By Gabby Mahmood

A world-class wine region, an artisan haven and ground zero of the farm to fork movement, all wrapped in a warm Mediterranean climate. Welcome to San Luis Obispo. Arts and culture, wine and fine dining, hiking and biking, downtown shopping or a blissful day basking on the beach — all of these things and more are patiently awaiting your arrival. That and a downtown that is consistently named one of the most charming in the nation. SLO down and stay a while.

This is the fourth and final post in a series of ideas of how to spend your summer in San Luis Obispo.


Wine & Beer Tasting

Tap It Brewing Company

Tap It Brewing Company

San Luis Obispo Wine Country embodies a unique variety of wineries, each with its own charm.  Just a short drive from downtown SLO, Edna Valley makes up the heart of San Luis Obispo wine country. Pick up a wine map in the Visitor Center and take a drive or, better yet have someone do the driving for you. If beer is your thing, you’re in luck as San Luis Obispo County is also home to a burgeoning craft beer movement with a growing number of micro and nano breweries. Try local favorites, Central Coast Brewing, SLO Brew, The Libertine Brewing Company or the new BarrelHouse Brewing Speakeasy all located downtown or take the three minute trip to Bang the Drum and Tap It Brewing Company just out of downtown. A must however is to head up to Paso Robles and check out the Barrelhouse Brewing beer garden and their collection of small batch and barrel aged brews.

Visit a spa and get a massage

A secluded San Luis Obispo has been calming nerves and providing a relaxing retreat for centuries. Halfway between the bustle of the Bay Area and the frenzied traffic of Southern California rests the perfect escape in one of the most pristine and preserved places in California. Sink into a massage at a local spa and take care of your overall wellness.

Figure out what to do and what’s going on in and around SLO, and pick up everything you need for your trip and maybe even a SLO memento at the Visitor Center in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo at 895 Monterey St.

Sunday – Wednesday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Gabby Mahmood is a business administration student at Cal Poly and former SLO Chamber communications intern who went above and beyond while researching for the Summer in SLO blog post series.