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Experience San Luis Obispo 360⁰

Welcome to San Luis Obispo 360⁰! It’s not every day that you get to experience SLO from a first-person perspective without visiting the area. Ready to immerse yourself in San Luis Obispo with our 360⁰ digital experience? Prepare to take in the must-see sites, get inspired for your visit, and start planning your itinerary today. ...
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SLO in the News: August 2017

With features in Seattle Magazine, Mercury News, and more, San Luis Obispo is making headlines yet again for its alluring atmosphere and assets. Hear what all the buzz is about in our media highlights from August 2017. SEATTLE MAGAZINE Wine Paradise Thanks to the new direct flight from Seattle to San Luis Obispo, Seattle Magazine ...
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A pumpkin in the San Luis Obispo Mission Plaza
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Top 10 Things to Do in San Luis Obispo: Fall 2017

Your travel arrangements are in place and the excitement of fall travel is beginning to build, so what’s the last step? It’s time to build your San Luis Obispo fall travel itinerary. Fall in SLO is a great way to experience local events, festivals, concerts, and more, so we’ve put together a list of our ...
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Scout Coffee Shop
Attractions & Entertainment, Eat & Drink

SLO in the News: July 2017

San Luis Obispo is making national headlines yet again! From the ever-so popular Thrillist to the foodie favorite Eater LA, discover why San Luis Obispo is the best spot to visit on the West Coast. Check out July’s media highlights today. Thrillist The Ultimate Guide to Doing San Luis Obispo Right This July, Thrillist took ...
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Runners running on a trail in San Luis Obispo
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Guide to Running in San Luis Obispo

Welcome, all runners, to San Luis Obispo, a community bursting with fun trails, races, and events that will make you want to lace up your shoes and hit the ground running! Whether you’re looking to keep up your fitness routine while on vacation, or you’re traveling here for a race, San Luis Obispo has activities ...
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A group enjoying wine at Granada Hotel & Bistro in San Luis Obispo, CA
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How to Do SLO: Bleisure

Visiting San Luis Obispo to attend a conference, meet a client, or close a deal? That doesn’t mean that your trip has to be all work and no play. San Luis Obispo is bursting with local eateries, coffee shops, art galleries, museums, concert venues, and outdoor activities that are built to make your business trip ...
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A boy exploring fresh fruit at the Downtown SLO Farmer's Market
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SLO in the News: June 2017

San Luis Obispo is making headlines left and right! With so many wonderful things to do and bucket list attractions, SLO is known as one of the best towns to visit in California. From the Matador Network to Diversons LA, hear about the top media hits from June. Matador Network The Best Stop on Your ...
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Girls blowing bubbles of bubblegum
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Experiencing Bubblegum Alley SLO

I’m 5’7”, which is pretty tall, but do you want to know what’s even taller? Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo! Standing 15’ high and 70’ long, this sticky, yet fascinating attraction in San Luis Obispo is 12.5x my height if you stretch its length. An incredible and simultaneously disgusting site to see, Bubblegum Alley is ...
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Historic Fremont Theater in Downtown San Luis Obispo
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Top Historic Sites in San Luis Obispo

245 years have passed since San Luis Obispo was founded in 1772 by the famous Spanish missionary Junipero Serra when he established Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Those many years have created a vast number of historic sites, stories and city secrets that travelers, locals and students just cannot miss! Whether you’re planning a ...
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San Luis Obispo Skyline
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SLO in the News: May 2017

San Luis Obispo is once again hitting headlines! From being named the best small town by Thrillist to scoring as the bucket list getaway by Jetset Times, here are some of May’s media highlights. THRILLIST The Best Small Towns to Visit in All 50 States This May, Thrillist featured San Luis Obispo as one of ...
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Beautiful California coastline near San Luis Obispo
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13 Things to Do in Montaña de Oro

Montaña de Oro offers visitors and locals alike a sweet serenity along the Central Coast, allowing you to escape your fast-paced lifestyle and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Locally known as MDO, Montaña de Oro has many activities and one-of-a-kind adventures waiting for you. Located about 30-minutes from Downtown San Luis Obispo, this state ...
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11 Reasons to Visit SLO from Denver

This June, there’s a new direct flight launching from Denver to San Luis Obispo! With the addition of this daily, nonstop flight, it’s the perfect time to plan your trip to sunny California whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure. Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Central Coast offers countless, bucket list ...
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Arts & Culture

Summer Music Concerts in San Luis Obispo

As summer rolls into San Luis Obispo, it brings with it a multitude of concerts, both indoor and outdoor, for visitors to enjoy all season long. Whether you like alternative rock, reggae, country or pop, concert goers have a variety of options to choose from throughout the Central Coast. Concerts in the Plaza Good music ...
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Top Things to Do in Summer 2017

Summertime in San Luis Obispo is the absolute best. Longer, warmer days means there is a lot more time to explore all that SLO has to offer. Check out a few of our top things to do in SLO this summer below. Take a trip to the beach There is no better way to soak ...
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SLO in the News: April 2017

In case you missed it, there has been a lot of buzz about San Luis Obispo recently! Making headlines in MSN, Huffington Post, Travel+Leisure, and LA Magazine, San Luis Obispo was featured as a top getaway near LA, a must-try destination for Craft Spirits, and a stop along one of the most scenic train routes ...
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Planes, Trains & Automobiles! Ways to Get to San Luis Obispo

Located on the beautiful Central Coast, San Luis Obispo is perfectly situated between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Not only will your time in San Luis Obispo be a memorable experience, but traveling there will be, too. Planning a trip to the happiest city in America? Check out several ways to get to San Luis ...
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Arts & Culture

2016 SLO Jazz Festival Experience

Food, friends, music and jazz, jazz, jazz from dawn to dusk? Sounds like the perfect day! My previous experience at the SLO Jazz Festival taught me to just give into the day and the music. This was my second SLO Jazz Fest so I knew to arrive at the downbeat of the first set. Like ...
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Outdoor & Recreation

