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Top 5 Intriguingly Offbeat Activities in SLO County

1. Corn Hole for All

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Corn Hole plays a big part in Central Coast life. One can visit dozens and dozens of wineries and breweries and throw down a game—along with some stellar handcrafted alcohol.  There are even leagues, tournaments and trophies. Simply Google: Corn Hole, San Luis Obispo County, you’ll find amazing venues with lots of Corn Hole and imbibing fun.

2. Lawn Bowling

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Now some will say that Lawn Bowling is just a weird game that seniors get obsessed with. Yet a major national newspaper recently reported that Millennials are rediscovering this, let’s say, meditative game.  Fortunately, there is a premier lawn bowling center in our county, located in Cambria. Visitors are welcome!

Cambria Lawn Bowling Club

950 Main Street, Cambria, California

805.927.3364

www.bowlsclub.org/club/1940/

3. Sky to Plate

Book a tandem parachute jump for an extraordinarily exhilarating experience. You can choose to bailout from 8,000, 10,000, or 13,000 feet! You’re attached to an expert instructor that guides you from take-off to landing, ensuring a thoroughly enjoyable “ride.”

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Afterwards, (definitely not beforehand), wander over to the SeaVenture Beach Hotel for oceanfront dining—and a stiff drink—while taking in panoramic vistas of the beautiful coast.  

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www.skydivepismobeach.com

www.seaventure.com

4. Checkmate in Morro Bay

It’s not often that aficionados of this ancient game, dating back to the 6th century India, get to make their moves on a giant chessboard. There are only two outdoor chessboards in the United States, one in New York City and the one in this historic and charming fishing village. A chess game in Morro Bay is a delightful mix of aesthetics, intellect, and Alice in Wonderland.

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The Giant Chessboard is available for reservations, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through the Morro Bay Recreation & Parks. And visitors are always welcomed to join the Morro Bay Chess Club on Saturdays, beginning at 12 noon. 805-772-6278.

http://www.morro-bay.ca.us/373/Centennial-Parkway

5. Sail Away

Learn the basics of sailing, such as sail trimming, safety, and boat handling from Capt. Mark at Central Coast Sailing in Avila Beach. Or if you’d rather simply enjoy an easy going day with your family or friends, this seasoned sea captain takes you on spectacular wildlife viewing experience—including whales when migrating—on his beautiful 44 ft. sailboat called the “Spirit.”

https://www.slosailing.com/

After your day at sea, venture up the road a few moments to relax in a hillside mineral springs hot tub at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa. Or stay in a one-bedroom spa suite, with a private balcony mineral springs hot tub, book a massage, for a completely rejuvenating adventure.  

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Five Extraordinary Views in SLO County

1. Madonna Mountain

In hiking Madonna Mountain stunning vistas present themselves one after another. At its peak, take in the sweeping landscape of San Luis Obispo in every direction. The trail is well taken care of, accessible year-round, and not too difficult. It is a little less than two miles round trip and takes, at a moderate pace, a little over an hour. Madonna Mountain is part of the Seven Sister extinct volcanoes chain. It is accessible from Marsh Street exit from Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo.

www.alltrails.com, www.hikeslo.com

 

2. Skydive Paso Robles

Talk about a view! The best way take this really unforgettable ride is to go tandem. Your plane will take you up to 13,000 feet!  It only requires a minimum of training as your partner is a skilled professional that will be safety tethered to you from bailout to landing. From over two miles above the earth, relish truly unique perspectives, from a blazing 120 mph drop and its eagle eye observations, to the rolling hills and horse ranches coming into view on your gradual and contemplative descent.

805.591.8300

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3. Lopez Lake

Lopez Lake, just east of the quaint village of Arroyo Grande, offers a wide variety of beautiful lake scenes. The best way to enjoy them is to rent a boat, motor out to a tranquil spot, and set-up camp. Take the picnic basket out, unpack a lunch and ice cold beer or Champagne, and just settle into quiet afternoon of watching the water and undulating landscape, soaking in the midday sun, and the doing nothing but unwinding.

And on the way back, consider a stop at Talley Vineyard. The winery has outstanding wines and a beautiful tasting room with views overlooking the vineyards and farmlands of south San Luis Obispo County.

Lopez Lake Recreational Area                                                              Talley Vineyards

805.788.2381 3031                                                                                     805. 489-0446

www.slocountyparks.org                                                                       www.talleyvineyards.com

4. Cal Poly Design Village

The Cal Poly Design Village provide a lot of very diverse and cool perspectives. The trail starts from the northeast corner of the Cal Poly Campus in San Luis Obispo. As you hike, you’ll walk by stately Coast Live Oaks, along a creek, and up through the rolling hills, all with brilliant views of the surrounding peaks. A ways up, there is a picnic area for a moment’s sojourn. Just pass that, there is a stone arch. Take it and you’ll find yourself at the Cal Poly Design Village with a hodgepodge of experimental architectural structures. It is a bit offbeat, yet quite interesting.

It is a little over two miles out and back and takes about an hour plus for the hike itself, but with a picnic and to check-out the Design Village it will obviously be a bit longer. And if you’re in the mood for a longer hike, travel up the trail, past the Stone Arch, to the well-known Serenity Swing—which some people say has the best view in SLO.

www.hikespeak.com

5. SeaVenture Restaurant and Marisol at the Cliffs

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The restaurants at SeaVenture Beach Hotel and the Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach feature some of the best views in San Luis Obispo County. The SeaVenture, situated right on the beach, offers diners panoramic of the ocean and miles of unspoiled beaches. And the Cliffs—aptly named—with its elevated lookout, presents stunning vantage points of the wide expanse of the Pacific—north and south. At both restaurants you’ll see surfers and sailboats—and, if you’re lucky, whales and dolphins, and, of course, splendid sunsets. And not least, both restaurants have outstanding food and lively and friendly bars!

SeaVenture Beach Hotel, www.seaventure.com

Cliffs Hotel and Spa, www.cliffshotelandspa.com