The Madonna Inn, just off of Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo on California’s Central Coast.
Mountain-bike, paddleboard, or explore 80 miles of beaches in the laid-back coastal region of San Luis Obispo County.
The Kinney SLO: Relax at this Central Californian hotel, which is located in low-key San Luis Obispo.
With breathtaking scenery throughout the journey, the nearly 1,400-mile Coast Starlight route runs daily between Seattle and Los Angeles.
If I were to make one hotel recommendation for this entire journey, the Madonna Inn is a no-brainer.
This Central Coast farmers’ market is a mecca for produce lovers.
This week, love is in the air and I am a huge devotee of being in love. So I can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their beloved partner.
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Here are some of the events happening around the Central Coast.
Cal Poly Arts will present the world music and dance spectacle “Celtic Nights — Oceans of Hope” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Performing Arts Center.
By taking the younger kids along, even on campus tours, you’re showing them what their futures may look like after high school.
After undergoing 18 months of extensive repairs and renovations, California’s signature coastal road is open for business and giving motorists what they deserve.
Following is a selection of red-colored ales to match the decorations on your Valentine’s dinner table.
With so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming to find the best spots to purchase fresh foods and other goodies. So, here are eight farmers’ markets America boasts of that you should visit today.
California has been the inspiration for people’s favorite songs, movies, television series and novels.
Planning a wedding is a stressful and expensive undertaking, and with affordability at top of mind for many couples, travel experts have named the 2019 10 Best Affordable Honeymoon Spots in the U.S.
Train travel is one of the oldest ways to get around, and the idea of a journey on the rails conjures up the past. Despite those notions, most trains are modern, fast, and efficient ways to get around.
We can’t get enough of its whimsical town whose charm is impossible to resist—even for two jaded, cynical people who aren’t really fans of love.
From south to north, from secret beaches to succulent barbecue, these roadside diversions demand a stop.
Across the Tri-Counties, hotels, wineries and restaurants are planning special events, offering holiday experiences for visitors and locals alike.
It’s no secret: vintage is back. From furniture and decor to clothes and even engagement rings, these days it seems like everyone is looking at the styles of the past.
In April, The Hen’s Roost will host a Vegan Festival and Earth Day Celebration. But if you can’t wait to get your plant-based powwow on, it’s time to hit the road for the Central Coast VegFest on Feb. 23.
A slew of new hotels, including some that have been in the works for more than a decade, are slated to open in 2019. Ranging from first-class hotel chains to privately-owned concepts, the new lodging spaces cater to a blend of luxury, tourism and business-oriented markets.
When you’re a student, you need to save money however you can. One great way of doing this is through biking instead of driving everywhere. If you use a bicycle as your primary method of transportation, then the costs go down!
Skip the traffic and unwind on an Amtrak ride from as far north as Seattle and as far south as San Diego to San Luis Obispo, a.k.a. SLO CALOpens a New Window., Cali’s third-largest wine region.
Breaking up a long drive with a bathroom break and a Starbucks run is, well, okay, but having a destination that kids can get excited about goes a much longer way toward making the trip bearable.
Nestled halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California’s Central Coast is San Luis Obispo, or “SLO” as native Californians call it. Though it’s a small town anchored by the local Cal Poly University, it’s almost always sunny and not as sleepy as its nickname might suggest.
MOVE OVER, boring chain hotels. Hotel designers the world over are getting creative in order to lure guests, and what they’re coming up with is sure to boggle the eyes. These seven hotels feature over-the-top interior decor and a guest experience that’s sure to surprise and overwhelm the senses.
The Madonna Inn has been a popular spot for celebrities since it opened in 1958. Bette Midler and Martin Have Attended
Longtime San Luis Obispo resident Carol Judd celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family recently at the Madonna Inn. She’s known for her outgoing and friendly nature: “I don’t think she has ever met a stranger,” Judd’s niece says.
While Los Angeles might be a draw for celeb seekers and San Francisco for sightseers, this lesser known city tucked between the two is ideal for those looking to kick back California-style without the extra crowds and cost (average hotel prices here are $139 per night).
A Central Coast celebration of mindful healthy lifestyle featuring music performances by Cal Poly Club 91 DJ’s, Forever Stoked Interactive Art Performances and a variety of popular Yoga Fitness Studios.