Bike Month in San Luis Obispo

May is National Bike Month and there’s no doubt that San Luis Obispo is a paradise for mountain bikers, cyclists and recreational riders! Discover a few of our favorite biking trails from relaxing, recreational rides to rigorous, mountain biking trails. Plus, find out about San Luis Obispo’s National Bike Month events so you can get ...
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The Dog Days of San Luis Obispo

Is it really a vacation if you can’t bring your four-legged friend along? We don’t think so either! Start planning your trip to San Luis Obispo and be sure to bring your pup along for the fun! Now, what should you do during your stay? We interviewed a local black lab named Buck Wallace Pollock ...
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Eat & Drink

Chef Series: Thomas Hill Organics

Meet Elijah Blackburn  Elijah Blackburn, who was born in San Luis Obispo, was raised in Sonoma County in the small town of Petaluma, California. Being no stranger to the hospitality industry, he started his career as a fine dining server, working in many of the region’s premier restaurants. Following his passion for incredible cuisine, he ...
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SLO in the News: March 2017

San Luis Obispo is making headlines across the country with media features in Spoon University, Thrillist and Travel Pulse! Highlighting the city as a foodie and adventure destination, hear what all the buzz is about in our media highlights from March 2017. Spoon University Where to Eat in the 10 Healthiest Cities in America Earlier ...
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Eat & Drink

SLO Craft Beers Worth Planning a Trip For

San Luis Obispo’s brews deliver a little something extra with every sip! It could be the unmistakable aroma of the brewing process, the shiny steel tanks, or the opportunity to drink a craft beer with SLO as the beautiful backdrop. It doesn’t matter if you prefer vino over beer, there’s no denying that the America’s ...
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Outdoor & Recreation

Super Bloom: Top Wildflower Spots around San Luis Obispo

Spring has sprung in San Luis Obispo and thanks to the rain this winter, San Luis Obispo is lucky enough to be experiencing a “super bloom” right now! This newsworthy natural event is attracting visitors and locals alike to venture out to the wildflower fields. Complementing the vibrant green landscape, you can spot pops of ...
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SLO in the News: February 2017

With features in the Food Network, LA Times and Travelers Today, San Luis Obispo continues to make headlines for its delicious eats, natural beauty and bucket list attractions. Hear what all the buzz is about in our media highlights from February 2017. Food Network Golden State Grub: The Best Things to Eat in California Featuring ...
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12 Reasons to Visit San Luis Obispo from Seattle

With the new nonstop flight launching this April from Seattle to San Luis Obispo, it’s the perfect time to plan a getaway to sunny California. Long-awaited, Alaska Airlines will be servicing the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport with daily, direct flights to and from Seattle. Situated halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along ...
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SLO Happy Hours

Whether you are in San Luis Obispo on vacation or a local just looking for a place to hang out after work, I’ve rounded up the best happy hours in town. It doesn’t matter the day of the week, everyone loves a good drink and it’s no secret that San Luis Obispo has a plethora ...
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Eat & Drink

Brunch Bites in San Luis Obispo

Updated March 2017. San Luis Obispo has a plethora of breakfast and brunch options, spanning from family restaurants to lavish bottomless mimosa outings! For the not-so-early risers, brunch is preferred. Discover a few of our SLO favorites below. Sidecar Co. 1127 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo, CA If you’re in the mood for a mouthwatering, ...
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Top Things To Do in Spring 2017 In San Luis Obispo

Spring has sprung in San Luis Obispo! With wildflowers blooming, vibrant green hills surrounding the city and sun shining, there’s nothing not to love about this time of the year in San Luis Obispo. Start planning your getaway with our list of endless things to do and events, happening this spring in San Luis Obispo. ...
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SLO in the News: January 2017

San Luis Obispo continues to make headlines left and right! Hear what all the buzz is about in our media highlights from January 2017. LA Times How to score a free $100 gift card on your next visit to San Luis Obispo Paid to visit San Luis Obispo?! You got that right. LA Times featured ...
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20 Things to Do under $20 in San Luis Obispo

Traveling on a shoe-string budget? Not a problem in San Luis Obispo! SLO has countless fun (and tasty!) things to do that won’t break the bank. I’ve rounded up 20 things to do under $20 in San Luis Obispo that you can enjoy any time of the year. Just think, with all that money you’re ...
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Outdoor & Recreation

Top 15 Iconic Views in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo has an abundance of open spaces, unique hikes and panoramic ocean views, providing ample opportunity for visitors to stretch their legs and get outside. I’ve rounded up the best views of San Luis Obispo that every adventurous visitor should check out. 1. Prefumo Canyon Prefumo Canyon Road offers gorgeous vistas that are ...
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Top 10 Things to Do on Valentine’s Day

Whether celebrating with your significant other or group of close friends, make Valentine’s Day special this year! Get inspired by our list of things to do in San Luis Obispo and start planning your fun Valentine’s Day festivities today. 1. Tap into your Creative Side Reserve your spot at Art Bar SLO, where local artists ...
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Outdoor & Recreation

Yoga Centers in San Luis Obispo

On vacation but want to stay active? Sometimes the winter weather puts a damper on all of the outdoor recreation that San Luis Obispo has to offer like hiking, rock climbing, golfing and more… So, what should you do instead? I recommend checking out yoga! The abundant number of yoga studios in San Luis Obispo ...
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SLO in the News: December 2016

From being featured by Visit California to making two more “best of” lists, San Luis Obispo continues to hit headlines across the nation. Can’t keep up with all the buzz? Here are a few highlights from December 2016. SmartAsset The Most Fitness-Friendly Places for 2017 Year after year, San Luis Obispo repeatedly makes SmartAsset’s most ...
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Into the Heart of The Secret Garden

What’s that smell of herbs and spices? The Secret Garden Organic Herb Shop, located at 740 Higuera Street, has every type of tea you could possibly imagine. As you walk through rows and rows of loose leaf tea jars, it feels like the wand shop in Harry Potter; let the tea choose you. Established in ...
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Tour Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

Travel back in time circa 1772 and tour Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, located in the heart of Downtown SLO. Mission San Luis Obispo is a must-see for tourists and locals alike, standing as the fifth California mission founded by Father Junípero Serra. Located on the corner of Chorro and Monterey Street, the mission marks ...
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SLO in the News: November 2016

