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it down. Relax. Breathe in the fresh coastal air. The Pacific Ocean invites us to explore everything in its reach. From award-winning wineries to quaint shops and hotels with unmatched views of the ocean’s beauty, there are there are so many great things to do and see that you may find yourself a bit overwhelmed. This guide will give you an insider’s look at the communities of Arroyo Grande, Avila Beach, Cambria, Cayucos, Grover Beach, Los Osos, Morro Bay, Oceano, Pismo Beach, San Simeon and Shell Beach. If you’re a first-time visitor, prepare to be impressed with the communities national organizations recognize time and again for their friendliness and beauty. If you’re a resident, don’t be afraid to be a tourist in your own neighborhood. There’s much to see and do, so let’s get started.

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Welcome ......................................................... 7 Highway 1 Discovery Route ...........................12 Camping at the Central Coast ........................16 State parks ....................................................19 Arroyo Grande ...............................................20 Avila Beach ....................................................23 Cambria .........................................................27 Cayucos .........................................................31 Grover Beach .................................................36 Los Osos .......................................................39 Morro Bay .....................................................41 Oceano ..........................................................48 Pismo Beach .................................................52 San Simeon ...................................................61 Shell Beach ....................................................62


Monica Stevens Custom Publications Assistant Editor Kristi Marinelly Art Director Anna Ramseier Production Manager Project Writers Katie Fries, Carey Norton, Dani Villalobos Cover design | Graphics Kristi Marinelly, Erik Davison Cover photo: Vivian Krug Cotton Special thanks to San Luis Obispo Tribune readers for submitting photographs for this publication. Additional photographs and information provided by SLO County BID, California Highway 1 Discovery Route, and Visit SLO CAL.

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rooks Burgers isn’t just another burger joint. The Brooks family knows the food industry intimately: they’ve been in the restaurant and cattle business for more than four decades. From great grandpa “Hervey” T. Brooks (the cattleman) to grandpa “Chic” T. Brooks (the business visionary) to Randy T. Brooks (restaurateur), and now Luke T. Brooks (the burger boss), Brooks Burgers brings four generations of expertise to the table. Oh, and that expertise tastes oh so good. Owned by Deborah and Randy Brooks and their son Luke, the restaurant opened earlier this October with a fast-casual vibe that gets you from hungry to satisfi ed in no time flat. “We offer gourmet, craveable burgers and local craft beer at a fast pace,” Deborah said. “ The restaurant is casual and family friendly with décor that features a rustic edginess. We want to create a local hangout where everyone feels at home.”

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Here, fresh USDA all natural beef burger patties are served up hot with locally-sourced lettuce, tomato, caramelized red onion, and the family’s famous “boss” sauce. Top it all off with a choice of brioche bun, local 805 sourdough, or a crunchy lettuce wrap. “If you’re not into burgers, we’ve got you covered,” said Deborah. “ the portobello mushroom burger is amazing for vegetarians, and I just love it any time of the day; it’s caramelized with balsamic vinegar and topped with onions and Colby-Jack cheese. The chicken sandwich is another great alternative, and we have a killer salad, too. We’re

partnering with local businesses to offer local, fresh choices.” Meat eaters, of course, will rejoice in beefy deliciousness of all ilk. The California Kid features avocado, bacon, Colby-Jack cheese, and roasted jalapeño with cool ranch dressing while the “Brooksy” BBQ is topped with a fried onion stack, applewood bacon, ColbyJack, and tangy barbecue sauce. Other options include a Hawaiian burger with pineapple, and a burger topped with mushrooms and Havarti. A rotating selection of local craft beers, fi ne wines, and seasonal delights will be offered up all year long, making Brooks the perfect place to watch the game or kick back with friends. The party goes to a good cause: 10 percent of all profits go back to the Pismo Beach community, with a different charity benefi tting each quarter. “Homelessness is a huge cause we are looking at this fall, and we plan to support schools and fire departments through fundraising efforts,” Deborah said. “We welcome folks to reach out and let us know what the needs are.” Of course, it all comes back to family and the beef industry that started it all. “We’ve raised and produced some of the finest beef cattle in the land, and with our newest venture, Brooks Burgers, we’ll be serving a premium burger for a great price,” Randy Brooks said. “Our burgers stand out from the crowd for a reason.” Hours are Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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WE L C O M E Beach Towns

Beach-lovers take note: The Central Coast is open for business and beauty awaits


By: Dani Villalobos


Beach Towns Staff Writer

n the world of Google maps and GPS, the adventure no longer lies in the getting there but in finding the quickest, most efficient route to reaching that destination. Well, Highway 1 has other plans — ones even the latest smartphone model can’t modify. California’s above-average rainfall this winter has left one of the state’s most iconic and scenic roadways a little worse for wear, closing Highway 1 from Ragged Point to the Big Sur Ranger Station in San Luis Obispo County. The replacement of Monterey County’s Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, just south of Big Sur, also has restricted highway access until further notice. But fear not, fair explorers. You will still get to enjoy the Central Coast’s assortment of quaint, beachy communities this guide happily dives into — including Arroyo Grande, Avila Beach, Cambria, Cayucos, Grover Beach, Los Osos, Morro Bay, Oceano, Pismo Beach, San Simeon and Shell Beach — and experience all the play, eats, shopping, wildlife and natural beauty for which they are known. These closures are an opportunity to take the road less traveled, so to speak, and enjoy the ride. Visit San Luis Obispo County California advises northbound through-travelers on Highway 1 take Highway 46 East toward Paso Robles as a detour before proceeding to Highway 101 North, while southbound travelers are encouraged to take Highway 68 East at Monterey. (It’s important to note that all San Luis Obispo Coun-

ty businesses on Highway 1 are still currently open.) The nonprofit marketing organization hopes commuters see the silver lining in this literal roadblock — there’s genuinely cool, noteworthy stuff to experience along the 30-mile deviation that may just make your vacation even more memorable. Officially coined the “Best Detour Ever,” Visit SLO CAL has mapped out a few key stops in the inland cities and towns most adventurers would otherwise miss, ranging from historical attractions to modern hotspots and everything in between: The Portal to Big Sur: There’s an actual name for the landmark spot that travelers regularly stop to get a look at in Ragged Point: the Million Dollar View. The wooden sculpture found at the Ragged Point Inn beautifully frames the blend of crashing waves and deep blue sea — providing a special photo op for visitors to take advantage of. See the seals: Well, the elephant seals at San Simeon to be specific. The classic Highway 1 experience is still an option for those traveling south before the detour, allowing passersby to get an eyeball of hundreds of elephant seals mingling, molting and tending to their pups at Elephant Seal Vista Point. Spot the stripes: If you decide to spend more time in San Simeon, it’s not unusual for tourists to seek additional outstanding views. The architecture and grandeur of Hearst Castle is renowned, yes — but it’s a chance sighting of the zebras roaming just south of the property that is the true money shot of the day.

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Calling antiquers: Like most beach towns, Cambria is home to prime beachfront views at its Moonstone Beach. But it’s the community’s unique antiquing experience along Main Street that is enough to make any true collector’s to-do list. The perfect selfie: For those whose social media profiles double as mini professional portfolios or who just want to snap that one stunning photo, there’s a scenic pullout along Highway 46 that’s pretty perfect. On a clear day, one can even capture a glimpse of Morro Rock in the distance. Wine-d down: Paso Robles recently earned street cred as the “Best Wine Country Town” by Sunset Magazine, and Highway 46 highlights just a portion of its grape-y goodness. The Wineries of 46 East — “a consortium of 18 wineries and 8 hospitality partners,” as its website describes — show-


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cases the various and diverse eateries, tasting experiences and accommodations located on this unique stretch of road. Details: www.pasorobleswinerieseast.com See the town: Highway 46 not enough Paso Robles for you? Well, make a pit stop into the town itself. Brewing joints, like Barrelhouse Brewing and Firestone Walker Brewing, welcome visitors as they enter the SLO County city — but it’s the downtown park’s fill of shops, art galleries, tasting rooms and more that really help showcase what Paso Robles has to offer. Make it a mission: Mission San Miguel Arcángel is California’s 16th mission, and is considered to be the most authentic and bestpreserved site of the state’s 21 locations. Swap some ocean for a little bit of history with this historical landmark.

