and heirloom apples.

Where to Stay: Beach views are

always on order at most of the area’s

seaside hotels and vacation rentals,

but for those who need to soak it all

in, head to lodgings boasting natural

hot springs.

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MORRO BAY

Under the shadow of famous Morro Rock, this laid-back

fishing town welcomes visitors of all ages and stages to its

shores. For classic beachy flavor, get to the Embarcadero

for the freshest fish and chips and saltwater taffy. Or take

kayaks out for a cruise across the estuary, catching sight

of sea otters, seals, marine birds and maybe even a whale

off in the distance.

Where to Stay: Family lodging is the name of the game

with hotels, RV resorts, comfortable vacation rentals and

romantic getaways with views of the ocean.

PISMO BEACH . SHELL BEACH

Sun and salty fun endear these classic California beach communities to visitors and

locals alike. If surfing, lounging or people watching are your jam, get to the Pismo

Pier, where clam chowder and seafood eateries shine. At nearby Shell Beach, explore

tidepools or head out on a stand-up paddleboard for serenity on the sea. And don’t

miss the thousands of Monarch Butterflies that make their home in Pismo’s Monarch

Butterfly Grove each winter.

Where to Stay: Take your pick from a variety of RV parks or book your stay at any of

the hotels, vacation rentals or oceanfront resorts near the boardwalk.

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GETTING HERE

GETTING Located between HERESan Francisco and Los

Angeles, SLO CAL® lies along famous

Located between San Francisco and Los

Highway 1 and Highway 101, which run

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Grover throughout Beach the and region. Paso Robles and

Greyhound bus stops are located

throughout the region.

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1 ARROYO GRANDE Surrounded by farms, flower fields and wineries, Arroyo

Grande has a distinct village character with a vibrant downtown shopping and

dining district.

1 ARROYO GRANDE Surrounded by farms, flower fields and wineries, Arroyo

Grande 2 ATASCADERO has a distinct The village air is character clean and with the a vibrant open space downtown clears shopping your mind. and Don’t

dining miss district. Atascadero Lake Park and the Charles Paddock Zoo. Watching the sunset is

the way to unwind.

2 ATASCADERO The air is clean and the open space clears your mind. Don’t

miss 3 AVILA Atascadero BEACH Lake Drive Park through and the the Charles scenic Paddock valley Zoo. or take Watching the Bob the Jones sunset Trail is to the

the beachfront way to unwind. downtown with wine tasting, shops, dining and more! Travel farther

3 AVILA along the BEACH bay Drive to the through dog beach the scenic or Harford valley Pier or take for the paddle Bob Jones sports Trail and to seafood. the

beachfront 4 CALIFORNIA downtown VALLEY with wine A small tasting, community shops, dining the and eastern more! Travel part of farther SLO CAL, this

along flat the valley bay is to home the dog to beach the Carrizo or Harford Plains Pier National for paddle Monument sports and with seafood. breathtaking

4 CALIFORNIA wildflowers that VALLEY bloom A small every community spring. in the eastern part of SLO CAL, this

flat valley is home to the Carrizo Plains National Monument with breathtaking

wildflowers 5 CAMBRIA that A bloom haven every for artistic spring. expression and respect for nature, Cambria

offers performances and festivals year round. Hotels, B&Bs and vacation rentals

5 CAMBRIA are available A haven with for access artistic to downtown expression and or the respect coast. for nature, Cambria

offers performances and festivals year round. Hotels, B&Bs and vacation rentals

are 6 available CAYUCOS with With access no stoplights, downtown box or the stores coast. or fast-food outlets, this seaside

village is home to small, family-owned businesses, local surfing culture and tons

6 CAYUCOS

of character.

With no stoplights, box stores or fast-food outlets, this seaside

village is home to small, family-owned businesses, local surfing culture and tons

of 7 character. CHOLAME This quiet and very small community is mostly known for the

7 CHOLAME restaurant This and quiet a memorial and very dedicated small community to popular is mostly actor known James for Dean, the who died

restaurant on September and a memorial 30, 1955, dedicated just one to mile popular east of actor Cholame. James Dean, who died

on 8 September CRESTON 30, Experience 1955, just the one beautiful mile east of countryside Cholame. filled with great wine, olive

8 CRESTON oil and food Experience while surrounded the beautiful by countryside beautiful rolling filled hills with and great a wine, relaxed, olive laid-back

oil environment.

and food while surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and a relaxed, laid-back

environment.

9 EDNA VALLEY In the heart of the Edna Valley AVA, here you can sample

9 EDNA award-winning VALLEY In wines the heart in more of the than Edna 27 Valley tasting AVA, rooms. here you Pick can up sample lunch and wine

award-winning touring maps wines at the in Old more Edna than Townsite, 27 tasting founded rooms. Pick in up the lunch 1840s. and wine

touring maps at the Old Edna Townsite, founded in the 1840s.

10 GROVER BEACH This community-oriented beach town offers a variety of

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family-friendly

GROVER BEACH

activities,

This community-oriented

campfires on the

beach

beach

town

and

offers

delicious

a variety

eats.

of

family-friendly activities, campfires on the beach and delicious eats. Here you’ll

Here you’ll

find find one one of SLO of SLO CAL’s CAL’s three three Amtrak Amtrak stations, stations, as well. as well.

11 HARMONY 11 HARMONY This This a is charming a charming and quirky and quirky homestead homestead for lively for Central lively Central Coast Coast

arts arts and and culture, culture, especially especially the glassblowers the glassblowers and a and population a population of just 18! of just 18!

12 12 LOS LOS OSOS OSOS & BAYWOOD & PARK PARK Hike Hike scenic scenic trails, trails, kayak in kayak the bay, in the ride bay, horses ride horses

on on the the beach beach or play or play golf golf with with gorgeous gorgeous views. views. Lodging Lodging options options include include vacation vacation

rentals or hotels or hotels on the on the bay bay and golf and course. golf course.

13 13 MORRO BAY BAY The The seaside seaside village village of Morro of Morro Bay is Bay a picture-perfect is a picture-perfect getaway getaway for for

travelers seeking seeking outdoor outdoor adventures adventures and a and gorgeous a gorgeous natural natural setting. setting. Savor fresh Savor fresh

seafood seafood with with a view a view of the of famed the famed Morro Morro Rock Rock just off just the off coast. the coast.

14 14 NIPOMO NIPOMO Challenging Challenging golf golf courses, courses, orchards, orchards, vineyards vineyards and colorful and colorful flower flower

fields

fields

surround

surround

Nipomo.

Nipomo.

Just

Just

west

west

of Nipomo

of Nipomo

lies Oso

lies

Flaco

Oso

Lake

Flaco

Natural

Lake Natural

Area,

where you can cross the mile-long, ADA-accessible boardwalk.

Area,

where you can cross the mile-long, ADA-accessible boardwalk.

15 OCEANO Enjoy everything from ATV and dune-buggy cruising on the dunes

to 15 horseback OCEANO riding, Enjoy golf everything and kite flying. from ATV and dune-buggy cruising on the dunes

to horseback riding, golf and kite flying.

16 PASO ROBLES The city center for Paso Robles Wine Country, this community

has 16 a PASO vibrant ROBLES and historic The downtown, city center delicious for Paso dining Robles options Wine and Country, is home this to community

the

California has a vibrant Mid-State and Fair historic each downtown, July. delicious dining options and is home to the

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California

PISMO BEACH

Mid-State

& SHELL

Fair

BEACH

each July.

These two coastal towns don’t disappoint,

with 17 breathtaking PISMO BEACH sunset & SHELL views of BEACH the Pacific, These a classic two coastal California towns surfer don’t vibe disappoint, and

fun with downtown breathtaking business sunset district. views of the Pacific, a classic California surfer vibe and

18 fun POZO downtown Travel back business time district. to experience California as it was in the 1800s in

Pozo,

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known

Travel

for the

back

historic

in time

Pozo

to

Saloon,

experience

a SLO

California

CAL landmark

as it

since

was

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Living

Paso Robles

Dine in the Vines at Eberle Winery

Photo Credit Oak & Barrel Photography

The land of wine, food & fun

One of California’s top wine regions, Paso Robles—

named Best Wine Country Town by Sunset magazine in

2016 and Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast

magazine in 2013—boasts more than 200 wineries, all

within minutes of downtown.

Among the 40,000 acres of vineyards set across the rolling

slopes of the Santa Lucia mountain range, wine aficionados

can explore the region’s famed Rhone varieties (such as syrah

and grenache), zinfandel and Bordeaux-inspired wines.

But there is much more to taste in Paso Robles than wine.

The region has fast become an epicenter for craft beer,

cider and artisanal spirits, and it is home to the movements’

most innovative players, such as Firestone Walker Brewing

Company, Tin City Cider and Re:Find Distillery.

TravelPaso.com

TravelPaso

Wine Tasting and Picnicking

at DAOU Vineyards & Winery

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Paso Robles’ locally sourced food scene

matches the energy and flavor of what’s

in the region’s proverbial glass, from

the farm-to-table favorite Thomas Hill

Organics to Wine Spectator’s 2018 Award

of Excellence winner Il Cortile.

