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Top 5 Best Kept Local Secrets in SLOCAL

1.       The Apple Farm Gift Shop

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Besides the charming country inn and delicious bakery and restaurant, Apple Farm is unique among local hotels as the largest retailer of gifts and house wares in San Luis Obispo and the Central Coast. Along with season decor, their display artists create elaborate masterpieces, exhibiting season gifts, tickets, and treasures that make the perfect gift for any occasion. For a shopper's delight, explore our store at Apple Farm. Be sure to check out our Online Store as well:  https://www.applefarm.com/shop

2.       Hunter Ranch Golf Course

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Hunter Ranch Golf Course is a golfer's delight. The beautiful 18-hole Championship course boasts the best conditions on California's Central Coast. The greens putt fast and smooth, and pristine fairways lined with century-old oak trees, natural lakes, and native grasses await your tee shots. Set atop the highest point in Paso Robles, the surrounding vista includes some of San Luis Obispo County's finest vineyards, rolling wooded hills…and no homes. The big city congestion is miles away, north or south along nearby Hwy. 101  https://www.hunterranchgolf.com/

3.  The Secret Garden

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Established in 2004, the Secret Garden Organic Herb Shop offers specialty blends of white, green, black, red, and herbal loose leaf teas in addition to spices galore. Utilizing the freshest ingredients, this quaint shop focuses on small batch blends and promotes overall health and well-being within the community. Among the spices and teas, the shop also showcases artistic tea-ware and other tea-related products made by local community members. https://www.organicherbshop.com/shop/

 4.        The Fremont Theater

Located in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, CA, the Fremont Theater is a historic movie theater, built in 1941. Throughout its early years it served both as a moving picture theater and a live entertainment venue. In the late 20th century, developers wanted to raze the building to install a new multiplex, but public outcry saved the theater. Full of rich, art deco charm, this theater has hosted everything from war bond shows to Adam Ant and Yes.  https://fremontslo.com/shows

5.       Avila Beach Framers Market

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The Avila Beach Farmers Market is a seasonal event that takes place on Fridays (4pm-8pm) from April - September every year. This year, the final event will be held on Friday, Septmebr 27th, 2019, make sure to check this event out before it ends for the year. Since the event takes place in the center of Avila Beach, you'll also get to enjoy our beaches and local places & businesses. https://www.avilabeachpier.com/events/farmers-market.html

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5 Ways to Laze Away the Last Days of Summer

Summer calls for laziness.  Sunny days, wonderful weather, no school, sleeping in, taking trips. That is what summer is all about!  But, it also goes by so quickly and as the end of the season comes to a close and back to school responsibilities start to fill up our calendars with to-do’s it is best to get in the most lazy days you can before we greet this wonderful season yet again.

1. SeaVenture Beach Experience

Leave all the work and heavy lifting to us!  Just arrive at the beach with your bathing suit, a cold beverage, a snack or two and your sunscreen!  Choose from a simple umbrella, two reclining chairs with footrests and towels or a full pop up outfitted with all the essentials for four.  Watch the world go by, listen to the waves, catch some rays and make your beach day as lazy as you would like it to be.   More Information:

https://www.seaventure.com/lp/new-seaventure-beach-experience/

2. Float on the Lazy River

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Enjoy yourself on your own personal inner tube as you take yourself on a winding sun-drenched journey of the Ravine Water Park’s lazy river.  Wave to friends on loungers, keep cool in the summer heat and only end your trip when you want to!  Enjoy the other attractions the Paso Robles water park has to offer such as the wave pool and slides.  We just find this one to be the best in reaching the highest marks on the lazy scale!

