Polaroids That Prove the Madonna Inn Is the IRL Barbie Dreamhouse

The Madonna Inn, just off of Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo on California’s Central Coast.

Affordable Adventure Trips in North America

 Mountain-bike, paddleboard, or explore 80 miles of beaches in the laid-back coastal region of San Luis Obispo County.

18 Family-Friendly Destinations You’ll Love at Any Age

The Kinney SLO: Relax at this Central Californian hotel, which is located in low-key San Luis Obispo.

The 6 Most Scenic Amtrak Train Routes

With breathtaking scenery throughout the journey, the nearly 1,400-mile Coast Starlight route runs daily between Seattle and Los Angeles.

Where to Eat & Drink Between Los Angeles and San Francisco

If I were to make one hotel recommendation for this entire journey, the Madonna Inn is a no-brainer.

California Wine Month Kicks Off in September with Celebrations Across the State

September is California Wine Month, Wine Institute’s annual celebration of the harvest season.

The Winners of Our Readers’ Choice 2019 Travel Awards

This Central Coast farmers’ market is a mecca for produce lovers.

Kathy Marcks Hardesty: So much in love on Valentine’s Day weekend

This week, love is in the air and I am a huge devotee of being in love. So I can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their beloved partner.

6 things to do this weekend on the Central Coast

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Here are some of the events happening around the Central Coast.

Your Central Coast A&E Calendar

Cal Poly Arts will present the world music and dance spectacle “Celtic Nights — Oceans of Hope” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Performing Arts Center.

California College Tour- How to Plan a Family Vacation with College Visits

By taking the younger kids along, even on campus tours, you’re showing them what their futures may look like after high school.

Explore California Along the Pacific Coast Highway

After undergoing 18 months of extensive repairs and renovations, California’s signature coastal road is open for business and giving motorists what they deserve.

Raise a glass of red ale on Valentine’s Day

Following is a selection of red-colored ales to match the decorations on your Valentine’s dinner table.

Top 8 Farmers’ Markets to Visit Across America

With so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming to find the best spots to purchase fresh foods and other goodies. So, here are eight farmers’ markets America boasts of that you should visit today.

Award Season Comes To Life in California

California has been the inspiration for people’s favorite songs, movies, television series and novels.

2019 Best Affordable US Honeymoon Spots revealed

Planning a wedding is a stressful and expensive undertaking, and with affordability at top of mind for many couples, travel experts have named the 2019 10 Best Affordable Honeymoon Spots in the U.S.

The Most Scenic Train Rides in the World

Train travel is one of the oldest ways to get around, and the idea of a journey on the rails conjures up the past. Despite those notions, most trains are modern, fast, and efficient ways to get around.

Can the 2019 Academy Awards Recognize These 10 Movie Destinations, Please?

We can’t get enough of its whimsical town whose charm is impossible to resist—even for two jaded, cynical people who aren’t really fans of love.

10 Best Places to Stop Along Highway 101

From south to north, from secret beaches to succulent barbecue, these roadside diversions demand a stop.

Ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Tri- Counties

Across the Tri-Counties, hotels, wineries and restaurants are planning special events, offering holiday experiences for visitors and locals alike.

17 Incredibly Retro Wedding Venues

It’s no secret: vintage is back. From furniture and decor to clothes and even engagement rings, these days it seems like everyone is looking at the styles of the past.

THE DISH: Power up your plant base at Central Coast VegFest

In April, The Hen’s Roost will host a Vegan Festival and Earth Day Celebration. But if you can’t wait to get your plant-based powwow on, it’s time to hit the road for the Central Coast VegFest on Feb. 23.

New hotels opening across the Tri-Counties

A slew of new hotels, including some that have been in the works for more than a decade, are slated to open in 2019. Ranging from first-class hotel chains to privately-owned concepts, the new lodging spaces cater to a blend of luxury, tourism and business-oriented markets.

California City Will Pay You $100 to Visit

It may sound too good to be true, but San Luis Obispo, California, is paying their tourists.

America’s Top 50 Bike Friendly Colleges and College Towns

When you’re a student, you need to save money however you can. One great way of doing this is through biking instead of driving everywhere. If you use a bicycle as your primary method of transportation, then the costs go down!

The 7 Best Wine Destinations in the World

Skip the traffic and unwind on an Amtrak ride from as far north as Seattle and as far south as San Diego to San Luis Obispo, a.k.a. SLO CALOpens a New Window., Cali’s third-largest wine region.

Places to stop on a 101 roadtrip south from the Bay Area

Breaking up a long drive with a bathroom break and a Starbucks run is, well, okay, but having a destination that kids can get excited about goes a much longer way toward making the trip bearable.

A Beginner’s Guide to San Luis Obispo

Nestled halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California’s Central Coast is San Luis Obispo, or “SLO” as native Californians call it. Though it’s a small town anchored by the local Cal Poly University, it’s almost always sunny and not as sleepy as its nickname might suggest.

The 7 craziest hotel interiors in the world

MOVE OVER, boring chain hotels. Hotel designers the world over are getting creative in order to lure guests, and what they’re coming up with is sure to boggle the eyes. These seven hotels feature over-the-top interior decor and a guest experience that’s sure to surprise and overwhelm the senses.

The Madonna Inn has been a popular spot for celebrities since it opened in 1958. Bette Midler and Martin Have Attended

Longtime San Luis Obispo resident Carol Judd celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family recently at the Madonna Inn. She’s known for her outgoing and friendly nature: “I don’t think she has ever met a stranger,” Judd’s niece says.

5 Affordable Coastal Honeymoon Spots in the U.S. You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

While Los Angeles might be a draw for celeb seekers and San Francisco for sightseers, this lesser known city tucked between the two is ideal for those looking to kick back California-style without the extra crowds and cost (average hotel prices here are $139 per night).

San Luis Obispo to be featured on C-SPAN Cities Tour

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. – C-SPAN Cities Tour will record a special feature on San Luis Obispo starting Monday.

Race SLO Announces Portfolio Expansion With Inaugural YogaMusic Fest

A Central Coast celebration of mindful healthy lifestyle featuring music performances by Cal Poly Club 91 DJ’s, Forever Stoked Interactive Art Performances and a variety of popular Yoga Fitness Studios.

Things To Do In San Luis Obispo For Families!

Whether you are looking for a short and relaxing getaway in California or you are looking for great road trip stops near the coast, San Luis Obispo is one spot that deserves consideration.

Surf’s Up at the 25th San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 marked the start of the 25th San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. I’m excited to report that through the good graces of festival brass as well as the fests PR rep, the esteemed John Wildman, I’ll be attending the festival this upcoming weekend.

Exploring the 2019 San Luis Obispo Film Festival

When it comes to film festivals most people think of the big ones. Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, South by Southwest. However, there are smaller film festivals all over the country and likely one a lot closer to your home than you know.

SLO Film Fest: KATHARINE Ross and Hollywood Dynasties

Film Festivals are a joy so we rarely pass up the opportunity to discover a new one. We’re here in sunny but brisk San Luis Obispo (it’s March in California) for the 25th annual edition of their film festival.

A college town morphs into a pop-up party

Plan to visit this sunny Central Coast college town on a Thursday—stick around until evening and you’ll see why that’s the best day of the week.

3 Must-Visit Sweet Tooth Stops in California

California Dream Eater let his sweet tooth guide him to these dream eats at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, the Red Apple in Murphys, and Ampersand in Fresno.

Explore cowboy-meet-wine-country towns and vineyards

If you love wine, you’ve come to the right place. The San Luis Obispo region ranks as one of the state’s premiere wine growing regions, dating back to the 18th century and the time of the Spanish padres.

A classic mission in the Valley of the Bears

Downtown SLO’s most stately structure rises up from Mission Plaza.

San Luis Obispo to Ragged Point

At just over 50 miles, it’s not a long drive. But the trip north from San Luis Obispo to Ragged Point on Highway 1 packs an awful lot into such a short distance.