For adventure seekers, this land of cowboys

offers a huge array of choices in the great

outdoors—from hiking the hills, riding

horseback through vineyards, challenging

the area’s golf courses, taking a day trip to

the coast or exploring the restorative waters

of River Oaks Hot Springs.

Live Music at

BarrelHouse Brewing Co.

To round out your visit, take time to

explore the downtown square. Considered

the heart of Paso Robles, this quaint

square contains boutique shops, tasting

rooms and diverse dining experiences.

4. Catch a Concert at

Vina Robles Amphitheatre

4. A Night at the

California Mid-State Fair

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SLO

it down in 2019

San Luis Obispo is at the heart of SLO CAL®

San Luis Obispo is the cultural, commercial and entertainment hub of the Central Coast. Reconnect and recharge in a place where

serenity rules and the atmosphere allows you to just be.

Nestled between rolling hills, San Luis Obispo’s tree-lined streets are filled with boutique shopping, charming coffee shops, creekside dining

and a beautifully preserved Spanish mission. Every Thursday night the town comes alive with the Downtown San Luis Obispo Farmers’

Market, featuring local entertainment, food vendors and farmers. San Luis Obispo is also home to Bubblegum Alley, a famous landmark that

beckons thousands of visitors to leave their mark with their own bubblegum every year.

San Luis Obispo offers plenty of other reasons to get outdoors: the city is surrounded by 50 miles of trails traversing thousands of acres of open

space for trail running, hiking and mountain biking enthusiasts.

And if strolling is more your style, take time to explore more than 70 pieces of public art on display throughout the city.

Wine Enthusiast named San Luis Obispo Wine Country one of its top ten wine destinations for

2018, and the city also boasts dozens of craft breweries and cideries.

This is a place you just have to experience. Be Here.

SanLuisObispoVacations.com

ShareSLO

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The Charm of Atascadero

Relax in this slow-paced

California gem brimming

with simple pleasures

Rolling hills and oak trees abound in Atascadero,

an intimate destination in SLO CAL® with small-town

charm. Take a scenic hike, a horseback ride or a day to golf

(or disc golf).

Ramble through the county’s only zoo, which is home to more

than 200 animals on five acres within Atascadero Lake Park.

Stroll through the beautiful downtown setting of historic

City Hall and Sunken Gardens, visit a local antique shop

and explore an arts district. Atascadero features a number of

unique restaurants, plus the city is known for its craft cider,

beer and wine.

VisitAtascadero.com

VisitAtascadero

AtascaderoCA

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Put Life on Coast

in Morro Bay

Mix nature with outdoor

adventure in this picturesque

fishing village, offering

great value for your coastal

vacation

This waterfront town is everything you want in a

coastal vacation: a lively Embarcadero with 150+ galleries,

restaurants, hotels and activities offering an extensive variety

of outdoor excursions including surfing, paddling, hiking

and biking. Sea otters and seals frolic in the bay while over

200 species of birds dip and dive into the 800-acre National

Estuary. Miles of endless sandy beaches are perfect for

kite flying, picnicking and beachcombing. Morro Bay’s

commercial fishing families offer fresh caught seafood and

world-renowned sustainably farmed Morro Bay Oysters

making this funky SLO CAL® town a must stay, play and eat.

MorroBay.org

MorroBayCA

MorroBayCalifornia

MorroBayTravel

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Arroyo Grande

Coastal bluffs and vibrantyellow

mustard flowers coat the

sun-drenched hills of Arroyo

Grande, a casual welcoming

community with quaint charm,

family-friendly accommodations

and simple indulgences. Explore

the historic village, peruse

antique shops or taste a variety of

award-winning vintages at one of

the local tasting rooms.

VisitArroyoGrande.org

VisitAGCA

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concerts, concerts, off-roading, bonfires and and

unique unique local local shops. shops. It’s It’s also also home to to

great great restaurants, wine wine tasting and and

craft craft breweries, and and is just is just minutes

away away from from outdoor adventures

including lakes, lakes, water water parks,

ziplines ziplines and and more. more.

GroverBeach.org

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CityGroverBeach

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SLO CAL

new &

noteworthy

The Time

is Now

Looking for the latest and greatest happenings in SLO CAL®.

It’s new, it’s now, it’s right here.

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RESTAURANTS & SPECIALTY FOOD

From locally roasted coffee to farm-sourced produce, the newest

breakfast hotspot in Paso Robles, BRUNCH, brings the best of SLO

CAL® to your table each morning. Tucked inside the local cheese

shop, they serve up their seasonal menu in a cozy atmosphere.

Just off Atascadero’s main street, CENTRAL COAST CAFE provides

a variety of offerings in a bright and open setting. Nosh incredible

eggs Benedict in the morning or savor a healthy lunch with mouthwatering

sandwiches or stir-fry.

Tastes span from local to international at the CIDER BAR in

downtown San Luis Obispo. A French-style eatery located in the

Creamery Marketplace, their menu offers an array of small-plate

dishes. Paired with over 160 ciders and beers, including their own

wild ciders, it’s a perfect place for gathering together.

Take home the flavors of Italy (and SLO CAL) from the Paso Robles

pasta producer and shop ETTO PASTIFICIO. The husband and wife

duo source quality local ingredients to make a variety of pasta shapes

and colors that they sell alongside everything you need for the perfect

vacation rental feast.

Harnessing the essence of Paso Robles, JEFFRY’S WINE COUNTRY

BBQ features a menu of scratch-made comfort food from an awardwinning

chef. Revel in their acclaimed macaroni and cheese, smoked

tri-tip and local beer and wine in this rustic hidden spot downtown.

Share in a selection of small plates at LA BODEGA in Pismo Beach.

Globally inspired flavors and locally sourced ingredients come

together for tapas that will be gone before you can post your first pic.

LADONNA’S restaurant and cocktail lounge in Atascadero features a

menu brimming with farm-fresh fare. Enjoy everything from pot pie

to crepes, layered cookies to cream cake. A canopy made of umbrellas

greets you outside and provides a playful background for shareworthy

photos.

Surrounded by craft wine, beer and spirits, TIN CANTEEN is the

newest addition to Paso Robles’ Tin City. Enjoy a seasonally rotating

menu that includes burgers, pasta and wood-fired pizza.

STREETSIDE ALE HOUSE in Paso Robles prides itself on providing

an enjoyable experience for all in a casual and fun ambiance. They

offer a wide array of beer, wine and craft cocktails, and are available

for off-site bar catering at events such as weddings, company parties

or reunions.

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BEER, WINE AND COCKTAILS

1122 COCKTAIL LOUNGE & SPEAKEASY is an upscale cocktail

lounge with a bar staff that specializes in seasonal craft cocktails

and classic drinks dating back to before the prohibition era. 1122 is

proud to offer over 100 whiskeys, a well-appointed selection of rare

and highly allocated spirits, as well as local wine and beer.

Located in the Village of Arroyo Grande, QUPÉ & VERDAD

TASTING ROOM focuses on wines with quality, character and

balance. Specifically, Qupé is acclaimed for their cool-climate syrah

and other Rhone varieties, while Verdad focuses on Spanish varieties

including albariño and tempranillo.

THE LIBERTINE BREWING COMPANY’S newest location in Avila

Beach offers 12 beers on tap from their famous Wild Ales to the new

non-sour collaboration series of beers. Enjoy their patio for a pint or

two, or take some bottles or growlers home with you.

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

Soar the skies of SLO CAL®, taking in the incredible countryside

and vineyard views of Paso Robles with BALLOONS OVER PASO.

Small, intimate hot air balloon flights with a team that caters to you

make this a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

After four years of closure for renovation, the famous HEARST

CASTLE NEPTUNE POOL has been reopened in San Simeon.

Workers removed 9,000 square feet of marble tiles, repairs were

made to the concrete shell and the pool was then refilled with

345,000 gallons of crystal-clear water.

Come celebrate this seaside town’s maritime heritage at the newly

opened MORRO BAY MARITIME MUSEUM. Displays bring

Morro Bay’s history to life. Marvel over the DSRV Avalon, one of

only two cold-war era rescue submarines developed by the U.S. Navy

and featured in the 1990 hit movie “The Hunt for Red October.”

Also in Morro Bay, ONBOARD NAUTICAL EVENTS provides

the intimacy of a luxury yacht setting with innovative cuisine and

attentive, gracious service. From the moment you step aboard this

beautiful vessel, you will find yourself immersed in a distinctive

atmosphere that is elegant yet warm and welcoming.

THE EMBARGO is a custom, portable bar trailer providing

professional bartending services for your private events in SLO CAL.

From weddings to corporate events to private parties, The Embargo

can cater to any size and offers experienced bartenders with

exceptional service who can create event-specific specialty cocktail

menus, wine lists and beer selections.