Whether you are looking for a short and relaxing getaway in California or you are looking for great road trip stops near the coast, San Luis Obispo is one spot that deserves consideration.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 marked the start of the 25th San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. I’m excited to report that through the good graces of festival brass as well as the fests PR rep, the esteemed John Wildman, I’ll be attending the festival this upcoming weekend.
When it comes to film festivals most people think of the big ones. Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, South by Southwest. However, there are smaller film festivals all over the country and likely one a lot closer to your home than you know.
Film Festivals are a joy so we rarely pass up the opportunity to discover a new one. We’re here in sunny but brisk San Luis Obispo (it’s March in California) for the 25th annual edition of their film festival.
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 let his sweet tooth guide him to these dream eats at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, the Red Apple in Murphys, and Ampersand in Fresno.
If you love wine, you’ve come to the right place. The San Luis Obispo region ranks as one of the state’s premiere wine growing regions, dating back to the 18th century and the time of the Spanish padres.
Downtown SLO’s most stately structure rises up from Mission Plaza.
At just over 50 miles, it’s not a long drive. But the trip north from San Luis Obispo to Ragged Point on Highway 1 packs an awful lot into such a short distance.
Historic ranchlands, a romantic coast, country roads, stay-a-while towns, and grapes—lots and lots grapes—make the Central Coast an outstanding wine country destination.
We could all use a vacation, but taking off work and hopping on a plane isn’t cheap. So wouldn’t it be great if the city you were traveling to paid you to go there? Well that’s exactly what California beach town San Luis Obispo is doing right now.
If you need an extra incentive to take a vacation in the next few months, the central coast city of San Luis Obispo in California is offering 500 winter tourists a $100 (€89) voucher just to come and visit for two nights up until 31 March.
VISITING A BEAUTIFUL Californian city, and making $100 in the process, is what we call a win-win situation. The coastal city of San Luis Obispo, California is giving 500 tourists $100 vouchers to visit for two nights this winter.
Why pay for a warm winter getaway when the getaway can pay you?
The California central coast city of San Luis Obispo will be paying its first 500 winter tourists $100 just to come and visit.
If low- or no-cost travel isn’t a good enough deal for you, try this one on for size: San Luis Obispo, California will pay you to come see their sites. Yes, pay you.
Here’s one way to entice visitors to your city: Offer a $100 cash incentive.
That’s the strategy being employed by the tourism office at San Luis Obispo, California, located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Need an escape from Winter but don’t have the money? This getaway is offering to pay YOU to visit.
The California central coast city of San Luis Obispo is going to pay its first 500 winter tourists $100 to visit!
It may sound too good to be true, but San Luis Obispo, California, is paying their tourists.
From January 1 to March 31, the Californian city is paying $100 to the first 500 tourists who visit the city.
The city of San Luis Obispo, California is having a promotion where you can get $100 cash to spend on anything you like. All you have to do is book two consecutive nights at a San Luis Obispo lodging property of your choice.
Need a winter travel incentive? Here it is: San Luis Obispo will give you $100 cash just for visiting.
The first 500 travelers to commit to a two-night stay in a local hotel before March 31 will reap the rewards.
Why pay for a warm winter getaway when the getaway can pay you?
The California central coast city of San Luis Obispo will be paying its first 500 winter tourists $100 just to come and visit.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Looking to get away? The City of San Luis Obispo is offering $100 cash to visitors who stay two consecutive nights at a San Luis Obispo lodging property.
Driving the iconic Pacific Coast Highway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo already makes for the perfect spot to take a break. From its assortment of independently owned shops to the numerous vineyards just miles away, this central Californian city has plenty to offer.
Curtis Stone has proven he’ll go just about anywhere to find inspiration for his thriving culinary consortium.
ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Offering equal doses of recreation and relaxation, The Kinney SLO has raised its flag in San Luis Obispo – Central California’s vibrant college town known as one of the “happiest places in America.”
ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Offering equal doses of recreation and relaxation, The Kinney SLO has raised its flag in San Luis Obispo – Central California’s vibrant college town known as one of the “happiest places in America.”
The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) saw 485,911 passengers come through its doors in 2018. The amount is 19.2 percent higher than 2017’s 407,696 passengers, and sets the record for the most annual passengers in the airport’s history.
Roadtrip an die Westküste der USA – damit ist bei mir immer gemeint: an der Küste Kaliforniens entlang – auf dem berühmten Pacific Coast Highway. Weder Arizona oder Nevada sind für mich ein Küstentrip.
