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peerless views from Daou mountain

SLO CAL has over 250 wineries

is where locals come to watch the sunset over a beach bonfire. For an ultra-romantic experience there’s even the option to hire a private chef to create a personalied menu whilst you watch the waves. Hit the dunes: Staying in Grover Beach, take a ATV ride over the dunes for some adrenalin pumping fun. Buckle up for a roller-coaster ride with Xtreme Hummer rentals and zip around the sandy playground at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. It’s a thrillseekers dream. Light up: Head to the hills under the cover of darkness to experience The Field of Light at Sensorio, a light art installation that sees 60,000 stemmed solar panelled spheres illuminate and change colour. Visitors can see two light installations created by British artist Bruce Munro. There is live music at the weekends – the place is simply magical. Exclusive tastings: Stop at Center of Effort in Edna Valley for an estate tour and tasting which includes a chefcurated pairing board featuring local ingredients and purveyors, and seasonal bounty from the Estate orchard and garden. The wines are also pretty good!

Rainbow lights at Sensorio

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Hotels: Opened in 2020 is the Geneseo Inn at Cass, situated at the heart of Cass Winery, Paso Robles. Made from repurposed shipping containers these luxury accommodations look out across the sprawling vineyard. The site offers food and wine experiences alongside horse riding and archery.

“Most first-time visitors can’t believe there are places in California that are still so untouched. Our ethos is built around slowing down and living like a local” Chuck Davison, Visit SLO CAL

Just off the downtown square in Paso Robles is The Piccolo which opened in 2019. This luxury boutique hotel has 24 generous rooms with modern furnishings and locallysourced amenities. The rooftop bar serving local wines and Moët vending machine make for a memorable stay. Opened in 2019 is the family-friendly and dog-friendly beachfront property Vespera

Resort on Pismo Beach. With spacious rooms and ocean views, this resort offers California beach house vibes. Complete with pool and firepits, it’s the perfect choice for families. Attractions: Hearst Castle reopened in May after a two-year closure for renovations. It was once the home of William Randolph Hearst and Julie Morgan and comprises the 115-room main house plus guesthouses, pools, and eight acres of cultivated gardens. It is famous for hosting lavish parties for LA’s elite. The new Julie Morgan Tour takes an in-depth look at the life and career of the architect. Training: Visit SLO CAL has created a virtual 3D site visit tool for agents and their clients to experience San Luis Obispo ‘first-hand’. The tool is live on the training portal at

Where to book it USAirtours has a four-night trip with direct flights to San Luis Obispo with American Airlines, from £1,249pp. Departing October 2022, the deal includes a stay at the Shore Cliff Hotel, Pismo Beach – with partial ocean views and complimentary buffet breakfast. •