72 Hours in San Luis Obispo County, California

Though not on the coast, an overnight stay in San Luis Obispo is a treat for those looking for something to do once the sun goes down.

25 Best Small US Cities to Spend the Weekend

In San Luis Obispo, the weekend starts on Thursday, when thousands of visitors and locals roam the Downtown Farmers’ Market eating barbecue, corn on the cob, and other local delicacies.

The Girl’s Guide to a California Coast Road Trip

Next up, it’s San Luis Obispo—dreamy, eclectic, trendy SLO. Stop here for the night at Madonna Inn, a whimsical resort with a fairy-tale exterior and modern furnishings, such as a hilltop terrace, heated infinity pool, spa, and 45-foot waterfall.

These are the Wine Trips You Should Absolutely Take this Year

When wine-tripping on Highway 1 along the California coast, most head north. But the Central Coast, right around San Luis Obispo County and specifically the Edna Valley wine region, are worth a stop and stay.

9 Best Farmers’ Markets on the West Coast

The San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market offers major meal potential on top of the amazing local produce. Be sure to check out the pulled pork while you’re there and enjoy the musicians.  

10 Best Small College Towns

Located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the town of San Luis Obispo features an architecturally interesting and pedestrian-friendly downtown area, where travelers, residents and students at California Polytechnic State University gather to shop, dine or enjoy a glass of wine from a nearby Edna Valley winery.

Road Trip: Seeking Beer on the California Coast

It’s time to head back south for the return trip on day 2, starting at Libertine Brewing Co. in San Luis Obispo for a pour from the all-wild-ale lineup and then Tap It Brewing Co.

The 6 Best Places to See Along California’s Central Coast

Consistently praised as one of the United States’ best college towns—not to mention the happiest, according to Oprah—SLO is easily the central coast’s most unmissable destination.

19 of the world’s weirdest tourist attractions

Since the 1970s, people have stuck wads of chewed gum on this wall in San Luis Obispo, California.

10 Top Farmers’ Markets

Plan to visit this sunny Central Coast college town on a Thursday—stick around until evening and you’ll see why that’s the best day of the week. 

California Dream Eater visits Sidecar in San Luis Obispo

California Dream Eater gets fired up in San Luis Obispo about the unique flavors of Sidecar’s artistic cocktails.

The Most Fitness-Friendly Cities for 2016

Located 11 miles from the Pacific Ocean in hilly central California, San Luis Obispo ranks as the fifth best place to get in shape in 2016.

America’s Best Wine Destinations

The Edna Valley has emerged as one of America’s top wine regions for both the quality of its offering and the beauty of its scenery.

Here’s the pizza capital of every state

San Luis Obispo is the pizza capital of California with 5.7 pizza restaurants per 10,000 people.

The Lazy Man’s Road Trip: A Scenic Drive From L.A. to San Fran

Every once in a while, a woman just has to hit the road. You know, like in a teeny weeny trailer. My plan? To drive along the Central Coast of California, a 350-mile stretch that bills itself as the “Original Road Trip.” 

Deal: $100 gift card with a hotel stay in San Luis Obispo? Yes, please!

San Luis Obispo wants you to come stay. Really. The city is offering hotel guests a $100 gift card just for visiting — and you can spend it any way you like.

Top 10 Large Cities Slideshow

San Luis Obispo continues to make the “best of” lists! This year, SLO has moved up 14 spots to #10 on Milken Institute’s Top 10 Large Cities in 2015.

Glide through the holidays with ice skating in SLO

For many of us, holiday memories include the unique pleasure of ice skating. Relive some of those memories with a trip to the Winter Wonder SLO Ice Rink at the Ales Madonna Expo Center, 100 Madonna Rd., San Luis Obispo.

14 Restaurants Not to Miss on your Trip from LA to San Fran

This establishment has been a welcoming atmosphere in San Luis Obispo since 1927. Its history is deeply rooted in a “friendly corner market” tradition and maintains it by embracing its inherent vintage charm.

20 Best Under-the-Radar Film Festivals in 2016

Plan a weekend getaway to one of these amazing destinations and attend some of the best film festivals in 2016. The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is a six-day annual event that showcases classic and contemporary films in a number of venues such as the city’s classic Art Deco Fremont Theatre and the independent Palm Theatre.