SLO, as San Luis Obispo is called by locals, is the heart of California’s Central Coast. The Mediterranean climate makes SLO a year-round destination.
Reader’s Digest highlighted The Kinney as their pick of where to stay in October. They also referenced downtown’s SLO’s BBQ, Bubblegum Alley and the Farmer’s Market as must-dos.
UK travel agent from SuperFAM, Sue Mackitosh talked about visiting SLO’s “incredible” and “magical” Farmers Market in Travel Weekly.
The Santa Maria Times showcases Michael Nowak and Orchestra Novo performing at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center.
My Style News blog suggested those born between June 21 and July 22 “Get Quirky at The Madonna Inn”.
Paso Robles Daily News wrote about the SLO Jewish Film Festival, a weekend-long event.
The Friday Flyer, a club newsletter published by Golding Publications, highlighted the Amtrak journey from San Diego to SLO which includes a stay at the Madonna Inn.
Central Coast Public Radio Station, KCBX, reported on San Luis Obispo Regional Airport’s new Dallas flights.
Paso Robles Daily news reported on San Luis Obispo’s new nonstop flights to Dallas/Fort Worth.
The Tribune reported on new flights from SBP to Dallas.
Global Traveler USA reported on the added flights by American Airlines which include the first addition in April to SBP.
MySanantonio.com reported on the added flights by American Airlines which include the first addition in April to SBP.
Points, Miles & Martinis reported on the added flights by American Airlines which include the first addition in April to SBP.
Summertime, and the Travel Is Easy: American Airlines Introduces 18 New Routes and Adds Seats to Paris and Madrid
The Daily Press reported on the added flights by American Airlines which include the first addition in April to SBP Regional Airport.
The Democrat & Chronicle reported on the added flights by American Airlines which include the first addition in April to SBP.
The Points Guy reported on the added flights by American Airlines which include the first addition in April to SBP
Wine Enthusiast featured Bill & Tom Greenough of Saucelito Canyon, known for their Zinfandel.
Lifestyle blog Champagne Living also featured The Kinney SLO calling it “a fun place to eat, sleep and play for the young at heart.”
Numerous news outlets including The Toronto Sun picked up this story which featured The Kinney SLO, a hotel that brings back the best parts of college.
Numerous news outlets including Canoe.com picked up this story which featured The Kinney SLO, a hotel that brings back the best parts of college.
Visit California features the Mission in downtown San Luis Obispo in an article on the missions of the Central Coast.
Visit California features the Mission in downtown San Luis Obispo and specifically calls out the concerts in the Plaza.
The Tribune posted about things to do in SLO, highlighting local tours and more.
The Tribune posted about things to do in SLO, highlighting local tours and musical performances.
The Tribune posted about things to do in SLO, highlighting the Lawless San Luis Walking Tour and SLOcally Made Showroom and Creative Market.
The Tribune posted about things to do in SLO, highlighting SLOcally Made’s Showroom and Market, as well as other local events.
The Tribune posted about things to do in SLO, highlighting the Heart of SLO Walking Tour and performances at the SLO Rep Theater.
The Tribune posted about things to do in SLO, highlighting local hikes and Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center.
The Tribune posted about things to do in SLO, highlighting the Levity Academy and Cal Poly’s Performing Arts
The Tribune posted about things to do in SLO, highlighting Holiday Performances at the SLO Rep and more.
London Blogger, Lucy Williams writes about San Luis Obispo in her blog, Fashion Me Now. She mentions stopping at Madonna Inn and High Street Deli.
VOGUE highlights the Coast Starlight Train as a part of their article, which notes a stop in San Luis Obispo.
Brit + Co. featured the Central Coast Tri-Tip challenge which includes hiking popular trails and then eating at Firestone Grill.
Travel writer, Renee S. Gordon, notes in the Philadelphia Sun that San Luis Obispo is one of top three ideal places to attend university in the state. Some of the highlights include multiple downtown restaurants, Granada and Petit Soleil.
Visit California put a spotlight on San Luis Obispo, specifically noting downtown’s Thursday’s Farmers’ Market as a “sensory treasure trove” for all to enjoy.
KSBY suggests multiple community events people can take part in on the first weekend in November, including the Arbor Day Celebration and the Día de los Muertos celebration in Mission Plaza.