Miles of coastline, sunny hills, relaxing wineries

Historic ranchlands, a romantic coast, country roads, stay-a-while towns, and grapes—lots and lots grapes—make the Central Coast an outstanding wine country destination.

This Beach Town Will Pay You $100 to Vacation There This Winter

We could all use a vacation, but taking off work and hopping on a plane isn’t cheap. So wouldn’t it be great if the city you were traveling to paid you to go there? Well that’s exactly what California beach town San Luis Obispo is doing right now.

Get $100 back when you visit this Californian city this winter

If you need an extra incentive to take a vacation in the next few months, the central coast city of San Luis Obispo in California is offering 500 winter tourists a $100 (€89) voucher just to come and visit for two nights up until 31 March.

This city in California will pay you $100 to visit and it’s wine heaven

VISITING A BEAUTIFUL Californian city, and making $100 in the process, is what we call a win-win situation. The coastal city of San Luis Obispo, California is giving 500 tourists $100 vouchers to visit for two nights this winter.

A city in California is paying people $100 to vacation there this winter

Why pay for a warm winter getaway when the getaway can pay you?

The California central coast city of San Luis Obispo will be paying its first 500 winter tourists $100 just to come and visit.

This California City Will Pay You $100 Just to Visit—but You Need to Book ASAP

If low- or no-cost travel isn’t a good enough deal for you, try this one on for size: San Luis Obispo, California will pay you to come see their sites. Yes, pay you.

One of America’s ‘happiest’ places will pay you $100 to visit this winter

Here’s one way to entice visitors to your city: Offer a $100 cash incentive.

That’s the strategy being employed by the tourism office at San Luis Obispo, California, located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Get Paid $100 USD to Visit This California City This Winter

Need an escape from Winter but don’t have the money? This getaway is offering to pay YOU to visit.

The California central coast city of San Luis Obispo is going to pay its first 500 winter tourists $100 to visit!

This California City Will Pay You $100 to Visit

It may sound too good to be true, but San Luis Obispo, California, is paying their tourists.

From January 1 to March 31, the Californian city is paying $100 to the first 500 tourists who visit the city.

San Luis Obispo Promotion: Get $100 Cash When Booking Two Nights

The city of San Luis Obispo, California is having a promotion where you can get $100 cash to spend on anything you like. All you have to do is book two consecutive nights at a San Luis Obispo lodging property of your choice.

Money For a Rainy Day in San Luis Obispo

It’s raining deals in San Luis Obispo. Don’t let El Nino stop you from hitting the road and heading to San Luis Obispo for a getaway because now through March 31, book a reservation and stay at any hotel in the city and you’ll get a free $100 Visa gift card!

San Luis Obispo Will Pay You $100 to Visit

Need a winter travel incentive? Here it is: San Luis Obispo will give you $100 cash just for visiting.

The first 500 travelers to commit to a two-night stay in a local hotel before March 31 will reap the rewards.

This California City Will Pay You $100 to Visit This Winter

Why pay for a warm winter getaway when the getaway can pay you?

The California central coast city of San Luis Obispo will be paying its first 500 winter tourists $100 just to come and visit.

San Luis Obispo offering $100 cash to guests who stay two consecutive nights

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Looking to get away? The City of San Luis Obispo is offering $100 cash to visitors who stay two consecutive nights at a San Luis Obispo lodging property.

Central California’s Hotel Cerro to Open This September

Driving the iconic Pacific Coast Highway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo already makes for the perfect spot to take a break. From its assortment of independently owned shops to the numerous vineyards just miles away, this central Californian city has plenty to offer.

Beyond LA: I found California’s best-kept secrets with Curtis Stone

Curtis Stone has proven he’ll go just about anywhere to find inspiration for his thriving culinary consortium.

Pacifica Hotels introduces The Kinney San Luis Obispo

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Offering equal doses of recreation and relaxation, The Kinney SLO has raised its flag in San Luis Obispo – Central California’s vibrant college town known as one of the “happiest places in America.”

Pacifica Hotels introduces The Kinney San Luis Obispo

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Offering equal doses of recreation and relaxation, The Kinney SLO has raised its flag in San Luis Obispo – Central California’s vibrant college town known as one of the “happiest places in America.”

San Luis Obispo County Airport sets passenger record

The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) saw 485,911 passengers come through its doors in 2018. The amount is 19.2 percent higher than 2017’s 407,696 passengers, and sets the record for the most annual passengers in the airport’s history.

Road trip Kalifornien: Motels, Wild West und Highlights

Roadtrip an die Westküste der USA – damit ist bei mir immer gemeint: an der Küste Kaliforniens entlang – auf dem berühmten Pacific Coast Highway. Weder Arizona oder Nevada sind für mich ein Küstentrip.

In SLO, the Weekend Starts on Thursday

SLO, as San Luis Obispo is called by locals, is the heart of California’s Central Coast. The Mediterranean climate makes SLO a year-round destination.

The Best Beach Vacation for Every Month of the Year

Reader’s Digest highlighted The Kinney as their pick of where to stay in October. They also referenced downtown’s SLO’s BBQ, Bubblegum Alley and the Farmer’s Market as must-dos.

Cover Stars: Sue Mackintosh

UK travel agent from SuperFAM, Sue Mackitosh talked about visiting SLO’s “incredible” and “magical” Farmers Market in Travel Weekly.

You Need to Go: New Year’s Eve entertainment

The Santa Maria Times showcases Michael Nowak and Orchestra Novo performing at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center.

The Travel Splurge You Should Treat Yourself To Next Year, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

My Style News blog suggested those born between June 21 and July 22 “Get Quirky at The Madonna Inn”.

Celebrate the new year at the annual Jewish Film Festival

Paso Robles Daily News wrote about the SLO Jewish Film Festival, a weekend-long event.

The Friday Flyer Club News, December 21

The Friday Flyer, a club newsletter published by Golding Publications, highlighted the Amtrak journey from San Diego to SLO which includes a stay at the Madonna Inn.

Journeys of Discovery: San Luis Obispo, home to America’s 5th fastest-growing airport

Central Coast Public Radio Station, KCBX, reported on San Luis Obispo Regional Airport’s new Dallas flights.

San Luis Obispo Airport launches new nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth

Paso Robles Daily news reported on San Luis Obispo’s new nonstop flights to Dallas/Fort Worth.

SLO County airport to add new flight to Dallas/Fort Worth

The Tribune reported on new flights from SBP to Dallas.

American Airlines Announces 18 New Routes

Global Traveler USA reported on the added flights by American Airlines which include the first addition in April to SBP.

Routes: American, United bulk up + Emirates celebrates + Delta boss in BOS + more

MySanantonio.com reported on the added flights by American Airlines which include the first addition in April to SBP.

American Airlines Announces Several New Routes in 2019

Points, Miles & Martinis reported on the added flights by American Airlines which include the first addition in April to SBP.

Summertime, and the Travel Is Easy: American Airlines Introduces 18 New Routes and Adds Seats to Paris and Madrid

The Daily Press reported on the added flights by American Airlines which include the first addition in April to SBP Regional Airport.

American Airlines to add 18 routes, including new flights to Glacier National Park

The Democrat & Chronicle reported on the added flights by American Airlines which include the first addition in April to SBP.

American Airlines Adds 16 Regional Routes for Summer 2019, Expands Europe Frequencies

The Points Guy reported on the added flights by American Airlines which include the first addition in April to SBP

Six Producers Bringing out the Best in California Zinfandel

Wine Enthusiast featured Bill & Tom Greenough of Saucelito Canyon, known for their Zinfandel.

Travel in 2019 – What’s HOT on the horizon!

Lifestyle blog Champagne Living also featured The Kinney SLO calling it “a fun place to eat, sleep and play for the young at heart.”

Looking to turn up the heat in the bedroom? Try one of these sexy ‘Cuffing Season’ getaways

Numerous news outlets including The Toronto Sun picked up this story which featured The Kinney SLO, a hotel that brings back the best parts of college.