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TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS

Travel to SLO CAL® continues to get easier with a new

American Airlines DAILY FLIGHT FROM DALLAS-FORT

WORTH (DFW). The new service from DFW International

Airport to San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport begins in

April. The list of daily nonstop service to SLO CAL also includes

Seattle, Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The traveler who wants to stay in the heart of the action

will feel right at home in the new PASO PARK SUITES in

downtown Paso Robles, mere steps from dining, shopping and

nightlife. Each of the four contemporary condo-style vacation

rental units is stylish and well-appointed with a balcony or

deck, full modern kitchen, digital sound system, upgraded

linens and more.

RIATA RANCH is a 1,200-acre working ranch, originally part

of the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, which was established in

the late 1700s as part of Father Junipero Serra’s Mission Trail.

The recently added event venue and vacation rental combine to

offer guests an unforgettable experience.

Pedal your party through downtown San Luis Obispo on a tasting tour

with BIG SLO BIKE, a 14-person bike with a host, table and roof. Try

not to have the time of your life as your crew cruises to up to three area

breweries or restaurants where you will sample local brews and bites.

Get your steps in while sampling the flavors of San Luis Obispo on

a walking food tour with TASTE OF SLO. Meet the faces and hear

the stories behind the small businesses as you sip and savor through

downtown, including food, wine, beer and even specialty tours—

vegetarian, vegan and non-alcoholic tours are available.

Bright, eclectic and almost cheeky, THE KINNEY in San Luis

Obispo revamped the 100 rooms of this hotel with a hip, funky

vibe and added the restaurant and taproom, LEROY’S, to the

mix—a modern meeting space, hang-out-worthy lobby and

Skee-Ball round out the new features.

Perfectly placed between the cowboy city and wine country

of Paso Robles, the CAVA ROBLES RV RESORT is a true

oasis. Whether you tow in your own home or rent one of their

cottages, you’ll quickly fall in love with the luxurious pools,

fresh bistro, wine tastings, wellness center and so much more.

Go to SLOCAL.com/New to find more details.

Challenge your teamwork and your brainpower at San Luis Obispo’s

THE PUZZLE EFFECT, an escape room experience where your group

must work together to solve puzzles and find clues to escape before

time runs out. Each room at The Puzzle Effect has a unique theme and

engaging storyline.

TOAST TOURS offers fun, unique and memorable wine tours of the

Paso Robles wine country. They believe in getting off the beaten path

and going behind the scenes, while diving deeper into the history of

winemaking and flavor that the city has to offer. Don’t be surprised if

you walk through vineyards and production facilities, talk with the

winemaker and taste wine straight out of the barrel.

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Liquid Gold

SLO CAL

sip

Gentle ocean breezes combined with ancient

hillsides speckled with watchful oaks create the magic

that is SLO CAL® wine country. Toss in a burgeoning

industry of award-winning craft beer breweries,

cideries and distilleries and you will have uncovered

the full scope of that magic—a world-class destination

for lovers of all things wine, brew, cider and spirits.

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Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery

Beyond your Traditional Wine Tasting Experiences

Growers and makers of expressive,

approachable estate wines from Paso

Robles, California, Vina Robles owns and

farms six estate SIP® Certified Sustainable

vineyards in five sub-districts in the region.

First-class hospitality service is offered by

way of unique, memorable experiences

with wine, food and music at their core.

The vineyards and winery are owned and

managed by two Swiss families who have

been farming wine grapes in Paso Robles

for more than 20 years.

Known primarily for their cabernet

sauvignon and petite sirah, the Vina

Robles lineup includes small lots of

a wide range of varieties and creative

blends. Willenborg’s wines are

available at the Vina Robles Hospitality

Center where a wide range of tasting

experiences are offered, as well as lunch

service Thursdays-Saturdays and brunch

on Sundays.

The Vina Robles Amphitheatre is one

of the largest outdoor venues for arts

and entertainment in San Luis Obispo

County. Featuring a style reminiscent of

the California missions, guests are able

to immerse themselves in a unique and

intimate concert adventure while enjoying

modern amenities, first class hospitality

and Vina Robles wines, of course.

The 2019 concert season runs from April

through November and features top-tier

acts from around the world in all genres.

Various seating options all within 150 feet

from the stage, including regular, VIP and

general admission lawn seating, make events

accessible to anyone in the community. Vina

Robles opens at 10 a.m. daily. For more

information call 805.227.4812.

VinaRobles.com

VinaRoblesAmphitheatre.com

VinaRoblesWinery

VinaRobles

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THE WHOLE GRAPE

The craft distillery boom in SLO CAL® started

quite literally at the bottom of the barrel when the

locally recognized “founder” of the movement,

Alex Villicana, began distilling the leftover grape

skins, pulp, seeds and stems following the crush at

his winery. Many in SLO CAL have since followed

his lead, using every part of their grape harvest

and other local ingredients to create unique

liqueur, whiskey, brandy, rum and other spirits,

allowing an exciting new offering to visitors and

purveyors of fine liquors.

IMBIBE WITH YOUR TRIBE

No need to leave the kids behind. Enjoy a craft cocktail,

brew or glass of wine from one of the area’s familyfriendly

locations where children are welcome to walk

the vineyards, discover animals, play yard games or

even have a tasting of their own, as some of the sites

offer house-made grape juice or root beer.

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ake a tour through SLO CAL® by experiencing

its bounty and by meeting the makers. Whether

you self-select, book a tasting tour or sample at

Tone of the many restaurants, tap houses, tasting

rooms and cocktail bars, getting a sip of SLO CAL crafted is

effortless and delicious.

SLO CAL may be home to California’s third-largest wine

region, but true to the slower pace of life, it has a more laidback

approach to the otherwise stuffy and crowded wine

tasting experiences. Many of the vintners have joined this

trend, bucking tradition and breaking the rules to create

more experimental blends and unique flavors. And like

their wine, their tasting rooms also offer a more modest

vibe and authentic atmosphere for guests. You’re sure to

unearth the best kept secret in viticulture with over 250

wineries speckled throughout the county.

SLO CAL is replete with wine tasting options, but on a hot

day nothing beats a frosty pint of IPA, a crisp cider or a

refreshing sour. Here, brewers and cider makers are known

for their use of local ingredients, including wild yeasts,

fruit, barley, hops [BB1] and, in some cases, even seawater,

taking flavors to a whole new level.

The granddaddy of the SLO CAL brew scene is found in

Paso Robles, where Firestone Walker Brewing offers dining,

shopping, tours and tastings at their recently expanded

campus. Although large, they manage to stay true to their

roots, most notably in their label 805 (SLO CAL’s area

code), a refreshing blonde ale and local favorite.

MIX IT UP

Like the distillers themselves, SLO CAL

mixologists have reinvented the craft

cocktail game and the community

proudly offers its myriad of local spirits to

those that sidle up to the bar. Whether

a speakeasy, local pub or fine dining

restaurant, SLO CAL is your place to

sample the latest concoctions and

discover your new favorite maker.

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Baileyana, Tangent & True Myth

The oldest family-owned vineyard in Edna Valley

grows 11 different grape varieties and sells more than 30

different wines — all with sustainable and conservation

practices at every level. The tasting room, a 1909 one-room

schoolhouse, is surrounded by a kid-friendly lawn area with

picnic tables, chairs and two bocce ball courts.

NivenFamilyWines.com/Taste

BaileyanaTangentTrueMyth

Biddle Ranch Vineyard

Stop by Biddle Ranch Vineyard to experience the

contemporary tasting room and relaxing atmosphere—stay to

enjoy the old-world style wines and panoramic views of the

Edna Valley.

BiddleRanch.com

BiddleRanchVineyard

Biddle_Ranch_Vineyard

Edna Valley Vineyard

Consistently rated as the best tasting room in San Luis Obispo by the SLO New Times,

Edna Valley Vineyard invites you to enjoy award-winning wines and stunning views. Discover a

true expression of California’s Central Coast with one of Edna’s memorable tasting experiences.

EdnaValleyVineyard.com

EdnaValleyVineyard

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Through

SLO CAL

scenery

the Looking Glass

There is perhaps no better way to take in the natural

beauty of SLO CAL® than through the viewfinder with

one of its many talented local photographers.

JOSEPH DOMINGUEZ

Cayucos Pier, Cayucos

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ROBIN CHILTON

Castoro Cellars, Templeton

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MARK NAKAMURA

Tower Hill, San Luis Obispo

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SAM DEAN

Pismo Pier, Pismo Beach

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NIKKI ROBARDS

W.R. Hearst State Beach, San Simeon

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SLO CAL

meet &

greet

Someplace

Special

Thousands of people choose to hold their events,

weddings or corporate retreats in SLO CAL® each year,

because it is unlike any other place. There are no words

to do it justice. You have to come see for yourself. The

stars at night, the vineyards framing ocean views,

the people, the setting—the magic. And nothing

comes close to the lifestyle that defines the essence

of SLO CAL, where everyone fits in and all are welcome.

L & J Central Coast Photography

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Riata Ranch

The majestic Riata Ranch

is a premium vacation and

event destination in SLO CAL®.

Sweeping views and stately

oaks provide a serene backdrop

for guests enjoying a relaxing

getaway, an intimate gathering or

robust affair. The inviting Ranch

House, outdoor entertaining areas

and unique tent tipis offer ample

options for a variety of gatherings

and celebrations.

