With San Luis Obispo as your backdrop, the opportunities are infinite. SLO provides the perfect jumping off point for a county rich with diverse experiences. Shopping for artisan creations, savoring farm to fork dining, sipping specialty wines, hiking up one of the local peaks, or lying on a sun kissed beach are all within reach. The possibilities are endless.
“Whether hiking, biking, surfing, or just taking your horse for a trot, this seldom-seen side of California is the ultimate playground and the perfect place to escape.” – GrindTV
Agriculture still plays a vital role in the local economy and this becomes very prevalent on Thursday night during the second largest farmers’ market in the western United States. For three hours every Thursday six blocks of Higuera Street are closed off for a street party featuring some of the freshest produce, hottest barbecue and engaging entertainers.
South of town, and throughout the county, a booming artisan wine country has been growing, unassumingly, for decades. Some two dozen wineries produce critically acclaimed vintages in the Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley. Visitors can head out along the gorgeous country roads to sip their way through the vineyards, and then return to town to savor everything from Santa Maria barbeque to Italian fritti.
In and around SLO, extensive hiking and biking trails thread through the city’s open spaces. State parks, national forest and some of the most beautiful lakes in California open up endless outdoor adventure opportunities. Minutes from downtown SLO are miles of uncrowded beaches, pristine coastline, ragged sea cliffs and some of the best ocean vistas this side of Ireland. All this combined with 315 days of sunshine a year makes SLO a paradise for the outdoor enthusiast.
A children’s museum, an art center and a history museum add to SLO’s cultural appeal, as do its many art galleries. Festivals and special events of all kinds take place on the plaza in front of the Mission year-round. Forty-five minutes north, the incredible art, history and architecture of Hearst Castle awaits.