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San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce

VisitorS Guide

Farmers’ Market | Dining Path of History | Lodging Shopping | Wine Country Annual Events | Fun With Kids

All rooms smoke-free Free Wi-Fi and Cable TV Generous continental breakfast Viewing deck/rocking chairs Gathering room for 20-24 people In-room coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and board Creekside rooms with private deck Outdoor picnic area with tree swing Trolley pick-up to downtown Afternoon snacks, tea & coffee, and more On-site convenient parking

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• 2-room suites with wet bar, microwave, refrigerator, two TVs and VCR/DVD players. • Deluxe rooms with king or queen, or two queen beds. • Close to Cal Poly, state & county offices, the Old Mission and historical downtown. Restaurants, lounges and entertainment nearby. • Meeting rooms to 150.

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Website: The San Luis Obispo Visitors Guide is published by the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Services, Inc. (A subsidiary of the Chamber of Commerce of San Luis Obispo, Inc.). The material contained within this guide shall not be reproduced in whole or in part without the prior written permission of San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Services, Inc. © 2011 San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Services, Inc., 1039 Chorro Street, San Luis Obispo, California 93401 (805) 781-2777. Photography © 2011 David E. Garth

C ONT E NT S Detours

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Getting here and getting around

Lucky Learners A closer look at SLO’s renowned university Cal Poly and Cuesta College


Exciting Outdoor


In and around town

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San Luis Obispo

Find your happiness here

Splendors of SLO

Your ticket to paradise

A Weekly Block Part y

Our world-famous Thursday Night Activities and Farmers’ Market


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Get the pep back in your step with our energizing open spaces

Play all year long

Check out what’s happening throughout the year

Char m ing Day Trips

Start in sunny SLO, the hub of the Central Coast

Hearst C astle: An incredible journey

Discover this enchanting mansion reminiscent of a bygone era

Years in the M aking

More than 200 years of astonishing history preserved

Life really is

Retail Ther apy

SLO sparkles with chic shops, boutiques and down-home bargains

Take Some Whi msy Home

SLO’s unique arts and crafts

Fam ily Fun

Laugh and play with a family-friendly getaway Energizing Nightlife

Entertaining ways to end the day, and start the night right Priceless Deals in SLO

These free activities will satisfy your thirst for joy without breaking the bank


Re juvenate the Senses

Ways to revitalize your mind, body and spirit

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Wine Lovers’ Dreamland

Where hospitality meets taste Divine Dining

We have restaurants for every taste A C arefree place to stay

Unwind for a weekend at one of our hotels, bed and breakfasts or other charming places to stay

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Gleeful gatherings

Find out where to hold your next special occasion in San Luis Obispo



Find all the pleasures San Luis Obispo has to offer. MAPS





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San Luis Obispo

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Trains, planes and automobiles

Getting Here

Getting Around 543-9999, Ride-On Transportation 541-8747,

By Car

San Luis Obispo is about 200 miles north of Los Angeles and 220 miles south of San Francisco on U.S. Highway 101. The most direct route from either city is U.S. 101; it’s a drive of about four hours either way. From San Francisco you can also drive to SLO on spectacularly scenic Highway 1, although the road is slow and winding and subject to closure in bad weather. That takes about six hours. From the east (including Fresno and Bakersfield), take Highway 46 west to Paso Robles, then head south on U.S. 101.

By Air

San Luis

Taxis 234 TAXI, LLC 234-TAXI, featuring an all minivan fleet. Yellow Cab Company 543-1234, will pick you up and drop you off wherever you need to go.

Tours & Sightseeing


City population: 44,204 County population: 254,566 Physical city size: 10.5 square miles Founded: 1772 Incorporated: February 18, 1856 County

Regional Airport (SBP) is served by United Express and US Airways. Passengers can fly non-stop to and from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix. The airport is five miles south of downtown on Highway 227. For charter air services please see Aerial Tours on page 34.

By Train

Amtrak serves San Luis Obispo several times a day via the Coast Starlight from Seattle and the Pacific Surfliner from San Diego. The Amtrak depot is located at 1011 Railroad Ave. 1-800-USA-RAIL.

Automobile Rental

Avis Rent A Car has desks conveniently located at both the Embassy Suites Hotel and

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport; 595-1464. Enterprise Rent-A-Car has rental offices throughout the city of San Luis Obispo; 545-9111. Fun Ride has car sharing available in the community for as a little as one hour; 547-2225,


Bicycle paths thread throughout the city. You can bring your bike on local buses and Amtrak trains. For bike path information, visit For information on bicycle rental, see page 36 or contact the Chamber of Commerce’s Visitors center at 781-2777.

Bus & Trolley Service

Alexis Limousine 545-0080 Breakaway Tours & Event Planning 783-2929 or 800-799-7657 California Star Limousine Service, Inc. 544-2233 · Central Coast Food Tours 400-9054 • Elegant Image 772-5390 or 534-1629 Revel Rides Limousine, LLC 591-9190 • SLO Trolley Uncorked Wine Tours 459-4500 • The Wine Line – Wine Tasting Tours 610-8267 or 888-9WINE-LINE

SLO Transit, 541-2877, provides bus service throughout the city. The Regional Transit Authority (RTA), 781-4472, operates buses that connect with SLO Transit downtown and runs throughout the county. Thursday through Sunday, the trolley (25¢) completes a loop of downtown every 15-20 minutes, hours of operation vary; visit For online bus information, visit

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with daily service! Take the most picturesque and relaxing journey through the beautiful Central Coast on the Coast Starlight.® The Coast Starlight features the newly renovated Pacific Parlour lounge cars and sleeping accommodations plus enhanced onboard amenities such as china and table linens for regional dining options. Also serving the Central Coast is the Pacific Surfliner® traveling between San Diego and San Luis Obispo. Complimentary Wi-Fi service is now available for Sleeping car passengers in the Parlour Car on the Coast Starlight and in Business Class on the Pacific Surfliner.

For reservations and schedules call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit

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San Luis Obispo

Find your happiness here


n most places, happiness is not easy to come by. But happiness is abundant in San Luis Obispo, or SLO to locals (pronounced slow). What makes SLO so different is simple: Everyone finds their own happiness here. We value a high quality of life and it’s illustrated in everything we do. San Luis Obispo is a place where you find time to play a little longer, laugh a little louder, smile a little more and delight in the simpler things that life has to offer. In an area with unmatched beauty and undiscovered natural resources, happiness

Conveniently located on California’s scenic Central Coast, San Luis Obispo offers all the amenities without the attitude or high cost of most other popular vacation destinations. In San Luis Obispo, happiness is found can be found on a white sandy beach near sapphire blue water, in wine country’s beautiful grape-covered hillsides, during a challenging bike ride on trails through fields of multicolored wildflowers, at an outdoor patio polishing off a mouthwatering meal, or after a nap under sprawling branches of an old oak tree. The best part is that San Luis Obispo has something for everyone.

everywhere. A weekend getaway or full-scale vacation promises a wide variety of rich experiences, but don’t just take our word for it. See for yourself. Visit San Luis Obispo and find your happiness here.



Splendors of SLO

Your ticket to paradise Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center (1039 Chorro St.) Start here, in the center of town, to find out what’s going on in and around SLO. Pick up maps, brochures, special event tickets, National Forest Adventure Passes and Hearst Castle tour information. Postcards, souvenirs, books and posters are available for purchase. Open Sun-Wed 10-5; Thu-Sat 10-7. 781-2777 · Downtown (Bordered by Marsh, Nipomo, Santa Rosa and Mill streets) Take a day to stroll the tree-lined streets of downtown SLO and explore its shops and galleries. Rest your feet in the park by the creek and enjoy a meal, indoors or out, at one of the many restaurants. Every Thursday night, the famous Farmers’ Market turns downtown into a fiesta of locally grown produce, handmade crafts, sizzling barbecue and live entertainment. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (Mission Plaza, at Chorro and Monterey streets) Considered by many to be the most beautiful of the California missions, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa stands at the heart of downtown SLO. Community events take place on Mission Plaza throughout the year. There is a museum of mission history, and docent-led tours are available. Donations requested. Open daily 9-5. 781-8220 History Center of SLO County (696 Monterey St.) In a former Carnegie Library next to the mission, changing displays of artifacts and old photographs reveal the colorful history of the county from the days of the padres and ranchos up to the recent past. Free admission. Open Wed-Sun 10-4. 543-0638 ·



hey say that money can’t buy happiness. But it can buy a good time. Here are some of the places to put on your “to-do” list when you visit San Luis Obispo. Peruse this list and find your happiness at these must-see destinations. But be sure to call ahead to learn about upcoming special events, get show times and purchase tickets.

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (1010 Broad St.) The Museum of Art brings rotating exhibits of work by local, Central Coast and West Coast artists to its galleries on Mission Plaza. Free admission. Open Wed-Mon 11-5; daily 11-5 from July 4 Labor Day. 543-8562; San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum (1010 Nipomo St.) The Children’s Museum aims to inspire learning through play with more than 20 indoor and outdoor activities that stimulate curiosity and discovery. Admission $8, children under 2 free. Summer: Mon-Fri 10- 5; Sat 10-5; Sun 1-5; call for fall and winter hours. 544-5437 · Central Coast Veteran’s Memorial Museum (801 Grand Ave.) Honor men and women veterans of the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines by treasuring the artifacts they brought back to remember their service to our country. Free admission. Open Wed-Sat 10-3. 543-1763 ·


San Luis Obispo City/County Library (995 Palm St.) The main branch of the countywide library system. Children’s story hours, adult book discussions and special events. Open Tues 10-8, Wed-Sat 10-5. 781-5991 · Jack House (536 Marsh St.) Built in the late 1870s, this historic Victorian home has been fully restored as a living museum where you can glimpse life at the turn of the 20th century. The house is surrounded by carefully maintained gardens where special events are sometimes held. Admission $2. Docent-led tours Sun 1-4 (except holidays). 781-7308 Railroad Depot (1011 Railroad Ave.) The restored train depot, used today by Amtrak passengers, recalls the early 20th century, when San Luis Obispo was a major railroad hub. The walls are hung with historical photographs; a statue of Chinese railroad laborers stands at the opposite end of the square. Open daily 5:45 a.m.-9 p.m. · 541-0505.

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Apple Farm Millhouse (2015 Monterey St.) At the Apple Farm Inn, you can watch an old-fashioned gristmill at work. Driven by a waterwheel, an ingenious system of pulleys, shafts and gears churns ice cream. Free samples of the end product are offered. Open Fri-Sun 10-4:30. 544-2040 · Lo Yo Cheng Park (Corner of Marsh and Santa Rosa streets) This small park featuring a classic Chinese pavilion and gateway commemorates the contributions to the city of the Chinese pioneers who settled in the area in the mid-1870s. The park is also across the creek from an Asian-influenced office building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Madonna Inn (100 Madonna Rd.) Opened in 1959, the sprawling, world-famous inn is an enchanting place where imagination meets hospitality. Every guest room features its own theme: the Caveman Room is carved out of solid rock; the Love Nest has a spiral staircase to a cupola. Even if you don’t stay there, visit the public areas or dine in one of the restaurants for a glimpse of the Madonna magic. 543-3000 ·

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Old Edna (State Route 227 and Price Canyon Rd.) The 100-year-old Old Edna town site is at the hub of Edna Valley’s worldclass wine country. Once the site of a general mercantile, a blacksmith shop, creamery, saloon and dance hall, Old Edna is home to a wine tasting room, deli, art gallery and bed a breakfast. 543-0900,


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Our world-famous Thursday Night Activities and Farmers’ Market S


tart a long weekend here and awaken your senses at this world-famous shindig that defines “one-stop shopping.” The colorful, festive event features a unique mix of street faire, community barbecue, and Farmers’ Market that all at once fills downtown San Luis Obispo with vibrant seasonal fruits and vegetables, tantalizes taste buds with mouthwatering treats, and moves a crowd with music flowing through the air. And best of all, it happens every Thursday evening throughout the year.

an Luis Obispo’s main street instantly transforms at 6 p.m. every Thursday night into a huge street festival that features treats, sweets and cream-of-the-crop, farm-fresh produce. Six blocks of Higuera Street in downtown San Luis Obispo are closed off for this world-renowned extravaganza known as Farmers’ Market. Merchants and vendors roll out their tables, booths and barbecue trailers, place their produce and products, and wait for that all-too-familiar chirp of the whistle, signaling the start of this fun adventure. This well-placed street faire, hosted by the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association, is the place to be every Thursday night from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s where locals and visitors can get their week’s worth of fresh produce, eat a hot meal just off the fire, and enjoy some familyfriendly entertainment all in one spot. “The Farmers’ Market is a great way to interact directly with farmers and support a healthy, happy lifestyle,” said local farmer Esther Rigoni. “I’ve had a stand at this market for nearly 28 years, and it always amazes me how many people run into people they know and just stop and chat.” The San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market is the second largest market of its kind in the state, and it offers a cultural experience unlike any other, often promoting different themes throughout the year. Downtown San Luis Obispo is the place to be for social visitors who are looking for a good time, engaging atmosphere and delicious food. This yearround event draws large crowds all year, which in turn helps sustain local farmers. Many local farmers have been selling their products at this market for decades. Visit Esther Rigoni’s stand and you’re sure to find the most fragrant, colorful field-grown flowers you’ve ever seen. Also find other seasonal produce, like her famous peppers of all colors, rainbow carrots (also very vibrant) and farm-fresh broccoli.


For a truly delightful experience

New Frontiers Salad Bar and Hot Food Bar Themed ethnic food days, comfort

food. Items change daily. Try our Breakfast Bar from 8-11 a.m.

