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Three Central Coast Towns Receive Honors

We’ve always known that our little slice of the Central Coast was a special place, but now three of our local areas have been raised up on a public platform, and we couldn’t be more proud to call the Central Coast our home!

Pismo Beach – Ranked in the Top 22 Best Small Town Family Weekend Destinations pismo_beach_L

First up on the list of honors is Pismo Beach. This Central Coast haven is renowned for its beautiful beaches, classic California surf culture, and plethora of outdoor activities.

Recently ranked in the top 22 Best Small Town Family Weekend Destinations by VacationIdeas.com, Pismo Beach has secured its reputation as a coveted destination for the ocean-minded sportsman, those seeking a relaxing day on the beach, and active families of all varieties.

Paso Robles – No. 2 on the List of 11 Unexpectedly Romantic Cities Paso-Robles-The-Washington-Lobbyist-1024x645

When considering romantic cities, a few usual suspects are sure to jump to the front of the mind – Paris, Venice and…Paso Robles? That’s right. Our very own Paso Robles, CA has made the cut for one of the most unexpectedly romantic cities. Home to rolling hills, beautiful oak trees and vineyards as far as the eye can see, it’s no wonder the place evokes charm. It’s the perfect spot to grab a picnic basket in one hand, your sweetie in the other and enjoy the serenity of the vineyards and an easy stroll through town.

Cambria – Ranked in the Top 25 Best Small Town Honeymoon Destinations cambria-california-unplugged

Cambria has long been appreciated for its small town charms and relaxed coastal vibes, but with its recent ranking as one of the top 25 Small Town Honeymoon Destinations there’s sure to be an influx of newlyweds seeking out the enchantment that only a place like Cambria can provide.

Honeymooners looking for a mix of history, adventure and relaxation won’t be disappointed in the Central Coast town, where good food is abundant, the scenery breath-taking and the romance everywhere.

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Spring Into the Season

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Spring is in the air in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara counties! With the promise of warm weather, outdoor activities and beach season on the horizon, Californians are ripe with anticipation. The only question is, which springtime happenings will you jump into first? Here is your complete guide to a season of fun!

Fun with Fido

Get out and about with your four-legged friend at any of these fabulous pet-friendly places:

Just for the Kids

Embarking on a family adventure? These child-friendly activities are sure to be fun for the whole crew!

Food, Festivals and More

Whether you’re hanging out with the adults only crowd or looking for some family-friendly activities, our little slice of the California coast has it all!

Did we miss a springtime event you’re excited about? Share it with us in the comments!


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Shop Small in Santa Barbara and SLO County

This Saturday, November 29th, represents Small Business Saturday. A time when the holiday shopping season turns its focus away from the mega malls and super stores to your local mom n’ pop shops. If you’re new to the area, you may not have discovered the best of our local flare, so here’s your Small Business Guide to getting local in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County this weekend!

SHOP                                                                                                              Central Coast Craft Fair

Central Coast Craft Fair & Boutique – The Fair is a San Luis Obispo staple. Every Thanksgiving weekend for the past 34 years, the Fair opens for a two day extravaganza. This year, catch the crafters and artisans in downtown San Luis Obispo beginning at 10 am on Friday, November 28th. Admission is free and complimentary refreshments and cookies will be on hand.

Downtown Santa Barbara – The whole of downtown Santa Barbara will be a shopper’s delight, as many of the city’s best local shops open their doors and head outside for a giant sidewalk sale. The sale officially kicks off at 10 am on Saturday morning. For a peek at some of the great shops, restaurants, and more that will be joining in on SBS fun, click here.

Ruby Rose – Ruby Rose is a well-kept secret by SLO locals. The vintage consignment shop is eclectic and full of surprises. It’s a great spot to find gifts for the distinctive home decorator or pick up unique clothing and handbags. Once you check it out for the first time, we’re sure you’ll see why this little gem is a local favorite.

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Luna Red – Want a true grassroots dining experience? Head to Luna Red off of Chorro Street in SLO. The ambiance is warm, the menu artfully crafted, and best of all, the food is always in season. Executive Chef, Shaun Behrens, believes in the importance of locally sourced ingredients and sustainable farming and fishing practices, so not only will you leave feeling full and satisfied, but also feeling good about  where and how your meal was sourced.

Villa Creek Restaurant – If you’re cruising around Paso Robles this weekend, call Villa Creek for a reservation. The organic, sustainably focused restaurant is ripe with delicious food offerings and great wines from their vineyard, Villa Creek Cellars. Oh, and don’t feel too bad if you can’t polish off your plate. The restaurant makes the most of everything, leftovers included, by transforming vegetable scrapes into feed for the owners’ pigs and meat scrapes into pet food. Now, those are some lucky farm animals!

