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
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.
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.
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Ramble along the iconic
Highway 1 for incredible
views, tasty treats and
Let us be the first to welcome you
to SLO CAL®.
Get to know SLO CAL and learn
about every corner of the county.
Navigate your perfect stay.
NEW & NOTEWORTHY
Be one of the first to experience the
latest offerings in SLO CAL.
SLO CAL offers an unmatched craft
Local photographers share their
points of view.
MEET & GREET
Discover why SLO CAL is the perfect
place for your next event.
Top-notch lodging abounds in
SLO CAL. Here is the go-to list.
With a countywide bounty
available, farm-to-fork meets
sea-to-spoon in SLO CAL.
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.
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Get inspired by these #SLOCAL pics.
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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.
With a classic California vibe, this property is budget-, family- and
pet-friendly and has a heated pool and complimentary continental
Three charming cottages are designed for privacy and quiet solitude,
including gas fireplaces and complimentary breakfast delivered to
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.
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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!
— The Visit SLO CAL Team
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OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & ADVOCACY
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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.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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
Where to Stay: Hang near the golf course in a vacation rental—
there are some great accommodations next to the scenic fairways.
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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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
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
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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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ELEPHANT SEAL ROOKERY
SAN SIMEON PIER
TO MONTEREY &
CAYUCOS STATE BEACH
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LIFE , S TOO BEAUTIFUL TO RUSH
1 ARROYO GRANDE Surrounded by farms, flower fields and wineries, Arroyo
Grande has a distinct village character with a vibrant downtown shopping and
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
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
and food while surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and a relaxed, laid-back
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
campfires on the
family-friendly activities, campfires on the beach and delicious eats. 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
where you can cross the mile-long, ADA-accessible boardwalk.
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
California has a vibrant Mid-State and Fair historic each downtown, July. delicious dining options and is home to the
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
in the 1800s in
19 Pozo, RAGGED known POINT for the Here historic in the northernmost Pozo Saloon, coastal a SLO community CAL landmark in SLO since CAL, 1858.
the rugged cliffs offer incredible views, trails and adventures with crashing waves
and 19 waterfalls. RAGGED POINT Here in the northernmost coastal community in SLO CAL,
the rugged cliffs offer incredible views, trails and adventures with crashing waves
20 and SAN waterfalls. LUIS OBISPO Named the “happiest city in America,” San Luis Obispo
has a legendary Thursday night farmers’ market, craft breweries, fresh-picked
eats 20 and SAN great LUIS shopping—from OBISPO Named local the boutiques “happiest to your city favorite in America,” national San brands. Luis Obispo
includes eats and the great historic shopping—from gem of Mission local San Miguel boutiques Arcángel, to your a California favorite mission national brands.
founded 21 SAN in MIGUEL 1797. The San Miguel countryside, one of SLO CAL’s natural wonders,
22 includes SAN SIMEON the historic Accommodations gem of Mission include San beachfront Miguel Arcángel, hotels and a family-owned
lodging. founded Lounge in 1797. at the beach or fish from the pier. In the summer, rent a kayak
view the elephant
Station and Hearst Castle.
lodging. Lounge at the beach or fish from the pier. In the summer, rent a kayak
23 and SANTA explore MARGARITA sea caves, Check view out the this elephant tiny town seals for incredible or tour Piedras wine tasting, Blancas zip- Light
lining, Station kayaking and Hearst or all three! Castle. Here is Mother Nature at her finest.
2423 SHANDON SANTA MARGARITA A very small, rural Check community out this tiny surrounded town for by incredible beautiful wine farm tasting, zipcountry,
lining, Shandon kayaking is or most all three! famous Here for is Chapel Mother Hill, Nature a stunning at her private finest. chapel at
the top of a steep vineyard hill.
A very small,
has country, retained Shandon much of its is most historical famous character. for Chapel The town Hill, is a surrounded stunning private by rich chapel at
agricultural the top of land a steep and hilly vineyard ranges hill. with clusters of oak trees.
25 TEMPLETON Discover the pleasant rural community of Templeton, which
has retained much of its historical character. The town is surrounded by rich
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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.
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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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.
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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.
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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
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.
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Coastal bluffs and vibrantyellow
mustard flowers coat the
sun-drenched hills of Arroyo
Grande, a casual welcoming
community with quaint charm,
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.
Grover Grover Beach Beach
Casual, fun and hip are words
Casual, fun and hip are words
you’ll hear when people talk about
you’ll hear when people talk about
1, this 1, this coastal coastal community community is is known known
for for its beautiful its beautiful beach, beach, outdoor outdoor
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.
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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
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
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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
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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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
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.
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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.
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 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.
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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.
Cayucos Pier, Cayucos
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Castoro Cellars, Templeton
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Tower Hill, San Luis Obispo
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Pismo Pier, Pismo Beach
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W.R. Hearst State Beach, San Simeon
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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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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
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.