Try one of these sexy ‘Cuffing Season’ getaways

Numerous news outlets including Canoe.com picked up this story which featured The Kinney SLO, a hotel that brings back the best parts of college.

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

Visit California features the Mission in downtown San Luis Obispo in an article on the missions of the Central Coast.

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

Visit California features the Mission in downtown San Luis Obispo and specifically calls out the concerts in the Plaza.

10 things to do in SLO County on Saturday, Dec. 29

The Tribune posted about things to do in SLO, highlighting local tours and more.

11 things to do in SLO County on Friday, Dec. 28

The Tribune posted about things to do in SLO, highlighting local tours and musical performances.

13 things to do in SLO County on Sunday, Dec. 23

The Tribune posted about things to do in SLO, highlighting the Lawless San Luis Walking Tour and SLOcally Made Showroom and Creative Market.

15 things to do in SLO County on Saturday, Dec. 22

The Tribune posted about things to do in SLO, highlighting SLOcally Made’s Showroom and Market, as well as other local events.

13 things to do in SLO County on Friday, Dec. 21

The Tribune posted about things to do in SLO, highlighting the Heart of SLO Walking Tour and performances at the SLO Rep Theater.

18 things to do in SLO County on Saturday, Dec. 15

The Tribune posted about things to do in SLO, highlighting local hikes and Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center.

14 things to do in SLO County on Friday, Dec. 14

The Tribune posted about things to do in SLO, highlighting the Levity Academy and Cal Poly’s Performing Arts
Center.

18 things to do in SLO County on Sunday, Dec. 9

The Tribune posted about things to do in SLO, highlighting Holiday Performances at the SLO Rep and more.

California Road Trip | Santa Barbara to Big Sur

London Blogger, Lucy Williams writes about San Luis Obispo in her blog, Fashion Me Now. She mentions stopping at Madonna Inn and High Street Deli.

7 Hotels That Will Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

VOGUE highlights the Coast Starlight Train as a part of their article, which notes a stop in San Luis Obispo.

5 Off-the-Beaten-Path Hiking Trails to Tackle in 2019

Brit + Co. featured the Central Coast Tri-Tip challenge which includes hiking popular trails and then eating at Firestone Grill.

Smooth Traveler: California Coast ‘Town and Gown College’ Tour

Travel writer, Renee S. Gordon, notes in the Philadelphia Sun that San Luis Obispo is one of top three ideal places to attend university in the state. Some of the highlights include multiple downtown restaurants, Granada and Petit Soleil.

A college town morphs into a pop-up party

Visit California put a spotlight on San Luis Obispo, specifically noting downtown’s Thursday’s Farmers’ Market as a “sensory treasure trove” for all to enjoy.

6 things to do this weekend on the Central Coast

KSBY suggests multiple community events people can take part in on the first weekend in November, including the Arbor Day Celebration and the Día de los Muertos celebration in Mission Plaza.

You Need to Go: Kodachrome Kitsch, Los Tigres del Norte, ARMNHMR

The Lompoc Record points out some shows that will entice readers from northern Santa Barbara County to SLO, including a Cal Poly Arts sponsored “Retro Holiday Jubilee Slide Show” and a dance music concert, both at the Fremont Theatre.

You Need to Go: Kodachrome Kitsch, Los Tigres del Norte, ARMNHMR

The Santa Ynez Valley News points out some shows that will entice readers from northern Santa Barbara County to SLO, including a Cal Poly Arts sponsored “Retro Holiday Jubilee Slide Show” and a dance music concert, both at the Fremont Theatre.

19 things to do in SLO County on Sunday, Dec. 2

The Tribune posted multiple articles about SLO City happenings such as a Cal Poly Holiday Sale & Hanukah Downtown.

12 things to do in SLO County on Sunday, Nov. 24

The Tribune posted multiple articles about SLO City happenings such as a comedy show at SLO Brew.

17 things to do in SLO County on Saturday, Nov. 24

The Tribune posted multiple articles about SLO City happenings such as the Heart of SLO Walking Tour.

12 things to do in SLO County on Friday, Nov. 13

The Tribune posted multiple articles about SLO City happenings including the Lawless San Luis Walking Tour.

Wine Flies Free On Alaska Airlines This Thanksgiving

The Inquisitr encourages their readers to take advantage this holiday season of Alaskan Airline’s policy that allows Mileage Plan Members to fly a case of wine with no baggage fee in addition to their luggage with San Luis Obispo as one of the recommended destinations.

Flying For Thanksgiving? This Airline Checks Your Wine For Free

Forbes encourages their readers to take advantage this holiday season of Alaskan Airline’s policy that allows Mileage Plan Members to fly a case of wine with no baggage fee in addition to their luggage with San Luis Obispo as one of the recommended destinations.

Alaska Airlines Passengers Will Be Allowed To Fly A Case Of Wine For Free

Travelnoire.com encourages their readers to take advantage this holiday season of Alaskan Airline’s policy that allows Mileage Plan Members to fly a case of wine with no baggage fee in addition to their luggage with San Luis Obispo as one of the recommended destinations.

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport Receives Top Honors for Terminal Opening Outreach

Aviation Pros showcases the award SBP won for “excellence in planning and executing unique special events in pursuit of the airport’s mission” within the community.

Malene Wines Introduces Two New Rosés and Announces the Opening of the Malene Airstream Tasting Experience Adjacent to Chamisal Winery

Malene Wines featured on Wine Country this Week introduced two new rosés and their airstream tasting room that will be permanently parked adjacent to Chamisal’s winery.

Hotel Serra Heads to Cali

Boutique Design highlighted the development of the Hotel Serra. This property, located in the heart of San Luis Obispo, will incorporate two brick storefronts and along with three dining options, claim SLO’s first rooftop pool deck.

The best family-friendly hikes in SLO County

The Tribune showcases six hikes in San Luis Obispo that the whole family can participate in. In San Luis Obispo, they highlight the Cal Poly ‘Architecture Graveyard’ and Johnson Ranch Open Space.

Santa’s House opens Friday in Mission Plaza

KSBY announced Santa’s House and the Classic Carousel are coming back to Mission Plaza right after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Take a holiday to San Luis Obispo County in California for an amazing American experience complete with fantastic wine and stunning views

Mary McCool, a Scottish travel writer we hosted this past summer in partnership with Visit SLOCAL gave nod to numerous SLO city treasures including the SLO Brew Lofts, Farmers’ Market & the Copper Café.

Hotels with Flair

San Luis Obispo’s most recently remodeled hotel, The Kinney, was featured in recommend.com’s list of Hotels with flair.

New Hotel Opens on California’s Central Coast

San Luis Obispo’s most recently remodeled hotel, The Kinney, has received numerous accolades including a feature in AmazingAdventuresTravel.com,

New Hotel Opens on California’s Central Coast

San Luis Obispo’s most recently remodeled hotel, The Kinney, received numerous accolades including a feature in travelpulse.com.

New Hotel Opens on California’s Central Coast

San Luis Obispo’s most recently remodeled hotel, The Kinney, received numerous accolades including a feature on thejetset.tv.

New hotels: Los Angeles, Portland, Phoenix, Chicago, San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo’s most recently remodeled hotel, The Kinney, received numerous accolades including a feature in the San Francisco Chronicle.

This 350-Mile Train Ride Is The Most Relaxing Way To Enjoy Southern California Scenery

Only In Your State notes the beautiful landscapes and leisurely ride visitors to SLO can experience on the Pacific Surfliner.

7 reasons why traveling by train is better than flying

Insider highlights the Coast Starlight train service from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo as a better way to travel in California.

10 Things to do in San Luis Obispo for First Time Visitors

Benjamin Smith highlights his top 10 must do’s while visiting SLO with Money Inc. including Farmer’s Market, visiting the Mission, going to the Railroad & Art Museums & taking a walk through historic downtown.

ROAD TRIP: CALIFORNIA’S HIGHWAY 1

Visit California makes note to stop at Madonna Inn and the Copper Café, as well as downtown SLO to explore and stay Thursday for the Farmer’s Market, all in their guide to a quintessential California road trip.

