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Get to know the splendor of SLO and her nearby Central Coast sister cities
The lowdown on the highlights of the latest and greatest new store, restaurant, and tasting room openings in and around SLO
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Savor the diversity of flavors the Central Coast has to offer
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Get to know some of the Central Coast's boldest taste makers, restaurant owners, and chefs 29 Ciopinot 30 Dorn's Breakers Cafe 33 Dutchman's Seafood House 34 Ada's 36 Mistura 38 SLO Brew Rock
A seasonal sampler of San Luis Obispo's best fashion, home decor, jewelry, art and gifts
The who, what, and where of Central Coast wine
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Explore the world of options and opportunities to get out & play
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Live your day the SLO way. Take your foot off the gas and relax, feel the embrace of the oak-studded hills and the clear blue skies. Meet the friendly locals, get into an easier rhythm, and then dig in to the bounty of Golden State riches that awaits. Wind down and wine down, dine well, hike a gentle trail, head for the beach, or go shopping downtown. This is your invitation to ...
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he scenery changes constantly as you move through the Central Coast, and the landscape is lovely no matter where you look. Of course, California’s bounty of seafood and locally grown or produced fruits, vegetables, nuts, olives, wines and beers is evident everywhere. You’ll find honey makers and lavender farms, U-pick-‘em apple orchards and cool pizzerias, gelato and gin fizzes, oyster shooters and beer-steamed clams and mussels, steak houses and burger joints. There are farmers’ markets and backyard fruit stands, impressive high-end wineries and cozy boutique operations. The Central Coast’s Mediterranean climate means sunny weather for most of the year, with beautiful sunny days even in mid-winter. Summer brings long days on the beach, where no child ever needs a screen to be amused. Whales cruise the coast, seals and sea otters hunt closer to shore, cyclists pedal the pavement, and families hit the beach or the hiking trail. Multiple golf courses await, as do hot springs, spas, antique shops and galleries where you can purchase a local artist’s powerful depiction of the green or golden (depending on the time of year) oak-studded hills that are emblematic of the area. California cares for the natural environment. Wild animals and wild places are protected, and visitors reap the benefit in pristine landscapes and sightings of creatures that belong to them. The Golden State has many faces. Together, these five Central Coast destinations are one — one that will leave you quietly and simply happy.
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S AN L UIS O BISPO The easygoing acronym for San Luis Obispo - SLO - sounds like “slow” and evokes
the same easygoing approach to good living. This is a place to relax, to pull out of the fast lane and enjoy life at a soothing smell-the-roses pace. A good strategy for a day is to plan a little and then follow whatever grabs your interest. This Central Coast city of 50,000 is beautifully situated about ten miles from the coast in a valley surrounded by oak-studded hills and dominated by San Luis Mountain, one of about nine ancient volcanic plugs in the area. You’ll find miles of cycling, walking, horseback riding and hiking trails. You can golf or go zip lining in a vineyard, and stay in anything from a B&B to a luxury hotel. The intimate downtown has everything: galleries, movie theatres, and restaurants of all kinds, microbreweries, and wine-tasting rooms serving the Central Coast’s famous vintages. With so much in such close proximity, you can go SLO down and still miss nothing.
P ASO R OBLES Paso Robles has lately become a major wine center, with more than two hundred
wineries in two American Viticulture Areas spread among the gorgeous rolling countryside. With the vineyards have come great restaurants, cheese and charcuterie, cool coffee houses, bakeries, detour-worthy boutiques, microbreweries and a lovely mix of unique lodgings that includes some truly elegant country options. Grab the best produce at three weekly Farmers’ Markets, chill in the freshwater waves at Ravine Water Park, carry a picnic to the lake in Barney Schwartz Park, soak up some aviation history at the Estrella Warbird Museum, or recall the old West at the Pioneer Museum.
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M ORRO B AY Named for 576-foot-high Morro Rock, this seaside town of 10,000 is a natural outdoor
playground. You can kayak in the harbor, with the rock looming above you, go surfing or SUPing, go whale-watching trip, or cast your line from a day boat (but not close to shore, as the entire bay is a no-take state marine reserve). Some 20,000 migratory birds winter here, and 30 percent of California’s endangered snowy plover population lives here. Morro Rock itself (no climbing!) supports a pair of nesting peregrine falcons.
A VILA B EACH The little town of 1,500 on the San Luis Obispo Bay is an easy place to spend a few days. Natural mineral hot springs are a main attraction, as are the Hartford Pier, the 20
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nine-hole Avila Beach Golf Resort and the Point San Luis Light, built in 1890. But the big draw is that broad, sandy beach and the boardwalk behind it, with its winetasting rooms, restaurants, ice cream parlors, and shops. Pedal or stroll along the threemile Bob Jones Trail, or just settle back and soak it all in, because there’s nowhere to go; you’re already here. Naturally, fresh fish and Central Coast wines are on the menu.
P ISMO B EACH Yep, here on the Central Coast’s own version of Daytona Beach, you can cruise the
sand in your car and camp right beside the waves. Pismo Beach is a small town with a big pier and a singular coastal strand. It’s ideal for spotting whales, seals, seabirds, and the occasional sea otter — and then to settle in at night for some fresh clams, crab or other local ocean delights. The vibe is easygoing, the preferred footwear is flip-flops, and the shopping is old-time easy. Pismo is an Oceanside classic.
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Ada's Fish House
Get to know SLO County's newest kids on the block. For simple dishes with creative flair, take a seat at ADA'S FISH HOUSE. This family-owned and operated eatery serves up fresh fish and seafood in a relaxed atmosphere. The menu, created by Chef and owner, Douglas MacMillan, is populated with classic coastal dishes with an East Coast flair - steamed clams, lobster rolls, Pacific Coast Halibut, and seafood pasta are must-tries. A local-leaning wine list and full bar round out the dining experience. 558 Price Street, Pismo Beach, 805.556.3077, adasfishhouse.com Locals' longtime favorite BLACKWATER boutique recently relocated to the corner of Higuera and Broad in downtown SLO. Thoughtfully-curated by owners and mother-daughter team Erica Hamilton and Mary Alice Hamilton, this enchanting spot is a hip and sophisticated, slightly hippie haven. Think incense, hand made ceramics, and a jungle of plants, balanced with the latest styles from contemporary designers. For more about this beautiful boho boutique go to page 51. 705 Higuera Street, 805.541.2900, shopblackwater.com
Head to hot new Hotel Cerro’s signature, restaurant BRASSERIE SLO for a “Contemporary Californian” cuisine experience. The casual preparation of the dishes highlights the abundance of the area, all enjoyed in an elevated yet approachable setting. Executive Chef James Anderson takes a root-tofruit, head-to-tail approach with the menus and skillfully partners the fare with Central Coast beers, wines, and artisanal spirits. 1119 Garden Street, San Luis Obispo, brasserieslo.com BURGER VILLAGE is the dream concept and creation of four Long Islander brothers, who opened their first location in Great Neck, NY in 2013. The tradition continues in SLO, with a selection of organic, antibiotic and hormone-free burgers, including vegan, and gluten-free options, along with fresh hand-cut fries, salads, soups, shakes, desserts, and a selection of cocktails, beer, and wine. 698 Higuera Street,805.439.1663, burgervillage.com SLO Brew is debuting a new name and fresh concept at the popular downtown location off Higuera Street. THE CARRISA features a vintage California remodel, expanded creekside dining, inventive new menu and the entire lineup of SLO Brewing Co. celebrated craft spirits complemented by a bright and welcoming atmosphere. 736 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, 805.543.1834, thecarrisa.com 24
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HOTEL SAN LUIS OBISPO brings an unprecedented level of luxury accommodations, dining, and wellness to the city. The exquisitely-appointed hotel provides exceptional amenities for its overnight guests and local patrons and is destined to become one of the area's top social hubs. 877 Palm St., 805.235.0700, hotel-slo.com MAISON MARIANNE This sweet shop, located in the heart of downtown SLO just adjacent to Mission San Luis Obispo, is filled to the rustic rafters with unique, casually sophisticated, women’s clothing. Indulge in internationally-curated, responsibly-made collections designed with luxurious linens, organic cotton, bamboo, silk, cashmere, and more. 970 Chorro Street, 805.548.1880, maisonmarianneslo.com Founded in 1937, on the cornerstones of quality jewelry and friendly service, ROGERS JEWELRY CO. has added SLO to their list of California locations. Known for impeccable customer service and high standards of integrity, the staff at Rogers is all about helping clients find the right piece to “pop the big question,” add some sparkle to daily looks, or keep proper time with a Swiss-quality timepiece. 720 Higuera Street, 805.547.0662, thinkrogers.com
Meet MISTURA, a modern Peruvian restaurant that captures the multicultural spirit of Peru by blending its Native Pre-Columbian and Incan gastronomic heritage with the Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese influences. Nicola Allegretta, the chef at Mama’s Meatballs - next door to Mistura in SLO’s Creamery Marketplace and his Peruvian-born wife, Jackeline, have created a dynamic menu and vibrant atmosphere for Central Coast foodies to experience one of the world’s hottest cuisines. 570 Higuera Street, 805.439.3292, misturarestaurants.com
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ADA'S FISH HOUSE
The freshest seafood, carefully prepared with a touch of an Italian accent by way of New England, and wines to complement. That’s what’s on the menu at this recent addition to the Pismo Beach dining scene.
558 Price Street, Pismo Beach, 805.556.3077
THE CARRISA The SLO Brew pub, which first opened in 1988, has re-opened after extensive renovations and a fresh moniker: The Carrisa by SLO Brew, in the historic Carrisa building. Still on the menu: great microbrews and food. 736 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, 805.543.1834
57 0 H i gu era Street • 805 .5 44.0861 • mamas me atb al l. com
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CIOPINOT Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, this winner of numerous “SLO’s best seafood” awards specializes in the best the ocean offers. Its mash-up name combines the San Francisco seafood stew cioppino and the perfect accompaniment — Pinot Noirs.
1051 Nipomo St, San Luis Obispo, 805.547.1111 FALL/WINTER 2019
SIP FREELY Ciopinot charges no corkage fee for the first four bottles customers carry in, and then just $20 each after that.
SEAFOOD’S THE THING King crab legs, clams, prawns, salmon, ahi, seabass, swordfish, petrale sole — it’s all here, grilled, baked, seared, or sautéed to order — along with classics like oysters Rockefeller, clam linguini, and red snapper Veracruz and great steaks.
WELL PAIRED Given the name and great wines from California, France and Italy, food-and-wine pairing is a snap. Sancerre with raw oysters — check; sauvignon blanc with seabass — check; a nobile red with grilled steak — check and check. CELEBRATE From 5-6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday from now until July 2020, everything on the special 10th Anniversary menu is under $20. Deal you in?
CIOPINOT: SLO'S BEST SEAFOOD
For decades, Ciopinot owner, Leonard Cohen, has had seafood-loving chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and winemakers for friends. The perfectly prepared, super-fresh local seafood that unites them is on tap at Ciopinot. Stop in during its tenth anniversary to see what longevity looks like — and why Ciopinot earns SLO’s Best Seafood honor every year.