Visiting San Luis Obispo — the ‘Happiest City in America’

Naturally, the erstwhile cranky New Yorker in me was skeptical when I heard that, only a few hours away, there exists a town widely known as one of the Happiest Places in America: San Luis Obispo, Calif. Here are seven reasons why San Luis Obispo really may be the Happiest Place in America.

Daily Eats: Seriously Falling In Love with SLO

Guys, I’m falling in love with my little town. I can honestly tell you that two months ago I was doubting that I’d ever be able to say this with that true, all encompassing “I love this place” feeling.

Driving the CA Coast + Apple Farm Inn

I took some time off this last weekend to drive the coast with my friend Mariah. We stayed at the adorable Apple Farm Inn, which I discovered via my friend Emi’s blog. And if you’re in the SLO area, please don’t miss the Madonna Inn. It’s like Vegas in a hotel. You just must see it. 

The California Adventure Club: Bubblegum Alley

No one can be certain how the tradition of putting gum in the alley started. Was it after WWII as a San Luis Obispo High School graduating class event? Or did it start in the late 1950s, as rivalry between San Luis Obispo High School and Cal Poly students? Either way, it’s fun and colorful and pretty gross. 

Wine Enthusiast Ranks 2 SLO County Restaurants among Best for Wine Lovers

Ember in Arroyo Grande and Foremost Wine Co. in San Luis Obispo were included in Wine Enthusiast magazine’s list of 100 Best Wine Restaurants 2015. 

Date Days

But oh my goodness. Date days. My parents live in San Luis Obispo and my brother has a tandem bicycle. This is such a wonderful combination. 

Meet two unique skateboard parks: One is a work of art, the other is… nirvana

It’s true in San Luis Obispo, where the planners behind the city’s skate park looked for fresh ways to give skaters not just a great playground but a lovely thing to look at too.

America’s Beeriest Beach Towns 2015

Is it any wonder a city dubbed “the happiest place in America” also happens to be soaked in craft beer? Perhaps it’s no coincidence that SLO earned that moniker—from none other than Oprah—right around the start of the central California coast’s brewing boom.

Traveling to SLO then rushing back to SF

More than half my week was spent in San Luis Obispo, where I checked out 17 restaurants in four days for an upcoming special destination section. The culinary scene is definitely looking up there.

America’s Happiest Town: Wining and Dining in San Luis Obispo

How does a visit to a quaint college town nestled between the rolling hills and beaches of California sound? A place where average winter temperatures are in the 60s and boutique shops, wineries, and restaurants are plentiful?

San Luis Obispo – California’s Hidden Wine Country

Bucolic and small scale, SLO is both interesting in its long winemaking history and highly forward-thinking and modern. The 30 or so wineries in the region are turning out a lot of excellent beverages.

36 Hours in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Occupying a dramatic stretch of coast midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo County is nothing if not well-positioned. It has the Pacific to the west, the fertile San Joaquin Valley to the east and a delicious Mediterranean climate.

Raise a Glass to “Green” for California Wines Down To Earth Month

Who would bring an owl to a party? San Luis Obispo County wineries, that’s who! The Earth Day Food & Wine Festival on April 18 offers a fun, casual experience with more than 200 growers, vintners and chefs serving local wines and foods with music, dancing and more.

A Weekend of Relaxation in San Luis Obispo

My sister and I were on a road trip to San Luis Obispo to seek some rest and recovery from our stress at home and work. Upon our arrival, we met with my sister’s friend who provided us with the warmest hospitality we could have hoped for.

Three Spring Wine Events: Paso Zins, STARS of Napa Valley, SLO Wine

Vines are breaking bud and wine events are busting out too. Starting April 1, SLO Wine in San Luis Obispo celebrates 25 years with Roll Out the Barrels, a monthlong series of events in wine country there.

The Madonna Inn

Hey, friends! Last month, Jeremy and I took a trip to San Luis Obispo to visit close friends as well as stay at the famous Madonna Inn. It was such a strange and surreal hotel experience that I thought I would share it with you here!