For cyclists The detour may have motorists rerouting their travel plans — but those pedaling on two wheels are finding a less-crowded Highway 1 as even more of a reason to make that coastal getaway this year an active one. Highway 1’s rolling hills, challenging climbs and unique terrain make the iconic roadway a


favorite for many cyclists. And with less traffic between Ragged Point and the Central Coast, Cycle Central Coast is saying the time to move is now. The website offers numerous routes utilizing Highway 1, with all routes beginning and ending in the cycling-friendly town of Cambria.

Once you’re here If your day’s plans take you to the beach, start early to take in one of the area’s tide pools. Sea anemones, hermit crabs, sea stars and more await when the low tide exposes their rocky habitat. For prime sea life viewing, try your luck at Corallina Cove or Hazard Reef in Montaña De Oro, Morro Strand Beach, Cayucos Beach, Leffingwell Landing in Cambria or Piedras Blancas in San Simeon. It is easy to get lost in the otherworldliness of the tide pools, but don’t forget to look up. If you don’t, you might miss other marine life. After all, we aren’t the only mammals who are drawn to the ocean. We share our coast with animals like whales, dolphins and elephant seals.

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Piedras Blancas, in particular, is renowned for its elephant seal rookery, where the large mammals migrate to birth, breed and rest. Public viewing sites, open year-round, are located along the shoreline. Whale watching is another popular Central Coast activity, especially during calving season. Anytime from April through October, you have an extremely likely chance of seeing a whale up close. Avila Beach is a prime viewing location for gray, humpback or blue whales. Venturing away from the beach a bit will also allow you to view wildlife. Pismo State Beach, in Oceano, is home to a monarch butterfly colony, one of the largest in the country. Best viewing times are from October to February. When you’re in Oceano, make sure to check out the vehicular beach and the popular dunes. As you make your way across the sandy landscape, take note of some of the dunes’ inhabitants. A keen eye will spot wildflowers, shrubs, grasses and insects, as well as small birds and mammals. Once the wildlife of the area have quenched your thirst for nature, be sure to stop by any of the Central Coast’s prime restaurants and nightspots. From juicy steak to the world’s best clam chowder and seafood or vegetarian delights, this area has something for every taste. Details: www.cyclecentralcoast.com, www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com/gettinghere#current

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hether you’re a longtime Central Coast resident or heading that way for vacation, there are four words to keep in mind: Highway 1 Discovery

Route. The 101-mile stretch of Highway 1 extends through 10 beach communities, from San Simeon to Oceano. “We created the Highway 1 Discovery Route so visitors would understand all there is to do on our stretch of Highway 1,” explains Cheryl Cuming, chief administrative officer for Unincorporated San Luis Obispo County Tourism Business Improvement District. “Our area is open and accessible.” The Discovery Route’s affiliated website is a one-stop shop for a multitude of Central Coast activities, from whale watching to wine tasting. You can use it to identify state parks, beaches, attractions, restaurants, wineries and

more. Some attractions, like Hearst Castle in San Simeon and the Oceano Dunes, are well known. Others, like Covell’s California Clydesdales Ranch, in Cambria, are worth seeking out if you think you’ve seen everything there is to see on the Central Coast. When you’re ready to bed down for the night, use the website to find the perfect seaside retreat. Choose from more than 500 vacation rentals, hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts. A new addition to the Discovery Route, says Cuming, are six interpretive signs alerting tourists to public viewing areas where they may catch a glimpse of whales and other ocean mammals. The six sites are the newest stops on the Seattle, Washington-based Whale Trail, which begins in British Columbia, Canada, and winds down the Pacific Coast to Oceano. Eventually, says Cuming, the trail will extend all the way down to Mexico. Please see next page

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continued ... This type of wildlife viewing, says Cuming, falls under the category of stewardship travel, as the Whale Trail was inspired by the rescue of one whale. But the Discovery Route’s Stewardship Travel Program encompasses more than wildlife viewing. More than 70 different activities and offerings fall under the umbrella of stewardship travel, Cuming notes. Katie Sturtevant, stewardship travel program director, says the program is a way to “stay, play, connect and care in our areas.” As for how that’s done, well, it all depends on how you want to spend your vacation. Sturtevent says one of the most popular activities is participating in a beach cleanup. Many hotels provide guests with beach cleanup kits, which include gloves and a trash bag. Guests who fill their bags with trash found on the beach can exchange them for a souvenir tote bag. Sturtevant says many visitors participate in this activity while their hotel rooms are being prepared. Other activities include docent-led hikes and even trail building and maintenance. Often, a donation component is involved, so even if you’re unable to participate physically you can still contribute. “We’ve gotten great feedback,” says Sturtevant, adding that school groups and families on spring break have specifically sought out opportunities like the Avila Beach cleanup program. “It doesn’t take up your whole vacation,” she notes. “It can be as little as 20 minutes to a couple hours. It’s just small ways they can be a part of making this community a little bit better. [It] maximizes the visitor’s experience while it minimizes the visitor’s impact on the community.”



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Campgrounds in San Luis Obispo County


eservations for sites at California State Parks can be secured seven months in advance or as late as two days prior to arrival for most parks, but they are subject to availability. Until July 31, 2017, reservations can be made by visiting www.reserveamerica.com. On Aug. 1, 2017, California State Parks will transition to a new reservation website: www.reservecalifornia.com. Reservations can also be made by calling 800-444-7275 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Reach customer service at 800-695-2269. A reservation processing fee of $8 is added to the campground fee. Cancellation fee is $7.50. Some campgrounds do not require reservations and are on a first-come, first-served basis during off-peak season, which is specific to each campground. For more information, visit www.parks.ca.gov. For sites regulated by agencies other than California State Parks, refer to the contact information listed with each site. San Luis Obispo County offers some of the most spectacular sights in the world — not to mention dozens of sites for camping. The following is a sampling of some of them.

Coastal Dunes RV Park and Campground On Highway 1 next to the Grover Beach Amtrak Station, adjacent to the railroad tracks, the campground has more than 230 grass sites. There are restroom, shower and laundry facilities at the park. In addition, there is a swimming pool. Pismo State Beach is within walking distance. Contact information: 805-781-4900, www.slocountyparks.org/camp/coastal-dunes

El Chorro Regional Park Across Highway 1 from Cuesta College between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. In addition to camp sites, the park contains an offleash dog park, a botanical garden, trails and more. Dairy Creek Golf Course is next to the park. Contact information: 805-781-5930, www.slocountyparks.org/camp/el-chorro

Hearst San Simeon State Park The campground is divided into two parts — the San Simeon Creek Campground and the Washburn Campground. This is a great place to use as a base for trips to see the elephant seals, Hearst Castle and Ragged Point. Contact information: 805-927-2020,


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Lake Nacimiento, about 15 miles northwest of Paso Robles in the Santa Lucia Mountains, is popular with boaters and water-sport enthusiasts. Boat, water ski and fishing equipment rentals are available in addition to a 100-slip marina. There are seven campgrounds — from primitive to those with full hookups — to suit any type of camper. Contact information: 805-237-4924, www.nacimientoresort.com/camping

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Lopez Lake Recreation Area About 10 miles east of Arroyo Grande lies Lopez Lake Recreation Area, which has more than 350 campsites, picnic areas, hiking trails, fishing and boating. Other attractions include a privately run family water park and state-ofthe-art adventure ropes park. Contact information: 805-788-2381, www.slocountyparks.org/camp/lopez-lake

Montaña de Oro The park features striking views. There are plenty of trees for shade, a fair amount of grass and a vast network of trails for hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding. Islay Creek Campground, a primitive campground in the canyon behind the Spooner Ranch House, has more than 45 sites, including environmental and horse friendly ones. Tables, fire pits and pit toilets are nearby. Contact information: 805-528-0513,