The Lompoc Record points out some shows that will entice readers from northern Santa Barbara County to SLO, including a Cal Poly Arts sponsored “Retro Holiday Jubilee Slide Show” and a dance music concert, both at the Fremont Theatre.
The Santa Ynez Valley News points out some shows that will entice readers from northern Santa Barbara County to SLO, including a Cal Poly Arts sponsored “Retro Holiday Jubilee Slide Show” and a dance music concert, both at the Fremont Theatre.
The Tribune posted multiple articles about SLO City happenings such as a Cal Poly Holiday Sale & Hanukah Downtown.
The Tribune posted multiple articles about SLO City happenings such as a comedy show at SLO Brew.
The Tribune posted multiple articles about SLO City happenings such as the Heart of SLO Walking Tour.
The Tribune posted multiple articles about SLO City happenings including the Lawless San Luis Walking Tour.
The Inquisitr encourages their readers to take advantage this holiday season of Alaskan Airline’s policy that allows Mileage Plan Members to fly a case of wine with no baggage fee in addition to their luggage with San Luis Obispo as one of the recommended destinations.
Forbes encourages their readers to take advantage this holiday season of Alaskan Airline’s policy that allows Mileage Plan Members to fly a case of wine with no baggage fee in addition to their luggage with San Luis Obispo as one of the recommended destinations.
Travelnoire.com encourages their readers to take advantage this holiday season of Alaskan Airline’s policy that allows Mileage Plan Members to fly a case of wine with no baggage fee in addition to their luggage with San Luis Obispo as one of the recommended destinations.
Aviation Pros showcases the award SBP won for “excellence in planning and executing unique special events in pursuit of the airport’s mission” within the community.
Malene Wines Introduces Two New Rosés and Announces the Opening of the Malene Airstream Tasting Experience Adjacent to Chamisal Winery
Malene Wines featured on Wine Country this Week introduced two new rosés and their airstream tasting room that will be permanently parked adjacent to Chamisal’s winery.
Boutique Design highlighted the development of the Hotel Serra. This property, located in the heart of San Luis Obispo, will incorporate two brick storefronts and along with three dining options, claim SLO’s first rooftop pool deck.
The Tribune showcases six hikes in San Luis Obispo that the whole family can participate in. In San Luis Obispo, they highlight the Cal Poly ‘Architecture Graveyard’ and Johnson Ranch Open Space.
Take a holiday to San Luis Obispo County in California for an amazing American experience complete with fantastic wine and stunning views
Mary McCool, a Scottish travel writer we hosted this past summer in partnership with Visit SLOCAL gave nod to numerous SLO city treasures including the SLO Brew Lofts, Farmers’ Market & the Copper Café.
San Luis Obispo’s most recently remodeled hotel, The Kinney, was featured in recommend.com’s list of Hotels with flair.
San Luis Obispo’s most recently remodeled hotel, The Kinney, has received numerous accolades including a feature in AmazingAdventuresTravel.com,
San Luis Obispo’s most recently remodeled hotel, The Kinney, received numerous accolades including a feature in travelpulse.com.
San Luis Obispo’s most recently remodeled hotel, The Kinney, received numerous accolades including a feature on thejetset.tv.
San Luis Obispo’s most recently remodeled hotel, The Kinney, received numerous accolades including a feature in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Only In Your State notes the beautiful landscapes and leisurely ride visitors to SLO can experience on the Pacific Surfliner.
Insider highlights the Coast Starlight train service from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo as a better way to travel in California.
Benjamin Smith highlights his top 10 must do’s while visiting SLO with Money Inc. including Farmer’s Market, visiting the Mission, going to the Railroad & Art Museums & taking a walk through historic downtown.
Visit California makes note to stop at Madonna Inn and the Copper Café, as well as downtown SLO to explore and stay Thursday for the Farmer’s Market, all in their guide to a quintessential California road trip.
MSN urges readers to visit one of the happiest cities in America and enjoy time exploring all SLO has to offer including dining at Novo and exploring the expansive outdoors.
Hospitality Net announces the new 100 room hotel. The piece calls San Luis Obispo “Central California’s vibrant college town known as one of the happiest places in America.”
Scottish blogger, Sabina, posted about her dream road trip on her blog Girl vs Globe. The post highlights San Luis Obispo and Madonna Inn specifically as points of interest.