San Luis Obispo continues to create buzz around the United States with media features in Conde Nast Traveler, Matador Network, BuzzFeed and more. Discover San Luis Obispo’s media highlights from November 2016 today. Matador Network 9 of the Best Farmers Markets in California Once again, people are raving about the fun-filled Thursday night Farmers’ Market in ...
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Top 5 Things to Do in Downtown San Luis Obispo

Downtown San Luis Obispo offers endless attractions within a few short blocks of each other! From visiting lovable landmarks to meandering through museums, discover the top five things to do year-round in Downtown San Luis Obispo. Lovable Landmarks Bubblegum Alley: Back in the early 1970s, this narrow alleyway transformed into one of the most notable ...
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Attractions & Entertainment

My SLO Little Theatre Experience

This December, my friends and I kicked off the holiday season with SLO Little Theatre’s production of A Christmas Story. Given my love for the holidays and performing arts, I was beyond excited to experience the SLO Little Theatre for the first time with the added bonus of seeing this holiday classic live. Let’s just ...
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SLO in the News: October 2016

This October, San Luis Obispo is quite the standout travel destination, recently named one of California’s top fall trips by both Sunset Magazine and MSN. Discover all the buzz in our SLO in the News: October feature. Smart Meetings California’s Central Coast Offers Divine Inspiration Craving inspiration? It’s time for you to head to San ...
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San Luis Obispo Holiday Gift List

With the holiday season quickly approaching, the yearly stress of gift giving begins. But don’t worry… we’ve got you covered with nifty gifts ideas, unique to SLO. Whether you’re looking for a hostess gift or planning presents for the holidays, we’ve got a wide range of ideas for everyone on your list! Unique & Whimsy ...
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What to Bring When You Visit San Luis Obispo

Pack your bags! It’s time to visit San Luis Obispo. Discover the essential items you need to bring to experience SLO like a local. Hiking Shoes San Luis Obispo is an outdoor enthusiast’s perfect playground, so don’t forget your hiking shoes. With countless hiking trails at your fingertips, there are endless opportunities to explore San ...
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Top Things to Do this Winter 2016

Sunny and 75? Yep, that’s winter in San Luis Obispo for ya! In a town that arguably has the best weather on the West Coast, San Luis Obispo offers alluring indoor and outdoor activities for both families and friends to enjoy all winter long. Plan your winter getaway to San Luis Obispo today! Shopping in ...
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SLO in the News: September 2016

San Luis Obispo continues to make headlines left and right this September! From Eater LA to Los Angeles Times, San Luis Obispo is the talk of the town with our trip worthy restaurants, Bubblegum Alley and CowParade SLO. Discover San Luis Obispo’s media highlights from September 2016.  Eater LA 16 Central Coast Restaurants that are ...
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Eat & Drink

Meet the Brewers: Libertine

It’s time for you to meet Tyler Clark, Founder and Head of Brewing Operations at Libertine Brewing Company in our #ShareSLO Meet the Brewers Series! Hear about Libertine’s crazy beer ingredients (including a Christmas tree and volcanic rocks) to what he loves about brewing in San Luis Obispo. Get a taste of San Luis Obispo’s ...
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Meet the Brewers: BarrelHouse

The inaugural SLO Beer Week is happening in San Luis Obispo on October 16 – 22, 2016. In honor of the upcoming beer festival, we were lucky enough to interview George Numair, Brew Master at BarrelHouse Brewing Co. Hear what George had to say about San Luis Obispo’s booming craft beer scene and what he’s ...
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Meet the Brewers Series: Tap It Brewing

The inaugural SLO Beer Week is taking place throughout San Luis Obispo on October 16 – 22. In honor of the upcoming festivities, we sat down with local Tap It Brewmaster, Ryan Aikens to chat about beer, SLO and his missing tonsils (yep, you read that correctly). Check out what he had to say below ...
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San Luis Obispo’s Cider Trail

Known for its thriving wine country, San Luis Obispo most recently made its mark on California’s craft beer scene with features in the San Francisco Chronicle, Draft Magazine, Thrillist and more. With the rise in San Luis Obispo breweries, quite a few local cideries are popping up throughout San Luis Obispo County, too. For those ...
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Meet the Brewers Series: Central Coast Brewing

The inaugural SLO Beer Week kicks off on October 16 in sunny, scenic San Luis Obispo. In honor of the upcoming festivities, we sat down with Brendan Gough, Central Coast Brewing’s Head Brewer, to chat about San Luis Obispo’s craft beer scene and how he got started in SLO. We’ve got exciting news for you… ...
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SLO in the News: August 2016

From being named the perfect California road trip stop by Lonely Planet to the best college town in America by College Rank, San Luis Obispo continues to gain national coverage. Here are a few highlights from August 2016. LONELY PLANET San Luis Obispo: The Perfect Pitstop on Your California Road Trip When day dreaming about ...
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Off The Beaten Path Wineries

San Luis Obispo’s unique wine country attracts tourists and locals alike, year round. With endless options, it can be difficult to choose which wineries to try when visiting San Luis Obispo for your first time. Whether you want to discover new wineries or add some variety to your favorites, San Luis Obispo is the place ...
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Cal Poly SLO Bucket List

Welcome to your new SLOme! You will quickly realize why everyone raves about this wonderful place we call San Luis Obispo, also known as the “Happiest City in America.” Now that you have joined the Mustang family, it’s time to discover all the amazing things that Cal Poly has to offer you – both on ...
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Art Bar San Luis Obispo

Tap into your creative side at Art Bar in Downtown San Luis Obispo! Whether you are there for the art, the bar, or maybe a little bit of both, you will enjoy this one-of-a-kind night out on the town. Talented, local artists guide you step-by-step through an art piece of your choice. Although not an ...
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Top Things to Do this Fall 2016

Explore things to do in San Luis Obispo in fall 2017. Ah, the sweet smell of pumpkin spice, the sound of crunching leaves and that feeling of sweater weather. As summer fades into fall, it’s time to switch gears and create your seasonal bucket list. Lucky for you, San Luis Obispo has endless festive fall ...
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SLO in the News: July 2016

