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–


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

Five Best Places For Fall Adventures & Thanksgiving Celebrations

1. Harvest on the Coast


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. 


2. Avila Valley Barn


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.


3. Montana de Oro State Park


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.


 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.   


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.” 





Top 5 Central Coast Food & Drink Events in May

May is a wonderful time to visit SLO County. With our beautiful weather and many fun events, there isn’t a better month to experience all that our region has to offer. Some of our favorite local food and drink events just so happen to take place during this month. Be sure to check out our top 5 and get your tickets soon!


1. International Chardonnay Symposium – May 12th through May 14th in Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, and San Luis Obispo’s wine region.

The International Chardonnay Symposium brings top Chardonnay producers from around the world to our region for an in-depth exploration of the world’s favorite grape and its impact on viticulture, tastemakers and the market. This event goes beyond the usual tasting experience and brings you a truly immersive and educational weekend. The 2016 line-up will feature a grand wine tasting, seminars & panel sessions, winemaker dinners and plenty of opportunities to talk Chardonnay with industry leaders, tastemakers and fellow enthusiasts. Some highlights open to the public include a seminar on French Chardonnay held at Sycamore Mineral Springs on Friday, a blind tasting skills seminar held at The Cliffs Resort and the Grand Tasting featuring more than 80 wineries held at Greengate Ranch and Vineyard on Saturday. More information at http://thechardonnaysymposium.com/.

Photo: http://www.pismobeachtravellog.com/2016-international-chardonnay-symposium-celebrates-the-worlds-favorite-grape/

Photo: http://www.pismobeachtravellog.com/2016-international-chardonnay-symposium-celebrates-the-worlds-favorite-grape/

2. Central Coast Cider Festival – May 7th in Atascadero

Over the past few years, the Central Coast has distinguished itself as a leading producer of hard cider in California. This burgeoning industry has taken root in our towns with many local cider producers popping up. What a better way to taste each of these crisp varieties than at the Central Coast Cider Festival which will be held at the Atascadero Pavilion on the Lake. The festival will feature 20 plus craft cider producers including local favorites Bristols Cider, See Canyon Hard Cider, and Reef Points. In addition to cider tasting, there will be a traditional pig roast dinner, and live music. More information at http://www.centralcoastciderfestival.com/

Photo: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/central-coast-cider-festival-tickets-22590419553

Photo: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/central-coast-cider-festival-tickets-22590419553


3. Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival – May 28th and May 29th

Always on Memorial Weekend, Sunset magazine called this event one of the best festivals in California for the Memorial holiday. Held in the old-fashioned village of Arroyo Grande, it features the Strawberry Stampede 5K & 10K races, a carnival for the kids, scrumptious strawberry treats of all kinds, arts and crafts booths, and classic Central Coast small town hospitality. If you are traveling here with the kids on Memorial weekend, make this one of your stops for a true taste of our region. More information: http://www.arroyograndevillage.org/strawberry_fest.shtml

photo credit: http://www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com/events/163/arroyo-grande-strawberry-festival

photo credit: http://www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com/events/163/arroyo-grande-strawberry-festival


4. California Festival of Beers – May 28th in San Luis Obispo

If craft beer tasting is more your thing, then the 30th Annual California Festival of Beers has you covered. This quintessential SLO County event started humbly in the back parking lot of a local pub and has grown considerably over the years. This year’s event will be held at Madonna Meadows and will feature many local and international breweries as well as food, games, and live music. This event also benefits Hospice of San Luis Obispo County. More information: http://www.californiafestivalofbeers.com/

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Photo: Good Electrons


5. Apple Farm Backyard Winemaker Dinner – May 27th

For nearly four years, the Apple Farm has teamed up with local wineries to present a unique San Luis Obispo Wine Country dining experience at their Backyard Winemaker Dinners. In May, they are proud to present a five course meal of local cuisines paired expertly with wines from Claiborne and Churchill of San Luis Obispo. Executive Chef Patrick Dawson, along with winemaker Coby Parker-Garcia will be on hand to guide you through each course. The dinner is held on the beautiful garden patio at the Apple Farm Restaurant and will also feature live acoustic music. Seating is limited, so be sure to reserve your seats soon. More information: http://www.applefarm.com/dining