Top 5 Ways to Kick Off Summer with Your Family!

The lazy days of summer are around the corner. Warm, languid days stretching out in front of us with no agenda, other than to have fun. Look no further for some creative, local experiences (and even better, they are low or no cost for kids). So explore San Luis Obispo County's riches with your family in true summer style, and make lasting memories!

1. Blues Baseball

Take me out to the ball game.... The SLO Blues play Memorial Day through August, locally at Sinsheimer Park in San Luis Obispo. This Summer Collegiate team consistently ranks among the top 25 teams nationally, and is a thrill to watch. Bring your chairs or blankets, and enjoy the show. They have interactive events for the kids throughout the game and a kids' zone, even better, kids 12 and under get in free. Full concessions available!
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 2. The Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show

May 31-June 2, cruise down to the Pismo Beach Pier where the streets are filled with classic cars. Take a walk through history, with cars from every generation represented. Talk with the owners, see demonstrations, and enjoy the surrounding shops. Stick around for the Saturday night Sunset Cruise at 6pm, a sight to see, hear, and feel! This is a free spectator event.
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3. Check out our local Libraries

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The San Luis Obispo County Library system is in full swing in summer, with locations throughout the county! Hosting movies for all ages, music for the family, a Princess Party, teen programs like making liquid nitrogen ice cream and DIY Zen Gardens, and even a variety of visiting animal presentations, there is literally something for everyone. Our local libraries have so much more than just books these days!
Detailed calendar of events here ~ slolibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar

4. Fishing on Harford Pier in Avila Beach

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While you may not want to spend a whole day on a fishing charter in the ocean with kids, you can easily rent gear and fish right off Harford Pier in Avila Beach. Fishing off this pier does not require a license, and there's no worry of sea sickness. Just drop your line, and while you're waiting for a nibble you and your family can come up with the best "fish stories". Of course, you can always stop at the Old Porte Fishery on the way home to ensure you don't return empty handed.
Info here ~ avilabeachpier.com/information/pier-fishing.html

5. Toy Story on the Oceanfront Lawn at The Cliffs

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To infinity and beyond!
June 9th, bring your blankets and low backed chairs for The Cliffs Hotel + Spa's oceanfront viewing of Toy Story. Dress as your favorite character from the movie, for a chance to win ~ The Cliffs is giving away a night's stay, transportation to and 4 tickets for Toy Story 4 (which also comes out in June). You may be torn between watching the sun set into the Pacific and watching Buzz & Woody, but either show is amazing. This event is free and open to the public.
More info here ~ www.facebook.com/events/344433536216439/

 

5 SLOCAL Spots That Locals Love!

Is there anything better than feeling like you have the inside track? The tucked away special places that only the locals know about, are always the best finds when traveling! We want you to feel like a local when visiting our beautiful central coast! Here is our inside track.

1. William Randolph Hearst Memorial State Beach

Roughly 45 minutes north up the iconic highway 1 from San Luis Obispo. Your trip hugs the breath-taking pacific coast landscape. This beach boasts its own pier with emerald waters. Located in a cove, the wind is blocked, making for an enjoyable beach day with lapping waves, ideal for the kids and sand castle making! This beach is a favorite Forgot your picnic basket? Not to worry, Sebastian’s General store, features Hearst Ranch wine tasting and a casual chic burger joint has everything you want and more!

2. Cayucos, CA

This little town has great views of Morro Rock from the beach. Some of the favorite local events are; Cayucos Sea Glass Festival, Memorial Day Peddlers Faire, and the Antiques and Collectables Street Faire. Enjoy one of kind finds from the shops on the main drag. Stop by Duckies for lunch, then for dessert, The Cayucos Candy Counter will surely satisfy that sweet tooth! With bike, surfboard, paddle board rentals available and more, this town is perfect getaway.