RiataRanchEvents.com

VRBO.com/1442215

RiataRanchEvents

All About Events

Whether it’s a wedding,

a special event or a party large or

small, All About Events prides

itself on its exceptional customer

service to wedding coordinators,

caterers, event planners/designers,

businesses and individuals. As

the 2018 California Wedding

Day magazine award winner for

“Best Rental Company” and “Best

Table Top Rentals” on the Central

Coast, they offer the highest

quality in china, linens, stemware,

tables and chairs, heaters, tents

and more—all maintained each

week to high standards.

AllAboutEvents.com

AllAboutEventsSLO

AllAboutEvents

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SLO CAL

stays

No Such Thing

as Strangers

When you arrive in SLO CAL®,

you will be coming home—

your home away from home.

Here you will find options for

every budget and many varied

experiences. From a romantic

retreat for two all the way to

lodging for the family reunion,

there is a vineyard villa or an

oceanfront hotel waiting—

something for everyone. Quiet

and slow, or buzzing with

activity, it’s all here.

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Vacation Rentals

Hotels/Motels

Almost every corner of San Luis Obispo County offers a

unique lodging experience. Unlike the monolithic high-rises

that characterize urban cityscapes, these hotels are shaped

by the inspiring environments they occupy; living, breathing

representations of what is good and right along the California

less traveled.

A great option for large families and groups, locals who

embrace the “SLO CAL® Lifestyle” open up their homes

and cottages to visitors. With a diversity of landscapes

and microclimates every traveler can be in their element.

SLO CAL vacation rentals allow you to personalize your

stay so it’s as unique as you are.

B&Bs

RV Parks

Recreational vehicles are welcomed with open arms in SLO CAL

by the many parks designed to cater to visiting “homes-on-wheels.”

With exceptional service offerings and top-shelf amenities, day

trip adventures end with base camp comfort and perfectly roasted

marshmallows.

Not quite a hotel, and not a vacation rental either, our many

bed and breakfast establishments fit the space in between.

These comfortable accommodations are often impeccably

appointed with thoughtful, modern touches. Proprietors

on site may greet guests with fresh-baked scones, friendly

conversation and a long list of recommendations for where

to go and what to see as you explore SLO CAL.

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Coastal Comfort

Whether it’s fine luxury,

casual beach-chic vibes,

quiet charm, romance,

family fun or business,

Pacifica Hotels along

the Central Coast have

you covered

SPYGLASS INN

Pismo Beach

Nautical-chic rooms offer ocean views,

full-service dining, firepits, conference

and banquet rooms.

SpyglassInn.com

SpyglassInnPismo

SpyglassInn

INN AT THE PIER

Pismo Beach

This new luxury property features

boardwalk and pier access, event space,

full-service dining and a rooftop bar.

TheInnAtThePier.com

TheInnAtThePier

COTTAGE INN BY THE SEA

Pismo Beach

English countryside ambiance, ocean—or

garden-front rooms, luxe bathrooms and

an oceanfront pool await.

Cottage-Inn.com

CottageInnPismo

SANDCASTLE HOTEL ON THE BEACH

Pismo Beach

These new rooms on the beach feature boardwalk and

pier access, ocean views and upgraded amenities.

SandcastleHotelOnTheBeach.com

SandcastleHotelPismo

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THE TIDES OCEANVIEW

INN & COTTAGES

Pismo Beach

This California classic on

the bluffs of Pismo Beach is

affordable, pet-friendly, great for

families, couples and friends.

THE KINNEY

San Luis Obispo

The newest addition to SLO hotels, it’s big on personality

with high design, vintage college vibes and a lobby bar.

SPRINGHILL SUITES

Paso Robles . Atascadero

An All-Suite Hotel, moments from wine

country, complete with breathtaking

event space and on-site dining.

SpringHillPasoRobles.com

SpringHillSuites_Atascadero

TheKinneySLO.com

TheKinneySLO

CAMBRIA LANDING INN & SUITES

Cambria

Expect boutique hotel amenities, fireplaces,

Jacuzzis® and daily wine and cheese reception.

CambriaLandingInn.com

CambriaLandingInn

EL COLIBRI HOTEL & SPA

Cambria

Revel in upscale comfort with Tuscaninspired

decor, a day spa and wine bar.

ElColibriHotel.com

ElColibriHotel

TidesPismoBeach.com

FOGCATCHER INN

Cambria

Enjoy big screen HD TVs,

fireplaces, Keurigs, a hot

complimentary breakfast and

pet-friendly rooms.

FogcatcherInn.com

FIRESIDE INN

Cambria

TidesPismoBeach

FogcatcherInn

This pet-friendly inn offers inroom

fireplaces, a year-round

pool, a spa and complimentary

hot breakfast.

FiresideInnCambria.com

FiresideInnCambria

PELICAN INN & SUITES

Cambria

Steps away from Moonstone Beach,

guests enjoy complimentary hot

breakfast, pool, spa and free wine

tasting passes.

PelicanSuites.com

PelicanInnAndSuites

PelicanSuites

OCEANPOINT RANCH

Cambria

These ranch-chic hotel rooms spread

across nine acres along Moonstone Beach.

OceanpointRanch.com

OceanpointRanch

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SeaCrest

OceanFront Hotel

Pure leisure on an ocean bluff

This unique Pismo Beach hotel sits high on a five-acre bluff top with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. SeaCrest fits in perfectly

with the Central Coast feel offering fun, easy-going, family-friendly vibes. The hotel offers bright ocean-view guestrooms, a pool with three

surrounding hot tubs, two terraces, BBQs, plus an on-site restaurant and bar

(Willow Kitchen and Cocktails). If that’s not enough, just a ten-minute walk

down the beach from the direct beach access stairs, you will find yourself at the

pier and downtown area. SeaCrest is a long-time favorite of vacationing families,

SeaCrestPismo.com

causal surfers, beach lovers and road trippers.

SeaCrestPismo

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Allegretto

Vineyard Resort

You’re not in northern Italy,

but it will feel that way. This 20-acre

luxe resort offers 171 guestrooms

and suites, lush gardens, the Cello

Ristorante & Bar serving fresh

ingredients in creative dishes, a

wine tasting room that boasts

varietals produced with old-world

techniques in the nearby vineyard

and a spa with estheticians,

masseurs and aromatherapists.

AllegrettoVineyardResort.com

AllegrettoVR

Dolphin Bay

Resort & Spa

With all the comforts of

home and panoramic views

of the Pacific from private

balconies or patios, Dolphin

Bay in Pismo Beach features

one– and two-bedroom

suites that range from

1,000 to 21,000 square feet.

Lido at Dolphin Bay offers

seasonal menus and over 800

international and local wines.

Rejuvenating treatments

await at The Spa.

TheDolphinBay.com

DolphinBayResort

DolphinBayHotel

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Boutique

Hotel

Collection

Home away from home

The Boutique Hotel Collection offers truly

unique experiences and an unforgettable sense

of authentic California. You’ll find exceptional

accommodations, stellar restaurants, award-winning

spas, gift shops and so much more. With close

proximity to countless wineries, pristine beaches

and endless outdoor activities to explore, you’ll find

yourself at the epicenter of the classic California

experience you’ve been looking for.

Sycamore Mineral Hot Springs

Sycamore Mineral Springs is a multifaceted retreat in the lush Avila Valley.

Apple Farm

SeaVenture

The Apple Farm features a charming

Americana-style setting and lodging.

The casually elegant SeaVenture is situated right on the beach, on the

southernmost point of Pismo Beach, yet only three blocks from downtown.

AppleFarm.com

AppleFarmInn

CliffsHotelandSpa.com

TheCliffsHotelAndSpa

SycamoreSprings.com

SycamoreSprings

Cliffs

SeaVenture.com

Enjoy the Cliffs Hotel’s panoramic views and refined ambiance.

SeaVentureResort

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Casa Azul

A rare vacation getaway,

Casa Azul is a luxe showcase

home steps from the sand on

Avila Beach. From nearly every

window and from the rooftop

deck, the view is the Pacific. The

home features high-end design

touches and a chef ’s kitchen

with Thermador appliances.

French doors open to balconies

overlooking the beach. Casa

Azul is designed with the most

discriminating traveler in mind.

vrbo.com/410467

Cavalier Oceanfront

Resort

The only oceanfront resort in

San Simeon, the Cavalier offers an

authentic Central Coast experience

with deluxe amenities. A full-service

restaurant, oceanfront patios, woodburning

fireplaces and two pools

featuring stunning Pacific Ocean views

are part of a perfect California getaway.

Located along scenic Highway 1,

Cavalier Oceanfront Resort is just five

minutes from Hearst Castle.

CavalierResort.com

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Sea Gypsy

You can’t get closer to the beach than the Sea Gypsy

Motel. Perched on the sand mere steps from the Pacific, the

motel is also just two blocks from downtown Pismo Beach and

the Pismo Pier.