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No Such Thing
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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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
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.
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
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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Whether it’s fine luxury,
casual beach-chic vibes,
quiet charm, romance,
family fun or business,
Pacifica Hotels along
the Central Coast have
Nautical-chic rooms offer ocean views,
full-service dining, firepits, conference
and banquet rooms.
INN AT THE PIER
This new luxury property features
boardwalk and pier access, event space,
full-service dining and a rooftop bar.
COTTAGE INN BY THE SEA
English countryside ambiance, ocean—or
garden-front rooms, luxe bathrooms and
an oceanfront pool await.
SANDCASTLE HOTEL ON THE BEACH
These new rooms on the beach feature boardwalk and
pier access, ocean views and upgraded amenities.
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THE TIDES OCEANVIEW
INN & COTTAGES
This California classic on
the bluffs of Pismo Beach is
affordable, pet-friendly, great for
families, couples and friends.
San Luis Obispo
The newest addition to SLO hotels, it’s big on personality
with high design, vintage college vibes and a lobby bar.
Paso Robles . Atascadero
An All-Suite Hotel, moments from wine
country, complete with breathtaking
event space and on-site dining.
CAMBRIA LANDING INN & SUITES
Expect boutique hotel amenities, fireplaces,
Jacuzzis® and daily wine and cheese reception.
EL COLIBRI HOTEL & SPA
Revel in upscale comfort with Tuscaninspired
decor, a day spa and wine bar.
Enjoy big screen HD TVs,
fireplaces, Keurigs, a hot
complimentary breakfast and
This pet-friendly inn offers inroom
fireplaces, a year-round
pool, a spa and complimentary
PELICAN INN & SUITES
Steps away from Moonstone Beach,
guests enjoy complimentary hot
breakfast, pool, spa and free wine
These ranch-chic hotel rooms spread
across nine acres along Moonstone Beach.
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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,
causal surfers, beach lovers and road trippers.
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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.
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.
await at The Spa.
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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.
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.
Enjoy the Cliffs Hotel’s panoramic views and refined ambiance.
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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.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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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®.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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.
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
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.
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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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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Roll DeepSLO CAL
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
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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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
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
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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.
CAYUCOS POLAR BEAR DIP
January 1 / Cayucos
AVILA BEACH POLAR BEAR PLUNGE
January 1 / Avila Beach
PIER TO PLUNGE 5K
January 1 / Pismo Beach
SLO CAL RESTAURANT MONTH
January 1 - 31 / Countywide
WINE SPEAK PASO ROBLES
January 7 - 10 / Paso Robles
MORRO BAY WINTER BIRD FESTIVAL
January 18 - 21 / Morro Bay
4TH ANNUAL TAMALE FESTIVAL
January 19 / Atascadero
CAMBRIA ART & WINE FESTIVAL
January 25 - 27 / Cambria
SLO COMEDY FESTIVAL
February 21 - 24 / San Luis Obispo
SLO CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
February 22 - 23 / San Luis Obispo
FESTIVAL MOZAIC WINTERMEZZO
February 22 - 24 / Countywide
CAYUCOS SEA GLASS FESTIVAL
March 9 - 10 / Cayucos
SLO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
March 12 - 17 / San Luis Obispo
VINTAGE PASO: ZINFANDEL WEEKEND
March 16 - 19 / Paso Robles
CENTRAL COAST BEER FESTIVAL
March 30 / San Luis Obispo
April 6 - 7 / Cambria
POLY ROYAL RODEO
April 12 - 14 / San Luis Obispo
TASTE OF PISMO
April 20 - 21 / Pismo Beach
WILDFLOWER CENTURY BIKE RIDE
April 27 / Creston
BREW AT THE ZOO
April 27 / Atascadero
SLO FULL & HALF MARATHON
April 27 - 28 / San Luis Obispo
MORRO BAY KITE FESTIVAL
April 27 - 28 / Morro Bay
Experience the bountiful
working farms of SLO CAL and meet
the growers who make them possible.