From the “United States of Sweet” takeover on Sweet’s Snapchat Discover to Goop’s “California Coastal Road Trip” feature, San Luis Obispo is making the headlines once again. Here are a few highlights from July 2016.  SWEET United States of Sweet | San Luis Obispo Whether you’re a visitor or local, it’s time to take an ...
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Eat & Drink

Top Sandwich Shops around SLO

The hoagie, the ‘wich, the sando, the sub, the grinder, the sammie, the sandwich. No matter what you call it, our love for delicious sandwiches runs deep in San Luis Obispo. In fact, we’ve got a smorgasbord of places to grab a tasty sando. Here are a few of our favorites… High Street Deli 350 ...
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Top Beaches Along the Central Coast

The Central Coast is known for its plethora of picture-perfect beaches, with many located just 15 minutes away from Downtown San Luis Obispo. Whether it’s a classic, like Pismo, or a hidden gem, like Pirate’s Cove, there is a beach for every visitor. OCEANO DUNES Popular for beach-goers and off-road enthusiasts alike, the Oceano Dunes ...
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Skydiving in Pismo Beach

When was the last time you crossed something off your bucket list? Looking for an adrenaline rush this summer? Ever thought about jumping out of a plane?! Now is your time to take the plunge. If you haven’t been skydiving before or are seeking a thrill, Skydive Pismo Beach is the place to go. Skydiving ...
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Arts & Culture

SLO Makers Spotlight: Summer Edition

San Luis Obispo is home to a talented group of creative and contemporary artisan makers. Selling at fairs, local pop-ups, downtown boutiques and online-marketplaces, the Central Coast makers scene is one not to miss. Whether you are a SLO native looking for a unique, handcrafted gift, an aspiring artisan seeking instruction on a particular craft, ...
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SLO in the News: June 2016

With its unique attractions and endless things to do, San Luis Obispo continues to make headlines on both a local and national level. Can’t keep up with all the buzz? Here are a few highlights from June 2016. Amtrak Three Epic Summer #AmtrakAdventures Time for you to cruise along the coast! Amtrak named the Coast ...
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Family

Pokémon Go in SLO

Have you jumped on the Pokémon Go bandwagon? If not, now is the time to get started! We’re here to help you by the sharing our list of a few places to capture those rare and exotic Pokémon. Madonna Inn All that Pokémon hunting can be tiring! Refuel at the Madonna Inn and you might ...
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Outdoor & Recreation

ATV Adventure in Oceano

Did you know that Oceano Dunes is one of only nine dunes in the state of California that is recognized as a State Vehicular Recreation Area? Just 20-minutes south of San Luis Obispo is a 5.5-mile stretch of pristine seaside sand that is open to the public for vehicle and recreational motor vehicle use with ...
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Farmers’ Markets Every Day

Can’t get enough fresh fruits and veggies? Live music and local artisans? Heavenly strawberry shortcake and fresh Santa Maria style tri-tip? San Luis Obispo has you covered with multiple farmers’ markets every day of the week. Explore a few of our favorite farmers’ markets in San Luis Obispo County today. Monday: Los Osos Location: Santa ...
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SLO in the News: May 2016

San Luis Obispo continues to make headlines! From Thrillist’s 25 Best Small US Cities to Gear Patrol’s 72 Hours in SLO County feature, here are a few highlights from May 2016. Thrillist The 25 Best Small US Cities To Spend The Weekend Nothing can stop SLO from making another “best of” list! Thrillist just featured ...
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Summer 2016 Concerts in San Luis Obispo

Looking to jam out to alternative rock or relax and unwind to reggae this summer? Grab your friends and family and head to one of the many music venues around San Luis Obispo for a concert this summer! From local bands at Concerts in the Plaza to headliners at California Mid-State Fair, each of the ...
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Finishing the SLO Half Marathon

Let me paint a very clear picture of my background for you. I’ve never considered myself an athlete. In high school, when so many students my age played soccer, field hockey and water polo, I was busy memorizing Shakespeare soliloquies for theater productions or practicing the piano for an upcoming recital. I also painted my ...
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Things to Do this Summer in San Luis Obispo

There’s nothing better than a summer in San Luis Obispo! As the weather starts to heat up and the days become longer, SLO is the perfect destination to start checking off your bucket list items. From whale watching to making your mark on Bubblegum Alley, SLO has countless things to do and events to attend ...
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Beach Butlerz

With summer just around the corner, what could be better than spending a day with sand between your toes or an evening at the beach surrounded by good friends, gooey s’mores and a toasty campfire? Cue the sound of waves crashing in the background and I think we’ve found paradise.  Take it one step further ...
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Eat & Drink

Barrels in the Plaza 2016

It’s time for you to uncork and unwind this June in San Luis Obispo’s laidback wine country! Join us for Barrels in the Plaza, SLO Wine Country Association’s kickoff event for the Roll Out the Barrels weekend. Roll Out the Barrels is an annual food, wine and music extravaganza, taking place throughout San Luis Obispo ...
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SLO in the News: April 2016

From USA Today’s Top 10 Lists to Liquor.com’s Wine Trips of 2016, San Luis Obispo is hitting headlines everywhere! Here are a few highlights from April 2016. USA Today 10 Best Small College Town And SLO makes another “top 10” list as one of the Best Small College Towns in America by USA Today! Sitting ...
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Pedego Electric Bikes in Avila Beach

What better way to celebrate Bike Month in San Luis Obispo than renting an electric bike and cruising along the Central Coast. Standing out as one of SLO’s most gorgeous neighboring beach towns, Avila Beach is the perfect day trip when visiting San Luis Obispo, located just 15 minutes south off of Highway 101. My ...
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Bob Jones Bike Trail

If you’re looking for a good way to celebrate Bike Month in San Luis Obispo, look no further than the Bob Jones Trail. The Bob Jones Trail is a delightful, paved 3-mile bike and walking trail that begins on Ontario Road, paralleling Highway 101, and finishes in Avila Beach. You can access the Bob Jones ...
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Family, Outdoor & Recreation