SeaGypsyMotel.com

SeaGypsyMotel

Hotel Serra

With a spectacular Rooftop Pool Deck featuring

panoramic views, the newly constructed Hotel Serra awaits

your stay in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo. The hotel

is complete with a full-service spa, a French-Mediterranean,

brasserie-style restaurant, not to mention a pie shop and in-house

distillery. An unforgettable experience beckons!

HotelSerra.com

HotelSerraSLO

Beach Bungalow Inn and Suites

One of the original California beach town inns, Beach

Bungalow Inn and Suites in Morro Bay has a warm, retro and

relaxed feel, but offers modern amenities—gas fireplaces, large

comfy beds and a great breakfast brought to your door. Bike

rentals are available and well-behaved dogs are welcome.

MorroBayBeachBungalow.com

MorroBayBeachBungalows

Hampton Inn & Suites

San Luis Obispo

Great rooms, service and location (right off of

Highway 101) match up well with amenities like a hot

breakfast, pool, hot tub and flexible meeting spaces.

SanLuisObispoSuites.HamptonInn.com

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Pismo Coast Village RV Resort

This Pismo Beach resort is within walking distance to

downtown and the pier. You’ll find 400 full hook-up sites on 26

beachfront acres with plenty of amenities, but perhaps the best

amenities are the ocean breeze, sunsets and soothing sound of

the surf.

PismoCoastVillage.com

PismoCoastVillageRVResort

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

This award-winning hotel is complete with

contemporary amenities and first-rate service and rooms,

which will be fully renovated in 2019. The venue also boasts

comfortable event space, adjacent restaurant and bar

and close proximity to both wine country and the coast;

complete with an outdoor heated pool and spa.

HIEAtascadero.com

HIEAtascadero

HIE_Atascadero

Inn at Morro Bay

Surrounded by 4,000 acres of woodlands, the historic

Inn at Morro Bay is a full-service hotel with 98 beautifully

appointed guest rooms, more than 10,000 square feet of stylish

function space and the Bayfront Restaurant and Lounge.

InnAtMorroBay.com

InnatMorroBay

La Cuesta Inn

This boutique inn located near downtown San Luis

Obispo and Cal Poly offers luxury, comfort and convenience to

restaurants, shopping, area wineries, beaches and hiking trails.

LaCuestaInn.com

LaCuestaInn.SLO

LaCuestaInnSLO

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Moonstone Landing

Located by the beach in charming Cambria, this hotel

affords memorable ocean and sunset views from your balcony

or patio. All rooms feature a fireplace and hardwood floors.

Oceanfront rooms have a Jacuzzi®.

MoonstoneLanding.com

Little Sur Inn

This family-owned hotel on Moonstone Beach Drive in

Cambria offers stunning ocean views, fireplaces and hardwood

floors. Patios and balconies allow you to watch the sunset while

relaxing to the sound of the surf.

LittleSurInn.com

Madonna Inn

With an almost fairytale ambiance accented by pink

and gold décor and whimsical guestrooms, Madonna Inn in San

Luis Obispo offers an award-winning menu, including oak-pit

BBQ and a superb wine list. Enjoy nightly entertainment and

dancing. Reservations are recommended for this unique venue.

MadonnaInn.com

MadonnaInn

MadonnaInn1958

Cambria Pines Lodge

With 25 acres of forests and gardens, Cambria Pines

Lodge features 152 guest rooms plus a pool, spa, event spaces,

restaurant and lounge with nightly entertainment. Whether you’re

looking for adventure or relaxation, this is your place to dream.

CambriaPinesLodge.com

CambriaPinesLodge

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Farm to

Fork

SLO CAL

taste

The sun, soil and topography have come together in an improbable

way to create the most fertile growing grounds known to exist,

anywhere, at any time. In the Mediterranean climate, it’s not just

people who grow and thrive in SLO CAL®, but also the combination

of heirloom crops, a cornucopia-like bounty all year long.

Fortunately for us, local chefs are inspired by nature’s blessing and

have formed close relationships with the farmers throughout SLO

County. Nowhere has the farm-to-fork phenomenon shaped a place,

a culture, a way of life, like it has right here in SLO CAL, U.S.A.

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Taste Matters

Four SLO CAL® restaurants under the umbrella of Blue Mango,

a San Luis Obispo-based hospitality management group, offer

a unique cuisine and ambiance—and are loved by a dedicated

group of repeat guests from locals to travelers.

Robin’s Restaurant

In 1985, after running a health food store and serving up

tasty fare to the community in Cambria, Robin Covey and Shanny

Covey opened Robin’s Restaurant. Set in a restored 1930s home

in the town’s East Village, Robin’s serves comfort food with an

international flair. (Try the prawn enchiladas or butternut squash

and black kale lasagna.) Guests love the food, the ambiance and the

enchanting gardens.

RobinsRestaurant.com

Robins_Restaurant

RobinsRestaurant

RobinsCambria

Mint+Craft Cafe and Mercantile

Creative and casual, this downtown cafe in San Luis

Obispo takes pride in its innovative fare all prepared fresh from

local sources. Expect everything from quick bites to hearty

meals served up from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Small batch artisanal

goods, an espresso bar and a separate beer and wine shop make

Mint+Craft a great place to satisfy any appetite.

MintAndCraft.com

MintNCraft

MintAndCraft

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Luna Red Restaurant

For a lively experience, check out Luna Red. They

boast an award-winning happy hour with a patio lounge and

live music. And be sure to try something from their seasonal

craft cocktail menu, a perfect complement to the flavor-happy,

Latin-inspired cuisine—think mouth-watering paella for the

whole table!

LunaRedSLO.com

Luna_Red

LunaRedSLO

LunaRed_SLO

Novo Restaurant & Lounge

The first expansion by Robin Covey, Novo opened in 2003. Featuring a

worldwide inspired menu sourced from local farmers—think ahi nachos,

lavender lamb chops and avocado shrimp spring rolls—this awardwinning

downtown San Luis Obispo restaurant offers creekside patio

dining that’s guaranteed to be memorable.

NovoRestaurant.com

NovoRestaurant

NovoRestaurant

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Splash Cafe

This Pismo Beach landmark is famous for its awardwinning

clam chowder, made from scratch daily. (They serve

more than 40,000 gallons of it each year!) Other specialties

include fresh fish tacos and calamari. The cafe also has a

location on Monterey Street in downtown San Luis Obispo

where they bake all their own bread bowls and more.

SplashCafe.com

SplashCafeChowder

SplashCafe

Thomas Hill Organics

Thomas Hill Organics’ dynamic menu sources fresh,

local ingredients to create bold, imaginative dishes. The

culinary team works with local purveyors and believes in the

significance of regionally produced food. The restaurant’s

location in Paso Robles is a popular destination for creatively

prepared, honest meals.

ThomasHillOrganics.com

ThomasHillOrganics

Blue Moon Over Avila

This seaside wine bar and bistro

offers a unique rotating menu that reflects

a global culinary influence. A robust

wine list features domestic and imported

varietals, carefully chosen by the chef to best

complement menu selections. Elegant décor,

including a marble-topped bar that overlooks

the ocean, provides a stunning backdrop.

BlueMoonOverAvila.com

BlueMoonOverAvila

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Roll DeepSLO CAL

explore

Come along with us as we spend some quality time

exploring SLO CAL®’s picture-perfect coastline.

| BY JAIME LEWIS | PHOTOS BY JENNIFER OLSON

When it comes to experiencing SLO CAL’s stretch of Highway 1, there’s no better

way than by road trip, where each exit and turnoff holds the promise of pristine

beaches, fresh flavors and authentic adventure—not to mention more photo ops than

you can shake a (selfie) stick at.

There is so much to see and do—you will be amazed by how much SLO CAL’s

coastline has to offer. So, what are you waiting for? Charge your phone, turn up the

music, grab your favorite sidekick and get rolling. >

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STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER

Begin your journey planted in some of the world’s most

fertile soil, as Highway 1 follows the route of the early

California missionaries along sight lines of the nearby

Pacific. Stop at one of Nipomo’s roadside produce stands

and strike up a conversation with a grower as your taste

buds dance in delight.

THE LAND OF UNENDING DUNES—AND PERFORMING ARTS

Continue north, rolling into the small-but-mighty town of Oceano. Here, dune

buggies and ATVs rule the day as they prepare for high-speed fun in the Oceano

Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, but an expected cultural delight awaits

downtown on Front Street at The Great American Melodrama.

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HIDDEN SEASIDE GEM

Now, head back toward the water. Just before arriving at the

Highway 1 intersection, you will be treated to a treasure trove of

hole-in-the-wall eateries in Grover Beach. Check out The Spoon

Trade that has been wowing guests with traditional American

fare. Who could have imagined that deviled eggs could be a

main course? Take your wheels out on the sand for a sunset

accompanied by the warmth of a bonfire.

SURF, STROLL AND SAVOR

The energy picks up and the pulse quickens as you glide into the

beating heart of Pismo Beach. No trip through town would be

complete without a quick stop for a mouth-watering treat at Old

West Cinnamon Rolls. Stroll along the newly renovated pier as

you watch local fishermen bring in the day’s catch.

