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Five Best Places For A Romantic Interlude in SLO CAL

1. Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

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Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa offers a variety of such “interludes,” such as the hillside hot tubs, a quiet back patio table at the Resort’s “Garden of Avila” restaurant, a couples massage at its renowned spa, and/or an overnight stay in a one-bedroom king spa suite—with a private balcony hot tub—in the West Meadows nature preserve. 

Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa. 805.595.7302   www.sycamoresprings.com

2. Moonstone Beach, Cambria

A stroll at Moonstone Beach boardwalk in Cambria.  Take a picnic, include wine or handcrafted beer, and just enjoy the rugged coastline. Or meander among the tide pools or unearth splendid moonstones on the beautiful sandy beaches. It’s usually cool and a bit windy—but definitely cozy.

 3. Edna Valley Wine Tasting

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If you’re in a mood for a midday rendezvous, head out to the Edna Valley to Chamisal Vineyards or Wolff Vineyards (shown above). They both offer some out-of-the-way areas to enjoy a glass of wine—or a bottle—and indulge in an amorous afternoon of wine, conversation, and anticipation.   

Chamisal Vineyard, Open Daily, 10am-5pm, Monday-Thursday, 10am-6pm, Friday and Saturday. 866.808.9463. www.chamisalvineyards.com 

Wolff Vineyards, Open Daily 11am-5pm. 805.781.0448. www.wolffvineyards.com

4. Avila Beach Paddlesports

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Now some people wouldn’t imagine an “outdoor” activity as too romantic. But think again. Rent a kayak, stash a flask, bring a camera, and paddle over to an isolated cave or islet, and kick back and watch the harbor seals, sea otters—maybe even whales—and the glistening ocean. No question, it will be a delightful day with untold possibilities.

Avila Beach Paddlesports. Open Daily, except Tuesday, 9am-5pm. 805.704.6902. www.avilabeachpaddlesports.com

 5. Explore New Cities

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Now that United flies directly from San Luis Obispo into Denver and Alaska Air flies directly to Seattle, plan a wildly exciting getaway to one of these marvelous cities. Pack an overnight bag with casual and dress-up clothes and alluring accouterments. Explore outstanding restaurants, the nightlife, cultural offerings, and stunning outdoor spaces. Of course, if you live in Seattle or Denver, fly straight into San Luis Obispo for all the adventures in passion that we offer in our amazing county.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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: www.applefarm.com/dining