NAME MATTERS The restaurant’s name refers to San Francisco’s classic seafood stew and its perfect partner, pinot noir. Why? Well, for years, Cohen hosted an annual statewide cioppino cookoff. One year, he brought the previous winners together and even entered himself. He won. Our advice: try the cioppino (with a pinot). 1051 Nipomo Street • 805.547.1111 • ciopinotrestaurant.com
Owner Leonard Cohen
SEASONAL, FRESH, LOCAL Snapper, halibut, salmon, swordfish, tuna and more are all caught in local waters and prepared any way you like, Dorn’s does justice to timeless classics like scampi, linguini with clams, fish and chips, and crab salad.
WHERE’S THE WINE
Dorn’s offers wines from Monterey to Santa Barbara. If you like one, odds are you can pick up a bottle while wine-tasting in nearby Edna Valley or Paso Robles.
DECKED OUT It’s hard to beat breakfast or a few afternoon appetizers and a glass of cold beer or wine on Dorn’s sunny, umbrelladotted, ocean-view deck.
BRUNCH ON THE WATER Grab a bloody Mary
from the full bar to go with a range of classic dishes: eggs Benedict and Florentine, huevos rancheros, egg scrambles, waffles, cornmeal pancakes and much more.
Dan and Nancy Dorn, second generation owners
DORN'S BREAKERS CAFE: LONG LEGACY ON MORRO BAY
Since 1942 (yes, 75 years!), three generations of the Dorn family have served solid, familiar fare to locals and visitors from the restaurant’s prime spot overlooking Morro Rock, Morro Bay and the harbor. Now, that’s stability. GENERATIONALLY SPEAKING Some locals have been coming here for fifty years. “Now their kids come in with their kids,” says Chris Dorn, whose grandfather, Harry Amsel, started it all. And they have their favorite dishes, so the menu is remarkably consistent. 801 Market Avenue, Morro Bay • 805.772.4415 • dornscafe.com 30
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DUTCHMAN'S SEAFOOD HOUSE With its own dock a few feet from the dining room on Morro Bay, Dutchman’s has its pick of the catch when the boats land. There’s a great Happy Hour and surprising for such an oceanfocused place a Saturday prime rib dinner for under $30. 701 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, 805.772.2269
LUNA RED Modern dining — think exciting flavors and international influences — is the draw here, along with a lively setting, inventive craft cocktails and punches, and a lot of good times. Don’t miss paella and live music on the patio from Sundays from 2-4 pm. 1023 Choro St., San Luis Obispo, 805.540.5423
DORN'S BREAKERS CAFE Here, overlooking Morro Bay and the sentinel Morro Rock, the Dorn family has been serving satisfying fresh seafood, salads, sandwiches, and now, a full brunch, since 1942. On the deck or in the dining room, it’s a friendly, “all’s well” kind of place. 801 Market Ave., Morro Bay, 805.772.4415
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MAMA'S MEATBALL When you crave authentic, classic Italian dishes prepared with heart and soul, from Mama’s actual recipes, you can’t do better than Mama’s Meatball in SLO. It’s all here, from their famous garlic bread “knots” to meatball marinara and veal scallopini. 570 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, 805.544.0861
1051 NIPOMO ST. 805.547.1111 CIOPINOTRESTAURANT.COM
MINT AND CRAFT Owners Robin and Shanny Covey describe the latest in their family of restaurants as “a celebration of all things handcrafted.” Breakfast, lunch and dinner made with healthy local ingredients are served seven days a week, plus 300 products from over 60 artisans. 848 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, 805.632.9191
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MISTURA Peruvian is one of the hottest cuisines in the world right now, and Mistura provides a warm and beautiful showcase for it. Exciting, unexpected flavors are found in dishes with influences from the original Incans as well as the kitchens of Japanese, Chinese and Italian immigrants. 570 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, 805.439.3292 FALL/WINTER 2019
PRIME DEAL A surprising discovery at this briny seaside establishment is the Saturday prime rib dinner. Order a small or large cut with mashed potatoes, vegetables and soup or salad for under $30.
A SERIOUSLY HAPPY HOUR Every day from 3-6 p.m.,
Dutchman’s offers specials on drinks and a special menu that includes, steamed clams, crab cakes, fried calamari, fish tacos and fresh local oysters.
WELL PAIRED The right wine makes fresh seafood so much better. With its pleasing minerality, William Fevre chardonnay goes perfectly with Morro Bay oysters (harvested a few hundred yards away). Or pair a Clayborne & Churchill pinot noir with cioppino, or a crisp Ancient Peaks sauvignon blanc with pan-roasted local rockfish. RAISE A GLASS
Dutchman’s takes pride in its ingredient-driven cocktails, like the Bloody Mary, with its house-made mix and shrimp garnish, and the Dutch Mule, made with 15-timesfiltered Cutwater Fugu vodka, ginger beer and lime.
DUTCHMAN'S SEAFOOD HOUSE: ON THE WATERFRONT IN MORRO BAY
There’s something sublime about eating seafood right on the water, and that’s what awaits at Dutchman’s Seafood House on Morro Bay. The venerable family-owned restaurant has been serving up the freshest seafood and great drinks since 1986. DOCK IT TO ME With its own dock where fishermen unload their catch right outside the restaurant, you can be sure that Dutchman’s seafood is as fresh as it gets.
Chef Jon Neufeld and owner Paul Van Beurden
701 Embarcadero, Morro Bay • 805.772.2269 • dutchmansseafoodhouse.com DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM
This roll has only fresh Maine lobster meat, prepared in house, that morning.
ON A (LOBSTER) ROLL For his New England–style lobster roll, he recalls, “Someone said to me, ’It would be easier to buy frozen lobster.’ I said, ‘Yes, it would, but I’m not gonna do it.” His roll has only fresh Maine lobster meat, prepared in house that morning. Rare.
WINE DOWN The mostly
local wine list has something to pair with every dish, from fresh, rockfish, halibut, swordfish and seabass to softshell clams, sand dabs and steamed mussels.
DEEP SERVICE MacMillan and his wife, Shannon, are obsessed with customer service. “If someone’s not happy, it’s my fault,” Doug says. When he was choosing a recipe for his au gratin potatoes, he prepared several recipes for his regulars at Rosa’s. Their consensus favorite is what he serves at Ada’s now.
ADA'S: THE SEAFOOD SPOT IN PISMO
In July, Doug and Shannon MacMillan opened Ada’s across the street from their wildly popular Rosa’s, because, Doug says, “I wanted to do fish.” He does it very well here, taking a slightly East Coast approach underscored by an unremitting commitment to excellence. ITALY IN HIS GENES MacMillan’s mother is Italian. He visited Italy as a child and later trained in kitchens in Campania and Piedmont. That background is reflected in dishes like East Coast sea scallops sautéed with olive oil, white wine, garlic, lemon and a touch of butter. A sprightly Pinot Grigio is the perfect complement. Doug MacMillian, owner
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558 Price Street, Pismo Beach • 805.556.3077 • adasfishhouse.com FALL/WINTER 2019
ROSA'S ITALIAN RISTORANTE Owner Doug MacMillan mans the stoves at this longtime white-tablecloth Pismo Beach favorite (since 1988). Locals pack the place for Doug’s carefully made authentic regional Italian fare, from minestrone to gnocchi to rosemary rack of lamb. 491 Price St., Pismo Beach, 805.773.0551
SLO BREW rock SLO Brew opened its doors in 1988 and has remained one of California's longest standing brewpubs. SLO Brew Rock is home to their 30-barrel brewhouse, distillery, music venue and tasting room, featuring a taproom restaurant, catering kitchen and premier event space. 855 Aerovista Place, San Luis Obispo, 805.543.1843
NOVO Global cuisine and handcrafted beverages and a beautiful atmosphere are the draws here, maybe a wagyu top sirloin tartine and Havarti sandwich, Thai green chicken curry, or duck, potato and kale hash. There’s something for every (international) palate. 726 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, 805.543.3896
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The point at Mistura is to mix it up. Do that, and you’ll feel right at home in this lovely piece of Peru.
PEAK PERUVIAN IN SLO Peruvian cuisine is currently one of the world’s hottest, and NICOLA ALLEGRETTA — for thirteen years the chef at Mama’s Meatball in SLO’s Creamery Marketplace — and his Peruvian-born wife, Jackeline, have now created Mistura, the fine modern Peruvian restaurant next door.
MISTURA MEANS “MIX,” and Peru’s complex history has resulted in a blend of culinary influences, including Incan, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Japanese. It’s a sophisticated and varied cuisine filled with familiar ingredients and unexpected flavors, and Mistura does it right, serving sophisticated, visually stunning food. Jackeline designed the interior to reflect Peru, from the long “moss wall” that recalls tiered ancient ruins, to bright, earth-toned cubes arranged on various walls, their colors conjuring those seen in mineral deposits in the Andes, to the large golden hoop Jackeline fashioned and added to the glass spheres of a large chandelier, suggesting the sun and its central role in Peruvian lore. The raw bar is a great place to indulge in some truly imaginative takes on familiar uncooked fare, while the main menu served in the large dining room is a trove of super-flavorful dishes made with only organic produce; sustainably raised, free-range, hormone-free meats; and sustainably harvested local seafood. The menu includes assorted cebiches (Peruvian ceviche); empanadas, perhaps the one with Andean corn, queso fresco, ajies and the steamed fresh tamale-like corn cakes called humita; causas (a kind of sophisticated potato salad made from cold whipped potatoes and tangy complements); and entrées like beef short ribs 36
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cooked for 24 hours; grilled octopus with quinoa pepper sauce; and seabass with onions, vinegar, purple olives, Peruvian chilies, and potatoes. Desserts are similarly sensational and authentically reflect the diverse elements of Peru’s cuisine. Among them is Lima’s traditional Mazamorra Morada, a purple pudding made from purple corn and fruit with cinnamon and cloves, here served beside arroz con leche. To really dive into the cuisine, make a reservation for The Experience, a multicourse menu reflecting innovative techniques applied to traditional ingredients and dishes. Whatever you have, ask your well-informed server to suggest a wine. The Tamalito Negro — a squid ink hominy tamale with wild shrimp in aji pepper sauce — is perfect with the minerally La Playa Chilean sauvignon blanc. And for a tangy fruit pick-me-up, try the non-alcoholic Chicha morada, a purple Inca drink made from organic apples, quince, pineapple, clove, cinnamon and lime juice. The point at Mistura is to mix it up. Do that, and you’ll feel right at home in this lovely piece of Peru. 570 Higuera Street • 805.439.3292 • misturarestaurants.com FALL/WINTER 2019
To really dive into the cuisine, make a reservation for The Experience, a multi-course menu reflecting innovative techniques applied to traditional ingredients and dishes.
CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE PAGE: Executive chef Nicola Allegretta and chef garde manger Jordan Howard; local and international wines are paired to compliment your entree; Tiradito Dragon: halibut tiradito, soft shell crab, dragon fruit leche de tigre, aji limo creme; Anticucho Corazon: beef heart, choclo cusqueno, rocoto de carretilla; Muy Machito: sustainable fresh white seabass fillet cooked macho-man style with spicy aji amarillo, clams, mussels, shrimps, calamari and white wine served with Peruvian white rice; friends gather at one of the communal dining tables
S LO B R E W ROCK REVERED BRAND REVIVED BESIDE AN ANCIENT VOLCANIC F E AT U R E
Space is decidedly not an issue at THE ROCK, a 35,000-square-foot structure on a 3-acre campus.
