Get out and Enjoy, the Top 5 Places for a Fabulous Fall Hike in San Luis Obispo County!

The weather has cooled down and the days are starting to become shorter.  There is a difference in the light and the slight feel of crispness in the air.  It is the perfect time of year to get out and take on some of our favorite strolls, hikes and the like right here in SLO County!  Here are some of our favorites:

1. San Simeon Point-

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What a hidden beauty.  Combine beach with stunning ocean vistas and you are in for a treat.  Take the beach from the San Simeon Pier access lot to the North, where you see a dirt pathway that heads away from the water, make the short trek up to the trail and continue towards the point.  Meandering through eucalyptus groves, the smell of the ocean mixed with the eucalyptus leaves is intoxicating.  Take in dramatic ocean views as you make your way along the path, emerging at the tip of the point for a view back towards the coastline and the crashing waves below.  More Information: http://www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com/profile/1883/san-simeon-point-pier-cove

2. Three Bridges Oak Preserve-   

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This land in Atascadero has been a preserve for quite a while, but in-accessible till just recently.  Now this three mile system, includes hiker, equestrian and bicyclists sections, offering diversity for your particular activity.  Through grasslands and meadows one climbs up into California oak groves, creating a lovely two mile loop offering shady vantage points along the lower portion of the preserve.  Be adventurous and make the 1,600 elevation gain trek to the highest elevation point on the preserve where you can take in sweeping views of San Luis Obispo County.  More Information:  http://www.supportalps.org/properties/three-bridges-oak-preserve/

3. Monarch Butterfly Grove –

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From October through February, the Monarch Grove on the edge of Pismo Beach and Grover Beach comes alive.  Over 20,000 monarchs cluster into the limbs of the eucalyptus trees, seeking reprieve from the freezing Northern winters.  Not really a hike, unless you incorporate in an easily accessible beach walk, but surely not to be missed.  And, if you are staying at SeaVenture Beach Hotel, rent a bike and make your way with a simple bike ride to the grove.  These beautiful creatures are quite magnificent!  Docents are on site most days to answer questions about the highly interesting life cycle and their habitat. More Information:  http://www.monarchbutterfly.org/butterfly-grove/

4. Bob Jones Trail-   

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A San Luis Obispo County staple, the Bob Jones trail boasts Mom’s pushing strollers, runners, couples on a romantic stroll, bicyclists, you name it, this path is a top pick for SLO County residents!   This “city to sea” trail leads you through oaks and sycamores starting to lose their leaves this time of year, and drops you onto a spectacular beach promenade filled with shops, wine tasting rooms and restaurants.  Bring your suits and spend some time at the beach while you are there.  Incorporate lunch at The Gardens of Avila Restaurant before or after, or pick up a sweet treat from the Avila Valley Barn to round out your afternoon. More information: http://www.avilabeachpier.com/information/bob-jones-bike-trail.html

5. Oso Flaco Lake Trail-

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Located in the most Southern portion of our county, hidden as part of the Ocean Dunes State Park, a gem arises.  A wooden Boardwalk makes trekking easy for all ages and abilities as its path leads you through willows and myrtles to a canopy of hanging Spanish moss happily housing songbirds.  As you cross the lake, a bird watchers’ dream comes to reality with viewing platforms and lookouts throughout.  More Information:

http://dunescenter.org/visit-the-dunes/points-of-interest/oso-flaco-lake/




 

Top 5 Ways to Celebrate California Wine Month in SLO County

September is California Wine Month and SLO County has so many amazing ways to celebrate the occasion. Wine is a way of life around here and we can’t wait for you to experience our authentic wine country!

1. Vina Robles Winery

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Vina Robles Winery is a hotspot of activity all year round in Paso Robles Wine Country. From their stunning tasting room to their astounding amphitheatre, Vina Robles has taken the wine country experience to the next level. Every weekend during the month of September, they will feature three of their summer wines paired with three seasonal offerings from their Chef Randal Torres. There are also plenty of amazing artists to see at one of their amphitheatre concerts including Chicago on September 2nd, the Gipsy Kings on September 9th, Earth, Wind & Fire on September 19th and more!
 

