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How the face of Bubblegum Alley is providing a happy alternative to the pace of the Silicon Valley!

                                -as recognized in a recent story in the New York Times!

In a December article of the New York Times, San Luis Obispo is featured as the charming and quaint California town attracting start-ups and venture capitalists, with a growing tech hub to boot.

In that article, Rick Stollmeyer who is the chief executive of MindBody declared that he foresaw San Luis Obispo a bustling tech hub when in 2001 he cofounded the cloud-based business management tool for the wellness industry. The MindBody corporation serves about 35 million consumers in over 130 countries. (Wikipedia) Their office residing at 4051 Broad St. here in SLO.

Luke Soules, Cal Poly graduate and founder of iFixit a native San Luis Obispo start-up, is quoted as stating,  “We have a lot of employees tired of the Silicon Valley pace and come to raise a family.” The 125-employee firm offers over 31,000 online guides on how to fix anything from a broken iPhone screen to torn jeans.

A former Cal Poly professor, Gary Dwyer shared his observation in the article sharing that tech workers were using San Luis Obispo as a playground to surf and ride mountain bikes. “The techies are building and buying secondary homes they can use as time shares. They are already here, and more are on the way.”

California Center for Jobs and the Economy has estimated more than 7,800 tech employees work in San Luis Obispo County; a 20 percent rise over the last five years. A principal contributor of the rise is the growth pool of engineering and computer science students from California Polytechnic State University and the network of support from government, education and community agencies providing access to real estate, funding and business connections nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit and encouraging fledgling enterprises. (NY Times)

The New York Times article cited the Mission San Luis Obispo De Tolosa and Bubblegum Alley as a tourist draw and also reported “Based on its clean environment, walkability and access to healthy food, San Luis Obispo is consistently ranked as one of the happiest cities in the United States.” (NY Times)

News has travelled countrywide! The SLO life is alive and thriving!

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Why come to San Luis Obispo?

Come to Visit, but Stay to Thrive!

San Luis Obispo County provides you many ways to experience the superior quality of the local lifestyle……

It has been said that “happy is healthy”! So while San Luis Obispo has become known as the “Happiest Place on Earth”, it’s not a stretch to say that we don’t just survive here in San Luis Obispo County, we thrive here! While our college and university seasonally give birth to an offspring of new youth, SLO County generates a wellspring of perpetual youthfulness in its bountiful opportunity to join in nature’s celebration.

You can enjoy lakes and beaches, hiking and biking trails, outdoor adventure tours and rentals in SLO County, and on any given Sunday, and pretty much year ‘round, you can rent bikes, ATVs, horses for half a day, and of course boards of many kinds. Surf’s up in San Luis Obispo with a wide variety of nearby surf spots for all skill levels. Cal Poly was even placed in the top three of the “10 best surf schools in America” by Surfline.com.

The beautiful beaches, bustling downtown, and bountiful wineries are often credited with inspiring the mirth, but the great hiking trails must have something to do with it too. (hikespeak.com) San Luis Obispo is famous for the Nine Sisters, or Morros, a stunning string of volcanic peaks stretching from Morro Bay across San Luis Obispo. There are hiking trails on five of the Nine Sisters: Black HillCerro CabrilloBishop PeakCerro San Luis, and Islay Hill. There are several other places to hike around San Luis Obispo, including Montaña de Oro State Park and Morro Bay State Park, two gems on the California coast. Lists, including printable maps, can be found at hikespeak.com or find Trails of SLO County at alltrails.com

As well as supplying an overabundance of opportunity for physical activity, our great outdoors also offers alternative opportunity to celebrate life’s abundance. Did you know that in San Luis Obispo County you can find a local farmer’s market on any day of the week? You can find a list at slocountyfarmers.org and northcountyfarmersmarkets.com  With an abundance of locally grown fresh produce, meats and seafood, and celebrated restaurants serving our counties award winning wines and handcrafted micro brews, it’s not hard to savor the Central Coast.

From fish and chips to grass-fed filet, San Luis Obispo County offers an eclectic mix of fresh fare. Explore your cravings of our culinary wonderland here on the Central Coast. There’s a “bite by bite and step by step exploration” of San Luis Obispo's and Paso Robles' historic down towns with our Cultural Walking Tours (visitsanluisobispocounty.com). Locals and visitors alike take advantage of grand event promotions offered every weekend limited only by their imaginations.

In addition to food tours, there are exclusive Private Wine Tours (visitcentralcoastwine.com), Beer Tours (hoponbeertours.com), Adventure Tours (whale watching tours, sailing, and kayaking tours, Zip-lining and Ranch Tours at Margarita Adventures), even castle tours (Hearst Castle, Hearst Ranch in San Simeon) and many other private group tours offered to behind the scenes venues throughout the county.

In the true spirit of celebrating life, we love hosting our parades, fairs and festivals here on the Central Coast! Annual festival themes have included the Wine Festival, the Olive Festival, the Apple Festival, Lavender Festival, Wildflower Festival, the Harbor Festival, the Harbor of Lights Festival, the Clam Festival, Harvest Festival, a Scarecrow Festival and of course festivals in observance of any major or minor holiday! Find year round events and the communities that are hosting them within San Luis Obispo County at www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com

The third largest producer of wine in California, wineries and wine grape growers here in SLO County generated a total of 13,627 jobs last year earning $388 million in wages and wine-related tourism brought in expenditures of $194 million (study from UC Davis; The Tribune, June 9, 2016).  Approaching soon, the third weekend in October, is the Harvest Wine Weekend celebrated at near every winery in the North County.  Find Homes on vineyards and wineries here.

Also in October, marvel at thousands of black-and-orange Monarch butterflies as they make their fall migration to temperate Pismo Beach, one of California’s last quintessential beach towns. This year’s epic butterfly season begins with the Monarch Grove Grand Opening Celebration (Oct. 22) featuring family friendly activities, interesting booths, and close encounters with the winged wonders (approximately 10,000 to be exact).

Drunk in love with San Luis Obispo County becomes the induced effect when you’re blessed enough to call the Central Coast your home! You don’t even have to be a wine drinker to conjure up good times. Bottom line…..It’s not only the college kids partying here on the Central Coast!  

San Luis Obispo County is home to one of the nation's top rated universities: California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). Find information about Cal Poly, Cuesta College, and local public schools here. http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/residents/schools__colleges__and_education.htm

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Great posting on San Luis Obispo, a great place to live!

If you are looking to buy a home in San Luis Obispo, check out this video just recently posted about visiting San Luis Obispo. Make every day a vacation, when you live in San Luis Obispo! Find out why it is the Best Place to Live!

"San Luis Obispo is the perfect getaway known for its soothing climate, vineyard laced hills and amazing sightseeing opportunities to observe nature along the Central Coast. SLO has something for nearly everyone, from relaxing along the pristine Pacific beaches to looking for adventure activities and enjoying the city's cultural heritage. Visit San Luis Obispo and experience SLO's breath-taking hikes, vibrant Downtown, award-winning wineries and more."

See the You Tube video here

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