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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!

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

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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. 

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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 Ways to Laze Away the Last Days of Summer

Summer calls for laziness.  Sunny days, wonderful weather, no school, sleeping in, taking trips. That is what summer is all about!  But, it also goes by so quickly and as the end of the season comes to a close and back to school responsibilities start to fill up our calendars with to-do’s it is best to get in the most lazy days you can before we greet this wonderful season yet again.

1. SeaVenture Beach Experience

Leave all the work and heavy lifting to us!  Just arrive at the beach with your bathing suit, a cold beverage, a snack or two and your sunscreen!  Choose from a simple umbrella, two reclining chairs with footrests and towels or a full pop up outfitted with all the essentials for four.  Watch the world go by, listen to the waves, catch some rays and make your beach day as lazy as you would like it to be.   More Information:

https://www.seaventure.com/lp/new-seaventure-beach-experience/

2. Float on the Lazy River

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Enjoy yourself on your own personal inner tube as you take yourself on a winding sun-drenched journey of the Ravine Water Park’s lazy river.  Wave to friends on loungers, keep cool in the summer heat and only end your trip when you want to!  Enjoy the other attractions the Paso Robles water park has to offer such as the wave pool and slides.  We just find this one to be the best in reaching the highest marks on the lazy scale!

More Information:  https://ravinewaterpark.com/

3. Treat Yourself at Dia Feliz

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Combine rejuvenation and chill time into one with a relaxing treatment at DiaFeliz Spa at Cliffs Hotel & Spa.  Relaxation comes naturally as the soothing purple hues of the spa calm your mind and spirit.  With a full array of massages, facials and body treatments to choose from, you can set up the mood of your day to completely unwind.  Even splurge on a mani or pedi to top it off!  Best part, saunter over to the pool afterwards to find your chaise lounge and continue the feeling.  Take in a summer Tiki cocktail and hang out for a bit!

More Informationhttps://cliffshotelandspa.com/relax/

4. Wine & Acoustic Jams

Picture this….. cool glass of Viognier, sprawling vineyard views, a stream of afternoon sun finding its way through the towering oaks, and acoustic jams from local artists.  Sculpterra Winery is a best kept secret.  Wonderful wines, meandering gardens, fascinating artwork and sculptures all come together to create a perfect place to laze away your Sunday afternoon.  A Sunday tradition in San Luis Obispo’s North County, Songwriter’s at Play needs to find a spot on your calendar. 

More Information: http://sculpterra.com/events/

5.       Mineral Spring Hot Tubbing

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Discover twenty three open air naturally heated mineral spring hot tubs scattered about a tree canopied hillside at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa.  Immerse yourself in the many restorative properties that natural mineral springs has to offer.  Relieve joint and muscle pain, reduce stress, warm your body to the core and ease yourself into a daze of laze.  

More Information: https://www.sycamoresprings.com/mineral-springs-resort/