San Luis Obispo is the crowning jewel of its name sake county, nestled in beautiful, rolling hills between the stunning shores of Avila and Pismo Beach, and the luscious wine country of Paso Robles. The city’s close proximity to surrounding beach and wine towns makes it an ideal stop on a long weekend trip. On your next visit to the Central Coast, plan a stop in San Luis Obispo for a day of family fun, relaxation, or outdoor activity.
1. Family Friendly Fun-day
From the lively downtown shops and restaurants, to the gorgeous scenery and wide array of activities, San Luis Obispo is an excellent place to spend a day with family. Start off the morning with breakfast at Sally Loo’s, an adorable morning eatery in the SLO Historic Railroad District. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the historic downtown area for some shopping, a stroll along the creek, and a visit to the Children’s Museum. Before dinner, take a drive out Foothill Boulevard to see if you can spy any of the area’s horses grazing on the road side pastures. In the evening, visit the famous Woodstock’s Pizza or Firestone Grill for a delicious meal. Just a few blocks from these iconic San Luis Obispo eateries, you will find a dessert lover’s paradise. Visit Doc Burnstien’s or Batch for a delicious scoop of ice cream.
2. Rustic Relaxation
A metropolis on the Central Coast, San Luis Obispo is situated at the crossroads between stunning natural beauty, and unique food, wine, and culture. Stop in to San Luis Obispo during a retreat on the Central Coast for a spa day at Bladerunner Spa. After your morning of relaxation, grab some tasty tacos at Luna Red. In the afternoon, drive to nearby San Luis Obispo Wine Country for a peaceful afternoon tasting the Central Coast’s unique wine and enjoying the beautiful outdoor patio at Biddle Ranch Winery.
3. Outdoor Adventures
Named one of Outside Magazine’s Best Towns of 2017, San Luis Obispo has endless opportunities for those seeking outdoor activities. Visit the town’s many famous hiking trails and state parks, including Bishop’s Peak and Montana De Oro State Park, for a beautiful day of blood-pumping thrills.