Lucky Penny – For something a little more casual, grab an out-of-this-world pizza at Lucky Penny in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. Take a seat on the picnic patio for a great breakfast and a famed cup of coffee or swing by for wood-fired pizza takeout. Just be sure you don’t stare at that penny wall when the sun is shining bright.Lucky Penny


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Local Haunts for an SLO Halloween

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Halloween is in the air! Now that we’re only two days from the big night, if you haven’t made plans to have some ghoulish fun yet, it’s time to get cracking. Here’s your guide to finding the best haunts SLO has to offer this Halloween:

For Halloween fun any time of the day head over to Cambria for the Scarecrow Festival. Hundreds of interesting and unique scarecrows are placed on display throughout the town, which makes for a great afternoon stroll for families with young children or anybody just feeling festive! Don’t delay though. This event will only be here through the end of October.

Feeling artsy? How about some thrilling theater? If you’re not on trick or treating duty this Friday, catch a live performance of the classic vampire thriller, Dracula, on stage at the Cuesta College Theater. Performances are offered Friday and Saturday evening, as well as a Sunday matinee. Get your tickets here.

For wine-lovers, First Crush Wine Cellars is where you want to be. Get spooky at their Wicked Costume Party starting at 5 pm on Halloween night, complete with a costume contest, appetizers, live music and, of course, wine. If you can’t make it on Friday, eerie fun can still be had at Saturday night’s Dia de Los Muertos Festival.

Embark in some family fun in Paso Robles on Friday, Oct. 31. Local downtown businesses will be welcoming trick or treaters between 3 pm – 6 pm. And make sure to bring your jack o’lanterns from home for the celebration’s Carved Pumpkin Contest! Awards, prizes, and fun to be had for all!

For the 21+ crowd, enjoy a killer night at Luna Red! A ticket to their ‘Howl’ event buys you an evening of hors de’vours, drinks, and live music from bands The Kicks and Green to White. Plus, a costume contest not to be rivaled.

Have we missed any bewitching events in the area? Share them with your new neighbors in the comments section!


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Labor Day in San Luis Obispo

Labor Day in San Luis Obispo

Ah, Labor Day – the last real celebration of the summer. It signifies the end of a season filled with sun, fun, and beaches and the start of a new autumn, so make the most of this weekend! If you’re new to the area, you may not realize just how much San Luis Obispo has to offer the weekend warrior.  Here are some ideas to send off summer the right way:

Brews & Bites 2014 – Saturday, 8/30, 12 pm – 5 pm

Brews & Bites is a beloved local festival (emphasis on local) entering its 6th year. Enjoy local beers, local foods, and local music at the San Luis Obispo Mission Plaza beginning at noon! Note that admission to the festival is free, but if you want to do the beer tasting, you’ll need a ticket. Click here to purchase them online.

Arroyo Grande Farmer’s Market – Saturday, 8/30, 12 pm – 2:30 pm

Saturday, stock up on all the local fruits, veggies, and more that you’ll need for a great Labor Day cookout at the Arroyo Grande Farmer’s Market.  Boasting not only fresh produce, but also arts, crafts and live entertainment, it’s sure to be a blast for the whole family!

Battle of the Bartenders – Sunday, 8/31, 6:30 pm – 10 pm

Head on over to Le Vigne Winery for Battle of the Bartenders this Sunday! Mingle in the picturesque heart of Paso Robles and enjoy the competition as skilled bartenders shake up the night in all-access themed lounges.

Beats Antique/Matisyahu/Ozomatli Live in Concert – Sunday, 8/31, 5 pm

Catch a great concert at Vina Robles Winery’s Amphitheatre! Along with headliners Beats Antique, Matisyahu, and Ozomatli, local favorites Zongo All-Stars and special guest Makua Rothman will be performing at the event, as well. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door. Click here to purchase.

Cambria Pindorado Parade & Car Show, Saturday and Sunday, 8/30 – 8/31, 10 am – 4 pm

If cars are your thing, the Cambria Pindorado Parade & Car Show is where you want to be this weekend. The event begins Saturday with a parade, followed by a BBQ, games, art and music at the Pindorado grounds off Main Street. Sunday morning, get ready for an epic car show with over 150 vehicles of all makes and models.

With so many great ways to fill your Labor Day weekend, how will you be spending it?