Fresh-baked Pizza Hand crafted & delicious Hot Wok Make your own stir fry Soups • Salads • Sandwiches • Fresh Sushi Gourmet Bakery • Coffee Bar • Fresh Juice • Smoothies Rotisserie Chicken • Hot & Cold Entrees Plus: Groceries • Fresh Dairy • Full-Service Meat Department Frozen and Bulk Foods • Vitamins, Herbs & Bodycare

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Some farmers stick to one vegetable they know the best, like pumpkins and squash. Known locally as the “pumpkin people,” Manuel and Mary Reis of Reis Family Farms have been farming locally all their lives and still enjoy it even after nearly 80 years. Aside from the mouth-watering local produce, market goers can enjoy a plethora of food specialty items for every taste. The market is a great stop for visitors who want dinner and entertainment. Every Thursday On any given of the year Thursday, market on Higuera Street goers will find barbecues and food between Osos booths stationed and Nipomo Streets, by well-known local from 6-9 p.m. restaurants, including a popular noodle house, gourmet pub, specialty crepe café and famous steakhouse. Mingle with local farmers, chefs, vendors and locals every Thursday night in downtown San Luis Obispo, where the city meets the farm.

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Mission Plaza, 1968 – A gathering spot

for many community events and festivals year-round. The plaza adjoins a creekside walk and a footbridge provides access to shops across the creek. Before Mission Plaza was created in 1968, Monterey Street ran in front of the mission, separating it from the creek. Originally, most businesses were located in the area in front of the mission.


Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa,

1772 – Established by Father Junipero Serra, this is the fifth of California’s 21 missions. The current structure was built in 1793-1794 with adobe bricks made by Chumash Indians. It is still an active Catholic church. See The Splendors of SLO, page 12, for more information. San Luis Creek, – The mission’s earliest source of water, San Luis Creek now flows below street level for much of its course through the city. It emerges at Mission Plaza and meanders for several blocks along the creekwalk in the center of town. Judge Walter Murray Adobe, 1849 – This whitewashed building at one end of Mission Plaza is all that remains of the adobe home of Walter Murray, an Englishman who came to California with Stevenson’s Regiment of New York Volunteers in 1846. Murray printed the first editions of San Luis Obispo’s local newspaper, The Tribune, in this building.

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hurch bells chime at the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa as children squeal with glee and play around the popular Mission Plaza fountain. People come from around the world to walk the path of history in San Luis Obispo. Native Chumash people, Anglo pioneers, Chinese laborers, Victorian merchants, European immigrants and 20th-century entrepreneurs all helped shape the city’s distinctive and diverse history. Use the following handy map and watch history come alive. Stand on the steps of the Mission, founded 239 years ago by Father Junipero Serra, marvel at San Luis Obispo’s Art Deco movie palace, and tour remarkable homes of historic families who helped make San Luis Obispo what it is today.

– 5One of some 3,000 public libraries1905 built History Center of SLO County,

worldwide by steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie, this building became the County Historical Museum in 1956. It is built of granite quarried from nearby Bishop Peak and sandstone from Arroyo Grande. See The Splendors of SLO, page 12, for more information. The Creamery, 1906 – San Luis Obispo County once had a larger dairy industry than any other county in the United States, and this full-service creamery did not close until 1974. It now houses art galleries, shops, restaurants and a yoga studio.



Jack House, 1875 – Pioneering rancher and banker Robert Edgar Jack built this home, which has been preserved as a museum of Victorian life circa 1880. On display are artifacts of several generations of the influential Jack family, who lived here before donating the house to the City of San Luis Obispo in 1974. See “The Splendors of SLO,” page 12, for more information. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1867 – One of the first Episcopal churches in California, St. Stephen’s houses a pipe organ donated by Phoebe Apperson Hearst.


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Myron Angel Home, 1883 – This red

Victorian was the home of Myron Angel, one of the driving forces behind the establishment of California Polytechnic State University. A publisher of The Tribune in the 1880s, Angel wrote A History of San Luis Obispo County, published in 1883. Dallidet Adobe, 1853 – Pierre Hyppolite Dallidet, who established the first commercial vineyard on the Central Coast, built this home. Here, his brother Juan shot him to death in a family quarrel in 1897. The adobe contains many original furnishings and is surrounded by gardens. Ramona Depot, 1889 – The Southern Pacific Railroad Company built the depot to serve the luxurious Ramona Hotel, which hosted presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. The elegant Victorian burned to the ground in 1905, leaving only the depot, which now shelters the horse-drawn carriage that carried passengers between the hotel and the train station. Kundert Medical Building, 1956 – This is the only building in San Luis Obispo designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.



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Fremont Theater, 1940 – SLO’s Art

Deco movie palace is fully restored, with all of its original features. Its ceiling is entirely painted with sea nymphs on horseback and its marquee is a neon showpiece at night. Andrews Bank Building, 1893 – The bank was built by J.P. Andrews, who arrived on the Central Coast in the mid-19th century. Andrews donated the land across the street to the county for the site of its courthouse. Fremont Marker, 1846 – A granite column on the corner of Osos and Mill streets marks a spot where the great western explorer John C. Fremont camped overnight.

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Site of Casa Grande, 1851 – Built

by Captain William Dana, this adobe roofed with iron sheeting was used as a hotel, saloon, store and courthouse. When the county failed to pay its rent on the courthouse, a lengthy lawsuit ensued; Dana was county treasurer and so paid himself the amount due. Sinsheimer Bros. Store, 1874 – The only San Luis Obispo County building with a cast-iron façade once housed the Sinsheimer Brothers Store. The façade was cast in San Francisco and transported down the coast by ship. Sauer Adobes, 1860 – The pair of adobes across Chorro Street from the mission includes the two-story Monterey-style Sauer-Adams adobe, which was sided with redwood clapboard to protect it from the rain. It was originally a one-story structure similar to its smaller companion. Ah Louis Store,1884 – Chinese immigrant merchant Ah Louis built this structure of bricks that he made himself. The store, which anchored SLO’s Chinatown, served as bank, post office and general merchandise store for the more than 2,000 Chinese laborers who came here to build the railroad. Garden Street Inn, 1887 – The Italianate Queen Anne home built by German immigrants Morris and Helena Goldtree changed hands twice before being configured into eight apartments in 1923. In 1990, it opened as a bed-and-breakfast inn. Presbyterian Church, 1905 – This church is built entirely of gray granite quarried from Bishop Peak, the second in the range of volcanic peaks that lead from San Luis Obispo to the Pacific Ocean at Morro Bay.

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To San Luis Obispo Wine Region


Retail Therapy

SLO sparkles with chic shops, boutiques and down-home bargains Searching for a unique gift or keepsake and need a starting point? Check out the Visitors Center, 1039 Chorro Street, give our friendly visitor information specialists a call at (805) 781-2777, or go to


ometimes stress and responsibilities of everyday life can really put a damper on things. Luckily, a vacation in San Luis Obispo offers a bit of relief for the hard-working souls in need of some good oldfashioned retail therapy. Share some of San Luis Obispo’s happiness with loved ones when you find the perfect gift or goody to bring home. For those who love to shop, San Luis Obispo offers a wealth of kitschy boutiques, bargain buys, chain retailers and locally-owned shops that will at least help lift your spirits. way to the San Luis Obispo Wine Region, so you can quickly and easily pick up provisions before heading out to taste some of the region’s best wines. You’ll find a number of eateries and specialty shops, as well as grocery stores and drugstores. If you’re headed to the beach, get your outlet shopping fix at Prime Outlets of Pismo Beach (333 Five Cities Dr.), where you will find an impressive selection of national outlet brands.


One of the reasons San Luis Obispo is so happy is because of its walkability. Wonderfully walkable downtown San Luis Obispo encompasses about seven blocks and five streets filled with independent chain shops tucked into historic buildings. Take an upbeat stroll down Higuera Street, the main drag for shopping. Then merrily make your way to neighboring Monterey and Marsh streets for a little something extra. This dining and entertainment center of town is also replete with off-beat boutiques and familiar chain retailers that provide a mixture of affordable and lavish shopping options. At the heart of it all is the Downtown Centre, a complex of national retailers, quaint restaurants and a seven-screen commercial movie theater. The area serves as a rendezvous point for locals and visitors alike. About a block down Higuera Street, The Network is a captivating European-style indoor shopping arcade sprinkled with local specialty shops, art galleries and eateries. Opt to enjoy a meal on the cheery creek-side terrace, where live music plays in fair weather. The Court Street retail complex between Higuera and Monterey streets plays host to a contingent of higher-end national names, restaurants and other eateries, and a plethora of other services in a pedestrian-friendly outdoor atmosphere.


FaRther Afield

If a tour of downtown doesn’t wear out your plastic, there are several other shopping centers conveniently nearby. A pleasantly short drive from downtown will take you to The SLO Promenade (321 Madonna Rd.), which has a number of regional and national chains that offer a variety of departmental shopping options, as well as specialty shops and dining options. Next door at Madonna Plaza (221 Madonna Rd.), a dozen specialty shops and fast-food outlets may entice you. Farther down Madonna Rd. is Laguna Village (1328 Madonna Rd.), the home of some amazing restaurants and a variety of retail outlets and services. The Marigold Shopping Center (3990 Broad St.) is conveniently located along the

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Take Some Whimsy Home

SLO’s unique arts and crafts


ou know that sublime feeling you get when you see a masterful work of art for the first time? It’s like you’ve uncovered a hidden secret. That feeling is brimming in San Luis Obispo, which is displayed in our local art, jewelry and crafts. With a small creek merrily weaving its way through town and oak-studded rolling hills bursting with colors of blooming wildflowers, San Luis Obispo’s diverse landscape is an artist’s paradise and perfect for their palette. They find their inspiration here, in both the nature and culture of this small yet bustling town. The works of these talented artists, craftspeople and jewelers are on display at fine art galleries and antique shops throughout town. Galleries

Art Central Art Supply & Gallery 1329 Monterey St., SLO 747-4200, M-F 11-5 ARTS Obispo 570 Higuera St., Ste. 175, SLO 544-9251, M-F 10-4; Sat. 10-2

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art 1010 Broad St., SLO, 543-8562 W-M 11-5; closed Tu. Open every day July 4th - Labor Day and every day in December Vault Gallery 2289 Main St., Cambria, 927-0300 Sun.-Th. 10:30-6; Fri. & Sat. 10:30-7


You can explore galleries, special exhibits, open studios and drop-in receptions on the first Friday evening of most months from 6-9 p.m. as part of Arts Obispo’s Art After Dark. Frame Works 339 Marsh St., SLO, 542-9000 M-F 10-6; Sat. 10-4 other hours by appointment Hands Gallery 777 Higuera St., SLO, 543-1921 M-W 10-6; Th. 10-8; F-Sat. 10-7; Sun. 11-5 Ian Saudé 1003 Osos St., SLO, 784-0967 M-W 10-7; Th. & Fri. 10-9; Sat. 10-7; Sun. 11-5

All That Glitters 209 Madonna Rd., SLO, 544-GEMS M-Sat. 10-6

Amy Peters’ Studio 627-1982 Baxter Moerman Fine Jewelry 1118 Morro St., SLO, 305-8118 Tu.-Sat. 10-5:30 From War to Peace 3540 Sacramento Dr., Ste. C, SLO 545-0383 · M-F 9-6

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Hamilton Estate Jewelry 1128 Garden St., SLO, 541-2065 Tu.-F 10-5:30; Sat. 10-4 Kevin Main Jewelry Design & Studio 720 Higuera St., SLO, 547-0662 M-Sat. 10-5:30; Sun. 11-4 Marshalls Jewelers Since 1889 751 Higuera St., SLO, 543-3431 M-F 9:30-5:30; Th. until 5; Sat. 10-5 Serengeti West Fine Jewelers 951 Monterey St., SLO, 546-8706 Tu.-F 10-5:30; Sat. 10-5 Unique Beads & Jewelry 790 Higuera St., SLO, 545-9566 F-W 10-7; Th. 10-9

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Family Fun

Laugh and play with a family-friendly getaway

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Academy of Dance 3422 Miguelito Ct., 544-1230 Apple Farm Mill House 2015 Monterey St., 544-2040 Botanical Garden 3450 Dairy Creek Rd., 541-1400 Bubble Gum Alley On Higuera St. between Chorro & Broad Central Coast Gymnastics Sports Center 21 Zaca Ln., #100, 549-8408 City/County Library 995 Palm Ave., 781-5991  General Info.: 781-5989


SLO Children’s Museum SLO Children’s Museum


   ind that youthful enthusiasm you cherished as a child by having a family-friendly escape. Kind people, small-town charm and lots of fun activities make San Luis Obispo an idyllic destination for parents with children. Climb, run, laugh and play with your little ones and reignite the energetic passion you once felt as a child when you saw a butterfly or swung from a tree. Enjoy a weekend “playcation” in San Luis Obispo, where the fresh air and down-home atmosphere offer a break from everyday life. San Luis Obispo’s pet-friendly atmosphere also makes it the perfect vacation for Fido or Spot, so be sure to bring them with you and your family. Crux Climbing Center 1160 Laurel Ln., 544-2789 Dance Obispo 672 Higuera St., Ste. 200, 439-2100 EcoBambino 863 Monterey St., SLO, 540-7222 Performance Athletics 4484 Broad St. 547-1GYM · San Luis Creek In front of Mission San Luis Obispo; entrance on Chorro Street at Monterey SLO Children’s Museum 1010 Nipomo St., 544-5437

SLO Creek Farms 6455 Monte Rd., 702-245-3135 SLO County YMCA 1020 Southwood Dr., 543-8235

Avila Beach

Avila Beach Sea Life Center 50 San Juan St., 595-7280 Avila Valley Barn 560 Avila Beach Dr., 595-2816 Patriot Sportfishing Kids fish FREE 3975 Avila Beach Dr., 595-7200

All Phone numbers are in the 805 area code unless otherwise noted

Bubblegum Alley


Charles Paddock Zoo 9305 Pismo Ave., 461-5080

Arroyo Grande

Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab 114 W. Branch St., 474-4068

Los Osos

Elfin Forest – El Moro Natural Area 16th St., 528-0392 Montaña de Oro State Park & Spooner’s Cove Visitor Center Los Osos Valley Rd. west through Los Osos to the end

SLO Creek Farms U-Pick Apples Aug-Nov · Pesiticide Free Fun for the Whole Family Weekend Activities 6455 Monte Road ·

Morro Bay

Museum of Natural History 20 State Park Rd., 772-2694

Paso Robles

The Children’s Museum at the Paso Robles Volunteer Firehouse 623 13th St., 238-7432 The Ravine Waterpark 2301 Airport Rd., 237-8500

