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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 Places to Deck the Halls This Holiday Season

We love the winter holidays, that's why stores start stocking the shelves with decorations as soon as the trick or treaters are in for the night. Let visions of sugarplums dance in your head while exploring San Luis Obispo county this holiday season, with a visit to some of the area's most Decked Out locations!

#1 Holiday Harmony & Pismo Beach Pier Tree Lighting

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The newly opened and updated Pismo Beach Pier is dressed up for the holidays! December 7th, from 5:30-7:30pm, dance in the snow, decorate cookies, and watch the annual Lighting of the Tree. Even Santa is stopping by for this event, what a way to kick off the holidays!

Photo and details found here https://www.slocal.com/event/holiday-harmony/2471/

#2 Point San Luis Lighthouse

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The Lighthouse operated from 1890 until 1974, when the Coast Guard vacated the property. It lies around the corner of Port San Luis on private property. It can be seen by boat, or docent led tours. Each holiday season, The Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers decorate the Lighthouse, so while touring, not only do you learn the history, get a glimpse into the life of a lighthouse keeper, but you also get to see her in all her radiant glory!

Tickets available here http://pointsanluislighthouse.org/tour/

#3 Christmas at Hearst Castle

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Take a step back in time, and imagine yourself as a guest of William Randolph Hearst. While "The Ranch", as he called it is always spectacular, it is even more so in the month of December, bathed in the glow of thousands of holiday lights! Soak in the art, the decadence, the details, as well as hearing insider stories of past holiday festivities.

Tickets available here http://hearstcastle.org/tour-hearst-castle/daily-tours/holiday-twilight-tour/

#4 Apple Farm

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Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo is made for the holidays! With events throughout the month and their 25 Days of Christmas, there is something for everyone. Sit down to Dinner with Santa, listen to the sounds of the season each weekend with holiday singers strolling the grounds, indulge in a chocolate and champagne tasting while shopping on Diva Night, and so much more. Don't be a scrooge, check out their holiday calendar for all the fun activities, and if you find yourself under the mistletoe on December 10th, you might even win dinner for 2!

Details here https://www.applefarm.com/holidays

#5 Christmas Suite at The Cliffs Hotel + Spa

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For total immersion into the holidays, reserve a night in The Cliffs' Christmas Suite. Artfully decorated for the season, this room will give you all the warm fuzzies of a Christmas Hot Toddy! Not only will you get to snuggle in cozy red bedding, and awake to the smells of cinnamon and pine from your own tree, but each reservation will also receive a special gift! During your stay, sample holiday cookies at check-in and specialty themed cocktails throughout the month.