Forget Route 66, This Is Actually America’s Greatest Road Trip

MSN urges readers to visit one of the happiest cities in America and enjoy time exploring all SLO has to offer including dining at Novo and exploring the expansive outdoors.

The Kinney San Luis Obispo

Hospitality Net announces the new 100 room hotel. The piece calls San Luis Obispo “Central California’s vibrant college town known as one of the happiest places in America.”

Two-Week California Road Trip For Nature Lovers

Scottish blogger, Sabina, posted about her dream road trip on her blog Girl vs Globe. The post highlights San Luis Obispo and Madonna Inn specifically as points of interest.

Road Tripping With Shane Fonner Down The Dreamy Pacific Coast Highway

One of A Hotel Life’s contributors, Shane Fonner, features the “charming and delicious” Granada Hotel & Bistro along his Highway 1 road trip.

A Weekend Getaway from LA // 36 Hours

LA Blogger, Runaway Chef, featured numerous SLO businesses such as Len Collective, Ruby Rose & Scout Coffee on her central coast road trip celebrating her anniversary.

9 things to do in SLO County on Friday, Oct. 19

The Tribune posted thrice about fun things to do in San Luis Obispo on three separate days through October including a Cal Poly faculty musical showcase.

16 things to do in SLO County on Sunday, Oct. 7

The Tribune posted thrice about fun things to do in San Luis Obispo on three separate days through October including ‘A Little Bit of Broadway’ at the Fremont.

17 things to do in SLO County on Friday, Oct. 5

The Tribune posted thrice about fun things to do in San Luis Obispo on three separate days through October including Rocktober Fest at SLO Brew.

Stephen Ross Wine Cellars

Wine Country this Week features Stephen Ross WineCellars, highlighting the urban tasting room, sustainable practices, and phenomenal Pinot Noirs.

Your Ultimate Guide to Southern California Craft Beer—By Train

A weeklong brewery tour itinerary of Southern California by train, highlighting SLO breweries such as Central Coast, Tap It, Libertine, Bang the Drum, SLO Brew, and Barrelhouse was in MSN, Travel Pulse & three other publications.

Planning a perfect weekend in wine country? Try SLO County, new travel book says

Lonely Planet focuses ion Edna Valley in their latest edition of Wine Country Trails; USA and Canada. The placement was also picked up by Travel Wire News.

These 6 Christmas-Themed Hotels Are Seriously Perfect To Spend The Holidays In

Apple Farm Inn is number four on the list of top hotelsElite Daily suggests travelers countrywide go to get their fill of Christmas cheer.

Amtrak Urges Travelers to Book Thanksgiving Trains Early This Year

Matador Network & Smarter Travel both encourage travelers to book their seats for a Thanksgiving trip on the Pacific Surfliner to SLO as it is the busiest travel time of the year.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, Caltrans Introduce New, Cleaner Locomotives at Los Angeles Union Station

The Buffalo News highlights 14 new clean diesel-electric passenger Pacific Surfliner trains with service from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. These trains offer an even more sustainable option for visitors looking to have a car-free trip to SLO.

How to Plan a Bachelorette Getaway

Kate Retherford shares her San Luis Obispo Bachelorette Weekend Getaway tips in her blog, “All Things Kate.”

An Extended Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo, California

Kate Retherford shares about her Bachelorette trip to San Luis Obispo in her blog, “All Things Kate.”

Score First-Hand Insight into California Sports

Visit California highlights Cal Poly’s Rodeo in this recap of California’s great sporting events.

Make Sweet Memories in California

With summer underway, there’s nothing better than visiting a delicious ice cream parlors to stay cool. Enjoy the fun and wacky flavors made in Doc Burnstien’s lab, while watching the in-house train disappear through tunnels, travel around a giant ice cream waterfall and finally journey through the wall of ice cream flavors.

Alternate Transportation in the Golden State

Multiple destinations in the region are encouraging visitors to explore via Amtrak’s Coast Starlight or Pacific Surfliner trains, including Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Solvang. As an incentive, riders enjoy deals on their ticket, hotels and more.

One of a Kind Wineries

September is California Wine Month, which means it’s a great time of the year to explore wine regions throughout the state. Below are just a few of the one-of-a-kind wineries that should be on your “tasting” list.

More twang for your buck

New Times covers Boots and Brews in their top picks for food and drink.

SLO’s version of Comic-Con will feature creators, artists and a squad of stormtroopers

Tribune article about upcoming comic festival highlights nationally renowned, locally based talent.

19 things to do in SLO County on Friday, Sept. 14

SLO City supported events are included in the Tribune’s weekly roundup of events and activities on the Central Coast.

San Luis Obispo Airport ranked seventh-fastest growing airport in North America

Paso Robles Daily News shares a study that shows SLO as one of the fastest growing airports in North America.

Move over, Paso. SLO County has a new top wine destination

The Tribune includes a story focusing on SLO Wine Country in the most recent edition of Vintages.

9 destinații care vor fi preferate de turiști în 2019 (9 destinations to be preferred by tourists in 2019)

Elle Romaina shares top travel destinations in 2019 including wine tasting in San Luis Obispo.

The Perfect Weekend In San Luis Obispo

Samantha Brown highlights her time in San Luis Obispo including Bubblegum Alley, the Drive-In, Architecture Graveyard hike and Madonna Inn in her Places to Love post.

9 Travel Destinations That Will Be Huge in 2019

Pure Wow names San Luis Obispo as one of the top travel destinations for 2019 citing experiences like wine country, proximity to beaches, Farmers’ Market, and year round sunshine.

Live Oak Music Festival

Summer in San Luis Obispo will be a whole lot more musical starting June 2019 with the relocation of the Live Oak Music Festival to San Luis Obispo. Coverage by Santa Barbara-based Noozhawk as well as The Tribune mention better temps, more foliage for shade and more make this new spot ideal for musicians and attendees!

SLO Ultra

Sports Destination Management and Endurance Sportswire cover the new courses at the SLO Ultra & Dirt Festival. “All levels are welcome to run or hike these private trails made of golden hills, tree-lined canyons and epic mountaintop views of the Seven Sisters coastal range.” Fitness, food, and a music festival. It’s the SLO Life.

21 of the world’s strangest tourist attractions

According to MSN this local landmark with a nearly 50-year history “is a must-see for gum chewers.”

10 Stunning Train Trips for an Unforgettable Vacation in Motion

If you’re looking for a way to kick back and experience California’s coastal beauty without the road trip, Sunset suggests the Amtrack Pacific Surfliner. Trips to and from the “laid back enclave of San Luis Obispo” south offer the best views.

8 Underrated California Destinations

For a vacation spent enjoying the outdoors and a “refreshing small city with a laid-back vibe”, Trips to Discover says San Luis Obispo is your spot. From visiting the local breweries to wandering the SLO Farmers’ market, there is “lots to see and do.”

20 Best Weekend Getaways from Every USA Region

Trip Advisor call San Luis Obispo “central California’s laid-back response to the Bay Area’s bustle.”

10 things to do in San Luis Obispo

What A Small World This Is blogger recommends San Luis Obispo for its “good food, a highly walkable downtown” and “unexpected natural beauty.” Farmers’ Market, Sunset Drive-In and more provide for an activity-packed trip.

30 Cities You Can Experience in One Weekend

MSN and Travel Pulse sum up San Luis Obispo as “a relaxing destination with some of the happiest locals that travelers are likely to come across.”

What It’s Like to Visit One of America’s ‘Happiest Places’ on California’s Central Coast

From award-winning wineries and breweries to an abundance of outdoor recreation complimenting the laid-back lifestyle, it’s easy for Going Places blogger Nicholas Kontis, who was hosted in SLO in 2016, to see why San Luis Obispo “consistently ranks in the top 10 of the happiest towns or areas in the United States.”

Itsy Bitsy Indulgences

Blogger Shannon Pulsifer shares wine recommendations including highlights like Edna Valley Winery, Tolosa and Chamisal that have “beautiful grounds, great wines (especially rosé), and friendly faces.”