Pismo Beach

Monarch Butterfly Grove Half mile south of Pismo Beach on Hwy. 1 (800) 443-7778 Pismo Nature Center Pier Ave., Oceano, 489-8115

San Simeon

Friends of the Elephant Seal Office & Visitor Center 250 San Simeon Ave., Ste. 3B 924-1628 ·



Childcare Services

Brightstar Homecare, 548-8811 San Luis Nannies, 904-3237 Savvy Sitters, (800) 805-5707

TEL 805 544 5437







Join Us at our

Summer Festival JULY 14-24, 2011 Influences in Pop Culture Scott Yoo, music director spectacular venues. intimate music. world-class musicians. For tickets & info: 805.781.3009

San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce

Visitors Center 1039 Chorro Street San Luis Obispo Open 7- days-a-week Sun –Wed 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thurs – Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

805.781.2777 For complete visitor information all the time, visit us online at: Visitors Guides Membership Directories City & Surrounding Area Maps Accommodation Listings Restaurant Information


Winery Information Event Information Real Estate & Relocation Hearst Castle Information San Luis Obispo Logo Merchandise


Energizing Nightlife


Entertaining ways to end the day, and start the night right

  hen the sun goes down, San Luis Obispo transforms from a relaxed, casual town to an electric, lively center for entertainment. Join friends at local clubs, pubs and restaurants that pulse with steady beats downtown and ignite excitement in all, or enjoy a lavish evening at the Performing Arts Center. San Luis Obispo is resplendent with the perfect dream dates for any couple. Film buffs and live-theater lovers enjoy performances at a classic Vaudeville theater for dinner and a show, and movies at our many theaters. Music lovers can easily shut out the world with a concerto by the local symphony. San Luis Obispo’s energizing nightlife and entertainment is sure to invigorate even the weariest traveler. Theater

Cal Poly Arts – Entertainer Presenter SLO, 756-2787 (PAC box office) Featuring world-class performing artists Clark Center for the Performing Arts Arroyo Grande, 489-9444 Venue for world-class, professional performing arts The Great American Melodrama Oceano, 489-2499 Professional entertainers perform melodrama and vaudeville revue Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA Theaterfest) Santa Maria, 922-8313 Regional professional theater company performing year-round in Santa Maria and Jun-Sept in Solvang Performing Arts Center (PAC) SLO, 756-2787 (box office) Featuring world-class performing artists

SLO Little Theatre SLO, 786-2440 Local productions Fri., Sat. nights; Sat., Sun. matinees Sorcerer Productions SLO, 458-2080 Professional quality theatre on the Central Coast


Downtown Centre Cinema SLO, 546-8600 Fair Oaks Theatre Arroyo Grande, 489-2364 Hearst Castle Theater (at Hearst Castle) 927-6811 Palm Theatre SLO, 541-5161 Sunset Drive-In SLO, 544-4475

All Phone numbers are in the 805 area code unless otherwise noted


Energizing NightLife Continued from previous page

Music, Dancing & Entertainment

Cambria Pines Lodge Cambria, 927-4200 Live nightly entertainment Creeky Tiki SLO, 544-2200 Live music and DJ Th-Sat., both indoor and outdoor on creekside patio l ia c so ’s o Pappy McGregors p San Luis Obis e th e lv o SLO, 543-5458 v in oesn’t y th networking d ar cC M y – Jenn ll. Live Irish band Wed. night and DJ Th. ow Internet at a Sh nfrey on the Oprah Wi Madonna Inn SLO, 543-3000 Live music Wed.-Sat.; DJ Sun.-Mon. MoTav San Luis Obispo Vocal Arts Ensemble SLO, 541-8733 541-6797 Music and Dancing Wed.-Sat. Choral performances during the year Karaoke Sun. and Mon. Toty Viola Entertainment SLO Brewing Company, Inc. 904-6472 SLO, 543-1843 Guitarist/Vocalist performs jazz, Latin, and more Live music or DJ nightly and dancing for wineries, various venues and special events

Musical Performances

Gold Coast Barbershop Chorus 543-2265 Barbershop quartet singing American tunes Opera San Luis Obispo 541-5369 Professional regional opera company The QuieT Knights 543-9393 Entertaining Cabaret group playing The Great American Songbook tunes San Luis Obispo Symphony 543-3533 Classical and chamber concerts throughout the year


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Lucky Learners

A closer look at SLO’s renowned university Cal Poly and Cuesta College


alifornia’s finest and most talented students choose to pursue their dreams in San Luis Obispo. The city’s home-town feel, friendly neighbors and abundant activities give it a reputation known by many students as a home away from home. There is no better place to study or find inspiration than in the hills of Poly Canyon or on a grassy knoll near a calming creek. Our schools, colleges and universities have the best reputations and produce capable, innovative and intelligent graduates. Additionally, the presence of both Cuesta College (the local community college) and California Polytechnic State University youthful exuberance enhances the local culture and energizes the city.

California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) is world-renowned for its distinctive “learn-by-doing” approach to education. Long respected for its agricultural programs, it now has the largest schools of engineering and architecture in the West. Approximately 18,000 students study in its 60-plus undergraduate and 20-plus graduate degree programs. The Performing Arts Center on campus hosts theatrical and musical productions by local, regional and touring performers. A self-guided tour of the campus can include a hike in Poly Canyon (where you can view experimental structures built by architecture students), a stop at the Shakespeare Press Museum, a visit to the horse and dairy units and a stroll through the ornamental horticulture greenhouses. Campus maps are available at the student union and the admissions office. Guided walking tours of the campus are also offered; call the campus tour hotline at 756-5734 for information. Enter the Cal Poly campus via Grand Avenue, north of downtown. 756-1111;


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Cuesta College is located at the heart of scenic San Luis Obispo County, and is highly regarded throughout the state for its excellent educational programs, responsive student services and exceptional faculty and staff. It has a long history, dating back to the late 1960s, of teaching at off-campus instructional sites. Through the years, Cuesta has taught in Cambria, Atascadero, Paso Robles, Templeton, Arroyo Luis trip was San e th r fo Grande and Nipomo, but se a b Our is also f 50,000 that its San Luis Obispo campus o y it c a , o p is tate Ob still remains its busiest and Polytechnic S ia n r fo li a C brims home to most popular. sult, the town re a s A . y it rs nicle Unive In 1996, the college – houston chro r. te c ra a ch received a Silver Medal with Eureka Award for Quality and Service Excellence. Cuesta College is dedicated to lifelong learning. It has 151 full-time and 324 part-time faculty members, and offers about 61 degree programs and 70 certificate programs to 11,500 students. Take a tour of this scenic campus near the base of Hollister Peak and Cerro Ramauldo. The college is used by individuals, families and community groups on an extended-day and year-round basis. Cuesta College is five miles west of downtown via Highway 1 north. 546-3100;






Exciting Outdoor Adventures

Get the pep back in your step with our energizing open spaces Aerial Tours & Charters Helipro Inc. 945 B Airport Dr., SLO 543-2713 · Marc Air 1129 Pacific St., SLO 782-8111 · Pacific Air Taxi 955 Airport Dr., SLO 544-2441 · PCF Aviation 985 Airport Dr., SLO 783-2359 · San Luis Jet Center 945 Airport Dr., SLO 782-9722 ·

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ATV Rentals

BJ’s ATV Rentals 197 Grand Ave., Grover Beach 481-5411 ·

Beach Rentals

Beach Butlerz Avila, Pismo, Cayucos and Oceano beaches 878-4283 ·

Biking & Transports

Art’s SLO Cyclery 181 Suburban Rd., SLO 540-7969 · Foothill Cyclery 767 B Foothill Blvd., SLO 541-4101 · Wally’s Bicycle Works 306 Higuera St., SLO 544-4116 ·

Campgrounds & Parks

Atascadero Lake Park 9315 Pismo Ave., Atascadero 461-5000 · Coastal Dunes RV Park 1001 Pacific Blvd., Hwy. 1, Oceano 781-4900 · Cuesta Park 2400 Loomis St., SLO 781-5930 · El Chorro Regional Park 5 mi. N. of SLO, on State Hwy. 1 at Dairy Creek, 781-5930 ·



nded by the Santa Lucia Mou ntains, this ‘seren e and totally isolated’ college town offe rs easy access to beach and trail runnin g galore. – AC

TIVE.COM   t’s time to put your happiness first. Satisfy your wild side and start a vacation adventure in San Luis Obispo, where both locals and visitors live for the outdoors, local beaches and surf, hillside hiking trails and shaded banks of the downtown creek. Named one of the nation’s Best Adventure Towns by National Geographic Travel, San Luis Obispo has “30 miles of trails crammed inside city limits and the natural wonders that push beyond them: The city is ringed by a chain of trail-scratched Morros, long-dormant volcanoes that extend to the rolling Santa Lucia Range and the Pacific coast.”

Laguna Lake 504 Madonna Rd. between Los Osos Valley Rd. and Hwy. 101, SLO 781-7222 or 781-7300 · Lopez Lake 680 Lopez Dr. - 15 mi. S. of SLO Reservations: 781-5930 · Meadow Park 2333 Meadow, SLO 781-7222 or 781-7300 · Monarch Butterfly Grove at Pismo State Beach, 
489-2684 · Montaña de Oro State Park & Visitors Center at Spooner’s Cove Los Osos Valley Rd. west through Los Osos, 528-0513 ·

All Phone numbers are in the 805 area code unless otherwise noted

Monterey Lakes Resorts & Marinas 10625 Nacimiento Lake Dr., Paso Robles 238-3256 · Morro Bay State Park 1/4 mile E. of Morro Bay, 772-7434 Morro Bay Natural History Museum in Morro Bay State Park 772-2694 · Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area 3 miles S. of Pismo Beach 473-7223 or 473-7220 · Oceano Memorial Park & Campground 494 Air Park Dr. Oceano 1/4 mile S. of Pismo Beach 781-5930 · Oso Flaco Lake Natural Area 10 mi. S. of Pismo Beach 473-7220 · Pismo Coast Village RV Resort 165 S. Dolliver Rd., Pismo Beach;
773-1811 or 888-782-3224 · Port San Luis Harbor District P.O. Box 249, Avila Beach 595-5400 · San Simeon State Park 5 mi S. of San Simeon on Hwy. 1 
 927-2020 · Santa Margarita Lake Campground 4765 Santa Margarita Lake Rd., Santa Margarita 438-5618 · Santa Rosa Park 190 Santa Rosa St. at Oak St., SLO 781-7222 or 781-7300 · Sinsheimer Park 900 Southwood Dr., SLO 781-7222 or 781-7300 ·


Crux Climbing Center 1160 Laurel Ln., SLO 544-2789 ·


Avila Beach Golf Resort 6464 Ana Bay Dr., Avila Beach 18 Holes · 595-4000 ·

Blacklake Golf Resort 1490 Golf Course Ln., Nipomo 27 Holes · 343-1214 · Chalk Mountain Golf Course 10000 El Bordo Rd., Atascadero 18 Holes · 466-8848 · Cypress Ridge Golf Resort 780 Cypress Ridge Pkwy., Arroyo Grande
 18 Holes, 474-7979 · Dairy Creek Golf Course 2990 Dairy Creek Rd., SLO 18 Holes · 782-8060 · Monarch Dunes 1606 Trilogy Pkwy. Nipomo 18 Holes (12 Par 3) · 343-9459 Morro Bay Golf Course 200 State Park Rd., Morro Bay 18 Holes · 782-8060 ·

Fishing & Whale Watching

Lost Isle Adventures P.O. Box 46, Morro Bay · 440-8170 Patriot Sportfishing 3975 Avila Beach Dr., Avila Beach 595-7200 · Virg’s Sportfishing & Whale Watching & Tackle Shop 1215 Embarcadero, Morro Bay
 772-1222 ·

HorseBack Riding

Outback Trail Rides Highway 1, Cambria 286-8772 ·

Kayaking & watersports

Central Coast Stand Up Paddling 257 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay 395-0410 · Pleasant Journeys 1205 Embarcadero Rd., Morro Bay 544-5000 · Rock Kayak 845 Embarcadero, Morro Bay 772-2906 · Wave Jammers 404 Front St., Avila Beach 550-3347 ·


Shooting Facilities

Range Master of San Luis Obispo 149 Granada Dr., Ste. A, SLO 545-0322 · SLO Sportsmen’s Assn. /Shooting Range 3270 Gilardi Rd: off of Hwy. 1, N. of Cuesta College, SLO, 
541-5755 ·

Ski Resorts

China Peak Mountain Resort 59265 Highway 168, Lakeshore 559-233-2500 ·

Sky Diving

Skydive Pismo Beach 561 Air Park Dr., Oceano 481-5867 ·

Sporting Equipment/Apparel

Central Coast Surfboards 855 Marsh St., SLO 541-1129 · Four Seasons Outfitters, Inc. 432 Higuera St., SLO 544-5171 · Moondoggies Beach Club 837 Monterey St., SLO 541-1995 · Mountain Air Sports 667 Marsh St., SLO 543-1676 · SLO Camp N’ Pack 341 Higuera St., SLO 541-8006 · Sports Authority 1144 Chorro St., SLO 543-3663 · Sports Forum 710 Higuera St., SLO 543-8336 ·


Cuesta College 546-3100 ext. 2712 French Park Poinsettia & Fuller, SLO, 781-7222 Sinsheimer Park 900 Southwood Dr., SLO, 781-7222 Templeton Tennis Ranch 345 Championship Ln., Templeton 550-4826 ·



