The holiday season is the perfect excuse to get together with family, indulge in delicious food, and acknowledge all that we are grateful for. However, these meaningful holiday traditions are often sacrificed as holidays becoming increasingly commercialized. Unfortunately, the line between Thanksgiving and Black Friday is blurred more and more each year as stores start to open their doors on Thursday night. This year, we encourage you to take a break from the sales craze, and instead spend this Black Friday enjoying these free activities with your loved ones. You’ll be grateful you did.
1. Turkey-Day Leftovers Picnic
There are tons of special spots all along the Central Coast that are perfect for an autumnal picnic. This Black Friday, do more than just heat-up leftovers from the big meal in between shopping trips. Instead, use your delicious hand-carved turkey to make delicious sandwiches that can be easily taken on a picnic! Bring along a bottle of sparkling apple cider, and of course a couple slices of pumpkin pie for round two of the feast. If you’re looking for the perfect spot to place your picnic blanket, check out Dinosaur Caves Park, Montana de Oro, Pirate’s Cove, or the Downtown City Park in Paso Robles.
2. Sunrise Hike
Skip the door-buster sales, and enjoy the greatest early-bird special of them all: the sunrise! All that turkey on Thursday is sure to make you pretty sleepy, so get to bed early and rest up for your 5am wake up call! Work your way up to Bishop Peak, Cerro San Luis, Reservoir Canyon, or Ontario Ridge Trail for a view that’s totally worth the sweat. Seeing the sunrise over San Luis Obispo with some of your favorite people will make you thankful to be in such a breathtaking area. Afterward, spend the day indulging in delicious leftovers without the guilt!
3. Beach Football
There’s sure to be plenty of football games on TV this holiday weekend, but that’s no excuse to turn into a couch potato. Instead, gather the family for a game of your own at Avila Beach or Pismo Beach. Appreciate the beauty of the Central Coast while chasing, tackling, and victory-dancing in the end zone. The best part? You can’t beat this deal because it’s completely free! If football isn’t your forte, play a game of tennis at Shore Cliff Hotel‘s private tennis court overlooking the Pacific Ocean.