All About Kate Bachelorette Weekend

San Luis Obispo hosted Seattle based influencer Kate Retherford’s active/wellness bachelorette weekend. She posted 56 Instagram stories featuring 16 SLO businesses, used #ShareSLO in 23 Instagram stories, and posted three photos from her experience, all using #ShareSLO.

San Luis Obispo Travel Guide

The San Francisco Chronicle includes three articles on the City of SLO in their recent travel section.
• Suite Spot: Chic offerings in SLO-more on the way
• The ultimate guide to going local in San Luis Obispo
• Tech and modern aspirations pushing SLO into the fast lane

Central Coast Renaissance Festival Opens Imagination

Dianne Brooke’s column for the Tribune recounts her introduction to the world of the Renaissance Festival (a GIA recipient), inspiring her to join the mystical world of merchants to bring the Faire to life each year.

Grammy-award winning artists perform at the Fremont Theater

The Santa Maria Times highlights SLO’s cultural attractions including the Grammy-award winning folk duo The Indigo Girls.

Boots and Brews Music Festival to Debut in SLO

The Tribune highlights the new festival which is expected to draw a significant crowd from outside the area a country music event the concert producer called “a dream.”

The Central Coast Shakespeare Festival

A family feud turned “magical, chaotic journey,” per the New Times SLO, makes Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” a summer a must-see during this year’s festival.

Tribune Event Coverage

The Tribune featured a variety of TBID and PCC supported events in their weekly event roundups, including “ Broadway: A Tribute,” Movies at the Rock series, SLO Brew Comedy Series, Circus Vargas, and “Music Without Borders.”

Everyday Discounts on Train Travel All Summer

Greer’s OC blog has kept SoCal residents up to speed on the latest trends – like taking the Amtrack Pacific Surfliner to San Luis Obispo using this summer’s various discount codes.

Guide to the Ultimate California Coast Road Trip

Luxury Retreats directs readers up the PCH from LA to San Francisco but diverges to make a stop in the “eclectic city of San Luis Obispo,” for the Thursday night farmers market, “exceptional” nachos and “sophisticated craft cocktails.”

10 Reasons California is the Green Escape You Need

Sit back and relax on a low carbon footprint journey, per ecophiles, between SoCal and Central Cal on Amtrack’s Pacific Surfliner. Start down south and arrive in San Luis Obispo, taking in the beautiful land and seascapes along the way.

Top Three Destinations for Solo Female Travel

As We Travel imagines a trip along the PCH in a convertible with sunglasses and a camera at the ready for their road trip from LA to SF, with a stop on day one in San Luis Obispo.

Stay on track from California

Adam Edwards, who was hosted in SLO in the summer of 2017, tells readers that “A slice of pure Americana” can be found in San Luis Obispo, with his World Traveller article recognizing the plethora of farmers’ markets, unique shopping and lodging options available.

Racing Through 72 Hours In the SLO Lane

According to Kathy Chin Leong, who we hosted last fall and also wrote a New York Times piece on SLO, if you only have 72 hours to spend in SLO, Active Over 50 has an itinerary ready to keep those over, and under 50 on the move, well fed, and busy boutique or wine shopping in and around SLO.

13 Best Cities to Find a Job in 2018

Out of 386 metropolitan areas nationwide, San Luis Obispo comes in as the No. 2 best market to find a job in 2018. According to Business Insider, “location is crucial.”

Highway 101 Roadtrip

Driving from Los Angeles to Paso Robles can be done in a day, but as Josh from California Through My Lens shows, it’s worth spending a few hours in SLO to eat at Firestone, shop at Boo Boo Records, and take a look at Bubblegum Alley.

America’s Most Unusual Hotel Attractions

“There are hotels designed after Italy in Las Vegas and Legos in San Diego, but there’s nothing quite like the 108 uniquely themed rooms of the Madonna Inn.” A highlight from Go World Travel – the Caveman Suite.

Cities where you can work less but earn more, including San Luis Obispo

Value Walk lists took a look at RewardExpert’s latest report to find out where “people work fewer, better-compensated hours per week.” San Luis Obispo was in the top 10 cities reinforcing the Cities brand as a place for work-life balance and wellness.

A Central Coast Stop for New Yorkers

NYC ePeak shares The Blonde Abroad’s California Coast road trip, including a stay at the Madonna Inn, which she says no trip to San Luis Obispo is complete without.

Central Coast Renaissance Festival returns this July

Paso Robles Daily News covers the Central Coast Renaissance Festival, encouraging North County readers to come to SLO for the event.

The Central Coast Shakespeare Festival

Noozhawk covers the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival, encouraging readers in Santa Barbara to come to SLO for the event.

SLO Walking Tours

The History Center of SLO County debut of new walking tours is picked up by The Tribune and New Times.

Music Without Borders

Festival Mozaic’s summer festival is included in Classical Candor, a classical music blog

Roll Out the Barrels

Santa Barbara Seasons and The Santa Maria Times invites readers to celebrate Roll Out the Barrels and Barrels in the Plaza at the 14th annual event.

San Luis Obispo Greek Festival

The SLO Greek Festival is included in a number of articles including The Tribune and by blogger and cookbook writer California Greek Girl.

SLO summer fun then Staycations

Guest host Suzan Vaughn interviews Molly Cano about ways for people to experience SLO on a staycation or when they have friends and family visiting the area on KVEC’s Dave Congalton Show.

Graduation Weekend

KSBY interviews Molly Cano about the impact of travelers on Cal Poly graduation weekend.

300 Top Weirdest Hotels & Resorts of the World – Most Bizarre & Unusual World Hotels

Blogoramma includes the Madonna Inn in their round-up of the most unusual hotels in the world.

Top 10 Must-Do Stages Between San Diego and San Francisco, The Pacific Road Trip (translated)

French Buzzfeed-like site Topito suggests readers stop in SLO to hike, visit galleries and see Bubblegum Alley on their road trip.

Staying at Madonna Inn in California

The Blonde Abroad shares her love of the Madonna Inn calling it and SLO a “dream destination… thanks to the amazing local artisan culture and gorgeous landscape.”

Top 5 quirkiest and wildest U.S. attractions

The Mercury News and East Bay Times include Bubble Gum Alley in their round up of the awesomely quirky places in the US.

Two big luxury hotels are taking shape in downtown SLO. Here’s when they’ll open

The Tribune updates locals on the progress of Hotel San Luis Obispo and Hotel Serra in downtown SLO.

Your 2018 airport summer survival guide: What to know before you go

The LA Times tells readers “If you live in Ventura County and are planning a trip to Phoenix or Seattle, you might consider flying nonstop out of San Luis Obispo… Compared with the labyrinthine LAX, SLO is easy to navigate.”

The 25 Most Charming Drive-In Movie Theaters Left in America

Architectural Digest includes the Sunset Drive-in in their throwback round up of “quintessential Americana” drive-ins in the country.

The Ultimate California Road Trip

Blogger Carly Rowena chronicles her California road trip, including a stop in SLO hosted by the city, which was part of her #LikeARoyal influencer exchange with Visit California and Visit Britain.

15 things to do in SLO Country on…

The Tribune’s weekly roundup of things to do throughout the county featured a number of GIA and SLO City sponsored events in the month of May including the Greek Festival, SLO Repertory Theatre, and events at the Performing Arts Center.

San Luis Obispo International Film Festival 2018

MovieMaker Magazine goes into detail describing the experience of attending the SLO Film Festival for their recent print issue.

7 Underrated Places You Have to Stop on Your California Road Trip

Livability names San Luis Obispo as one of the best places to stop on a California road trip citing the farmers market, bubblegum alley and the Mission as top attractions in this “colorful city.”

Roadtrip: Los Angeles nach San Francisco

German blog Reisedepeschen (Travel Dispatches) highlights San Luis Obispo in their article about road tripping form San Francisco to LA saying a “stop in San Luis Obispo is all about your enjoyment moments.” (translated)

15 Cities to Visit on Your Highway 1 Road Trip

Neighborhoods.com includes an overnight in San Luis Obispo among their recommended stops on the PCH calling it a “quintessential central California city.”

