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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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Five Best Places To Fine-Tune Your Mind & Body in SLOCAL

As we are in the thick of summer, it is the time—especially after a long, rainy, and chilly winter—to tune-up and reenergize. Below are five suggestions to do just that in San Luis Obispo County.

1. Yoga & More

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There simply is no better way find one’s center than with Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi?  Daily classes are held at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort in its tranquil hillside Yoga Dome. The instructors bring years of experience, with an unwavering commitment to their practice and the art of healing.

Classes are complimentary for hotel guests. And for locals, Sycamore now offers Unlimited Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates for just $50 per month!  For more information, visit www.sycamoresprings.com or call the Health & Wellness Center at 805.595.7302

2. Hiking

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Embark on the beautiful Hazard Peak Trail in the Montana De Oro State Park. Rated as Moderate, a 6 mile loop, or 3 miles each way, with an elevation gain of 1,811.  On the hike you’ll see plenty of flowers, wildlife, and the Pacific!

Do bring a bottle of water and be on the lookout for rattlesnakes in the summer months. Dogs are not allowed, on- or off-leash, on the trails in Montana De Oro State Park.

www.slohike.com and www.alltrails.com

3. The Art of Archery

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Archery is a discipline that requires one to be completed centered and focused. In its higher stages, it isn’t even about trying to hit the bullseye because your inner self is the true target. At Central Coast Archery, you’ll find challenges for the expert, the immediate, and beginner students. And there are variety of classes for children and adults. Or just go shoot arrows at its in-store range.

www.centralcoastarchery.com   805.439.1570

4. Gliding the Bay

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Stand-Up Paddle Boarding engages both the mind and body in such a marvelous way. It requires honing one’s balance and concentration, and while being in a marvelously meditative environment.  You can rent paddle boards by the hour or day, and there are also guided tours in which you’ll explore the Avila Beach coast and take a break at the historic San Luis Obispo Lighthouse. This three-hour adventure requires that a person must be at least 13 years old.

www.avilabeachpaddleboardsports.com   805.704.6902                    

5. A Spa Day Away

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At times in the crazy, stressful, and demanding world we inhabit, one of the best things to do is escape. That is, escape to a spa for a therapeutic and relaxing deep tissue massage or a restorative facial—or both. The new DiaFeliz Spa at the Cliffs Hotel and Spa features an innovative spa menu, with a wide selection of treatments. And as a spa guest, you’ll have full access to the hotel pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and fitness center. DiaFeliz offer complimentary valet parking and a free foot soak prior to each treatment.

www.cliffshotelandspa.com/relax  805.773.4157

Top 5 Ways to Kick Off Summer with Your Family!

The lazy days of summer are around the corner. Warm, languid days stretching out in front of us with no agenda, other than to have fun. Look no further for some creative, local experiences (and even better, they are low or no cost for kids). So explore San Luis Obispo County's riches with your family in true summer style, and make lasting memories!

1. Blues Baseball

Take me out to the ball game.... The SLO Blues play Memorial Day through August, locally at Sinsheimer Park in San Luis Obispo. This Summer Collegiate team consistently ranks among the top 25 teams nationally, and is a thrill to watch. Bring your chairs or blankets, and enjoy the show. They have interactive events for the kids throughout the game and a kids' zone, even better, kids 12 and under get in free. Full concessions available!
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 2. The Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show

May 31-June 2, cruise down to the Pismo Beach Pier where the streets are filled with classic cars. Take a walk through history, with cars from every generation represented. Talk with the owners, see demonstrations, and enjoy the surrounding shops. Stick around for the Saturday night Sunset Cruise at 6pm, a sight to see, hear, and feel! This is a free spectator event.
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3. Check out our local Libraries

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The San Luis Obispo County Library system is in full swing in summer, with locations throughout the county! Hosting movies for all ages, music for the family, a Princess Party, teen programs like making liquid nitrogen ice cream and DIY Zen Gardens, and even a variety of visiting animal presentations, there is literally something for everyone. Our local libraries have so much more than just books these days!
Detailed calendar of events here ~ slolibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar

4. Fishing on Harford Pier in Avila Beach

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While you may not want to spend a whole day on a fishing charter in the ocean with kids, you can easily rent gear and fish right off Harford Pier in Avila Beach. Fishing off this pier does not require a license, and there's no worry of sea sickness. Just drop your line, and while you're waiting for a nibble you and your family can come up with the best "fish stories". Of course, you can always stop at the Old Porte Fishery on the way home to ensure you don't return empty handed.
Info here ~ avilabeachpier.com/information/pier-fishing.html

5. Toy Story on the Oceanfront Lawn at The Cliffs

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To infinity and beyond!
June 9th, bring your blankets and low backed chairs for The Cliffs Hotel + Spa's oceanfront viewing of Toy Story. Dress as your favorite character from the movie, for a chance to win ~ The Cliffs is giving away a night's stay, transportation to and 4 tickets for Toy Story 4 (which also comes out in June). You may be torn between watching the sun set into the Pacific and watching Buzz & Woody, but either show is amazing. This event is free and open to the public.
More info here ~ www.facebook.com/events/344433536216439/