The Seven Sisters are a series of 20 million-year-old volcanic plugs up to 1,500 feet high that rise like stone sentinels from the hills between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. But it is a diminutive unnamed “lost sister” standing just under 20 feet tall about a mile south of downtown SLO that may be the most interesting family member, for she is the site of the thriving, thoroughly inviting, year-old The Rock. PROPRIETORS Rodney Cegelski and Hamish Marshall (Rod’s a native Californian; Hamish is an Aussie from Adelaide) have put their hearts, souls and sensibilities into the property that is the site of their bold efforts to expand the SLO Brewing Co. brand, which was founded in SLO in 1998 as one of the first microbreweries in California since Prohibition. They kept the downtown SLO Brewing Co. location (renaming it The Carissa) but today produce mostly seasonal batches at the tiny brewing facility within the restaurant, which sits on the ground floor beneath the partners’ cool, urban, suites-only hotel, The Lofts. Space is decidedly not an issue at The Rock, a 35,000-square-foot structure on a 3-acre campus. It encompasses a 30-barrel brewery; a spacious indoor-outdoor tasting room offering beers and beer-based beverages, plus great pub grub that includes house-made slow-smoked meats; the Central Coast’s most state-of-theart music venue, which accommodates 500 and doubles as an event space; a distillery that up-cycles rye from the brewing process; and a separate room for serving their private-brand Rod & Hammer (after Rodney and Hamish) SLO Stills whiskey. That last product embodies a blended surfercowboy aesthetic, which is strongly evidenced in SLO, the nearby Hollister Ranch, and other nearby locales and is reflected in the labeling and the bar’s décor: leather seating and cowhide carpets, an old safe (contents unknown), a classic 38
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paddleboard from the 1920s, and reclaimed pilings from the Pismo Beach Pier. Perhaps what really sets the SLO Brewing Co. apart is their mix of products “It’s goofyland,” says Marshall, noting how many different things they are doing here. “We’re all over the place,” echoes Cegelski. But that’s very much by design. Opening at the peak of the microbrew craze, they knew better than to try to outcompete the big IPA brands, although the ten or so microbrews they make here are very good, indeed. So, they launched other things, using their excellent hefeweizen as the foundation for ten products — what Rod calls “beer takeoffs” — packaged in cans. Early into fruit-infused beers, they offer the top-selling blood-orange–infused Cali-Squeeze and the similar Mango-Squeeze. They have also created a microbrew version of the classic Mexican michelada cocktail, made with tomato juice and 22 spices, and sold under the Tio Rodrigo brand, and have dived into the burgeoning canned-wine market, earning a nearly perfect score for their Porch Pounder chardonnay. Their products, like The Rock itself, are in tune with what so many people are looking for today: something authentic, easy, meaningful and connected — to the past, to the present and, mainly, to people. Maybe that’s why SLO’s New Times newspaper named The Rock the city’s most family-friendly restaurant.
PHOTO: WES BRACKEN
SLO Brew Rock • 855 Aerovista Place 805.543.1843 • slobrew.com
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Foodie Finds From fast, casual, and on-the-go goods, to sophisticated, creekside dining, and craft cocktails enjoyed with Mission views, see why these buzz-worthy eateries top our list of must-try dining spots in downtown SLO.
MINT + CRAFT
Mint+Craft is the owner's interpretation of a fast casual cafe and merchantile - a celebration of all things handcrafted. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch + dinner, enjoy innovative flavors and fresh food without having to spend a lot of time or money. The menu sources high quality local ingredients for breakfast and lunch toasties, cassoulet-inspired dinner dishes, fresh salads and deli goods, pastries, and meals made to go or enjoyed on the open air patio. Along with local wine and specialty beer labels, the mercantile boasts over 300 products from over 60 artisans.
An iconic dining experience in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo - where global cuisine combines with hand selected craft beverages and a beautiful atmosphere.
848 Monterey Street • 805.632.9191 mintandcraft.com
Located next to the Mission Plaza in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, Luna Red offers an exceptional dining experience in a lively, artistic setting. The menu is globallyinspired featuring craft cocktails and an award-winning wine list. Luna Red focuses on using local, seasonal ingredients and has a lively late night music scene. Dine in a comforting and casual atmosphere, with views of the historic Mission de Tolosa and San Luis Creek. 1023 Chorro Street • 805.540.5423 • lunaredslo.com
In 2003, Robin Covey brought his culinary style to San Luis Obispo with the opening of Novo restaurant in the heart of the historic downtown district. The indoor dining room provides a sophisticated metropolitan environment while the stunning outdoor patios offer guests a spectacular view of San Luis Obispo Creek and the lush green backdrop that surrounds the Mission Plaza. With a diverse menu that includes full entrees, tapas, fresh baked desserts and an extensive selection of beers, wines, and handcrafted teas, the restaurant presents an enchanting collection of authentic tastes from around the world. 726 Higuera Street • 805.543.3986 novorestaurant.com DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM
DON'T FORGET A POP OF ANIMAL PRINT!
5 SHARP+ CHIC STARS? YES PLEASE!
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Go wild with a hit of leopard, add a touch of texture, and toughen it up with a little leather. This season, it's all in the mix.
8 13 TEXTURED LEATHER MAKES A BIG STATEMENT THIS SEASON.
JUST THE RIGHT TOUCH OF WINTER WHITE.
1. Leopard print romper, Bijou. bijouonthepark.com 2. Leather double ring belt, Blackwater. shopblackwater.com 3. Cheetah print skirt, Blackwater. shopblackwater.com 4. Faux leather bag with chain, Blackwater. shopblackwater.com 5. Leather jacket with star accents, Wildflower Women. wildflowerwomenboutique.com 6. Leather mini skirt, Wildflower Women. wildflowerwomenboutique.com 7. Suede Greek Fisherman hat, Blackwater. shopblackwater.com 8. Leather jacket with studded detail, Bijou. bijouonthepark.com 9. Western faux leather snakeskin embossed boot, Blackwater. shopblackwater.com 10. Snakeskin embossed leather clutch, Bijou. bijouonthepark.com 11. Leather jacket with moto stitching detail, Wildflower Women. wildflowerwomenboutique.com 12. Metallic faux snakeskin print ankle boot, Blackwater. shopblackwater.com 13. Leather bag with threaded design, Wildflower Women. wildflowerwomenboutique.com 14. Gold, oxidized silver, and gemstone ring, Serengeti West Jewelers. serengetiwest.com 15. Fringed leather jacket, Wildflower Women. wildflowerwomenboutique.com
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GOING LOCAL Meet Amber Lease, owner of WILDFLOWER WOMEN in Pismo Beach. Between raising her two sons and overseeing multiple Wildflower Women locations - a beautiful flagship store in Orcutt and another in the wine tasting hotspot of Los Olivos - she’s always on the go. We managed to catch up with Amber for a few delightful minutes in her impeccably curated Pismo boutique. Read on to hear what she had to say about growing Wildflowers, stepping outside of the box, and more. SOWING SEEDS
My parents owned Johnson’s for Children for nearly 47 years, so I literally grew up in retail. I always had the idea of either taking over their stores or opening my own. I knew I wanted to create something that truly reflected my style and sensibilities and Sandbox kids, my first store, was precisely that! I opened it in 2009, shortly after having my two sons - they were my actual little "sandbox kids."
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By 2012 small mom and pop boutiques were feeling the heat from the online world. So, I said goodbye to a portion of my Sandbox Kids inventory and decided to cater to the moms who were already my customers and who had bought children’s clothing at my family’s stores for years. I decided to take on a world that was entirely new for me - women’s fashion! It was exciting, scary, and stressful, but so rewarding. I caught on quickly, and that allowed me to chase yet another passion - helping women to feel their best.
OUT OF THE BOX AND INTO THE DREAM CLOSET
Our stores are like curated dream closets, with an open and friendly environment, where each customer is attended to individually. The advice we always give to shoppers goes something like this - don’t be shy, take your time, and try it on, because you might surprise yourself by falling in love with something outside of “your” comfort box. We also offer every customer complimentary bottled water and of course, champagne! We are all about making the experience fun, practical, and personal.
"Our stores are like curated dream closets, with an open and friendly environment, where each customer is attended to individually." Amber Lease
The stores are relatively close to one another, so our customers can shop all three. From our Pismo Beach boutique to our valley location, there is something special for every walk of women. Although there’s a little crossover regarding the offerings, ultimately we tailor the selections to satisfy the lifestyles of each specific locale.
ON CENTRAL COAST STYLE
Central coast style is an eclectic combination of ranch, beach, equestrian, and professional looks for both the businesswomen and working mom.
CURRENTLY CRUSHING ON
For me, jumpers are the ”it” item right now! And I am not the only one - they’re proving to be a comfy new staple piece in my client’s wardrobes.
890 Price Street, Pismo Beach • 805.773.1055 wildflowerwomenboutique.com DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM
WHEN IN DOUBT, LAYER.
Area shops deliver on essential fall goods & sharp looks to keep SLO men's fashion on the cutting edge.
DRESS THIS SHOE UP OR DOWN.
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THIS CLASSIC IS JUST RIGHT FOR EVERY DAY WEAR.
THIS ELEGANT TRIO IS SCENT-SATIONAL!
1. Quilted and plaid layers, patrickjames.com 2. Belstaff waxed jacket, jules-d.com 3. Classic leather lace-up boots, jules-d.com 4. The Curious Bartender book, jules-d.com 5. Robert Graham Fortitude Blended Essence, patrickjames.com 6. Italian leather backpack, jules-d.com 7. Reserve wool blend sweater, patrickjames.com 8. Truefitt & Hill Union Jack colonge gift set, jules-d.com 9. Magnanni Basilio sneakers, patrickjames.com 10. Italian leather backpack, jules-d.com 11. Alberto denim, patrickjames.com 12. Remy leather hybrid blazer, patrickjames.com
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SAN LUIS OBISPO M E N ' S S T Y L E D E S T I N AT I O N
One step inside of clothing and lifestyle boutique, JULES D. quickly dispels the dated notion that men's fashion is boring. SLO's go-to for hip, high-quality, men's goods - shoes, bags, books, fragrance, grooming products, and a host of other fresh finds - is a feast for the eyes and will thrill seasoned shoppers and motivate the reluctant ones. For the past seven years owner, Jules DuRocher has been dressing a loyal legion of Central Coast customers. Years spent as an interior designer honed her cool aesthetic and eye for design. This experience is reflected in both the impeccably curated offerings and the store design - replete with a pool table topped with a myriad of merchandise and a Ducati Multistrada that serves as inspiration to explore the open road and to ditch the "dad" jeans for a pair of well-fitting Citizens of Humanity. The looks offered range from tailored Ted Baker suiting to street-smart John Varvatos. Bonus: inhouse stylists, Marcus and Terrence, are available to refine wardrobes or help select the perfect gift. We recently popped into Jules D. for a quick chat. Here's what she had to say about her background, looks she currently loves, the importance of finding the right fit, and more. Every Store Has a Story After a career in interior design, I found myself completely burned-out. So, about ten years ago, I went on a career walkabout and ended up managing a Ducati/Vespa shop. It was there that I discovered a love of "keeping shop" and creating the kind of environment that people love to visit, hang out, and find something cool. When I first opened Jules D., our focus wasn't necessarily apparel, but as time went on, guys loved what we were doing and demanded that we expand our selection.