Road Trips for Families

Coastal Highway 1 follows the Pacific coastline from Baja, Mexico to the top of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. The most scenic stretch is the 139 miles south through California from Monterey to Morro Bay near San Luis Obispo.

SLO Sip Springtime: Roll Out the Barrels

Make that San Luis Obispo, to be exact, which is known for its area wineries and its relaxed approach to all things, including big anniversaries (it doesn’t go by SLO just for kicks — it is a local philosophy that’s very much observed).

Awesome Things You Should Do in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo County, about three hours north of LA and one hour from Santa Barbara, is a rambling place – the state’s 17th largest county by total area – dotted with adorable getaways.

The 40 Best Commuter Cities in California

Offering nearly ideal weather, lush vineyards, abundant recreation and eclectic restaurants, it’s no wonder tourists flock to the cozy community of San Luis Obispo. San Luis Obispo is also the place roughly 45,000 residents call home sweet home.

25 Most Amazing Campus Arts Centers

The campus of California Polytechnic State University or Cal Poly is located in San Luis Obispo, California. Its Performing Arts Center is comprised of four specific areas, a classroom, two smaller performance spaces, and the piece of resistance, the breathtaking Sidney Harman Hall.

Best College Towns in America

The vibrant center of this college town, just a few miles inland from the Pacific, is Higuera Street, which closes off traffic every Thursday evening (except Thanksgiving) for its popular farmers’ market—featuring organic produce, fresh-cut flowers, entertainment, and some of the best tri-tip BBQ on the West Coast.

Five Cool California Food Festivals to visit in September

Gourmet food and wine from San Luis Obispo and surrounding towns are showcased each year at the Sunset Savor the Central Coast, which is Sept. 25-28.

Book Now: Where to Go for Thanksgiving 2014

If there’s one responsible thing you do over Labor Day weekend, let it be solidifying your Thanksgiving plans. We know it’s difficult to think ahead to the next big holiday while you’re still working on taking advantage of the current one, but we hear from our friends at Hipmunk that airfare is expected to rise significantly after the holiday.

THE ROAD TO HAPPINESS: A summer trip to the happiest city in America

We drove slowly through the dense fog that enveloped the city overlooking the ocean. Houses disappeared in the early-morning mist as sun tried to slice through the sky.

Despite its size, San Luis Obispo wine country offers variety

Grape varieties from all over the world are produced in a remarkable single area of California, the beautiful and delicious San Luis Obispo appellation in California’s central coast. There you can sample an Albarino, native to northern Spain; pop open a Gruner Vetliner, the classic grape of Austria; move into reds like a Pinot Noir, home region Burgundy, France.

Keep it close with these LGBT-friendly weekend getaways

September is upon us, which means time is running out for any last-minute summer getaways to escape the L.A. commotion.. Explore a pair of LGBT-friendly destinations within a three-hour drive of Los Angeles offering a swath of nature, culture and nightlife worth getting on the freeway for.

California’s Central Coast, overflowing with attractions

Remember that killer blonde in high school? Sure you do — every school had one. Tall, aloof, didn’t give you a second look — or a first. The less enlightened among us might have described her as “smokin’ hot to look at but way too chilly to touch.” Well, if she ended up in Avila Beach, Calif., then she’s in the right place.

TripAdvisor Shines Its Headlights On America’s Top Drive-In Movie Theaters

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the 10 top drive-in movie theaters in the U.S., ranked according to the TripAdvisor Popularity Index™, which takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews on TripAdvisor. From Cape Cod to the coasts of California, these retro theaters offer movie-goers an enjoyable blast from the past.

San Luis Obispo continues to ride wave of “best places” lists

The City of San Luis Obispo continues to grow in popularity as a travel destination, which could in part be attributed to its impressive rankings on several national “best” lists this year. Most recently, the city was named one of the top swimming communities by USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport.

California Staycation in San Luis Obispo (SLO)

I have called San Luis Obispo my home for the past 18 years. It is a beautiful place, once called “The happiest place in America” by Oprah Winfrey. Located on the Central Coast of California, about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

America’s Best Small Cities on the Rise

Somewhere between quiet villages and metropolises that never sleep are these perfect up-and-coming American cities. With their revitalized downtowns, they’re savvy enough to brew smooth craft beers, land touring Broadway shows, and attract Food Network-caliber chefs. Here are 10 terrific little cities, from Chattanooga to Yakima, and plenty of reasons why each one is worth a visit.

