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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!
slocreekfarms.com

avilavalleybarn.com

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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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downtownslo.com/events/downtown-trick-or-treat-costume-contest/

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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Five Best Places To Fine-Tune Your Mind & Body in SLOCAL

As we are in the thick of summer, it is the time—especially after a long, rainy, and chilly winter—to tune-up and reenergize. Below are five suggestions to do just that in San Luis Obispo County.

1. Yoga & More

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There simply is no better way find one’s center than with Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi?  Daily classes are held at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort in its tranquil hillside Yoga Dome. The instructors bring years of experience, with an unwavering commitment to their practice and the art of healing.

Classes are complimentary for hotel guests. And for locals, Sycamore now offers Unlimited Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates for just $50 per month!  For more information, visit www.sycamoresprings.com or call the Health & Wellness Center at 805.595.7302

2. Hiking

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Embark on the beautiful Hazard Peak Trail in the Montana De Oro State Park. Rated as Moderate, a 6 mile loop, or 3 miles each way, with an elevation gain of 1,811.  On the hike you’ll see plenty of flowers, wildlife, and the Pacific!

Do bring a bottle of water and be on the lookout for rattlesnakes in the summer months. Dogs are not allowed, on- or off-leash, on the trails in Montana De Oro State Park.

www.slohike.com and www.alltrails.com

3. The Art of Archery

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Archery is a discipline that requires one to be completed centered and focused. In its higher stages, it isn’t even about trying to hit the bullseye because your inner self is the true target. At Central Coast Archery, you’ll find challenges for the expert, the immediate, and beginner students. And there are variety of classes for children and adults. Or just go shoot arrows at its in-store range.

www.centralcoastarchery.com   805.439.1570

4. Gliding the Bay

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Stand-Up Paddle Boarding engages both the mind and body in such a marvelous way. It requires honing one’s balance and concentration, and while being in a marvelously meditative environment.  You can rent paddle boards by the hour or day, and there are also guided tours in which you’ll explore the Avila Beach coast and take a break at the historic San Luis Obispo Lighthouse. This three-hour adventure requires that a person must be at least 13 years old.

www.avilabeachpaddleboardsports.com   805.704.6902                    

5. A Spa Day Away

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At times in the crazy, stressful, and demanding world we inhabit, one of the best things to do is escape. That is, escape to a spa for a therapeutic and relaxing deep tissue massage or a restorative facial—or both. The new DiaFeliz Spa at the Cliffs Hotel and Spa features an innovative spa menu, with a wide selection of treatments. And as a spa guest, you’ll have full access to the hotel pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and fitness center. DiaFeliz offer complimentary valet parking and a free foot soak prior to each treatment.

www.cliffshotelandspa.com/relax  805.773.4157