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Morro Bay State Park Near the estuary and with a view of Morro Rock, this park includes the golf course, natural history museum and a marina where you can rent kayaks. Many sites provide picnic tables and fire pits. Contact information: 805-772-2560, www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=594

Morro Strand State Beach The site nudges against the dunes and lies just a few yards from the ocean. There are more than 70 campsites with fire rings available. Contact information: 805-772-8812, www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=593

Oceano Park and Campground The comforts of home are available at this campground just a few blocks from shops and restaurants. Campers can fish at the nearby Oceano Lagoon, surrounded by a well-maintained park. A second park is just down the street. The facility offers 22 campgrounds with full hookups. Contact information: 805-781-4900, www.slocountyparks.org/camp/oceano

Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area Popular with off-roaders, this beach campground gives visitors a choice of two views: the Pacific Ocean or the sand dunes. Drive on the beach, roar down the dunes in an ATV or take

in the local wildlife. Contact information: 805-773-7170, www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1207

Pismo State Beach, North Campground On the north end of Pismo State Beach, this pleasant campground combines grassy fields with stands of trees and shrubs. A large colony of monarch butterflies can be found at the park from November through February. Contact information: 805-473-7220, www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=595

Pismo State Beach, Oceano Campground Just off Pier Street and within easy walking distance of the beach and shops and restaurants. Contact information: 805-473-7220, www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=595

Santa Margarita Lake Recreation and Natural Area Santa Margarita Lake Regional Park is east of Santa Margarita off Pozo Road. The lake was created by the construction of the Salinas Dam in 1941. The park has thousands of acres of open space and is accessible to hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. No motor vehicles are allowed in the natural area. The area includes 60 primitive campsites. Fishing and boating are popular activities. No swimming is allowed in the lake; however, there is a public pool that is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Contact information: 805-788-2397, www.slocountyparks.org/camp/santa-margarita-lake

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N ATURE Beach Towns

Visit a Central Coast state park Los Osos State Natural Preserve The reserve is located on Los Osos Valley Road in the Los Osos Valley, just outside the town of Los Osos. It is a day-use area. Looming 800-year-old coast live oaks with gnarled branches and tons of character make this a favorite spot for photographers and nature buffs. Five major plant communities thrive within the reserve: the coastal sage scrub, central coastal scrub, dune oak scrub, coast live oak forest and riparian coast live oak. Watch for the oak scrub’s dwarf oak trees, which rarely grow taller than 8 feet.

Montaña de Oro State Park The park is 6 miles southwest of Morro Bay and 7 miles south of Los Osos on Pecho Road. Its operating hours are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Montaña de Oro spans more than 8,000 acres, including 7 miles of shoreline, an array of rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons and hills. There are campgrounds, equestrian trails and opportunities to explore tide pools, go surf fishing or bird watching. Picnic tables and restrooms are available at Spooner’s Cove, the area’s best-known beach.

Estero Bluffs State Park The park is about 5 miles northwest of Cayucos, along Highway 1, and about 11 miles south of Cambria. The park is open from 6 a.m. to sunset daily. Visitors can explore Estero Bluffs State Park year round, but the area is ideal from December through March, as sightseers line up to spot gray whales migrating south. Keep an eye out for various other wildlife, such as rabbits, mule deer, coyotes, California king snakes, the California red-legged frog and shore birds like the snowy plover.

Morro Bay State Park/ Morro Strand State Beach From the town of Morro Bay, take Main Street south, which becomes State Park Road. Continue south to the marina and campground. The 2,700-acre state park offers visitors recreational activities like bird watching, kayaking and sailing, or playing a round of golf at the 18-hole Morro Bay State Park Golf Course. Families can enjoy the Museum of Natural History, open from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. daily. Morro Strand State Beach is just 2 miles south of Cayucos on Highway 1, and offers picnic areas and places to fly a kite or windsurf.

Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area Pismo State Beach is in the town of Oceano, off Highway 1. The vehicular recreation area is 3 miles south of Pismo Beach off Highway 1, also in Oceano. From the traditional beach activities that make landdwellers swoon — sunning, swimming, fishing, horse-back riding on the beach — to really cool wildlife and nature, Pismo State Beach is the quintessential beach area. The Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area’s nearly 6-mile stretch of beach is open to vehicular traffic. Driving your car on the beach may allow those with limited abilities to dip their toes into the water without extensive walking or climbing. Formed by ocean currents and wind, the dunes are among the most extensive in California. Watch for shore birds like the threatened snowy plover and endangered California least tern. Camping is available, but advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

Hearst San Simeon State Park /Hearst Memorial State Beach



Located 35 miles north of San Luis Obispo on Highway 1 and 5 miles south of the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument Visitor Center. The community of Cambria is 2 miles to the south. Hearst San Simeon State Park offers visitors stunning views of the ocean and rocky shore and contains three unique entities within its boundaries. The Santa Rosa Creek Natural Reserve and its vast wetlands are home to unique wildlife. The San Simeon Natural Preserve features wetlands, riparian areas and even hosts monarch butterflies during the winter. The 13.7-acre Pa-nu Cultural Preserve is considered San Simeon’s most significant archeological site. The William Randolph Hearst Memorial State Beach is perfect for a picnic, kayaking and swimming and is directly across Highway 1 from Hearst Castle. Visitors can also enjoy the area’s Coastal Discovery Center. Details: www.parks.ca.gov

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A R R O YO GR A N D E Beach Towns

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wo miles east of the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by farms, flower fields and wineries, lies picturesque Arroyo Grande. A distinct village character abounds in the vibrant downtown shopping and dining district. The village itself is a unique turn-of-the-century town where you’ll find an array of antique and specialty shops, plus fine dining nestled within the scenic atmosphere of historic buildings and natural beauty. Arroyo Grande is one of 10 cities that make up the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route.

Arroyo Grande’s swinging bridge is a favorite of visitors and locals alike. The only one of its kind in California, it is in the middle of town in an area known as “The Village.” The bridge is 171 feet long and swings 40 feet above the Arroyo Grande Creek. First built in 1875 by Newton Short, the bridge connected his property, which was divided by the creek. Take a stroll through Centennial Park and Heritage Square Park in the center of town. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a few of the roosters who call Arroyo Grande home or be able to catch a show, as the Rotary Bandstand hosts live music and community events throughout the year. Arroyo Grande is also home to weekly farmers markets. From noon to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday, visitors can sample farm-fresh pro-

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duce and enjoy the beauty of fresh flowers and plants available at the market. The weekly event also features art and live entertainment in the parking lot at 215 E. Branch St. Check it out from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the corner of Courtland and East Grand avenues in the Smart & Final parking lot. Windmill Farms has something for everyone. Enjoy a relaxing walk through the grounds, which features succulents and roses, plus an extensive assortment of pottery, fountains, benches, statuary and garden art or peek inside the barn for a wide selection of fruits, vegetables, gifts and gourmet delights. Windmill Farms is at 1275 N. Thompson Ave. The Heritage House Garden & Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the area’s history. The Heritage House was built in the late 1800s. In 1906, the house was sold to Dr. H.S. Walters and was known as “Dr. Walter’s Sanatorium.” The Historical Society acquired the house in 1997. The Heritage House Museum is open to the public from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at 126 S. Mason St. Admission is free. Please see next page