One of A Hotel Life’s contributors, Shane Fonner, features the “charming and delicious” Granada Hotel & Bistro along his Highway 1 road trip.
LA Blogger, Runaway Chef, featured numerous SLO businesses such as Len Collective, Ruby Rose & Scout Coffee on her central coast road trip celebrating her anniversary.
The Tribune posted thrice about fun things to do in San Luis Obispo on three separate days through October including a Cal Poly faculty musical showcase.
The Tribune posted thrice about fun things to do in San Luis Obispo on three separate days through October including ‘A Little Bit of Broadway’ at the Fremont.
The Tribune posted thrice about fun things to do in San Luis Obispo on three separate days through October including Rocktober Fest at SLO Brew.
Wine Country this Week features Stephen Ross WineCellars, highlighting the urban tasting room, sustainable practices, and phenomenal Pinot Noirs.
A weeklong brewery tour itinerary of Southern California by train, highlighting SLO breweries such as Central Coast, Tap It, Libertine, Bang the Drum, SLO Brew, and Barrelhouse was in MSN, Travel Pulse & three other publications.
Lonely Planet focuses ion Edna Valley in their latest edition of Wine Country Trails; USA and Canada. The placement was also picked up by Travel Wire News.
Apple Farm Inn is number four on the list of top hotelsElite Daily suggests travelers countrywide go to get their fill of Christmas cheer.
Matador Network & Smarter Travel both encourage travelers to book their seats for a Thanksgiving trip on the Pacific Surfliner to SLO as it is the busiest travel time of the year.
The Buffalo News highlights 14 new clean diesel-electric passenger Pacific Surfliner trains with service from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. These trains offer an even more sustainable option for visitors looking to have a car-free trip to SLO.
Kate Retherford shares her San Luis Obispo Bachelorette Weekend Getaway tips in her blog, “All Things Kate.”
Kate Retherford shares about her Bachelorette trip to San Luis Obispo in her blog, “All Things Kate.”
Visit California highlights Cal Poly’s Rodeo in this recap of California’s great sporting events.
With summer underway, there’s nothing better than visiting a delicious ice cream parlors to stay cool. Enjoy the fun and wacky flavors made in Doc Burnstien’s lab, while watching the in-house train disappear through tunnels, travel around a giant ice cream waterfall and finally journey through the wall of ice cream flavors.
Multiple destinations in the region are encouraging visitors to explore via Amtrak’s Coast Starlight or Pacific Surfliner trains, including Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Solvang. As an incentive, riders enjoy deals on their ticket, hotels and more.
September is California Wine Month, which means it’s a great time of the year to explore wine regions throughout the state. Below are just a few of the one-of-a-kind wineries that should be on your “tasting” list.
New Times covers Boots and Brews in their top picks for food and drink.
Tribune article about upcoming comic festival highlights nationally renowned, locally based talent.
SLO City supported events are included in the Tribune’s weekly roundup of events and activities on the Central Coast.
Pub Club features the Boots and Brews festival.
Paso Robles Daily News shares a study that shows SLO as one of the fastest growing airports in North America.
The Tribune includes a story focusing on SLO Wine Country in the most recent edition of Vintages.
9 destinații care vor fi preferate de turiști în 2019 (9 destinations to be preferred by tourists in 2019)
Elle Romaina shares top travel destinations in 2019 including wine tasting in San Luis Obispo.
Samantha Brown highlights her time in San Luis Obispo including Bubblegum Alley, the Drive-In, Architecture Graveyard hike and Madonna Inn in her Places to Love post.
Pure Wow names San Luis Obispo as one of the top travel destinations for 2019 citing experiences like wine country, proximity to beaches, Farmers’ Market, and year round sunshine.
Summer in San Luis Obispo will be a whole lot more musical starting June 2019 with the relocation of the Live Oak Music Festival to San Luis Obispo. Coverage by Santa Barbara-based Noozhawk as well as The Tribune mention better temps, more foliage for shade and more make this new spot ideal for musicians and attendees!
Sports Destination Management and Endurance Sportswire cover the new courses at the SLO Ultra & Dirt Festival. “All levels are welcome to run or hike these private trails made of golden hills, tree-lined canyons and epic mountaintop views of the Seven Sisters coastal range.” Fitness, food, and a music festival. It’s the SLO Life.