Top 8 Farmers Markets to Visit This Summer

Looking for the juiciest watermelon or a crisp selection of veggies? You’re probably not going to find it at your local supermarket. A farmers market is a great alternative. These markets feature local farmers who sell freshly picked produce and other artisanal goods, usually at prices lower than the supermarket.

Winemakers of SLO Wine Country on Terroir

The wineries are just five miles on average from the ocean, so the prevailing marine conditions are very pronounced, giving the fruit a lot of time to develop rich, full flavors while maintaining structure, complexity, and balance.

The Perfect Weekend Getaway in San Luis Obispo

Halfway between L.A. and San Francisco, San Luis Obispo is still a relatively hidden gem along California’s Central Coast. Spend the weekend walking the tree-lined downtown, where boutiques abound, wine flows, and farm-to-fork cuisine is fueled by SLO’s close proximity to California’s agricultural epicenter. It’s been called “America’s happiest city” for a reason.

Cheap and Chic: 15 Affordable Hotels in California Wine Country

Tasting California’s most famous wines on a beer budget may be easier than you think—you just need to be a little flexible. First, avoid that four-letter word: Napa. You can taste there all you want, but real estate is expensive in that stretch of California—and the room prices reflect it.

3 Perfect Days in San Luis Obispo

We always enjoy sharing a local’s perspective on California getaways. As seasoned travelers well know, a local’s insight is always the best. This one, written by our Guest Guru and longtime San Luis Obispo resident Kathleen Forster, is sure to inspire a visit to this Central Coast gem.

Family travel: It’s time to find your happy place

From catchy Oscar-nominated tunes to lists with various measurement criteria, “happy” is hip. Here are five cheery destinations to consider.

America’s Most Romantic Towns

With mild year-round weather, fewer crowds, and affordable prices (at least compared to L.A. and San Francisco), this central-coast college town embodies California mellow, making for easy romance. It also offers easy access to great wine country (think Sideways), laid-back Pismo Beach, and the grandeur of Hearst Castle.

These Are America’s 10 Friendliest Small Cities

When was the last time a stranger wished you a nice day, or a shop owner greeted you with a smile? Have you only seen a whole town come together to celebrate or help those less fortunate on TV or in movies? Depending on where you live, these sorts of things might seem like fantasy—we’re looking at you, Manhattan and Los Angeles—but what if we told you there are real places where this stuff still happens?

What are the best places to visit in 2014?

CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” with travel ideas for the new year – including some often overlooked hot destinations.

San Luis Obispo attractions: Slow is the way to go

This is not the kind of place you can get hostile with someone for driving too slow. That’s one of the first things my sister told me when she moved here nearly 20 years ago.

8 Great Summer Birding Trails

Halfway between bustling Los Angeles and San Francisco, California’s stunning central coast is tranquil and filled with birds. This trail, sketched by Audubon California, highlights 83 top sites in four coastal counties.

California: Savor Restaurant Month in San Luis Obispo County

Travelers heading to the Central Coast next month should pack their appetites as well as their bags in anticipation of San Luis Obispo County’s annual Restaurant Month, which takes place Jan 1.-Jan.31.

Holiday volunteer vacation at Hearst Castle

Looking for a way to give back this holiday season and explore the Central Coast at the same time? As part of Nature Corps’ volunteer vacation tour Dec. 13-16, participants will spend a morning helping to ready the gardens at Hearst Castle.

A Very Obispo 2012

How’s that lists of wont’s and cant’s coming along? Wait. What did you say? You’re only including the things you will do and must try and can enjoy? That’s the spirit. After all, a new year isn’t about prohibiting but about pushing forward and growing and trying new things.

SLO Club: Itinerary for a Perfect Weekend in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, or SLO as the locals like to call it, has multiple personalities: meeting point between SF and LA, outdoorsy collegiate town, oenophile getaway perched 30 miles from Paso Robles. They all converge into an ideal and easy-to-do weekend for anyone who loves food, wine, mountains, and ocean—which is to say, most of us.

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