9 Must-See Stops on California Pacific Coast Highway

A National Geographic article, which was also picked up by the likes of MSN, highlights the attractions on the PCH, including a stop at the Madonna Inn.

From baseball to date shakes, these four California road trips are made for families

LA Times writer Christopher Reynolds highlights San Luis Obispo among the driving trips that Angelinos can take to “sharpen your appreciation of California.” In San Luis Obispo, he highlights the Mission, Madonna Inn and Apple Farm, as well as hiking Design Village and Cerro San Luis.

Amtrak Vacations Offering Flash Sale on Sleeper Cars

Travel Pulse, Jetsetters and MSN cover Amtrak offers for May including the Pacific Surfliner between San Diego and San Luis Obispo.

8 of California’s Most Flavorful Cities

California Delicious names San Luis Obispo one of the best foodie cities in California saying, “If you want good wine, sunshine, and Mediterranean climate all year round, San Luis Obispo is the perfect place to find it. The gorgeous natural landscape makes it perfect for biking, hiking, or just soaking in some fresh air. It’s not a place that’s short on culture or activity, either.”

Seattle Week: Gum Wall

KHON’s show Living808 highlights Seattle’s gum wall – as well as its counterpart in San Luis Obispo.

Where to Eat and Drink in San Luis Obispo

The Infatuation lays out all of the best places to eat and drink in SLO, calling San Luis Obispo “the unofficial capital of the Central Coast.”

Travel #LikeARoyal

To leverage the upcoming royal wedding and strengthen the link between the UK and California, Meghan Markle’s home state, Visit California and Visit Britain hosted three influencers in each country/state, on three unique itineraries that showcase how to travel ‘Like A Royal’. In partnership with the CCTC, San Luis Obispo hosted wellness influencer Carly Rowena for wine tasting, hiking, meals, and an overnight stay.

Perfect Day: San Luis Obispo

Visit California ran a November article about San Luis Obispo in one of their May e-blasts.

San Luis Obispo, California: America’s happy valley

A former SLO resident takes readers of The Guardian along for a trip back to her favorite stops in SLO.  She says, “This dreamy college town should be a destination all of its own.

SLO film festival enjoyed a banner 2018 with record-breaking attendance

Spring rain storms failed to dampen the 2018 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, which saw record attendance and a huge boost in festival pass sales. About 12,500 people attended the 2018 festival, which celebrated its 24th year in March, festival director Wendy Eidson said, up nearly 9 percent from 11,500 in 2017.

50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2018

Armed with its almost entirely volunteer-run organization, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival has managed to mine fervent local support and a perennially happy alumni network.

CA: SLO Airport Adds Another Flight to Denver — and Bigger Planes

United Airlines launched a second daily flight last week from San Luis Obispo to Denver International Airport, part of the airline’s push to expand the number of Central Coast travelers it serves.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Offers Spring Savings for Train Travel to Top Coastal Destinations

113 outlets including Travel Pulse cover Pacific Surfliner deal to Ventura, Santa Barbara and SLO.

California Road Trip Itinerary Part 1 (LA To San Luis Obispo)

SLO just had a very cool vibe, very relaxed with tons of great food and shopping, beautiful homes, etc.

Golden State Grub: The Best Things to Eat in California

Food Network includes a stop in SLO for Firestone tri-tip in their annual round up of best things to eat in California.

Top 25 Record Stores In Canada & The U.S.

Yelp includes Boo Boo Records in their round up of the top 25 record stores in Canada and the US saying “Independent record stores remain musical meccas and gathering spaces for the true music fans, many who are on lifelong scavenger hunts for specific vinyl treasures.”

San Luis Obispo, California is a Perfect Destination for Couples to Enjoy Hiking, Theater, and Wineries

Some travel destinations are known for the outdoors, food, and drink scene. Others are known for their arts and culture. But few cities offer travelers a taste of all of the above. San Luis Obispo, California, is one of those rare places that has a little bit of everything, making it a preferred destination for couples who enjoy a variety of activities.

10 Funkiest Motels for Families

Set in the golden hills along California’s central coast near the town of San Luis Obispo, the Madonna Inn is a landmark hotel that has been the backdrop for television shows, movies, and music videos.

5 Places in SLO to Take Your Family

Whether you’re a Central Coast native or from out of state, San Luis Obispo is now your “SLOme”! Finding the perfect SLO activity to do when friends and family come to visit can be difficult due to the vast amount of options.

San Luis Obispo County California Travel Guide

If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway that’ll make you want to put away your phone and soak in nature, SLO is the place.

SLO film festival enjoyed a banner 2018 with record-breaking attendance

Spring rain storms failed to dampen the 2018 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, which saw record attendance and a huge boost in festival pass sales.

Wine Flies Free

If you’re flying out of San Luis Obispo on Alaskan Air a full case of wine flies with you free with —making it easy to transport your post–wine country loot back home with you.

Drink rosé all day in this 1969 Airstream tasting room

Based in San Luis Obispo, Malene Wines first launched its small-batch, Provençal-style rosé in May 2016. Now, to celebrate the 2017 vintage, the winery is taking its tasting room on the road in style—in a 1969 Airstream Overlander trailer.

Rosé craze makes its way to cider, beer, vodka

Try 2017 Malene Rosé on tap at Malene’s mobile tasting room. The 1969 Airstream Overlander Trailer will open Friday to Sunday in San Luis Obispo, Calif., adjacent to Chamisal Vineyards, in May.

San Luis Obispo 360 Magazine

San Luis Obispo plays host to endless opportunities to shop, play, eat, drink and learn.

Sights and Bites from the Central Coast Veg Fest

On February 17th, 2018, the Central Coast Vegans held the first ever Central Coast Veg Fest at the SLO Veteran’s Hall on Grand Avenue, just minutes away from the Cal Poly campus.

A Beautiful Breakfast at Big Sky Café

I’ve shared often lately about my love for this “SLO” (get it?) college town. Their tree-lined main drags are filled with divine restaurants, cafes and bars and Big Sky Cafe is one of the Central Coast city’s highlights

Happiness Advice from the World’s Happiest Places

If you’re unhappy and living in a place where overall happiness is reportedly low, moving to a place like San Luis Obispo in California will stack your happiness deck.

Is This California Town the Happiest Place in America?

Forget Disneyland. If you’re looking for the true happiest place on Earth, you need to visit San Luis Obispo (or SLO, as it’s called), a charming town located along the Central Coast halfway between the Los Angeles and San Francisco.

8 Hotel Suites That Bring Your Favorite Fairy Tale to Life

The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland would feel right at home in the Hearts & Flowers room at Central Coast gem the Madonna Inn. With carpet, chairs and couch drenched in red and “painting the roses red” velvet wallpaper, it is truly fit for the red queen.

19 Great Small Places to Stay

Santa Barbara Seasons features Petit Soleil, Granada Hotel and Bistro and Garden Street Inn in their round up of best boutique hotels in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.

Quirky Weekend Getaways Near LA

Serenade your Juliet in the “Old Fashion Honeymoon” semi-suite at the world famous Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo.

Top-rated pit stops along popular road-trip highways

Travelers recommended stopping at the Shell gas station on Santa Rosa St, San Luis Obispo for its location, as it’s the closest gas station to the 101 freeway.

Road Trip

South of Hearst is Scout Coffee, a homegrown roaster from the folks behind HoneyCo located in two eye-catching San Luis Obispo locations.

How to Have the Best Spring Break While Staying in SLO

SLO is actually a great place to spend your break because you’ll have a chance to try out these seven activities you probably don’t have time for when you’re in school

Planning a Short California Road Trip

Lots of craft beer houses and music, we took in a tap house along the way.

Wine Wanderlust Guide: March 2018

As the weather warms, California wine country comes alive with events.