Krukow’s Klubhouse

Baseball & Beers at Baggett Longing to watch America’s favorite pastime this Spring? There’s no need to travel north or south to get your baseball fix. Head on over to Cal Poly’s Baggett Stadium and enjoy high-level ball, good eats, one beautiful ballpark and a fun-filled atmosphere. Earlier this season, I drove over to Baggett ...
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SLO in the News: March 2016

SLO continues to make headlines from the “best of” lists to features with California Dream Eater! Can’t keep up with all the buzz? Here are a few highlights from March 2016. Visit California 10 Top Farmers’ Markets With more than 120 vendors from local farmers to live entertainment, San Luis Obispo Thursday Night Farmers’ Market ...
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Arts & Culture

Meet the Musicians: Ted Wulfers

Meet Ted Wulfers Born in Chicago and currently based out of Los Angeles, Ted Wulfers is a talented singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, who has toured internationally for almost 20 years. Growing up in the Chicago Blues and Midwest Jam Band scenes, Wulfers evolved into an artist with his own eclectic style of Rock ‘n ...
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Eat & Drink

Top 10 Things to Eat in San Luis Obispo

Known for its farm-to-fork eats and renowned chefs, San Luis Obispo stands out as a foodie destination along the Central Coast. Around nearly every corner, there is a mouthwatering dish just waiting for you to taste.  Here are my top 10 “must-have” eats of San Luis Obispo! SLO Donut Company | Maple Bacon Donut 793 ...
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SLO Provisions

Flavor and zest meet classic and clean! At the corner of Johnson and Monterey, just a few blocks from the bustle of Downtown San Luis Obispo, sits SLO Provision – home to a variety of one-of-a-kind eats and sweets. Heading to the coast for a beach day, planning a family picnic at Terrace Hill or ...
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Things to Do this Spring in SLO

While there isn’t a bad time of year to visit San Luis Obispo, we have to admit we love SLO during the spring. The hills are green, the wildflowers are blooming and the sun is shining. If you’re looking for a spring getaway, be sure to visit SLO! Here are few things you should plan ...
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SLO in the News: February 2016

San Luis Obispo continues to create buzz around the United States with media features in Yahoo! Travel, Huffington Post and more. Here are a few highlights from February 2016. SmartAsset America’s Best Wine Destinations Edna Valley is on the rise as one of America’s top wine regions for both its quality of wine and breathtaking ...
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Outdoor & Recreation

Favorite Hiking Spots around San Luis Obispo

While I’m not an extreme health nut, I try to be active and workout on a regular basis.  With beautiful weather nearly year round in SLO, hiking is my “go-to” outdoor activity with the added bonus of endless trails along the Central Coast. Cerro San Luis One of my favorite hikes is Cerro San Luis ...
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SLO Film Fest: Central Coast Filmmaker Mixer

The second night of SLO Film Fest kicked off with another lively festival party, the Central Coast Filmmaker Mixer, at the Hollywood & Vines Festival tent. We mixed and mingled with filmmakers, writers, producers and directors who live along the Central Coast and have movies  featured in this year’s SLO Film Fest! We even had ...
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Eat & Drink

Hop On the SLO Beer Trail

Don’t get us wrong, we love our wine. But sometimes, there’s nothing better than an ice cold beer. Luckily, SLO has both! Over the past year or so, we’ve seen huge growth in the number of local, craft breweries that SLO has to offer. Each brewery offers something unique for visitors and locals alike, from ...
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Arts & Culture

Unique Movie Theaters in SLO

Have you ever seen Fremont’s neon sign lighting up Downtown SLO or spotted the “Sunset” sign from Highway 101? Going to the movies is the perfect activity whether for an afternoon outing or a date night out. Try out one of San Luis Obispo’s one-of-a-kind movie experiences listed below. Fremont Theatre Initially opened in 1942, ...
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Attractions & Entertainment, Family

Day Trip to Hearst Castle

Get a taste of W.R. Hearst’s hilltop retreat, the “ranch at San Simeon,” with my photo tour below! You will be left in awe of the breathtaking views of the Central Coast, Hearst’s lavish mansion, exquisite décor and one-of-a-kind details from the mosaic pools to his personal art collection. Daily tours are bound to sell ...
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Eat & Drink, Outdoor & Recreation

SLO in the News: January 2016

SLO is making headlines left and right! Can’t keep up with all the buzz? Here are a few highlights from January 2016. San Francisco Chronicle The new craft-brew artisans in San Luis Obispo County  San Luis Obispo County’s booming craft beer scene is making headlines in the Bay Area. Whether you enjoy sipping on barrel-aged ...
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Outdoor & Recreation

SLO Fitness Options in Any Weather: Cycletribe

With all of the rain anticipated to hit us this winter, the popularity of indoor cycling is sure to be on the rise. If you’re looking for options to keep up your fitness routine or try something new, no matter what the weather is like outside, Cycletribe should be high on your priority list. Cycletribe, a ...
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Eat & Drink

Chef Series: Valentine’s Day at Madonna Inn

Meet Chef Jacqui Hanover Jacqui Hanover is a San Luis Obispo native.  She graduated from the California Culinary Academy and spent 11 years working in notable San Francisco restaurants.  After returning to San Luis Obispo, Jacqui accepted a position at Madonna Inn as Pantry Chef in 2002.  Since that time, Jacqui has worked her way ...
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Chef Series: Granada Bistro

Meet Chef Justin Casey Chef Justin Casey started out washing dishes when he was 17 in his hometown of Bakersfield and eventually worked his way up to cooking.  In 2003, Justin moved to San Francisco to attend the California Culinary Academy, which he graduated from in 2004.  He worked at many kitchens in the city ...
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Chef Series: SLO Provisions

Meet the Chefs of SLO Provisions SLO Provisions is lucky to have two outstanding chefs, Chef Elijah Blackburn and Chef-Consultant Jensen Lorenzen, who have taken Steve Bland and Dwyne Willis’ vision and developed hardy, natural recipes for “all-day gourmet take-out or eat-in.”   Meet Elijah Blackburn from SLO Provisions Originally born in San Luis Obispo, ...
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Chef Series: Kacey Cakes