Shopping Can Be Fun Customers are always met with a very welcoming and easygoing vibe. For those who don't exactly love to shop, we make it as painless as possible, even fun. Once a customer has had an enjoyable experience in the store, they become one of "our guys," and keep coming back for more. Sometimes they simply stop by to say" hi." First Round Picks The merchandise we bring into the store has to be something we would want ourselves. I gravitate towards nice things, that are built to last. Our selection is constantly evolving and often reflects whatever new interest we're experiencing in our lives. Fave Fall Collections I am super excited to have Billy Reid, Belstaff, and new fine leather goods from Bosca in the store right now. From Frumpytown to Fashionable We are all about finding the right fit for our guys. So many men out there don't realize they are walking around in the wrong size. Once one of our stylists has the opportunity to introduce them to a proper fit it's incredible how much better they look and feel.
672 Higuera Street â€˘ 805.781.0722 â€˘ jules-d.com DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM
Everyone loves our Waxing Poetic jewelry line! We carry a dazzling selection of charms, pendants, insignias, chains and bracelets, as well as necklaces, rings, earrings, and accessories. Choose from exquisitely detailed sterling silver, brass and white bronze pieces with accents like freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, rose quartz, and other semiprecious stones.
I'm an avid reader and love books, hence the large selection available in the store. I'm from Sweden, so this is one of my faves. The word Lagom is the perfect description of my life. Translated it means - not too much, not too little; just enough. harmonious life.
Bijou carries a whimsical assorment of goods and goodies for babies and toddlers
3. TOP PICKS
Meet Guest Editor Camilla Burns, owner of Paso clothing and lifestyle boutique Bijou. When she's not traveling to Sweden to spend time with her daughter or in the kitchen whipping up a gourmet meal for a grateful group of friends, you'll likely find her meticulously curating, merchandising, or redecorating her inviting Paso Robles store. Here Camilla shares some of her favorite local spots, sips, and top Wine Country Style picks.
There is no better way to start a cold rainy day than with Etta James or Frank Sinatra crooning in the background. I’m at my most creative when listening to these two while re-merchandising or styling the shop windows.
All En Shalla bags are made to order and crafted with recycled materials and naturally, vegetable-dyed leather. Bonus: this brand gives back to the Moroccan communities where the bags are made.
815 12th Street, Paso Robles • 805.296.3833 bijouonthepark.com
"The right amount is best." Our dear friends Scott and Viquel Hawley own Torrin Wine and have crafted superb wines over the years, but their Lagom label is by far my favorite!
One of my all-time favorite things to do to kick off the fall season is to "cluck" at The Three Speckled Hens antique show. Sometimes I come away with terrific finds and other times just a plethora of ideas and inspiration to recreate at the store or at home.
The weather is getting cooler so start building your outfit with the most neutral of foundations; a pretty lace bralette for an extra layer of warmth, under a crisp white shirt layered with a cozy oversized sweater, paired with skinny jeans or leather leggings.
From prints to textures and satin to suede, there is something for everyone this season. Wearing multiple layers of varied fabrics of similar colors add depth and dimension to an outfit.
#SHOPSMALL TALK 5 quick questions, with 1 local retailers over 2 cups of coffee.
In a world of big-box stores and corporate chains, our local business owners are working hard to preserve the distinctive character of San Luis Obispo. These independent establishments reflect our community, bring variety to our retail experience, and vitality to our neighborhoods.
Tell us about yourself and your business. I'm a designer with a passion for curating spaces that feel good. I'm so grateful to have made a career doing what I love. I treat the storefront as a living portfolio, so please, stay awhile, have a coffee and a nibble, sit on a very comfy sofa and let's talk about how you live, work, play and want your own space to feel. A visit to our store should be an experience. How did you land in retail? It's in my nature to hunt, gather, and serve, so retail has always felt very natural to me. I loved the corporate bustle in LA, where I worked for nearly 15 years with renowned architects and designers. I never thought I'd leave it, but now I really enjoy working in a smaller community where I get to provide an approachable, boutique design experience for all clients that walk through the door. What's the best part about owning a business in San Luis Obispo? That's easy: the community. My Great-Great Grandfather came to California from Italy during the Gold Rush. He and his brother did amazing things in developing our community, specifically downtown. They were true pioneers of the Wild West. I feel blessed to continue their humble legacy. (continued on page 49)
PAT R I C K J A M E S A LEGACY OF STYLE
In 1962 Patrick James Mon Pere opened the doors to his very first namesake store, PATRICK JAMES. Since then the business has grown to include locations throughout the West and luckily for Central Coast men a smartly curated store in downtown SLO. The full range of apparel includes everything from suits and dress shirts to hoodies and shorts. Hanging beside the Patrick James private label is an excellent array of sportswear brands like Tommy Bahama, as well as contemporary collection Robert Graham.
Don't know a pant break from shore break? Not to worry - the Patrick James team is skilled in the art of ensuring proper fits for their diverse clientele. And, for those hard-to-fit guys, Patrick James offers made-to-measure custom-tailoring. The next generation, sons Mike, Pat Jr., and Clay, are now at the helm. We recently enjoyed a quick chat with Pat Jr., who is every bit as passionate about providing quality men's clothing as his father was over five decades ago. Below is what he had to say about the family business.
Tell us a little about yourself, the story of Patrick James.
Patrick James Mon Pere and son Pat Jr.
My Dad started the business 57 years ago in Fresno. His goal was to have the first natural shoulder clothing store on the West Coast. I was raised in the business, along with my two brothers and cousin.
With 12 store locations, a robust online presence, and national catalog, what makes shopping in the San Luis Obispo store unique?
Each store is merchandised for the community they serve. The SLO store carries a higher selection of tailored clothing. We've created some suit and blazer packages specifically for the students and alumni of Cal Poly. We also emphasize some upscale brands that lend themselves to SLO coastal living.
Describe the West Coast Classic style for which Patrick James is known.
For decades we were heavily invested in tailored clothing, and our tagline was "Purveyor to Gentleman." Our business has evolved to reflect both ours and our customer's lifestyles. More denim and lighter weight layers are worn on the West Coast - the style is relaxed, but still special.
After growing up in and now running the business, do you still get excited about specific collections you bring into the store? Yes, it's absolutely a passion of mine. The two things I love about the business are people and product. It's a great time for individual style, and I'm always looking for new and exciting things that I know will wow our customers.
You've probably dressed generations of men from the same family, is there a particular story involving multiple generations that stands out?
641 Higuera Street 805.549.9593 patrickjames.com
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My Dad passed earlier this year, and shortly after his lifelong best friend also passed away. At his friend's service, there were three generations of the family dressed in Patrick James. Throughout the reception, they each, at different times, came over to proudly show me the "PJ" label on the interior of their jackets. Those bonds and the shared history means a lot to me.
What else should customers know about Patrick James? We're all about
quality product, excellent service, and getting involved with our various communities. Because we tend to become friends with our customers, their word of mouth ends up being our best marketing. As a family business, every customer is important, and we love to make them happy.
Was there a specific moment or event that inspired you to set up shop in SLO? I came close to rooting in LA. Like most natives, the Central Coast was calling. I met my husband a few months after moving back, and 17 years later, we have two amazing kids that we get to raise here. I feel a connection to the Warden Building, the space Basalt now occupies. I remember standing in Jim's Campus Camera when it was here and all the smells of the old building. Some of my closest friends own businesses and work downtown as well. It's a very supportive environment. I just finished the restaurant design for what I consider to be a legacy project in a neighboring historic building, The Carrisa. What are you most coveting in the store right now? That's tough. It's the stuff that I'm waiting to get to the selling floor that's the most coveted. I love to observe the response from people that walk into the showroom. Fingers crossed they love it as much as I do. And the good news is, they usually do!
Basalt Interiors The Lofts @ SLO Brew Project
766 Higuera Street â€˘ 805.439.1108 basaltinteriors.com
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LOOK NO FURTHER FOR YOUR STATEMENT LIGHTING.
Get back to nature with these earthy decore finds, because after all, Mother Nature knows best.
YOUR CHEESE DESERVES THIS JEWEL-LIKE BOARD .
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THIS BUBBLE BATH IS A DREAM FOR ALL THE SENSES!
SIGN US UP FOR THIS BOHOGORGEOUS MAGAZINE RACK.
1. Swami pendant light, Basalt Interiors. basaltinteriors.com 2. Peace & Quite book, Blackwater. shopblackwater.com 3. Agate cheese board with brass boarder, Cove. cove805.com 4. Ceramic wall pocket planter, Blackwater. shopblackwater.com 5. Fossilized clam side table, Basalt Interiors. basaltinteriors.com 6. Bamboo and rattan magazine rack, Blackwater. shopblackwater.com 7. The San Luis Obispo Farmers' Market Cookbook, Cove. cove805.com 8. Ceramic succulent tealight holders, Cove. cove805.com. 9. Lollia Bubbling Bath, Bijou. bijouonthepark.com 10. Greeting card, Wildflower Women. wildflowerwomenboutique.com 11. Happiness & Inspiration Ritual Kit, Blackwater. shopblackwater.com 12. Custom wood and steel console table, Habitat Home and Garden. habitathomeandgarden.com
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B L A C K W AT E R C U R AT E D C O O L I N DOWNTOWN
It would be an underestimate to say that BLACKWATER has come a long way since its inception in 1988. What was once a grassroots effort by two young mothers selling goods out of a garage is now a gorgeous new space in downtown SLO, lovingly-curated by motherdaughter duo and owners Erica Hamilton and Mary Alice Hamilton. Situated at the corner of Higuera and Broad, the sweet spot of downtown SLO, Blackwater is an open invitation to both nest and dress. In the mystical mélange of white sage smudge sticks, amethyst crystals, and CBD deodorant, you’ll also find a decidedly au courant selection of clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories dresses from covetable collection For Love & Lemons, gold metallic snakeskin booties by Matisse, and sexy pinstriped jumpsuits from Line & Dot. Be it for a fancy cocktail party or weekend two at Coachella, talented in-store stylists are ready to help coordinate head-to-toe looks from the visual feast of dreamy options. This local, family-owned boutique is a breath of fresh, XL incense stick-infused air and holds all of the beautiful things bohemian chic dreams are made of. Below, the pair dish about the details, dynamics, and joys of Blackwater. Tell us a bit about yourselves and the story of Blackwater. We are a locally owned mother-daughter business. We have been a downtown fixture for over 15 years evolving from a small clothing store to a full spectrum boutique.
What should someone who has never been to your store expect when they walk through the door? We hope they feel like they are being welcomed into our homes, immersed in a whimsical atmosphere, filled with eclectic clothing, locally sourced plants and curious home goods. How do you curate the space to strike a balance between offering a luxe look with an affordable price point? We only carry items that are genuinely worth the price and goods that we would wear or bring home. What are the joys and challenges of being in a motherdaughter business partnership? It's the best thing being together in a space where we can be creative and work in an industry that we are both passionate about. However, it can be a little mortifying when we show up somewhere wearing the same outfit. How do you define SLO style? It's the epitome of casual chic with a flair of bohemian Americana. What collection or item are you most coveting in the store right now? Our hat collections are on point. We carry the best highquality hats from Australia based Lack of Color and USbased Wyeth.
705 Higuera St. • 805.541.2900 • shopblackwater.com
HOME & GARDEN Go Green and Go Home
FOR AN INSPIRING FORAY into “real” home decor, look
no further than San Luis Obispo home furnishings and lifestyle store Habitat Home & Garden. Here you’ll find goods made of real wood by skilled tradespeople from around the world. This welcome alternative to conventional box home furnishings stores offers a distinct and deliberate mix of bohemian, vintage, and contemporary textures and styles, creating an aesthetic that is unique to Habitat. The celebration of natural materials and finishes in the designs permeates the downtown SLO showroom, and a veritable jungle of living plants emphasizes the art of living green. Habitat Home & Garden has served Central Coast customers and 52
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designers for over twenty-five years and offers a full range of design services. The design team specializes in guiding customers, both commercial and residential, through interior and exterior projects from consultation and conceptualization to installation and completion. The Habitat team scours the globe, primarily throughout Europe and Asia, in search of one-of-akind, handcrafted pieces that have both history and soul. Here, the past and present blend effortlessly and custom is king. Some treasures are left intact, but most are reimagined, repurposed, or customized by an in-house team of skilled craftsmen ready to meet the unique design needs and whims of each customer. FALL/WINTER 2019
“We pride ourselves on providing a unique customer service experience that meets the quality and standards of our unique products. On behalf of our team, we thank you for the opportunity to assist in making your Habitat special!” owner Lars Kieler
When visiting Santa Barbara, be sure to pop into the new Habitat Home & Garden showroom. The 5,000 square foot space, at the corner of State and Gutierrez, also has a 2,000 square foot attached warehouse attached and plenty of off-street parking. If you can’t get your fill at the SLO or Santa Barbara showrooms and you’re up for a real treasure hunt, check out Habitat Home & Garden’s 30,000 square foot warehouse in Arroyo Grande. The thoughtfully-curated, well-organized space, tucked away just off of Highway 1, is brimming with thousands of unique handmade pieces, antiques, decor items, custom furniture, and inspiring vignettes. Customers can peruse rows of raw wooden planks to hand-select the perfect shape, wood grain, and length to create a truly custom table-top. Visits to the warehouse are by appointment only and so worth it!
777 MARSH ST., SAN LUIS OBISPO • 805.541.4275 400 STATE ST., SANTA BARBARA • 805.343.1050 HABITATHOMEANDGARDEN.COM
GUEST EDITOR Meet SHELLY VAN ROZEBOOM, interior designer and owner of Pismo Beach showroom and design studio COVE. With her toes now firmly planted in Central Coast sand and the ocean as her muse, Shelly artfully collaborates with clients on projects from small scale to new builds. We recently caught up with her in the store and talked decor, design, and lifelong dreams.
Cove is the realization of my lifelong dream to create a boutique that offers interior design services alongside a hand-selected assortment of vintage finds, artfully crafted jewelry, plush textiles, home accessories, and customizable furniture - all inspired by the beauty of the Central Coast and the lifestyle of California.
A HOME WITH A VIEW
My husband's job brought us to the Central Coast four years ago. We landed in Pismo because we're a family of beach lovers and love the feel of this small community. We couldn't afford a home with an ocean view in SoCal, but our new home has that plus a beautiful view of oak trees! We feel very grateful!
INSPO = AESTHETIC
Growing up, it was just my mom and me, and despite always living in small places, without much money, she had a knack for making our home look decorated and pulled together. I learned to do the same, but of course, over time, my taste got a little more expensive. I pull a lot of my inspiration from the Hamptons and Cape Cod, but also the relaxed boho vibe of California.
FORM + FUNCTION
I believe in making homes feel pulled together, but also livable. When I first started, I was all about customizing thrift store finds. Now Iâ€™m about investing in quality furniture that won't break down or look worn after a few years. Also, I love to mix my client's treasured family heirlooms into designs - it's these pieces that bring character to a room.
CURRENTLY CRUSHING ON
I just picked up an amazing Indian Tarahumara burden basket from New Mexico, and my creative husband reworked it into a fantastic light! It would be such a showstopper in an entryway or kitchen!
"Cove is inspired by the beauty of the Central Coast and the lifestyle of California." Shelly Van Rozeboom
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I am always bringing things into Cove that feel like life on the coast. But if you are looking for something a little different, we can do that too! We love working with a variety of styles and tastes! And don't forget that we also do kitchen and bathroom design.
Here, Shelly shares her top picks, tips, and tricks for capturing Coastal California Cool and Endless Summer Style.
1. This watery, blue block print linen duvet is the perfect base for any bed. I love to layer prints, patterns, and pillows for a cozy feel. And of course, woven, rattan beds are a must if you are going for a coastal look! 2. These batik bone beads give a room an eclectic, traveled vibe, and I dig the contrast of brown and white! They look so pretty hanging from lamp necks, strewn across some books on a shelf or hanging from door knobs. 3. This book is my dream road trip! I always seem to add it when styling a coastal home because the pictures are GORGEOUS. And what’s even cooler is this book was written by two guys from Arroyo Grande and Shell Beach!
4. I prefer coffee tables that aren’t too fussy. This one has a cool, organic look to it and the top is metal, so I wouldn’t feel bad about kicking my feet up on it. 5. Lately, I seem to start a living room off with a sofa that has a clean look to it. Then I tweak the style a bit with pillows, throws, etc. This one from Robin Bruce is eco-friendly and covered in a family-friendly performance fabric. Which means if your dog jumps up to cuddle with you (which my black Lab loves to do) and you spill your red wine, all you need to do is wipe it off with dish soap and water! 6. Nothing can be too precious when you live with pets, kids, or lots of people coming and going. This rug can be hosed off and is scrubbable, but it looks like wool and the texture is so pretty! Perfect for pretty much anywhere in your home, but I love it for a family room where we tend to eat and spend a lot of time.
7. This lamp is beyond good! It’s quite large, and the jute rope is chunky…making it a statement all on its own. It’s begging to be in a home with a view of the water!
8. Beautiful pillows make or break a room. Just like a good handbag or shoes for an outfit, great pillows can elevate a space. I’m a fan of linen ones, especially for the way they feel. I love to mix block printed pillows with embroidered ones to keep things interesting. 9. To break up all the hard surfaces in a
kitchen and to bring in an organic, coastal vibe, this spalted maple bowl does the trick. It would look beautiful displayed with fresh fruit and then used to make a big salad with finds from the farmers’ market.
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A BRIEF HISTORY OF
W I N E IN PASO ROBLES
The sprawling Paso Robles American Viticulture Area (AVA) traces its origins to the late 1800s, when Franciscan missionaries planted the first vineyards at what is now known as the Santa Margarita Ranch. As they were then, the hills around “Paseo de Robles,” which means pass of the oaks, remain dotted with the namesake trees. The local wine industry really got started in the 1980s, when the 556,765-acre Paso Robles AVA was established. By 2000, it hosted 40,000 acres of vineyards planted with 60 grape varieties in 11 newly established sub-AVAs.
1790 As they did throughout California wine regions, Franciscan friars planted the first wine grapes in the Paso Robles region.
1973-77 Gary Eberle and Cliff Ciacobine establish the Estrella River Winery, the AVA’s largest winery, now owned by Nestlé/ Beringer.
Early 1920s Polish concert pianist Ignace Paderewski plants the first Petite Syrah grapes.
1882 The first Zinfandel vines, California’s oldest grape variety, are planted by Indiana-born rancher Andrew York on what is now York Mountain Winery.
Late 1960s – early 1970s Some of the first Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines are planted by Dr. Stanley Hoffman, with support from legendary UC Davis enologist André Tchelistcheff.
MORE THAN SIXTY GRAPE varieties are cultivated in the Paso Robles AVA. Reds
dominate, with Cabernet Sauvignon (49%),
1983 The Paso Robles AVA is established, covering nearly 560,000 acres.
1% Sauvignon Blanc 2% Pinot Noir 3% Other White 4% Chardonnay
Merlot (11%), Syrah (7%), Zinfandel (6%), Pinot Noir (2%) and other red varieties (16%) accounting for about 90% of the total.
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LAY OF THE LAND
The Paso Robles AVA is defined by the proximity and modulating influence of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Lucia mountains. Vineyards in the 11 sub-AVAs grow at elevations from a few hundred feet to more than 2,000 feet above sea level. A key factor is the “Templeton Gap,” where a 500- to 700- foot drop in elevation between the Paso Robles region and Estero Bay causes cool ocean air and with it, fog, to cool the vines at night. Summer high daytime temperatures between 85 and 100 degrees give way to nighttime temperatures that are usually 40 to 50 degrees lower, the largest diurnal temperature swing of any California wine region. Those conditions extend the growing season, allowing grapes to ripen slowly, achieve excellent balance between sugars and acid.
1996 An AVA expansion of 52,600 acres includes many vineyards in the region’s western hills.
2016 Sunset magazine names Paso Robles the Best Wine Region in the West.
2010 Wine Spectator magazine rates Saxum Vineyard’s James Berry Vineyard 2007 the best wine in the world.
2006 Rhône varietals, covering only 100 acres in Paso Robles, are expanded with 2,200 acres of new plantings.
2013 11 sub-AVAs are approved for the Paso Robles AVA, which Wine Enthusiast magazine names its top wine region of the year.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THE 11 SUB-AVAS
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ADELAIDA: High vineyards (900-2200 feet). CRESTON: Hills and plateaus to 2,000 feet. EL POMAR: Diverse landscapes both hilly and steep.
PASO ROBLES ESTRELLA: The historic heart of the AVA features a warm, dry climate. PASO ROBLES GENESO: Flat to hilly central district.
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PASO ROBLES HIGHLANDS: Highest diurnal temperature difference of any wine district in the U.S.
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PASO ROBLES WILLOW CREEK: A cool, high-elevation district. SAN JUAN CREEK: East-side river-valley district.
SAN MIGUEL: Centered around the town of San Miguel.
SANTA MARGARITA RANCH: The cool, southernmost sub-AVA has a long growing season and steep mountainous terrain.
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T H E W I N E C O U N T RY E X P E R I E N C E A s v i n e y a rd s a n d w i n e m a k e r s h a v e c o m e t o Paso Robles, so too have specialty foods, b e a u t i f u l t a s t i n g ro o m s , f i r s t - c l a s s h o t e l s , s p a s , re s t a u r a n t s a n d t h e m a n y o t h e r p i e c e s t h a t m a k e a wine-country visit one of the most sublime experiences of life. Between tasting, why not bicycle past the v i n e y a rd s - o r z i p - l i n e o v e r t h e m . Stay at a cozy B & B or a luxury hotel, and spend t h e d a y l o u n g i n g p o o l s i d e w h e re g r a p e v i n e s g ro w right down to your cabana. Enjoy sophisticated wine-pairing dinners and concerts under the stars. Wine tours, cooking classes, and visits to o rg a n i c f a r m s . F o r a t r u l y d a z z l i n g e x p e r i e n c e , v i s i t B r u c e M u n ro ’s F i e l d o f L i g h t a r t i n s t a l l a t i o n , w h e re 5 8 , 0 0 0 s o l a r- p o w e re d L E D s c o l o r f u l l y i l l u m i n a t e 1 5 ro l l i n g a c re s . G o n n a ’ g e t l i t tonight!
A FEW PASO BASHES
ART AFTER DARK PASO (October – January): Free admission, art, music and wine for $8 per glass at Studios on the Park.
VINTAGE PASO March (dates TBA): A three-day celebration of Paso’s wine culture with winery events, a seminar and “the after party,” where great vintages are paired with dessert and live music.
WINE FESTIVAL May 2020 (dates TBA): Four days of tasting and celebrating More than 70 top wineries pour at the Grand Tasting in Paso Robles Downtown City Park.
Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Paso Robles AVA accounts for 87% of SLO County wine industry, employs more than 13,500 people and annually generates $1.9 billion of economic value. The 612,000-acre AVA (Napa Valley covers 225,000 acres) has 30 distinct soil types. 11 sub-AVAs established in 2014 reflect diverse terrain, soils and microclimates. 40,000 acres of vineyards and more than 60 grape varieties. Greatest diurnal temperature variation of any California AVA. Western part of AVA is six miles from the Pacific Ocean.
BLENDFEST ON THE COAST Feb. 8, 2020: Taste great blends and learn secrets of the blender’s science-art. For more information and to confirm dates go to pasowine.com
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200-plus wineries, up from 75 a decade ago. Small producers rule: two-thirds make fewer than 5,000 cases. Many estate vineyards, but 120 operations who only grow and sell grapes. FALL/WINTER 2019
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The EDNA VALLEY AVA (3,000 acres of vineyards) is situated in an east-west-oriented valley just southeast of San Luis Obispo and bounded by the Santa Lucia Mountains to the west. It abuts the Arroyo Grande AVA (1,200 acres) along its southeastern edge. Grapes were first planted here by Spanish missionaries, but then row crops took over for many decades. The Edna Valley AVA was established in 1987 and Arroyo Grande in 1990. The two AVAs are often talked about as if they are one, with good reason. Both share features found in other California winegrowing regions — most notably a Mediterranean climate and the moderating influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean, which extends the growing season — Edna Valley has California’s longest growing season — allowing grapes to experience longer hang time, resulting in greater balance and complex flavors. Both AVAs are favorable to grapes that prefer the cool weather typical of the area, and the Burgundian varieties Chardonnay and Pinot Noir dominate in both AVAs, with some of those grapes being made into sparkling wine. While a small and relatively young region, these two AVAs are home to some world-class wines. DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM
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3in Winery Adelaida Cellars AmByth Estate Anglim Winery Aron Hill Vineyards B & E Winery Barr Estate Winery Barton Family Wines Bella Luna Winery Bianchi Winery Black Hand Cellars Bodega de Edgar Booker Vineyard Bovino Vineyards Brecon Estate Winery Brochelle Vineyards Broken Earth Winery Brophy Clark Bros Calcareous Vineyard CaliPaso Winery Caliza Winery Caparone Winery Carmody McKnight Wines Cass Vineyard and Winery Castoro Cellars Cayucos Cellars Cerro Prieto Vineyard Changala Chateau Margene Christian Lazo Wines Chronic Cellars Clautiere Vineyard Clavo Cellars Clesi Wines Clos Solene Croad Vineyards Cutruzzola Vineyards Cypher Winery Daou Vineyards Dark Star Cellars Denner Vineyards Deovlet Wines dilecta Wines Doce Robles Winery Donati Family Vineyard Donatoni Winery Dover Canyon Winery Dubost Winery Dunning Vineyards Eberle Winery Ã‰cluse Wines EOS Estate Winery Epoch Estate Wines Four Lanterns Winery Four Sisters Ranch Fratelli Perata Gelfand Vineyards Glunz Family Wines Graveyard Vineyards Grey Wolf Cellars Guyomar Wine Cellars Halter Ranch Vineyard Hammer Sky Vineyards Harmony Cellars Hearst Ranch Winery Herman Story Wines Hidden Oak Winery Hope Family Wines Hoyt Family Vineyards Hunt Cellars J Dusi Wines J Lohr Vineyards & Wines Jack Creek Cellars Jada Vineyard Justin Winery Kaleidos Kiamie Wine Cellars Kukkula Winery L'Aventure Lago Giuseppe Law Estate Wines
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Le Cuvier Winery Le Vigne Winery Ledge Vineyards Linne Calodo Cellars Locatelli Vineyards Loma Linda Vineyards Lone Madrone Lusso Della Terra Cellars McPrice Meyers Michael Gill Cellars Midnight Cellars Minassian-Young Mitchella Vineyard Mondo Cellars Mojo Cellars Moonstone Cellars Mystic Hills Vineyard Nichols Winery & Cellars Niner Wine Estates ONX Wines Tasting Room Opolo Vineyards Oso Libre Winery Paix Sur Terre Wines Parrish Family Vineyard PasoPort Wine Peachy Canyon Winery Pear Valley Estate Wine Pelletiere Estate Vineyard Per Cazo Cellars Proulx Wine Rabbit Ridge Winery Rails Nap Ranchita Canyon Vineyard Rangeland Wines Rasmussen Vineyards Record Family Wines Red Soles Winery Riverstar Vineyards RN Estate Vineyard Robert Hall Winery Rockin' R Winery Rocky Creek Cellars Rotta Winery Roxo Port Cellars San Antonio Winery San Marcos Creek Vineyard Sarzotti Winery Sculpterra Winery Seven Oxen Estate Wines Sextant Wines Shadow Run Vineyards Shale Oak Winery Stacked Stone Cellars Stanger Vineyards Starr Ranch Vineyard Steinbeck Vineyards Still Waters Vineyards Stolo Family Vineyards Summerwood Winery Tablas Creek Vineyard Tackitt Family Vineyards TH Estate Wines Thacher Winery Tobin James Cellars Tolo Cellars Tooth & Nail Winery Treana Winery Turley Wine Cellars Twin Coyotes Two Moons Venteux Vineyards Via Vega Vineyard Victor Hugo Winery Villa Creek Cellars Villa San Juliette Winery Villicana Winery Vina Robles Vines on the Marycrest Vino Vargas Vista Del Rey Vineyards Whalebone Vineyard Wild Coyote Estate Winery
DELIGHTFULdiversions IN AND AROUND SAN LUIS OBISPO.
8 BEACH BOUND Avila Beach Situated in the protected cove of San Luis Obispo Bay this half-mile stretch tends to be warmer than other area beaches. Stroll the boardwalk and catch a sunset over al fresco cocktails at one of the waterfront eateries.
Of the hundreds of activities SLO has to offer on both land and sea, these TOP 10 are a must for first-time visitors, long-time travellers, and born-and-raised SLO locals.
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1. EPIC CENTER: The heart of Downtown SLO never misses a beat with its dynamic community, cultural, retail, and restaurant offerings. The verdant, tree-lined streets are home to a variety of treasured local businesses - boutiques, galleries, cafes, museums, bars, and hotels. Visit the historic San Luis Obispo Mission Plaza for a concert, take a stroll along the San Luis Obispo Creek for an urban wildlife sighting, or simply shop and eat your way around this fabulous downtown. 2. GRAPE EXPECTATIONS: Whether you're a newbie out for a laid-back day of casual tasting or the serious sip, swish, and spit type, the world-class Wine Tasting experience in Paso Robles and SLO includes options for all. California's breathtaking Central Coast is home to over 250 wineries - ranging from the intimate boutique to the big and burgeoning. So, be sure to set aside a little time for wine and start exploring. For more on SLO Wine Country flip to page 56. 3. EAT YOUR VEGGIES AND MORE: Every Thursday evening, locals and visitors gather to eat, shop, and indulge in the bounty of the region at the Downtown SLO Farmers' Market. From 6:00-9:00, several blocks of downtown SLO (Higuera Street between Nipomo and Osos streets) are shut down and transformed into a culinary and cultural Nirvana. Explore over 120 stalls, filled with offerings ranging from the fantastic and familiar - locally-grown produce, bread, and authentic BBQ - to unique specialties from SLO area restaurants and artisans. Where else could you try kombucha, craft brew, seaweed, and nitro-crafted ice cream all within the same block? Special events, activities and live entertainment top off this dynamic experience. For more info go to: downtownslo.com 4. BACK TO SCHOOL: Established in 1901 California Polytechnic State University, also known as Cal Poly SLO, is a nationally-ranked public university located on the northern edge of San Luis Obispo. The main campus bustles with over 21,000 students and covers 1,321 acres. Cal Poly's motto is "learn by doing" so if you want to know more about this esteemed institution do take one of the student-led, 90-minute, student-led walking tours. calpoly.edu 5. TAKE A HIKE: Sought after summit and favorite locals hike Bishop Peak is the most prominent of the "Nine Sisters" or volcanic Morros which stretch across San Luis Obispo. The climb to the top takes anywhere from one to two hours and handsomely rewards hikers with spectacular views of the city and surrounding peaks and valleys. Other popular hiking destinations that deliver spectacular views are Cerro San Luis, and Morro View. For directions and more info on these hikes and others head to hikespeak.com 6. ON A MISSION: Founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1772, San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Mission is a treat for history buffs, believers, and anyone who appreciates the beauty of a bygone era. The current building, constructed in the typical mission style - from adobe, with porticoed arcades, and topped with a red-tiled roof - dates back to 1793. The tours are free, and a daily mass is held. Stroll the grounds to see the museum, gift shop, and courtyard gardens - a visual feast of fruit trees, cacti, old oaks, flowers and more. Relax on the grassy slope of the Mission Plaza, which overlooks the San Luis Creek - the perfect spot for a post-tour picnic. missionsanluisobispo.org 7. RAISE A PINT: Tap into SLO's abundant craft brew scene where over a dozen local breweries concoct hundreds of innovative varieties. Take a break from swirling and sipping and blow a little foam off the top of a fresh cold one. From irresistible IPAs and creamy stouts to whimsical white ales and seasonal one-offs, the diverse selection of award-winning hoppy libations leaves even the most discriminating of palates satisfied.
Morro Rock Beach Just North of the towering Morro Rock, this beach is known for its dramatic setting, is a popular spot for surfing, swimming, sandcastle building, and picnicking.
Pismo Beach A 1,200-foot pier, a classic California beach town, iconic surf spots, volleyball, and fishing make this 17-mile long stretch of shoreline spectacular.
8. SURF'S UP: Surfing is a way of life in California, as well as the official state sport. And just to be clear, SoCal doesn't have the corner market on all the sweet surf spots. Although the Central Coast's 85mile stretch of pristine coastline may be short on pointbreaks, it's big on beach breaks. Typically, the best surf season here is fall, when surfers and S.U.P.ers can capitalize on west swells. Check out one of the many local surf shops for lessons, rentals, and valuable advice for beginners. 9. ART APPRECIATION: For an impressive collection of contemporary works by California artists, look no further than the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. The museum's continually updated exhibits feature avant-garde paintings, sculptures, and photography, and the convenient downtown "cultural corridor" location and free admission make SLOMA a must-see. The museum offers docent-led tours as well as cell-phone app and downloadable MP3 audio tours. 1010 Broad Street, www.sloma.org 10. A STICKY SITUATION: For decades visitors and locals have adorned this narrow 70-foot long alleyway known as Bubblegum Alley. Located off Higuera between Broad and Garden Street, this rainbow-hued destination is bedecked with millions of pieces of previously-chewed bubblegum, making it a rather off-beat, Instagramworthy hotspot.
P E R F O R M I N G A RT S FREMONT THEATER It's impossible to overlook this much beloved, historic theater, located on Monterey Street in downtown SLO, especially at night. With an iconic neon sign, dating back to 1942, this multi-use venue currently hosts concerts, classic and contemporary films, and special events almost daily. fremontslo.com
SLO BOTANICAL GARDEN Go native at this small and well-maintained communityowned and community grown botanical garden, located in the rolling hills of El Chorro Regional Park. Learn about sustainable and fire-safe practices and water conservation, and enjoy special events like culinary demonstrations and storytelling. slobg.org MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY IN MORRO BAY STATE PARK Interactive exhibits educate visitors about local habitats and the impact that natural and human forces have on these areas. Visit the Chumash garden along the side of the museum and learn how the Chumash used native plants in their daily lives. morrobay.org
PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Catch cutting-edge music and sweeping musical productions at this worldclass venue, located on the campus of Cal Poly. Recently updated with a state-of-the-art sound system, lighting, and seating, the PAC hosts a broad program of highquality professional touring performances, exhibitions and speaking engagements presented by Cal Poly Arts. pacslo.org, calpolyarts.org SLO REPERTORY THEATER Created in the summer of 1947 by a small group of people who wanted to "put on a show" this non-profit, regional theatre, presents a yearround season of professional, live theatre in downtown SLO. slorep.org VINA ROBLES AMPHITHEATER Be it basking in the sun or under a starry sky, this amphitheater nestled on an oakdotted hillside in Paso Robles, is where exceptional wine and live music are paired to create an unforgettable wine country experience. The concert season runs from April through November and features outstanding acts from around the world. Vinaroblesamphitheatre.com
Shell Beach Quiet, secluded, and sandy, this beach rewards with tide pools, dolphin, whale, and sea lion sightings, and of course, seashells. *For a complete listing of area beaches go to: parks.ca.gov
HELLO SUNSHINE! SLO’S MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATE MEANS MILD WINTERS, WARM SUMMERS, AND SUN-SOAKED DAYS, SO THERE REALLY ISN’T AN “OFF-SEASON” - IT’S ALWAYS “ON” IN SLO!
WHALE WATCHING The Central Coast is home to world-class whale watching, as migratory whales, including grays, blues, and humpbacks can be seen just off the coast and sometimes even from a high vantage point on the coast! Specific sightings depend upon the time of the year. Dolphins, sea otters, and seals can be seen by observant visitors year-round. Hop on board and let a seasoned captain guide you to a once in a lifetime experience.
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FOR VISITORS AND LOCALS ALIKE, SLO’S MULTITUDE OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES - FOR EVERY AGE AND INTEREST - BECKONS. SO, GET OUT AND ABOUT, ENJOY SOME FRESH AIR, BLUE SKIES, AND FIND YOUR ADVENTURE! LAGUNA LAKE NATURAL RESERVE Home to a variety of waterfowl, this park features a BBQ area, disc golf course, walking trails, playground, volleyball court, and with a valid California fishing license, fishing is permitted. Bonus: Dogs are allowed off-leash. slocity.org MORRO BAY STATE PARK Explore the lagoon and natural bay habitat of this beautiful site. There's sailing, fishing, hiking, bird watching, a marina, and an 18-hole public golf course. The park museum features exhibits about natural features and cultural history, Native American life, geology, and oceanography. parks.ca.gov 64
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EL MORO ELFIN FOREST Just adjacent to the Morro Bay estuary, this 90-acre natural area is home to more than 200 species of plants, as well as 110 kinds of birds, 22 species of mammals and 13 species of reptiles and amphibians, including rare plants, butterflies, snails and birds. A nearly mile boardwalk loop provides access for young and old, walkers and wheelchair users, and protects the sensitive habitat. elfin-forest.org MONTAÑA DE ORO STATE PARK It's easy to understand why this park is sometimes referred to as "Little Big Sur," with its rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal
plains, streams, canyons, and hills, and the 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. Naturalists and backpackers enjoy the park's secluded trails, and there are also trails for mountain biking and horseback riding. Keep an eye out for black tailed deer and the black oystercatcher. parks.ca.gov
the grassy oak-dotted hills of Paso Robles. The lake is home to scores of ducks and turtles and fishing is allowed with a valid fishing license. Facilities include baseball, softball, soccer fields, picnic areas, two concession stands and two terrific playgrounds. prcity.com
ZIP & SIP A zip line plus wine? Yep, that's right, and you just might need a glass after flying more than 7,500 total feet over valleys, oaks, mountainsides, and vineyards. margarita-adventures.com
AVILA HOT SPRINGS Relax and rejuvenate in natural artesian mineral hot springs at this family-friendly oasis where visitors enjoy camping picnic and BBQ facilities, a heated freshwater pool with double slides, hot mineral soaking pool, and massage therapy. avilahotsprings.com
BARNEY SCHWARTZ PARK This 40 acre park with its man-made one million gallon lake is like a little oasis amid
SKATE Get on board for a FALL/WINTER 2019
session at the 15,500 squarefoot SLO Skate Park. Shred a concrete wave, drop into the capsule bowl, and enjoy other fun elements. Helmets, elbow & knee pads required and entry is free. Located at Santa Rosa Park 1050 Oak Street, slocity.org RIDEN’ & ROLLIN’ Hop on the Bob Jones Trail, a city to sea ride. This fun bike trail follows the Pacific Coast Railroad right-of-way along the San Luis Obispo Creek to Avila Beach. It starts at the parking lot right off the 101 freeway by Avila Hot Springs Resort and ends near the beach in downtown Avila. It's also great for walking and running. The trailhead address is 7001 Ontario Road, in SLO.
DAY TRIPIN' With SLO as basecamp, venture out in any direction to find other amazing adventures, from elephant seals in San Simeon to the North and impressive sand dunes at Oceano to the south, and loads of fun in between. C A M B R I A Visit this charming village for a unique shopping experience, tasty bites, a
boardwalk stroll along beautiful Moonstone Beach. Nearby, explore the unique beauty and solitude of ocean bluffs, grasslands and a Monterey pine forest at the historic ocean-front sanctuary, Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. ffrpcambria.org
R A G G E D P O I N T Take in the dramatic coastal views at the southern gateway to Big Sur,
just a few miles north of Cambria. Experienced hikers can take on the Ragged Point Cliffside Trail. It’s short, yet strenuous and rewards with a black sand beach and the 300-foot Black Swift Falls seasonal waterfall.
H E A R S T C A S T L E Tour famed publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst's 60,645
square-foot mansion, "Enchanted Hill." Built between 1919 and 1947 by architect Julia Morgan, the castle, surrounding buildings, and heart's extensive art collection, are surrounded by sweeping views of the California coastline and Santa Lucia Range. Daily tours of this carefully preserved National Historic Landmark and California Historical Landmark are offered and reservations recommended. hearstcastle.org
T H E P I E D R A S B L A N C A S R O O K E RY Head seven miles north of San Simeon on
Highway 1 to find the only elephant seal rookery in the world that is easily accessible, free, and open to the public every day of the year. Enormous Elephant Seals haul out on beaches here yearround, although peak times are January, April, and October. elephantseal.org
O C E A N O D U N E S Comprised of 1,200 acres of unique coastal terrain, including sand dunes as high as 100 feet, along with several miles of sandy beach, this is the only beach in California that allows drive-on OHVs (off-highway vehicles). Other outdoor activities at Oceano Dunes are hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, and camping. parks.ca.gov Tucked between the ocean and mountains, or amid the oaks and vines, you'll find acres of scenic manicured greens. Find a course that best suits your game and hit the links for a round of spectacular and relaxing golf.
The piedras blancas rookery
MORRO BAY GOLF COURSE Player friendly, affordable, with stunning panoramic ocean views from every hole. golfmorrobay.com PASO ROBLES GOLF CLUB A classic 18 hole, par 70 course in the middle of wine country. pasoroblesgolfclub.com THE LINKS GOLF COURSE AT PASO ROBLES Inspired by the great courses of Scotland and designed by Tiger Wood's first teacher, take in the majestic vineyard views. linkscourseatpasorobles.com AVILA BEACH GOLF RESORT A unique golf experience with a par-71 course, nestled in the hills, on the edge of the bay. avilabeachresort.com
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HORSING AROUND SAN LUIS OBISPO Saddle up like an OG rancher and experience the region's breathtaking vistas, beaches, ranches and vineyards on a private, guided horseback riding trail tour - some are basic, and some a bit indulgent, replete with wine tasting and gourmet bites. YEHAW! GET RIDING WITH ONE OF THESE LOCAL OUTFITTERS, EACH WITH THEIR UNIQUE OFFERINGS.
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Land ' O Lakes LAKE NACIMIENTO 165 miles of shoreline, countless inlets and coves, a marina, lodging, and a long winding river make this one of the best lakes in the region. Fishing, camping, water sports, and wildlife sightings, ensure a fun-filled family adventure. nacimientoresort.com 66
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LAKE LOPEZ 22 miles of shoreline and 4,200 acres of wildlife, campgrounds, trails and prime picnic spots, make this a lake lover's paradise, where visitors can windsurf, kayak, jetski, and fish. slocountyparks.com FALL/WINTER 2019
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CENTRAL COAST AQUARIUM This family-friendly aquarium, located just footsteps from away Avila Bay provides visitors the opportunity to engage in hands-on exploration at touch tanks, which are home to dozens of species of marine animals - from sea urchins, hermit crabs, and sea stars to gumboot chiton, abalone and kelp crabs. Other exhibits include the red octopus, decorator crabs, jellies and more. centralcoastaquarium.com
HISTORY CENTER OF SLO COUNTY Learn about the history of the people, from the era of the Chumash and Salinan Indians to present day, as well as the cultures and events of San Luis Obispo County through the museum's archive, photograph, and research collections. Located in the former Carnegie Library and Dallidet Adobe and Garden, the non-profit museum includes a gallery, research room, and book store. historycenterslo.org
Iconic Collectables in theGift Shop
Room 183 "Love Nest"
Off-beat & Awesome THE MADONNA INN One can't help but think pink at this fanciful landmark inn. From the bright magenta booths, barstools and tennis courts (yes, tennis courts) to the signature Pink Champagne cake and beyond, the Madonna Inn is a riot of color and fine craftsmanship. Known for its themed guest rooms - Yosemite Rock, Caveman, Love Nest, etc. the inn also has two restaurants and a bar that begs to be explored. Tip: even if you're not a guy, if the coast is clear, pop into the men's room for a unique surprise. madonnainn.com
Gold Rush Steakhouse
SLO CHILDREN'S MUSEUM For families with little ones SLOCM is a must-do! Three floors and an outside playscape packed with exhibits for children ages 1-10 beg to be explored. Unique, educational programs and activities are scheduled throughout each week. slocm.org SLO RAILROAD MUSEUM All aboard for a journey into SLO's rich railroad history. Located in the Railroad District's historic freight house building built in 1894 when the Southern Pacific Railroad came to town, the museum displays artifacts, railroad equipment, model trains, and has a play area for the kids. Open on Saturdays from 10:004:00. mslorrm.com THE ESTRELLA WARBIRDS MUSEUM Located in Paso Robles, this museum is home to a vast collection of military aviation artifacts, aircraft and memorabilia - everything from jeeps, early year aircraft, fighter jets recently retired from active duty to antique ambulances and bombardier sites to modern missiles. And auto buffs won't want to miss the Woodland Auto Display, an incredible collection of historic race cars. ewarbirds.org
Trolley Good Time
Hop on the OLD SLO TROLLEY to get from point a. to b. and beyond in classic cable-car-style. For 50 cents (25 cents for seniors and disabled), this car-free mode of transpo spans from the hotels on the north end of Monterey Street near Highway 101 to the intersection of Higuera and Nipomo Streets. The trolley service operates every 20 minutes year round on Thursdays from 5:00- 9:00 pm, June - Labor Day on Fridays from 5:00-9:00 pm, and April - October on Saturdays 5:00-9:00 pm. slocity.org DININGANDDESTINATIONS.COM
CALENDAR WHAT'S HAPPENING IN SLO
OCTOBER 18-20: Harvest Wine Weekend Celebrate the harvest and discover award-winning wines, exceptional restaurants, and breathtaking views, at over 140-weekend activities winemaker dinners, grape stomps, barrel tastings, food and wine pairings, live music, and more. pasowine.com 18-20: 73rd Annual Pismo Beach Clam Festival This tasty three-day celebration of the Pismo Clam features live music, a family-fun kid zone, food trucks and vendors, a beer and wine garden, a best local clam chowder contest, and of course a clam dig. Don’t miss the Saturday parade on Price Street at 10:00am. Free. experiencepismobeach.com NOVEMBER 1: Jon Batiste and Stay Human
also include access to Surf’s Up Sunday open house tastings across the SLO Coast Wine region. For info about Friday evening’s Crafted on the Coast Wine Maker Dinner and tickets go to slocoastwine.com
Enjoy live music from the hometown band, a winter wonderland, and cocoa and treats for purchase. 6:00-8:00pm. morrobay.org
29: Santa House Opening Day Kick off the holiday season in downtown SLO at Mission Plaza for the opening of Santa's House. The wee ones who visit Santa will receive a complimentary activity book, toy, and candy cane. Pictures - take-yourown or for purchase - are also available. The fun starts at 10:00am. Santa's House will be open until December 24. Hours vary, for the schedule go to downtownslo.com
17-20: 24th Annual Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival Birders, get your binoculars at the ready! This exciting ecotourism festival features over 140 events, including field trips, workshops, and presentations. Tours take participants to a variety of habitats and seminars cover an array of topics. Shop for nature-related artwork, books, field equipment, and local merchant wares from an assortment of vendors. morrobaybirdfestival.org
29-Dec. 23: Cambria Christmas Market Enter a winter wonderland and find yourself immersed in a world of twinkling lights, music, and merriment throughout the holiday season. Shop in the vendor market, take photos with Santa, enjoy live entertainment, taste traditional German foods, sip warm glühwein, and more at this charming outdoor festival. 5:00pm-9:00pm most nights. cambriachristmasmarket.com
22: SLO Craft Beer Fest Raise a pint to celebrate craft brewers, and their tasty libations at this sudsy event, featuring some of the best breweries in the U.S. Tickets include a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited beer samples, selected food samples, live music, and educational beer seminars. 21 and over. 12:00pm-5:00pm. slocraftbeer.com 27-March 1: SLO Comedy Festival
Back by popular demand, this Grammynominated performer returns to the Central Coast with his band, Stay Human. As fans of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” already know, the artistry and excitement created by Batiste and band make any concert a special evening. 8:00pm. Performing Arts Center, pacslo.org 1-3: Harvest on the Coast Celebrate the end of the harvest season with an oceanview Grand Tasting extravaganza at the Avila Beach Resort, featuring new releases and delectable bites from more than 50 local wineries and chefs, along with a live auction -all on Saturday. Tickets 68
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6: Annual San Luis Obispo Holiday Parade Heading into its 44th year, this popular community event is a Downtown SLO winter tradition. It’s one of the largest parades on the Central Coast, attracting thousands of spectators and features approximately 75 decorative floats, vehicles, marching bands, dancers and more. 7:00pm downtownslo.com 6: Holiday Harmony at Pismo Beach Pier Celebrate the season at the Pismo Beach Pier with the music, fresh snow for the kids, photos with Santa, cooking decorating, a bounce house, and 6:00pm, the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. 5:307:30pm. pismobeach.org 7: 34th Annual Lighted Boat Parade Bundle up and head to the Morro Bay waterfront as the fishing, leisure, and yachting communities take to the water with decorated boats, dazzling lights, and holiday cheer.
Be prepared to tantalize your comedic taste buds with four days of skillfully honed humor. Premier performances will feature dozens of headlining comedians from all over the world, each with different comedic styles, guaranteeing something for everyone. slocomedyfestival.com MARCH 17-22: SLO International Film Festival Cinephiles come from near and far to attend this premiere 6-day annual event, which showcases contemporary, cutting edge, and classic film screenings in a wide variety of venues. Watch celebs stroll the red carpet, indulge local wine and classic FALL/WINTER 2019
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It may be SLO’s cooler season but, but the action is just heating up! Food, drink, cinema, and art take center stage, with festivals, parades, and events celebrating (& serving up) everything from clams to comedy. +MUSIC, THEATRE, AND SPORTS TO SATISFY EVERY FAN AND ENTHUSIAST'S PALETTE. film pairings, independent film premieres, and informative Q & A sessions with filmmakers from all over the world. slofilmfest.org 28: Central Coast Craft Beer Fest What could be better than sampling goods from 40+ breweries, and numerous wineries and cideries at the Sunken Gardens in Atascadero? Answer: Knowing that local charities are the beneficiaries of this 3rd annual festival, presented by the Central Coast Brewers Guild. Admission includes a commemorative cup, and unlimited 2 oz pours. Cheers! 12:00pm-4:00pm. Centralcoastbrewersguild.com APRIL 24-26: SLO Half Marathon & Relay Races Runners and walkers of all ages and levels participate in this three-day event. On Friday, April 24 join the YogaMusic Fest, featuring local DJs and yoga workouts, along with vegan, gluten-free food, beer, non-alcoholic drinks and kombucha for purchase. Saturday is Family Day, with a 5k, 2 Kids Races, and the opening of the two-day Race SLO Festival, featuring free activities and live music. Sunday culminates in the Half Marathon and Relay Race. Bonus: benefits the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo. slomarathon.com
SLO REP PRESENTS the one-person stage show: EVERY BRILLIANT THING, the funniest show about depression ever written. By Duncan Macmillan, with Jonny Donahoe. Directed by Suzy Newman, Featuring Kevin Harris March 27-April 12, Wed-Sun at 7pm; Sat & Sun at 2pm slorep.org
ongoing goings-on FRESH PICKS Thursday Night Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market - For the past 35+ years, every Thursday evening, locals and visitors gather to eat, shop, and indulge in the bounty of the region. Several blocks of downtown SLO (Higuera Street between Nipomo and Osos streets) are shut down and filled with over 120 stalls. Offerings range from locally-grown produce to unique specialties from SLO area restaurants and artisans. Enjoy a variety of live entertainment, a bounce house for the kids, demonstrations, and other special events. 6:00pm-9:00pm. downtownslo.com
OTHER YEAR-ROUND AREA FARMERS’ MARKETS - If you can’t make the Downtown SLO Thursday night market, check out some of the other farmers’ markets held throughout the county. Wednesday - 8:30-11:00 in Arroyo Grande Thursday - 2:00-4:30 in Morro Bay Saturday - 8:00-10:45 in San Luis Obispo Saturday - 12:00-2:30 in Arroyo Grande For more info go to slocountyfarmers.org
AFFAIRS OF THE ARTS Art After Dark - On the first Friday of every month (except December) dozens of downtown SLO art galleries and non-traditional venues - eateries, shops, salons - welcome art lovers to see new exhibits and celebrate art openings that showcase established and emerging local talent. 6pm-9pm Free. downtownslo.com Art in the Park at Dinosaur Caves This outdoor art festival, overlooking the ocean, offers goods - glass, pottery, jewelry, textiles, furniture, sculpture, paintings, photography, bath and beauty products, gourmet food, plants, and more - from over 60 local artists and craftspeople. It’s held on the first Sunday of the month, May through December, in beautiful Shell Beach. Enjoy live music, food, and beverages. Free. 10:00am-4:00pm artintheparkshellbeach.com
Enjoy this hearty stew the traditional way and serve with either toasted or grilled sliced baguette pieces.
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o W B L L oF GoLD U F L U o S A Lablabi, known as “poor man’s stew” in Tunisia, is anything but - Chef AYDA ROBANA’S take it’s bursting with rich flavors, bright ingredients, and promises to satisfy the fiercest of fall appetites. This dish speaks to my heart in more ways than one. It's a hearty and satisfying one-pot meal. In Tunisia, it's known as the "poor man's stew" because the ingredients are simple. I first had it with my dad in my grandmother's neighborhood at a sandwich shop called Ammi Nasser. I remember smelling the spicy cumin-filled broth and devouring the chickpeas and leaving the garnishes to the side. As a young adult, my friends and I would stop for a 3:00 am bowl of Lablabi on our way home from a night of dancing at the clubs. Now it's a nourishing meal I make in the fall and winter months for my family, friends, and clients. I've added a few unconventional twists, starting with tomato paste and ending with kale. Lablabi is a great vegan dish, but as an option, you can add an egg or a bit of good quality tuna on top when serving.
IngreDients 1 pound dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans), soaked overnight (or 4 15-ounce cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained) 1/4 cup good quality olive oil 2 carrots, finely chopped 1 medium yellow or white onion, finely chopped 2 stalks celery, finely chopped 6 garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons cumin 1 lemon, juiced 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2 tablespoons Tunisian harissa 2 bay leaves 1 tablespoon salt (optional) 8 cups of water or stock 2 cups of stemmed kale, finely chopped
Garnish opTions • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped • An extra dollop of harissa • A squeeze of lemon • Handful of capers • Raw egg yolk or coddled egg • A scoop of good quality tuna • A drizzle of olive oil
Directions Soak chickpeas overnight. Drain and rinse. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, gently warm the olive oil and add the carrot, onion, and celery. Soften for 5-10 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, lemon juice, tomato paste, and harissa, and sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes. Add rinsed, drained chickpeas and 8 cups of liquid (either water or stock). Add two bay leaves and salt to taste. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1-2 hours. If substituting canned chickpeas for fresh, simmer for about 30 minutes. Add kale and garnish with your choice of toppings. Enjoy!
ABOUT AYDA ROBANA Inspired by the Central Coast's beauty and abundance, chef Ayda Robana started her catering company in 2007. She was among the first to bring the pop-up dining experience to the local culinary scene. Ayda can help create and execute the perfect dining experience for your next event and is also available for food styling and cooking classes. Ayda Robana Catering • 805.837.9009 • aydarobana.com
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