According to MSN this local landmark with a nearly 50-year history “is a must-see for gum chewers.”
If you’re looking for a way to kick back and experience California’s coastal beauty without the road trip, Sunset suggests the Amtrack Pacific Surfliner. Trips to and from the “laid back enclave of San Luis Obispo” south offer the best views.
For a vacation spent enjoying the outdoors and a “refreshing small city with a laid-back vibe”, Trips to Discover says San Luis Obispo is your spot. From visiting the local breweries to wandering the SLO Farmers’ market, there is “lots to see and do.”
Trip Advisor call San Luis Obispo “central California’s laid-back response to the Bay Area’s bustle.”
What A Small World This Is blogger recommends San Luis Obispo for its “good food, a highly walkable downtown” and “unexpected natural beauty.” Farmers’ Market, Sunset Drive-In and more provide for an activity-packed trip.
MSN and Travel Pulse sum up San Luis Obispo as “a relaxing destination with some of the happiest locals that travelers are likely to come across.”
From award-winning wineries and breweries to an abundance of outdoor recreation complimenting the laid-back lifestyle, it’s easy for Going Places blogger Nicholas Kontis, who was hosted in SLO in 2016, to see why San Luis Obispo “consistently ranks in the top 10 of the happiest towns or areas in the United States.”
Blogger Shannon Pulsifer shares wine recommendations including highlights like Edna Valley Winery, Tolosa and Chamisal that have “beautiful grounds, great wines (especially rosé), and friendly faces.”
San Luis Obispo hosted Seattle based influencer Kate Retherford’s active/wellness bachelorette weekend. She posted 56 Instagram stories featuring 16 SLO businesses, used #ShareSLO in 23 Instagram stories, and posted three photos from her experience, all using #ShareSLO.
The San Francisco Chronicle includes three articles on the City of SLO in their recent travel section.
• Suite Spot: Chic offerings in SLO-more on the way
• The ultimate guide to going local in San Luis Obispo
• Tech and modern aspirations pushing SLO into the fast lane
Dianne Brooke’s column for the Tribune recounts her introduction to the world of the Renaissance Festival (a GIA recipient), inspiring her to join the mystical world of merchants to bring the Faire to life each year.
The Santa Maria Times highlights SLO’s cultural attractions including the Grammy-award winning folk duo The Indigo Girls.
The Tribune highlights the new festival which is expected to draw a significant crowd from outside the area a country music event the concert producer called “a dream.”
A family feud turned “magical, chaotic journey,” per the New Times SLO, makes Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” a summer a must-see during this year’s festival.
The Tribune featured a variety of TBID and PCC supported events in their weekly event roundups, including “ Broadway: A Tribute,” Movies at the Rock series, SLO Brew Comedy Series, Circus Vargas, and “Music Without Borders.”
Greer’s OC blog has kept SoCal residents up to speed on the latest trends – like taking the Amtrack Pacific Surfliner to San Luis Obispo using this summer’s various discount codes.
Luxury Retreats directs readers up the PCH from LA to San Francisco but diverges to make a stop in the “eclectic city of San Luis Obispo,” for the Thursday night farmers market, “exceptional” nachos and “sophisticated craft cocktails.”
Sit back and relax on a low carbon footprint journey, per ecophiles, between SoCal and Central Cal on Amtrack’s Pacific Surfliner. Start down south and arrive in San Luis Obispo, taking in the beautiful land and seascapes along the way.
As We Travel imagines a trip along the PCH in a convertible with sunglasses and a camera at the ready for their road trip from LA to SF, with a stop on day one in San Luis Obispo.
Adam Edwards, who was hosted in SLO in the summer of 2017, tells readers that “A slice of pure Americana” can be found in San Luis Obispo, with his World Traveller article recognizing the plethora of farmers’ markets, unique shopping and lodging options available.
According to Kathy Chin Leong, who we hosted last fall and also wrote a New York Times piece on SLO, if you only have 72 hours to spend in SLO, Active Over 50 has an itinerary ready to keep those over, and under 50 on the move, well fed, and busy boutique or wine shopping in and around SLO.
Out of 386 metropolitan areas nationwide, San Luis Obispo comes in as the No. 2 best market to find a job in 2018. According to Business Insider, “location is crucial.”
