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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 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.

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

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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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