visitor center

Dusty Colyer-Worth Visitor Center Manager

dusty@slochamber.org 805-786-2767

Years in SLO: 30

What brought you to SLO?
I was born and raised in North County SLO, a 5th-generation Californian. I moved away for school but returned to live and work in the city of SLO—home is where the heart is!

When did you join the Chamber team?
I joined the Chamber as an Ambassador in 2013 and moved into my role as a staff member in February 2016.

Favorite SLO fun fact:
We always hear about the “Seven Sisters” in regards to our fantastic mountain range, but there are actually NINE Sisters! Black and Islay Hill often get left out as the two shortest. There’s also a 10th Sister that we don’t even talk about since she lives well underwater.

What is the number one thing you recommend people do on their first trip to SLO?
Besides stopping in the Visitor Center to get oriented? It may seem silly, but take a leisurely day in Downtown. Tour the Mission, walk along the creek, pop into Novo from the Creekside entrance for a glass of wine and then exit through the front to wander the Higuera Street shops.

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:
Don’t be in a hurry! We call it the SLO Life for a reason. Kick back, slow down, don’t try and do everything in a single day. Go for a wine-tasting weekend, not just a day—pack a picnic and spend a spell at one location rather than trying to hit four wineries in a day.

Jessica McLin Information Specialist

Years in SLO:
26

What brought you to SLO?
I was born and raised here. My parents met at Cal Poly and started our family in San Luis Obispo. 

When did you join the Chamber team?
2015 

Favorite SLO fun fact:
One-third of our population is college students. 

What is the number one thing you recommend people do on their first trip to SLO?
Arrive on, or stay until Thursday night and experience the Downtown Farmers’ Market. 

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:
Get outside! Take a hike, walk on the beach, pack a picnic—between the weather and the scenery, we always have a reason to be outdoors.

Haley Black Information Specialist

Years in SLO:
23  

What brought you to SLO?
I was born and raised here, actually! My family moved out here almost 50 years ago on both sides, one side from Nebraska and the other from Utah. I can definitely say I am grateful they did. 

When did you join the Chamber team?
July 2017

Favorite SLO fun fact:
Amelia Earhart stopped at Cal Poly in 1936 to have her Boeing 100 aircraft repaired by their students.  

What is the number one thing you recommend people do on their first trip to SLO?
I like the Mission Plaza, especially during spring. Not only do you have the historical Mission and the history center there, but you can walk by the creek and find a restaurant with an amazing view. 

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:
Have a drink at Black Sheep’s back patio.

Keegan Barany Information Specialist

Years in SLO:
34 (give or take)

What brought you to SLO?
Born and raised

When did you join the Chamber team?
April 2017

What is the number one thing you recommend people do on their first trip to SLO?
Unplug from social media and get lost in wine country.

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:
Eat at the bar.

Berlin Lopez

Berlin Lopez Information Specialist

Years in SLO:
2.5

Why did you come to SLO?
I came to study Tourism and Hospitality at Cal Poly and discovered what made SLO the happiest city in the US.

When did you join the Chamber team?
October 2017

Favorite SLO fun fact:
Jamba Juice started locally in San Luis Obispo before it became the major chain it is today.

What is the number one thing you recommend people do on their first trip to SLO?
Everyone should hike Cerro San Luis, otherwise known as Madonna Mountain, to get a great bird’s eye view of the city and hills.

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:
Don’t make too many plans, and just stroll around downtown, grab a cup of coffee and take it SLO.

Sue Miers

Sue Miers Information Specialist

Years in SLO:
2.5

Why did you come to SLO?
To retire at the beach.

When did you join the Chamber team?
January 2016

Favorite SLO Fun fact:
The people who live and work here REALLY ARE happy, nice and friendly.

What is the number one thing you recommend people do on their first trip to SLO?
Stroll downtown and have great Italian food, tri tip and Doc Bernstein’s ice cream.

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:
Hike in the Irish Hills

Patty Rupprecht Information Specialist

Years in SLO: 32

What brought you to SLO?
I went to Cal Poly and met my husband in the dorms. We lived in the LA and SF areas after graduation, and we thought someday we would like to retire to SLO. We decided why wait for someday? We moved back in 1990, and we continue to live and work here very happily. 

When did you join the Chamber team?
Summer 2014

Favorite SLO fun fact:
The doorway to the Mission was built big enough to accommodate people bringing in their horses.

What is the number one thing you recommend people do on their first trip to SLO?
Taste the tri tip!

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:
Go to Luna Red for happy hour drinks and tapas, head up the street to the Palm Theatre to see a movie and then come back down to Giuseppe’s for dessert.

Keri Forsberg Communications Coordinator / Information Specialist

Years in SLO: 7

Why did you come to SLO?
To study Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management at Cal Poly.

When did you join the Chamber team?
I joined the Chamber team as a tourism intern in the summer of 2015. Since then, I’ve continued to work in the Visitor Center on Tuesdays as an Information Specialist in addition to my “full time” position as the Chamber’s Communications Coordinator during the remainder of the week.

Favorite SLO fun fact:
So hard to decide! We were the first city in the U.S. to ban smoking in all public buildings, including bars and restaurants, we are home to the world’s first motel and home to the Palm Theatre, the first movie theatre in the U.S. to be run completely by solar energy.

What is the number one thing you recommend people do on their first trip to SLO?
Stop in the Visitor Center to learn more about the area and gather information to best strategize their trip.

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:
Pack a picnic (Giuseppe’s, SLO Provisions and Fromagerie Sophie are some of my favorites) and watch the sunset from Terrace Hill. Don’t forget to bring a blanket!