Play all year long


Check out what’s happening throughout the year

  un-filled functions happen 365 days a year in San Luis Obispo. Here are just a few of the events planned in and around San Luis Obispo for 2011-2012. Additional information can be found on a continuously updated calendar of events on Stop by the Visitor Center downtown at 1039 Chorro Street, San Luis Obispo or call (805) 781-2777 for more information. January Hearts Obispo Art Show Jewish Film Festival Restaurant Month Sharing the Dream Celebration February Cal Poly Winter Concerts Festival Mozaic’s WinterMezzo SLO Culinary Carnival March Cayucos Sea Glass Festival Paso Robles Wine Zinfandel Festival SLO International Film Festival April Cal Poly Open House u were here. Children’s Day in the Plaza You’ll wish yo INE – PARADE MAGAZ Earth Day Celebration Hospice du Rhone Wine Weekend Seven Sisters Quilt Show Vocal Arts Ensemble Concert Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Benefit May Central Coast Children’s Choir Spring Concert Jack House Mother’s Day Concert Paso Robles Wine Festival Weekend SLO Architectural Tour June Cal Poly Graduation California International Choral Festival & Competition Downtown SLO’s Concerts in the Plaza SLO Vintner’s Roll Out the Barrels

July Central Coast Wine Classic Downtown SLO’s Concerts in the Plaza Festival Mozaic Summer Series Old Fashion 4th of July Celebration Pride in the Plaza Renaissance Festival SLO Triathlon August Central Coast Cancer Challenge Downtown SLO’s Concerts in the Plaza September Bravo SLO Cal Poly WOW week Central Coast Book & Author Festival Central Coast Writer’s Conference La Guitarra California I Madonnari Street Painting Festival Open Studio Artist Tours Pallet to Plate Rugby Tri Tip 7’s Tournament San Luis Obispo Symphony’s Pops by the Sea Savor the Central Coast October Cal Poly CultureFest Central Coast Bioneers Central Coast Railroad Festival City to Sea Half Marathon Concours d’Elegance Car Show CRAVE Open Studio Artist Tours Opera SLO Paso Robles Wine Harvest Weekend Savor the Central Coast SeaFare SLO Granfondo SLO Museum of Art’s Plein Air Festival November Festival Mozaic’s WinterMezzo SLO Poetry Festival SLO Veteran’s Celebration SLO Vintner’s Harvest Festival Straight Down Fall Golf Classic December Ballet Theatre Holiday Performance Cal Poly’s Winter Graduation Holiday in the Plaza Craft Fair Mission Prep Christmas Classic Santa’s House in the Plaza SLO Holiday Parade Vocal Arts Ensemble Christmas Concert Ongoing Events Farmers’ Market Art After Dark

Priceless Deals in SLO

These free activities will satisfy your thirst for joy without breaking the bank


  ree means fun in San Luis Obispo. If you’re on a budget, but still want to experience the joy of the San Luis Obispo area, consider these free things to do that will keep you busy and entertained without emptying your pocket. San Luis Obispo: an Dream. The Real Americ IVE nal Geographic’s THR

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Things to do in SLO County Free Attractions

Apple Farm Inn Art Galleries – Arts Obispo, etc. Bubble Gum Alley Butterflies Grove Cave & Pirates Cove Estero Bluffs Elephant Seals Hiking Madonna Inn Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Montaña de Oro Morro Rock and Morro Bay Harbor Morro Bay Estuary Oceano Dunes. Olive Oil Tasting Oso Flaco Lake SLO Botanical Garden SLO Creek Thursday Farmers’ Market

Ticketed Attractions

Atascadero Charles Paddock Zoo Clark Center Edna Valley Wine Country (tastings) Hearst Castle Avila Hot Springs Jack House Great American Melodrama Museum of Natural History Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Paso Robles Wine Country (tastings) Paso Robles Children Museum Paso Robles Hot Springs Performing Arts Center Point San Luis Lighthouse Sea Life Center San Luis Trolley SLO Children’s Museum SLO Little Theatre

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Charming Day Trips

Start in sunny SLO, the hub of the Central Coast Be careful. We have two highways with almost the same name: U.S. 101 and State Route 1, both referred to as “highway.”


an Luis Obispo County’s appeal is that it has so much to offer. Centrally located in the heart of San Luis Obispo County is its namesake community, a perfect starting point for world-class winery tours, epic hikes, coastal expeditions and adventures riddled with history. Whether you enjoy group tours or exploring on your own, the San Luis Obispo area has more to see than you could ever imagine. Each of these tours starts in the city of San Luis Obispo and takes about six hours, depending on how fast you drive and how many times you stop. Go ahead. Take some time and enjoy yourself.

Discover a lands cape full of surp rises, one that prompt ed multiple phot ost ops. Here, broad gree n hills are jolted by fin gers of erupting rock pointing skywar d and majestic ancient oaks displaying winterbare branches. V ineyards spread rows of pristine vines to ward the four po ints of the compass, an d along the coas t, sandy beaches alternat e with rugged cl iffs and secluded coves.


Tour 1 South County

Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Oceano Dunes, Oso Flaco Lake, San Luis Obispo Wine Region

From SLO, drive 12 miles south on U.S. Highway 101 to the San Luis Bay Drive exit. Turn right and continue until reaching See Canyon Road, a winding, hilly road shaded by sycamores and flanked by orchards and ranchland is a pleasant drive; – San Jose Mercur y News in the fall fresh apples, cider and organic honey is available directly from growers. You can bypass See Canyon and continue on San Luis Bay Drive to Avila Beach Drive. Turn right and Avila Beach is only a couple of miles away.

It’s a classic California beach town where the sun often shines even when other coastal towns are foggy. Avila Beach Drive skirts the bay to reach Port San Luis, where you can charter a deep-sea fishing excursion or just watch commercial fishing boats from the pier. Return to U.S. Highway 101 on Avila Beach Drive, continuing south to the Highway 1 exit into Pismo Beach, famous for its clams and wide beach. Head straight onto Dolliver Street to downtown; a right on Pomeroy takes you to the pier and public parking. This is a great place to stop for fish and chips and browse surf shops.

Highway 1 south next crosses through Grover Beach, where you can rent an ATV to explore the Oceano Dunes. Just past the Grover Beach city limit sign, a eucalyptus grove is home to thousands of Monarch butterflies in late fall and winter. Continuing south past Oceano, the highway ascends the Nipomo Mesa. Travel for several miles and veer right toward Guadalupe. Turn right on Oso Flaco Lake Road and drive to the end to take an easy one-mile walk to the lake. A boardwalk crosses the lake and you can continue to the beach. Return to Pismo Beach, then travel east on Price Canyon Road to reach the San Luis Obispo Wine Region. With mountain ridges as the backdrop, vineyards stretch across the landscape along Highway 227 and Orcutt Road, which parallels 227 to the east. Lopez Drive heads east from Orcutt Road into the more rugged Arroyo Grande Valley. (For more wine country information, see page 46.) Return to SLO via Orcutt Road or Highway 227 north.

Tour 2 North County

Santa Margarita, Atascadero, Templeton, Paso Robles Wine Country Head north on U.S. Highway 101 from SLO. Ascend Cuesta Grade, an old stagecoach route that is still in the county. About eight miles north of SLO, take the Santa Margarita turnoff. Stay on the main road (El Camino Real) as it passes through Santa Margarita, a town with an Old West feel and some good antique shops. Proceed north on El Camino Real through Atascadero. Turn left onto Highway 41 and drive west to Atascadero Lake Park and Charles Paddock Zoo, which boasts a charming meerkat exhibit. Returning to town, again catch U.S. Highway 101 north. Exit at Vineyard Drive in Templeton and turn left. (A right will take you into the quaint downtown). West on Vineyard Drive will take you through wine country, crossing Highway 46. Continue on Vineyard Drive into the hilly far west Paso Robles wine country or turn right to drive past numerous wineries on the way back to U.S. Highway 101. A few miles farther north is downtown Paso Robles; San Luis Obispo lies about 35 miles south. San Luis Obispo CHAMBER of COMMERCE


Charming day trips Continued from previous page

Take U.S. Highway 101 south to Los Osos Valley Road, turn right and follow this road for about nine miles as it meanders past spectacular scenic peaks (part of the Seven Sisters) and peaceful farm lands where cattle graze. At certain times of the year, whole fields are bathed in colorful blooming flowers. In the spring, summer and early fall, roadside stands offer fresh produce to offer nourishment on your way. After about nine miles, you’ll enter the quiet community of Los Osos. Continue another six miles to state park Montaña de Oro, known for its spectacular ocean vistas and sweet-smelling eucalyptus groves. PG&E’s Point Buchon Trailhead is accessed through the south end of Montaña de Oro State Park (Coon Creek Parking Lot). The trail is open Thursday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer months (April through October) and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the winter months (November through March).


Tour 3 North Coast

MontaÑa De Oro, Morro Bay, Cambria, Hearst Castle

Once you’ve soaked up your fill, leave the same way you entered, but this time turn left on South Bay Boulevard. Head north, past Elfin Forest Preserve and Morro Bay Wildlife Refuge, home to many waterfowl species. Turn left onto State Park Road and discover Morro Bay State Park. After passing the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History, the road becomes Main Street and leads to the heart of Morro Bay, a fishing village brimming with amazing seafood restaurants and abundant gift shops. In midwinter, whale-watching excursions depart from this small town. Main Street leads to Highway 1 north. Four miles up the road is Cayucos, a quaint beach


town, followed by the tiny hamlet of Harmony (population 18), the site of a winery and a few artisans’ studios. Continue north and find nestled among Monterey pines the charming village of Cambria. Filled with art galleries, eclectic shops and fine restaurants, the town is an ideal romantic getaway. A stroll along Moonstone Beach, where you may spot some otters, provides a serene respite. Continue north to San Simeon, the location of Hearst Castle. The mountaintop mansion of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst, and later inherited by his infamous granddaughter Patricia Hearst, is now a State Historical Monument. The extravagant estate is filled with art treasures gathered from around the world (see page 44). Return to SLO on Highway 1.

Rejuvenate the Senses

Ways to revitalize your mind, body and spirit


reak away from the hustle and bustle of overcrowded cities to enjoy one of the most pure places in California. Melt into a massage at a local spa, dissolve your worries away at hot springs nearby and kick up your feet for a pleasant pedicure. From hair care and skin care to overall wellness, San Luis Obispo is the place to gain a refreshing new perspective. Day Spas, Swimming & Hot Tubs

A French Touch Parisian Skin Care Salon 1023 Nipomo St., Ste. 100, SLO 785-0340 · American Laser Centers 310 James Wy., Pismo Beach 773-7600 · Bikram Yoga 570 Higuera St., SLO 545-5951 · The Bladerunner Salon Spa Store 894 Monterey St., SLO 541-5131 · Cambria’s Therapy By The Sea 816 Main St., Ste. F, Cambria 927-2956 · Carolyn Elliott Permanent Cosmetics 3596 Broad St., Ste. 100, SLO 550-7379 · Cuesta College Hwy 1, SLO; 546-3950 · Faces ala Mode 1601 Osos St., SLO 544-5729 · La Bonne Vie Spa 2727 Shell Beach Rd., Shell Beach 773-5003 · Madonna Inn 100 Madonna Rd., SLO 543-3000 · Max Relax 696-698 Marsh St., SLO 788-0888 Rebel Blonde Salon 3594 Broad St., Ste. 102, SLO 439-1230 · Salon Lux 1040 Court St., SLO 781-6188 · Savvi Skin & Body Studio 1530 Monterey St., Ste. A, SLO 544-0142 · SLO Swim Center 900 Southwood Dr., SLO 781-7288 ·

Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort 1215 Avila Beach Dr., SLO 595-7302 · The SKINstop 645 Main St., Ste. H, Morro Bay 459-3792 · Vino & Therapy Studio 5990 Entrada, Atascadero 466-VINO ·

Health & Fitness Facilities

Avila Bay Athletic Club 6699 Bay Laurel Pl., Avila Beach 595-7600 · Bikram Yoga San Luis Obispo 570 Higuera St., Ste. 195, SLO 545-5951 · Downtown Pilates 793 Higuera St., Ste. 3, SLO 546-1050 · Equilibrium Fitness 3930 Broad St., SLO 541-1100 · GYROTONIC® San Luis Obispo 3591 Sacramento Dr., Ste. 125 594-1061 · Kennedy Club Fitness 188 Tank Farm Rd., SLO 781-3488 · Rev 755 Alphonso St., SLO 305-3935 · SLO Athletic Club 1050 Osos St., SLO 547-2230 Smiling Dog Yoga 1227 Archer St., SLO 546-9100 · YMCA 1020 Southwood Dr., SLO 543-8235 · Yoga Flirt 3592 Sacramento Dr., Ste.170, SLO 835-1725 ·

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Hearst Castle

Discover this enchanting mansion reminiscent of a bygone era


ebras and other wildlife roam the hills of this sprawling castle with golden swimming pools overlooking extensive ranchlands and a rugged coastline. Think you’re in a fairytale? Guess again. This is Hearst Castle in San Luis Obispo County, the only mediamogul mansion that is now a state park. Publishing powerhouse William Randolph Hearst’s There are several historic and extensive lifestyle turned this \tours which highlight beautiful landscape into the astounding specific parts of the landmark it is today. The best part? It’s only castle and gardens. Tour One 45 minutes north of San Luis Obispo. is recommended for first-time visitors.


For publishing baron William Randolph Hearst, happiness was a sprawling castle atop a hill overlooking extensive ranchlands and the rugged coast north of San Luis Obispo. Hearst Castle was a place “where Hollywood stars and the San Francisco elite were brought together by perhaps the only man colossal enough to stand astride both worlds,” according to Sunset magazine. It was designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan, built over 28 years and filled with Hearst’s prodigious collection of art and antiques from around the world. At once elegant and outlandish, the 250,000acre estate consists of four homes, 165 rooms, 127 acres of gardens, 41 fireplaces, two pools and even a private zoo.

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At La Cuesta Encantada (the Enchanted Hill), as he called it, Hearst entertained the celebrities of his era. Politicians, journalists, movie stars and European royalty frolicked in the pools, dined in the tapestryhung dining room, played at lavish costume parties and watched films in the Castle’s theater. Today, Hearst Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in California. Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument includes a large visitor center with an exhibit about the Hearsts, a National Geographic movie theater with a five-story screen, a gift shop and food service. You can choose from five guided tours of the castle all rated by the number of steps included or take a self-guided tour through the gardens; reservations are strongly recommended. Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument is 43 miles north of San Luis Obispo via Highway 1. Open daily except New Year’s, Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Tours leave at regular intervals from 8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m., later in summer. Spring and fall also feature an evening tour that allows guests to experience the castle as one of Hearst’s guests would have. During the winter holidays, the castle and its docents are decked out for the occasion.

