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Top 5 Ways to Get Active While Exploring the Bounty of SLO County!

With so many amazing sips and savors in our area, it's hard to try them all. However, here are a few tours to taste some fantastic local flavors while also exploring our small towns, exotic inlets, and verdant valleys. You will walk away with a happy belly but also a better understanding and appreciation for this rich local area. Feel free to indulge, as you are working hard for all this fun!

#1 Central Coast Outdoors' Bike/Winery Tour ~

This private, half day bike tour takes you through the luscious Edna Valley wine region known for its excellent Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. You can opt to wine taste at the wide selection of wineries along the way or wait for the payoff at the end, Baileyana Winery, where you enjoy a complimentary wine tasting along with a gourmet picnic lunch.

https://www.californiabicycletour.com/

#2 Central Coast Food Tours ~

Explore the ins and outs of San Luis Obispo while getting a true taste of the town. This 3.5 hour walking tour includes 5 specially arranged food and beverage tastings which may include handmade organic, chocolates, French fromagerie, and a wide selection of other local favorites. While you snack and stroll, you will learn about our agricultural legacy and the role of CalPoly in supporting early and present day agriculturalists, our family farms, and artisanal, hand-crafted food products, and our emergence as a World Class food and wine region!
http://www.centralcoastfoodtours.com/

#3 Central Coast Trailrides ~

Get a true sense of the ranch side of our county while horseback riding through your choice of 3 vineyards (Cass, Halter Ranch, or Calcareous) surrounded by rolling hills, dense canopies, and the Oaks that the area is known for. You will have a chance to taste wines at the winery at the end of your ride, a well earned treat. At Central Coast Trailrides, the guides' love of horses and riding is evident, as is their passion for providing their guests with a fantastic experience.
http://cctrailrides.com/riding.html
 

#4 Hop On Walking Beer Tour ~

San Luis Obispo is becoming a small batch brew mecca, and this is your chance to sample from the source! Sip and savor from Central Coast Brewing, Barrelhouse Speakeasy, SLO Brew and Libertine Brewing Co. with a pizza lunch at SLO Brew. As you walk through San Luis Obispo, your personal beer guide will lead you through our city's rich Prohibition history and divulge details on each brewery you visit!

http://www.hoponbeertours.com/walking-beer-tour/


#5 Apple Farm's Farm to Fork Package ~

Explore Baywood Farmers' Market with a pro, Chef Steve Smeets. Help him select a variety of fresh produce and local goods for the Apple Farm restaurant. Later that evening, have a seat at the Chef's Table for a three course menu prepared by Chef Steve utilizing that day's market finds and including a flight of local wines. You have all the fun and let Chef Steve do all the work (including the dishes)!
https://www.applefarm.com/specials/farm-to-fork-package

Places to Spoil your Loved One (and Yourself!) during this Month of Love!

San Luis Obispo County offers an abundant backdrop for romance. From its seaside bluffs, sprawling beaches, scenic mountain lookouts, wine country, tasty restaurants and Highway 1 access we are the place to pamper and be pampered this month of February.  Here are some ways to create your own romance:

1.Day Spa Getaway-

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Pick between a mineral springs soak and a luxuriously peaceful wooded environment or a coastal resort hideaway washed in relaxing hues of deep purple.  Sycamore Mineral Springs has been a recipient of the prestigious “Readers Choice” award by Spa Finder and the “Silver Sage” award by Spa Magazine and continues to be a county favorite.  Every treatment includes a 30 minute soak in one of their hillside hot tubs.  The Cliffs Resort has done a complete remodel of their spa with the opening of DiaFeliz Spa.  It is a gorgeous offering of modern touches, a relaxing lounge room, all washed in lighting in deep hues of purple.  Relaxation, pampering and recharging all are inevitable with a trip to either Central Coast spa.   More Information: https://www.sycamoresprings.com/avila-spa-retreat/  or https://www.diafelizspa.com/specials/

2. SoulMate Wine Picnic at Barton Family Wines-

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Take a trip into Paso Robles Wine Country for a wine picnic at Barton Family Wines.  Taste in their tasting room first, their outstanding collection of Grey Wolf and Barton Family Wines, then step outside to their charming patio and order from Barton’s Kitchen Window your lunch to enjoy at their numerous picnic tables overlooking the vineyards and sprawling wine country.  Enjoy a bottle of “SoulMate”, a perfectly fitting name to impress that loved one in your life.  Available in a Rose or a red blend.  Deliciously tantalizing and sure to make for a romantic afternoon.   More Information: http://www.bartonfamilywines.com/