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MAY 27-28: Strawberry Festival Strawberry treats, food, arts and crafts, music and rides and games fill the downtown streets of the Village of Arroyo Grande on Memorial Day weekend. Admission is free. Details: 805-473-2250, www.arroyograndevillage.org /strawberryfestival JUNE 11 to SEPT. 10: Village Summer Concert Series Enjoy free outdoor Sunday summer concerts with food, drinks and ice cream available. Bring your picnic baskets,

lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a wide variety of musical presentations. Activities include a fun raffle, which benefits a different local nonprofit group at every concert. The concerts start at 1 p.m. Sundays on the Rotary Bandstand in Heritage Square Park. Details: www.arroyograndevillage.org/summer-concert-series JULY 4: Fourth of July in the Village Celebrate the Fourth of July at the Rotary Bandstand. Enjoy the Village Band Concert at 1 p.m. Hot dogs, lemonade and ice cream will be served by the South County Historical Society. Details: www.arroyograndevillage.org/fourthofjuly JULY 29: Arroyo Grande Car “Sho” Hundreds of cars, including everything from hot rods, muscle cars and trucks to motorcycles and vintage trailers fill the Village for the Annual Arroyo Grande Car Sho (yes, it’s spelled “Sho”). Activities take place around the gazebo. Admission is free. Details: 805-489-9195, www.arroyovalleycarclub.org SEPT. 22-23: Harvest Festival and Parade Old-fashioned family fun since 1937, the Harvest Festival serves as a tribute to agriculture, the area’s leading industry. Among the many featured attractions are a parade, toe-tapping entertainment, agricultural exhibits and an array of food, games and arts and crafts booths. Details: www.agharvestfestival.com OCT. 14: Arroyo Grande Beer Feast Arroyo Grande Beer Feast Beer and Food Festival will feature art, craft beers and live music. The event will be held at the Heritage Square Park and will host many breweries and restaurants. VIP tickets cost $65, with entry from 2:30-5:30 p.m. General admission tickets cost $50, with entry from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Designated driver tickets cost $25. Details: www.arroyograndevillage.org/beerfeast

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vila Beach, with its breathtaking white sandy beaches, ideal Mediterranean climate and warm ambience, set it apart from all others. Locals call Avila Beach the land of ahhs because of all the ahhinspiring things to see and do. Located just off Highway 1 on California’s Central Coast, the road to Avila Beach takes visitors through a lush oak valley lined with transformative spas featuring natural and mineral hot springs, world-class massage, yoga instruction and sense therapies. Journey just a little further and the welcoming paradise of Avila Beach appears. Avila Beach is a breath of fresh salt air, with amenity-laden lodging options, charming oceanfront restaurants, magnificent local wines, shopping and activities for all to enjoy.

Have a sip. You’ve got salt in your hair, sand between your toes and two, maybe three, boards in the back seat. Your perfect wine pairing involves a bonfire, a little surf guitar and the occasional errant Frisbee. Avila Valley is one of the few places where you can taste

great wines grown and made within earshot of the Pacific, all while you sit back and enjoy the sunset off the water. Featured wineries: Croma Vera Wines, Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards, Silver Horse Winery, Sinor-La Vallee Wine and Peloton Cellars. This fall, get the SLO Wine Country new tasting pass program called “Sip in SLO.” It launched in February for the spring and and is available for fall in November through December. The pass allows visitors to taste at four wineries of your choice along the SLO Wine Trail, which includes wineries in Avila Valley. The pass costs $40. For groups of five or more, call 805-541-5868 or email info@slowine.com to schedule tastings and purchase group passes. The Central Coast Aquarium is a friendly public visitor center that is ideally situated on the beautiful Central Coast just steps away from the beach and boardwalk. Visitors get a fun, hands-on experience here that allows them to explore the world of the ocean beneath the surface. The small family-friendly aquarium has a mission of educating and inspiring visitors of all ages about local sea life Please see next page

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continued ... and marine science. Take a classic trolley or docent-led hike to the historic Point San Luis Lighthouse, built in 1868. The Point San Luis Lighthouse is one of the best-kept secrets on the Central Coast, a hidden gem outside of Avila Beach and a fun day adventure for the whole family. Avila Beach Farmers Market runs from 4 to

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8 p.m. every Friday through Sept. 29 at the Avila Promenade. Avila Beach Farmers Market features booths overflowing with fresh local produce, hand-crafted artisan foods, crafts, area restaurants selling delicious local fare, live entertainment and fun for everyone. Visit Avila Valley Barn. While the rest of the world celebrates the harvest in autumn, the rich bounty of the earth lasts all year at the Avila Valley Barn. Ripe peaches, juicy berries, crisp apples and a cornucopia of locally grown vegetables are displayed in baskets and crates inside an open air barn. This unique farm and stand offers hay rides, a petting zoo and the pleasure of picking your own during U-pick season. There is nothing more pleasurable than picking plump, juicy, sweet berries right from the vines or plucking that perfect apple or peach straight from the tree in the warmth of summer. In the fall, discover your own ideal pumpkin nestled away in one of the barn’s many pumpkin patches. The Harford Pier was developed in 1873 by John Harford to handle shipping commerce prior to train service arriving in San Luis Obispo. Smugglers also used the pier for transporting liquor under the cover of darkness. The Harford Pier is now home to recreational and commercial fishing, as well as two restaurants and a seafood market. The Bob Jones Trail is known as the city-tothe-sea trail. It is a well-paved, county-maintained bike and walking trail. Details: www.highway1discoveryroute.com


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MAY 28: Avila Beach Blues Festival The 24th annual festival features four great bands this year: The Rides (with Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg), JJ Grey & Mofro, Robert Randolph & the Family Band and Booker T. Jones. Gates open at noon, show starts at 2:00 p.m. at the Avila Beach Golf Resort, 6464 Ana Bay Drive. Tickets cost $55-$110. Details: www.everfest.com/e/avila-beach-blues-festival-avila-beach-ca MAY 29: Memorial Day Jam Local bands perform to benefit disabled veterans. Burning James & the Funky Flames, Roy Henry, Steppin‘ Out, The Mooks!, Unfinished Business, Brass Mash. Gates open at 12:30, show starts at 1:30 at Avila Beach Golf Resort, 6464 Ana Bay Drive. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Details: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/UnfinishedBusiness JULY 4: Pancake breakfast and doggie parade The event will be held at the Avila Beach Community Center. Breakfast starts at 8 a.m. and the parade begins at 11:30 a.m. The pancake breakfast costs $5, half price for kids under 6. To pre-register for the doggie parade, visit www.avilabeachcc.com. Same day registration is available for $5 suggested donation at the pancake breakfast. All dogs must be checked in at the Doggie Parade Table, located in front of the Avila Beach Community Center at 197 San Miguel St. Details: www.visitavilabeach.com JULY 8: Central Coast Oyster Festival The “one of a kind” Sixth Annual Central Coast Oyster & Music Festival is one of the largest oyster festivals on the West Coast. This year will include a full day music festival and amazing art installations. Morro Bay Oyster Company will provide the oysters. Oysters will, of course, be the main cuisine of the event, but alternative choices will also be provided. 12-8 p.m. at Avila Beach Golf Resort, 6464 Ana Bay Drive. Advance tickets cost $25. Details: www.centralcoastoysterfestival.com









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CAM B R I A Beach Towns

The pines meet the sea in one of America’s prettiest towns


ust six miles south of Hearst Castle, Cambria is where the pines meet the sea. The town, along the scenic CA Highway 1 Discovery Route, is framed by the Pacific Ocean and the grand Santa Lucia Mountains. Named one of America’s prettiest towns by Forbes magazine, Cambria offers antique and art shops, abundant restaurants and a weekly farmers market. Then there’s the town’s rich history, beautiful vistas and miles of beachfront boardwalks. Cambria invites you to lace up your hiking boots, clip into your road bike, cozy up by a fire, enjoy walks along the beach, participate in a meaningful Stewardship Travel Activity or simply eat, drink and repeat. Don’t miss Cambria’s Historical Architecture & Gardens Loop, Beaches & Trails Loop and Hiking Trails Loop. Be sure to check out the downloadable Cambria Discovery Route Map and the Visit Cambria app, available for Apple and Android devices.