West Coast Travel for Families

Hiking is a popular activity in San Luis Obispo and there are numerous trails that are family friendly. Some of those trails lead directly to the shops on Higuera Street, so that everyone can take a break and do some shopping.

Only True Californians Know About These Golden State Adventures

Go south on the 1 freeway and indulge your penchant for being “pretty in pink” at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo.

9 Incredible Long Weekend Getaways

In less than 3 hours, find yourself eating BBQ and drinking fresh-pressed juice underneath that Central California sunshine.

San Luis Obispo, California is a Perfect Destination for Couples

San Luis Obispo, California, is one of those rare places that has a little bit of everything, making it a preferred destination for couples who enjoy a variety of activities.

72 Hours in San Luis Obispo County, California

Though not on the coast, an overnight stay in San Luis Obispo is a treat for those looking for something to do once the sun goes down.

25 Best Small US Cities to Spend the Weekend

In San Luis Obispo, the weekend starts on Thursday, when thousands of visitors and locals roam the Downtown Farmers’ Market eating barbecue, corn on the cob, and other local delicacies.

The Girl’s Guide to a California Coast Road Trip

Next up, it’s San Luis Obispo—dreamy, eclectic, trendy SLO. Stop here for the night at Madonna Inn, a whimsical resort with a fairy-tale exterior and modern furnishings, such as a hilltop terrace, heated infinity pool, spa, and 45-foot waterfall.

These are the Wine Trips You Should Absolutely Take this Year

When wine-tripping on Highway 1 along the California coast, most head north. But the Central Coast, right around San Luis Obispo County and specifically the Edna Valley wine region, are worth a stop and stay.

9 Best Farmers’ Markets on the West Coast

The San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market offers major meal potential on top of the amazing local produce. Be sure to check out the pulled pork while you’re there and enjoy the musicians.  

10 Best Small College Towns

Located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the town of San Luis Obispo features an architecturally interesting and pedestrian-friendly downtown area, where travelers, residents and students at California Polytechnic State University gather to shop, dine or enjoy a glass of wine from a nearby Edna Valley winery.

Road Trip: Seeking Beer on the California Coast

It’s time to head back south for the return trip on day 2, starting at Libertine Brewing Co. in San Luis Obispo for a pour from the all-wild-ale lineup and then Tap It Brewing Co.

19 of the world’s weirdest tourist attractions

Since the 1970s, people have stuck wads of chewed gum on this wall in San Luis Obispo, California.

10 Top Farmers’ Markets

Plan to visit this sunny Central Coast college town on a Thursday—stick around until evening and you’ll see why that’s the best day of the week. 

California Dream Eater visits Sidecar in San Luis Obispo

California Dream Eater gets fired up in San Luis Obispo about the unique flavors of Sidecar’s artistic cocktails.

The Most Fitness-Friendly Cities for 2016

Located 11 miles from the Pacific Ocean in hilly central California, San Luis Obispo ranks as the fifth best place to get in shape in 2016.

America’s Best Wine Destinations

The Edna Valley has emerged as one of America’s top wine regions for both the quality of its offering and the beauty of its scenery.

Here’s the pizza capital of every state

San Luis Obispo is the pizza capital of California with 5.7 pizza restaurants per 10,000 people.

The Lazy Man’s Road Trip: A Scenic Drive From L.A. to San Fran

Every once in a while, a woman just has to hit the road. You know, like in a teeny weeny trailer. My plan? To drive along the Central Coast of California, a 350-mile stretch that bills itself as the “Original Road Trip.” 

Deal: $100 gift card with a hotel stay in San Luis Obispo? Yes, please!

San Luis Obispo wants you to come stay. Really. The city is offering hotel guests a $100 gift card just for visiting — and you can spend it any way you like.

Top 10 Large Cities Slideshow

San Luis Obispo continues to make the “best of” lists! This year, SLO has moved up 14 spots to #10 on Milken Institute’s Top 10 Large Cities in 2015.

Glide through the holidays with ice skating in SLO

For many of us, holiday memories include the unique pleasure of ice skating. Relive some of those memories with a trip to the Winter Wonder SLO Ice Rink at the Ales Madonna Expo Center, 100 Madonna Rd., San Luis Obispo.

14 Restaurants Not to Miss on your Trip from LA to San Fran

This establishment has been a welcoming atmosphere in San Luis Obispo since 1927. Its history is deeply rooted in a “friendly corner market” tradition and maintains it by embracing its inherent vintage charm.

20 Best Under-the-Radar Film Festivals in 2016

Plan a weekend getaway to one of these amazing destinations and attend some of the best film festivals in 2016. The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is a six-day annual event that showcases classic and contemporary films in a number of venues such as the city’s classic Art Deco Fremont Theatre and the independent Palm Theatre.

Visiting San Luis Obispo — the ‘Happiest City in America’

Naturally, the erstwhile cranky New Yorker in me was skeptical when I heard that, only a few hours away, there exists a town widely known as one of the Happiest Places in America: San Luis Obispo, Calif. Here are seven reasons why San Luis Obispo really may be the Happiest Place in America.

Daily Eats: Seriously Falling In Love with SLO

Guys, I’m falling in love with my little town. I can honestly tell you that two months ago I was doubting that I’d ever be able to say this with that true, all encompassing “I love this place” feeling.

Driving the CA Coast + Apple Farm Inn

I took some time off this last weekend to drive the coast with my friend Mariah. We stayed at the adorable Apple Farm Inn, which I discovered via my friend Emi’s blog. And if you’re in the SLO area, please don’t miss the Madonna Inn. It’s like Vegas in a hotel. You just must see it. 

The California Adventure Club: Bubblegum Alley

No one can be certain how the tradition of putting gum in the alley started. Was it after WWII as a San Luis Obispo High School graduating class event? Or did it start in the late 1950s, as rivalry between San Luis Obispo High School and Cal Poly students? Either way, it’s fun and colorful and pretty gross. 

Wine Enthusiast Ranks 2 SLO County Restaurants among Best for Wine Lovers

Ember in Arroyo Grande and Foremost Wine Co. in San Luis Obispo were included in Wine Enthusiast magazine’s list of 100 Best Wine Restaurants 2015. 

Date Days

But oh my goodness. Date days. My parents live in San Luis Obispo and my brother has a tandem bicycle. This is such a wonderful combination. 

Meet two unique skateboard parks: One is a work of art, the other is… nirvana

It’s true in San Luis Obispo, where the planners behind the city’s skate park looked for fresh ways to give skaters not just a great playground but a lovely thing to look at too.

America’s Beeriest Beach Towns 2015

Is it any wonder a city dubbed “the happiest place in America” also happens to be soaked in craft beer? Perhaps it’s no coincidence that SLO earned that moniker—from none other than Oprah—right around the start of the central California coast’s brewing boom.

Traveling to SLO then rushing back to SF

More than half my week was spent in San Luis Obispo, where I checked out 17 restaurants in four days for an upcoming special destination section. The culinary scene is definitely looking up there.

America’s Happiest Town: Wining and Dining in San Luis Obispo

How does a visit to a quaint college town nestled between the rolling hills and beaches of California sound? A place where average winter temperatures are in the 60s and boutique shops, wineries, and restaurants are plentiful?

San Luis Obispo – California’s Hidden Wine Country

Bucolic and small scale, SLO is both interesting in its long winemaking history and highly forward-thinking and modern. The 30 or so wineries in the region are turning out a lot of excellent beverages.

36 Hours in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Occupying a dramatic stretch of coast midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo County is nothing if not well-positioned. It has the Pacific to the west, the fertile San Joaquin Valley to the east and a delicious Mediterranean climate.

Raise a Glass to “Green” for California Wines Down To Earth Month

Who would bring an owl to a party? San Luis Obispo County wineries, that’s who! The Earth Day Food & Wine Festival on April 18 offers a fun, casual experience with more than 200 growers, vintners and chefs serving local wines and foods with music, dancing and more.

