The village of Cambria is chock-a-block with artist studios, antiques, locally made crafts and a growing number of winery tasting rooms. Round that off with a house made completely of rubbish and it’s a good day trip destination.
San Simeon is the home of Hearst Castle, elephant seals, ragged ocean cliffs and the lighthouse namesake of the 1959 movie The Monster of Piedras Blancas. There is no better ending point for a SLO coastal tour.
With a population of 18, Harmony can’t even register as a hamlet. Harmony is home to a pottery shop, a glass works studio and, being in SLO County, a winery which when the tasting room is full exceeds the population of the town.
If ever there was a place to wax up the long board, strap it to the top of a woodie wagon and cruise over for a weekend at the beach, Cayucos would be it. This small beach town looks as if it was plucked from the 1950s and strategically placed on a stretch of some of the Central Coast’s finest real estate.
Morro Bay comes complete with a fisherman’s wharf and in turn one of the best fresh fish markets in the county, deep sea fishing tours, kayak rentals, antique shops, bayside dining and one very large namesake rock alerting everyone that they have arrived in one of California’s most iconic locations.
Los Osos / Montaña de Oro
Los Osos is home to the Elfin Forest, a 90-acre natural area for hiking, and is the gateway to Montaña de Oro State Park which offers camping, hiking, mountain biking, surfing, beaches, beautiful vistas as well as equestrian trails.