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Wine Lovers’ Dreamland

Where hospitality meets taste


he San Luis Obispo Wine Region produces awardwinning wines that are known around the globe for quality, craftsmanship and distinctiveness. Wine lovers recognize this area, as well as the nearby Paso Robles Wine Region, as ideal for producing superior Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, as well as its Rhône varietals. More than 60 wineries and tasting rooms are near SLO. The area’s advantageous microclimate makes it perfect for cultivating grapes and producing wine. Some varietals demand the cooler air of the San Luis Obispo Wine Region, while others need the warmer daytime feel of Paso Robles. Take a day or weekend of your visit here to taste the distinction, and bring a bottle of happiness home as the perfect souvenir.


San Luis Obispo and South County Wineries Includes San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande and Avila Beach

Autry Cellars 5450-B Edna Rd., SLO 546-8669 • Fri.-Sun. 11-6 or by appt. Baileyana & Tangent Wineries 5828 Orcutt Rd., SLO 269-8200 • Daily 10-5 Chamisal Vineyards 7525 Orcutt Rd., SLO 541-9463 • Daily 10-5 Claiborne & Churchill Winery 2649 Carpenter Canyon Rd., SLO 544-4066 • Daily 11-5 Domaine Le Mieux 2885 See Canyon Rd., SLO 706-0411 • by appt. Edna Valley Vineyard 2585 Biddle Ranch Rd., SLO 544-5855 • Daily 10-5 Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards 1947 See Canyon Rd., SLO 595-9700 • Daily 11-5:30, Summer 11-6

Kynsi Winery 2212 Corbett Canyon Rd., Arroyo Grande 544-8461 • Th.-Mon. 11-5 Laetitia Vineyard & Winery 453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr., Arroyo Grande 481-1772 • 888-809-VINE • Daily 11-5 Per Bacco Cellars 1850 Calle Joaquin, SLO 787-0485 • Daily 11-5

Saucelito Canyon Vineyard & Winery 3080 Biddle Ranch Rd., SLO 543-2111 • Daily 10-5 Sextant Wine / 10 Knots Cellars 1653 Old Price Canyon Rd., SLO 542-0133 · Mon.-Fri. 10-4, Sat. and Sun. 10-5


  e have a little secret for you. In San Luis Obispo, happiness is uncorked every day. More and more people are discovering the exceptional wines made here on California’s Central Coast. Still, the local wine country’s integrity and friendly hospitality haven’t been spoiled by a growing reputation. Stay for a visit and enjoy happiness in a bottle. You can even take some home with you. Stephen Ross Wine Cellars 178 Suburban Rd., SLO 594-1318 • Fri.-Sun. 11-5 Talley Vineyards & Bishop’s Peak Wines 3031 Lopez Dr., Arroyo Grande 489-0446 • Daily 10:30-4:30 Tolosa Winery 4910 Edna Rd., SLO 782-0500 • Daily 11-5

North Coast Wineries

Harmony Cellars 3255 Harmony Valley Rd., Harmony 927-1625 • Daily 10-5, Summer 10-5:30

North County Wineries Includes Paso Robles, Templeton and San Miguel A Cellar Full of Noise Fine Wines 2850 Ranchita Canyon Rd., San Miguel (415) 218-4672 • Fri. - Sun. 11-5 Castoro Cellars 1315 N. Bethel Rd., Templeton 238-0725 • 888-DAM-FINE Daily 10-5:30

Clayhouse Wines 849 13th St., Paso Robles 238-7055 • Daily 11-6 Derby Wine Estates 5620 Hwy. 46 East, Paso Robles 238-6300 • Fri.-Mon.11-5 or by appt. Halter Ranch 8910 Adelaida Rd., Paso Robles 226-9455 • Daily 11-5 J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines 6169 Airport Rd., Paso Robles 239-8900 • Daily 10-5 Justin Vineyards & Winery 11680 Chimney Rock Rd., Paso Robles 238-6932 ext. 300 - receptionist Daily 10-5 • Kenneth Volk Vineyards 2485 Hwy. 46 West, Paso Robles 237-7896 • Daily 10:30-5 Meridian Vineyards 7000 Hwy. 46 East, Paso Robles 226-7133 • Daily 10-5

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Niner Wine Estates 2400 Hwy. 46 West, Paso Robles 239-2233 • Daily 10-5 Opolo Vineyards and Winery 7110 Vineyard Dr., Paso Robles 238-9593 • Daily 10-5 Peachy Canyon Winery 1480 N. Bethel Rd., Templeton 239-1918 • Daily 11-5 Pear Valley Vineyard, Inc. 4900 Union Rd., Paso Robles 237-2861 • Daily 11-5 Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery 5036 S. El Pomar Rd., Templeton 238-9940 • Th.-Mon. 11-5 RiverStar Vineyards 7450 Estrella Rd., San Miguel 467-0086 • Th.-Mon. 12-5 San Antonio Winery 2610 Buena Vista Dr., Paso Robles 226-2600 • Daily 10-6


Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden 5015 Linne Rd., Paso Robles 226-8881 • Daily 10-5 or by appt. Thacher Winery 8355 Vineyard Dr., Paso Robles 237-0087 • Fri.-Mon. 11-5 or by appt. Treana & Hope Family Wines 1585 Live Oak Rd., Paso Robles 238-4112 • Fri.-Sat. 10-4 Vina Robles 3700 Mill Rd., Paso Robles 227-4812 • Daily 10-5

Santa Maria Valley Winery Cambria Winery & Vineyards 5475 Chardonnay Ln., Santa Maria 937-8091 • Daily 10-5

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Wine Organizations

Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance 530 10th St., Paso Robles
 239-8463 • Mon.-Th. 8-5, Fri. 8-4 San Luis Obispo Vintners Association 5828 Orcutt Rd., SLO 541-5868

Specialty Shopping & Tastings Central Coast Wines 712 Higuera St., SLO 784-9463 • Mon.-Wed. 11-7, Th.-Fri. 11-9, Sat. 10-9, Sun. 11-6 Crushed Grape Wine & Gifts 319 Madonna Rd., Ste. 2, SLO 544-4449 • 800-29-BASKET Daily 9-5:30 • Fermentations 4056 Burton Dr., Cambria 927-7141 • Mon.-Th. 11-7, Fri.-Sun. 10-10 Granada Bistro 1126 Morro St., SLO 556-4211 • Mon.-Th. 4-11, Fri.-Sat. 4-1:30 am, Sun. 10-9 Meze Wine Café & Market 1880 Santa Barbara St., Ste. 130, SLO 548-8070 • Mon.-Sat. 10-9:30, Sun. 11:30-8:30 Stax Wine Bar 1099 Embarcadero, Morro Bay 772-5055 • Daily 12-8, Fri. & Sat. 12-10



Many wineries are just minutes from downtown San Luis Obispo

Domaine Le Mieux

Autry Cellars

Avila Beach


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Specialty Shopping & Tastings Taste of the Valleys Pismo Beach 911 A Price St., Pismo Beach 773-8466 • Mon.-Th.12-9, Fri.-Sat. 12-10, Sun. 12-8 Vino & Therapy Studio 5990 Entrada, Atascadero 466-VINO • Wed.-Fri. 5-9, Sun. by appt. Vintage 1255 1255 A Monterey St., SLO 541-1255 Mon.-Sat. 1:30-9, Sun. 1:30-6 Wine Country - Pack and Ship 1850 Ramada Dr., Paso Robles 227-7117 • Mon.-Th. 9-5; Fri. 9-4:30


SAVOR the Central Coast - September 29 – October 2, 2011 - Join us this fall to savor the finest food and wine San Luis Obispo County has to offer at this four-day extravaganza. The second annual Savor the Central Coast weekend includes a special night at Hearst Castle, unique winemaker dinners, Sunset’s Wine Awards Dinner, culinary and harvest day tours, and a Pavilion which will be center-stage for all the restaurants and wineries from throughout the area. Paso Robles Wine Country Harvest Wine Weekend - October 21 – 23, 2011 – Harvest in Paso Robles Wine Country is an essential experience that brings visitors to the vines. Harvest Wine Weekend offers a wealth of activities unique to this season and is the idyllic wine country getaway. Over 130 wineries will host more than 150 individual events throughout the weekend. CRAVE - October 2011 - Satisfy your craving with this unique wine tasting experience as the Paso Robles Wine Country comes to San Luis Obispo. Music, food pairings and plenty of Paso Robles wine are sure to instantly delight visitors. San Luis Obispo Vintners’ Harvest Festival - November 4-6, 2011Celebrate harvest “SLO-style” with a weekend full of wine and food events. The weekend includes winemaker experiences, passport trips through the wine country and the biggest party of the year, where more than 50 wineries and restaurants pair up to feature wine tasting, food samples, music and more. Paso Robles Wine Country Zinfandel Festival – March 2012 During Zinfandel Festival Weekend, Paso Robles wineries come together to celebrate Zinfandel, Zinfandel blends and all things Zin. San Luis Obispo Vintners’ Roll Out the Barrels – Spring 2012 – Enjoy the first wine celebration of the year as the local winemakers roll out their barrels and release the “fruits of their labor” for all to enjoy. Experience a weekend full of wine events throughout the SLO Wine Region. Hospice du Rhône - April 26 - 28, 2012 – Hospice du Rhône weekend showcases the unique character of Rhône varietals as it brings together international Rhône wine producers and enthusiasts. During the wine event, attendees expand their knowledge of the 22 Rhône varietals and enjoy an entire weekend of events featuring these unique wine grapes. Paso Robles Wine Country Wine Festival Weekend - May 2012 Paso Robles Wine Country celebrates the 30th Annual Wine Festival with a packed weekend of events. The signature event on Saturday afternoon hosts more than 90 wineries in downtown Paso Robles to showcase more than 400 wines. Attendees can move to live music, taste artisanal foods and watch chef demonstrations showcasing the diversity that Paso Robles Wine Country has to offer.

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Fine wines since 1983

Aromatic, flavorful & delightfully different!


Taste the good life


  ine tasting has its perks but if you’re in the mood for something a little different, go for a beer tasting. Even if you think you don’t like beer, you’re bound to find a brew here to make you happy. Take your time and work through the floral or robust aromas, and the tangy, sweet and bitter flavors of the Central Coast’s best brews. Go on. Have a taste of the good life.

Central Coast Brewing 1422 Monterey St., Ste. B100, 783-BREW (2739) Mon.-Fri. 2-9, Sat. 12-7, Sun. by appt. only Creekside Brewing Co. 1040 Broad St., SLO 542-9804 Daily 11 a.m.

SLO Brew 1119 Garden St., SLO 543-1843 Tu.- Sun. 11:30 - Close Mon. 4 - Close Tap It Brewing Co. 625 Clarion Ct., 545-7702 Mon.-Wed. by appt. and Th.-Sat. 12-6

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Divine Dining


We have restaurants for every taste

f you’re wondering where the best chefs go for inspiration and quality ingredients, then look no further. San Luis Obispo restaurants provide unique dining experiences that are bound to put a smile on your face. The San Luis Obispo area is a chef’s one-stop-shop for the best quality produce, cheese, wine, meat and seafood. Taste the difference in one of San Luis Obispo’s restaurants and immerse yourself in the relaxed lifestyle and bountiful landscapes of the Central Coast. All restaurants listed here are members in good standing with the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce.

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Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House

100 Madonna Rd., 543-3000 · Oak-pit barbecue, “World’s Best Steaks” and delicious seafood dinners. Outstanding service and wine list. $-$$$$ DWBPEr

Apple Farm Restaurant

2015 Monterey St., 544-6100 · Traditional homestyle food served with country charm and hospitality. Decadent desserts and more. $$$ WBPRVHOr

Ben Franklin’s Sandwich Company

313 Higuera St., 544-4948 · Serving SLO since 1969 with the “best” sub sandwiches. Lots of free parking. $ O

Big Sky Café

892 Marsh St., 544-8686 · Rock couture atmosphere, diverse menu, inexpensive prices, quality ingredients, and promotional nights. Taco Tuesday! $ HOd

Frank’s Famous Hotdogs

950 California Blvd., 541-3488 Hot dogs, burgers, chicken, salads and other stuff. Open for breakfast, too. $ O

Gennaro’s Grill and Garden

1023 Chorro St., 545-9001 · Mexican food restaurant & cantina. Families and kids welcome. Happy Hour and patio seating. $-$$ DWBPVEOr

450 Marsh St., 782-9999 Specializing in Cuban and Mediterranean fine dining in a historical Victorian home setting. $-$$$$ Wphord


Granada Bistro

Cielo Cantina

1051 Nipomo St., 547-1111 Seafood and oyster bar restaurant with the most extensive and affordable wine list on the Central Coast. $-$$$$ WBRlhor

Creekside Brewing Co.