2. Whale Rock Music & Arts Festival at Castoro Cellars

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Founded by a couple of Paso Robles winemaking pioneers, Whale Rock Music & Arts Festival started with Castoro Cellars’ 30th anniversary party they called Beaverstock in 2013. The event was such a hit that they decided to make it an annual gig, and have been at it ever since. This two day festival will be held September 16th and 17th and will include music from Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jamestown Revival, The Motet, Turkuaz, Las Cafeteras, Hot Buttered Rum, The Suffers, and more! There will also be wine (of course), beer, cider, spirits, food, yoga classes, and arts and crafts. There is even a dedicated Kids Area with face painting, musical petting zoo, games, tie-dye and more! Plus, kids 12 and under get into the festival for free. Tickets still available for one day or two day passes. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind wine country festival!

 

3. Vineyard Sunset Hayride at Doce Robles Winery

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Enjoy 360 degree vineyard views and a gorgeous September sunset on a hayride at Doce Robles Winery in Paso Robles on September 8th. The fun starts at 6pm with live entertainment, Doce Robles wines, and local food available for purchase. During your sunset hayride, you will be accompanied by Jimmy, the Doce Robles Winemaker and you will get to learn all about the winemaking process. Tickets are $20 per person.

 

4. Vino Vinyasa at Baileyana Tasting Room

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Yoga and wine? Sounds like a great pairing to us! Take part in a complimentary yoga class at Baileyana in San Luis Obispo on September 27th. The class starts at 4:30pm and will be followed by live music from local musician, Shane Stoneman as well as wine by the glass and food available to purchase. Namaste!

 

5. Sunset in the Garden at Wolff Vineyards

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Wolff Vineyards is located on 125 acres of ecologically friendly property just minutes from downtown San Luis Obispo. They produce amazing estate wines including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and more. Every Friday in September, they are hosting their Sunset in the Garden Series. Starting at 5pm, their wines will be available to purchase by the glass or bottle and local food vendors will be offering great meals. Listen to live music and watch the sunset on the vines in Edna Valley.  

Savoring the Top 5 Frozen Treats in San Luis Obispo County....

The lazy days of summer are upon us. Warm, languid days stretching out in front of us, with no agenda, other than to stay cool and have fun. What better way to accomplish both than indulging in a frozen delight! Here are some goodies unique to SLO county, that will keep you cool and tantalize your taste buds!

1. Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab ~

Think Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory, with a sweet tooth. Doc Burnstein's, created in Arroyo Grande, offers amazing custom flavors of ice cream, like Elvis Bananas Foster or Motor Oil, but it is so much more than an ice cream store. Take a lab tour, where you can learn the science behind making ice cream and take part in creating waffle cones and crazy ice cream flavors (and of course, sample some) Of course, you can just sit back, watch the toy train circle around the store, and savoring a cone of Merlot Raspberry Truffle.
https://docburnsteins.com/

2. Batch ~

Is there a better marriage than cookies and ice cream? At Batch, they don't think so! Customize your ice cream sandwich by pairing your favorite freshly baked cookie with the ice cream of your choice ~ chocolate cookies with Irish Cream ice cream or snickerdoodles with lemon meringue pie ice cream? The toughest part is choosing your pair, but once you have, heaven!
http://www.batchslo.com/

3. Negranti Dairy & Artisan Creamery~

With milk from their family owned sheep dairy, Negranti ice cream uses fresh, local, real ingredients to flavor their ice cream. Additionally, sheeps' milk is said to be higher in protein, vitamins and minerals and lower in saturated fat than other types of milk, making this the ideal cool, guiltless snack! Up until now, they have been serving out of their vintage ice cream truck, but they will soon take up residence in the trendy Tin City area of Paso Robles. Spend your afternoon, sampling ice cream, as well as craft beers and wines!
https://www.negranticreamery.com/

4. Leo Leo Gelato ~

Father and son Gelatiers (it's a word, really!) create small batches of gelato and sorbetto in the Italian tradition, leading to a lower fat, yet velvety, vibrant dessert. Flavors are made with local caramel and honey and fruits fresh from the farmer. You are instantly transported to a piazza in Florence, with a cool breeze and the trickle of a fountain in the distance. Ah, bellissimo!
http://www.leoleogelato.com/

5. Poolside Popsicles at The Cliffs~

Sometimes it's the food, sometimes it's the company you're in, sometimes it's the view, and sometimes it's a little of everything. Every Saturday afternoon through Labor Day, we offer our guests refreshing popsicles by the pool. If they can pull themselves out of the pool, the sweet treat offers kids a moment of rest, a time to regroup with family, and fortifies them with the energy for another round of Marco Polo!