5 Delish ways to Sip and Savor your way through San Luis Obispo County this Fall

Fall makes us think of eating.  Indulging. Enjoying life. With cooler temperatures, shorter days, and the holidays approaching it is fun to hunker down for an evening in enjoying delicious nibbles, or adventure out for a day of exploring great sips and eats.  There are so many fun things to try that are grown, raised and produced right here in this beautiful place we call San Luis Obispo County.

  1. Farm to Fork, Sea to Spoon-


Our rolling rural countryside fills the nooks and crannies of our county. Production of strawberries, wine grapes, lettuces and various other crops year round, serves us a bounty of local produce to choose from.  Over 15 local Farmer’s Markets display this wide selection. Closer to home, our Sycamore Mineral Springs Garden provides a variety of lettuces, radishes, squash, and tomatoes for our local restaurants to serve onto your plates.  Of course, with the coastline as such as an essential part of our location, we are lucky enough to indulge in what the sea has to offers us, from fresh fish markets like Tognazzini’s or Grassy Bar Oyster Farm, both out of Morro Bay.  Fresh farm and seafood finds are so accessible to us.

More Information: http://www.morrobaydockside.com/dockside-too


2. Crafted in SLO-   

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SLO Crafted finds have grown exponentially.  You don’t have to look far for a Beer Trail, Distillery Trail or Winery Trail here in San Luis Obispo County.  With over 300 wineries from the far North of our County in San Miguel, all the way down to the Edna Valley in the Southern region, the list of picks are just waiting to tantalize your palate.  Distilleries are serving up everything from Grappa, fruit brandy, and coffee liquors. A few of our favorites are CalWise, Krobar and Re:Find. Find some delicious cocktails in our restaurants incorporating some of these tasty creations.  And of course, one can’t leave Beer out of the mix. Some of the lesser known, are Libertine, 7 Sisters and Bang the Drum. Spend a Fall weekend exploring all these fabulous sips! 

More Information: http://www.pasoroblesdistillerytrail.com/ , https://pasowine.com/, http://www.slocoastwine.com/, https://www.visitcalifornia.com/attraction/craft-breweries-central-coast 

3. Creamy & Cheesy-

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Who doesn’t like the sound of that?  Fall calls for comfort food. And comfort food comes in many forms.  Salted Brown Sugar Ice Cream screams Fall! Negranti Creamery serves up this tasty flavor along with so many more.  Bring on the cheese with Stepladder Ranch and their beautiful cheese selection. You can not go wrong with any pick, from their goat cheese to their Paso Vino.  It is a perfect wine and cheese evening or picnic accompaniment. It also finds a gorgeous place on a holiday cheese display.

More Information: https://www.negranticreamery.com/, https://www.stepladdercreamery.com/

4. Sweeten Up!  -

Fall elicits the scents of spiced cider and baking apple pies.  You can find your perfect apples by exploring See Canyon or Gopher Glen Farms.  Varieties for baking, snacking or juicing are all available. Want to leave the work to someone else?  Pick up your tasty treat from Avila Valley Barn or Apple Farm Bakery.

More Information:  http://www.seecanyonfruitranch.com/apple-stand, https://www.gopherglen.com/, https://www.applefarm.com/dining, https://avilavalleybarn.com/

5. Go Grazing - 


Our rural location allows for us to select from a wide range of grass fed, organic meats and poultry.  Raised without growth hormones and never receiving antibiotics you can find truth in what you are eating when you purchase these items through these local ranchers.  Enjoy grass fed, grass finished beef from Templeton Hills Beef Ranch. Bee Wench Farms in San Luis Obispo offers pasture raised pork, chickens and turkeys. Find local meat delivered with Larder Meat Company.  They source from a network of farms in San Luis Obispo County in order to promote healthy eating and family farming. Think of including picks from these choices on your holiday dinner tables, or support by joining their clubs and having their goods shipped to you back home.  

More Information: http://www.lardermeatco.com/, http://www.templetonbeef.com/, http://beewenchfarm.com/

Top 5 Ways to get in the Spirit of the Season this Fall!

Pumpkin spice is in the air! Whether you're ready to celebrate Halloween, you're craving a home baked pie, or you just want to carve a pumpkin, we have the local spots that can take you there! 

1. Play Your Day Away~ 

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For a full day of fun that will definitely give you the autumn feeling, ride over to Brookshire Farms. Cruise through the Pumpkin Patch, find your way through the Corn & Hay Mazes, run around on the Jump Pad & Pillow, or play in the Bounce Houses. Bring a picnic and make a day of it, your kids will have a ball, and (extra bonus) you will have plenty of opportunities for holiday photos!


2. Family Farm Experiences ~

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SLO Creek Family Farms is a 44 acre organic farm that offers u-pick apples, flowers, veggies, and herbs and is open September through November. What tastes more like fall than a piping hot apple pie fresh from the oven! They've also created a hard cider, which you can taste or purchase during your visit.

See a working farm in motion, at Avila Valley Barn feed the animals, take a tractor ride through the fields, or get some fresh roasted corn! With lots of fruits and veggies for purchase, you won't feel guilty topping your visit off with a fall favorite ~ a large scoop of ice cream or homemade fudge! As Halloween approaches, AVB has a huge selection of pumpkins to take home, from the standard orange ones, to pink, white and green options!

For a taste of fall, without the work, stop in to the Apple Farm Restaurant for a cozy welcome and a one of a kind apple dumpling. Treat yourself and be sure to ask about the Apple Dumpling of the Month ~ Decadent!



3. Halloween Shenanigans ~ 

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Celebrate Halloween with the locals at Pumpkins in the Park, a free event taking place October 26th at Dinosaur Caves Park in Shell Beach.  With pumpkin carving, costume contests, games and bounce houses, what could be a better way to extend your Halloween celebration!
Visit the famous SLO Farmers' Market on Halloween this year, for great food, music, produce, and Halloween festivities. Get the kids dressed up to compete in a costume contests and trick or treat at participating downtown businesses!


4. Cambria Scarecrow Festival ~

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For the month of October, explore the quaint town of Cambria dressed up with its famous Scarecrows!  Local businesses and artists have spent the year creating a wide variety of unique scarecrows that are lingering around. Such a creative was to showcase their town, no 2 scarecrows are alike ~ this makes a great day trip!


5. Movies on the Oceanfront Lawn at The Cliffs Hotel and Spa~


A Halloween classic, The Cliffs Hotel and Spa will have its annual showing of Hocus Pocus, featuring the Sanderson Sisters on October 27. That Friday night November 1st, celebrating family, music and culture, The Cliffs will feature the movie, Coco.  Both movies are free and open to the public, with seasonal treats for purchase. Dress as your favorite characters to be entered into a raffle. 


Top 5 Best Kept Local Secrets in SLOCAL

1.       The Apple Farm Gift Shop


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


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


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


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