People come from around the world to visit Main Street in Cambria. The vibrant artist community of designers, artists and crafty people create special treasures you won’t see anywhere else. There are no chain stores here; the town is filled with a charming array of eclectic shops from antiques to apparel to unique gifts and specialty shops. Browse the Friday Farmers Market for fresh local produce and locally produced food. View Covell’s California Clydesdales. How many places on earth can you experience almost 2,000 acres of pristine Monterey pine forest and rolling pastures with an exquisite view of the ocean? You’ll also see more than 100 head of Clydesdale horses at the Cambria Pines by the Sea Ranch, home to Covell’s California Clydesdales. Tours are available by appointment. Details: 805-927-3398 or www.covellscalifornia clydesdales.com Moonstone Beach is one of the Please see next page


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primary beaches in Cambria. It boasts breathtaking Central Coast views that run north and south for many miles. There is a boardwalk along with 30 acres of parkland, including Leffingwell Landing State Park, Moonstone Beach Drive and Santa Rosa Creek access. Pacific Coast Wine Trail is the Central Coast’s official wine trail. Enjoy handcrafted wines from 10 small producers along the scenic coast. The trail includes two Cambria estate wineries, Cutruzzola Vineyards and Stolo Family Vineyard, as well as Hearst Ranch Winery, Black Hand Cellars, Moonstone Cellars, Twin Coyotes Winery, Harmony Cellars, Cayucos Cellars, Chateau Margene and Cuatro Dias, many of which have tasting rooms in Cambria. Don’t miss 927 Beer Company for some local brews, too. Twice a year, thousands of elephant seals migrate to the Cambria land-based rookery, where the seals breed, give birth, molt and rest between trips. The Piedras Blancas rookery, on Highway 1, seven miles north of San Simeon, is home to about 15,000 animals — 1,600 pups were born here this season. The area is open for viewing every day of the year and there is no admission fee or reservation required. Details: www.elephantseal.org Along the Whale Trail in Cambria, you’ll view one of the nation’s most spectacular marine protected areas. See more than 34 species of marine mammals from land. Search

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for the heart-shaped blows of gray whales, tall dorsal fins of orcas and feeding humpback and blue whales. You can see amazing marine life at the Whale Trail’s shore-based sites at any time of year. This Whale Trail Stop is at Shamel Park and is part of a series of sites where the public may view orcas, other cetaceans and marine mammals from shore. Walk Back in Time with the Cambria Museum & Historic Buildings Self-Guided Walking Tour. Cambria has a rich history dating back to the 1860s, making it the perfect location to walk back in time. This Stewardship Travel activity invites visitors and locals alike to enjoy the self-guided walking tour featuring 26 historic buildings throughout the welcoming town. Don’t miss the docent-led tour of the museum before embarking on your exploration of the historic East Village. The museum is located at 2251 Center Street in Cambria. Details: 805-927-2891, www.cambriahistoricalsociety.com Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is permanently protected from development. Once the exclusive purview of the Chumash and Salinian Native American tribes, this breathtaking stretch of seaside bluff now welcomes pedestrians, horseback riders and bicyclists while protecting the home of many endangered species, including red-legged frogs and Monterey pines. Details: www.visitcambria.com SEE


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Heritage Day Saturday May 27 11am-4pm Cambria Historical Museum

Step back in time with Butter Churning, Quilting, Wood Carving, Wool Spinning, and Blacksmithing. Live music, chili, lemonade and root beer floats.

Celebration of Local Authors Saturday July 1 1pm-5pm Cambria Veterans Memorial Hall

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JUNE 1: Tip A Cop Dinner Officers, deputies, police chiefs and the sheriff happily wait on customers hand and foot. One-hundred percent of the proceeds raised will benefit Special Olympics athletes. Help law enforcement support people with intellectual disabilities. 5 and 7 p.m. seatings at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 1000 Main Street, Cambria. A table of eight costs $200. Details: Lt. Bill Proll, 805-781-7369 or bproll@slocity.org JUNE 24: 17th Annual Gene Cerise Country Coast Classic

Bike Ride Cycle the beautiful Central Coast of California in the 17th Annual Gene Cerise Country Coast Classic Bike Ride in Cambria. Since its inception in 2001, this cycling event has been volunteer-driven, with proceeds benefiting the youth of Cambria, Cayucos and San Simeon. The goal this year is to raise $25,000. Details: www.countrycoastclassic.org JULY 4: Picnic in the Park Fourth of July fireworks are back! The day’s festivities include food, games, live bands and dancing. There will be entertainment the entire community will enjoy. Everyone is invited to to Shamel Park to celebrate our nation’s independence. The festivities start at 11 a.m. at Shamel Park, 5455 Windsor Blvd. in Cambria. JULY 29: Great Kitchens of Cambria See unique and wonderful Cambria kitchens on this self-guided tour with progressive gourmet tastings. Some are new and some are remodeled. Great food in every kitchen. Wonderful raffle prizes available. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Tickets cost $42. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Details: 805-927-2856, www.cambriakitchentour.com SEPT. 2-4: 2017 Pinedorado Days Three days of fun for children and adults with food, raffles and more. The event starts with a waffle breakfast, parade and fun run on Saturday and a wonderful car show on Sunday. Find the fun at the Pinedorado grounds and the Veteran’s Memorial Hall on Main Street in Cambria. Details: www.pinedorado.com OCT. 1-31: Scarecrow Festival 2017 For the entire month of October, the most artistic, creative and lively scarecrows will line the streets of Cambria’s East and West Villages, Moonstone Beach and San Simeon. Details: 805-395-2399 or www.cambriascarecrows.com




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CAYUC O S Beach Towns

A beachcomber’s paradise, foodie’s nirvana and a vacationer’s dream come true



njoy miles of pet-friendly beach, surfing, kayaking, strolling the historic pier and getting up close and personal with sea life (think adorable sea otters). With plenty of familyowned restaurants, wineries and local artisan goods, there’s so much for you to enjoy in Cayucos. Voted “the coolest small town in America” in 2009, Cayucos is a surprising gem of a town that appears like magic out of the misty fog. Cayucos is truly an authentic California beach town with a long stretch of white sandy beach, sun more often than fog, a free public fishing pier, a historic saloon and a quaint, old-fashioned main street. Originally inhabited by the Chumash Native American people, Cayucos was officially settled in 1867 by Captain James Cass. The captain, whose impeccably restored home still bears his name, recognized the excellent shipping location and built the pier, a store and a warehouse that came to be known as Cayucos Landing. The population of Cayucos is about 3,000. There’s even a fresh-water swimming pool near Hardie Park and two lighted tennis courts, a short walk away from the pier.

Wine and dine in Cayucos. Enjoy a menu featuring selectively sourced ingredients from the bounty of the Central Coast at the Grill at the Cass House. Schooners Wharf boasts the best ocean views of any restaurant in the area while embracing a nautical theme reminiscent of the early history of the Central Coast sailors and fishermen. Featured in the New York Times, the Brown Butter Cookie Company is nationally known for its signature sea salt cookie — a melt-in-your-mouth shortbread morsel with just a touch of sea salt. Yearning for amazing smoked fish and meats? Don’t miss Ruddell’s Smokehouse, which also serves the “best damn fish taco.” Go fishing. A large variety of fish and shellfish can be caught from various spots on the Cayucos Pier, with the coveted halibut being plentiful from the end of the 950-foot pier. Though the waves are unpredictable here, surfers love this town, finding some of the best surfboard craftsmen and surf shops in the country. Catch a wave. Sheltered from the prevailing northerly winds, Cayucos is a bit warmer than other nearby beaches, providing many SEE


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days of rideable waves for the novice and veteran surfer alike. Cayucos is also an active playground for all levels of kayakers and paddle boarders to gear up, view incredible shoreline scenery, encounter all types of interesting sea life and take pleasure in the natural beauty of this region. A trip to Whale Rock Reservoir takes you away from the main roads and to rolling hills surrounded by oak and sycamore trees, along with herds of cattle grazing peacefully. The area surrounding the reservoir is prime for birdwatching, especially around Santa Rita Creek. Fishing, bicycling, hiking and hang gliding are also popular in this area. The trail alongside the lake is primarily used as a fishing access, but is also a beautiful area for hiking and picnicking. The easy-to-moderate hike is 3.8 miles out and back, taking about two hours. Appreciate the art on the Cayucos Mural Tour. The murals tour starts in northern Cayucos at the elementary school. From there, travel through the town’s streets visiting all nine murals, ending at a private residence on the southern tip of Cayucos. For a map and description of each mural and the artists, visit www.cayucos.org/ muralsociety/tourmap.html. Details: www.cayucosbythesea.com