Meet Kacey Skinner from Kacey Cakes Kacey Skinner is a self-educated chef in San Luis Obispo. She specializes in creating desserts and cuisines without the use of meat, dairy, gluten or refined sugars. Kacey is experienced using healthy ingredients, whole foods and organic products. She is also knowledgeable in nutrition and diet for specific dietary ...
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Chef Series: Madonna Inn

Meet Chef Rob Osborne Rob Osborne, Madonna Inn’s first Director of Food and Beverage, is a self-taught chef, whose experience includes Sous Chef and Executive Chef positions for celebrity Chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and Levi Mezick. He has also worked with Food Network Celebrity Chefs Tyler Florence, Guy Fieri and Ann Burrell. Osborne’s culinary ...
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Chef Series: Apple Farm

Meet Chef Pat Dawson I started working in kitchens and restaurants just before I turned 19 at the Daily Grill at LAX. My first job was a dishwasher and a bus boy. After years of hard work, travel, and practice, I was promoted to Executive Chef at the age of 24. I have spent the ...
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Attractions & Entertainment

Shop ’til You Drop at Appendage & Bough

Quirky and unique, Appendage & Bough offers a multitude of one-of-a-kind gifts, specializing in handmade furniture and home goods. Initially starting as a hobby, their love for wood work and repurposing vintage finds developed into a successful business here on the Central Coast. Many of my friends raved about Appendage & Bough’s original pieces and ...
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Outdoor & Recreation

Indoor Fitness Activities

Switch Up Your Workout Routine this Winter with Indoor Fitness Activities in SLO With the high chance of El Nino this winter, we have compiled a list of fun, indoor fitness activities so you can stay active through these chilly months to come. Whether you are an avid cyclist or simply want to switch up ...
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Outdoor & Recreation

San Luis Obispo’s Bike Night

It’s the first Thursday of every month and there is a celebration unlike any other going on in the streets of Downtown San Luis Obispo. While SLO may be known for its weekly Farmers’ Market, there is another event on Thursdays that you shouldn’t miss. This affair takes place after the merchants pack up their ...
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Eat & Drink

Harvest on the Coast 2015

The weekend started off on Friday night with Crafted on the Coast, a collaborative winemaker dinner that was hosted at the beautiful Biddle Ranch Vineyard House in the heart of Edna Valley. Acclaimed chef, Julie Simon, from Foremost Wine Co. was serving up delicious bites for everyone in attendance. On Saturday, attendees were encouraged to ...
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Outdoor & Recreation

Learn How to Fly: Aerial Silks

Carpe Diem! Why not go out on a limb and try something new today? I did last week and was rewarded for my spontaneity. I finally mustered up the courage to try something I’ve been hesitant about for some time now. What is it you ask? Aerial silks! Not sure what exactly aerial silks are? ...
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Eat & Drink

Kreuzberg Oktoberfest

Copious amounts of bratwurst, schnitzel, dirndls, and “Prost!” You guessed it… We are talking about Oktoberfest in SLO town. If you were Downtown this past weekend, you couldn’t have missed the massive balloon arch that adorned the front of Kreuzberg or the sweet sound of the Oompa band, Trio Internationale, floating out the door and into the ...
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Downtown Walking Tours: Cafe Style

Caffeine addict or not, San Luis Obispo is full of cafes and hidden gems. Take this walking tour through Downtown San Luis Obispo to explore SLO’s local coffee shops. Enjoy some delicious drinks and yummy food while experiencing the charm of these unique spots. Linnaea’s Café  Located on Garden Street, Linnaea’s is my personal go to. ...
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Arts & Culture

Characters in ‘Cav & Pag’

I’m rehearsing for a show coming up October 10 & 11 and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of it. It’s Opera SLO’s first show of the 2015-2016 season! If you’re an opera newbie, this is the show you’ll want to see. It’s not just a double-header opera (as if that isn’t enough) ...
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Arts & Culture

Avila Beach Concerts at the Cove

This past Sunday, my boyfriend and I enjoyed an evening of reggae music on the beach, listening to one of our favorite reggae bands, Rebelution.  Located at the Avila Beach Golf Resort, the backdrop for this venue doesn’t get much better if you ask me.  Throw in the amazing highlighter-pink sunset along with the super ...
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Eat & Drink

Favorite On-the-Go Eats in San Luis Obispo

Whether you are on your lunch break or taking to-go, San Luis Obispo has many restaurants that will satisfy your taste buds and need for speed. Check out my favorite on-the-go eats in San Luis Obispo: Gus’s Grocery Just down Osos Street on your way to the train station, you will find Gus’s Grocery – a down-to-earth ...
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Favorite Wineries in SLO

Whether you came to San Luis Obispo for the wine or you got here and realized you had to indulge – there is no country road in SLO that will lead you to sour grapes. The vineyards in the Central Coast enjoy a unique climate that allows for the fruit to become more concentrated. With ...
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SLO It Down and SAVOR the Central Coast!

Believe it or not, Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast is right around the corner, but it’s not too late to get your tickets! This year’s event boasts new and exciting exhibits, food, wine and more that you won’t want to miss. Make it a long weekend getaway and explore all that the Central Coast has to offer. ...
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Arts & Culture

Painting the Town

I would call myself an occasional artist. When I have time, I like to pick up a pencil or paintbrush and create, even if it’s just for myself. It’s a quiet, calming activity. But in 2014 I challenged myself to do art differently: in public, live, with chalk, on concrete. And I was only one ...
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Festive Fall Things to Do in San Luis Obispo

Explore things to do in San Luis Obispo in fall 2017. When SLO’s summer heat transitions into crisp fall air, you know it is time for sweater weather, pumpkin spiced lattes, corn mazes and endless bowls of candy corn – just the thought gets me excited. September 23rd marks the first day of autumn so get ...
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Arts & Culture, Attractions & Entertainment, Family

Festival Mozaic Family Concert

Growing up in San Luis Obispo County, summer was synonymous with long days at the beach, popsicles in the backyard, fireworks on 4th of July, and outdoor classical music concerts presented by Festival Mozaic (which was, at the time, called the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival). My mom, younger brother and I would often pack a picnic lunch and ...
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Outdoor & Recreation

SLO Beach Tasting

When it’s sunny and 75 nearly all year around, anytime is a good time to hit up the local beaches. San Luis Obispo is centrally located to a multitude of beaches including The Strands in Morro Bay, Cayucos, Pirate’s Cove, and Point Sal! Looking to go beach-tasting? Here is sample of some of our favorites: Shell ...
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Eat & Drink

Say Cheese!

