Nature

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.

5 Ways to Celebrate Spring in San Luis Obispo County

It has been a wild and crazy winter.  Lots of much needed rain has at times kept us inside for days!  With March comes the time change and longer days, along with the first day of Spring on March 20th.  There is so much to be celebrated as Spring is upon us here in San Luis Obispo County.  Truly, one of the most splendid times of year here on the Central Coast.  

1.Wildflower Super Bloom-

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The hills have been gorgeous deep shades of green filled with lush grasses as they revive from the Winter frost.  Just waiting to explode from the suns warming rays as the temperatures rise a bit, a full array of local wildflowers!  The last “super bloom” was in 2017, and we are sure this year has so much in store for us.  Beyond poppies and blue lupine that you will find more readily along our highway hillsides , explore deeper in the county by visiting two of our favorite wildflower viewing locations.  Shell Creek Road off Highway 58 shows a display of Baby Blue Eyes, yellow Goldfields and white-tipped Tidy Tips.  Bitterwater Valley Road between Highway 58 and 46 East shows off miles of golden Fiddlenecks, deep red Scarlet Bugler and pinkish Owl’s Clover.  Get your cameras ready and go explore!

More Information: https://www.slocal.com/blog/post/where-to-find-wildflowers-in-slo-cal-this-spring/

2. Visit your Local Farmer’s Market-

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With Farmer’s Markets available all around the county, on almost every day of the week, it is a great opportunity to drop by and fill your basket with new Spring produce.  New veggies and berries are available as the temperatures rise during March, April and May and provide that gap from the winter vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower and citrus.  Asparagus, carrots, bean and berries add different dimensions, colors and tastes to our plate.  Celebrate these new flavors!  

More Information:  https://slocountyfarmers.org/

3. Flowing Falls- 

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Little may one know, but San Luis Obispo County has some of the best kept secret waterfalls, and this time of year is the perfect time to see how they are flowing!  One of our favorites is hidden off a road at the base of the Cuesta Grade in Reservoir Canyon.  A short diversion to your right off the trail-head brings you to the 15 ft. cascade of the falls. 

More Information:  https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/reservoir-canyon-hike-san-luis-obispo/

4. How Full are the Lakes-    

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Take a trip to San Luis Obispo County lakes to see how much they have changed over this rainy season.  Take a picnic and enjoy the changing shoreline, new growth and rock formations.  Both Lake Nacimiento in North County and Lake Lopez in South County are great to explore.  Up for a longer trek, reserve a campsite and stay longer. 

More Information:  https://www.slocal.com/things-to-do/beaches-parks-nature/lakes/

5. Make it a Beach Day-

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It may still be a bit too cool for sunbathing, but Spring weather is perfect for enjoying the sea breeze and sunshine with a nice beach walk or saunter down the new Pismo Beach Pier.  Make a day of it and stop by SeaVenture Restaurant for a tasty Sunday Menu Brunch, with outdoor seating and views, mimosas and bloody marys are calling!  Stay even longer and enjoy Sundays on the Deck.  Live Music from 3-6pm from local artists round out your Sunday and make it the perfect funday!  

More Information: www.seaventure.com

Five Extraordinary Views in SLO County

1. Madonna Mountain

In hiking Madonna Mountain stunning vistas present themselves one after another. At its peak, take in the sweeping landscape of San Luis Obispo in every direction. The trail is well taken care of, accessible year-round, and not too difficult. It is a little less than two miles round trip and takes, at a moderate pace, a little over an hour. Madonna Mountain is part of the Seven Sister extinct volcanoes chain. It is accessible from Marsh Street exit from Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo.

www.alltrails.com, www.hikeslo.com

 

2. Skydive Paso Robles

Talk about a view! The best way take this really unforgettable ride is to go tandem. Your plane will take you up to 13,000 feet!  It only requires a minimum of training as your partner is a skilled professional that will be safety tethered to you from bailout to landing. From over two miles above the earth, relish truly unique perspectives, from a blazing 120 mph drop and its eagle eye observations, to the rolling hills and horse ranches coming into view on your gradual and contemplative descent.

805.591.8300

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3. Lopez Lake

Lopez Lake, just east of the quaint village of Arroyo Grande, offers a wide variety of beautiful lake scenes. The best way to enjoy them is to rent a boat, motor out to a tranquil spot, and set-up camp. Take the picnic basket out, unpack a lunch and ice cold beer or Champagne, and just settle into quiet afternoon of watching the water and undulating landscape, soaking in the midday sun, and the doing nothing but unwinding.

And on the way back, consider a stop at Talley Vineyard. The winery has outstanding wines and a beautiful tasting room with views overlooking the vineyards and farmlands of south San Luis Obispo County.

Lopez Lake Recreational Area                                                              Talley Vineyards

805.788.2381 3031                                                                                     805. 489-0446

www.slocountyparks.org                                                                       www.talleyvineyards.com

4. Cal Poly Design Village

The Cal Poly Design Village provide a lot of very diverse and cool perspectives. The trail starts from the northeast corner of the Cal Poly Campus in San Luis Obispo. As you hike, you’ll walk by stately Coast Live Oaks, along a creek, and up through the rolling hills, all with brilliant views of the surrounding peaks. A ways up, there is a picnic area for a moment’s sojourn. Just pass that, there is a stone arch. Take it and you’ll find yourself at the Cal Poly Design Village with a hodgepodge of experimental architectural structures. It is a bit offbeat, yet quite interesting.

It is a little over two miles out and back and takes about an hour plus for the hike itself, but with a picnic and to check-out the Design Village it will obviously be a bit longer. And if you’re in the mood for a longer hike, travel up the trail, past the Stone Arch, to the well-known Serenity Swing—which some people say has the best view in SLO.

www.hikespeak.com

5. SeaVenture Restaurant and Marisol at the Cliffs

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The restaurants at SeaVenture Beach Hotel and the Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach feature some of the best views in San Luis Obispo County. The SeaVenture, situated right on the beach, offers diners panoramic of the ocean and miles of unspoiled beaches. And the Cliffs—aptly named—with its elevated lookout, presents stunning vantage points of the wide expanse of the Pacific—north and south. At both restaurants you’ll see surfers and sailboats—and, if you’re lucky, whales and dolphins, and, of course, splendid sunsets. And not least, both restaurants have outstanding food and lively and friendly bars!

SeaVenture Beach Hotel, www.seaventure.com

Cliffs Hotel and Spa, www.cliffshotelandspa.com