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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 Executive Chef, Shaun Behren

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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Warm Up Your New Home for Thanksgiving

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What better way to make your new house feel more like home than by hosting a warm and welcoming Thanksgiving get-together? Thanksgiving is the perfect chance to create new and lasting memories in your home and, if you’re up to it, a great opportunity to better get to know your new neighbors. Here are some tips to make a Thanksgiving dinner party in your new home as smooth as the sweet potato casserole:

1. Clean House

Getting your house in order should be step number one. Find a home for those last few items still lingering around from the move, get all of your odds and ends where they need to be and do an overall tidy up. You won’t feel comfortable inviting people into your home if you feel its unprepared.

2. Spruce Up the Place

It is a holiday after all! This is your ticket to break out the décor and get festive. Creating a warm and welcoming environment will help put you and your guests at ease. Decorate your front porch or entry way with fall items like gourds and pumpkins. Invest in some candles to place around your home. And, of course, don’t skimp on the centerpiece – your dining room table! Are you feeling the holiday spirit yet?

3. Spread the Word

Now comes the tough part for some – inviting the neighbors. It can be daunting to open your home up to new people, but honestly, the worst thing that can happen when you ask somebody to join you is that they decline. Where is the harm in that? Instead of honing in on your anxieties, focus of the potential good – the chance of forming great new friendships!

If you’ve already made some new friends, invite them, too! (And don’t forget to keep your kids in mind, too. They’ll want other kids to hang out with if it’s adult overload.) Expanding your circles never hurt and the most interesting dinner parties are the ones with many people offering many different views and experiences. Plus, you may end up expanding your network of friends from, say, 3 or 4 to 6 or 7!

4. Do the Prep Work

It’s your get-together, you should enjoy it, and it’s clear that enjoying a party is hard to do when you’re stuck in the kitchen tending to the feast. Keep stress levels low and ensure you get some time to mingle and enjoy the day by doing as much prep work as you can beforehand. Get a final headcount, double check your groceries to be sure you have everything, and cook like a maniac the day before and the morning of Thanksgiving, so all that’s left to do is heat and serve. Voila! Party perfection.

Are you hosting a Thanksgiving party or joining a neighbor for their feast? Tell us about your first Thanksgiving in SLO!

Vineyard in the fall, San Luis Obispo, CA


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Falling for San Luis Obispo in the Autumn

Vineyard in the fall, San Luis Obispo, CASo long summer! Fall is officially here, and what that means for SLO residents is perfect outdoors weather, but with so many ways to get outside and explore your new neighborhood, how will you spend your autumn days? Here are some insider secrets and hot spots from the locals:

Take in a mind-blowing ocean view head down to Shell Beach at Spyglass Park. The sights from the cliff there are awe-inspiring. From above, watch surfers catch waves at what locals refer to as “St. Ann’s” break. It’s a great spot to kick back and relax on your own or bring along the kids to enjoy a romp on the park’s playground.

Surfers at St. Anns

For a mid-stroll pit stop around town, check out Sally Loo’s Wholesome Café. Locals swear by it. Their menu boasts scrumptious, all Fair Trade, items, high-quality coffee, and much more.  Also, rumor has it that the owners and Sally Loo herself are wonderful to tote.

People dining at a cafe

Embrace the quirky bits of your new town with a visit to Bubblegum Alley. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like – an alley with walls covered in bubblegum. It isn’t an attraction fit for everybody, but it is without a doubt one of SLO’s most popular offbeat destinations. And even if it’s not high on your list of activities, kids will love it. We are talking about permission to stick your chewed up gum onto something here.

An alley with walls full of bubblegum

For a history lesson, visit the Dallidet Adobe and Gardens. Built in the 1850’s, the Dallidet Adobe was home to Pierre Hypolite Dallidet, the first commercial vintner on the Central Coast. The property is rich both in history and beauty. Kids will love exploring the landmarks grounds and you’ll love that they’re getting a lesson in history.

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Do you have any other favorite local hot spots? 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?