More Information:  https://ravinewaterpark.com/

3. Treat Yourself at Dia Feliz

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Combine rejuvenation and chill time into one with a relaxing treatment at DiaFeliz Spa at Cliffs Hotel & Spa.  Relaxation comes naturally as the soothing purple hues of the spa calm your mind and spirit.  With a full array of massages, facials and body treatments to choose from, you can set up the mood of your day to completely unwind.  Even splurge on a mani or pedi to top it off!  Best part, saunter over to the pool afterwards to find your chaise lounge and continue the feeling.  Take in a summer Tiki cocktail and hang out for a bit!

More Informationhttps://cliffshotelandspa.com/relax/

4. Wine & Acoustic Jams

Picture this….. cool glass of Viognier, sprawling vineyard views, a stream of afternoon sun finding its way through the towering oaks, and acoustic jams from local artists.  Sculpterra Winery is a best kept secret.  Wonderful wines, meandering gardens, fascinating artwork and sculptures all come together to create a perfect place to laze away your Sunday afternoon.  A Sunday tradition in San Luis Obispo’s North County, Songwriter’s at Play needs to find a spot on your calendar. 

More Information: http://sculpterra.com/events/

5.       Mineral Spring Hot Tubbing

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Discover twenty three open air naturally heated mineral spring hot tubs scattered about a tree canopied hillside at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa.  Immerse yourself in the many restorative properties that natural mineral springs has to offer.  Relieve joint and muscle pain, reduce stress, warm your body to the core and ease yourself into a daze of laze.  

More Information: https://www.sycamoresprings.com/mineral-springs-resort/

 

Five Best Places To Fine-Tune Your Mind & Body in SLOCAL

As we are in the thick of summer, it is the time—especially after a long, rainy, and chilly winter—to tune-up and reenergize. Below are five suggestions to do just that in San Luis Obispo County.

1. Yoga & More

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There simply is no better way find one’s center than with Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi?  Daily classes are held at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort in its tranquil hillside Yoga Dome. The instructors bring years of experience, with an unwavering commitment to their practice and the art of healing.

Classes are complimentary for hotel guests. And for locals, Sycamore now offers Unlimited Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates for just $50 per month!  For more information, visit www.sycamoresprings.com or call the Health & Wellness Center at 805.595.7302

2. Hiking

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Embark on the beautiful Hazard Peak Trail in the Montana De Oro State Park. Rated as Moderate, a 6 mile loop, or 3 miles each way, with an elevation gain of 1,811.  On the hike you’ll see plenty of flowers, wildlife, and the Pacific!

Do bring a bottle of water and be on the lookout for rattlesnakes in the summer months. Dogs are not allowed, on- or off-leash, on the trails in Montana De Oro State Park.

www.slohike.com and www.alltrails.com

3. The Art of Archery

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Archery is a discipline that requires one to be completed centered and focused. In its higher stages, it isn’t even about trying to hit the bullseye because your inner self is the true target. At Central Coast Archery, you’ll find challenges for the expert, the immediate, and beginner students. And there are variety of classes for children and adults. Or just go shoot arrows at its in-store range.

www.centralcoastarchery.com   805.439.1570

4. Gliding the Bay

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Stand-Up Paddle Boarding engages both the mind and body in such a marvelous way. It requires honing one’s balance and concentration, and while being in a marvelously meditative environment.  You can rent paddle boards by the hour or day, and there are also guided tours in which you’ll explore the Avila Beach coast and take a break at the historic San Luis Obispo Lighthouse. This three-hour adventure requires that a person must be at least 13 years old.

www.avilabeachpaddleboardsports.com   805.704.6902                    

5. A Spa Day Away

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At times in the crazy, stressful, and demanding world we inhabit, one of the best things to do is escape. That is, escape to a spa for a therapeutic and relaxing deep tissue massage or a restorative facial—or both. The new DiaFeliz Spa at the Cliffs Hotel and Spa features an innovative spa menu, with a wide selection of treatments. And as a spa guest, you’ll have full access to the hotel pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and fitness center. DiaFeliz offer complimentary valet parking and a free foot soak prior to each treatment.

www.cliffshotelandspa.com/relax  805.773.4157