Best Boutique Shopping on the Central Coast

One of the best things about shopping on the Central Coast is that you don’t always know what you’re going to get. Our smaller community means that there are less big-name department stores, and plenty of unique, carefully crafted shops that mean a lot – stores where you can find unique clothes and gifts that would be impossible to discover in your run-of-the-mill department store. For those willing to browse and explore, the Central Coast offers many options for boutique shopping. Here are some of our favorites across the county: Ruby Rose A traveller’s heaven and a great place for…

Hidden Gems of the Central Coast: BarrelHouse Speakeasy

The Central Coast is full of hidden gems unknown to the average traveler.  Residents flock to certain beaches, restaurants, and shops for unique and special items native to this area.  Although visitors love the abundance of delicious restaurants fit for the most devoted foodie, many of the best eateries are concealed in the midst of more popular or crowded spots. Although the Central Coast is widely known for its impeccable wine tasting opportunities in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo, brewery tours and tastings have become more popular. BarrelHouse Brewery Co. is a well-known and highly admired Central Coast brewery,…

CowParade San Luis Obispo

This past weekend, a special event like no other was welcomed into the San Luis Obispo community. Over 75 cities and 200 million people worldwide have participated in CowParade, a chance for local artists and the surrounding community to display the beauty of their region. Famous cities and cultural centers like Paris, Madrid, and Rome have all presented their own CowParades. San Luis Obispo was lucky enough to host this countywide event, showcasing important regional values like art, agriculture, and ecotourism. These life-sized, 120 pound fiberglass cows will then be moved around the county to special and famous locations on October 1st…

Fall on the Central Coast

Fall on the Central Coast is a special time for most of us SLO dwellers. There’s something in the air that makes the events more festive, the food more delicious, and everyone more excited about all of it! To make fall on the Central Coast even better, we still enjoy beautiful weather! Naturally, you can still do all the activities that were so fun in summer, like hiking and hitting the beach, but with a added bit of autumn flair. Upcoming fall events promise a fun time, with beer festivals, food festivals, and recreational activities. Here’s our guide for how to experience the best of the…

Highlight: Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival in Arroyo Grande is a fantastic way to kick off fall with the whole family. With fun activities like Weiner dog races and amazing food, who could say no? There will also be music, contests, events, and games to celebrate the festive season of Harvest. The festival’s motto is “Bringing Our Past to the Future,” and it definitely highlights Arroyo Grande’s pioneer history while showing off some of the awesome things that make the village special today. If you have kids and want to have an exciting weekend planned, checking out this event is a must! Here’s some…

Best Central Coast Surf Spots

The Central Coast is known for its picturesque beaches: crystal clear, blue waters, salty ocean air, and tons of beach-goers enjoying the sandy shore. The sun days and cloudless skies that are so common to the area bring tons of visitors and residents to our shores to enjoy the Pacific Ocean and all it has to offer. The most popular surf spots on the Central Coast are perfect for every person, whether you’re the most seasoned veteran or you just enjoy watching the magic of riding waves from the sand. These beaches are the best places to work on your…

Coastal Cleanup Highlight

There’s no better way to help your local community, while also getting involved with an international environmental cause, than by helping with Coastal Cleanup Day. If you live in this area, visit this area, or most importantly love this area, then it’s so important to help retain it for us and for future generations. Coastal Cleanup Day is an international day of ocean conversation that has been run locally by ECOSLO since 2006. Here on the Central Coast, we are just one of the thousands of Coastal Cleanup Days that will take place around the world on September 17th. Our volunteers will go out…

Places Cal Poly Students Must Know About

Now that you’re moved in and are officially a Mustang, it’s time to start living like a local! San Luis Obispo is an area rich with unique attractions, many of which you’ll probably explore with your Week of Welcome group. However, there are a few hidden gems across the county that you must do to consider yourself a true Cal Poly student. Before classes start, explore some of these awesome places for a Cal Poly experience that you’ll never forget. 1. Big Falls With a natural water slide and swimming holes, Big Falls might be the best kept secret of San Luis Obispo county, in…