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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 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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