1. Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa
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
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
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
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.