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Top 5 Best Kept Local Secrets in SLOCAL

1.       The Apple Farm Gift Shop

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Besides the charming country inn and delicious bakery and restaurant, Apple Farm is unique among local hotels as the largest retailer of gifts and house wares in San Luis Obispo and the Central Coast. Along with season decor, their display artists create elaborate masterpieces, exhibiting season gifts, tickets, and treasures that make the perfect gift for any occasion. For a shopper's delight, explore our store at Apple Farm. Be sure to check out our Online Store as well:  https://www.applefarm.com/shop

2.       Hunter Ranch Golf Course

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Hunter Ranch Golf Course is a golfer's delight. The beautiful 18-hole Championship course boasts the best conditions on California's Central Coast. The greens putt fast and smooth, and pristine fairways lined with century-old oak trees, natural lakes, and native grasses await your tee shots. Set atop the highest point in Paso Robles, the surrounding vista includes some of San Luis Obispo County's finest vineyards, rolling wooded hills…and no homes. The big city congestion is miles away, north or south along nearby Hwy. 101  https://www.hunterranchgolf.com/

3.  The Secret Garden

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Established in 2004, the Secret Garden Organic Herb Shop offers specialty blends of white, green, black, red, and herbal loose leaf teas in addition to spices galore. Utilizing the freshest ingredients, this quaint shop focuses on small batch blends and promotes overall health and well-being within the community. Among the spices and teas, the shop also showcases artistic tea-ware and other tea-related products made by local community members. https://www.organicherbshop.com/shop/

 4.        The Fremont Theater

Located in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, CA, the Fremont Theater is a historic movie theater, built in 1941. Throughout its early years it served both as a moving picture theater and a live entertainment venue. In the late 20th century, developers wanted to raze the building to install a new multiplex, but public outcry saved the theater. Full of rich, art deco charm, this theater has hosted everything from war bond shows to Adam Ant and Yes.  https://fremontslo.com/shows

5.       Avila Beach Framers Market

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The Avila Beach Farmers Market is a seasonal event that takes place on Fridays (4pm-8pm) from April - September every year. This year, the final event will be held on Friday, Septmebr 27th, 2019, make sure to check this event out before it ends for the year. Since the event takes place in the center of Avila Beach, you'll also get to enjoy our beaches and local places & businesses. https://www.avilabeachpier.com/events/farmers-market.html

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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.