outdoors

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 Places to take the Kids and Kick your Summer off Right in San Luis Obispo County!

The kids are out of school and are itching for some fun!  There is so much to explore right here in our own backyard of the Central Coast. These locations are sure to please not only the kids in your clan, but the parents alike.  Here are some of our favorites:

1. The Ravine Water Park-

Nestled among a gorgeous view of sprawling vineyard, this North County favorite is sure to please.  From the five story Kamikazee to the relaxing lull of the Calypso wave pool, it will be a full day of fun in the hot Paso Robles sun!  Rent a cabana for a day or pull up a lounge chair next to their sandy beach.  Purchase your typical park snacks of burgers, wraps and hot dogs from the snack beer or sneak away to the Hideaway Bar for your favorite adult beverage!

More Information: http://ravinewaterpark.com

2. Vista Lago Adventure Park, Lake Lopez- Adventure awaits you at Lopez Lake. 

A first of its kind, side-by-side adventure and zipline park.  Both an upper and lower course provide over 50 elements of varying difficulty from first timer’s to advanced. Feel the rush of air and excitement on any of their 3 zip lines totaling over 1,800’, including 2 high speed zip lines that end on Vista Lago Point.  The Ledge is the ultimate in adventure excitement offering a 45′ free fall Quick Jump.  A day here is sure to exhaust the kids for a perfect summer night’s sleep!

More Information: http://vistalagoadventurepark.com/

3. Deep Sea Fishing, Morro Bay -

Set out to sea, feel the salt on your face and the wind in your hair.  Take a ½ day or ¾ day trip out of Morro Bay to catch local rockfish for your BBQ later that evening.  Getting grubby putting bait on your hook, reeling in that first fish and adding it to your sack is one of those kid’s first time favorites!  Plus the views as you pull out of Morro Bay Harbor of the charming city in its morning light and the Morro Rock up close as you motor by create incredible memories to last the summer and beyond.

More Information:  https://virgslanding.com/

4. Pontoon Boating, Lake Nacimiento-  

This years rains filled up our lakes beautifully, and Lake Nacimiento is not an exception.  A summer favorite,  is to gather some towels, a few drinks, some chicken or fish for the on boat BBQ and head out to the lake.  Rent a pontoon boat from the lake marina, big enough to include extended family or for the kids to bring a friend, even bring Fido!   Explore the “narrows” of the lake, what it is well known for as it lays out in a dragon pattern, even find your own excluded beach to bring up the boat and hop out and explore the shore. If you are super adventurous, end your day at one of the lake campsites and do it all over again the next day!  

More information: http://nacimientoresort.com/marina/

5. Central Coast Aquarium, Avila Beach-

Just steps away from the beach and boardwalk, the Central Coast Aquarium is located on the children's play park in beautiful Avila Beach.  Visitors can explore touch tanks, which are home to dozens of species of marine animals from  commonly known sea stars and rock crabs to the unique purple sea urchin. Additional tanks highlight the diversity of marine habitats and adaptations of sea creatures. A microscope lab, kids coloring activities and a unique Chumash culture display round out the experience.  End your time with a stroll on the boardwalk and an ice cream, some play time on the beach, or even a bonfire and s’mores at one of Avila’s beach bonfire pits.

More Information: http://www.centralcoastaquarium.com/

Top 5 Outdoor Adventures on the Central Coast

June kicks off the official start to summer, and that means getting outdoors and having fun!  Try something new this summer.  Get your adrenaline rushing, the wind in your hair, and experience all the exciting and different outdoor activities the Central Coast has to offer.  Here are some of our favorites:

1.       Zipline with Margarita Adventures-  Five zip lines totaling 4,500 combined feet taking you soaring high over vineyards and ranch lands in the heart of Santa Margarita.  This tour provides part adventure, part history lesson.  Learn about sustainable wine growing practices and the ranch’s diverse plant and wildlife habitats along the way as you travel through one of California’s oldest continuously operating cattle ranches.  End your tour with a treat, a tasting at the Ancient Peaks tasting room, and sample wines from those vineyards you just flew over!  More Information: http://www.margarita-adventures.com/tours/

 

2.       ATV the Oceano Dunes with Steve’s ATV-  5 ½ mile of beach and 1,500 acres of sand dunes allow for a beach playground like no other.  So much so that this is the only location California State Park in the state that allows you to drive your vehicle on the beach.  Take yourself via ATV to an entirely different world.  Once in the depths of massive dunes, one feels as if they have escaped to the other side.  Sand in your teeth and sun on your face, explore the beauty and diversity this landscape offers and have an absolute blast along the way!  More Information:  www.stevesatvrentals.com

3.       Hot Air Balloon Ride -  Rise and shine for an experience of your lifetime.  Yes, you must wake up early to start your hot air balloon ride to capture the calm morning breezes, but it is so worth it!  Be lulled by the sounds of the hot air filling the balloon as you take your place in a basket and watch the sunrise over North County vineyards.  Quiet and beauty surround you.  Experience a view of the Central Coast very few are lucky enough to see.  Now this is the way to top off your San Luis Obispo County experience!  More Information: http://www.balloonridesovercalifornia.com

4.       Biplane Ride with Banner Airways-  Take flight on a Boeing Super Stearman as you soar over Pismo Beach.  Fly North from the Oceano Airport hangar to see the Pismo Pier as it extends over 1,000 ft. out into the Pacific.  Circle back and watch the surfers bobbing in the ocean trying to catch that perfect wave as you head towards an aerial view of the Oceano Dunes and Oso Flaco Lake in the distance.  This is a coastal view at its finest!  More information: www.bannerairways.net/rides

5.       Electric Bike with Pedego-  Hit the streets in effortless style!  Pick up your bike in the quaint beachside village of Avila Beach and get ready to explore. From here, travel along the Bob Jones Trail out of Avila to the trailhead where you can make your choice of North or South.  South takes you through the communities of Shell and Pismo Beach, with plenty of coastal parks and watering holes along the way for scenic stops and replenishment.  North travel into San Luis Obispo for great restaurants and shops.  A great way to slow down and soak in the culture and sights of neighborhoods that make San Luis Obispo one of the Happiest Places in America!  More Information: http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/

Happy Exploring!