MAY 27-28: Antique Gas Engine Show Every Memorial Day weekend for more than 40 years, a collection of antique engines chugs away on the corner of Ocean Avenue and D Street in Cayucos. Wander through and talk to the folks who keep them running. The show is from 8 a.m. until dark. Admission is free. Details: Ben Ostini, 805-423-4865. JULY 4: Independence Day Festivities From a sand-sculpture contest to the fun and funky parade to barbecues, bingo and more, there’s plenty to do in Cayucos July 4. The day is topped off with a tremendous fireworks display, launched from the end of the famous Cayucos Pier. Details: www.cayucosbythesea.com/events JULY 15: 48th Annual Brian Waterbury Memorial Rock to Pier Run and Half Marathon The run/walk is approximately 6 miles in length and takes place on the hard-packed sand from Morro Rock to the Cayucos Pier. Have more fun with the 5th Annual Rock’n Around the Pier Half Marathon where runners have the option to run back to the Rock to compete in a 13.1-mile race. Details: www.leaguelineup.com/welcome .asp?url=rock2pier SEPT. 16: 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day Estero Bluffs Cayucos Land Conservancy is hosting the cleanup on Estero Bluffs at “Killers” surf spot, the 3rd large pullout north of Cayucos from 9 a.m. to noon. Details: www.cayucoslandconservancy.org or www.coastal.ca.gov/ publiced/ccd/cleanup

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ucked between Pismo Beach and Oceano is the down-to-earth coastal town of Grover Beach, a roughly 2-mile area that packs a punch, despite its small size. In Grover Beach, you can take in live music and festivals throughout the year. Or you can take in a day of fun in the sun. The entrance to the Oceano Dunes at Pismo State Beach is off Grand Avenue in Grover Beach. There, you can gather the gang around a crackling bonfire for a seaside sunset, s’mores and stories. Or you can dine in style at the RibLine, which is famous for its Santa Maria-style barbecue.

One of the area’s most talked about restaurants, the Spoon Trade, at 295 W. Grand Ave., is a gathering point in the heart of the five-cities area. The bar and gathering area allow guests to stand for a quick beer at the window, or meet new neighbors at the community table. On the menu are locally sourced dishes with a nod to classic comfort food like chicken and waffles or grilled pork chops. And, don’t forget to enjoy the Grover Beach sourdough made on-site. Details: 805-904-6773, www.thespoontrade.com If you’re a visitor to the area, get to Grover Beach from the train in a mere minutes. Grover Beach is home to the only Amtrak train station in the five-cities area, with regional transit Please see next page


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JUNE 4 to SEPT. 25: Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series Sundays (except August 27) throughout the summer you’ll find friendly company, delicious food and great music from amazing local talent. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ramona Garden Park, 993 Ramona Ave., Grover Beach. Admission is free. AUG. 26: 29th Annual Dune Run Run & Walk Enjoy a run or walk over the scenic Grover Beach boardwalk and beach — a fun combination for all ages. T-shirts will be free to the first 100 people to register for the event. Awards ceremony will immediately follow the end of the race. 1st and 2nd place medals will be awarded for all age and gender categories. Register online through Thursday, August 24 at https://apm.activecommunities.com/groverbeachparks/Home. On-site registration begins at 7 a.m. on race day. AUG. 26-27: Stone Soup Music Festival and Street Faire The Grover Beach community gathers to celebrate diversity through music, food and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts. World class musicians perform multicultural tunes from the morning to the evening. There are bounce houses, slides, rides, dog parades, model trains and, of course, an unending array of cuisine from different cultures. Details: www.aggbchamber.com/events


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L O S O SO S & B A Y W O O D PAR K Beach Towns

Nature lovers find hidden gems and outdoor adventures MICHAEL “MIKE” L. BAIRD


urrounded by the south shore of Morro Bay and filled with forests, preserves and outdoor adventure, nature lovers are drawn to the quaint seaside towns of Los Osos and Baywood Park. Very much off the beaten tourist path, Los Osos sits on the


southern tidal estuary of Morro Bay. With its mild climate and friendly population of about 15,000, Los Osos lives up to its positive reputation offering a great climate perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding, golfing and endless hiking, biking and tide pooling. Once considered a separate township, the bayside neighborhood of Baywood Park is now part of Los Osos, but still has its own identity as a picturesque park right on what locals refer to as the “back bay,” which is surrounded by wooded stands of eucalyptus trees. Just a stone’s throw from Montaña de Oro State Park, Morro Bay State Park and the Morro Bay Bird Sanctuary, Los Osos and Baywood Park are ideal sanctuaries for humans, too, offering an ideal base camp for excursions along the Central Coast.

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Montaña de Oro, or Mountain of Gold, is home to many scenic views and white sandy beaches. Sandspit Beach is one of the gems of the park, located just inside the park with a parking area and marked by a sign. Walking from the Sandspit Beach parking lot is one way to get there and watch a variety of birds flock in the waves. You can also kayak or paddleboard over from Morro Bay. Montaña de Oro State Park offers more than 50 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails with ocean, mountain and valley vistas. Spooners Cove is the focal point of the park, with driving access to the spectacular beach as well as the historic Spooner Ranch House (open and staffed with docents daily). The trailhead to the wheelchair-accessible Bluff Trail leads to sweeping views of the coastline and tide pooling at Corrallina Cove. Hit the trail at the 27-acre Sweet Springs Nature Preserve. Located on Ramona Avenue in the town of Los Osos, the preserve has been managed by the Morro Coast Audubon Society

since 1988. The preserve offers hiking trails, excellent birdwatching opportunities and what some consider to be the area’s best views of Morro Bay and Morro Rock. Sweet Springs Nature Preserve has no beach access and pets must be kept on a 6-foot leash and stay on the trail. The preserve also holds historic interest. Archeological artifacts indicate the area where Sweet Springs was originally settled by the Chumash as early as 500 AD. They lived there through the late 1700s. Take a walk through the magical Elfin Forest. This area plays host to some unique trees, with its California Live Oaks ranging in height from 4 feet to 20 feet. The El Moro Elfin Forest Natural Area gets its name from the short stature of these trees, which grow as tall as 50 feet in other areas of Los Osos. Here, they are stunted due to the environment, despite being centuries old. The 90-acre natural area supports more than 200 species of plants, 110 kinds of birds, 22 species of mammals and 13 species of amphibians and reptiles. It is home to rare plants, butterflies, snails and birds.


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Black Hill Trail: From the mountain’s 640-foot summit, you can view the Morro Bay Estuary, the sand spit and the hills of nearby Montaña de Oro. A series of nine peaks between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay originated as volcanoes beneath the sea that covered this area some 15 million years ago. After the sea and volcanic explosions subsided, erosion began dissolving the softer mountain material around the volcanic rock and left nine volcanic peaks standing high above the surrounding landscape. These volcanic plugs include Hollister Peak and the famed Morro Rock. Black Hill, the last peak in the volcanic series before Morro Rock, has a trail that tours a little of everything — chaparral, eucalyptus, oaks, pines and coastal shrubs. The Black Hill trail is located at 1 State Park Road, Morro Bay. Central Coast Outdoors: Kayak eco-tours of Morro Bay National Estuary. Bicycling tours down the coast or to Edna Valley or Paso Robles. Naturalist led hikes and walks to Big Sur and Montaña de Oro. Explore the incredible outdoor world of the Central Coast. Central Coast Outdoors specializes in incredible vacations for individual travelers, small group tours or large group tours kayaking, biking or hiking in our natural playground. Details: 805-528-1080


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company and students from Cal Poly — move to the nighttime market in downtown San Luis Obispo a few hours later. From 2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturdays, this market is on Main and Harbor streets, and besides regular market fare, has local coffee from Top Dog, homemade tamales and authentic kettle corn. Morro Strand State Beach: This beach is a coastal frontage park with picnic sites and camping. A 3-mile stretch of beach connects the southern and northern entrances to the beach. Fishing, windsurfing, jogging and kite flying are popular. This is also a dog-friendly beach, so your four-legged friends are welcome. There is access to overnight facilities as well, including family campsites and RV access. The beach is 2 miles south of Cayucos on Highway 1. Take the Yerba Buena exit, a short distance north of Morro Bay. 24th Street allows access to the northern part of the beach. Whale watching: Whale watching can be a truly memorable and once-in-a-lifetime experience. When whales are migrating, Morro Bay makes an excellent starting point for your trip. There are two main companies offering regular excursions: Sub Sea Tours & Kayaks at 805-772-9463 and Virg’s Landing at 805-772-1222.