1126 Morro St., 556-4211 · Enjoy wine tapas and panini at this stylish slice of hipster heaven. $ WREld

Greenhouse Grill & Café Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo

1040 Broad St., 542-9804 Hand-crafted beer, lunch, dinner, patio dining, local wines, full bar and banquet room. $$ WBPRVor

333 Madonna Rd., 549-0117 Serving fresh California cuisine featuring appetizers, pastas, salads, sandwiches and sustainable seafood. Open 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
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1901 Broad St., 543-6700 · The Broad Street Giant Grinder features “giant,” quality, East Coast style sandwiches at a fair price. This is a true family business with a welcoming charm. $ RHO

Creeky Tiki Bar & Grill

House of Bread

Budget Café

Enzo’s East Coast Eatery


Buona Tavola


Japanese Restaurant Goshi

Fat Cats Café

Koberl at Blue

1121 Broad St., 545-5401 · Fresh market cuisine featuring local produce, seafood, and a wine bar. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. $$ WHod

The Broad Street Grinder Sandwich Shop

3121 S. Higuera St., 543-5024 Breakfast lunch café serving homestyle daily specials and Asian entrées including Lokomoko. $-$$ HOr

782 Higuera St., 544-2200 · Patio and creekside dining with outdoor entertainment. Pizza, Italian sandwiches, salads and mexican-style food. $ EOl 733 Higuera St., 547-1207 · Bringing East Coast favorites to SLO town including Philly Cheesesteaks, New York hot dogs and pizza. $-$$$ WlHod

1037 Monterey St., 545-8000 · Exquisite Northern Italian cuisine and wines. Top ranking in Zagat and Wine Spectator magazines. Professionally trained chef/owner. $$$ WRHOrd

1141 Chorro St., · Opening Fall 2011! Burger bar serving Angus Chuck Beef burgers, gourmet salads & craft beers. $-$$ WBPRElrd

Café Roma

1085 Higuera St., 545-2202 · Breakfast, lunch, dinner and kids menu. Specials, homemade desserts, eggs, omelets, seafood, burgers, shrimp, and fresh fish. $ Vo

1020 Railroad Ave., 541-6800 · Rustic Italian cuisine, award-winning wine list – best of San Luis Obispo. $-$$$$ WBVPRHOr

California Pizza Kitchen

876 Marsh St., 784-0790 · Hearth-baked pizzas, pasta, salads, sandwiches and delicious desserts. $-$$ WBPd

F. McLintocks Saloon

686 Higuera St., 541-0686 · Where the locals go for great vittles and genuine down-home service. Specials everyday! $$-$$$$ WBO

299 Marsh St., 542-0255 · 22 varieties of freshly baked all natural breads and other gourmet baked goods. We use Boar’s Head premium meats on our sandwiches. $ o 212 Madonna Rd., 547-9140 Serving San Luis Obispo for breakfast (all day), lunch and dinner. Open 24 hrs. Fri. and Sat. $-$$ Phr 570 Higuera St. 543-8942 · Offers very traditional and authentic Japanese food in a cozy location of SLO Creamery. $$-$$$$ WVor 998 Monterey St., 783-1135 · We specialize in Wine Country Dining. $$$-$$$$ WBRVlr

Kona’s Deli

977 Foothill Blvd., #108 Fresh quality sandwiches made with hand sliced meats and cheeses for each order. Re-opening soon! $ Ho

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3211 Broad St., #121, 783-2013 · Lunch, dinner and dessert crépes, fresh sandwiches, soups, salads, bagels, and gelato. Served in a warm casual setting. $ WHO

Lincoln Market & Deli

Novo Restaurant

Lotus Asia’s Best

Outspoken Café

Pappy McGregor’s Pub & Grill

Madonna Inn Copper Café & Pastry Shop

Pepe Delgado’s Mexican Restaurant

1009 Monterey St., 540-5243 · Luna Red offers unique tapas, house-cured meats, and European-style dining. $$$ WBRElrd

1601 Monterey St., 544-6660 Voted best Mexican restaurant. Great margaritas, famous fajitas! Reasonable prices and lunch specials. Carry-out for large parties. $ Br

Pita Pit


891 Higuera St., 544-8786 · Pizza restaurant in the heart of downtown SLO. Yelp us please. $ WOd

Mo’s Smokehouse Barbecue

1005 Monterey St., 544-6193 Finest barbecue restaurant in the west. First place winner for best pork ribs 15 years running. $-$$$$ d


725 Higuera St., 541-8733 · A full-service restaurant featuring gourmet burgers open for lunch and dinner. MoTav also provides a vibrant night spot with bottle service and dancing. $ DWBpEh

1865 Monterey St., 543-5458 Gourmet pub grub, lively Irish pub atmosphere, free parking, additional location in Paso Robles. $-$$$ WBpVEor

570 Higuera St., Ste. 130, 544-0861 Authentic Italian cuisine and chefs, serving fresh home-made pasta, pizza, and more. Available for dine-in, take-out and catering. $-$$ WRHd 275 Madonna Rd., 543-3550 · Featuring our dollar value menu, happy meals, McGriddle breakfast sandwiches, chicken salads, desserts and specialty coffees. $


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1121 BROAD, DOWNTOWN SLO | 805.545.5401

1422 Monterey St., Suite A100 788-0885 · Locally owned, specializing in coffee, teas, smoothies and a wide range of fresh sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries. $ o 1010 Court St., 541-9922 · Casually elegant, made from scratch, contemporary Southern Italian cuisine. Chef owned & operated. $$$-$$$$ WBPRlord

100 Madonna Rd., 543-3000 · Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Leave room for fabulous desserts! $-$$$ WBVHr


726 Higuera St., 543-3986 · Innovative global cuisine. Tapas, lunch and dinner. Patio dining. $-$$$$ WbPRVHOr

964 Higuera St., 541-0227 · Downtown SLO diner since the 1950s. Award-winning breakfast served until 3 p.m. Catering available. $ O

Louisa’s Place


3536 S. Higuera St., Ste. 206, 545-0000 Market fresh local ingredients used to develop dishes in the California rustic tradition. $-$$ Wp

496 Broad St., 543-3443 or 543-3472 (fax) Neighborhood market featuring sandwiches, salads, organic wines, craft beers, Peets coffee, garden patio. $ Wvo 1819 Osos St., 439-1188 · A Mongolian style barbecue also serving Vietnamese cuisine. Beautiful garden dining, healthy, fast-casual delicious food – great prices, nice atmosphere! $ HOr


The Neon Carrot


858 Foothill Blvd., 543-7488 · Takeout delivery, Mediterranean, vegan, vegetarian, lunch, dinner, late night, catering. $ lHOd

Pizza Solo

Popolo Rotisserie & Catering

1255 Monterey St., Ste. B, 543-9543 Catering, barbecue, rotisserie, office parties, take out, salad, desserts and daily dinner specials. $ HO

Quizno’s Sub

799 E. Foothill Blvd., A, 787-0238 · Full-scale sandwich shop specializing in toasted subs, soups & salads, dine here, take-out and party platters are available. $ h

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Round Table Pizza

3971 S. Higuera., 544-5551 We’re “The Last Honest Pizza” offering the best quality pizza in town. $-$$$$ od

The Rib Line

12308 Los Osos Valley Rd., 543-7427 · SLO’s best Santa Maria Style barbecue to dine in, pick up or get FREE delivery. $-$$$ d

Shalimar Indian Restaurant

2115 Broad St., 781-0766 · Vegetarian/non-vegetarian, vegan, naan, garlic naan, tandori chicken specialties, mango lassi, Indian wine and beer. $-$$ WpehrOd

SLO Brew

1119 Garden St., 543-1843 · Micro brewery restaurant, multi-level sports bar, 14 flat screens, live music, billiards & dancing. $$ DWBPEr

SloCo Pasty Co.

1032 Chorro St., 540-7278 · Made popular by Cornish tin miners in the 1700s, pasties (pronounced “pass-tees”) are a full meal of your favorite foods baked in a pastry crust. Serving your favorite beers on tap and the best local wines. Also available to-go and frozen.

Spike’s Pub

570 Higuera St., #2, 544-7157 One of the longest running restaurants and pubs in downtown SLO, specializing in over 50 beers – on tap or bottled. Open daily at 3 p.m. $ Wvlh

Spirit of San Luis

485 Madonna Rd., Ste. 2, 543-8372 (hostess) 543-8388 (to-go) · Award-winning steaks grilled over a real almond wood fire. $$$ WBRd

Taj Palace Cuisine of India

795 Foothill Blvd., 543-0722 · 543-0584 (fax) Elegant and gourmet Indian cuisine. Special curry and tandoori dishes with lamb, chicken, or vegetables. $$ WRHdr

Upper Crust Trattoria

11560 Los Osos Valley Rd., 542-0400 Local favorite for 21 years. Italian and Mediterranean dining and catering. $$$ Wod

Utopia European Bakery Café

2900 Broad St., 544-8867 · Best European sandwiches. Gourmet pastries, cakes, desserts, and bread – baked fresh daily. Breakfast and lunch. $-$$ WEHOd

Woodstock’s Pizza

1000 Higuera St., 541-4420 · Voted county’s best pizza 23 years! Big groups welcome. Dine-in, take-out, catering & delivery. $-$$$$ Lrd

Yanagi Sushi

1203 Marsh St., 541-5282 Only the freshest sushi and sashimi; soup, salad and dinner entreés: tempura, beef, chicken, salmon, teriyaki. Oriental beer, wine, sake. Special events, lunch and dinner to go. $-$$$$ WHRr

Arroyo Grande Grover Beach / Nipomo Adelina’s Bistro

925 Airport Dr., 549-9466 Fine dining overlooking the airport. A delight for aviators and non-aviators alike. $-$$$ BRVHOr

1645 Trilogy Pkwy., Nipomo, 343-7510 Hand-crafted meals featuring Farmers’ market fresh produce and local wines. $$-$$$ WBPRVr

Splash Café – Artisan Bakery

1491 Monterey St., 544-7567 Famous clam chowder, seafood, breakfast, pizza, catering, salads, bakery, espresso, sandwiches, desserts. $ Wod

Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab

Stewart and Clark Fiero Café

Stacked Sandwiches

709 Fiero Ln., Ste. 35, 541-2300 Café, bakery, takeaway, desserts, coffee, espresso, catering, breakfast, lunch, mail-order, and gifts. $ o

114 W. Branch St., Arroyo Grande, 474-4068 Best ice cream experience. Hand-crafted on site in old-fashioned parlor. $ 191 S. Oak Park Blvd, Ste 1, Grover Beach 489-9866 · Premium handcrafted sandwiches, soups, salads, kids menu, catering, beer and live music! $-$$ e Od

All Phone numbers are in the 805 area code unless otherwise noted


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$ Under $10 $$ 11-15 $$$ 16-20 $$$$ Over $20 Avila Beach Fat Cats Café

3920 Harford, 595-2204 · Breakfast, lunch, dinner and kids menu. Specials, homemade desserts, eggs, omelets, seafood, burgers, shrimp and fresh fish. $ WVo

Gardens of Avila

1215 Avila Beach Dr., 595-7365 (800) 234-5831 · Innovative wine country and eco-friendly cuisine. Dine in our intimate dining room or century-old patio. $-$$$$ WBPRHEOr

Mulligans Bar & Grill

6464 Ana Bay Dr., 595-4001 · Bar & grill with ocean-front dining and golferfriendly food. $-$$ WBPVEo

Los Osos Morro Bay / Cayucos Blue Skye Coastal Café

699 Embarcadero # 6, Morro Bay, 772-8988 On the waterfront, offering a distinctive palate of fresh seafood, sandwiches and all-day breakfast. $-$$$ WRVHo

Cass House Restaurant

222 N. Ocean Ave., Cayucos, 995-3669 The restaurant features a daily changing, seasonally driven and locally sourced menu as well as an award-winning wine list. $$$$ WPRVr

Dorn’s Original Breakers Café

P.O. Box 210, San Simeon, 927-8601 Breakfast and lunch. Espresso bar. Catering available. RVO

801 Market Ave., Morro Bay, 772-4415 Fresh fish, seafood, steaks, chicken and vegetarian meals. Spectacular view of Morro Rock. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and full bar. Pet friendly. Open at 7a.m.

 $-$$$$ WBPRVHOr

Cavalier Restaurant

Giovanni’s Fish Market & Galley

The Restaurant at Cambria Pines Lodge


Cambria / San Simeon Aramark Hearst Castle Visitor Center

9415 Hearst Dr., San Simeon, 927-3276 Located on scenic Highway 1, three miles south of Hearst Castle. Banquet room available. $-$$$$ WBVHOr 2905 Burton Dr., 927-4200 California cuisine featuring daily specials and house-made desserts. Lounge with nightly entertainment. $$$-$$$$ WBPRVEor


1001 Front St., Morro Bay, 772-2123 Morro Bay’s best fish and chips, clam chowder, fish tacos and fresh seafood. $-$$ WRvo 60 State Park Rd., Morro Bay, 772-5651 Our California Central Coast dining room features fresh seafood and grilled meats with a Mediterranean flair. The lounge offers cocktails, appetizers and live entertainment. $$$-$$$$ WR

Far Western Tavern

899 Guadalupe, 343-2211 · Home the famous Bull’s Eye Steak! $$$$ WBpRVr



Paso Robles / San Miguel Deborah’s Room at Justin Winery

11680 Chimney Rock Rd., Paso Robles 800-726-0049 238-6932 ext.3224 (reservations) Winery restaurant serving sumptuous, four-course menu with optional wine pairing, and weekend lunches. $$$$ RPVHOr

Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse

1103 Spring St., Paso Robles, 226-4925 Great steaks, locals hot spot, local wine, beautiful patio, great views. $-$$$$ DWBPRVEOr

Pismo Beach / Shell Beach Cracked Crab

751 Price St., 773-CRAB (2722) Serving the finest seafood available in a most casual style. $$$$ W

Lido Restaurant

2727 Shell Beach Rd., 773-8900 Ocean view dining featuring seasonal cuisine designed to pair with local wines. $$-$$$$ WBPRVEor

Marie Callendar’s

2131 Price St., 773-0606 Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check out our banquet facilities and have your rehearsal dinner, wedding, reception or family reunion here. Sunday Brunch every Sunday from 8 a.m. -2 p.m. $-$$ WpRVord

Marisol at The Cliffs

2757 Shell Beach Rd., 773-2511 · All dishes are prepared with a soulful touch by Chef de Cuisine Gregg Wangard, featuring produce from local farmers, local seafood, and naturally raised meats and poultry. $$-$$$$ DWBRVEOr

SeaVenture Restaurant

Nautical Bean

Steamers of Pismo

Nautical Bean

100 Oceanview Ave., 773-3463 · Five-star romantic dining with spectacular views. Fun tapas bar, Sunday breakfast and lunch. $-$$$$ WBPRVOHr 1601 Price St., 773-4711 · Fresh seafood restaurant with breathtaking ocean views. Lunch, dinner, reservations; great appetizers. Happy hour from 3:30-6 p.m. daily in the lounge. $$$ WBPRVEHr

Ventana Grill Restaurant & Bar

2575 Price St., 556-3641 · Modern dishes inspired by fresh, bold flavors of worldwide coastal cuisine. $$$ WBPRV

Specialty Foods

All locations are in the city of San Luis Obispo unless noted otherwise

Avila Valley Barn

560 Avila Beach Dr., Avila Beach, 595-2816 Open-air market, bakery, homemade ice cream and fudge. Gourmet foods. $-$$$$ VEHO

Black Horse Espresso & Bakery

1065 Higuera St., Ste. 101, 783-1300 3590 Broad St., Ste. 150, 439-1300 796 Foothill Blvd., 541-9300 Free wireless Internet. Specialty coffees and bakery. Where the locals go. $O

Cowboy Cookie n’ Grub

778 Higuera St. , Ste. A, 788-0212 Specialty cookies and other desserts. Lite fare featuring local produce for lunches and now serving ice cream. $ H

The Crushed Grape

319 Madonna Rd., Ste.2, 544-4449 (800) 29-BASKET · 25th Anniversary - Serving hot pastrami, turkey melts, try our wine ice cream! Yumo! $ WRVHo

Hearst Ranch

Hwy. 1, San Simeon, (866) 547-2624 Grass-fed free range all natural beef from the Hearst Ranch in San Simeon.

