Create Your Own Family Fun Summer Staycation or Vacation

Whether you are a local or visiting the area, or if you have an entire weekend or just a day, mix and match to create your own personal summer family fun Staycation or Vacation:

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1. Sunset Drive In-

How many drive in movie theaters even still exist?  Flash back to the simpler times and load up into your modern day SUV or Truck and head to the San Luis Obispo Sunset Drive In.  Bundle up in blankets, bring your chairs, pack some snacks and take in a summer blockbuster or even a double feature! A great way to spend a summer evening with the whole family.  

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2. Bike and Beach in Avila-

 If you happen to be staying at Sycamore Mineral Springs, bike rentals are available for guests from the gift shop, if you are local, load up your cycles and hit the road.  Park where you see the trail head for Bob Jones Trail off Ontario and pack a lunch and your beach attire in a backpack. Head out for a great bike ride from the City to the Sea, weaving through the golf course and then to your final destination, Avila Beach.  Lock up your bikes, change into your bathing suit in the many public restrooms along the promenade, enjoy your lunch, or buy something from the many restaurant and vendors. Take a splash in the ocean and enjoy a relaxing afternoon beach side. Stay late and travel to Olde Port Beach where you can enjoy an evening bonfire with the many pits they have available.  The perfect Central Coast staycation day, from start to finish! More Information: http://www.avilabeachpier.com/information/bob-jones-bike-trail.html

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3. Nosh on BBQ and Shop at Farmers –

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You know it is Thursday night in San Luis Obispo when the smell of BBQ tri-tip is lofting through downtown.  Experience one of the best Farmer’s Markets this area has to offer. Numerous city blocks come alive with over 120 vendors displaying and selling their seasonal delights.  From vegetables, flowers, jams, honey, nuts and more, source some of the counties freshest and most delicious products. Shops are open later, and there are a ton of delightful places to fill your belly with enough BBQ to have you coming back for more. More Information:  https://downtownslo.com/farmers-market/

4. Kayak in Morro Bay-  

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 Calm bay waters, the Morro Rock back drop and lots of fun and friendly sea life make Morro Bay a perfect place to take the family.  Even first timers will feel comfortable in this atmosphere. Launch from the many shops that rent kayaks along the harbor, travel through the bay taking in the other boats as they go by, saying Hi to the stand up paddle boarders and laughing at the frolicking seals and occasional otters.  Make your way to the sand bar, hop out and warm up laying on the sun kissed sand dunes. A fresh seafood lunch rounds out this day that includes, sunshine, smiles and some good old fashioned arm work! You might even be a bit sore tomorrow…. More information:

http://www.kayakhorizons.com/

5. Explore the Oceano Dunes-

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One of the most expansive coastal dunes in California, and the only one where you can drive right on the beach allows for lots of ways to explore. If you haven’t been, you should make the effort.  Escaping from the somewhat crowded shoreline and venturing further back into the dunes, will allow you to completely transport yourself to whole other world. Bring your own toys or rent them. Explore via Sand Board, ATV, Hummer or your own vehicle (just make sure you read the do’s and dont’s about driving on the sand before you head out!).   A fun, different and memorable experience for your entire family!

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Top 5 SLO County Backroad Adventures

SLO County is full of amazing country roads that you can explore when you stay with us. So, pack up the car, grab a picnic lunch and get lost on the roads less traveled.

 

1. The San Luis Obispo Coastal Wine Trail

This backroad will take you through the rolling hills and vineyards of rural San Luis Obispo. Begin at the junctions of Tank Farm Road and Orcutt Road in San Luis Obispo and stay on Orcutt heading south. You will pass the historic Independence Schoolhouse home to Baileyana Winery as well as Wolff Vineyards and Chamisal Vineyards. Down the road, you may also see the beautiful Arabian Horses of Varian Arabians Ranch. At the end of Orcutt Road, turn left onto Lopez Drive. Here, you can stop at Talley Vineyards and view the El Ricon Adobe built in 1863. Lopez Drive will take you to the entrance of Lopez Lake County Park. The area is home to native wild life like the mule deer and migratory birds like white pelicans. Head back down Lopez Lake Drive to Huasna Road and turn right on Corbett Canyon Road. This is a beautiful country road that will take you back to Edna Valley. After a while the road turns into Carpenter Canyon Road where you will find Claiborne & Churchill Winery with their German varietals like Dry Gewürztraminer and Riesling. The road will become Edna Road or CA-227 where you will find the Old Edna Townsite which features a barn, art gallery, Sextant Tasting Room and more. After your visit to this old town, 227 will lead you right back into San Luis Obispo.
 

2. The Scenic Route to Morro Bay

While you can take Highway 1 from SLO to go to Morro Bay, we recommend taking the scenic route via Los Osos Valley Road. Once you get past the shopping centers and neighborhoods you will find yourself gazing at quiet country farms. After about 7 miles turn right onto Turri Road. This country road will take you past marigold farmlands and give you a great view of Hollister Mountain, one of the Nine Sisters. Turri Road continues through cattle lands and a winding section by Los Osos Creek where you might see beautiful birds. At the end of the road, turn right and take the first left on to State Park Road. As you approach the State Park Campground you will see the Marina area on your left. Here you can walk the flat trail around the lagoon and take small trails out to the edge of the Morro Bay Estuary. At the end of the main trail, you will be at the edge of the bay and can look all the way over to the sand spit. You may also want to check out Black Hill Trail. This 3-mile hike will take you up Black Hill, the last “sister” before Morro Rock for panoramic views of Morro Bay and Los Osos. A short distance down the road is the Museum of Natural History. Continue your drive out of the State Park onto Main Street and through town approximately one mile to Beach Street. Turn left and drive down the hill onto the Embarcadero. At the stop sign turn right and proceed to the parking lot across from the entrance to the power plant. Park here and walk the boardwalk alongside the bay to Morro Bay’s famous landmark, Morro Rock. This 576 foot dormant volcano marks the entrance to the harbor. Watch the waves crashing over the breakwater or go to the north side of the Rock and take a stroll on the beach.