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flower-filled greenhouses, orchards laden with citrus and avocados and fields of strawberries and flowers. Nipomo offers a quaint old downtown featuring the deliciously world-famous Jocko’s Steak House. Rancho Nipomo Dana Adobe: Standing in a grove of stately eucalyptus trees on Nipomo Mesa is a 13-room adobe residence built by Captain William Goodwin Dana in 1840. Restoration efforts have restored this gracious home to much of its original splendor. Burros and other farm animals from the great rancho era can still be found here. The Dana Adobe is open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and during the week by appointment. Monarch Butterfly Grove: From late October to February, thousands of black and gold monarch butterflies cluster in the limbs of a eucalyptus grove at Trilogy Monarch Dunes in Nipomo, providing a breathtaking glimpse of nature in all her vibrant glory. The count was 20,000 in December 2016. Many of these fragile butterflies fly more than 1,000 miles, braving harsh weather conditions before coming to roost in the protected grove for the winter. The grove is open year-round with an interpretive trail. The butterfly hab-

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in the dunes. The Dunes Center was originally conceived by a group of concerned citizens. In 1989, the Nature Conservancy’s efforts helped to preserve and restore the Guadalupe Beach and Oso Flaco Lake Natural Areas. At the Dunes Center, there is an exhibit featuring a variety of artifacts from both the set and the people who worked on the production. Oso Flaco Natural Area: Join a docent-led hike or explore on your own. Oso Flaco Lake is at the southernmost part of the Oceano Dunes State Park. Having come to see dunes, SEE






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you might be surprised to find yourself in this beautiful wooded area that ends at an incredible boardwalk bridge, taking visitors out over the lake. At the end of the boardwalk, you will find a viewing platform with views of the entire San Luis Bay. Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area: Drive your car onto the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area and cruise the beach in an all-new way. One of several OHV areas administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Oceano Dunes also offers visitors other recreational activities such as swimming, surfing, fishing, camping, surf fishing and hiking. The Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville: The Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville is a professional non-equity theater located in Oceano. Performances at the Melodrama are fun for the whole family. Each night, a two-act play is performed — typically a comedy, musical or spoof — followed by an original vaudeville revue stuffed with song, dance and comedy. Oceano Train Depot And Museum: The Oceano Train Depot is open for tours, but the turn-of-the-century train depot remains virtually untouched. The Oceano Depot was once the most important build-

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ismo Beach overlooks 26 miles of pristine Pacific coastline, offering great weather, outdoor activities, rich nature preserves, seaportinspired cuisine, fresh farmland produce and downtown wine tasting. It is what the world thinks all of California is about, but locals and visitors alike soon notice this is not a typical California town. It is unique in the best possible way, offering a rugged coastline, a pristine beach and oceanic caves with a front-row seat to see wildlife like dolphins, whales and sea otters and numerous bird species including warblers and snowy plovers. It is also known as butterfly town because of its monarch grove, a sanctuary for visiting butterflies. With a population of less than 8,000, Pismo Beach is one of San Luis Obispo County’s most sought-after vacation destinations and is no stranger to beautiful weather, wine and waves. The beach itself is obviously the star of this seaside community. During the day,


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Get sand between your toes at the Central Coast’s most popular beach. Surfing, ocean kayaking, body boarding and fishing are included in a Pismo Beach vacation. Kiteboarding is also starting to show up on a regular basis when the wind is right. The award-winning boardwalk allows visitors to take a stroll and look out onto the water and the Pismo Beach Pier, which is currently undergoing renovations and repairs. North of the pier is an area with many sand volleyball courts, right below Cypress Street. There is a public parking lot next to SEE


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Hike through the Pismo Preserve that offers more than 900 acres of open space, 10 miles of trails and breathtaking ocean views — all rich with native California wildlife and botanicals. The Land Conservancy is working to transform the private ranch above Pismo Beach into a public preserve for outdoor recreation and community enjoyment. While the area is not open to the public, docent-led tours and weekly guided hikes and mountain bike rides are available. Details: https://lcslo.org/project/ pismopreserve The Pismo clam is one of the largest types of clams found along the California Coast. The clams can grow up to 7 inches, if not interfered with by hungry clammers and sea otters. Legal size is 41⁄2 inches in diameter, and the proper place to clam is south of Grand Avenue (south of Pismo Beach). Pismo clam populations fluctuate dramatically due to a variety of natural influences. A fragile and valuable resource, Pismo clams may be taken under the following regulations: Clammers must have a fishing license and an accurate (rigid) measuring device in possession. Only Pismo clams at least 41⁄2 inches in diameter may SEE


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Catch a glimpse of a butterfly at the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove, located half a mile south of Pismo Beach just off Highway 1. Each year, thousands of vibrant orange-and-black monarch butterflies flock to the grove to seek shelter from the freezing northern winters. From late October to February, the butterflies cluster in the limbs of a grove of eucalyptus trees at Pismo State Beach. Spectators come from all over the Central Coast and throughout the state to view the monarchs. During the prime viewing season, visitors are greeted by knowledgeable and well-informed volunteer docents offering daily talks and information. The butterflies form dense clusters with each one hanging with its wing down over the one below it to form a shingle effect. This provides shelter from the rain and warmth for the group. This colony of butterflies is one of the largest in the nation. In 2016, it is estimated there were 28,000 butterflies in the grove. Park it at the Dinosaur Caves Park. This 11-acre ocean-front park is popular among walkers, joggers, photographers, dog lovers and fishing enthusiasts. At this park, you will find trails, an amphitheater, public restrooms, open grassy areas, a children’s playground, scenic ocean overlooks, bench-

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continued ... long day at the office or the beach, try the stout-marinated beer brat and stoutchili. Details: www.pismobrew.com See the beach from a whole new vantage point. The unforgettable views will be worth it, if you can only keep your eyes open during your free-fall over Pismo Beach. Details: www.skydivepismobeach.com Pismo Beach Farmers Market: Visit the market on Wednesday afternoons on the Pier Promenade for your pick of fresh produce, food and handmade items. Support local farmers and craftsmen and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Hours vary by season: 3 to 7 p.m. in spring/summer, 3 to 6 p.m. in fall and 2 to 5 p.m. winter.


