Top 5 Places to take the Kids and Kick your Summer off Right in San Luis Obispo County!

The kids are out of school and are itching for some fun!  There is so much to explore right here in our own backyard of the Central Coast. These locations are sure to please not only the kids in your clan, but the parents alike.  Here are some of our favorites:

1. The Ravine Water Park-

Nestled among a gorgeous view of sprawling vineyard, this North County favorite is sure to please.  From the five story Kamikazee to the relaxing lull of the Calypso wave pool, it will be a full day of fun in the hot Paso Robles sun!  Rent a cabana for a day or pull up a lounge chair next to their sandy beach.  Purchase your typical park snacks of burgers, wraps and hot dogs from the snack beer or sneak away to the Hideaway Bar for your favorite adult beverage!

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2. Vista Lago Adventure Park, Lake Lopez- Adventure awaits you at Lopez Lake. 

A first of its kind, side-by-side adventure and zipline park.  Both an upper and lower course provide over 50 elements of varying difficulty from first timer’s to advanced. Feel the rush of air and excitement on any of their 3 zip lines totaling over 1,800’, including 2 high speed zip lines that end on Vista Lago Point.  The Ledge is the ultimate in adventure excitement offering a 45′ free fall Quick Jump.  A day here is sure to exhaust the kids for a perfect summer night’s sleep!

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3. Deep Sea Fishing, Morro Bay -

Set out to sea, feel the salt on your face and the wind in your hair.  Take a ½ day or ¾ day trip out of Morro Bay to catch local rockfish for your BBQ later that evening.  Getting grubby putting bait on your hook, reeling in that first fish and adding it to your sack is one of those kid’s first time favorites!  Plus the views as you pull out of Morro Bay Harbor of the charming city in its morning light and the Morro Rock up close as you motor by create incredible memories to last the summer and beyond.

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4. Pontoon Boating, Lake Nacimiento-  

This years rains filled up our lakes beautifully, and Lake Nacimiento is not an exception.  A summer favorite,  is to gather some towels, a few drinks, some chicken or fish for the on boat BBQ and head out to the lake.  Rent a pontoon boat from the lake marina, big enough to include extended family or for the kids to bring a friend, even bring Fido!   Explore the “narrows” of the lake, what it is well known for as it lays out in a dragon pattern, even find your own excluded beach to bring up the boat and hop out and explore the shore. If you are super adventurous, end your day at one of the lake campsites and do it all over again the next day!  

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5. Central Coast Aquarium, Avila Beach-

Just steps away from the beach and boardwalk, the Central Coast Aquarium is located on the children's play park in beautiful Avila Beach.  Visitors can explore touch tanks, which are home to dozens of species of marine animals from  commonly known sea stars and rock crabs to the unique purple sea urchin. Additional tanks highlight the diversity of marine habitats and adaptations of sea creatures. A microscope lab, kids coloring activities and a unique Chumash culture display round out the experience.  End your time with a stroll on the boardwalk and an ice cream, some play time on the beach, or even a bonfire and s’mores at one of Avila’s beach bonfire pits.

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Top 5 Ways to Pamper Your Mom in SLO County this May

Why not celebrate Mom all month long this May? She definitely deserves more than just one day. SLO County is chock full of ways you can treat your mom this year!

1. Spoil Her with a Spa Day

From massages to facials, there is no better way to spoil your mom than with a spa day and there are no shortage of amazing local spas for you to choose from. Dia Feliz Spa at the Cliffs Resort just underwent large scale renovation and features a wonderful selection of treatments including massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and more. We recommend the Rejuvenating Package to truly help your mom relax. It includes a Zen Massage, a Custom Facial, and a Noni Healing Body Wrap. Sycamore Mineral Springs also has an amazing spa and yoga dome. Every massage or spa package includes a 30 minute soak in the healing mineral waters prior to each treatment. A great option to treat mom would be the Day Away Package which includes a soak in a Mineral Spring Hot Tub, a 50 minute Massage or Facial, a 60 minute Yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi Class, and brunch at the Gardens of Avila Restaurant.