Dairy? Oh yeah. Carbs? Mm hmm. Sodium, calories? Bring-them-on. This Saturday August 15, is the day you tell your diet to Mac-Off! The immensely popular gourmet Mac & Cheese Fest is back for its fourth year of fun at its home at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. The Central Coast’s best restaurants, caterers, food trucks, ...
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Festival Mozaic’s Portland Cello Project

This past Saturday night, my girlfriend Deanna and I attended the Fringe Series: Portland Cello Project at the Cuesta Performing Arts Center. The concert opened with a greeting from the Festival Mozaic’s board member, Michael Ritter, who confessed “he is not a life-long fan of classical music” and admitted that “there were probably more than a few like him ...
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Festival Mozaic Fringe Series

After enjoying a delicious meal with my wife, our anticipation was high as we headed over to enjoy the Portland Cello Project, otherwise known as the PCP. Festival Mozaic offers the Fringe Series, in which “classically trained artists bring the rigor and precision of their training into [an] innovative program”  with a variety of music genres. PCP consists ...
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Batter Up! SLO Blues Baseball

Crackerjacks in hand, my boyfriend and I were ready for some summer night fun at SLO Blues Baseball Game. Instantly, there was a festive atmosphere with Bluebelle, the mascot, welcoming us, fly balls soaring and children sprinting on the grass to catch their trophy for the night! As a summer collegiate baseball club, SLO Blues are part ...
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Arts & Culture

Learning the Art of Hand Lettering

I have always been fascinated with hand lettering, stemming from my longtime love for scrapbooking and personalized cards. After pinning numerous designs on my “Inspiration” board, I tried to mimic the lettering works of art myself. Let’s just say… it was not easy. I dreamed of hand lettering with the unique style and grace of the ...
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SLO Farmers’ Market in Summer

Discover the top 5 reasons to add San Luis Obispo Farmers’ market to your summer schedule! Fresh Berries Berries are in season! My personal favorite at San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market is the berry combo package, which includes freshly picked strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. You just can’t resist! As a treat, I like to top off my ...
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My SLO Jazz Festival Experience

As I walked down the street from the parking garage on Palm street, I could hear the Bass walking with me. I heard the screaming horn lines and thick block chords of the piano as I approached Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo. Jazz was taking over SLO. The buzzing of people young and old could ...
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I Love My Mother… Earth

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE my planet. Whether you call her Earth, Gaia, Mother, or Terra she is the only planet we have and celebrating Earth Day is a celebration of all that we as a species should hold dear. The 8th Annual Earth Day Food and Wine Festival held at Castoro Cellars, was quite an event ...
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Eat & Drink

Sharing SLO at Barrels in the Plaza

One of the many reasons I love to call San Luis Obispo home is the fact that we live in our very own little wine country.  Paso Robles alone contains over 200 wineries and when you add Edna Valley into the mix… well, I think it’s safe to say it may take a few trips to hit all of those vineyards and tasting rooms. Of ...
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Outdoor & Recreation

A Beginner’s Obstacles (3 Actually)

My German heritage and upbringing have taught me that succeeding in or at any big event or challenge is all about being prepared. So, training for my first Marathon not only required extreme physical and mental strength, but also the most time and dedication to any one single event that was to occur in my ...
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Race Week: What to Eat and When

At this point, most of you have been on a training regimen for race day, but properly fueling your body is just as important leading up to the race. During training, I test what foods help me perform my best whether that be sport drinks, energy bars, or regular food.  Here are food and drink choices ...
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Outdoor & Recreation

Connecting on the Open Road

I know many people love to run on their own. I appreciate time to process internally and enjoy tuning everything out to focus on pounding the pavement or trails ahead of me, but I think the benefits of running with others are worth considering. Here are some reasons why running with other people can help ...
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Eat & Drink

Getting Down to Earth

‘Sustainability’ is a hot term in the last several years that seems to get over played and watered down almost as much as ‘farm-to-table’. But what does sustainability really mean? Ecologically speaking, sustainability is how biological systems remain diverse and productive. But Vineyard Team, a locally based organization promoting sustainable winegrowing, thinks even bigger than that. For ...
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Staying Positive While Training

Being the neurotic person that I am, I was anticipating many obstacles that might come up and cause me to lose motivation during my training.  At this moment, I could not be more wrong!  All of the emotions and thoughts I am experiencing have been easy to put in a positive light.  The words below describe how I feel at this stage of ...
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“S” Words in Running

Stretching: There’s a lot of debate on stretching. How? How long? How much? These are just a few of the questions that plague the minds of runners when training for a race. I am not a doctor or physical therapist, but what I can share is my experiences. Last year while training for the Orange County ...
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Eat & Drink

Too Many Brews to Choose

With over 45 breweries, local and out-of-towners, there was something for everyone to enjoy at the SLO Craft Beer Fest. Hosted at the Alex Madonna Expo Center, the festival featured two days of beer drinking fun. Festival goers could purchase tickets for the main event on Saturday, February 28th or weekend passes that included the Friday ...
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Family, Outdoor & Recreation

SLO Skate Park: Open for Business!

