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 Hill, Cerro Cabrillo, Bishop Peak, Cerro 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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