2. Take Her on a Guided Wine Tour

If your mom enjoys local wine, then SLO County is the perfect place to take her. San Luis Obispo boasts an authentic wine region and is comprised of the Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley and Avila Valley. The smallest Central Coast Wine AVA in size but certainly not in the quality or character of its wine. SLO is dominated by small, family-owned wineries well known for their hand-crafted bottlings of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as cool climate Rhone varieties. The region is a favorite of locals and visitors alike, and has earned worldwide recognition and respect for the exceptional quality of wine produced here. Breakaway Tours offers shared or private wine tours of this region including visits to at least 4 wineries, a picnic lunch, and friendly, knowledgeable guides. There is no better way to explore our wine region and really “taste” the SLO life.


3. Bring out Her Inner Artist

If your mom is the artistic type, SeaVenture Beach Resort has Art Parties every other Tuesday. These fun evenings allow you and your mom to create a painting led by artist, Kelly and cost $35 per person. They provide all of the supplies needed to create your masterpiece: Canvas, paint, brushes, sponges, and aprons. You just bring your mom and your creativity and you are set. Book your seats early as they do sell out! Another great option is Art Bar SLO. Now located inside The Station SLO, an Art Bar evening includes a canvas that you will take home, paints to use during the workshop, instruction from the featured artist and a glass of wine for $35 per person. Workshops are held on Saturdays and Sundays and sell out quickly. Be sure to book early for best availability. Let your creative juices flow and enjoy some quality time with your mom!


4. Take Her to a Concert

If your mom is a live music fan, there are no shortage of music venues and concerts in SLO County especially during May. Vina Robles Amphitheater in Paso Robles is truly an astounding outdoor musical experience and Bryan Adams is scheduled to perform on May 21st. The Avila Beach Blues Festival takes place on May 28th and this year continues the tradition of the biggest and longest running blues festival on the Central Coast, with top name entertainment against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. The lineup of talent this year includes The Rides, featuring Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg.


5. Treat her to an Afternoon Tea

If your mom would love to spend an afternoon with you sipping tea and eating delicate sandwiches and scones, Apple Farm’s Afternoon Tea is the place to take her. The teas will be held on May 2nd and May 9th at 2pm and tickets are $45 per person. These eclectic teas will be held on the garden patio at the Apple Farm Restaurant and will feature a selection of teas, tea sandwiches, scones, petit-fours and other baked treats. Seating is limited, so be sure to buy your tickets soon! For more information and to buy tickets, visit:

Top 5 Activities to Make Your Spring Break EPIC!


#1 Experience Harford Pier ~

Walk down Harford Pier, built in 1878, and read about it's history, including how in the early 1900's it was the largest crude oil shipping port in the world. Visit with the locals, sunning themselves on the lower levels of the pier. Watch the boats come and go, and the fishermen offload their catch. Or catch your own ~ bring (or rent) fishing gear and fish right off the pier (no license needed to fish off a public pier).


#2 Become a Farmer for a Day ~

Whether you find yourself in north county or south, you can find a family farm to enjoy. At Jack Creek Farms, west of Templeton, stroll through the gardens and antique farm equipment display, pick a sunflower or a basket of sun kissed vine ripe tomatoes, throw a lasso, explore the fort maze, wooden train and tractor tire garden, or visit with the farm animals.  Avila Valley Barn, on the road to Avila Beach, offers hayrides, farm animals (who love to be fed), an amazing gift & toy shop, as well as fantastic food. Ice cream, fresh roasted corn, baked goods, and more. Seasonally, pick your own fruit from their orchards!

#3 Visit a Castle ~

165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways, Hearst Castle is a magical place to tour. William Randolph Hearst's vision as a place to display his artwork, became the hot ticket for the who's who in Hollywood, politics, and journalism in the '30's and 40's. Now you can tour the castle at your leisure, and truly feel as though you've been transported back to the days of Greta Garbo and Charles Lindbergh playing on the tennis courts.

#4 Riding the Oceano Dunes ~

So many ways to go! Rent ATV's and fly through the dunes, drive on the beach yourself (just make sure to check the tides), or imagine yourself galloping through the ocean on horseback, hair flowing behind you, just like a scene in a movie. Any or all of these options are right at your fingertips!

#5 S'mores @ the Firepit ~

How better to kick off spring then gathered poolside around the firepit, roasting marshmallows for your s'more! All guests of The Cliffs are invited to take part in movies by the pool, made even better with S'MORES!