Higher Groundz

3230 Broad St., 783-2264 · Known for quality coffee, food, and service. $ EHod

Jamba Juice

17 Chorro St., 549-0637 890 Marsh St., 549-0733 · Jamba Juice provides quick, delicious and nutritious food and beverages from breakfast through dinner. $ hO

Kreuzberg California

870 Monterey St., 439-2060 A European style coffee house with an urban flair. $-$$ Rl

Madonna Inn Classic Gourmet & Wine Shop

100 Madonna Rd., 543-3000 · Gourmet snacks, Moonstruck Chocolates, local wines, wine accessories, and custom gift baskets. $-$$$$ W

11560 Los Osos Valley Rd., 543-3559 Specialty coffee, salads, sandwiches, and pastries. $o 1028 Chorro St., 541-1300 · Coffee, salads, paninis, sandwiches, pastries, beer and wine. $ Wo

New Frontiers Natural Marketplace 1531 Froom Ranch Wy., 785-0194 Proudly offering products free of artificial ingredients, hormone and antibiotic-free meats, gourmet deli with natural and wholesome ingredients, and specialty items including gluten-free, vegan, and bulk. Mon.-Sun 8 a.m.-9 p.m

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

1075 Court St, 597-9478 · Specialty coffee and tea. $ O

Runway Express

901 Airport Dr., 781-0633 Specializing in coffee drinks, deli sandwiches, unique gifts and local wines that can be packaged and shipped. $ W

SLO Creek Farms

6455 Monte Rd. (702) 245-3135 U-pick apples pesticide-free, family picnic, prizes, pumpkins, maze, hay ride, crafts and fun! $o


1352 Madonna Rd., 787-0190 Soft-serve yogurt charged by weight. We have over 60 different toppings! $ O


885 Higuera St., 547-0465 · 17 Chorro St., Ste. D, 547-9054 3971 S. Higuera St., Ste. 110, 787-0389 253 Madonna Rd., Ste. 120, 595-3482 3970 Broad St., #1, 542-0813 Specialty coffee and tea shop. $ O

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Sweet Earth Chocolates

1445 Monterey St., 782-9868 A local artisan chocolate shop that is dedicated to using and selling 100% organic and fair trade chocolate. $

Top Dog Coffee Bar

857 Main St., Morro Bay, 772-9225 At Top Dog Coffee Bar, we roast our beans and make our fresh pastries every morning. Homemade soups and sandwiches prepared daily. Also Internet cafe! $ Rhod

Voted SLO’s Best Pizza 22X! - New Times Readers’ Polls

Sports on HD TV’s Video Games Free Wi-Fi

Tropical Chocolates

1127 Broad St. Ste. A, 540-7077 Premium exotic chocolate – handmade in SLO. Bold unusual flavors that include ingredients as far away as Tahiti and Madagascar. $-$$$

We Olive

958 Higuera St., 595-1376 · Everything Olive. We specialize in California extra virgin olive oil with 85% of our products coming from SLO County. Gourmet foods and gift items. Olive oil tasting daily. $-$$$ All Phone numbers are in the 805 area code unless otherwise noted


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1000 Higuera St 805-541-4420


A Carefree place to stay Unwind for a weekend at one of our hotels, bed and breakfasts or other charming places to stay


atisfaction is essential to making someone truly happy. That’s why, in San Luis Obispo, we strive to provide visitors with the best accommodations and service possible. Either for a one-night stopover or a week-long vacation, guests will enjoy the hospitality of our authentic B&Bs, comfortable family lodgings, fantasy getaways and budget-friendly inns in town. All lodgings listed here are members in good standing with the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce.

$ = Under $80

$$ = $80-160

$$$ = $160-300

$$$$ = over $300

; = ADA units available Extended Stay Meeting Rooms In-Room Internet Fitness Room Pets OK Spa Pool Fireplace Microwave Refrigerators Free Breakfast Restaurant

Extended Stay Meeting Rooms In-Room Internet Fitness Room Pets OK Spa Pool Fireplace Microwave Refrigerators Free Breakfast Restaurant


APPLE FARM INN ; $$$-$$$$ * * * * * * 805-544-2040 · 800-374-3705 2015 Monterey St. 69 Jr. Suites APPLE FARM ; $$ * * * * * * TRELLIS COURT 805-544-2040 · 800-374-3705 2015 Monterey St. 33 Rooms 2 Suites BW Plus ; $$-$$$ * * * * * * * * ROYAL OAK HOTEL 805-544-4410 · 800-545-4410 214 Madonna Rd. 99 Rooms BW SOMERSET INN ; $$-$$$ * * * * * * * 805-544-0973 · 866-597-0601 1895 Monterey St. 39 Rooms COACHMAN INN / ; $-$$$ * * * * * ROADWAYS INN 805-544-0400 1001 Olive St. 27 Rooms · COMFORT INN ; $-$$$$ * * * * * * * * * & SUITES LAMPLIGHTER 805-547-7777 · 866-SLO-REST 1604 Monterey St. 77 Rooms 13 Suites COURTYARD ; $$-$$$ * * * * * * * * * BY MARRIOTT 805-786-4200 · 800-321-2211 1605 Calle Joaquin 138 Rooms · DAYS INN ; $-$$$ * * * * * * * * * * 805-549-9911 · 800-544-7250 2050 Garfield St. 65 Rooms 10 Suites Downtown ; $-$$ * * TRAVELODGE 805-543-6443 · 800-458-8848 345 Marsh St. 51 Rooms ·

ECONOMY MOTEL 805-543-7024 652 Morro St. 12 Rooms

; $ * * *

EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL ; $$-$$$ * * * * * * * * * * * 805-549-0800 · 888-864-6000 333 Madonna Rd. 195 Suites HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ; $$-$$$ * * * * * * * * * * 805-544-8600 · 800-HOLIDAY 1800 Monterey St. 95 Rooms 5 Suites HOMESTEAD MOTEL 805-543-7700 920 Olive St. 18 Rooms HOSTEL OBISPO 805-544-4678 1617 Santa Rosa St. 6 Rooms

; $-$$$ * * * *

; $ * * * * *

LA CUESTA INN ; $$-$$$ * * * * * 805-543-2777 · 800-543-2777 2074 Monterey St. 72 Rooms LOS PADRES INN 805-543-5017 1575 Monterey St. 16 Rooms


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MADONNA INN ; $$$-$$$$ * * * * * * * * * 805-543-3000 · 800-543-9666 100 Madonna Rd. 78 Rooms 32 Suites PEACH TREE INN $-$$$ * * 805-543-3170 · 800-227-6396 2001 Monterey St. 38 Rooms · PETIT SOLEIL ; $$$ * * * * 805-549-0321 · 800-676-1588 1473 Monterey St. 16 Rooms ·



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Holiday inn ExprEss & suitEs of atascadEro G ateway to the B est of the C entral C oast





Highest Overall Guest Satisfaction in Region 2009 + 2010 – International Hotels Group


Complimentary Ammenities include:


• Daily Hot Breakfast Bar – now with pancakes! • Free Wi-Fi and wired high-speed internet • Fitness Center • Business Center • Outdoor Heated Pool + Spa



Flat screen, wall-mounted plasma TVs • Seasonal Weekend Wine Reception • Convenient Location • Corporate, Group + Extended Stay Rates


9010 West Front Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422 Tel. 1-805-462-0200 Fax 1-805-462-0201

PRIORITYCLUB Earn points or miles. REWARDS

LampLighter Just A Touch Above

Free Continental Breakfast Free High-Speed DSL Two-Room Suites In-Room Spa Microwave Refrigerator In-Room Coffee Outdoor Pool & Spa 1604 Monterey Street San Luis Obispo


Historic Downtown Hearst Castle Farmers’ Market Cal Poly Beaches Golf and Tennis Nearby Performing Arts Center


BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE or 1-800-HOLIDAY All rights reserved. This hotel is independently and locally owned and operated.

$ = Under $80

$$ = $80-160

$$$$ = over $300

; = ADA units available Extended Stay Meeting Rooms In-Room Internet Fitness Room Pets OK Spa Pool Fireplace Microwave Refrigerators Free Breakfast Restaurant

Extended Stay Meeting Rooms In-Room Internet Fitness Room Pets OK Spa Pool Fireplace Microwave Refrigerators Free Breakfast Restaurant

Hotels and other places to stay

$$$ = $160-300



QUALITY SUITES ; $$-$$$ * * * * * * * * * 805-541-5001 · 800-228-5151 1631 Monterey St. 138 Suites

Holiday Inn Express ; $$-$$$ * * * * * * * * *
 & Suites of Atascadero 805-462-0200 9010 W. Front Rd. 61 Rooms 19 Suites

RAMADA INN ; $-$$$ * * * * * * * * * * OLIVE TREE 805-544-2800 · 800-777-5847 1000 Olive St. 47 Rooms 14 Suites Rose Garden Inn 805-544-5300 1585 Calle Joaquin 64 Rooms

; $-$$$

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SAN LUIS CREEK LODGE ; $$-$$$ * * * * * * * * 805-541-1122 · 800-593-0333 1941 Monterey St. 25 Rooms SAN LUIS INN & SUITES ; $-$$$$ * * * * * * * 805-544-0881 · 800-447-8080 404 Santa Rosa St. 35 Rooms SANDS Inn & SUITES ; $-$$ * * * * * * * * 805-544-0500 · 800-441-4657 1930 Monterey St. 55 Rooms 15 Suites SUNBEAM MOTEL ; $-$$ * * * * 805-543-8141 · 877-338-8717 1656 Monterey St. 15 rooms SUPER 8 MOTEL ; $-$$ * * * * * * * 805-544-6888 · 800-800-8000 1951 Monterey St. 48 Rooms TRAVELODGE ; $-$$$ * * * * * * 805-543-5110 · 800-578-7878 1825 Monterey St. 39 Rooms VAGABOND INN ; $-$$$ * * * * * * * * 805-544-4710 · 800-522-1555 210 Madonna Rd. 60 Rooms VILLA MOTEL 805-543-8071 1670 Monterey St. 14 Rooms

; $-$$ * * * * *

AVILA BEACH AVILA LIGHTHOUSE ; $$$-$$$$ * * * * * * * * * * SUITES 
 805-627-1900 · 800-372-8452 550 Front St. 54 Suites AVILA VILLAGE INN ; $$-$$$$ * * * * * * * * 805-627-1810 · 800-454-0840 6655 Bay Laurel Pl. 30 Rooms 3 Suites SYCAMORE ; $$-$$$$ * * * * * * * * * MINERAL SPRINGS RESORT 805-595-7302 · 800-234-5831 1215 Avila Beach Dr. 26 rooms 45 suites 1 3bd guesthouse

BAYWOOD PARK BACK BAY INN ; $$-$$$ * * * * * * * 805-528-1233 · 877-330-2225 1391 Second St. 14 Rooms 1 Cottage 1 Loft 4 Garden Rooms

BIG SUR COAST RAGGED POINT ; $$-$$$$ * * * * * * * INN & RESTAURANT 805-927-4502 19019 Hwy. 1, Ragged Point 34 Rooms

Cambria BW Plus FIRESIDE INN ; $$-$$$$ * * * * * * * 805-927-8661 · 888-910-7100 6700 Moonstone Beach Dr. 46 Rooms CAMBRIA PINES ; $$-$$$$ * * * * * * * * * * * LODGE 805-927-4200 · 800-966-6490 2905 Burton Dr. 77 Rooms 75 Suites EL COLIBRI HOTEL ; $$-$$$ * * * * * * * * & SPA 805-924-3003 5620 Moonstone Beach Dr. 34 Rooms



$ = Under $80

$$ = $80-160

$$$$ = over $300

; = ADA units available Extended Stay Meeting Rooms In-Room Internet Fitness Room Pets OK Spa Pool Fireplace Microwave Refrigerators Free Breakfast Restaurant

CAMBRIA, con’t.

Extended Stay Meeting Rooms In-Room Internet Fitness Room Pets OK Spa Pool Fireplace Microwave Refrigerators Free Breakfast Restaurant

Hotels and other places to stay

$$$ = $160-300

MORRO BAY, con’t.