TAKE IN SWEEPING VIEWS

A stop in San Luis Obispo wouldn’t be complete without a bite of a tender

tri-tip sandwich from eateries such as Firestone Grill or Old SLO BBQ. Find

that perfect something while strolling through downtown shops, boutiques

and art galleries. Afterward, set out on one of the many trails that offer up

picture-perfect sunset views of the city below. >

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CATCH A BRIGHT-AND-EARLY BREAKFAST

IN BAYWOOD PARK

Make your way to the quirky coastal town of Baywood Park, which is just a

hop, skip and a jump from San Luis Obispo, and where the Back Bay Cafe

hums only a few feet from the Morro Bay State Park Marine Reserve. Order

a latte and a breakfast burrito with legendary local salsa from La Casita

Restaurant—then walk back to the pier to sit, nosh and take in the earlymorning

song of Baywood’s bird chorus.

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TREAD MOUNTAINS OF GOLD IN LOS OSOS

Drive southwest about five miles to one of SLO CAL®’s most beloved

natural treasures, Montaña de Oro State Park—literal translation from

Spanish: “mountains of gold”—where dunes and craggy cliffs meet

untouched beaches and windswept coastline. Hikers have their pick of a

wide variety of trails, including the Dune Trail, which skirts coastal bluffs

and takes in tide pools and Hazard Canyon Reef, a popular surf spot.

Find the trailhead for this 2.6-mile (round trip) hike just past Los Osos by

continuing on Los Osos Valley Road until it ends. >

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A Place Apart

Highway 1—also known as Pacific

Coast Highway, Cabrillo Highway,

Shoreline Highway and Coast

Highway—spans from Mexico

to Washington State. Starting

in 1919, the road was built in

sections with labor from locals,

including author John Steinbeck.

ROCK OUT IN MORRO BAY

Head north on Highway 1 and get a photo beside famous

Morro Rock, a state landmark, volcanic remnant and local

icon that towers at a height of 576 feet. Drive out to its base

and bring your binoculars to spy peregrine falcons, as this is

a designated bird sanctuary. (Just don’t bring your climbing

shoes: scaling Morro Rock is illegal.) If you have an extra

minute, catch the Morro Bay Skateboard Museum on the

Embarcadero, which features the history of skateboarding

since the 1930s and displays over 200 boards. >

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COOKIES IN CAYUCOS

Indulge in one of SLO CAL®’s most addicting treats:

brown butter cookies with a kiss of sea salt from Cayucos’

Brown Butter Cookie Company. Taste through the flavor

selection (must try: gluten-free Cocoa Mint cookie)

and pick up a box to nibble on during a walk along the

Cayucos Pier, originally built by Captain James Cass, the

founder of Cayucos, in 1872. Feeling thirsty? Throw back

a shot at Old Cayucos Tavern, built in 1906 —then take

selfies against its iconic cowboy mural outside.

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LUNCH AND PIE, OH MY

Having taken in the town, it’s time for a plate of something fresh, whether

that’s a tandoori chicken salad at globally-inspired Robin’s Restaurant, a

world-class pastrami sandwich at The Café on Bridge Street or a slice of leek

and goat cheese tart at Indigo Moon. Want to concoct your own lunch? Head

to Soto’s True Earth Market, a historic grocer with the soul of a health food

store. After lunch, make your way to Linn’s Restaurant for a slice of their

beloved pie made from olallieberries (oh-LAH-lih-berr-ees), which thrive in

Cambria and resemble blackberries.

GO VINTAGE IN CAMBRIA

Just up the road in the quaint seaside hamlet of

Cambria, artists’ galleries, antique stores and

boutiques abound. Wander the east or west ends

of Main Street and find plenty to scratch your

shopping itch, or visit specific spots like eclectic

consignment shop Encore, zen boutique Muse or

Rich Man, Poor Man Antique Mall.

TAKE A STROLL

Hop on over to Moonstone Beach

Drive and catch the trailhead for

the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk, a

2.85-mile (round trip) shoreline stroll

that takes in tide pools brimming

with sea stars, anemones and crabs

and ends at Moonstone Beach,

known for its smooth sand, roaring

waves, “moonstones” and top-notch

beachcombing.

Ready to take a break from all that

walking around? Find your seat at

Centrally Grown, a restaurant, bar,

market and hangout with jaw-dropping

views and rambling gardens where you

can grab a beer, soak up the sun and

play some cornhole. >

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San Simeon Coastline

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SPLENDOR IN SAN SIMEON

Head up the hill to San Simeon’s historic Hearst Castle (tickets are available at

HearstCastle.org), the 90,000-square-foot home of newspaper magnate William

Randolph Hearst from the 1920s through 1947. Populated with art and antiquities

from across the world, the castle welcomed personalities including Charlie

Chaplin, Winston Churchill and Greta Garbo in its day. Don’t miss the Neptune

Pool, a marvel of classical architecture; the Egyptian Sekhmet figure in the garden,

dating back over 1,000 years before the birth of Christ; or a glimpse at the zebras

wandering Hearst Ranch, remnants from the zoo Hearst built to entertain guests.

Not into all the grandeur? Chill out in old San Simeon, just across Highway 1,

where Hearst’s private beach has been opened to the public as the William R.

Hearst Memorial State Beach. Laze on the beach, paddle out in a kayak or bring

your pole and fish from the pier—no fishing license necessary.

HANG WITH THE

ELEPHANT SEALS

Just north of San Simeon, Mother

Nature is on full, glorious display

at the Piedras Blancas Elephant

Seal Rookery. A breeding and

birthing ground for the northern

elephant seal, the rookery is

just off Highway 1 and offers

unparalleled views of these unique

“locals” in their natural habitat, all

completely free of charge. Come

for the peak of birthing season in

January, the peak of mating season

(and comically entertaining fights

between males) around Valentine’s

Day and the height of elephant

seals on the beach in October.

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WIND IT ALL DOWN IN RAGGED POINT

What better place to call it a day than Ragged Point, one

of the prettiest spots on the globe and the northernmost

point of SLO CAL®’s section of Highway 1. At the Ragged

Point Inn & Resort, order a bottle of local wine and sink

your teeth into locally sourced cuisine (word to the wise:

try the pork belly appetizer!) on the heated outdoor patio

or in the floor-to-ceiling glass dining room overlooking

the Pacific Ocean. After dinner, settle in beside one of the

resort’s fire pits. Marvel at the stars. Reflect on the day

until your eyes refuse to stay open.

Crank the (local) tunes

No road trip is complete without a playlist,

and this road trip itinerary comes complete

with tunes from local artists.

Chris Lambert | ((Be)(Here)(Now))

Inga Swearingen | Message In A Bottle

Bear Market Riot | Head Over Heels

Fialta | Do The Best We Can

Próxima Parada | Makes You Wanna

Jade Jackson | Finish Line

The Creston Line | Vagabonds

Chris Beland | Ephemeral

Moonshiner Collective | Right Kind

Damon Castillo | I’m So Happy I Could Die

https://spoti.fi/2T03lyV

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SLO CAL

adventure

Under

the Sun

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With some of the most consistently perfect

weather worldwide, the outdoors beckon in

SLO CAL®. Get ready for adventure.

MONTAÑA DE ORO

A state park unlike any other, the 8,000 oceanfront acres south of Los

Osos & Baywood Park are out of this world. The Bluffs Trail is an easy

stroll along a single-track dirt path just above the pounding waves

below. Wildlife abounds everywhere, from curious deer meandering

about to the sea anemones in the surfside tide pools.

OSO FLACO LAKE

Tucked away at the end of a simple and flat 1.5-mile stroll awaits a

curving boardwalk on the way to Oso Flaco Lake in Nipomo. There

are plenty of benches to sit and take in the natural scenery, or sip a

hot cup of coffee while reflecting upon the still waters.

Montaña de Oro

EL MORO ELFIN FOREST

Step into the whimsical 90-acre preserve and stroll along its winding

boardwalk, which bends through the pygmy oak woodlands and

a picturesque manzanita grove. Sitting on the edge of Los Osos &

Baywood Park adjacent to the Morro Bay National Estuary, this

wheelchair-accessible park is suitable for all ages.

SANTA MARGARITA LAKE REGIONAL PARK

This 7,100-acre park in Santa Margarita is replete with many miles

of hiking, cycling and horseback riding trails. Rocky Trail is a

moderately strenuous single-track that leads in and out of an oak

forest along its way through the lake’s western shore.

FISCALINI RANCH PRESERVE

Monterey pines frame the north coast seascape along the 430-acre

bluffside preserve known as the Fiscalini Ranch. Many singletrack

trails zigzag though the property in Cambria, which provides

unending opportunities to commune with the natural surroundings.

Lake Nacimiento

LAKE NACIMIENTO

Coveted by water skiers, this 18-mile-long lake northwest of Paso

Robles offers 5,000 acres of freshwater for boats and swimmers alike.

A winding beachfront encircles the lake with ample camping facilities

and more than 100 miles of mixed-use trails.

BOB JONES TRAIL

Babies in strollers, cyclists, nature lovers and beachcombers all share

the flat, winding and paved path leading to Avila Beach. Much of the

scenic 2.5-mile pathway is enveloped by a canopy of oak trees, which

leads away from traffic all the way to the surf and sand.