A Weekend of Relaxation in San Luis Obispo

My sister and I were on a road trip to San Luis Obispo to seek some rest and recovery from our stress at home and work. Upon our arrival, we met with my sister’s friend who provided us with the warmest hospitality we could have hoped for.

Three Spring Wine Events: Paso Zins, STARS of Napa Valley, SLO Wine

Vines are breaking bud and wine events are busting out too. Starting April 1, SLO Wine in San Luis Obispo celebrates 25 years with Roll Out the Barrels, a monthlong series of events in wine country there.

The Madonna Inn

Hey, friends! Last month, Jeremy and I took a trip to San Luis Obispo to visit close friends as well as stay at the famous Madonna Inn. It was such a strange and surreal hotel experience that I thought I would share it with you here!

Road Trips for Families

Coastal Highway 1 follows the Pacific coastline from Baja, Mexico to the top of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. The most scenic stretch is the 139 miles south through California from Monterey to Morro Bay near San Luis Obispo.

SLO Sip Springtime: Roll Out the Barrels

Make that San Luis Obispo, to be exact, which is known for its area wineries and its relaxed approach to all things, including big anniversaries (it doesn’t go by SLO just for kicks — it is a local philosophy that’s very much observed).

Awesome Things You Should Do in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo County, about three hours north of LA and one hour from Santa Barbara, is a rambling place – the state’s 17th largest county by total area – dotted with adorable getaways.

The 40 Best Commuter Cities in California

Offering nearly ideal weather, lush vineyards, abundant recreation and eclectic restaurants, it’s no wonder tourists flock to the cozy community of San Luis Obispo. San Luis Obispo is also the place roughly 45,000 residents call home sweet home.

25 Most Amazing Campus Arts Centers

The campus of California Polytechnic State University or Cal Poly is located in San Luis Obispo, California. Its Performing Arts Center is comprised of four specific areas, a classroom, two smaller performance spaces, and the piece of resistance, the breathtaking Sidney Harman Hall.

Best College Towns in America

The vibrant center of this college town, just a few miles inland from the Pacific, is Higuera Street, which closes off traffic every Thursday evening (except Thanksgiving) for its popular farmers’ market—featuring organic produce, fresh-cut flowers, entertainment, and some of the best tri-tip BBQ on the West Coast.

Five Cool California Food Festivals to visit in September

Gourmet food and wine from San Luis Obispo and surrounding towns are showcased each year at the Sunset Savor the Central Coast, which is Sept. 25-28.

Book Now: Where to Go for Thanksgiving 2014

If there’s one responsible thing you do over Labor Day weekend, let it be solidifying your Thanksgiving plans. We know it’s difficult to think ahead to the next big holiday while you’re still working on taking advantage of the current one, but we hear from our friends at Hipmunk that airfare is expected to rise significantly after the holiday.

THE ROAD TO HAPPINESS: A summer trip to the happiest city in America

We drove slowly through the dense fog that enveloped the city overlooking the ocean. Houses disappeared in the early-morning mist as sun tried to slice through the sky.

Despite its size, San Luis Obispo wine country offers variety

Grape varieties from all over the world are produced in a remarkable single area of California, the beautiful and delicious San Luis Obispo appellation in California’s central coast. There you can sample an Albarino, native to northern Spain; pop open a Gruner Vetliner, the classic grape of Austria; move into reds like a Pinot Noir, home region Burgundy, France.

Keep it close with these LGBT-friendly weekend getaways

September is upon us, which means time is running out for any last-minute summer getaways to escape the L.A. commotion.. Explore a pair of LGBT-friendly destinations within a three-hour drive of Los Angeles offering a swath of nature, culture and nightlife worth getting on the freeway for.

California’s Central Coast, overflowing with attractions

Remember that killer blonde in high school? Sure you do — every school had one. Tall, aloof, didn’t give you a second look — or a first. The less enlightened among us might have described her as “smokin’ hot to look at but way too chilly to touch.” Well, if she ended up in Avila Beach, Calif., then she’s in the right place.

San Luis Obispo continues to ride wave of “best places” lists

The City of San Luis Obispo continues to grow in popularity as a travel destination, which could in part be attributed to its impressive rankings on several national “best” lists this year. Most recently, the city was named one of the top swimming communities by USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport.

California Staycation in San Luis Obispo (SLO)

I have called San Luis Obispo my home for the past 18 years. It is a beautiful place, once called “The happiest place in America” by Oprah Winfrey. Located on the Central Coast of California, about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

America’s Best Small Cities on the Rise

Somewhere between quiet villages and metropolises that never sleep are these perfect up-and-coming American cities. With their revitalized downtowns, they’re savvy enough to brew smooth craft beers, land touring Broadway shows, and attract Food Network-caliber chefs. Here are 10 terrific little cities, from Chattanooga to Yakima, and plenty of reasons why each one is worth a visit.

Top 8 Farmers Markets to Visit This Summer

Looking for the juiciest watermelon or a crisp selection of veggies? You’re probably not going to find it at your local supermarket. A farmers market is a great alternative. These markets feature local farmers who sell freshly picked produce and other artisanal goods, usually at prices lower than the supermarket.

Winemakers of SLO Wine Country on Terroir

The wineries are just five miles on average from the ocean, so the prevailing marine conditions are very pronounced, giving the fruit a lot of time to develop rich, full flavors while maintaining structure, complexity, and balance.

The Perfect Weekend Getaway in San Luis Obispo

Halfway between L.A. and San Francisco, San Luis Obispo is still a relatively hidden gem along California’s Central Coast. Spend the weekend walking the tree-lined downtown, where boutiques abound, wine flows, and farm-to-fork cuisine is fueled by SLO’s close proximity to California’s agricultural epicenter. It’s been called “America’s happiest city” for a reason.

Cheap and Chic: 15 Affordable Hotels in California Wine Country

Tasting California’s most famous wines on a beer budget may be easier than you think—you just need to be a little flexible. First, avoid that four-letter word: Napa. You can taste there all you want, but real estate is expensive in that stretch of California—and the room prices reflect it.

3 Perfect Days in San Luis Obispo

We always enjoy sharing a local’s perspective on California getaways. As seasoned travelers well know, a local’s insight is always the best. This one, written by our Guest Guru and longtime San Luis Obispo resident Kathleen Forster, is sure to inspire a visit to this Central Coast gem.

America’s Most Romantic Towns

With mild year-round weather, fewer crowds, and affordable prices (at least compared to L.A. and San Francisco), this central-coast college town embodies California mellow, making for easy romance. It also offers easy access to great wine country (think Sideways), laid-back Pismo Beach, and the grandeur of Hearst Castle.

These Are America’s 10 Friendliest Small Cities

When was the last time a stranger wished you a nice day, or a shop owner greeted you with a smile? Have you only seen a whole town come together to celebrate or help those less fortunate on TV or in movies? Depending on where you live, these sorts of things might seem like fantasy—we’re looking at you, Manhattan and Los Angeles—but what if we told you there are real places where this stuff still happens?

What are the best places to visit in 2014?

CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” with travel ideas for the new year – including some often overlooked hot destinations.

San Luis Obispo attractions: Slow is the way to go

This is not the kind of place you can get hostile with someone for driving too slow. That’s one of the first things my sister told me when she moved here nearly 20 years ago.

8 Great Summer Birding Trails

Halfway between bustling Los Angeles and San Francisco, California’s stunning central coast is tranquil and filled with birds. This trail, sketched by Audubon California, highlights 83 top sites in four coastal counties.

A Very Obispo 2012

How’s that lists of wont’s and cant’s coming along? Wait. What did you say? You’re only including the things you will do and must try and can enjoy? That’s the spirit. After all, a new year isn’t about prohibiting but about pushing forward and growing and trying new things.

SLO Club: Itinerary for a Perfect Weekend in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, or SLO as the locals like to call it, has multiple personalities: meeting point between SF and LA, outdoorsy collegiate town, oenophile getaway perched 30 miles from Paso Robles. They all converge into an ideal and easy-to-do weekend for anyone who loves food, wine, mountains, and ocean—which is to say, most of us.

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