“Thus, in all these ways, we will transmit this City not only, not less, but greater and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.” The Athenian Oath, as quoted by San Luis Obispo City Manager Katie Lichtig at the Grand Opening of the SLO Skate Park on March 1, 2015, sums up the day beautifully. An ...
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Qualifying for the Boston Marathon

GOAL: Qualify for the Boston Marathon at the San Luis Obispo Marathon this April. Yes, this is my goal.  Why SLO?  It’s my hometown, but it’s a lot more than that.  The SLO Marathon is a beautiful and challenging hill-laden course that won’t be an “easy” qualifier.  I will be 50 in September, so technically, I just need ...
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Family, Outdoor & Recreation

Balancing Life and Marathon Training

I’m busy. I’d imagine you are too. We all have multiple responsibilities that make this fairly unavoidable. In my particular case, I am a wife, a mom to two sweet and inquisitive young kids, an employee in a fast-paced law firm, a friend, a volunteer in multiple settings and (dare I say it) a runner. ...
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Playlists to Keep You Movin’

No training or race day is complete without a rockin’ playlist that will pump you up and keep you going!  As running can give you a rush of endorphins, so can music.  I never leave my house without my headphones and a playlist because it makes me feel like I can surpass any obstacle coming ...
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The Most Important Tool

I will openly admit it; I have an unrequited shoe crush. Tiffany Blue Nike Running shoes complete with a swarovski crystal “swoosh”, is the object of my affection. Cute right? But oh so wrong for my feet, which supinate and feature a high arch; meaning I require a shoe with stability and flexibility- and they ...
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Run, Rest & Relax in SLO

Thinking about coming to San Luis Obispo for the SLO Marathon and Half Marathon in April? Why, not? The best part of this race is that it’s more than just a course- it’s a destination! And what better way to reward yourself for running countless miles, than to treat yourself to some well-deserved R&R. So to make ...
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Top 5 Things to Do in SLO for Valentine’s Day

Whether you have a Valentine this year or are celebrating with friends, here’s a list of the Top Five Things to Do in SLO for Valentine’s Day. 1. Enjoy the outdoors. We’re pretty lucky to live where we do. Just a short drive away from both mountains and beaches, San Luis Obispo is the ultimate ...
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Startup Weekend Cal Poly 2015

If you have never been to a Startup Weekend, I recommend you add it to your bucket list. It’s a 54 hour event held over a weekend with the purpose of pitching an idea, building a team, and prototyping a business before 5pm on Sunday. To say it is intense is a bit of an ...
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Family, Outdoor & Recreation

‘Tis the Season to Give Back

There are so many opportunities to get carried away in the to-do lists that can be this holiday season. Shopping and buying presents for friends and family, getting decorations up, baking, making it to holiday parties in one piece, ordering and sending out Christmas cards, etc. fill up the days more quickly than I’d like ...
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Arts & Culture

Lights! Camera! Shhhhhh…!

On Saturday night the San Luis Obispo Masonic Lodge filled with people – some dressed in feathers and sequins, others dressed in the typical laid-back SLO style. What brought them together was anything but typical – a silent film screening, with live orchestra accompaniment. The SLO International Film Festival screened Mary Pickford’s silent comedy “Daddy Long Legs” ...
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Arts & Culture, Eat & Drink

Adam Montiel: On the Air & In the Vines

‘Harvest on the Coast’ is the newly coined name by our friends at the San Luis Obispo Wine Country Association for their annual harvest celebration.  Once again, three days of festivities were anchored by the grand tasting at the Avila Beach Resort. Avila is always a great backdrop to a wine event, and it’s especially appropriate when ...
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Eat & Drink

A Sparkling Safari

Overlooking the stunning Pacific Ocean, as the water glistened upon the incoming waves mirroring the sparkling bubbles in my glass, we attended the 1st Annual BubblyFest by the Sea.  This is the only Sparkling Wine and Champagne festival of its kind in the nation.  Being that October is probably one of the most temperate times of year ...
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TechPitch 2014

The Cal Poly Small Business Development Center for Innovation and the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Softec, and the Economic Vitality Corporation hosted their fourth annual TechPitch competition at the Alex Madonna Expo Center last week. Applicants pitched their businesses for the chance to win the $5,000 cash prize, professional consulting services, and the opportunity ...
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Aida: My First Opera

Last Saturday, I took my girlfriend to see the Italian Opera, Aida, in San Luis Obispo. How would I sum up this Opera? As I reported on Facebook, “Aida felt like a BIG CITY PRODUCTION from a happy little college town.” From the anticipation of awaiting the rise of the red curtain to the very ...
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Arts & Culture

Q&A with Brian Asher Alhadeff

The Egyptians have enslaved an Ethiopian princess. An Egyptian military commander has fallen in love with her, but struggles between his feelings for her and his loyalty to the Pharaoh.  The Pharaoh’s daughter loves the commander, but he does not return her feelings. Just your typical love triangle…plus five dance companies, a 50 person orchestra ...
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Arts & Culture

Let’s Chalk About It

San Luis Obispo has played host to a chalk painting festival for the past 23 years. This year, taking on a new name – Via Dei Colori, or Day of the Colors – the chalk painting fun continued as talented artists gathered on the pavement to create their works. Courtney Meznarich, festival participant said, “Participating ...
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Q&A with Jon Anderson

Jon Anderson, the voice of Yes, will join singer and songwriter Inga Swearingen and the San Luis Obispo Symphony on Sunday, August 31 at the annual POPS By the Sea concert at Avila Beach Golf Resort. Jon was the lead vocalist and creative force behind Yes for more than 30 years, and now calls San ...
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Unscheduled Sundays

I’ve been sorting through a lot of stuff lately, namely boxes that have remained unpacked for far too many years. It can be fun to look back and re-read old notes and articles. I also like to look back at posts on my personal blog to see where I was and what I was thinking ...
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Stroll Down Higuera Street

Before I was a local, I used to visit San Luis Obispo with my family. It was our go-to vacation spot. The weather. The variety of things to see and do. The great food. The enchanting downtown (I didn’t know the word “enchanting” then, but I knew it had something magical). Our favorite routine, though, ...
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Cultivating a New Generation of Musicians

Every July, San Luis Obispo is infused with world-class musicians from all over the country and the world ready to take their seats in performances for Festival Mozaic. In addition to the concert series, the Festival is proud to partner with the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony and the Cal Poly University Music Department to ...
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