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:

Top 5 Things to Do in SLO County Before Summer Ends....

Summer seems to get shorter every year, and it's already speeding by. While BBQ's, swimming, bike rides, and ice cream usually figure in to most everyone's summer plans, here are a few suggestions for summer fun (most of which end when summer ends). Put these on your calendar, before summer slips away like the tide.


1.Local Summer Concerts

With concerts on set days throughout the county, you can usually find live music, and it's FREE. Most shows feature beer/wine and snacks for purchase, if you can't bring your own to enjoy with the show. So bring your picnic blanket and chairs (or don't, who's sitting still at a concert), and get ready for some great music! 

Mark your Calendars! Monday September 5, Live on the Rocks @ The Cliffs

Mark your Calendars! Monday September 5, Live on the Rocks @ The Cliffs

Wednesdays ~ Templeton

Thursdays ~ Downtown Paso Robles

Fridays ~ Downtown San Luis Obispo

Saturdays ~ Atascadero  or Los Osos/Morro Bay  

Sundays ~ Arroyo Grande


2. Movie Under the Stars

Warm summer evenings are meant to be spent outdoors, and what makes a better experience for the family than sitting outside for your favorite movie. With one of the last few drive-in movie theaters in the California, you can't pass up a show at the Sunset Drive-In, which opened in 1950. Pack your sleeping bag and snacks (or buy some there) for the true movie experience.

Click here for showtimes and more information!

3. Bocce Ball @ Baileyana Vineyard

Summer is about relaxing, and there's nothing as relaxing as soaking up the view of a vineyard filled valley while sipping an award winning glass of wine. Play a game of bocce ball on their courts while picnicking (buy cheese, salami and crackers there or bring your own), and you will feel like you've been transported to Tuscany. Quite an escape, just a few miles away!

4.Pick of the Season

While most of our Farmers' Markets are available year round, Summer Produce is not! The sweetness of a vine ripened tomato, the crunch of fresh corn, or the snap of beans just picked from the vine, there truly is nothing like it. If you're visiting, grab some fresh juicy peaches and plums warmed by the sun or if you live locally, fill your basket with goodies to throw on the grill (squash and eggplant ~ just a little olive oil, salt, pepper & garlic, the best!). Not to mention the music, entertainment and prepared foods that you can find at our local markets too.

Here is information about the seasonal Avila Beach Farmers' Market and the year-round San Luis Obispo Farmers' Market!

5.Campfire on the Beach

While it is imperative to follow the rules and regulations, summer is not complete without at least one bonfire! Roasting hot dogs and s'mores (although oftentimes they end up in the fire), telling stories, warming hands, and celebrating friendships over a roaring fire is what summer memories are made of. Fire pits are available on a first come, first serve basis in Avila Beach (the middle beach over the bridge).

For more information, click here!