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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!

https://cliffshotelandspa.com/specials/

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

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

https://www.applefarm.com/specials

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!