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Places to Spoil your Loved One (and Yourself!) during this Month of Love!

San Luis Obispo County offers an abundant backdrop for romance. From its seaside bluffs, sprawling beaches, scenic mountain lookouts, wine country, tasty restaurants and Highway 1 access we are the place to pamper and be pampered this month of February.  Here are some ways to create your own romance:

1.Day Spa Getaway-

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Pick between a mineral springs soak and a luxuriously peaceful wooded environment or a coastal resort hideaway washed in relaxing hues of deep purple.  Sycamore Mineral Springs has been a recipient of the prestigious “Readers Choice” award by Spa Finder and the “Silver Sage” award by Spa Magazine and continues to be a county favorite.  Every treatment includes a 30 minute soak in one of their hillside hot tubs.  The Cliffs Resort has done a complete remodel of their spa with the opening of DiaFeliz Spa.  It is a gorgeous offering of modern touches, a relaxing lounge room, all washed in lighting in deep hues of purple.  Relaxation, pampering and recharging all are inevitable with a trip to either Central Coast spa.   More Information: https://www.sycamoresprings.com/avila-spa-retreat/  or https://www.diafelizspa.com/specials/

2. SoulMate Wine Picnic at Barton Family Wines-

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Take a trip into Paso Robles Wine Country for a wine picnic at Barton Family Wines.  Taste in their tasting room first, their outstanding collection of Grey Wolf and Barton Family Wines, then step outside to their charming patio and order from Barton’s Kitchen Window your lunch to enjoy at their numerous picnic tables overlooking the vineyards and sprawling wine country.  Enjoy a bottle of “SoulMate”, a perfectly fitting name to impress that loved one in your life.  Available in a Rose or a red blend.  Deliciously tantalizing and sure to make for a romantic afternoon.   More Information: http://www.bartonfamilywines.com/

3. Romantic Sunset Dinner at SeaVenture Restaurant–

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The location for many special occasions, first dates, and even engagements.  Where else can you get a more expansive view of Pismo Beach?  On a clear day to see the stretch of coastline past the Pismo Dunes to the South as the coast stretches off into the Pacific to the stunning display of sunsets in hues of orange, pinks and purples and the sun sets over the ocean to the West.   Enjoy a romantic sunset dinner with delectable cuisine and local wines as you soak in this panoramic view and make your other half  feel more than special!  More Information: https://www.seaventure.com/pismo-beach-dining/

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4. Share a Delectable Dessert at Apple Farm-

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What says romance more than chocolate and whipped cream!  Apple Farm Restaurant has a bakery case and dessert menu filled with an endless array of delectable sweet treats.  Whatever your fancy, chocolate, apples (of course!), cookies, pies, cakes, ice cream, they have an offering for every taste bud.  And a kiss is always that much sweeter after sharing a dessert together.  More information: https://www.applefarm.com/dining/bakery

5. Take a Classic Car Cruise up the Coast-

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Rent a classic Jag or bathtub Porsche or another fabulous classic car from Cars with Distinction and really impress.  Take a cruise up the coast in style, make sure to fit in a lot of stops along the way for photo shoots and views.  Stop for lunch at Ragged Point or one of the charming small eateries in Cambria.  What a fun way to spoil your loved one (and yourself!). More Information:  http://www.carswithdistinction.com/index.html

Top 5 Bakeries to try on your next visit!

With the holidays upon us, baked goods are at a premium. We have lots of social occassions, but not a lot of time, and some of us were not born with the baking gene. Here is a quick guide to all of your baked good needs for the holidays, or any day for that matter! Whether you're looking for a plate of cookies for santa, a break in a busy day, or a fresh baked pie to bring home for dessert (and, maybe, pass off as their own), you can find it at any of these local stops. Here is a list of the Top 5 Bakeries to sample on your next visit....


1. Avila Valley Barn 

As a guest for a holiday meal, it is always helpful to know where to find a fresh baked pie or pastry, so you don't show up empty handed. Avila Valley Barn is that place. With fresh baked or frozen pies available, you can grab what you need and go! Avila Barn is not just a bakery, but a fruit & veggie stand, gift shop, ice cream parlor and farm stand. While you're there, pick up your Christmas tree and some presents, too!

