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Top 5 Events to Explore at Cal Poly's Poly Royal!

California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo or Cal Poly is an amazing school, with the average incoming Freshman's GPA at 3.92, championship sports teams, and 82% of graduates going into a full time job or graduate school within the first year of graduation. While Cal Poly is a big part of our local community, many people haven't ever stepped foot on campus. Here is your chance!


Cal Poly Open House, also known as Poly Royal is a weekend long showcase of many assets of this wonderful campus and our community. These activities are open to all (prospective students, alumni or just curious visitors) and provide a weekend of fun, April 12 - 14, 2018!

1.Start Thursday Night with SLO's Famous Farmer's Market & Street Fair

Join the crowd downtown for fresh produce, local products, music, entertainment and fantastic food from many of our downtown restaurants. BBQ abounds as well as many cultural specialties, and the people watching is THE BEST!

2.Campus Showcase: Saturday, April 14th, 10:00-3:00 PM

Step on campus and explore! Cal Poly's motto is Learn By Doing, and you can do just that while visiting the over 200 clubs which have booths set up around campus (ax throwing, anyone?). Not only can you get a taste for the extracurricular activities available, but you can meet the members. Many booths also have food and games, so it is a great way to spend the day with your family (did you know there is a bowling alley on campus, open to the public).

3. Poly Royal Rodeo: Friday, April 13th, 7:00 PM & Saturday, April 14th, 5:30 PM

Poly Royal has been the premier rodeo in the West Coast region since the first Poly Royal Rodeo in 1940. It is the largest college rodeo west of the Mississippi, and last year was the largest in the nation. Celebrating the 78th year, this weekend will include barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding, and steer wrestling. Saturday's event will conclude with a live post-show concert featuring Aaron Watson! Buy tickets here !
 

4. Poly Royal Truck and Tractor Pull: Saturday, April 14th, 1:00-3:30 PM

The Poly  Royal Truck and Tractor Pull has been held at Cal Poly since 1972. With over 50 competitors, this is always a lively event, and if you've never been to a tractor pull, a must see! The event is run by Cal Poly Tractor Pull Club and the proceeds from the event fund a scholarship for students of the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences. In 2016, the scholarship fund gave out over $30,000 to students. Buy tickets here!

5.The best part of the weekend, taking time out to relax and enjoy your surroundings.

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Explore the campus and relive your college days without the dorm room experience. With four unique properties to choose from, Boutique Hotel Collection has you covered. Near campus, settle in to wine country elegance at the Apple Farm (applefarm.com), savor views of the Pacific and feel the ocean breezes at The Cliffs (cliffsresort.com) or Sea Venture Resorts (seaventure.com), or rejuvenate your spirit with the bucolic setting and healing waters at Sycamore Mineral Springs (sycamoresprings.com). We have the hotel for your vacation.

Sycamore Mineral Springs: History

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Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort has a legendary history reaching back to Spanish- and Mexican era, early American California, and the wild days of the Old West.

In 1886 two weathered prospectors started drilling for "liquid gold." To their surprise they didn't find oil, but white-hot Sulphur mineral water. Because of the water's curative effects, the proprietors established a popular spa and mineral springs resort on the present location.

In the early part of the 20th century, the Pacific Coast Railway – which stopped right across the street – brought travelers from Los Angeles and San Francisco on its stunning coastal route to this increasingly popular outpost on the Central Coast. A few years later in the 1930s, the word was out and many Hollywood celebrities started sojourning at the resort on their trips to Hearst Castle.

About this same time, new owners renamed the property as Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort. They decided it should be a therapeutic center staffed by doctors and nurses. People journeyed far-and-wide for the mineral water treatments to "cure" their aches, pains, arthritis and other sundry ailments.

Some 40 years later in the mid-1970s there was considerable shift in focus, and Sycamore Mineral Springs once again became a destination resort. Boutique Hotel Collections, the current owner, purchased the property in 2003, with the commitment to establishing its legacy as an authentic and historic California mineral springs resort. Our storied history, of course, is just one aspect of our property.

Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort rests atop hot mineral springs and spans more than 100 acres of forest, hills and meadows. Our historic resort is the ideal environment to refresh, renew and restore one's mind, body and spirit.