MORRO BAY STATE PARK

A natural wonderland is the best way to describe the park-by-the-bay

that boasts everything from camping and hiking to sailing and golfing.

That’s right, there is even an 18-hole golf course. And, do not miss Black

Hill for a quick, easy hike to the top with amazing views of Morro Rock.

Shell Beach

DINOSAUR CAVES

The perfect way to explore this area is from the water by kayak or stand-up

paddleboard. Get a close-up look at the cliffs along Shell Beach and become

one with the frisky harbor seals and playful dolphins that keep watch as you

explore the many hidden coastal caves and hard-to-access beaches.

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ATASCADERO LAKE PARK

Old-fashioned pedal boats dot this lake found within the 25-acre

park in Atascadero. Perfect for a picnic, there is plenty of play space

and even a zoo. Free concerts are performed regularly during the

summer under the canopy of oak trees.

OCEANO STATE VEHICULAR RECREATION AREA

This state park offers thousands of acres of dunes and many miles of

beachfront for four-wheeling fun. And when the day ends, break out

the firewood and settle in for the night during this unique stay on

the beach in Oceano.

PORT SAN LUIS

With its shores sheltered within the bay, Port San Luis offers stand-up

paddling and kayaking, as well as the Harford Pier, with fresh seafood

and prime wildlife viewing. Nearby Avila Beach and the dog-friendly

Old Port Beach are perfect for long, lazy days in the sun.

OLD CREEK ROAD

Dedicated road cyclists will not want to miss the 21-mile

narrow and winding road leading to Cayucos. The ride can be

extended for a 33-mile loop by connecting Old Creek Road,

Green Valley Road and Highway 1. This one is for only the

most experienced riders.

THE EUCS PROJECT

Committed mountain bikers, who can make the climb up the

grade along the West Cuesta Ridge, will be treated to a mountainbike

park complete with wooden ramps, berms and trails. This one

is for the advanced rider. The little ones are much better off at the

Morro Bay Bike Park (see below).

MORRO BAY BIKE PARK

This small-but-mighty bike park measures just one acre, but easily

provides an entire afternoon of fun. Complete with cross-country

obstacles, a flow track and a big-jump area, there is something for

everyone and all skill levels at this facility.

MORRO STRAND STATE BEACH

Starting from Morro Rock and heading north, you will find one of

the longest sandy beaches in SLO CAL®. Popular with surfers and

kite boarders, the stretch is also the ideal place to log a long walk

along the ebbing and flowing coastal tide, which often reveals a

variety of seashells and wildlife.

CERRO CABRILLO

Avila Beach

Standing proud at 911 feet, the volcanic plug is the tallest peak in

Morro Bay State Park and serves as a year-round attraction for

hikers and rock climbers, who love its rugged outcroppings and

sweeping ocean views. This one may be a challenge for little hikers.

THREE BRIDGES OAK PRESERVE

West of Atascadero lies three miles of manicured trails, which

leads hikers and equestrians through shaded oak woodlands,

mixed chaparral and sycamore riparian habitats. The gentle climb

is appropriate for most everyone with perhaps a small challenge to

stroller-pushers.

NIPOMO REGIONAL PARK

Nothing has been left out of this 15-acre park, which is contained

within a larger 137-acre preserve. Here you will find playing fields,

tennis courts, playgrounds, a dog park, a botanical garden and a

skate park. Additionally, the area is crisscrossed by a network of

trails meandering through the surrounding oak woodlands.

W.R. HEARST MEMORIAL STATE BEACH

Taking in ample sunshine due to its south-facing orientation, this

beach also offers a rustic public access pier and license-free sport

fishing. Find the trailhead on the west end of the beach and follow

the 1.5-mile path for a leisurely walk out to San Simeon Point.

POLY CANYON

Stroll along Brizzolara Creek near working ranchlands on the way

to the quixotic Design Village behind Cal Poly’s campus, and take

the ridge route up to the iconic “P” on the hill (the “P” is for “Poly”).

From there, connect to the 6.5-mile Great Loop and drop down to

Stenner Creek Canyon.

LOPEZ LAKE RECREATION AREA

An outdoor enthusiast’s paradise hides in the hills rising above

Arroyo Grande. Since 1969, the 1,000-acre, man-made lake has

served SLO CAL as the unofficial adventure headquarters for the

South County, complete with fishing, camping, mountain biking

trails, a waterslide park and a ropes course.

SLO SKATE PARK

As far as skate parks go, the multimillion-dollar facility in San Luis

Obispo’s Santa Rosa Park is world class. The 15,500-square-foot

skater’s paradise offers plenty of room for everyone, beginners and

professionals, with ample room for Mom and Dad to have a seat and

take in the action.

IRISH HILLS NATURAL RESERVE

No less than 13 miles of mixed-use trails beckon from the hills on the

southern edge of San Luis Obispo. Hikers and mountain bikers are

found in equal numbers on this network of old mining roads, which

offers sweeping views and a close-up look at the local flora and fauna.

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FARMstead ED

Come get your hands dirty and learn about the farms

and the people of SLO CAL® who put the “culture” into

“agriculture.” Pop-up workshops are ongoing throughout the

year, so check the website for details.

FARMsteadED.com

FARMsteadED

Central Coast Trail Rides

You’ll never SLO CAL® in quite the same way again

after experiencing it on horseback. The seasoned guides

at Central Coast Trail Rides will take you off the beaten

path, through iconic ridgelines, rolling countryside, estate

vineyards and hidden-away private ranches. Rides are

available year-round and are perfect for families, groups or

romantic getaways for two.

CCTrailRides.com

CentralCoastTrailRides

Margarita Adventures

There’s a reason why they call Margarita Adventures the biggest thrill in wine country!

Indeed, the Margarita Adventures zipline tour is an experience like no other—one that adults

think is fun and that kids think is cool. Margarita Adventures’ six ziplines span more than

7,500 combined feet, starting with a 2,800-foot tandem-line thrill ride and finishing with an

1,800-foot journey over Pinot Noir vines. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind adventure.

Margarita-Adventures.com

MargaritaAdventures

MargaritaAdvent

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Calendar

of Events

Don’t forget to plan ahead! Experience the

best of SLO CAL® by selecting from the events

that follow to maximize your enjoyment of

the festivities and food over the coming year.

Everyone is invited and, in SLO CAL, strangers

are just friends we haven’t met yet. Come join

in—you’re always welcome here.

SLO CAL

save the

date

JANUARY

CAYUCOS POLAR BEAR DIP

January 1 / Cayucos

CayucosChamber.com

AVILA BEACH POLAR BEAR PLUNGE

January 1 / Avila Beach

VisitAvilaBeach.com

PIER TO PLUNGE 5K

January 1 / Pismo Beach

PierToPlunge.com

SLO CAL RESTAURANT MONTH

January 1 - 31 / Countywide

SLOCAL.com/Restaurant-Month

WINE SPEAK PASO ROBLES

January 7 - 10 / Paso Robles

WineSpeakPaso.com

MORRO BAY WINTER BIRD FESTIVAL

January 18 - 21 / Morro Bay

MorroBayBirdFestival.org

4TH ANNUAL TAMALE FESTIVAL

January 19 / Atascadero

VisitAtascadero.com

CAMBRIA ART & WINE FESTIVAL

January 25 - 27 / Cambria

CambriaArtWine.org

FEBRUARY

SLO COMEDY FESTIVAL

February 21 - 24 / San Luis Obispo

SLOComedyFestival.com

SLO CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

February 22 - 23 / San Luis Obispo

SLO-Beer-Fest.com

FESTIVAL MOZAIC WINTERMEZZO

February 22 - 24 / Countywide

FestivalMozaic.com

MARCH

CAYUCOS SEA GLASS FESTIVAL

March 9 - 10 / Cayucos

CayucosSeaGlass.com

SLO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

March 12 - 17 / San Luis Obispo

SLOFilmFest.org

VINTAGE PASO: ZINFANDEL WEEKEND

March 16 - 19 / Paso Robles

PasoWine.com

CENTRAL COAST BEER FESTIVAL

March 30 / San Luis Obispo

CentralCoastBrewersGuild.com

APRIL

EROICA CALIFORNIA

April 6 - 7 / Cambria

EroicaCalifornia.com

POLY ROYAL RODEO

April 12 - 14 / San Luis Obispo

Cafes-Rodeo.CalPoly.edu

TASTE OF PISMO

April 20 - 21 / Pismo Beach

TasteofPismo.com

WILDFLOWER CENTURY BIKE RIDE

April 27 / Creston

SLOBC.org/Wildflower/

BREW AT THE ZOO

April 27 / Atascadero

VisitAtascadero.com

SLO FULL & HALF MARATHON

April 27 - 28 / San Luis Obispo

SLOMarathon.com

MORRO BAY KITE FESTIVAL

April 27 - 28 / Morro Bay

MorroBayKiteFestival.org

SLO County

Farm Trail

Experience the bountiful

working farms of SLO CAL and meet

the growers who make them possible.

