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5 SLOCAL Spots That Locals Love!

Is there anything better than feeling like you have the inside track? The tucked away special places that only the locals know about, are always the best finds when traveling! We want you to feel like a local when visiting our beautiful central coast! Here is our inside track.

1. William Randolph Hearst Memorial State Beach

Roughly 45 minutes north up the iconic highway 1 from San Luis Obispo. Your trip hugs the breath-taking pacific coast landscape. This beach boasts its own pier with emerald waters. Located in a cove, the wind is blocked, making for an enjoyable beach day with lapping waves, ideal for the kids and sand castle making! This beach is a favorite Forgot your picnic basket? Not to worry, Sebastian’s General store, features Hearst Ranch wine tasting and a casual chic burger joint has everything you want and more!

2. Cayucos, CA

This little town has great views of Morro Rock from the beach. Some of the favorite local events are; Cayucos Sea Glass Festival, Memorial Day Peddlers Faire, and the Antiques and Collectables Street Faire. Enjoy one of kind finds from the shops on the main drag. Stop by Duckies for lunch, then for dessert, The Cayucos Candy Counter will surely satisfy that sweet tooth! With bike, surfboard, paddle board rentals available and more, this town is perfect getaway.

3. The Great American Melodrama and Vaudville

Located just 3 miles south of Pismo Beach, this theater has been a local favorite since 1975! This is no ordinary local theater. As the theater’s name suggests, many shows are performed in a classic melodramatic style, with patrons encouraged to cheer the hero and boo the villain. An evening at the Melodrama promises affordable fun and laughs for all ages.

4. Bob Jones Trail

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This beautiful trail runs from Avila Hot Springs to Avila Beach, you can bike, run or walk. With so much rain this year, the flora and fauna on this trail will not disappoint! The local hot spot offers ample parking and fun for the entire family.

5. DiaFeliz Spa at The Cliffs

Locals know the best place to rejuvenate body and spirit. DiaFeliz offers, facials, massages and other refreshing therapies. Treat yourself, gather a group of friends, or relax with a partner in our new couple’s treatment suite featuring a private shower and steam room.

Top 5 Ways to Get Physical with Your Sweetheart This February on the Central Coast

Grow together with the one you love through new, exhilarating experiences throughout the central coast.  Stay active and healthy this February, while elevating your heart rate and taking a few risks. All of these adventures offer the perfect opportunity, location, Instagram background for the ultimate risk ~ a proposal, or at least a perfect afternoon together! Afterall, what is love but the ultimate risk.

1.Horseback Riding

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Become the star of your own romance novel, for what is more romantic than galloping over the beach with the wind flowing through your hair! Saddle up and explore the sand dunes of Oceano Beach on a guided trail ride with Pacific Dunes Ranch. Gorgeous scenery, and an amazing experience, and it will definitely get your heart beating! pacificdunesranch.com/

2.Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

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Glide through the water hand in hand with your honey, while coming face to face with otters, seals, and even dolphins! You will have quality time together while getting unique views of the coast that you just can’t get from land. Pack a picnic and take a break on a secluded beach, the perfect spot for a glass of bubbly and a romantic toast!
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3. Hiking

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Take your sweetheart to new heights while hiking one of the many trails San Luis Obispo county has to offer. Choose from ocean view trails (like Avila Ridge just off Highway 101, Valencia Peak in Montana de Oro, Harmony Headlands off Highway 1) or select one that offers wide expanses and amazing birds eye views of the entire town (Bishop’s Peak and Madonna Mountain in downtown San Luis Obispo are amazing). With trails for all experience levels, you can choose your challenge!
List of trails here ~ hikespeak.com/central-coast/san-luis-obispo/

4. Ziplining

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Other than falling in love, what gets your heart pounding, your palms sweating, and takes your breath away? Ziping through the air over valleys, oaks, and vineyards! With 6 ziplines, you have a chance to zip alone and tandem while taking in the scenery and striking your most creative poses. Top your experience off with a stop in the Ancient Peaks tasting room to sample limited edition wines and relive your adventure.
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5. Yoga

Stretch your body, mind and soul with your partner at a yoga class from Sycamore Mineral Springs. You don’t need to be a guest to enjoy their variety of classes. Choose from a gentler class meant to soothe the soul or a more strenuous class which helps to increase strength and muscle tone. Which ever you choose, you will emerge refreshed and energized, a journey you can share together. A trip to the naturally heated, healing waters of Sycamore’s hot tubs is the perfect culmination to your day.
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Top 5 Ways to Experience Harvest in SLO Cal this Fall

Did you know that our region harvests more than wine grapes each fall? From apple orchards and pumpkin patches to olive groves and tomato fields, SLO Cal is full of amazing produce and farm adventures to discover during the autumn months. Here are a few to check out this season:

1. Apples & Honey Festival

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Sample the best of the season at this festival held at Mitchell Park in San Luis Obispo on September 16th. There will be local artisans, apple games and crafts, a honeycomb hunt, horn blowing contest and more. Don’t miss the animal showcase from Zoo to You and storytelling by Bonnie Lee Books. More info: http://www.jccslo.com/apples--honey.html  

2. Olive Oil Tasting at Tiber Canyon Ranch

Tiber Canyon Ranch is situated on 50 acres of oak and manzanita woodland nestled in the hills between the Pacific Ocean and the Edna Valley wine growing region of San Luis Obispo. According to local legend, about 10 acres of the ranch were cleared during WWI and planted in apricots. When they came to the ranch, only five of the ancient, gnarled trees were still hanging on. Now, where their companions once stood, they grow ten different varietals of Northern Italian olive trees. The grove is maintained using sustainable farming practices and they welcome visitors for olive oil tasting by appointment daily. They will even take last minute visitors as long as you call ahead. More info: http://www.tibercanyon.com/index.htm

3. Heirloom Tomato Festival at Windrose Farm

Tucked in the rolling hills of Paso Robles is Windrose Farm. Owners Bill & Barbara Spencer have been organic and were certified with C.C.O.F. from August 1999 to 2009, but are currently transitioning to biodynamic! They are a fixture at local farmers’ markets and the farm is an inspiration for many. Celebrate their amazing heirloom tomato harvest on September 22nd. Come for the traditional heirloom tomato tasting of over 30 varieties, stay for the local chefs and purveyors that will be preparing bites of their favorite recipes using Windrose Farm’s tomatoes and farm fresh produce. The FARMstead ED Pop-up Marketplace and Windrose Farm Stand will be open & selling much of the flavorful fare & products you will be grazing on throughout the afternoon. Tickets are $30 per person. More info: https://farmsteaded.com/products/heirloom-tomato-festival-september-22

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4. Discover the Distilleries of the Central Coast with SLO Cocktail Month

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All September long you can try craft cocktails featuring locally distilled spirits at restaurants across SLO County. Local restaurants include Novo and Sidecar among others in Paso Robles. They will be teaming up with local distillers like Krobar and Re:Find to create unique and delicious cocktails. You can even vote for your favorites. Enjoy the “spirit” harvest of SLO County!  More info: http://slococktailmonth.com

5. Sip and Savor our Favorite Local Harvest with a Wine Month Hotel Package

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We couldn’t talk about harvest in SLO County without mentioning some wine! There is no better time to enjoy a wine getaway than the fall months. During September the Boutique Hotel Collection properties are offering wine-tastic room packages to help you experience our wonderful wine region and well, “wine” down. Visit our websites for more details. Cheers!

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https://www.seaventure.com/offers/

https://www.sycamoresprings.com/avila-beach-resort/packages/

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