3. The Great American Melodrama and Vaudville

Located just 3 miles south of Pismo Beach, this theater has been a local favorite since 1975! This is no ordinary local theater. As the theater’s name suggests, many shows are performed in a classic melodramatic style, with patrons encouraged to cheer the hero and boo the villain. An evening at the Melodrama promises affordable fun and laughs for all ages.

4. Bob Jones Trail

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This beautiful trail runs from Avila Hot Springs to Avila Beach, you can bike, run or walk. With so much rain this year, the flora and fauna on this trail will not disappoint! The local hot spot offers ample parking and fun for the entire family.

5. DiaFeliz Spa at The Cliffs

Locals know the best place to rejuvenate body and spirit. DiaFeliz offers, facials, massages and other refreshing therapies. Treat yourself, gather a group of friends, or relax with a partner in our new couple’s treatment suite featuring a private shower and steam room.

5 Ways to Celebrate Spring in San Luis Obispo County

It has been a wild and crazy winter.  Lots of much needed rain has at times kept us inside for days!  With March comes the time change and longer days, along with the first day of Spring on March 20th.  There is so much to be celebrated as Spring is upon us here in San Luis Obispo County.  Truly, one of the most splendid times of year here on the Central Coast.  

1.Wildflower Super Bloom-

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The hills have been gorgeous deep shades of green filled with lush grasses as they revive from the Winter frost.  Just waiting to explode from the suns warming rays as the temperatures rise a bit, a full array of local wildflowers!  The last “super bloom” was in 2017, and we are sure this year has so much in store for us.  Beyond poppies and blue lupine that you will find more readily along our highway hillsides , explore deeper in the county by visiting two of our favorite wildflower viewing locations.  Shell Creek Road off Highway 58 shows a display of Baby Blue Eyes, yellow Goldfields and white-tipped Tidy Tips.  Bitterwater Valley Road between Highway 58 and 46 East shows off miles of golden Fiddlenecks, deep red Scarlet Bugler and pinkish Owl’s Clover.  Get your cameras ready and go explore!

More Information: https://www.slocal.com/blog/post/where-to-find-wildflowers-in-slo-cal-this-spring/

2. Visit your Local Farmer’s Market-

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With Farmer’s Markets available all around the county, on almost every day of the week, it is a great opportunity to drop by and fill your basket with new Spring produce.  New veggies and berries are available as the temperatures rise during March, April and May and provide that gap from the winter vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower and citrus.  Asparagus, carrots, bean and berries add different dimensions, colors and tastes to our plate.  Celebrate these new flavors!  

More Information:  https://slocountyfarmers.org/

3. Flowing Falls- 

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Little may one know, but San Luis Obispo County has some of the best kept secret waterfalls, and this time of year is the perfect time to see how they are flowing!  One of our favorites is hidden off a road at the base of the Cuesta Grade in Reservoir Canyon.  A short diversion to your right off the trail-head brings you to the 15 ft. cascade of the falls. 

More Information:  https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/reservoir-canyon-hike-san-luis-obispo/

4. How Full are the Lakes-    

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Take a trip to San Luis Obispo County lakes to see how much they have changed over this rainy season.  Take a picnic and enjoy the changing shoreline, new growth and rock formations.  Both Lake Nacimiento in North County and Lake Lopez in South County are great to explore.  Up for a longer trek, reserve a campsite and stay longer. 

More Information:  https://www.slocal.com/things-to-do/beaches-parks-nature/lakes/

5. Make it a Beach Day-

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It may still be a bit too cool for sunbathing, but Spring weather is perfect for enjoying the sea breeze and sunshine with a nice beach walk or saunter down the new Pismo Beach Pier.  Make a day of it and stop by SeaVenture Restaurant for a tasty Sunday Menu Brunch, with outdoor seating and views, mimosas and bloody marys are calling!  Stay even longer and enjoy Sundays on the Deck.  Live Music from 3-6pm from local artists round out your Sunday and make it the perfect funday!  

More Information: www.seaventure.com