SLOCoFarmTrail.com

SLOCoFarmTrail

SLO_Co_Farm_Trail

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MAY

CRUISIN’ MORRO BAY

May 2 - 5 / Morro Bay

MorroBayCarShow.org

PASO ROBLES OLIVE FESTIVAL

May 3 - 5 / Paso Robles

PasoRoblesOliveFestival.com

WINE, WAVES & BEYOND

May 3 - 5 / Pismo Beach

WineWavesAndBeyond.com

TEMPLETON WINE FEST

May 5 / Templeton

TempletonWineFestival.com

AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA

May 15 - 16 / Morro Bay & Pismo Beach

AmgenTourOfCalifornia.com

PASO ROBLES WINE FESTIVAL

May 16 - 19 / Paso Robles

PasoWine.com

GREAT WESTERN BICYCLE RALLY

May 24 - 27 / Paso Robles

GreatWesternBicycleRally.com

PASO ROBLES CLASSIC CAR WEEKEND

May 24 - 25 / Paso Robles

GoldenStateClassics.org/CarShows.html

MEMORIAL DAY BEER FESTIVAL

May 25 / San Luis Obispo

MemorialDayBeerFest.com

ARROYO GRANDE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

May 25 - 26 / Arroyo Grande

ArroyoGrandeVillage.org

AVILA BEACH BLUES FESTIVAL

May 26 / Avila Beach

OtterProductionsInc.com

PISMO BEACH CLASSIC CAR SHOW

May 31 - June 2 / Pismo Beach

TheClassicAtPismoBeach.com

JUNE

FIRESTONE WALKER INVITATIONAL

BEER FESTIVAL

June 1 / Paso Robles

FirestoneBeer.com

SLO GREEK FESTIVAL

June 1 - 2 / San Luis Obispo

GreekFestivalSLO.com

PINOT & PAELLA FESTIVAL

June 2 / Paso Robles

PinotAndPaella.com

MAC & CHEESE FESTIVAL

June 8 / Avila Beach

TheMacAndCheeseFest.com

ROLL OUT THE BARRELS

June 20 - 23 / San Luis Obispo

SLOWine.com/Events/Roll-Out-The-Barrels.php

ATASCADERO LAKESIDE WINE FESTIVAL

June 22 / Atascadero

AtascaderoWineFestival.com

JULY

LAVENDER FESTIVAL

July 6 / Paso Robles

PasoRoblesDowntown.org

CALIFORNIA MID-STATE FAIR

July 17 - 28 / Paso Robles

MidStateFair.com

CENTRAL COAST RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

July 20 - 21 / San Luis Obispo

CCRenFair.com

FESTIVAL MOZAIC SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

July 24 - August 4 / Countywide

FestivalMozaic.com/Summer-Festival

Festival Mozaic

A premier music experience is found right here

in SLO CAL®’s most unique and intimate destination

venues. This summer festival combines culinary events

with performances by more than 50 of the nation’s finest

musicians in an immersive experience. July 24-August 4.

FestivalMozaic.com

FestivalMozaic

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AUGUST

CENTRAL COAST CIDER FESTIVAL

August 10 / Atascadero

CentralCoastCiderFestival.com

CRUISIN’ WEEKEND

August 16 - 17 / Atascadero

Atascadero.org

SEPTEMBER

SLO CAL WINE MONTH

September 1 - 31 / Countywide

SLOCAL.com/wine-month

DUNE RUN RUN

September 15 / Grover Beach

GroverBeach.org

AVOCADO & MARGARITA STREET FESTIVAL

September 7 / Morro Bay

AvoMargFest.com

29TH ANNUAL STONE SOUP MUSIC

FESTIVAL AND STREET FAIRE

August 24 - 25 / Grover Beach

SouthCountyChambers.com/Stone-Soup

WHALE ROCK MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL

September 14 - 15 / Templeton

WhaleRockMusicFestival.com

WhaleRockMusicFestival

CENTRAL COAST PRO TENNIS OPEN

September 23 - 29 / Templeton

TTRTennis.com

SLO JAZZ FESTIVAL

September 27 - 28 / San Luis Obispo

slojazzfest.org

STILL FROTHY SURF FESTIVAL

September 28 - 29 / Pismo Beach

StillFrothy.com

VINA ROBLES AMPHITHEATRE

Enjoy outdoor concerts throughout the year in Paso Robles.

VinaRoblesAmphitheatre.com

VinaRoblesWinery

VinaRobles

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OCTOBER

ATASCADERO COLONY DAYS CELEBRATION

October 4 - 5 / Atascadero

ColonyDays.org

CENTRAL COAST RAILROAD FESTIVAL

October 4 - 6 / San Luis Obispo

CCRRF.com

MORRO BAY HARBOR FESTIVAL

October 5 / Morro Bay

MBHF.com

PASO ROBLES PIONEER DAY

October 12 / Paso Robles

PasoRoblesPioneerDay.org

OPEN STUDIOS ART TOUR

October 12 - 13 and 19-20 / Countywide

ArtsObispo.org

CITY TO THE SEA HALF MARATHON

October 13 / San Luis Obispo to Pismo Beach

CityToTheSea.org

HARVEST WINE WEEKEND

October 18 - 20 / Paso Robles

PasoWine.com

PISMO BEACH CLAM FESTIVAL

October 18 - 20 / Pismo Beach

ClassicCalifornia.com

TEMPLETON FOUNDER’S DAY

October 26 / Templeton

TempletonChamber.com

JAZZ JUBILEE BY THE SEA

October 27 - 30 / Pismo Beach

PismoJazz.com

PADEREWSKI FESTIVAL

October 31 - November 4 / Paso Robles

PaderewskiFest.com

NOVEMBER

SLO ULTRA

November 1 - 2 / San Luis Obispo

SLOUltra.com

HARVEST ON THE COAST

November 1 - 3 / San Luis Obispo

SLOWine.com

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MORRO BAY TRIATHLON

November 3 / Morro Bay

MorroBayTri.com

TACO DAY ON TRAFFIC WAY

November 16 / Atascadero

VisitAtascadero.com

SANTA HOUSE IN MISSION PLAZA

November 29 / San Luis Obispo

DowntownSLO.com

CAMBRIA CHRISTMAS MARKET

November 29 - December 23 / Cambria

CambriaChristmasMarket.com

CHRISTMAS AT HEARST CASTLE

November 29 - December 30 / San Simeon

HearstCastle.org

DECEMBER

ARROYO GRANDE CHRISTMAS PARADE

December 1 / Arroyo Grande

AGChristmasParade.com

ELEGANT CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE

December 1 / Arroyo Grande

ArroyoGrandeVillage.org

SOUTH COUNTY HOLIDAY PARADE

December 7 / Grover Beach

Grover.org

HOLIDAY HARMONY

December 6 / Pismo Beach

ClassicCalifornia.com

LIGHT UP THE DOWNTOWN

December 6 / Atascadero

VisitAtascadero.com

SAN LUIS OBISPO HOLIDAY PARADE

December 6 / San Luis Obispo

DowntownSLO.com

LIGHTED BOAT PARADE

December 7 / Morro Bay

MorroBay.org

WINTER WONDERLAND

December 13 / Atascadero

VisitAtascadero.com

LOS OSOS CHRISTMAS PARADE

December 14 / Los Osos & Baywood Park

LOBPChamber.org

VINE STREET VICTORIAN SHOWCASE

December 14 / Paso Robles

PasoRoblesDowntown.org

HOLIDAY MAGIC AT THE ZOO

December 21 / Atascadero

VisitAtascadero.com

O NGOING

EVENTS

ART AFTER DARK SAN LUIS OBISPO

First Friday of the month / San Luis Obispo

ArtsObispo.com

ART AFTER DARK PASO ROBLES

First Saturday of the month / Paso Robles

StudiosOnThePark.org

ART IN THE PARK @ DINOSAUR CAVES

First Sunday of the month / Shell Beach

ArtInTheParkShellBeach.com

YEAR-ROUND FARMERS MARKETS

Weekly / Countywide

SLOCAL.com/Markets

ART ON THE BEACH

Saturdays / June-October / Avila Beach

AvilaBeachPier.com

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

June - October / Countywide

SLOCAL.com

Yoga at Castoro Cellars

Enjoy practicing yoga on Sundays

throughout the year.

CastoroCellars.com

CastoroCellars

For a complete calendar of all things

happening in SLO CAL® visit

SLOCAL.com/Events


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Hug

the Coast

Embrace the journey to San Luis Obispo County

Getting to San Luis Obispo is half the fun when you travel by train. Once onboard, you can sink back in your spacious seat, unwind and

take in some of Southern California’s most iconic scenery—no driver necessary. Cruise along tracks that parallel the beautiful Pacific Coast

as you relax with various onboard amenities. Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® service is offered between San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura,

Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.When you take the train to SLO CAL®, your getaway begins the minute you step on board.

PacificSurfliner.com

PacificSurfliner

PacSurfliners

Routes, schedules and services subject to change without notice. Amtrak and Pacific Surfliner are registered services marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation and used with permission.

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