 

3. Highway 41 from Morro Bay to Atascadero

From Morro Bay, take the beautiful winding road to Atascadero. Along the way you will see avocado groves, farms and breathtaking scenery. If you are feeling especially ambitious, turn right off the road to Cerro Alto campground. From here you can hike the 2.5 miles up 1600 feet in elevation for the best views of our county you will be able to find. You will see the ocean, the vineyards, San Luis Obispo, Atascadero, Morro Bay and Paso Robles all in one spot. It is truly magnificent and worth every grueling step. After your hiking adventuring, hop back in your car and head down the road to Atascadero. Here you can reward yourself with a local hard cider from Bristol’s or a local brew at Tent City Beer Company.

4. See Canyon Road

In between Avila Beach and San Luis Obispo lies the beautiful See Canyon. Get off 101 at San Luis Bay Drive and turn right on to See Canyon Road. You will pass by Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards (home to Apple Wine), See Canyon Hard Cider and Gopher Glen Organic Apple Farm. At the end of the road, turn right onto Perfumo Canyon Road. This beautiful winding road will take you through Irish Hills back down into San Luis Obispo.

 

5. Highway 1 through Cambria Up to Ragged Point

Highway 1 may be the most iconic drive in California and we are lucky enough to have such an amazing stretch of it in our county. Start your day in Cambria. This unique and artsy community is full of fun shops and restaurants. Continue up the coast to San Simeon where you can get of glimpse of the amazing Hearst Castle high up in the hills above. We recommend stopping at Hearst State Beach. This quiet cove features turquoise waters and you never know what kind of ocean life you may see in the bay. From whales to seals to otters, we have seen it all here. Speaking of seals, just up the road is the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery where you can view the astounding elephant seal in its natural habitat. Nearby is the historic Piedras Blancas Light Station. Tours are offered every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning year-round. Finally, end your journey at Ragged Point. Known as the gateway to Big Sur, it is home to hiking trails dotted with babbling waterfalls, lush forest and spectacular vistas towering 400 feet above the Pacific. Secluded beaches, churning surf and whale sightings make for a fantastic photo-op.

Top 5 Events to Explore at Cal Poly's Poly Royal!

California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo or Cal Poly is an amazing school, with the average incoming Freshman's GPA at 3.92, championship sports teams, and 82% of graduates going into a full time job or graduate school within the first year of graduation. While Cal Poly is a big part of our local community, many people haven't ever stepped foot on campus. Here is your chance!


Cal Poly Open House, also known as Poly Royal is a weekend long showcase of many assets of this wonderful campus and our community. These activities are open to all (prospective students, alumni or just curious visitors) and provide a weekend of fun, April 12 - 14, 2018!

1.Start Thursday Night with SLO's Famous Farmer's Market & Street Fair

Join the crowd downtown for fresh produce, local products, music, entertainment and fantastic food from many of our downtown restaurants. BBQ abounds as well as many cultural specialties, and the people watching is THE BEST!

2.Campus Showcase: Saturday, April 14th, 10:00-3:00 PM

Step on campus and explore! Cal Poly's motto is Learn By Doing, and you can do just that while visiting the over 200 clubs which have booths set up around campus (ax throwing, anyone?). Not only can you get a taste for the extracurricular activities available, but you can meet the members. Many booths also have food and games, so it is a great way to spend the day with your family (did you know there is a bowling alley on campus, open to the public).

3. Poly Royal Rodeo: Friday, April 13th, 7:00 PM & Saturday, April 14th, 5:30 PM

Poly Royal has been the premier rodeo in the West Coast region since the first Poly Royal Rodeo in 1940. It is the largest college rodeo west of the Mississippi, and last year was the largest in the nation. Celebrating the 78th year, this weekend will include barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding, and steer wrestling. Saturday's event will conclude with a live post-show concert featuring Aaron Watson! Buy tickets here !
 

4. Poly Royal Truck and Tractor Pull: Saturday, April 14th, 1:00-3:30 PM

The Poly  Royal Truck and Tractor Pull has been held at Cal Poly since 1972. With over 50 competitors, this is always a lively event, and if you've never been to a tractor pull, a must see! The event is run by Cal Poly Tractor Pull Club and the proceeds from the event fund a scholarship for students of the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences. In 2016, the scholarship fund gave out over $30,000 to students. Buy tickets here!

5.The best part of the weekend, taking time out to relax and enjoy your surroundings.

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Explore the campus and relive your college days without the dorm room experience. With four unique properties to choose from, Boutique Hotel Collection has you covered. Near campus, settle in to wine country elegance at the Apple Farm (applefarm.com), savor views of the Pacific and feel the ocean breezes at The Cliffs (cliffsresort.com) or Sea Venture Resorts (seaventure.com), or rejuvenate your spirit with the bucolic setting and healing waters at Sycamore Mineral Springs (sycamoresprings.com). We have the hotel for your vacation.