FOGCATCHER INN ; $$-$$$$ * * * * * * * * * 805-927-1400 · 800-425-4121 6400 Moonstone Beach Dr. 60 Rooms 10 Suites

INN AT MORRO BAY ; $$-$$$ * * * * * * * * 805-772-5651 · 800-321-9566 60 State Park Rd. 98 Rooms

PELICAN COVE INN ; $$-$$$ * * * * * * * * * * 805-927-1500 · 800-222-9160 6316 Moonstone Beach Dr. 22 Rooms 26 Suites

LA SERENA INN ; $-$$$ * * * * * * * * 805-772-5665 · 800-248-1511 990 Morro Ave. 34 Rooms 4 Suites



Beachwalker Inn $-$$$ * * * * * * * 805-995-2133 · 800-750-2133 501 S. Ocean Ave. 24 Rooms

HAMPTON INN & SUITES 805-226-9988 212 Alexa Ct. 24 Studio-Suites

SHORELINE INN ; $$-$$$ * * * * * * * * ...on the beach 805-995-3681 · 800-549-2244 1 North Ocean Ave. 29 Rooms

MORRO BAY ANDERSON INN $$$ * * * * * 805-772-3434 · 866-950-3434 899 Embarcadero 8 Rooms BAYFRONT INN 805-772-5607 · 877- 772-0072 1150 Embarcadero 16 Rooms

$$ * * * * *

BEACH BUNGALOW $$-$$$ * * * * * * INN & SUITES 805-772-9700 1050 Morro Ave. 12 Rooms BW SAN MARCOS INN ; $-$$$ * * * * * 805-772-2248 · 800-772-7969 250 Pacific St. 32 Rooms BLUE SAIL INN ; $$-$$$ * * * * * * 805-772-2766 · 888-337-0707 851 Market Ave. 46 Rooms 2 Mini-Suites BREAKERS MOTEL $-$$$ * * * * * * * * 805-772-7317 · 800-932-8899 780 Market Ave. 26 Rooms EL MORRO ; $-$$$ * * * * * * * * * MASTERPIECE MOTEL 805-772-5633 · 800-527-6782 1206 Main St. 28 Rooms 5 Suites


; $$-$$$ * * * * * * * * *

PASO ROBLES INN ; $$-$$$$ * * * * * * * * * 805-238-2660 · 800-676-1713 1103 Spring St. 98 Rooms 6 Suites

PISMO BEACH, SHELL BEACH & Oceano BEACHCOMBER INN $-$$$ * * * * * 805-773-5505 541 Cypress St., Pismo Beach 7 Rooms BW SHELTER COVE ; $$-$$$$ * * * * * * * * LODGE 
 805-773-3511 · 800-848-1434 2651 Price St., Pismo Beach 52 Rooms BW SHORECLIFF ; $$-$$$$ * * * * * * * * * LODGE 805-773-4671 · 800-441-8885 2555 Price St., Pismo Beach 94 Rooms 6 Suites CLIFFS RESORT ; $$$-$$$$ * * * * * * * * * * 805-773-5000 · 800-826-7827 2757 Shell Beach Rd., Shell Beach 165 rooms 27 Suites DOLPHIN BAY RESORT ; $$$$ * * * * * * * * * * * & Spa 805-773-4300 · 800-516-0112 2727 Shell Beach Rd., Pismo Beach 63 Suites EDGEWATER INN ; $-$$$ * * * * * * * * * & SUITES 805-773-4811 · 800-634-5858 280 Wadsworth, Pismo Beach 99 Rooms 20 Suites

$ = Under $80

$$ = $80-160

$$$$ = over $300


; = ADA units available Extended Stay Meeting Rooms In-Room Internet Fitness Room Pets OK Spa Pool Fireplace Microwave Refrigerators Free Breakfast Restaurant

Extended Stay Meeting Rooms In-Room Internet Fitness Room Pets OK Spa Pool Fireplace Microwave Refrigerators Free Breakfast Restaurant


$$$ = $160-300

OXFORD SUITES ; $$-$$$ * * * * * * * * * * 805-773-3773 · 800-982-7848 651 Five Cities Dr., Pismo Beach 132 Suites

BLUE WHALE INN ; $$$-$$$$ * * * * * * * 805-927-4647 · 800-753-9000 6736 Moonstone Beach Dr., Cambria
 6 Rooms 1 Suite

PISMO LIGHTHOUSE ; $$-$$$$ * * * * * * * * * * SUITES 
 805-773-2411 · 800-245-2411 2411 Price St., Pismo Beach 70 Suites

BRIDGE CREEK INN $$-$$$ * * * * 805-544-3003 5300 Righetti Rd., San Luis Obispo 2 Rooms

SANDCASTLE INN ; $$-$$$$ * * * * * * * * 805-773-2422 · 800-822-6606 100 Stimson Ave., Pismo Beach 75 Rooms 6 Suites SEACREST ; $$-$$$ * * * * * * * * * BEACH RESORT 805-773-4608 · 800-782-8400 2241 Price St., Pismo Beach 138 Rooms 18 Suites SEAVENTURE RESORT ; $$$ * * * * * * * * 805-773-4994 · 800-662-5545 100 Ocean View Ave., Pismo Beach 50 Rooms · VALENTINA INN & VILLAS 773-1234 · 877-SEE-PZMO 371 Pismo St. 9 Suites

; $ $$ * * * *

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SAN SIMEON BW Plus CAVALIER ; $$-$$$ * * * * * * * * * OCEANFRONT RESORT 805-927-4688 · 800-826-8168 9415 Hearst Dr. 90 Rooms

SANTA YNEZ The Chumash $$$ * * * * * * * Casino Resort 805-686-0855 · 800-248-6274 3400 E. Highway 246 89 Rooms 17 Suites

BED & BREAKFAST INNS ABELLA GARDEN INN $$-$$$$ * * * * * * * * * 805-489-5926 · 800-563-7762 210 Oak St., Arroyo Grande 7 Suites BAYWOOD INN ; $$$ * * * * * * * 805-528-8888 1370 2nd St., Baywood Park 7 Rooms 11 Suites

CASitas $$$-$$$$ * * * * * of Arroyo Grande 2655 Lopez Dr., Arroyo Grande 805-473-1123 CASS HOUSE LUXURY ; $$-$$$$ * * * * * * INN & RESTAURANT 805-995-3669 222 N. Ocean Ave., Cayucos 6 Rooms DUNNING RANCH $$$ * * * * * * * * GUEST SUITES 805-602-8646 · 800-893-1847 1945 Niderer Rd., Paso Robles 2 Suites GARDEN STREET INN ;$$-$$$ * * * 805-545-9802 · 800-488-2045 1212 Garden St., San Luis Obispo 9 Rooms 4 Suites THE GRIEB FARMHOUSE INN $$ * * * * * 805-481-8540 851 Todd Ln., Arroyo Grande 2 Rooms J. PATRICK HOUSE $$$ * * * 805-927-3812 · 800-341-5258 2990 Burton Dr., Cambria 8 Rooms JUST INN 805-238-6932 ext. 3224 800-726-0049 11680 Chimney Rock Rd., Paso Robles · 4 Suites

$$$$ * * * * * * * * * *

ON THE BEACH ; $$$-$$$$ * * * * * * * 805-995-3200 · 877-995-0800 181 N. Ocean Ave., Cayucos 14 Rooms THE SANITARIUM ; $$$-$$$$ * * * * * * * 805-544-4124 1716 Osos St., San Luis Obispo 6 Rooms 1 Suite



Gleeful gatherings Find out where to hold your next special occasion in San Luis Obispo


on’t keep the happiness to yourself – share it with your friends, family and coworkers by holding your next celebration or milestone moment in San Luis Obispo. The area sets itself apart with perfect places to hold your next family reunion, company retreat or organized conference. All facilities listed here are members in good standing with the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce.

B = Banquet   C = Classroom   O = Outdoor Banquet   T = Theater  

BO = Break-out Rooms   CF = Catering/Food Service   K = Kitchen Facilities Q = Barbecue  

All phone numbers are in the 805 area code

LP = Lawn/Patio Area   AV = Audio Visual   VC = Video Conferencing   TC = Teleconferencing  

AC = On-site Accommodations (please note: many amenities are available only with advance reservations.)

unless otherwise noted


Abella Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast

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Apple Farm Inn

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Avila Beach Golf Resort





Avila Lighthouse Suites

120 60 120 120 n

210 Oak St., Arroyo Grande 489-5926 ·

2015 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo 544-2040 · 6450 Ana Bay Rd., Avila Beach 595-4000 ·

70 1000 1000

550 Front St., Avila Beach 627-1900 ·



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BlackLake Golf Resort

150 100 70 110



BW Plus Royal Oak Hotel

110 85 115 n

1490 Golf Course Ln., Nipomo 343-1214 ·

214 Madonna Rd., San Luis Obispo 544-4410 ·




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Beach Butlerz 200 200

Avila, Pismo, Cayucos and Cambria Beaches 878-4283 ·








BW Shelter Cove Lodge 100 n n

2651 Price St., Pismo Beach 773-3511 ·

Café Roma

100 50 n

Cambria Pines Lodge

250 200 220 300 n

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Cass House Inn & Restaurant

20 100 120 n

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Coastal Gateway Conference Room at Port San Luis

59 n

Cypress Ridge Pavilion

150 70 300 160 n

Edna Valley Vineyard

88 60 250 85 n

1020 Railroad Ave., San Luis Obispo 541-6800 · 2905 Burton Dr., Cambria 927-4200 · 222 N. Ocean Ave., Cayucos 995-3669 ·

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3900 Avila Beach Dr., Avila Beach 595-5400

1050 Cypress Ridge Pkwy., Arroyo Grande 474-8329 · 2585 Biddle Ranch Rd., San Luis Obispo 544-5855 ·





B = Banquet   C = Classroom   O = Outdoor Banquet   T = Theater  

BO = Break-out Rooms   CF = Catering/Food Service   K = Kitchen Facilities Q = Barbecue  

All phone numbers are in the 805 area code unless otherwise noted

LP = Lawn/Patio Area   AV = Audio Visual   VC = Video Conferencing   TC = Teleconferencing  

AC = On-site Accommodations (please note: many amenities are available only with advance reservations.)


Embassy Suites Hotel

420 275 180 550 n

333 Madonna Rd., San Luis Obispo 549-0800 ·

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Flying Caballos Guest Ranch 150 n

1150 Farmhouse Ln., San Luis Obispo 801-5234 ·






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Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Atascadero


The Inn at Morro Bay

150 100 175 300 n

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Madonna Inn

2000 2000 2000

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Meridian Vineyards

175 175 300 300+ n

The Monday Club

135 135 50 175 n n n

Officers Club – Camp San Luis Obispo

350 300 750 300 n n

9010 W. Front Rd., Atascadero 462-0200 ·

60 State Park Rd., Morro Bay 772-5651 ext. 2500 · 100 Madonna Rd., San Luis Obispo 543-3000 · 7000 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles 226-7133 ·

1815 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo 543-9119 · 10 Sonoma Ave., Bldg. C53, San Luis Obispo 541-6168 ·


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Meeting and Conference Facilities, Continued B = Banquet   C = Classroom   O = Outdoor Banquet   T = Theater  

BO = Break-out Rooms   CF = Catering/Food Service   K = Kitchen Facilities Q = Barbecue  

LP = Lawn/Patio Area   AV = Audio Visual   VC = Video Conferencing   TC = Teleconferencing  

AC = On-site Accommodations (please note: many amenities are available only with advance reservations.)

All phone numbers are in the 805 area code unless otherwise noted


Palazzo Giuseppe

20 n n


Paso Robles Inn

250 300 200 350 n

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Pear Valley Vineyard, Inc.

100 75 n



Pismo Lighthouse Suites

46 30 n n

San Luis Obispo Country Club

200 40 n

1010 Court St., San Luis Obispo 541-9922 · 1103 Spring St., Paso Robles 238-2660 · 4900 Union Rd., Paso Robles 237-2861 ·

2411 Price St., Pismo Beach · 773-2411 (800) 245-2411 ·





San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church 120 250 250 n n n


Sands Inn & Suites

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255 Country Club Dr., San Luis Obispo 543-3400 ·

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1515 Fredricks St., San Luis Obispo 543-7580 ·

1930 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo 544-0500 ·


100 75 50 150 n n




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All phone numbers are in the 805 area code unless otherwise noted


SeaCrest Beach Resort

200 200 n

SeaVenture Resort & Restaurant






200 30 30 n

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Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort

100 60 150 150 n

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Ventana Grill Restaurant & Bar

150 65 175 n n

Vina Robles

120 50 250 200 n

2241 Price St., Pismo Beach 773-4608 · (800) 782-8400 · 100 Ocean View Ave., Pismo Beach 773-4994 · (800) 662-5545 · 1215 Avila Beach Dr., San Luis Obispo 595-7302 · 2575 Price St., Pismo Beach 556-3641 · 3700 Mill Rd., Paso Robles 227-4812 ·








Vacation Rental Companies

Vacation Rental Properties Beachbum Holiday Rentals & Management

Morro Bay Luxury Rentals

Pismo Beach · 773-7194 · 866-737-7367

Morro Bay · 704-1169 ·

Cottontail Creek Ranch

Paso Robles · 423-9174 ·

Flying Caballos Guest Ranch

Morro Bay · 772-5657 ·

The Lodge at Oak Creek Ranch

Cambria · 927-6163 · 800-927-6163

Cayucos · 995-1787 · San Luis Obispo · 704-9634 · Santa Margarita · 964-6790 ·

Paso Robles Vacation Rentals

Pedersen Realty & Property Management Scenic Coast Property Management

Pismo Beach Vacation Rentals

Pismo Beach · 773-9702 · 800-549-2322

Valentina Inn & Villas

Pismo Beach · 773-1234 ·

All phone numbers are in the 805 area code unless otherwise noted

Stay in historic elegance at the Flying Caballos guest ranch. Authentic.Artistic.Unique. Plan your special event or private getaway and experience the beauty and tranquility of the Edna Valley, just 5 minutes from downtown San Luis Obispo. • Five-bedroom historical ranch house • Cozy two-bedroom farm house • Elegant and private studio

805.801.5234 • •



If You’re on Vacation and the Unexpected Happens, Trust your Award-Winning Community Hospital

• Avatar International has selected French Hospital for its Five Star Loyalty and Endorsement Award for Emergency Department Service in 2009 and the Exceeding Patient Expectations Award for the last five years in a row. • HealthGrades gives national recognition and honors to French Hospital for Cardiac Care, Joint Replacement, Patient Satisfaction and Quality Measures.

• National Research Corporation named French Hospital San Luis Obispo’s top hospital choice for overall image and quality. • Thomson Reuters recognizes French Hospital as a national leader in Cardiac Care, ranking in the top 100 cardiac hospitals in the United States for the second year in a row.

1911 Johnson Ave. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (805) 543-5353

San Luis Obispo Visitors Guide (2011 Edition)  
San Luis Obispo Visitors Guide (2011 Edition)  

The San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce presents the 2011 edition of it's award-winning publication, the San Luis Obispo Visitors Guide. Thi...