Where to See Wildflowers

On the Central Coast, we’re wild about wildflowers! With all the rain we’ve been getting recently, California is finally showing it’s true colors — orange, yellow, and purple flowers are blooming almost everywhere! This beautiful time of growth is something you don’t want to miss during your time on the Central Coast. Lucky for you, we’ve highlighted the best spots to stop and smell the roses, or poppies in this case. Shell Creek Road As you make your way Eastward through Santa Margarita on Highway 58, you’ll understand why Shell Creek Road is one of the most popular spots to view…

Bring the Beach Home: DIY

While a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes you want to commemorate your #CentralCoasting memories with something more tangible. Souvenirs can serve as lovely reminders for your time spent exploring Avila or Pismo Beach, but what about something more unique to your own experiences? With these DIY crafts, you can bring a piece of the Central Coast home with you, and treasure your time spent with us for years to come. Beach Photo Shadowbox When you stay at a Martin Resorts property, we encourage you to share your adventures with us by using #CentralCoasting on Instagram. When you do,…

Avoiding “Are We There Yet?”

The weather is warmer, the sun is shining brighter, and the wildflowers are in bloom. Spring Break on the Central Coast is fast approaching, and what better way to enjoy your hard-earned vacation than with a road trip along the beautiful California coast? It’s time to pile your kiddos in the car, pack up your vacation essentials, and head to the beach! But we know a family road trip can be long, tiring, and hard to sit through when your kids are just too excited to get to your final stop. To avoid the age-old question of “are we there…

California’s “Royal Road”

If you’ve traveled along the gorgeous 101 Highway connecting the northern and southern parts of California, you’ve also traveled along a piece of California history! California’s “Royal Road” or El Camino Real, is the historic 600 mile stretch of roadway that was intended to connect the established missions for travelers and visitors. Still standing today are the commemorative bell-markers, which can be spotted as your travel along this highway. These special markers served have a distinctive shape, hanging on support poles in the shape of a shepherd’s crook to commemorate a Franciscan walking stick. These bells on the shepherd’s crook…

Central Coast Spots to Explore

The Central Coast is the perfect spot for the explorer at heart, whether that’s simply discovering some of the best beaches or even taking a chance on a new trail! When visiting this beautiful area, there are endless options to get outside and enjoy your surroundings. With beautiful weather, amazing views, and luxurious accommodations, there isn’t much to complain about! When staying at the newly updated Shore Cliff Hotel, we encourage you to soak up all the Central Coast has to offer by living without limits! Here are some of our favorite spots to explore during your stay: Elfin Forest…

Lunchtime Delights: Best Sandwich Shops in SLO

For a small town, San Luis Obispo has an astronomical per-capita supply of hearty, non-chain sandwich shops. From heaping portions of BBQ on a soft bun, to a traditional ham and cheese with only the freshest ingredients, you will find all your sandwich-related dreams coming true with just one visit to San Luis Obispo. In our land of huge portions, you can buy one sandwich, eat ’till you’re stuffed, and still have enough left over for a snack later in the day. It’s the Central Coast way! Here are our recommendations for the best sandwich shops in the area, all of…

Beach Games for the Whole Family

Long days at the beach are definitely one of the best ways to spend a vacation. With the sun shining above and the warm sand in your toes, it’s hard to imagine ever wanting to leave! Sometimes on those big family trips though, especially with younger children, everyone can get a little restless at the beach. After an hour of two of splashing around in the ocean and enjoying a rest on the shore, it can be nice to have a few activities up your sleeve to entertain the family! Try out some of these fun and easy beach games,…

St. Patrick’s Day Pubs

If there’s one thing the Irish know how to do, its drink. This St. Patrick’s Day, the luck of the Irish is on your side because the Central Coast is home to several beloved pubs that will show you such a good time, your friends and family will be green with envy. If you’re in a pinch and looking for some last minute ways to celebrate the Irish culture, grab a Guinness at one of these festive pubs before chasing down your pot of gold along San Luis Obispo’s stunning green hills. Pappy McGregor’s Voted “Best Pub” for nine years straight,…