3. Romantic Sunset Dinner at SeaVenture Restaurant–

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The location for many special occasions, first dates, and even engagements.  Where else can you get a more expansive view of Pismo Beach?  On a clear day to see the stretch of coastline past the Pismo Dunes to the South as the coast stretches off into the Pacific to the stunning display of sunsets in hues of orange, pinks and purples and the sun sets over the ocean to the West.   Enjoy a romantic sunset dinner with delectable cuisine and local wines as you soak in this panoramic view and make your other half  feel more than special!  More Information: https://www.seaventure.com/pismo-beach-dining/

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4. Share a Delectable Dessert at Apple Farm-

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What says romance more than chocolate and whipped cream!  Apple Farm Restaurant has a bakery case and dessert menu filled with an endless array of delectable sweet treats.  Whatever your fancy, chocolate, apples (of course!), cookies, pies, cakes, ice cream, they have an offering for every taste bud.  And a kiss is always that much sweeter after sharing a dessert together.  More information: https://www.applefarm.com/dining/bakery

5. Take a Classic Car Cruise up the Coast-

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Rent a classic Jag or bathtub Porsche or another fabulous classic car from Cars with Distinction and really impress.  Take a cruise up the coast in style, make sure to fit in a lot of stops along the way for photo shoots and views.  Stop for lunch at Ragged Point or one of the charming small eateries in Cambria.  What a fun way to spoil your loved one (and yourself!). More Information:  http://www.carswithdistinction.com/index.html

Five Best Places For Fall Adventures & Thanksgiving Celebrations

1. Harvest on the Coast

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One of the Central Coast’s best wine galas is “Harvest on the Coast,” held November 3-November 5 in Avila Beach. Friday kicks off with a collaborative winemaker dinner. On Saturday is the Grand Tasting and Wine Auction, featuring wine tasting, artisan foods, and live music. On Sunday enjoy free wine tasting with your Grand Tasting Ticket. Grab your wine glass and wristband and cruise out to your favorite SLO Wine Country tasting rooms, and relish free tastings, and more.

And every guest that stays in an Avila Beach hotel or vacation rental will receive tickets to the “Avila Beach Experience.” Get exclusive access to the VIP lounge where you'll enjoy reserve & library wines, large format bottle pouring, food and wine pairings by Chef Tommy Noel of the Gardens of Avila Restaurant and have a chance to rub elbows with the winemakers & vintners of SLO Wine Country. 

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2. Avila Valley Barn

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The Avila Barn captures the very essence of fall on the Central Coast. Shop for a huge selections of fresh fruits and vegetables, and homemade pies and gourmet sweets. At the Barn, take in an authentic tractor ride and hang out with the beautiful farm animals. It is the perfect family excursion. Located on the Road to Avila Beach.

www.AvilaValleyBarn.com

3. Montana de Oro State Park

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During the fall, Montana de Oro State Park provides a true escape into the stunning beauty of this incredible landscape. “The park features rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons and hills…There are numerous hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails. And the park is only a short drive from downtown San Luis Obispo or Pismo Beach.

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 4. Thanksgiving Dinners at Local Restaurants

Check out the Boutique Hotel Collection for fabulous Thanksgiving festivities, including the Cliffs Resort, Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, Apple Farm Wine Country Inn, and SeaVenture Beach Hotel. At each property you’ll find a wonderful, and yet totally unique, Thanksgiving Day menus. And don’t forget the famous Apple Farm’s bakery—shop and serve and devour pumpkin pies, specialty pastries, fabulous cakes, and other sweet selections.   

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5. Local Holiday Entertainment

Fall is also one of the best seasons for entertainment and cultural events. Check out the Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly State University. During November, there are a wide selection of outstanding performances, including the sensual Tango Bueno Aires, the Champions of Magic, an evening with Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, and much more. However, if something a bit more whimsical is your cup of tea, head straight to the Great American Melodrama in Oceano. These vaudevillian performances overflow with songs, dances, and comedic routines. Running through November 12, is the “Phantom of the Melodrama,” and from November 15 to December 31, is the zany “Holiday Extravaganza.” 

 www.pacslo.org

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