Top 5 Best Kept Local Secrets in SLOCAL

1.       The Apple Farm Gift Shop


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:

2.       Hunter Ranch Golf Course


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

3.  The Secret Garden


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.

 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.

5.       Avila Beach Framers Market


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.




Top 5 Things to Do in SLO County when it Rains

Winter is here and we are hoping we get some much needed rain this year. While rainy days can put a “damper” on all of our amazing outdoor activities. We have some great indoor alternatives for your next rainy day adventure.

1. Concerts at the Fremont Theatre

Did you know that the historic Fremont Theatre in SLO now hosts killer concerts? In January, its lineup includes Paul Thorn, Jacob Banks and The James Hunter Six. There is nothing like going to a concert at this venue with its gorgeous art deco décor and intimate setting. Check out the full lineup here:   

2. Bowling

We have two great bowling centers located in nearby our properties. Pismo Bowl is near the pier in Pismo Beach and is like stepping back in time to the 50s. Established in 1939, this 8 lane center is the perfect place to have some fun on a rainy day. Mustang Lanes is located in the University Union at Cal Poly. Not just for students, this 10 lane center also has a great arcade. You can also reserve a lane ahead of time on their website.

3. Live Theatre at the Great American Melodrama

The Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville features rainy day fun for the whole family! They produce top-notch musicals, comedies, and classic melodramas in a lively cabaret setting. Located in Oceano, this timeless SLO County tradition has been operating since 1976.

4. Check out the food and brew scene in San Luis Obispo

SLO has two new options for pub crawling on a rainy day. The first is Central Coast Brewing. This local staple recently opened their new location on South Higuera. It features all of their local brews plus a full menu of pub food favorites including crispy fried tater tots and pizzas. Another fun option is Libertine Brewing in downtown SLO. They host 76 taps of beer and wines from all over; including a wide variety of their own wild ales, kombucha and cold brew coffee. Be sure to try their panko fried goat cheese balls and their Mac N Beer Cheese.

5. Yoga and more at Sycamore Mineral Springs

Rainy days are the perfect time to take part in the healing arts at Sycamore Mineral Springs’ Yoga Dome. Daily classes feature Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, and more. All classes are open to the public and priced per session, per person. Resort guests receive unlimited complimentary classes. After your session, head over to the one of the amazing mineral spring tubs on the property. It’s so peaceful to soak in the hot waters with the rain falling down.

Top 5 Ways to Pamper Your Mom in SLO County this May

Why not celebrate Mom all month long this May? She definitely deserves more than just one day. SLO County is chock full of ways you can treat your mom this year!

1. Spoil Her with a Spa Day

From massages to facials, there is no better way to spoil your mom than with a spa day and there are no shortage of amazing local spas for you to choose from. Dia Feliz Spa at the Cliffs Resort just underwent large scale renovation and features a wonderful selection of treatments including massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and more. We recommend the Rejuvenating Package to truly help your mom relax. It includes a Zen Massage, a Custom Facial, and a Noni Healing Body Wrap. Sycamore Mineral Springs also has an amazing spa and yoga dome. Every massage or spa package includes a 30 minute soak in the healing mineral waters prior to each treatment. A great option to treat mom would be the Day Away Package which includes a soak in a Mineral Spring Hot Tub, a 50 minute Massage or Facial, a 60 minute Yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi Class, and brunch at the Gardens of Avila Restaurant.

2. Take Her on a Guided Wine Tour

If your mom enjoys local wine, then SLO County is the perfect place to take her. San Luis Obispo boasts an authentic wine region and is comprised of the Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley and Avila Valley. The smallest Central Coast Wine AVA in size but certainly not in the quality or character of its wine. SLO is dominated by small, family-owned wineries well known for their hand-crafted bottlings of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as cool climate Rhone varieties. The region is a favorite of locals and visitors alike, and has earned worldwide recognition and respect for the exceptional quality of wine produced here. Breakaway Tours offers shared or private wine tours of this region including visits to at least 4 wineries, a picnic lunch, and friendly, knowledgeable guides. There is no better way to explore our wine region and really “taste” the SLO life.


3. Bring out Her Inner Artist

If your mom is the artistic type, SeaVenture Beach Resort has Art Parties every other Tuesday. These fun evenings allow you and your mom to create a painting led by artist, Kelly and cost $35 per person. They provide all of the supplies needed to create your masterpiece: Canvas, paint, brushes, sponges, and aprons. You just bring your mom and your creativity and you are set. Book your seats early as they do sell out! Another great option is Art Bar SLO. Now located inside The Station SLO, an Art Bar evening includes a canvas that you will take home, paints to use during the workshop, instruction from the featured artist and a glass of wine for $35 per person. Workshops are held on Saturdays and Sundays and sell out quickly. Be sure to book early for best availability. Let your creative juices flow and enjoy some quality time with your mom!


4. Take Her to a Concert

If your mom is a live music fan, there are no shortage of music venues and concerts in SLO County especially during May. Vina Robles Amphitheater in Paso Robles is truly an astounding outdoor musical experience and Bryan Adams is scheduled to perform on May 21st. The Avila Beach Blues Festival takes place on May 28th and this year continues the tradition of the biggest and longest running blues festival on the Central Coast, with top name entertainment against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. The lineup of talent this year includes The Rides, featuring Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg.


5. Treat her to an Afternoon Tea

If your mom would love to spend an afternoon with you sipping tea and eating delicate sandwiches and scones, Apple Farm’s Afternoon Tea is the place to take her. The teas will be held on May 2nd and May 9th at 2pm and tickets are $45 per person. These eclectic teas will be held on the garden patio at the Apple Farm Restaurant and will feature a selection of teas, tea sandwiches, scones, petit-fours and other baked treats. Seating is limited, so be sure to buy your tickets soon! For more information and to buy tickets, visit: