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PUBLISHERS Bret Colhouer Lani Colhouer EXECUTIVE EDITOR Theresa-Marie Wilson

Features

SALES Carrie Vickerman Dana McGraw Jessica Micklus Rose Cutrer Tina Mitchell Zorina Ricci

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ART & DESIGN Christy Serpa Michelle Johnson

Get Hooked on Morro Bay................................ 6 Sea Otter Families................................................. 12 Homegrown Candies..................................................................... 16 Revealing North County................................................................. 18 Aquarium Teaches Kids About the Sea........................................... 22 Hiking Trails.................................................................................... 26 Chef Competition Reveals Big Flavors........................................... 30 Best Burger Joints in SLO County.................................................. 36 Fresh Market Cuisine..................................................................... 38 Restaurants with an Ocean View................................................... 40 Breweries....................................................................................... 44 Let’s Go Olive Oil Tasting.............................................................. 45 The Art of Lounging....................................................................... 48 Family Fun...................................................................................... 50 Using Ecotourism to Engage Customers....................................... 53 Spend a Few Nights in Nature....................................................... 54 Pet Friendly Places......................................................................... 56 Wedding Venues............................................................................. 58 Galleries.......................................................................................... 60 SLO County Snapshot.................................................................... 62 Events ............................................................................................ 66

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et out on the open road and visit Morro Bay, CA on Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo County. A true gem, this seaside fishing village with a bustling waterfront offers a picture perfect getaway for travelers who seek food, wine and outdoor adventures found in a gorgeous natural setting. Morro Bay’s coastal climate is perfect for the abundance of year-round outdoor activities found in this unspoiled slice of California. Recently recognized in Finding Dory by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly Community, Morro Bay is where outdoor activities are a way of life. From ocean-side golf, kayaking, sailing, hiking, fishing, surfing, biking, and bird watching, to kite flying, shopping, dining, wine bars, local craft brews and miles of unspoiled beaches, there is something for everyone. Located along coastal Highway 1 midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Morro Bay is easily accessible from northern CA via Highway 101 South to Highway 46 West or Highway 41 West. REVEAL the central coast of california


Sitting majestically between the beach and the harbor lays the iconic and historic landmark Morro Rock welcoming travelers from miles away as they approach Morro Bay. Located just minutes from world-renowned Hearst Castle, historic missions, breathtaking Montana de Oro State Park, and surrounded by vineyards from Paso Robles to Edna Valley, Morro Bay is a destination designed to fit any style and budget for families, couples or groups. Morro Bay also offers a myriad of year-round events including food, wine and music festivals, art fairs and car shows unique to the town. For more travel information visit http://www. morrobay.org or follow Morro Bay on its Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest pages. continued, page 8

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continued, from page 7 The quaint seaside town of Morro Bay invites travelers to enjoy the many benefits of visiting mid-week! Avoid the crowds, enjoy the food and wine, and take your time shopping at all the unique boutiques. Life in this small beach town is reminiscent of how California beach towns used to be: charming, relaxed, fun, quirky, yet filled with surfing, sailing, fishing, golfing, and kayaking. There’s so much to see and do in this bustling seaside village including ocean-side golf, kayaking, sailing, hiking, fishing, surfing, whale watching, biking, bird watching, or kite flying. Morro Bay offers activities for all ages to enjoy in an unspoiled slice of California located along coastal Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo County. “We’re encouraging guests to visit Morro Bay mid-week this summer and pack in boatloads of adventure,” explains Jennifer Little, Tourism Manager for Discover Morro Bay. “Not only will visitors appreciate the low room rates but they will also avoid the crowds and beat the traffic at the same time. It’s a real Win/ Win/Win!” There’s something for every family member in Morro Bay A visit to Morro Bay means tons of family fun. Watch the kids light up at the idea of kayaking with sea otters, bicycling out to iconic Morro Rock, exploring the Morro Bay Natural History Museum or Skateboard Museum, surfing, paddle boarding, whale watching, kite flying and tide pooling. The whole family can relax and take in the natural beauty of this unique fishing village. The town practically stands still in time: salt-water taffy smells swirl in the air, fresh local seafood abounds, and water

adventures on the bay and the beach are abundant. Morro Bay is an engaging, thriving fishing village filled with restaurants, shopping and attractions and is located minutes from Hearst Castle. If you and your family haven’t experienced this classic CA town, now is the time.

MORRO BAY FOR A GIRLFRIENDS GETAWAY Girl power is alive and well in Morro Bay, the ideal location for a best friend’s getaway along California’s Central Coast. With a bustling waterfront filled with restaurants, wine bars, boutique shops and harbor cruises and activities is the picture-perfect girl-cation destination. The variety of lodging options in Morro Bay offers BFFs the opportunity to stay in beachfront vacation rentals, luxurious inns, leading brand hotels, reliable budget or specialty accommodations right on the harbor. Imagine starting the morning off with your best gal pals taking a nice jaunt down the waterfront Embarcadero and out the harbor walk to Morro Rock and onto the beach, a great way to get in exercise before the day really begins. As a special reward, you and your BFFs can enjoy a girl’s brunch at Dorn’s, sitting on the patio overlooking the Embarcadero and the bay planning what adventure to tackle next. A candlelight yoga class? Kayaking on the bay or standup paddle? Whatever your besties want to do, there are plenty of adventures for girls in this quaint seaside town. continued, page 10

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continued, from page 9 MANCATIONS IN MORRO BAY There’s so much to do in Morro Bay, especially for men who want to get away with their guy friends. Whether your taste for adventure runs extreme or serene, guys will find lots of healthy activities in Morro Bay. You and your guy friends can bike it, climb it, row it, tour it, surf it or simply soak it all in. Guys will want to dive into Morro Bay and enjoy miles of unspoiled beaches in this seaside-fishing village with a bustling waterfront. Located right on the water, Morro Bay offers year-round activities in an unspoiled slice of California. Play on or near the water and enjoy ocean-side golf, kayaking, sailing, hiking, fishing, surfing, and more. This bicycle friendly town, honored as such by the League of American Bicyclists, offers year-round cycling, mountain biking and beach cruising in a gorgeous seaside setting. Amgen Tour of California agrees that Morro Bay is a perfect stop for cyclists on Highway 1 and chose the quaint town as a sponsor, a great event for male bonding. Or, plan your mancation around the many running, biking and triathlete competitions where guys can give it everything they’ve got.

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ROMANCE IS ALIVE AND WELL IN MORRO BAY No matter which loved ones you are with, there’s plenty of romance, adventure, culture and gastronomies to fall in love with in this quaint seaside village. With thriving aquaculture and agriculture industries, fresh seafood and locally grown produce are abundant in Morro Bay. Surrounding farms and vineyards yield a bounty of outstanding organic produce, fresh seafood and awardwinning local wines served with flair at Morro Bay’s renowned restaurants, wine bars and craft breweries. Morro Bay also sustainably farms one of the world’s best-known aphrodisiacs at the Morro Bay Oyster Company. Situated on the pristine bay, this 130-acre marine farm can be seen by paddleboard, kayak or from a guided tour with Lost Isle Adventure Tours. Looking for a romantic dining experience on the bay? Book an evening sunset or Sunday brunch cruise with one of the many tour operators along the bustling Embarcadero.

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here’s an abundance of pure unadulterated cuteness going on from the recent increase in California Sea Otter families living in Morro Bay. Mommas and babies are everywhere eating and grooming each other as if no one is watching. But we are, and we can’t look away–they are so dang cute! Now is the perfect time to catch a glimpse of these sea creatures in their natural habitat since Morro Bay harbor is experiencing the highest count to date of these adorable critters. A survey taken last May of the Morro Bay harbor documented 36 adult sea otters and nine pups, a significantly higher number than the typical five or fewer otters frequenting the harbor in the early 2000s. “Large gatherings of otters throughout the harbor have attracted tourists and locals all along the waterfront to experience them in their natural habitat,” explains Jennifer Little, executive director of Discover Morro Bay. “You can watch along the shore or rent paddleboards and watch from a safe distance on the water as they forage for food and groom their young. They use rocks and other tools to break open crab and local food sources and are so fun to watch. We’ve seen up to 30 40 of them at a time floating around on their backs and enjoying life in Morro Bay.” Just plop down a beach chair along the Morro Bay Harbor Walk and start watching–they’re everywhere and easy to find. If there isn’t a family of otters hanging out already, they will soon appear. The southeast side of Morro Rock is a great landmark for sea otter viewing as is Coleman beach at the intersection of Embarcadero and Coleman Drive. There are also public viewing spots all along the Embarcadero for wildlife viewing in between the plethora of restaurants, boutique shops and wine bars. To get an even closer look, paddle out in a kayak or rent a boat at Bay Cruisers and Electric Boats. Visitors can also take a ride on the Lost Isle Tiki boat to see the otters and the ever-barking sea lions, which includes a quick detour to the Morro Bay natural sand spit. Kayaks can be rented at Kayak Horizons and the Kayak Shack.

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Over the past three years, the average count of sea otters in the California range hit 3,272. This is the first time that the index, which started in 1982, has exceeded 3,090, the threshold suggested by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine whether the species should be delisted under the Endangered Species Act. The threshold would need to be surpassed for at least three consecutive years before the species is considered for delisting. The index hovered around 2,800 only one decade ago. Experts say what’s really driving the population increase is the abundance of food they find in the waters of Morro Bay. Sea otters are integral to the health of the Morro Bay harbor environment. When viewing otters be very careful as they are wild animals and may react poorly if approached. When viewing from the water, it’s best to stay at least five kayak lengths away at all times and enjoy them in a responsible manner. Find Spring Lodging Specials, Activity Rental Discounts and Amgen VIP Packages Morro Bay currently has an abundance of spring lodging specials and up to $130 in discounts off outdoor activity rentals. Surf, kayak and sail for less when you stay in Morro Bay. Also, find VIP Amgen packages and get FREE Amgen swag when you book a room for Amgen Tour of California finish on May 16 in Morro Bay. For information on all the exciting things to do and see in Morro Bay, visit www.morrobay.org.

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Eat Brown Butter Cookies There are many reasons to visit Cayucos. Apart from the antique shops, great seafood, and a beautiful beach, Cayucos is also home to the finest cookies in the area—if not the world! The cookies were originally created in a small beachside sandwich shop as a complement to their sandwiches. Now staff at the Brown Butter Cookie Company will greet you with free samples of some of their best sellers. Gaze in sugary delight while the staff hand rolls the cookie dough in the kitchen, and lose yourself in these incredibly soft, melt-in-your-mouth cookies. The original—a shortbread, brown butter cookie topped with a touch of sea salt—is their signature item, and with their chocolate and gluten-free options, there is something for every palate. Rumor has it that Oprah Winfrey is a big fan.

The Brown Butter Cookie Company is located at 98 N. Ocean Ave., Cayucos, (805) 995-2076. brownbuttercookies.com Information courtesy of the book 101 Things to do in San Luis Obispo County Before You Die by Gareth Kelly.

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the day. One thing to think about: the weather is usually pretty hot, and the time there tends to slide right by, leaving you a bit exhausted. Luckily, the Firestone Brewery in Paso Robles is on your way back down to civilization, where you can grab a bite to eat, unwind with some of their refreshing local craft beers, and soak up the usually busy night scene. After the long day, you’ll want to retire at the Adelaide Inn, which is located just around the corner. The rooms are simple but very nice, and there is a fun little mini golf course, if you still have the energy!

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Homegrown Candies Prepare for Debut By Camas Frank

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on the attraction will have had their attention drawn up and to the left by the store’s iconic ruby red lipstick kiss of a logo. It’s what are in the display cases under the street side awning that sometimes prompts shrieks or giggles. Insects and bugs coming in flavors like “Original Cricket” or grubs and scorpions dipped in milk chocolate or confectionery are just a hint of what awaits inside.

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In the 1980s Peterman started with hard candies, and the creepy crawlies were almost an afterthought. The first was the inclusion of an earthworm in a tequila flavored sucker, others that have become staples in the line include ants, grubs, scorpions and crickets incased in an “amber” of flavored sugar. And, while they’ve never stopped cooking up new flavors, not all of them insect related, a milestone is coming up. Hotlix has a new product launch that returns them to their roots– with a new earthworm candy. Although he’s been thinking about it for years, Peterman was still tinkering with the final formula for the “real life gummy worms” until they were ready to start full-scale production. He even carried some batch samples with him on his way out for a slice of pizza. “Now there are subtle flavors in there...can you taste the earthiness?,” he asked after handing one to a local reporter. “He’s been doing that as long as I can remember,” said Kaleen Hamrick, about her great uncle, “Always tinkering, and it was always fun.” Indeed the little green string tasted quite a bit like a sour apple candy, sweet but sugar free as it would get sticky in packaging otherwise, and was dyed with food coloring for effect. The candy bore little resemblance to its origin. However the flavors were as complex as his process for creating them. “Our slogan for the package says ‘Sweet, Sour and Earthy’ and ‘Not Just for the Birds,’” Hamrick explains, noting that the art style for the package will be similar to the fun cartoonish creatures on their chocolate covered and ant candies, but featuring a little boy in a tug of war with a bird over one of the candies. “No, I’m not an entomologist, but this has certainly turned me into an entomophage,” said Peterman. “That’s what you call someone who eats bugs.” Information on all of their products, and eventually the worms, can be found online at: hotlix.com/candy.

If you feel the need to jump out of a perfectly good plane, there is probably no finer place than at Pismo Skydive. After a brief orientation, strap yourself to your instructor and take the short flight up to either eight, ten, or thirteen thousand feet before jumping out to be at one with gravity. Experience 25, 45, or 60 seconds of 120 mph freefall before landing safely on Pismo Beach in front of all your friends and family. Skydive Pismo offers jumps starting at $169 and offers unbeatable views of Morro Rock, the Oceano Dunes, and the San Luis Obispo coastline like no other. They even offer wine tasting to settle your nerves! Relive the experience forever with one of their photo and video packages.

Pismo Skydive is located at 1700 Fountain Ave., Oceano, (805) 481-5867, skydivepismobeach.com Information courtesy of the book 101 Things to do in San Luis Obispo County Before You Die by Gareth Kelly.

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aso Robles Wine Country is notable worldwide for its award-winning hearty reds and fruit-forward whites itching to be swirled, sipped and savored at uniquely themed tasting facilities, and sparkling down-toearth hospitality. Many of the 200 wineries offer hillside and valley overlooks with expansive vineyard vistas for picnics, winemaker dinners and the Paso Robles Wine Alliance (www. pasowine.com) creates public festival throughout the year. Several themed-tasting venues have clustered on Main streets in distinctive north county communities off US-101 and Hwy46. Take an off-ramp or backroad to San Miguel, Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero, Creston, Santa and Margarita to find a favorite boutique winery – and so much more. Just to name a few -- Enjoy summertime evening concerts at Rio Seco, Saturdays at Broken Earth or Sundays at Sculpterra’s sculpture gardens. Folk troubadours croon at Castoro Cellars and blockbuster star-power visits Vina Robles. Tooth & Nail’s visitors taste in a replicated castle. Eberle Winery offers 1,600sf of underground cave cellars. Peachy Canyon hopes their visitors will “Ms. Behave” while Alta Colina Wine wants visitors to stay overnight at their Trailer Pond. Just as Paso Robles Wine Country’s 32,000-acre AVA (American Viticultural Area) has grown steadily in quality and popularity since the 1950s, a burgeoning craft brew marketplace is attracting visitors with different beverage

preferences. Recently Firestone Walker Brewing Company visible driving US-101 between Paso Robles and Templeton announced a merger with Duvel Moortgat Brewing Company to become the 6th largest craft brewery in the United States. North County boasts six craft brew companies with tasting facilities and several offering brew bitters and hard cider, the latest liquid gold featured at the 2nd Annual Central Coast Cider Festival in Atascadero May 13. Premium wines, craft brews, artisan olives and olive oils – Paso Robles Wine Country is epicurean for any appetite with a laid-back Old California welcome.

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This is North County’s largest city with 43,000 residents with lots of room to grow. The heart is City Park surrounded by boutique shops, artisan restaurants, delis, bakeries, tasting rooms for wine, olives, and olive oils. The historic Carnegie Library houses the Paso Robles Historical Museum with a modern library across the street and a multi-plex Park Cinemas down the block. With abundant shade trees, visitors can package up a picnic lunch and enjoy horseshoe pits with a playground for the kids. Barrelhouse Brewing Company & Beer Garden partners www.barrelhousebrewing.com were garage brewers until they launched in 2012. The brewery now has 30 employees, multiple taprooms, including an authentic speakeasy in downtown SLO. Special events are held at the brewery and their brews are poured at craft brew events. continued, page 20

In November 2016, Gary Kramer Guitar Cellars opened a 2-story wine tasting bistro themed with original Gary Kramer Guitars featuring its “Delta Wing” body design throughout the building. www. garykramerguitarcellars.com Gary and Laura Kramer also produce LaCrime di San Miguel Extra Virgin Olive Oil. fall | winter 2017-2018

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continued, from page 19 Events abound throughout the calendar year. Each summer, Paso Robles plays host to the California Mid-State Fair, a popular attraction and tradition that brings together fairgoers from across the state and top-notch entertainment. The Paso Robles Event Center offers a variety of events all year long like the Inspired Home Expo and Inspired Heath Expo. In mid-December get into the holiday spirit with the Vine Street Victorian Showcase. Year-round golfers love to play Hunter Ranch Golf Course and the kids can spend all day at Ravine Waterpark or Zoo to You and WHAR, the wolf rescue facility. And nearby there’s lots of water again in Lake Nacimiento for boating families. Children, retired veterans, military aficionados and NASCAR fans won’t want to miss the Estella Warbirds Museum and Woodland Auto Display. Explore a wide assortment of restored 1940 to 1990 aircraft, including those flown on combat missions during WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Operation Desert Storm. Military vehicles and munitions are also on display. Test your flight skills in the simulator. On the same acreage is Richard “Dick” Woodland’s collection of racing vehicles including NASCAR Sprint, Modified, Super Modified and Midget race cars – most restored, plus foreign and domestic sports cars. Always expanding both collections, there is good reason to check it out each time in Paso Robles. www.ewarbirds.org

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Although it was damaged in the 2003 San Simeon Earthquake, Mission San Miguel Arcångel is open to the public at 775 Mission Street. After several million dollars invested, phase four of seven repair and retrofit projects have been completed, including the historic convent, museum, gift shop, church and cemetery. Religious services and special events are available. www.missionsanmiguel.org Established in 1797 by the Franciscans, when mission was secularized in 1834 after the Mexican independence the Salinan People returned to their ancestral homelands, but their story remains at the mission. Later It was occupied by the William

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Reed family until they were all murdered in 1848. The rooms were then converted to commercial properties. However, in 1859 President Buchanan returned the mission buildings to the Catholic Church. Annually more than 5.5 million visitors tour the 21 California missions.

TEMPLETON

If you haven’t been to Templeton lately you’ll be amazed and charmed by the infusion of new restaurants, wineries, and businesses repurposing many the Main Street historic structures east of US-101. To the west of the interstate is Twin Cities Community Hospital and supporting medical office complexes. Founded in 1886 it was once the end of line for the expanding Southern Pacific Railroad. At the Templeton depot train travelers had to take a stagecoach the rest of the way to San Luis Obispo. Collaborating with the railroad moguls, the West Coast Land Company set aside 160 acres for the town and parceled the rest of its 63,000 acres into small ranches to be marketed to settlers.

Weekdays visitors should check out the Templeton Chamber of Commerce www.templetonchamber.com to learn a bit of history, community happenings and pick up valuable coupons. Next door to the Beauty Salon at 321-A-C South Main, which was originally the land sales office is the chamber office. It was the carriage house in its former days. On weekends the docents at the Templeton Historical Museum Society reveal the history behind their headquarters, the 1920s Horstman House. Fig at Courtney’s House is a café located in a Victorian manse open to the public. It is also a training work center for adults with developmental disabilities. McPhee’s Grill is known countywide for its fine dining and western casual décor. The 5th Annual Templeton Wine Festival stages on Main Street May 6. The 17th Annual Summer Concert Series in the Park begins June 7 -- the first of eleven Wednesdays evenings. A traditional Oktoberfest European-style launches September 30 and look for the haunted house this Halloween during Nightmare on Main Street.


ATASCADERO

Magazine publisher E.G. Lewis hoped to develop Atascadero as a planned utopian colony for 30,000 residents when he founded it in 1913. He purchased the Atascadero Ranch in 1912, solicited investors, planted thousands of orchardacreage, installed a water system, and constructed a road that ultimately became Highway 41 West. In 1916 he created a “tent city” to house investors while he showcased the colony’s livable opportunities. Lewis built an Italian Renaissance-style city hall and museum, called the Rotunda Building, between 1914 and 1918 with bricks made from local clay. Damaged in the 2003 earthquake, the golden domed multi-use headquarters for Lewis’ “colony” has been restored and reopened with docent led tours offered for a donation by the Atascadero Historical Society. Atascadero’s Charles Paddock Zoo, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums features a refurbished Red Panda exhibit plus hundreds of species from around the world. Nearby the Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial makes patriots of all visitors. The Atascadero Lakeside Pavilion presents a summertime concert series and each June the Atascadero Wine Festival.    

CRESTON

Travel ten miles east of Atascadero on Highway 41 and view numerous ranches with thoroughbred horses grazing. The small community of Creston has become a haven for retired racehorses and stud thoroughbreds. Experience the area on horseback with Central Coast Trailrides www. centralcoasttrailrides.com. Popular tours available are the private Creston Ranch, Santa Margarita Lake, Halter Ranch and Cass Winery. The Creston Classic Rodeo is held in September with more purse money, Jackpot Barrel Racing and Jackpot Team Roping.  

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Adventure seeking visitors will find five zip lines operated over the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, the oldest continuously operated cattle ranch in California. The zip lines span more than 4,500 combined feet, including a 1,200-foot valley crossing and 1,800-feet viewing of vineyard acreage. Once the zip line adventure is complete visitors are ready to do what is most commonly done in the Paso Robles Wine Country – yes, visit a tasting room! Ancient Peaks Winery specializes in artisan wines grown from grapes picked and produced at the Santa Margarita Ranch. Time to eat? SLO County locals agree The Range Restaurant offers some of the best cuisine in the county.

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Aquarium Teaches Kids About the Sea By Judy Salamacha

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he Central Coast Aquarium (CCA) has hands-on marine education opportunities for schoolchildren K-12. On weekends, the Avila-based aquarium is open to the public, exhibiting over 50 species of local sea life. Executive Director, Tara Kasarjian said, “While school is in session students from across six counties are bused to the aquarium for ocean discovery labs or floating marine lab lessons in San Luis Obispo Bay. Volunteer docents teach about the ecology of marine life and Central Coast aquatic environments. Our goal is to educate today’s generation to become ocean stewards for future generations.” In the summer, similar, week-long and more in-depth camps are offered for grades K-2, third-fifth grades, and the teen programs for sixth-ninth graders. Check out the details at www.centralcoastaquarium. com. For over 20 years, CCA marine education programs have steadily grown Kasarjian explained. “In 1994, a local couple, Russ and Carol Kiessig, founded a non-profit organization called the Avila Beach Marine Institute,” she said. “The couple had purchased a defunct


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historical site in 1976 and redeveloped it into Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort with hot springs, hot tub rentals and lodging at the Avila Valley Inn, plus the Gardens of Avila Restaurant and lounge. They sold it in 2003. “Their vision for the marine institute was to provide opportunities for local students to learn about the ocean hoping to share their passion for marine education and stewardship,” Kasarjian said. The organization began teaching marine science lessons on San Luis Bay sport fishing vessels to visiting school groups and pier-side at the Avila Pier in Avila Beach. Soon they outgrew the space and moved above the Old Port Inn on the Harford Pier. In 1998, Unocal began an extensive cleanup of a decadesold oil seepage and community funds allowed the institute to move to its current location next to the park in Avila. It was renamed the Avila Beach Sea Life Center. Marine life education also continued with ocean excursions off the Harford Pier for school children from San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Fresno, Kern, Kings and Monterey Counties. continued, page 24

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continued, from page 23 Kasarjian is supported by a small but knowledgeable staff of marine biologists. Emily Sampson, director of husbandry, is a U.C. San Diego graduate. Aquarium Manager, Taylor Bodine, went to Cooks University, Australia, and Program Director, Travis Norton, graduated from Cal Poly. Strong partnerships and board representation comes from Cal Poly and the community at large. “Adding educational aquarium tanks to the first floor has become a perfect teaching tool for the visiting school groups,” Kasarjian said. In 2010, the organization opened to the public on weekends optimizing visitor growth in 2013 from 3,600 visitors to 13,000 visitors per year and 25,000 by 2015. “Public interest in marine education continues to grow and we’re busting out of our seams in Avila. When the City of Morro Bay posted a MOU [memorandum of understanding], to build a new site where the Morro Bay Aquarium currently leases, we saw an opportunity to expand. It’s a major investment.” Kasajian noted they recently spent $50,000 for a new tank

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filtration system. “But with 200,000 Morro Bay Aquarium visitors each year, if we capture only a percentage, we believe we will increase our public outreach and be able to expand the education programs we have developed over 20 years. We also hope to preserve the legacy created by the Tyler Family, the current owners.” The lease for the Morro Bay Aquarium expires in September 2018. CCA has applied for and received preliminary approval for a $20 million USDA loan, however, a feasibility study must be completed before final approval and funding. Kasarjian added, “We’ve raised $20,000 of the $40,000 we need. If anyone is interested in donating to the feasibility study fund for a new aquarium in Morro Bay email me at: tara@ centralcoastaquarium.com.” Freelance writer, columnist and author, Judy Salamacha can be reached at: judysalamacha@gmail.com or call (805) 8011422. Her Then & Now column is a regular feature of Simply Clear Marketing & Media.


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Hiking Trails

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Islay Creek This easy out and back hike in Montaña de Oro State Park follows a wide trail up a coastal canyon flanked by thousand-foot peaks, passing a small waterfall to reach an abandoned barn. 6 miles Moonstone Beach Boardwalk This out and back hike crosses a boardwalk along a charming Cambria beach in Hearst San Simeon State Park. 2.85 miles Morro Dunes Ecological Reserve This lollipop loop serves up panoramic views over Morro Bay as it climbs from Los Osos to Montaña de Oro State Park. 2.6 miles Morro Rock via Morro Strand This level stroll starts from Coisters Park, crosses Morro Strand State Beach to reach Morro Rock. 1 - 3.5 miles Black Hill This out and back hike to the summit of one of the Nine Sisters reaches 360-degree views over Morro Bay. 0.6 miles Oats Peak This out and back hike reaches a panoramic summit that looks down over Montaña de Oro State Park. 8.25 miles

NORTH COAST Bluff Trail This level out and back hike passes tide pools and beaches along a picturesque rocky coastline in Montaña de Oro State Park. 1.2 - 3.4 miles Coon Creek This out and back hike ventures up a coastal canyon at the south end of Montaña de Oro State Park. 5 miles Cerro Alto This semi-loop bags the 2,624-foot summit of Cerro Alto, plus a scenic ridge south of the peak. 5.35 miles Cerro Cabrillo This tough out and back hike summits the highest mountain in Morro Bay State Park, a 911-foot member of the Nine Sisters. 2.5 miles Eagle Rock This loop in El Chorro Regional Park climbs to Eagle Rock Viewpoint for an overview of the valley between SLO and Morro Bay. 2.4 miles

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Elfin Forest Natural Reserve This easy boardwalk loop explores a pygmy forest on the edge of Morro Bay. 1 mile Headlands Trail This gradual lollipop loop in Harmony Headlands State Park crosses a coastal valley to reach picturesque ocean bluffs on the rugged coast between Cayucos and Cambria. 4.5 miles Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve This short hikes explores a pygmy forest of coast live oaks, providing a shady level stroll on overlapping loops. 0.75 - 1.5 miles Hazard Peak Trail This out and back hike in Montaña de Oro State Park ascends coastal ridges to a 1,076-foot summit with panoramic views. 6 miles Hazard Peak Islay Creek Loop This loop in Montaña de Oro State Park continues beyond Hazard Peak deeper into the Irish Hills before circling back to the coast on Islay Creek Trail. 9.2 miles

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Piedras Blancas This out and back hike ventures up the coast from the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery to Piedras Blancas Light Station.3.2 - 4.2 miles Point Buchon This short scenic loop or longer outand-back hike explores the beautiful coastline south of Montaña de Oro State Park. 1.33 - 6.8 miles Portola Point This loop explores a short hill in Morro Bay State Park just east of Morro Estuary with an easy-to-reach ocean overlook. 2 miles Reservoir Flats This loop delivers fine ocean and canyon views as it explores the bottom of Islay Creek Canyon in Montaña de Oro State Park. 2 miles Turtle Rock This easy out and back hike reaches a short rise between Black Hill and Cerro Cabrillo in Morro Bay State Park. 2.1 miles Valencia Peak This out and back hike summits a 1,347foot peak with panoramic views over Montaña de Oro State Park. 3.7 miles


SAN LUIS OBISPO Bishop Peak This out and back hike summits the tallest of the Nine Sisters for excellent views over San Luis Obispo. 3.5 miles Cerro San Luis This hike summits one of the Nine Sisters just west of downtown San Luis Obispo. 4 - 5 miles Cerro San Luis from Laguna Lake Park This out and back hike summits one of the Nine Sisters just west of downtown San Luis Obispo. 5.7 miles Felsman Loop Trail This loop crosses oak, sagebrush, and grass-covered slopes around the base of Bishop Peak, providing excellent views of that notable rocky summit and its San Luis Obispo surroundings. 2.7 miles Johnson Ranch Loop This loop explores rolling hills in a grassy open space just south of San Luis Obispo. 2.5 - 3.7 miles

Lemon Grove Trail This easy loop visits a historic lemon grove on the eastern slopes of Cerro San Luis. 2.2 miles

Sydney Street Trail This hike climbs a steep rugged trail to a stone seating area at a panoramic summit. 2.8 miles

Islay Hill This out and back hike summits San Luis Obispo’s easternmost Morro. 1.8 miles

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Poly Canyon This lollipop loop hike visits an architectural village designed by Cal Poly students at the base of the Santa Lucia Mountains. 2.5 miles Reservoir Canyon This steep hike passes a waterfall and a collection of junk sculptures en route overlooking San Luis Obispo. 5.35 miles South Hills Ridge Trail This out and back hike visits the top of a cluster of hills near downtown San Luis Obispo, offering fine views over the city. 1.5 miles Stenner Creek This out and back hike goes up Stenner Creek Canyon past a small waterfall and views of Bishop Peak to a collection of freeride bike trails. 3.7 miles

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Bob Jones Bike Trail This easy round trip hike or ride follows San Luis Obispo Creek to Avila Beach. 5 miles Point San Luis Lighthouse via Pecho Coast This docent-led hike crosses scenic coastal bluffs to reach the historic lighthouse on Point San Luis. Ontario Ridge Trail This loop explores the coast between Shell Beach and Avila Beach, on and below a 700-foot ridge. 2.8 miles Sycamore Crest Trail This out and back hike ascends the north slope of Ontario Hill to a scenic ocean view perch. 1.75 - 3.25 miles

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tart your day off right with the wind in your face and the ground out of reach by ziplining at Margarita Adventures in Santa Margarita. The adrenaline inducing company boasts six zip lines that total 7,500 feet of free flying fun. Once your stomach has settled, cruise up the 101 and have a burger at Sylvester’s in Atascadero. The burger joint was recently rated number 48 out of 50 of the best burgers in the nation by someone with too much time on their hands. Bring extra napkins because Sylvester’s tagline is ‘big and juicy.’ If you order a 5-pound burger and eat the whole thing in 30

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minutes, you get it for free—a $34.95 value, a t-shirt, and your picture on the wall. Continue your journey north into Paso Robles where you will take a helicopter flying lesson at Del Rio Aviation. The small family owned business prides itself on giving top-notch, real world aeronautical training. Afterwards, since you are already deep in the Central Coast Wine country and may need to settle your nerves, visit Sculpterra Winery and Sculptor Garden where you can sample wine and view outdoor art on a perfect California day.

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Chef Competition Reveals Big Flavors T

By Teri Bayus, host of Taste Buds

aste Buds TV Show held the first Best Hidden Treasure Chef Competition in San Luis Obispo County.  The contest included chefs competing in a Chopped style battle at the Inspired Home Expo using a Talley Farms Fresh Harvest community supported agriculture produce boxes as well as some from the locally sourced Larder Meat Company. Following the format of Chopped, Hidden Treasure chefs

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were featured as an example of what a creative, passionate chef can do on a limited budget. The chefs were judged by a panel of professional foodies and also by members of the public who came to taste their offerings. The competition was close and a foodie vibe filled the competition taste kitchen. Taste Bud’s Best Hidden Treasure Chef Competition show can be seen at www.tastebuds.tv.


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WINNING DISH

Summer Succotash with Stuffed Blistered Padron Peppers Pluot Jus and Green Bean Puree INGREDIENTS:

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hef Hannah was the former chef at the Cliffs Resort and Chef Michael was chef at Gardens of Avila. This couple have always had a passion for gardening and fresh food. As a family of five, the Avila’s enjoy every aspect of living on the Central Coast. From surfing and fishing on the sea to running on the beach, the Avila’s are born and raised locals who know how to make some darn good food. Surfside Deli is an extension of the Avila family lifestyle. They believe in eating well and getting out to play.

Hannah and Mike Avila SURFSIDE DELI 191 South Oak Park Avenue #1 Grover Beach (805) 668-2500

4 ears of corn 1lb green beans 1 yellow squash 1 lb padron pepper 1lb ground beef 1/2 lb Italian sausage 3 oz prosciutto 4 tbsp butter 1/2 lb grapes 4 pluots 1/2 bottle red wine 1 lemon 1 tbsp sugar 1/2 white onion 2 cloves garlic 1 cup of cheese, your choice Salt to taste

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Succotash Cut the Kernels off the corn and place cobbs in a pot of boiling water, reduce and simmer. Dice the squash. Pick the stems from the green beans and chop half and reserve half for sauce. Cube the prosciutto and set aside. Toss the veggies together. Add 1tsp of oil to a pan and crisp the prosciutto for ten minutes or until crispy. Add 1/3 cup of corn stock and the veggies. Add butter and stir continuously until veggies are glazed. Salt to taste.

Stuffed padron peppers Blister the peppers and set aside. Chop the onion and garlic with 1tbsp oil. Cook until translucent and add the beef and sausage. Cook and strain fat. Add pluot au ju. Toss in the cheese, and stuff the peppers. Pluot sauce Remove seeds and skins from pluots. Pick grapes put in a blender with red wine, blend until liquefied. Add lemon juice. Add to a pan to reduce. Stir frequently at low simmer. When 50% reduced add 2 tbsp sugar. Stir continuously until consistency of syrup.

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Cabbage Rolls in a Sweet and Sour Red Sauce People’s Choice

WINNING DISH

INGREDIENTS:

(14-16 rolls) 1 large head of green cabbage

Filling: 1 ½ lbs lean ground shoulder steak 2 eggs lightly beaten 4 tbsp uncooked rice ½ medium white or yellow onion 2-3 padron peppers 1 small carrot 2-3 cabbage leaves (or romaine lettuce) 1-2 cloves of garlic 1 tsp salt

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hef Anatoly “Tolya” Vorontsov is originally from the coldest and furthest reaches of Mother Russia, the Kamchatka Peninsula. After marrying his American wife Katherine, they moved to California to start a new life in the USA, land of dreams and barbecue. He met deli owner Lana, in 2015 and joined the joyful team of Enjoy Euro Deli in Arroyo Grande. Her vision was to bring the traditional flavors from the homeland to the Central Coast and together they fry up schnitzels, roll and stuff cabbage, and ladle out copious amounts of borscht to introduce the public to the best things from the Old World. In his free time, Anatoly enjoys playing the balalaika and discovering coastal hiking trails.

Sauce: 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 large onion ¼ cup of cane sugar 2 lbs ripe tomatoes Juice of 1 large lemon 3 cups of sweet seedless grapes 3 medium pluots Hungarian paprika Salt to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Preparing filling Take all filling ingredients (except rice and salt) and put it through a meat grinder. This way you get nice, and even consistency. As an alternative, you can chop onions, peppers, carrot, and garlic and combine with ground beef. Add rice, salt, and mix carefully. To get cabbage leaves, take large head of cabbage, cut into it to remove cabbage stock, so nothing holds leaves together. Take big pot, put cabbage head in and cover with water. Bring to boil, and simmer for 5-10 minutes, to soften the cabbage leaves. This way you can roll them. Preparing broth Take saucepan, add vegetable oil, chop onion and fry it till golden. Puree tomatoes and pluots in blender, and add to the pan. Add other sauce ingredients, and simmer for five minutes.

Tolya Vorontsov ENJOY EURO DELI 1436 E Grand Ave, Arroyo Grande (805) 481-1998

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Rolling cabbage rolls Take one cabbage leave and roll in 1/3cup of ground meat mix. Tuck both sides, so it will not unroll. Repeat procedure till ground meat is gone. Collect rolls in a pot, add sauce mix, add water if there is not enough sauce to cover the rolls. Liquid should cover the rolls at least for 1 inch Bring to boil, and simmer for 50 minutes. Bon appetite! Your efforts will be paid off!


Lettuce Wraps with Pluot DIRECTIONS:

INGREDIENTS: (Makes 8-10 wraps)

Approximately 1 head of romaine (8-10 leaves) 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil 16 oz ground ground beef 1/4 cup corn kernels (1 ear of corn is plenty) 3 Tbsp minced Padron Peppers 1/4 cup cilantro Juice of 1 lime 1 cup diced pluots 1/4 cup diced yellow onion 1/2 cup diced heirloom tomatoes 2 avocados 1 Tbsp minced garlic 1/4 tsp fennel seed 1 Tbsp chili powder 1 tsp pepper 1 tsp salt

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Pluot Sauce Combine pluots, lime, 1 Tbsp padron peppers, heirloom tomatoes, and cilantro together. Add salt and pepper to taste and a dash of tabasco (optional)

Lettuce Wraps In a sauté pan add olive oil, onion, and garlic. Sautee on medium heat for approximately 3-4 minutes until onions start to become translucent and garlic starts to begin browning Add ground beef and with wooden spoon break apart and mix in with the garlic and onion. Add corn after it is cut off the core. Season with salt, pepper, fennel seed, chili powder. Cook for 10 minutes and add 2 of the 3 TBLSP of padron peppers. Let cook for approximately 10-15 more minutes until browned Once meat is finished and pluot salsa is made, rinse and dry romaine leaves and line up on a rolling surface. Strain the meat to get all a majority of residual juice out and blot lightly. Put meat mixture inside lettuce leaf along with slices of avocado. Roll and top with pluot salsa.

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Ensalada de la Cosecha (Harvest salad) INGREDIENTS: (6 Servings)

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5 ears corn 1 lb ground beef 1 cup heavy mayonnaise 1 lb queso fresco 3 pluots 2 red bell pepper 1/2 lb padron pepper (reserve some for sauce) 1 tomato 1 tsp garlic powder salt and pepper to taste

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In a pan, heat chili oil and sesame oil Remove kernels from corn on the cob and add to pan Roast until golden  Add salt and garlic to taste Remove from pan and let cool In the same pan, heat the same mixture of chili oil and sesame oil Add in sliced red bell pepper and padron peppers Saute no longer than a minute, add salt and garlic to taste, set aside  Brown ground beef until cooked through, set aside Slice pluot and cucumber and toss with cilantro Create Ponzu sauce using sugar, olive oil, sesame oil and white pepper Mix together the ground beef, corn, red bell pepper, and padron peppers Add in mayonnaise, black pepper, a very dry queso fresco and salt  Plate the mixture then add the pluot, cilantro and cucumber mixture to the top  Drizzle with Ponzu sauce  Top with avocado to serve 

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Beef and Pork Larb INGREDIENTS:

Romaine lettuce 1 lb lean pork and beef Dry glutinous rice Thinly sliced shallots Peanut oil Soy sauce Sesame oil Peanuts Fish sauce Scallions Galangal or ginger Roughly chopped fresh basil leaves (preferably Thai) Roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems Chopped fresh mint leaves Chopped fresh parsley Ground fresh Thai chilis (more or less to taste) Lime juice Palm sugar Thinly sliced fresh pardon peppers Summer squash Lemon grass Garlic Lemon juice and zest Green bean Rice wine vinegar Pluots Green cabbage Corn Hoisin

DIRECTIONS:

Roast peanuts Toast glutinous rice and grind Break down heads of romaine Roast grapes and pluots purée with hoisin Thinly slice squash cabbage pluots cucumber green beans pardon peppers Marinate in garlic, galangal, shallots, sesame, rice wine vinegar, sugar and fish sauce Sauté shallots, galangal, lemongrass and corn in peanut oil Add fish sauce, sugar, chili, lime and lemon Set aside Brown pork and beef Mix beef and pork with toasted rice and sautéed mixture Scoop mix on top of romaine top with fresh herbs, roasted peanuts, marinated vegetables and plumb grape sauce

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Cory Beckwith PUFFERS OF PISMO 781 Price Street, Pismo Beach (805) 773-6563

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Best Burger Joints in SLO County By Mark A. Diaz

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n a recent Gallup poll, San Luis Obispo County ranked number 7 for “Communities in Overall Well Being,” this may be due to the fact that SLO County has a couple of the top rated hamburger shacks in the nation. An article by Business Insider, titled “The 50 Best Burger Joints in America,” recently rated Sylvester’s Burgers in Atascadero as 48, and Wee Shack in Morro Bay as 36 for the nation’s 50 best places to grab a juicy national tradition. Granted, it was not an official poll, though the online publication does boast of an average of 70 million views a month. Brian Englund, owner of Sylverster’s located at 6455 El Camino in Atascadero, does not put much stock in the polls. He says it is still nice to get some recognition, but it’s nothing new. Englund said, “We’ve had the Food Network and other bigger national type places come in and we almost shooed them off in a way. We don’t really care like most people about that.” What Englund does care about is the SLO community and his employees. “We just won best burger in North County…but we don’t do it for that, we do it for our local community,” Englund said. “The people that come in regularly and think of us as their hometown spot to take their kids to, to hang out with a friend

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that’s … that’s why we do it all for, not the awards that comes with it.” Englund also said that part of the businesses’ success can be attributed to the dedication to help his employees grow. Englund welcomes locals to contact the business if they are interested in fundraising. And the restaurant does put its money where its mouth is; Englund estimates that the three Sylvester’s in the county have raised “at least $100,000” for local charities in the last year. One way the stores raise funds is with their “give to get” cards. The cards are worth any burger on their menu, fries and a drink. A portion of the card’s proceeds is donated to a local participating charity. When Englund opened the Atascadero and Oceano stores he wanted to keep the feel of the original Los Osos burger shack. Sylvester’s uses fresh ingredients such as locally made bread and farm fresh produce and never uses frozen meat, but its most important ingredient is that their food is made with love. Englund said, “We have about 90 some employees and each one I can say that I genuinely like and they kind of spread that love themselves. It’s not a fake greeting at the door, it’s really real.” To help spread the love, the Sylvester’s will gift you a free burger on your birthday.


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The second burger joint to score in the top 50 was the Wee Shack at 1698 Main St, Morro Bay, coming in at rating 37 out of 50. Owned and operated by the local Ngo family, the Wee Shack’s name is phonetic, named after brother Huy (pronounced Wee). Started in 2011, the Shack was the only burger place at its time to offer all fresh food. They only use daily made buns and the vegetables are delivered twice a day, every day. Wayne Ngo, the oldest of three brothers, said that there is no real secret to making a good hamburger. “Burgers are very basic food,” said Wayne, “and I think as long as you stick to the basics and keep everything simple and as fresh as you can, it’s amazing how it comes out.” Wayne conceded that there might be a little secret to their great tasting burgers. “We have our own sauces, so they are recipes that we developed and came up with a lot of trial and error.” The youngest brother Hoai (pronounced Why) was instrumental in developing the Shack Sauce. An investment banker by trade, Hoai decided to enroll in culinary institute during a slow point in the industry. The three brothers Wayne, Huy and Hoai (Huy is the second of three and will happily to tell you about the woes of being the middle child) sat down and tested and experimented until they found a culinary combination worthy of the name Shack Sauce. Like all local places, those ‘in the know’ can get a little more bang for their buck. The Shack once featured the Hondo; a John Wayne styled burger with extra cheese, bacon and bun that customers can still request even though it is not listed on menu. And if someone wants to order their fresh cut french fries with some Shack Sauce and grilled onions, “Sure, no problem,” said Wayne. The Ngo family also strives to give back to their hometown. “Whenever we can, we will help with fundraisers, or gift certificates for door prices and that kind of stuff,” said Wayne. In an effort to help fund the Morro Bay bike park, the Wee Shack held a fundraising dinner.

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Wander the Streets at Art After Dark

On the first Friday of every month, downtown San Luis Obispo turns into a festival for art, wine, and wanderings. Eclectic jewelers, artists, and retailers show off their wares and stay open late to welcome a mix of locals and passersthrough. Along with being the perfect opportunity to find a gift for a loved one or a masterpiece for the home, many locations offer local wine, beer, or both to enjoy as one peruses the artwork.

Occurs every month except December. For more information, call (805) 544-9251 or visit sloartscouncil.org. Information courtesy of the book 101 Things to do in San Luis Obispo County Before You Die by Gareth Kelly.

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Fresh Market Cuisine By Mark A. Diaz

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ocated in downtown San Luis Obispo in the heart of the Central Coast is a progressive restaurant that serves great food with a great heart. Big Sky Café has weathered over 20 years in downtown SLO, not an easy feat in a town that has seen a number of excellent eateries come and go. But Big Sky did not earn its success from cutting corners or not taking care of its employees, in fact, just the opposite. After almost 14 years of working at the restaurant, Greg Holt took the plunge in April 2015 and purchased the restaurant from its founder, his boss and mentor Charles Meyers. “The fact that we’ve been here this long is really a testament of what Charles started and I was smart enough not to screw up,” owner, Greg Holt said. Commonplace in today’s organic market, Meyers’ vision of ‘farm to table dining’ was unheard of 2 decades ago. Previously, Holt had exclusively worked in the corporate world of restaurants. He confessed that his first day at the Big Sky was an eye opener. Tully, a local farmer came through the back to deliver fresh produce; this was something completely foreign to Holt. “I’d never ever seen that before in my life, a farmer coming to the back door with vegetables. It was definitely from the farm to the table.” The cafe still receives food from almost 30 farms in the county. “Local farmers are the best,” said Holt. Though not everything comes from local sources, Holt works with specific ranches and farms that he has established relationships with to get his beef and poultry. “I just like knowing where the food comes from, turns out it’s a great way to operate,” Holt said with a laugh.

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Holt is making the difficult transition from chef to businessman and learning the ins and outs of being an owner. For instance, in the past he has developed the restaurant’s menu, but now he admittedly has neither the time nor the stamina to run the kitchen and a business. Even though he knows how to do it all, Holt is learning that he does not have to.

“I’ll pitch hit anywhere in this restaurant. I’ll wash the dishes, I’ll mop the floors, I’ll cook and that kind of stuff,” he said. Holt’s wife Mirjam is an immigrant from Holland and his son and daughter are dual citizens of the U.S. and Holland. So, it is of no great surprise that Big Sky Cafe closed its’ doors on Thursday, February 16 also known as Day Without Immigrants and through a generous donation from Comevo, a local software company, was able to pay its employees a full days wage. Holt was also a supporter of the National Women’s March and his staff wore t-shirts with ‘a day without a woman’ emboldened across the front during National Women’s Day. Local food is not the only thing that Holt enjoys sharing. Big Sky also displays the work of local artists on its walls. Currently, the award winning artist Pat Cairns is on display. Previously, Charlie Crimes’ solitary and stirring depictions of trees were featured on the restaurant’s rustic walls and were met with resounding success. “I was so happy for him. It was his first real show by himself and he said, ‘I don’t have to be a starving artist?’” said Holt. Someone wondering what the origin of the restaurant’s name need look no further than one of the restaurant’s coffee mugs that says, “One big sky covers us all equally.”

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Restaurants

WITH AN OCEAN VIEW

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By Teri Bayus

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hen I first moved here, I was mesmerized with the plethora of eating establishments that overlooked the ocean. I hailed from the desert and was fascinated that you could dine in the sunshine saturated afternoon, with waves pounding below, for just the cost of the meal. I went on a quest for the superlative seaside feasting, and discovered that most restaurants that had a spectacular view lacked the culinary expertise I desired. However, there are still a lot to choose from. I whittled down my list of the best restaurants overlooking our magnificent ocean.

VENTANA GRILL, PISMO BEACH

Along with the stunning view of the ocean, Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach boasts a beautiful dining room with an array of lights, water, and nature. The food is called Coastal Fusion, with a variety of dishes from coastal places including Mexico, Brazil, Peru, and California. Ventana Grill prepares its unique fare with the freshest,

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highest quality ingredients available. Using choice cuts of steak, seafood, and other meats that are tender and flavorful, imparting substance and robustness into every dish. Salsas and sauces are made daily from scratch and showcase bright green herbs and perfect blends of sweet, spicy, salty, and savory. If you’re looking for something hearty and casual, or a meal that is as delicate as it is elegant, Ventana Grill’s menu has the dish to satisfy your cravings. Located at 2575 Price Street in Pismo Beach, (805) 773-0000.

SEA CHEST, CAMBRIA

The Sea Chest Oyster Bar and Restaurant has been serving fresh seafood for more than 30 years. Locals have always enjoyed sitting at the bar, attempting to break the “most eaten” oyster challenge chatting with entertaining chefs while the dinner is prepared exhibition style. The Sea Chest is full of Tritons specialties. John D’s Oysters Rockefeller, Steamed Clams, and fresh New Zealand Mussels are just a few of the favorite appetizers. The entrees offer a varied selection of the freshest fish available. The house Cioppino and Panko Crusted Calamari Steak are some of the highlights. Neither credit cards nor reservations are accepted. This culinary delight is worth a trip to the ATM and the line. The Sea Chest Restaurant and Oyster Bar is located at 6216 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria, (805) 927-4514.


OLD PORT INN, AVILA BEACH

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At the last pier (Harford) in Avila Beach there is a restaurant situated at the end of a 100 year old structure, Old Port Inn. The tables, covered in glass, look down through the pier into the ocean. The seal lions bark and pelicans swoop as you make your way down the pier. This restaurant is resting on the ocean, so the sailboats sway and the sea life jumps inches from the windows. Come in for a sourdough roll and bowl of clam chowder, stay for the fish tacos. With the fish just pulled from the sea specifically large chunks of rock cod, a dollop of spicy guacamole, cheese, salsa, cabbage and cilantro this is perfection in a tortilla. Other delights include Cioppino, whom fans know that the sauce makes or breaks this dish. It includes shrimp, squid, rock cod, and scallops, served in a tomato seafood stew with onions, leeks, and chopped parsley, no hunks of garlic bread or claws of crab to disturb the dish. They serve casual seafood, with daily specials to feature their catches of the day. Piers like this that are as historic as they are well loved, they remind you that not all beach dwellers are millionaires, that not all foods need Michelin stars. Old Port Inn is located at 3993 Avila Beach Drive, Avila Beach, (805) 595-2515.

The heated patio is rustic, the view spectacular, and the food inspired. Schooner’s menu features fresh seafood and steaks that are prepared thoughtfully. Start with Schooner’s Legendary Calamari, a title that lived up to its exposition. A large calamari steak is pounded into rareness, breaded in panko and deep friend. It is cut into strips and offered with a tangy cocktail sauce, house made tartar and lemon wedges. An exceptional dish that boasts the honor of the “Best Calamari Steak”. Schooner’s has captured the essence of the sea in the Pecan Crusted Halibut with a dijon cream sauce, seasonal veggies and garlic mashed potatoes. Their Fish ‘N Chips also won crowed approval with the Alaskan Pollock dipped in a draft beer batter and deep fried to a crispy golden brown. The beer batter chips were fantastic. Schooner’s Bar has exotic drinks like Mai Tais and Cayucos Beach Ale. They have been offering guests an unforgettable dining experience since 1993. Located at 171 N. Ocean Avenue, Cayucos, (805) 995-3883. continued, page 42

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With the sweeping backdrops of the waves rolling in, the sun setting in a Technicolor display that made the ambiance resonate. The soulful sweet sound of an acoustic guitar surrounded us through a masterful sound system. Manager, David Kline set us up with menus and a delightful quip as the sun set. The menu held a wide variety to keep everyone happy; fish, steak, sandwiches, salads and wraps all impressive as the sight of the waves breaking down below.

The service was impeccable, the food outstanding. Marisol has it all, a lively bar, and beautiful views of the ocean. Marisol is located at the Cliff’s Hotel at 2757 Shell Beach Road, Pismo Beach, (805) 773-2511.

LIDO IN DOLPHIN BAY, SHELL BEACH WINDOWS ON THE WATER, MORRO BAY Windows On The Water is considered one of the finest dinning establishments and they deserve the title. They have won every local award including best restaurant and even gained national attention. First, there is not a bad seat in the whole restaurant as the tides of Morro Bay ebb and flow as you are dining on the inhabitants recently plucked from its waters. Second, it is hands down the best service anywhere.

Start with raw oysters, Blue Points, Morro Bay, Coromandel, and Hood Canal. Each brand extraordinary, but the subtleties came out with a squeeze of lemon juice and a dab of hot sauce. The Dungeness Crab Cake is deliciously prepared with fresh crab, jalapeno aioli and lemon vinaigrette. The Ocean Rose Abalone is locally raised, pounded to softness, and heaped on a Japanese cucumber and seaweed salad with wasabi, yuzu tobikos, and sweet soya. All exceptional. The Hawaiian albacore “Tataki Style” (seared rare) with purple sticky rice, sesame asparagus, and cucumber salad that was so perfectly prepared even the tuna was happy. The Local Sand Dabs were expertly arranged with a light fry and crispy potato cake, wilted spinach with a lemon-garlic-caper butter.

Windows on the Water features a menu that changes with the seasons, benefiting from local fresh fish, vegetables, fruit, and herbs. The extensive wine list highlights many local wines, as well as renowned French vintages. Impeccable service, amazing views and awarding winning recipes. Windows on the Water is located at 699 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, (805) 772-0677.

MARISOL, SHELL BEACH

The best way to spend your weekend is sitting in the sun on the deck absorbing tequila and taking in the breathtaking sights. Located in posh Shell Beach, this stunning restaurant not only features incredible ocean views, fun happy hours, but also an extraordinary restaurant. They have a tremendous menu with original offerings using the area’s freshest and preeminent produce and proteins.

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With spectacular views, unequaled wait staff and a touch of panache rarely seen in these parts, Lido is a place to impress. Executive Chef Jacob Moss is a master culinary architect. From Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena to Restaurant Rossini in Florence, Italy to Head Chef with the Rizzo family at Café Roma to Lido, he paves a swath of unparalleled talents. He shares the philosophy of creating an innovative menu with locally grown, organic food. Start with the Cayucos Abalone and Crispy Pork Belly. The abalone is sitting on a bed of crispy pork belly with a brown butter and ginger that broke out the compliments. Every bite was perfection and a Meyer lemon sauce made this as delicious as it was beautiful. Don’t miss the Seared Dayboat Sea Scallops, three large mollusks scorched impeccably sitting on wilted market baby kales and topped with a crispy, translucent house made Pancetta. Try the Seared Ahi with roasted beets, tempura asparagus and the signature salsa verde. The Lido Restaurant is located inside Dolphin Bay Resort at 2727 Shell Beach Road in Pismo Beach, (805) 773-9800.

THE OYSTER LOFT, PISMO BEACH Start with a half dozen of sweet treats the Kumamoto raw oysters. Served with a charred lemon, shaved horseradish, and a mignonette sauce, these little gems of the sea will wake your palette and delight your senses. The oysters are delivered daily to The Oyster Loft and the menu on the wall tells you what is available, along with a sense of the taste and texture of these dignified mollusks. They are served with Hush Harbor rustic bread with an infused garlic olive oil that was a perfect pairing for this seashell feast. Moving on to the Tuna Poke Tacos with fresh Ahi stuffed into a wonton crisp and daikon noodles, cucumber, red onion, cilantro, eel sauce, and Sriracha. It is a symphony of flavors and textures. Next came the Albacore Ceviche with freshly sliced and garlic encrusted albacore tuna, micro cucumber pico de gallo, and onion-fried aioli, sitting on a swirl of cilantro gazpacho. Bravo and amazing. We chatted with chef Cody


about what would be our next adventure and he suggested the Tuna Poke Tower. This is a cylindrical fish feast with diced yellowfin tuna, avocado, cucumber noodles, miso mayo, cilantro oil, golden tempura flakes, red radish, daikon sprouts resting on wonton chips was a delight and a must try for everyone. Thinking there was no way to top this, we tried the Scallop Carpaccio with thinly sliced sashimi grade Hokkaido scallops, shaved radish, daikon sprouts, garlic mousse, daikon, Fresno red pepper, red onion, and cilantro. It was subtle and perfect. The Oyster Loft is located at the beach edge, next to the Pier in Pismo Beach. 101 Pomeroy Avenue in Pismo Beach, (805) 295-5100.

SEAVENTURE, PISMO BEACH

In the past, many of my after-work hours had been spent sitting at the Sea Venture watching the waves roll in, surfers float and the sun set. Meet here for Mai Tai’s for Sunday brunches or just to impress an out of town guest. While the bar boasts the best tapa’s menu, the restaurant has at its helm one of the best and brightest chefs in the area, Casey Walcott. Large Seared Bacon Wrapped Scallops sitting atop fried Brussels sprouts with a delectable lemon aioli and goat cheese spread around the plate for visual stimulation as well as palate pleasing, are a must. The scallops were bigger than a silver dollar in size and perfectly cooked with the essence of the sea shining thru the crispiness of the bacon.

The best is a subtlety delectable Lobster Vol-en-Vent (French for everything is better between puff pastry). This amazing shell shaped and multi layered tartlet was swollen with sautéed lobster, grilled asparagus and cubes of fingerling potato, it sat upon a cloud o f lobster cream sauce and green onions. Every bite was perfect and rich creating a harmonious experience. It was absolute flawlessness. The Sea Venture Resort Restaurant is located at 100 Ocean View Avenue in Pismo Beach, (805) 773-3463. Teri Bayus is the host of Taste Buds, shown on Charter Channel 10 and on Central Coast Now.TV. Teri’s Culinary Erotic Book, Consumed is available at http://www.amazon.com/Consumed-

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Breweries NORTH COAST

SAN LUIS OBISPO

Ottano Inc. 11555 Los Osos Valley Rd.San Luis Obispo (805) 547-2088

Ale House Baywood 690 Santa Maria Ave. Los Osos (805) 752-1089 baywoodlososos.com

Bang the Drum Brewery 950 Orcutt Rd. San Luis Obispo (805) 242-8372 bangthedrumbrewery. com

SLO Brewing Co. 1125 Garden St. San Luis Obispo (805) 439-0485 slobrewingco.com

Cambria Beer Co. 821 Cornwall St. Cambria (805) 203-5265 cambriabeerco.com

NORTH COUNTY Barrel House Brewing 3055 Limestone Way Paso Robles (805) 296-1128 barrelhousebrewing.com Dunbar Brewing 2200 El Camino Real Santa Margarita (805) 704-9050 dunbarbrewing.com Firestone Walker Brewing Company 1400 Ramada Dr. Paso Robles (805) 225-5913 firestonebeer.com Tent City Beer Co. 6760 El Camino Real Atascadero (805) 460-6454 mollypitcher.net The Pour House 525 Pine St. Paso Robles (805) 539-1000 pasobrewing.com

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Central Coast Brewing 1422 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo (805) 783-2739 centralcoastbrewing.com Creekside Brewing Co. 1040 Broad St. San Luis Obispo (805) 542-9804 creeksidebrewing Doc’s Cellar 855 Capitolio Way San Luis Obispo (805) 781-9974 docscellar.com Downtown Brewing Co. 1119 Garden St. San Luis Obispo (805) 543-1843 downtownbrew.com Fossil Fuels Brewing Co. 1854 Castillo Ct. San Luis Obispo (805) 748-9717 fossilfuelsbrewingco.com Hop On Beer Tours PO Box 3814 San Luis Obispo (855) 554-6766 hoponbeertours.com Libertine Brewing Co 1234 Broad St. San Luis Obispo (805) 548-2337 thelibertinepub.com

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SLO Brew Rock 855 Aerovista Ln. San Luis Obispo (805) 543-1843 slobrew.com/therock Tap IT Brewing Co. 675 Clarion Ct #1 San Luis Obispo (805) 545-7702 tapitbrewing.com

SOUTH COUNTY Figueroa Mountain 1462 E. Grand Ave. Arroyo Grande (805) 694-2252 figmtnbrew.com ManRock Brewing Co. 1750 El Camino Real #A Grover Beach (805) 270-3089 manrockbrewing.com Pismo Beach Brewing 500 Cypress St., Ste. S2 Pismo Beach (805) 295-6200 pismobrew.com Shell Beach Brewhouse 1527 Shell Beach Rd. Pismo Beach (805) 295-6328 shellbeachbrewhouse. com


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live oil is very versatile and has become a musthave in the American kitchen. While it is most commonly used for dressings or for dipping bread, it’s also perfect for baking, frying, sautéing, and poaching. Today, with the popularity of infused varieties, the possibilities have become endless. Unfortunately, many of the olive oils on the market today claim to be extra virgin, but aren’t. All you need to do is Google “olive oil fraud” or “UC Davis olive oil study” to get all the proof you need. To give consumers confidence they are purchasing 100% extra virgin olive oil, the California Olive Oil Council was created. Using stricter standards than international requirements, only the very best California olive oils are certified and can be sold as extra virgin.

The next step is deciding which olive oil best suits your intended purpose. Price alone is not a good indicator of quality, since the quality of olive oil depends upon many factors, such as: the type of olives from which the oil was produced and their level of ripeness at harvest, the handling of the olives before and during pressing, and the storage of the oil by the producer. Simply put, you need to taste them. Luckily, San Luis Obispo County is home to many olive oil producers and tasting rooms with each one offering a different selection for their guests to sample. continued, page 46

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As you visit the various locations, you will see that single varietal olive oils are usually categorized as mild/delicate, medium, or robust based on their flavor profile. Try each one. The color of the oil indicates nothing, it’s all about the way it tastes. Olives are a fruit, so a good olive oil needs to have some degree of fruitiness. Additionally, a fresh olive oil also has a peppery characteristic that you will feel at the back of your throat when you swallow it. A slight bitterness is also common, so depending on your taste, you may want to find an olive oil that has a perfect balance of all three of these things. Once you get your olive oil back home, it’s important that you properly store it. Unlike many wines, which improve with age,

olive oil is perishable and its flavor begins to deteriorate within a few months of milling. This decline is accelerated when the oil is exposed to heat, light or air, therefore you should store them at room temperature, out of the light, and in air-tight containers. Ideally, it is best used within 18 months of harvest. Many producers will list this date on the bottle. If you don’t see it, inquire about it. As oxidation occurs naturally over time, it is best to use the oil up once it is open within the first 6 months. Lorraine Montello is the owner of the Montello Tasting Room in Cambria. For more information, visit www.montellotastingroom. com or call (805) 865-4484.

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Local Olive and Olive Oil Related Companies Juliettas Natural Olive Oil Body Products Julie Grimes 1170 Clevenger Dr Arroyo Grande (805) 714-3833 juliettasnatural.com Wine Country Olives Jennifer & Adam Penniman 12 N. Ocean Ave Ste 22 Cayucos (805) 434-6063 wineolives.com Olive U Olive Oil Company Bud and Peggy Chase 21255 Highway 41E Cholame (805) 463-2366 oliveuoil.com

Kiler Ridge Olive Farm Audrey Burnam 1111 Kiler Canyon Road Paso Robles (805) 400-1439 kilerridge.com Mt. Olive Organic Farm Karen 3445 Adelaida Paso Robles (805) 237-0147 mtoliveco.com Olive Diva Joanne 1172 San Marcos Rd Paso Robles (727) 424-8040 olivediva.com

Olives de Oro Marty 4625 La Panza Road Creston (805) 227-4223

We Olive Paso Robles Jennifer Holmes 1311 Park Street Paso Robles (805) 239-7667 weolive.com

La Bella Olives & Gourmet Foods Patti Sackmann PO Box 610 Oceano (805) 610-0032 labellaolives.com

Lone Oak Olive Oil Philip and Nancy Langston P.O. Box 5414 San Luis Obispo (805) 481-1040 loneoakoliveoil.com

We Olive SLO Ray Russell 958 Higuera St San Luis Obispo (805) 595-1376

Tastefully Simple Rhonda Collins PO Box 936 Paso Robles (805) 354-2732

La Panza Ranch Olive Oil Stacy Santa Margarita (805) 438-3800

Montello Tasting Room Chuck and Lorraine Mentello 784 Main St Cambria (805) 865-4484 montellotastingroom.com

Templeton Olive Oil Dan Rohde (805) 704-5090 templetonoliveoil.com

Fandango Olive Oil Jerry and Carolyn Shaffer Paso Robles (805) 238-4456 Fusano Olives Emily Hinkle or Travis Gray 4295 Union Road Paso Robles (805) 975-5613

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Farmers Market that happens a few hundred obacco enthusiasts can find respite feet from the shop. on the California Central Coast at The Shaw, a self-confessed conversationalist also Sanctuary Tobacco Shop in San Luis proves that he can turn a phrase. “The only Obispo and Boyd’s Tobacco and Elegant Gifts in work free, smoke place in San Luis Obispo,” he Paso Robles. These establishments offer indoor said with a smile. lounges where cigar and pipe aficionados can Boyd’s Tobacco & Boyd’s is massive compared to the Sanctuary sit down and enjoy a peaceful smoke far away Elegant Gifts and boasts a 300 square foot walk-in humidor from the haters and coughers of everyday life. 625 Spring St. that will more than likely have that specific Each establishment brings its own character Paso Robles cigar you have been searching for. to the table; the Sanctuary with its close (805) 239-8701 Now owned by Charles Janigian, president quarters brings an air of intimacy. It’s nearly of JMG International, Inc., Boyd’s is more than impossible to smoke a cigar and not enter into Old World Cigars a sleepy store. Every month there is something a conversation. With the close quarters feel 625 Spring St. going on, whether it is raffles, wine and cigar and the welcoming nods of the patrons, even Paso Robles pairing or even a cigar celebrity visit. “He’s a newbie will feel like one of the boys in no (805) 239-8701 [Janigian] in the business of distributing, so he time. Owner Douglas Shaw bought the tobacco knows all the big players,” said Manager Charity store in 1992; renamed it and refurbished it Sanctuary Pisceki, “We have a lot of fun.” adding a lounge/loft where patrons can enjoy Tobacco Shop Janigian is a boxing enthusiast with his own their tobacco of choice. The lounge which is 1111 Chorro St. brand of cigars called Knockout. accessible from a narrow set of stairs overlooks San Luis Obispo “The Nicaraguan Knockout Lightweight the store and generally first time visitors (805) 543-1958 Division Maduro cigar is a smooth and delicious will miss it unless they hear some laughter blend of Nicaraguan, Honduran, and Dominican emanating from above. The quaint lounge seats The Boss Cigars fillers, Nicaraguan binder, and a Connecticut about ten and is open to everyone free of charge, 111 N. Halcyon Rd. Broadleaf Maduro wrapper,” according to the though Shaw requires people to purchase a Arroyo Grande Knockout website. Behind the counter are a cigar from the store and not bring their own. boxing glove, bell and hammer that are rung on “If somebody buys a cigar, they are welcome (805) 474-1137 occasion and is an instant attention getter. to use the lounge,” said Shaw. Customers are The lounge looks like something out of a also welcome to leave a bottle of their desired Tobacco Castle Charles Bronson movie, even sporting a stuffed beverage to consume at their leisure. 2179 10th St. great white buffalo. The pool table is encircled Considering the banning of smoking that Los Osos by enormous wild game trophy heads that started in San Luis Obispo back in the 90s (805) 528-1389 gaze with glassy eyes on all those who venture and spread across the country, not to mention into the room. These beasts are the real deal, the western world, the Sanctuary touts a dual donated to Boyd’s by a member who is a big meaning. It can be considered a place of refuge where one can enjoy a cigar or pipe without judgment, but hunter and also a dentist. It’s always the quiet ones. The wood there is also an unspoken rule of ‘what is said here stays here’ décor was done by the original owner John Boyd and lends itself to a den type of atmosphere. At Boyd’s it is easy to recline that lends a speakeasy feel to the joint. Thursday nights are the most popular. Generally open from on a cushion and read or watch the big screen TV and not say a 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (only until 4 on Sundays) the little cigar word to anyone without appearing aloof. shop stays open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays because of the SLO

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Sub Sea Tours 699 Embarcadero #9 Morro Bay (805) 772-9463 Sun Buggy & ATV Fun 328 Pier Ave Oceano (866) 728-4443

Family Fun Avila Hot Springs 250 Avila Beach Dr. San Luis Obispo (805) 595-2359

Elephant Seal Rookery 250 San Simeon Ave. San Simeon (805) 924-1628

Avila Valley Barn 560 Avila Beach Dr. San Luis Obispo (805) 595-2816

Farmers Kites & Surreys 1108 Front St. Morro Bay (805) 772-0113

B.J.’s ATV Rentals 197 Grand Ave. Grover Beach (805) 481-5411

Gopher Glen Farms 2899 Gopher Glen Way San Luis Obispo (805) 595-2646

Bob Jones City to Sea Trail 7000 Ontario Rd. San Luis Obispo (805) 544-9096

Great American Melodrama 1863 Front St. Oceano (805) 489-2449

Central Coast Aquarium 50 San Juan St. Avila Beach (805) 595-7280

Hearst Castle 750 Hearst Castle Rd. San Simeon Hearstcastle.org

Central Coast Archery 12334 Los Osos Valley Rd. San Luis Obispo (805) 439-1570

Kayak Horizons 551 Embarcadero Morro Bay (805) 772-6444

Charles Paddock Zoo 9100 Morro Rd. Atascadero (805) 461-5080 charlespaddockzoo.org

Madonna Inn Trail Rides 100 Madonna Rd. San Luis Obispo (805) 305-5470

SLO Children’s Museum 101 Nipomo St. San Luis Obispo (805) 544-5437 slocm.org

Margarita Adventures 22719 El Camino Real Santa Margarita (805) 438-3120

SLO Creek Farms 6455 Monte Rd. San Luis Obispo (702) 245-3135

Dinosaur Caves Park 2701 Price St. Pismo Beach (805) 773-7039

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Mustang Water Park Lopez Lake 6840 Lopez Dr. Arroyo Grande (805) 489-8898 Pacific Dunes Riding Ranch 1207 Silver Spur Pl. Oceano (805) 489-8100 Pismo Nature Center & Monarch Grove 400 S Dolliver St. Pismo Beach (805) 773-7170 Port San Luis Harbor 3993 Avila Beach Dr. Avila Beach (805) 550-3347 Ravine Water Park 2301 Airport Rd. Paso Robles (805) 237-8500

Sunset Drive In 255 Elks Ln. San Luis Obispo (805) 544-4475 Vista Lago Adventure Park Lopez Lake Recreation 6820 Lopez Dr. Arroyo Grande (805) 710-7970 vistalagoadventurepark.com Wally’s Bicycle Works Higuera St. San Luis Obispo (805) 544-4116 Wheel Fun Rentals 630 Cypress St. Pismo Beach (805) 773-0197


CUESTA COLLEGE San Luis Obispo County’s community college

At Cuesta College, you can choose from over 70 associate degrees or 60 certificate programs, and complete your academic goals on the beautiful and idyllic Central Coast! Come take a tour of one of our three locations (San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, and Arroyo Grande), and discover how we transfer the most students to Cal Poly SLO and why we’re consistently ranked as one of the top community colleges in California.

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Experience the Coast Starlight in a whole new way. In Business class, enjoy exclusive amenities: seats in a dedicated car, complimentary AmtrakConnect Wi-Fi® and a voucher for purchases in the Dining car or Sightseer Lounge car café. And to make your trip even more rewarding, Amtrak Guest Rewards® members earn a 25% qualifying point bonus for Business Class travel. Reserve your trip today and join Amtrak Guest Rewards. Visit Amtrak.com/BusinessClass Fares, routes, schedules and services are subject to change without notice. Business Class upgrade charge applies. Business Class seats are limited and may not be available on all days. The voucher has a value of six dollars and it is redeemable toward purchases in the Dining car or Sightseer lounge. Other restrictions may apply. All Amtrak Guest Rewards terms and conditions apply. The term Wi-Fi® is a registered mark of the Wi-Fi Alliance®. Amtrak, AmtrakConnect, Amtrak Guest Rewards and Coast Starlight are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

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Using Ecotourism to Engage Customers I

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n the age of convenience, customer satisfaction may no longer be enough to ensure return business. Companies are seeing a growing need to engage their clientele in order to produce a deeper emotional connection that, in turn, results in the invaluable commodity of customer loyalty. Highway 1 Discovery Route and the unincorporated San Luis Obispo County Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) have created and maintained the award winning Stewardship Travel Program (STP) in an attempt to merge sustainability, environmentalism and customer engagement. Established in 2013, STP involves businesses from Ragged Point to as far South as Nipomo and offers 70 activities to engage tourists and locals alike. Activities range from aiding in the restoration of trails in Montaña de Oro, volunteer to work at the Nipomo Native Garden, or pick up debris at the Cayucos or Avila beaches. Not all the activities involve labor, for instance, there are hikes, tours and museums on the list and even a wine tasting event. However, each activity is designed to highlight the beauty and uniqueness of the Central Coast with hopes that visitors will establish that elusive deeper connection. Katie Sturtevant, co-director of STP, has seen an increase of return customers since the conception of the program. “It’s been working really well for us. It gets them to them to connect, care and gives them a way to give back to the area, which we have found, makes them want to come back,” said Sturtevant. “They are just more deeply connected to the area that they are traveling to.” Not only does customer engagement show an increase in future spending, trends indicate Millennials are more inclined to actively search out destinations that are environmental responsible and offer opportunities in land preservation and

rehabilitation. “We’re finding that more and more travelers want to spend more money on an area that they know is being preserved and that they can be a hand in preserving,” Sturtevant said. The Avila Beach Tourism Alliance (ABTA) has recently revamped one of its contributions to ecotourism. The Avila Beach Cleanup Kit and Appreciation Tote Bag has received a new look with signage that will be posted around the beach town to promote the activity. Award winning graphic artist Reilly Newman was employed to create the new look. The ABTA invites “active visitors” to use a kit to pick up 10 pieces of trash and post a picture of their accomplishment on a social website (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) with #VistiAvilaBeach in order to receive an exclusive T-shirt and to be entered into a monthly drawing. “You would not believe how many people jump at the opportunity to pick up trash,” said Chris King, general manager of the Avila Beach Inn. “It’s pretty amazing.” The Avila program is unique in that it not has the potential to build engagement, but with the requirement of digital posting, it gives the activity an extra boost to grow organically. ABTA kits contain gloves, a collection bag and a marine debris checklist. The kits are currently available at Central Coast Aquarium, Avila Village Inn, Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, and San Luis Bay Inn upon request. The Discovery Route recently received the Visit California Poppy Award under the award’s “Commitment to Community” category. For more information, visit; www.Highway1DiscoveryRoute. com or www.visitavilabeach.com

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ooking to reduce stress, get fresh air, and socialize without a screen in front of you? Go on a mini-adventure with family and friends or take a solo trek into the great outdoors and let go of the day-to-day grind while camping for a few days. A few members of our crew shared their favorite spots to get away from it all whether its the comfort of a trailer or the coziness of a tent, the Central Coast is full of spots to find your own level of rugged.

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Port San Luis Harbor in Avila overflow camping. It’s a first come first serve, dry camping area on the bluff overlooking the beach and harbor. No tent camping. It’s a perfect weekend getaway at the beach, close to shopping and restaurants, cheaper than the reserved spots and you can bring your dog. ~ Michelle Johnson, art director

My friends and I enjoy Lake Lopez Campground for so many reasons. Beside the spacious campsites to choose from, there are beautiful lakes, trees, trails, wildlife, and awesome fishing. . There are also fun waterslides, zip lining, a good bait shop and a restaurant. Plus, it’s only 15 minutes to local wineries, and the Village of Arroyo Grande. My favorite thing to do is to rent the pontoon with a half dozen friends, music, and picnic treats. I also bring a couple of hammocks for a peaceful nap. The sunny breeze can’t be beat. ~ Zorina Ricci, advertising executive

Our family loves camping at Nacimiento Lake. Whether in a tent, trailer or RV, there is a spot for everyone! With this year’s rain, and the lake over 90% full, you can bring your boat, or play on the beach, either way you will stay cool this summer. ~ Dana McGraw, sales manager

Morro Strand State Beach Campground, located on Yerba Buena Street in North Morro Bay. It’s literally on the beach, without the craziness of Oceano Dunes. They have 24 full hook-up RV spots and lots of tent camping too. One drawback, no showers, otherwise a bargain at $50 a night for full hook ups and $35 for campsites. Make reservations early. Favorite non-campground is the Morro Bay Sandpit. It’s the most underused natural area in SLO County. Four miles of white sand beach pretty much all to yourself. Lots of privacy, and there is cell service, too. ~ Neil Farrell, managing editor Bay News

The state park named after Big Sur  pioneer  Julia Pfeiffer Burns has three hidden campsites above the McWay Falls waterfall. That’s where From Here to Eternity was shot.  One of my favorite places to camp in the last five years, but it’ll take that long to get a reservation, so I hope you know someone who’s going. Tent camping only, no dogs.   ~ Camas Frank, section editor SLO City News

North Beach Campground in Pismo Beach is a beautiful campground nestled in between a eucalyptus grove and the pacific ocean. The sites are spacious and many provide tree shade. It’s a short walk to the beach or downtown Pismo. Enjoy the Monarch butterflies fluttering through camp from November through February, and in the summer the kids can become a junior ranger. Reservations can be made at www. reserveamerica.com ~ Christy Serpa, editorial designer

I love camping at San Simeon State Park. My favorite spot is shielded from the area by some willow trees and there is a grassy spot for the tent. There are amazing hikes and walks from the campground that take you through a variety of habitats from woodland, swamp, to mountainous and a rainforest as well as dry dessert. It is truly amazing. ~ Lani Colhouer, CFO

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or some folks a family vacation includes bringing their pets too. The Central Coast has a multitude of places to bring your furry friends. Enjoy lodging, dining, beaches, wineries and hiking trails with the entire family. Knowing that your pet is welcome in advance allows for peace of mind. Inquire in advance for fees and room availabilities.

BED AND BREAKFAST Creekside Bed & Breakfast Inn 5325 Vineyard Dr. Paso Robles (805) 227-6585

Creekside Inn 2618 Main St., Cambria (805) 927-4021 Heritage Inn Bed & Breakfast 978 Olive St. San Luis Obispo (805) 544-7440

Beach Bungalow Inn & Suites 1050 Morro Ave. Morro Bay (805) 772-9700 Blue Dolphin Inn 6470 Moonstone Beach Dr., Cambria (805) 927-3300 Cambria Palms Motel 2662 Main St., Cambria (805) 927-4485

Inn Paradiso 975 Mojave Ln. Paso Robles (805) 239-2800

Cambria Pines Lodge 2905 Burton Dr. Cambria (805) 927-4200

Just Inn at Justin Vineyards & Winery 11680 Chimney Rock Rd. Paso Robles (805) 238-6932

Cayucos Beach Inn 333 South Ocean Ave. Cayucos (805) 995-2828

Petit Soleil 1473 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo (805) 549-0321

HOTELS AND MOTELS Avila La Fonda 101 San Miguel St. Avila Beach (805) 595-1700 REVEAL the central coast of california

Bayfront Inn Morro Bay 1150 Embarcadero Morro Bay (805) 772-5607

Inn at Morro Bay 60 State Park Rd. Morro Bay (805) 772-5651

Kaleidoscope Inn & Gardens 130 East Dana St. Nipomo (805) 343-9345

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Avila Village Inn 6655 Bay Laurel Drive Avila Beach (805) 627-1810

Cliffs Resort 2757 Shell Beach Rd. Pismo Beach (805) 773-5000 Creekside Inn 2618 Main St., Cambria (805) 927-4021 Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa 2727 Shell Beach Rd., Unit 131, Pismo Beach (805) 773-5003 Dolphin Inn 399 South Ocean Ave. Cayucos (805) 995-3810


Paso Robles Inn 1103 Spring St. Paso Robles (866) 321-1828

Frankie’s & Lola’s Front Street Café 1154 Front St., Morro Bay (805) 771-9306

Pier View Suites 12 N Ocean Ave., Suite 226 Cayucos (805) 995-0014

Giovanni’s Fish Market 1001 Front St., Morro Bay (805) 772-2123

Pismo Lighthouse Suites 2411 Price St., Pismo Beach (805) 773-2411 Sea Otter Inn 6656 Moonstone Beach Dr. Cambria (805) 927-5888

CAFES AND RESTAURANTS Bayside Cafe 10 State Park Rd. Morro Bay (805) 772-1465 Big Sky Cafe 1121 Broad St. San Luis Obispo (805) 545-5401 Blue Sky Bistro 699 Embarcadero, Morro Bay (805) 772-8988 Creekside Garden Cafe 2114 Main St., Cambria (805) 927-8646 Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream *They have Doggie Discs 114 W. Branch St. Arroyo Grande (805) 474-4068 860 Higuera St. San Luis Obispo (805) 548-1986 Dorn’s Original Breakers Café 801 Market Ave. Morro Bay (805) 772-4415 Dutchman’s Seafood House 701 Embarcadero, Ste. E Morro Bay (805) 772-2269 Fin’s Restaurant 25 W. Grand Ave. Grover Beach (805) 473-3467

Hoppe’s Bistro & Wine Bar 78 North Ocean Ave., Cayucos (805) 995-1006 Indigo Moon Cafe 1980 Main St., Cambria (805) 927-2911 Las Cambritas Mexican Restaurant 2336 Main St. # B Cambria (805) 927-0175 Lido Restaurant 2727 Shell Beach Rd. Pismo Beach (805) 773-8900 Lil Hut 1205 Embarcadero Morro Bay (805) 772-3488 Linn’s Easy as Pie Cafe 4251 Bridge St., Cambria (805) 924-3050 Luna Red 1023 Chorro St. San Luis Obispo (805) 540-5243 Madeline’s 788 Main St., Cambria (805) 927-4175 Marisol at the Cliffs 2757 Shell Beach Rd. Pismo Beach (800) 826-7827 Mr. Rick’s 404 Front St., Avila Beach (805) 595-7425 Pappy McGregor’s 11122 Pine St., Paso Robles (805) 238-7070 Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse 1103 Spring St. Paso Robles (805) 226-4925

Sally Loo’s Wholesome Cafe 1804 Osos St. San Luis Obispo (805) 545-5895

William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach 50 Hearst Castle Rd. San Simeon (805) 927-2020

San Simeon Beach Bar & Grill 9520 Castillo Dr., San Simeon (805) 927-4601

WINERIES

Sea Shanty Restaurant 296 S. Ocean Ave., Cayucos (805) 995-3272 Zorro’s Cafe & Cantina 927 Shell Beach Rd. Pismo Beach (805) 773-9676

BEACHES

Adelaida Winery 5805 Adelaida Rd. Paso Robles Cayucos Cellars Tasting Room 131 N. Ocean Ave., Cayucos (805) 995-3036 Eberle Winery 3810 W. Hwy. 46 Paso Robles (805) 238-9607

Cayucos State Beach Ocean Front Ave., Cayucos (805) 781-5930

Eos Winery 2300 Airport Way, Paso Robles (805) 591-8050

Morro Bay State Park 60 State Park Rd. Morro Bay (805) 772-2560

Moonstone Cellars 801 Main St., Cambria (805) 927-9466

Morro Strand Beach Hwy. 1 and 24th St. Cayucos Oceano Dunes State Park (805) 773-7170 Olde Port Beach 3993 Avila Beach Dr. Avila Beach (805) 595-2515 Pismo State Beach 555 Pier Ave. (805) 489-1869 Spooners Cove Los Osos (805) 528-0513 fall | winter 2017-2018

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Wedding Venues

The Groves on 41 Templeton thegroveson41.com The Monday Club San Luis Obispo themondayclubslo.org The Gardens at Peacock Farms Arroyo Grande thegardensatpeacockfarms. com The River Oaks Pavilion Paso Robles riveroakshotsprings.com

Photos by Hayley Marie Photography

COUNTRY Adelaida Vineyards & Winery Paso Robles adelaida.com Allegretto Vineyard Resort Paso Robles ayreshotels.com Beecham Ranch Los Osos beechamranch.com Bianchi Winery Paso Robles bianchiwine.com Blacklake Golf Resort Nipomo blacklake.com Cambria Pines Lodge Cambria cambriapineslodge.com Casitas Estate Arroyo Grande casitasestate.com Cass Winery Paso Robles casswines.com Cayucos Creek Barn Cayucos Cayucoscreekbarn.com Cypress Ridge Pavilion Arroyo Grande cypressridge.com Edna Valley Vineyard San Luis Obispo ednavalleyvineyard.com Green Place Estate Arroyo Grande theheritageestates.net

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Greengate Ranch & Vineyard San Luis Obispo greengateweddings.com Harmony Wedding Chapel Harmony harmonychapelca.com Hidden Springs Villa San Luis Obispo weddingslo.com Home Sweet Home Cottage and Ranch Templeton hshcottageandranch.com Lago Giuseppe Winery Templeton lagogiuseppe.com Mistura Restaurant Paso Robles misturarestaurants.com Oyster Ridge Santa Margarita oysterridge.com San Luis Obispo Golf Country Club San Luis Obispo slocountryclub.com

Victorian Estate Arroyo Grande victorianwedding.net

COASTAL Avila Beach Golf Resort Avila Beach avilabeachresort.com Avila Lighthouse Suites Avila Beach avilalighthousesuites.com Cass House Cayucos casshousecayucos.com Coalesce Wedding Chapel Morro Bay coalescebookstore.com Dolphin Bay Resort Pismo Beach thedolphinbay.com Old Custom House Avila Beach oldcustomhouse.com Pismo Beach Golf Resort Grover Beach pismoweddings.com Point San Luis Lighthouse Avila Beach pointsanluislighthouse.org

Santa Margarita Ranch Santa Margarita historicsantamargaritaranch.com

Sea Venture Beach Hotel & Restaurant Pismo Beach seaventure.com

Swallow Creek Ranch Cayucos swallowcreekranch.com

SeaCrest Hotel Pismo Beach seacrestpismo.com

Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort Avila Beach Sycamoresprings.com

The Cliffs Resort Pismo Beach cliffsresort.com

The Grace Maralyn Estate & Gardens Atascadero thegracemaralyn.com

Ventana Grill Pismo Beach ventanagrill.com


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Lido at Dolphin Bay River Oaks Hot Springs Hope Family Wines Vina Robles Amphitheater

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tart the day with breakfast at Lido at Dolphin Bay in Pismo Beach. Brunch is served Saturday through Monday and includes three courses with coffee, tea, and bottomless mimosas. After filling up on good food, take a drive north to Paso Robles to River Oaks Hot Springs where you can relax in a private open-air mineral spa overlooking the scenic hills and vineyards with a glass of sparkling wine. Next, enjoy a Swedish massage followed by a hydrating facial. Grab a picnic basket and head out to Hope Family Wines for some wine tasting and enjoy a meal among the vineyards. End your day with a concert at the Vina Robles Amphitheater and spend the night at the Allegretto Vineyard Resort.

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Galleries NORTH COAST By The Bay Gallery 895 Embarcadero Morro Bay (805) 772-5563 bythebaygallery.com Cayucos Art Association & Cayucos Art Gallery 10 Cayucos Dr., Cayucos (805) 995-2049 cayucosart.org Fiona Bleu 900 Embarcadero Morro Bay (805) 772-0541 rowanchasestudio.com Focus On Nature Photo Gallery 601 Embarcadero Morro Bay (805) 772-4972 gallery.focus-on-nature.com Forever Stoked 1164 Quintana Rd. Morro Bay (805) 771-9095 foreverstoked.com Full Moon Pottery Studio-Gallery 345 Harbor St. Morro Bay (805) 772-2890 fullmoonmb.com

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Amnesia 787 Higuera St. San Luis Obispo (805) 543-4323 artcentralartsupply.com

John Ramos Gallery 407 Morro Bay Blvd. Morro Bay (805) 772-2890 johnramos.com

Art by Colleen Gnos 141 Suburban Rd. C4, San Luis Obispo colleengnos.com

Morro Bay Art Association 835 Main St. Morro Bay (805) 771-2504 artcentermorrobay.com Native Spirit Gallery 333 Bernardo Ave. Morro Bay (805) 772-2571 morrobay.org/native-spirit-gallery Seven Sisters Gallery 601 Embarcadero Morro Bay (805) 772-2504 sevensistersgalleryca.com Under The Sea 833 Embarcadero Morro Bay (805) 772-4872

Chris Burkard Gallery in Pismo Beach

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Gallery At Marina Square 601 Embarcadero Morro Bay (805) 772-4972 galleryatmarinasquare.com

Arts Council San Luis Obispo County 570 Higuera St. San Luis Obispo (805) 544-9251 sloartscouncil.org Drew Davis Fine Art 331 Pacific St. San Luis Obispo (805) 234-2302 drewdavis.com Foundation for The Performing Arts Center 550 Dana St. San Luis Obispo (805) 541-5401 fpacslo.org Frame Works 339 Marsh St. San Luis Obispo (805) 542-9000 sloart.com

Colleen Gnos Gallery in San Luis Obispo


Gallery at the Network 778 Higuera St. San Luis Obispo (805) 788-0886 galleryatthenetwork.com Gene Francis Gallery 1120 Garden St. San Luis Obispo (805) 545-7902 genefrancis.net

The John Landon Gallery 1110 Morro St. San Luis Obispo (805) 441-4422 johnlandongallery.com

SOUTH COUNTY

Hands Gallery Contemporary Craftsmanship 777 Higuera St. San Luis Obispo (805) 543-1921

Chris Burkard Gallery 271 B 5 Cities Dr. Pismo Beach (805) 270-3835 chrisburkard.com

Just Looking Gallery 746 Higuera St. San Luis Obispo (805) 541-6663 justlookinggallery.com

Sayva Creative Art Gallery 65 Landing Passage Avila Beach (805) 704-6859 sayvacreativegallery.com

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art 1010 Broad St. San Luis Obispo (805) 543-8562 sloma.org

Seaside Gallery 176 Foothill Rd. Pismo Beach (805) 295-6386 theseasidegallery.com

Spirits of Africa Gallery 570 Higuera St. Suite 150, San Luis Obispo (877) 688-0156 spiritsofafricagallery.com Steynberg Gallery 1531 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo (805) 547-0278 steynberggallery.com

Thomas Kinkade Gallery 500 Cypress St. Pismo Beach (805) 773-9424 kinkadecentralcoast.com Under The Sea Gallery 324 Front St. Avila Beach (805) 627-1488

The Claassen Gallery 774 Marsh St. San Luis Obispo (805) 391-0361 jeffclaassen.com/blog

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Back In Time: Don’t Miss the turn-of-the-century downtown Village of Arroyo Grande with its swinging bridge, roosters roaming the streets, specialty shops, and restaurants.

Visit the Charles Paddock Zoo, 9100 Morro Rd. This 5-acre community zoo is home to hundreds of animal species from around the world. Play Frisbee golf at Heilmann Regional Park, 9400 El Bordo Ave. Locals Tip: Zip on over to Chalk Mountain Liquor and Deli, 9990 El Camino Real, for some Mojo potatoes while you gas up the car.

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• Bike, or walk the City to the Sea Bob Jones Trail. Take a Drive: Parking lot is located across Ontario Road. To Port San Luis Harbor and walk on the Harford • Enjoy the historic Point San Luis Lighthouse. You pier. Dolphins, sea lions, can kayak or take the trolley! Make tour reservations and starfish are common at www.pointsanluislighthouse.org. sights. If you are lucky, whales might be in the area during their migration.

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Check out art galleries and specialty stores on Main Street. Take the family to Moonstone Beach and search for moonstones in the sand or take a walk on the boardwalk. Little Known Fact: Singer Lady Gaga stopped by the Cambria Ale House, 2084 Main St, during the filming of her music video for G.U.Y. at Hearst Castle.

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Fish off the pier without needing a license and bring home dinner. Make your sweet tooth happy at the Brown Butter Cookie Company, 98 N Ocean Ave. Go West: Sling back a few drinks at Old Cayucos Tavern, 130 N Ocean Ave. This western saloon offers a billiard tables and a card room with poker games every weekend.

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The South County Skate Park, 1750 Ramona Ave., operates March through December. This 13,234 square foot facility is available for in-line skating and skateboarding. Play a 9-hole game of golf at the Pismo State Beach Golf Course, 25 W Grand Ave. The Central Coast Casino, 359 W Grand Ave., offers poker players cash games and tournaments. For a schedule of events, visit slopoker.com. The Spoon Trade, 295 West Grand Ave., offers classic and modern food to please any palate. Try the fried chicken and waffles, and make sure you ask for the hot sauce. fall | winter 2017-2018

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You Grow What: Take a tour of The Luffa Farm, 1457 Willow Rd., and learn all the benefits of these natural sponges that are growing in one of the only such farms in the USA.

For the Birds: Bring your binoculars to the Morro Estuary Natural Preserve and 800-acre wetland home to 250 bird species. The annual Bird Festival takes place on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

Play 18-holes at Monarch Dunes Golf Course, 1606 Trilogy Pkwy. It’s a challenging course surrounded by dunes and eucalyptus trees. • Visit the Dana Adobe, 671 S Oakglen Ave., This historic building was the home of Boston sea captain William Dana, who in 1837 was granted the 37,888-acre Rancho Nipomo.

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Local Dive Bar: The Merri Maker Tavern, 1301 2nd Street, is home to a ton of locals, cheap drinks, a pool table and on occasion enjoy karaoke night or live music.

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Rent and Ride ATV on the dunes at the Oceano State Vehicular Recreation Area. Enjoy a bonfire on the beach on one of the only beaches that you can drive on.

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The Barrelhouse Brew, 3055 Limestone Way, has a brewery and beer garden that often has live music. Open to all ages. Wine Tasting at a variety of local wineries.

Celebrate Vaudeville: Take the whole family to a show at the Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville located at 1863 Front St. For tickets and shows visit, americanmelodrama.com.

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Ride ‘Em: The Paso Roble Horse Park, 3801 Hughes Pkwy., holds events, classes, weddings, and shows with a portion of funds going to support handicapped and underprivileged children.


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Earn your wings: Located on Highway 1, the Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove is Rent surfboards, paddleboards, a winter migration location kayaks, wetsuits and commune with for thousands of majestic the ocean. orange and black Play a game of pool at Hot Shots butterflies typically Billiards or go bowling at Pismo Bowl, from Nov. to Feb.

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Hike Bishop Peak. This 20.013271 million-year-old volcanic plug is the tallest of the “Nine Sisters” that stretch to Morro Bay. Farmers’ Market takes over Downtown SLO on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It offers produce, food vendors, entertainment, and more.

Tip Mating Season: Marvel at the elephant seals during their mating, birthing, and molting season typically from Dec. to March at The Piedras Blancas rookery on Highway 1 seven miles north of San Simeon.

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Jaw Work: Leave your mark at Bubblegum Alley where for decades locals and visitors have been depositing their chewed gum on the 70-foot long 15-foot high alley located at 733 ½ Hiiguera Street.

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Several tours are available at Hearst Castle formerly owned by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and home to Hollywood legends. The Piedras Blancas Light Station, 15950 Cabrillo Highway, dates back to 1875 and is also a wildlife sanctuary.

Santa Margarita Have fun in the sun while fishing or boating at Santa Margarita Lake. Fly through the sky or take kayak tours at Margarita Adventures, 22719 El Camino Real.

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Templeton Take a tour and enjoy tastings at Wild Horse Winery and Vineyards, 1437 Wild Horse Winery Ct, Templeton Rd, The tasting room is located in olive groves, vineyards and beautiful oak trees. Bonus, two llamas also live at the site and love people who bring them apples and carrots.

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AB = Avila Beach AG = Arroyo Grande AT = Atascadero CY = Cayucos CM = Cambria LO = Los Osos MB = Morro Bay OD = Oceano Dunes PR = Paso Robles PB = Pismo Beach SLO = San Luis Obispo SS = San Simeon

NOVEMBER

Paso BlendFest on the Coast (SS, CM) www.pasowine.com/events/blendfest-on-the-coast/

Cayucos Car Show (CY) www.cayucoschamber.com

Tamale Festival (AT) http://www.atascadero.org/index.php?option=com_rsevents pro&layout=show&id=87:tamale-festival&Itemid=1943

Paderewski Festival (PR) www.paderewskifest.com/ SLO Wine Country Harvest on the Coast (AB) www.slowine.com/events/harvest-on-the-coast Soupabration (MB) www.pacificwildlifecare.org/soupabration/ Art in the Park (PB) www.artintheparkshellbeach.com/

DECEMBER

FEBRUARY SLO Craft Beer Festival (SLO) www.slo-beer-fest.com/ Inspired Home, Garden & Gourmet Expo (PR) www.inspiredexpos.com Sweetheart Stroll & Wine Tasting (AT) www.atascadero.org/index.php?option=com_rseventspro&l ayout=show&id=89:sweetheart-stroll&Itemid=1943

Cambria Christmas Market (CM) cambriachristmasmarket.com/

California Western Monarch Day (PB) www.monarchbutterfly.org/pismo-beach-monarch-butterflyday/

San Luis Obispo Holiday Parade (SLO) downtownslo.com/events/holiday-parade/

25 Western Dance Jamboree (CM) www.cambriachamber.org/feb.php

Lighted Boat Parade (MB) www.morrobay.org/events/lighted-boat-parade

SLO Comedy Festival (SLO) https://www.slocomedyfestival.com

Winter Wonderland (AT) www.atascadero.org/

MARCH

Elegant Christmas in the Village (AG) arroyograndevillage.org/christmasinthevillage

Sea Glass Festival (CY) www.cayucosseaglass.com/

Christmas in the Village (AG) arroyograndevillage.org/christmasinthevillage

International Film Festival (SLO) www.slofilmfest.org/

South County Holiday Parade (GB) www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com/events/2657/50thannual-south-county-holiday-parade

Inspired Health & Fitness Expo & 5K Run (SLO) www.inspiredexpos.com

JANUARY Cal Poly Bach Week (SLO) www.bachweek.calpoly.edu/

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WiVi Symposium Wine Conference and Trade Show (PR) www.wivicentralcoast.com/ March Triathlon Series (CY) marchtriathlonseries.com/


APRIL Family Easter Egg Hunt and Festival (AG) www.arroyogrande.org/169/Annual-Festivals-Events L’Eroica California Bike Race (PR) www.eroicacalifornia.com/ Wildflower Century Bike Ride (PR) www.slobc.org/wildflower/

Let Your Creativity and Inspiration Meet at The Cotton Ball Fabrics, Notions, Yarns, Patterns & Quilting Services

San Luis Obispo Marathon + Half (SLO) www.slomarathon.com/ Avila Beach Easter Festival (AB) (805) 627-1997 Easter Egg-Stravaganza (PB) (805) 773-7063 Los Osos Easter Egg Hunt (LO) (805) 801-4444

MAY Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show (MB) www.morrobaycarshow.org/ Inspired Home & Garden Expo (SLO) www.inspiredexpos.com

thecottonball.com Regular Hours: Mon, Wed-Sat 10-5 • Sun 11-4 Closed Tues

2830 Main St. • Morro Bay, CA • (805) 772-2646

The International Chardonnay Symposium (PB) thechardonnaysymposium.com/ Hospice du Rhone Wine Event (PR) www.hospicedurhone.org/ Flavor of SLO (SLO) www.flavorofslo.org/ Local. Organic. Sustainable.

Strawberry Festival (AG) www.arroyograndevillage.org/strawberryfestival

Local Wines over 20 by the glass Real food grown and made by real people

Bill Spencer of Windrose Farm in Paso Robles

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Served Daily 1121 Broad St, SLO | 805.545.5401 Metered parking available just past Nipomo Street, on BOTH Marsh and Higuera Streets that are almost always open!

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central coast tourism magazine

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central coast tourism magazine