2. Scout Coffee Co.

If you find yourself cruising the streets of San Luis in the midst of your holiday shopping, and you hit a wall, it might be time for a Bakery Break! Voted Best Coffee House in the New Times, they say "Stepping into Scout Coffee Co feels like a big hug..." what better place to regroup and refresh. Grab a cup of their own HoneyCo coffee and a warm housemade pastry, and you will be back on your feet, filling those stockings in no time!

3. Linn's

On the coast in Cambria, you will find Linn's. Started as a pick-yourself produce stand almost 50 years ago, it developed into an amazing pie and dessert shop, introducing the area to the (at that time) little know ollalieberry, which became the cornerstone of their pie business. Today, you can stop in for a slice of cake, a cream puff, eclair, or even a sundae, but they are still most widely known for their pies. Any host would be thrilled to receive a pie from Linn's to compliment their holiday dinner!

4. BlackHorse Espresso & Bakery

Found in various locations throughout San Luis Obispo, BlackHorse Espresso & Bakery, is a great place for a little afternoon pick me up and sweet treat! Serving Spearhead Coffee from Paso Robles, and freshly baked treats made in house, not only are these baked goods amazing, I love that they're local. And besides, even elves need a little jolt of espresso every once in a while. Be sure to ask about the story behind the name, Blackhorse...

5. Apple Farm

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Just off the highway in San Luis Obispo, you will find the bakery jackpot! At the Apple Farm, fresh baked pies, cookies, cheesecakes, and muffins abound. You will have no trouble filling a plate for santa (or filling a plate of Santas!) or finding the perfect end to a holiday meal. Stroll the grounds to get a real holiday feel, stop in the gift shop for a gift with a local flare, and be sure not to miss the bakery. Rumor has it you may even spot Santa Saturdays in December, so be sure to bring your camera!

Five Best Places For Fall Adventures & Thanksgiving Celebrations

1. Harvest on the Coast

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One of the Central Coast’s best wine galas is “Harvest on the Coast,” held November 3-November 5 in Avila Beach. Friday kicks off with a collaborative winemaker dinner. On Saturday is the Grand Tasting and Wine Auction, featuring wine tasting, artisan foods, and live music. On Sunday enjoy free wine tasting with your Grand Tasting Ticket. Grab your wine glass and wristband and cruise out to your favorite SLO Wine Country tasting rooms, and relish free tastings, and more.

And every guest that stays in an Avila Beach hotel or vacation rental will receive tickets to the “Avila Beach Experience.” Get exclusive access to the VIP lounge where you'll enjoy reserve & library wines, large format bottle pouring, food and wine pairings by Chef Tommy Noel of the Gardens of Avila Restaurant and have a chance to rub elbows with the winemakers & vintners of SLO Wine Country. 

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2. Avila Valley Barn

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The Avila Barn captures the very essence of fall on the Central Coast. Shop for a huge selections of fresh fruits and vegetables, and homemade pies and gourmet sweets. At the Barn, take in an authentic tractor ride and hang out with the beautiful farm animals. It is the perfect family excursion. Located on the Road to Avila Beach.

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3. Montana de Oro State Park

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During the fall, Montana de Oro State Park provides a true escape into the stunning beauty of this incredible landscape. “The park features rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons and hills…There are numerous hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails. And the park is only a short drive from downtown San Luis Obispo or Pismo Beach.

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 4. Thanksgiving Dinners at Local Restaurants

Check out the Boutique Hotel Collection for fabulous Thanksgiving festivities, including the Cliffs Resort, Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, Apple Farm Wine Country Inn, and SeaVenture Beach Hotel. At each property you’ll find a wonderful, and yet totally unique, Thanksgiving Day menus. And don’t forget the famous Apple Farm’s bakery—shop and serve and devour pumpkin pies, specialty pastries, fabulous cakes, and other sweet selections.   

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5. Local Holiday Entertainment

Fall is also one of the best seasons for entertainment and cultural events. Check out the Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly State University. During November, there are a wide selection of outstanding performances, including the sensual Tango Bueno Aires, the Champions of Magic, an evening with Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, and much more. However, if something a bit more whimsical is your cup of tea, head straight to the Great American Melodrama in Oceano. These vaudevillian performances overflow with songs, dances, and comedic routines. Running through November 12, is the “Phantom of the Melodrama,” and from November 15 to December 31, is the zany “Holiday Extravaganza.” 

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