MAY 29: Memorial Day Ceremony on the Pier This annual event, starting at 11 a.m., is designed as a remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. The event is held on the Pismo Beach Pier with Col. David Cramer and other special guest speakers to honor and remember those we have lost. JUNE 2-4: Wine, Waves & Beyond: Central Coast Surf Classic This classic three-day surf and wine event celebrates the best of San Luis Obispo County. Combining the fun, laid-back atmosphere of the wine country and unique surf culture, enjoy unforgettable events evoking the magic of wine and waves. These events take place at numerous scenic venues throughout San Luis Obispo County and include a Barrel to Barrel wine, beer and food-tasting event; a longboard surf contest and much more. All proceeds support GleanSLO and Still Frothy. For more information, times and ticket prices, contact Janine Dion at 805-556-3306 or visit www.winewavesandbeyond.com. JUNE 16: 31st Annual Classic Car Show One of the largest and finest classic car and street rod shows. More than 850 classic cars and street rods participate. The event is fun for the entire family. Details: 909-890-0082, www.theclassicatpismobeach.com JULY 4: Annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration Celebrate our nation’s independence with music, food and a grand fireworks display from the famous 1,200-foot Pismo Pier. For more information or to purchase VIP seating ($25 per seat), contact the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce at 800-443-7778 or visit www.pismochamber.com. AUG. 18: St. Anthony’s Celebration The St. Anthony’s Celebration Committee sponsors this annual event to celebrate the cultural contribution of the area’s Portuguese descendants. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday with sopas being served at the St. Anthony’s grounds at 390 Bello St. Details: Visitor Information Center, 800443-7778 or www.pismochamber.com OCT. 20-22: 71st Annual Pismo Beach Clam Festival Generations of families look forward to spending three days overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach. Enjoy live music, beer and wine stage and pier pubs, vendors and other entertainment. General admission is free; however, some events (Wine Walk, Chowder Contest, Clam Bake, two-day passes) have entry fees. Details: Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce, 805-773-4382 or visit www.pismobeachclamfestival.com


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Hearst’s home is alive with history, culture and wildlife

S A N S IMEO N Beach Towns


hough rural in nature and tucked along scenic Highway 1, San Simeon and Ragged Point offer must-see history, culture, hiking and plenty of wildlife viewing and stewardship travel opportunities. San Simeon began as a whaling station in 1852 with a blacksmith shop, bar and barbershop. The one-room schoolhouse children attended is preserved to this day, as is the general store first built in 1860. Today, the general store houses the local post office, Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room and a destination deli serving Hearst Ranch grass-fed beef burgers with outdoor seating and views of Hearst Castle. Just 15 miles to the north sits the landmark, Ragged Point, towering 400 feet above the Pacific Ocean with its wellknown “million dollar view.” A great stop for travelers heading north to Big Sur, Ragged Point offers a lodge,

coffee shop and wine bar, restaurant, gas station, hiking trail and a great area for picnics, weddings and general frolicking as you watch the world go by. Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument: Known throughout the world as Hearst Castle, it was the home of the late William Randolph Hearst. This majestic structure, La Cuesta Encantada, “The Enchanted Hill,” has a magnificent 115-room main house, guest houses, pools, eight acres of cultivated gardens and a world-class art collection. The castle overlooks the Pacific Ocean and coastal cliffs and beaches from its perch in the the Santa Lucia mountain range 1,600 feet above. Visitors can still find wild zebras roaming freely over the hillsides as though they were part of the original zoo at the castle from back in the 1930s. Hearst Castle offers six different tours of the property, including evening tours and tours that are accessible for wheelchairs.


Hearst Ranch Winery: The tasting room beckons visitors to enjoy the Central Coast’s vintages of chardonnay, rosé, tempranillo, cabernet franc, malbec, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, petite sirah, Late Harvest zinfandel and the Red Cuvée, White Cuvée and barrel select Cuvée blends. Located across Highway 1 from the Hearst Castle Visitor’s Center inside historic Sebastian’s General Store, the Hearst Ranch Winery serves as a general store and café to tourists, campers and sport fishing enthusiasts. Piedras Blancas Light Station: Go back in time to the lonely and blustery life of the lighthouse keeper. First lit on Feb. 15, 1875, to guide ships along the Central Coast, the 100-foot-high lighthouse operated for 100 years. Piedras Blancas Light Station has been designated an Outstanding Natural Area. Teeming with wildlife, the surrounding area is home to elephant seals, otters, peregrine falcons, harbor seals and sea lions. If you go during whale season, you might spot a mother and calf as they make their way north. Tours of the light station are offered Monday through Saturday, except federal holidays. The Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery: Viewing areas are open every day of the year, are wheelchair-accessible and free. Visitors learn about stewardship for the great northern elephant seals from the Friends of the Elephant Seals, a nonprofit cooperative association with California State Parks. The northern elephant seal migrates thousands of miles twice each year, from the open oceans to a land-based rookery, where it breeds, births, molts and rests between trips. The Piedras Blancas rookery, on Highway 1, north of San Simeon, is home to about 15,000 animals. Docents are on-site from

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Come see these magnificent marine mammals up close on one of the prettiest coastlines in California. The Coastal Discovery Center: A joint venture between the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and California State Parks, located on beautiful San Simeon Bay, the Coastal Discovery Center celebrates the connection between land and sea. Offering interactive exhibits and education programs, the cultural and natural history of San Simeon, California State Parks and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary are highlighted. Ragged Point Cliffside Trail: Here is one of the few places where you can take a trail down the face of a cliff to witness the largest waterfall in the area. The trail to Ragged Point Beach at the base of the cliffs is only a half-mile, but steep with about a 400-foot change in elevation. Views of the beach below are incredible, as are the ever-changing views of the cliffs to the north. The dampness can make the trail somewhat slippery. The beach is rather exotic with the black sand, a common phenomenon on this section of the coast. Highway 1 Zebra Viewing: Traveling the winding ranch road to Hearst Castle, guests once passed through fenced fields populated with many species of exotic wild animals freely roaming over the hillsides as though they were native to this land. It was an amazing sight, featuring an ever-changing collection of animals — like American bison, Rocky Mountain elk and zebras. Formally named the Hearst Garden of Comparative Zoology, the zoo was once the world’s largest private zoo. Today, zebras can still be seen grazing on the castle’s land from Highway 1.

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SHE L L B E A C H Beach Towns


Cliff views offer a stunning look at the sea below


n California there is a Shell Beach in La Jolla, Jenner, Inverness and Sea Ranch. But none compare to the Central Coast’s own Shell Beach, which features stunning views of the Pacific, steep bluffs, grassy parks and recreation areas, tide pools and top-quality vacation rentals, resorts and hotels. Perched along the cliffs south of Avila Beach, the seaside community of Shell Beach is in the middle of the Central Coast region, giving visitors the best of what is offered in the region. From beautiful sunsets to the best seafood around, tourists can enjoy the beach-town feel without the hassle of sand in their shoes.

Park It In Shell Beach: The area is home to several pocket parks, each offering something special. South Palisades, Spyglass, Margo Dodd and Dinosaur Caves Park, to name a few, offer up-close views of


the ocean and spectacular sunsets. Grassy recreational areas, picnic areas and nearby parking make these parks ideal for families to visit. Plan ahead and bring a picnic lunch and soak in the ocean breeze. Art In The Park: This 14year-old event is held the first Sunday of the month from May to November. The event features live music, food vendors and family friendly activities. Additionally, there are more than 75 artists and craftsmen who display everything from paintings and sculpture to pottery, glass art, jewelry, metal art and plants. The event is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dinosaur Caves Park. Go To The Beach: If you want to visit the beach, head down to Pier Street, where coastal access can be found. Tide pools invite exploration for those willing to snorkel. And the cliffs and rocky outcrops depict a dramatic scene with crashing waves and abundant sea life.

Caves At Shell Beach: Local kayak companies offer guided tours with all-inclusive packages of gear, snacks and experienced tour guides. From this vantage point, you will be able to experience the Central Coast in ways you

will not be able to do otherwise. Clothing-Optional Beach, Pirate’s Cove: Technically in Avila Beach, Pirate’s Cove is accessible from a trail that begins in the Shell Beach area. If you’re up to it (and don’t mind the, um, sights) the views of the Central Coast can’t be beat. The Shell Beach Bluff Trail begins at the north end of Indio Drive in Shell Beach, where a small public parking area can be found. Another trail for hikers who want to take the long route is called the Ontario Ridge Trail, which begins on Shell Beach Road near El Portal Drive. Considered one of the best hiking trails on the Central Coast, a trip to its peak offers breathtaking views of the San Luis Bay. The hike is rigorous at points and culminates in a peak that affords a 180-degree view of Shell Beach, Avila and San Luis Bay.

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