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CRUISIN’ MORRO BAY
May 2 - 5 / Morro Bay
PASO ROBLES OLIVE FESTIVAL
May 3 - 5 / Paso Robles
WINE, WAVES & BEYOND
May 3 - 5 / Pismo Beach
TEMPLETON WINE FEST
May 5 / Templeton
AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA
May 15 - 16 / Morro Bay & Pismo Beach
PASO ROBLES WINE FESTIVAL
May 16 - 19 / Paso Robles
GREAT WESTERN BICYCLE RALLY
May 24 - 27 / Paso Robles
PASO ROBLES CLASSIC CAR WEEKEND
May 24 - 25 / Paso Robles
MEMORIAL DAY BEER FESTIVAL
May 25 / San Luis Obispo
ARROYO GRANDE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
May 25 - 26 / Arroyo Grande
AVILA BEACH BLUES FESTIVAL
May 26 / Avila Beach
PISMO BEACH CLASSIC CAR SHOW
May 31 - June 2 / Pismo Beach
FIRESTONE WALKER INVITATIONAL
June 1 / Paso Robles
SLO GREEK FESTIVAL
June 1 - 2 / San Luis Obispo
PINOT & PAELLA FESTIVAL
June 2 / Paso Robles
MAC & CHEESE FESTIVAL
June 8 / Avila Beach
ROLL OUT THE BARRELS
June 20 - 23 / San Luis Obispo
ATASCADERO LAKESIDE WINE FESTIVAL
June 22 / Atascadero
July 6 / Paso Robles
CALIFORNIA MID-STATE FAIR
July 17 - 28 / Paso Robles
CENTRAL COAST RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
July 20 - 21 / San Luis Obispo
FESTIVAL MOZAIC SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
July 24 - August 4 / Countywide
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.
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CENTRAL COAST CIDER FESTIVAL
August 10 / Atascadero
August 16 - 17 / Atascadero
SLO CAL WINE MONTH
September 1 - 31 / Countywide
DUNE RUN RUN
September 15 / Grover Beach
AVOCADO & MARGARITA STREET FESTIVAL
September 7 / Morro Bay
29TH ANNUAL STONE SOUP MUSIC
FESTIVAL AND STREET FAIRE
August 24 - 25 / Grover Beach
WHALE ROCK MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL
September 14 - 15 / Templeton
CENTRAL COAST PRO TENNIS OPEN
September 23 - 29 / Templeton
SLO JAZZ FESTIVAL
September 27 - 28 / San Luis Obispo
STILL FROTHY SURF FESTIVAL
September 28 - 29 / Pismo Beach
VINA ROBLES AMPHITHEATRE
Enjoy outdoor concerts throughout the year in Paso Robles.
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ATASCADERO COLONY DAYS CELEBRATION
October 4 - 5 / Atascadero
CENTRAL COAST RAILROAD FESTIVAL
October 4 - 6 / San Luis Obispo
MORRO BAY HARBOR FESTIVAL
October 5 / Morro Bay
PASO ROBLES PIONEER DAY
October 12 / Paso Robles
OPEN STUDIOS ART TOUR
October 12 - 13 and 19-20 / Countywide
CITY TO THE SEA HALF MARATHON
October 13 / San Luis Obispo to Pismo Beach
HARVEST WINE WEEKEND
October 18 - 20 / Paso Robles
PISMO BEACH CLAM FESTIVAL
October 18 - 20 / Pismo Beach
TEMPLETON FOUNDER’S DAY
October 26 / Templeton
JAZZ JUBILEE BY THE SEA
October 27 - 30 / Pismo Beach
October 31 - November 4 / Paso Robles
November 1 - 2 / San Luis Obispo
HARVEST ON THE COAST
November 1 - 3 / San Luis Obispo
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MORRO BAY TRIATHLON
November 3 / Morro Bay
TACO DAY ON TRAFFIC WAY
November 16 / Atascadero
SANTA HOUSE IN MISSION PLAZA
November 29 / San Luis Obispo
CAMBRIA CHRISTMAS MARKET
November 29 - December 23 / Cambria
CHRISTMAS AT HEARST CASTLE
November 29 - December 30 / San Simeon
ARROYO GRANDE CHRISTMAS PARADE
December 1 / Arroyo Grande
ELEGANT CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE
December 1 / Arroyo Grande
SOUTH COUNTY HOLIDAY PARADE
December 7 / Grover Beach
December 6 / Pismo Beach
LIGHT UP THE DOWNTOWN
December 6 / Atascadero
SAN LUIS OBISPO HOLIDAY PARADE
December 6 / San Luis Obispo
LIGHTED BOAT PARADE
December 7 / Morro Bay
December 13 / Atascadero
LOS OSOS CHRISTMAS PARADE
December 14 / Los Osos & Baywood Park
VINE STREET VICTORIAN SHOWCASE
December 14 / Paso Robles
HOLIDAY MAGIC AT THE ZOO
December 21 / Atascadero
ART AFTER DARK SAN LUIS OBISPO
First Friday of the month / San Luis Obispo
ART AFTER DARK PASO ROBLES
First Saturday of the month / Paso Robles
ART IN THE PARK @ DINOSAUR CAVES
First Sunday of the month / Shell Beach
YEAR-ROUND FARMERS MARKETS
Weekly / Countywide
ART ON THE BEACH
Saturdays / June-October / Avila Beach
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
June - October / Countywide
Yoga at Castoro Cellars
Enjoy practicing yoga on Sundays
throughout the year.
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happening in SLO CAL® visit
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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.
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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