Driving from Los Angeles to Paso Robles can be done in a day, but as Josh from California Through My Lens shows, it’s worth spending a few hours in SLO to eat at Firestone, shop at Boo Boo Records, and take a look at Bubblegum Alley.
“There are hotels designed after Italy in Las Vegas and Legos in San Diego, but there’s nothing quite like the 108 uniquely themed rooms of the Madonna Inn.” A highlight from Go World Travel – the Caveman Suite.
Value Walk lists took a look at RewardExpert’s latest report to find out where “people work fewer, better-compensated hours per week.” San Luis Obispo was in the top 10 cities reinforcing the Cities brand as a place for work-life balance and wellness.
NYC ePeak shares The Blonde Abroad’s California Coast road trip, including a stay at the Madonna Inn, which she says no trip to San Luis Obispo is complete without.
Paso Robles Daily News covers the Central Coast Renaissance Festival, encouraging North County readers to come to SLO for the event.
Noozhawk covers the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival, encouraging readers in Santa Barbara to come to SLO for the event.
The History Center of SLO County debut of new walking tours is picked up by The Tribune and New Times.
Festival Mozaic’s summer festival is included in Classical Candor, a classical music blog
Santa Barbara Seasons and The Santa Maria Times invites readers to celebrate Roll Out the Barrels and Barrels in the Plaza at the 14th annual event.
The SLO Greek Festival is included in a number of articles including The Tribune and by blogger and cookbook writer California Greek Girl.
Guest host Suzan Vaughn interviews Molly Cano about ways for people to experience SLO on a staycation or when they have friends and family visiting the area on KVEC’s Dave Congalton Show.
KSBY interviews Molly Cano about the impact of travelers on Cal Poly graduation weekend.
Blogoramma includes the Madonna Inn in their round-up of the most unusual hotels in the world.
French Buzzfeed-like site Topito suggests readers stop in SLO to hike, visit galleries and see Bubblegum Alley on their road trip.
The Blonde Abroad shares her love of the Madonna Inn calling it and SLO a “dream destination… thanks to the amazing local artisan culture and gorgeous landscape.”
The Mercury News and East Bay Times include Bubble Gum Alley in their round up of the awesomely quirky places in the US.
The Tribune updates locals on the progress of Hotel San Luis Obispo and Hotel Serra in downtown SLO.
The LA Times tells readers “If you live in Ventura County and are planning a trip to Phoenix or Seattle, you might consider flying nonstop out of San Luis Obispo… Compared with the labyrinthine LAX, SLO is easy to navigate.”
Architectural Digest includes the Sunset Drive-in in their throwback round up of “quintessential Americana” drive-ins in the country.
Blogger Carly Rowena chronicles her California road trip, including a stop in SLO hosted by the city, which was part of her #LikeARoyal influencer exchange with Visit California and Visit Britain.
The Tribune’s weekly roundup of things to do throughout the county featured a number of GIA and SLO City sponsored events in the month of May including the Greek Festival, SLO Repertory Theatre, and events at the Performing Arts Center.
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival 2018
MovieMaker Magazine goes into detail describing the experience of attending the SLO Film Festival for their recent print issue.
Livability names San Luis Obispo as one of the best places to stop on a California road trip citing the farmers market, bubblegum alley and the Mission as top attractions in this “colorful city.”
German blog Reisedepeschen (Travel Dispatches) highlights San Luis Obispo in their article about road tripping form San Francisco to LA saying a “stop in San Luis Obispo is all about your enjoyment moments.” (translated)
Neighborhoods.com includes an overnight in San Luis Obispo among their recommended stops on the PCH calling it a “quintessential central California city.”
A National Geographic article, which was also picked up by the likes of MSN, highlights the attractions on the PCH, including a stop at the Madonna Inn.
LA Times writer Christopher Reynolds highlights San Luis Obispo among the driving trips that Angelinos can take to “sharpen your appreciation of California.” In San Luis Obispo, he highlights the Mission, Madonna Inn and Apple Farm, as well as hiking Design Village and Cerro San Luis.
Travel Pulse, Jetsetters and MSN cover Amtrak offers for May including the Pacific Surfliner between San Diego and San Luis Obispo.
California Delicious names San Luis Obispo one of the best foodie cities in California saying, “If you want good wine, sunshine, and Mediterranean climate all year round, San Luis Obispo is the perfect place to find it. The gorgeous natural landscape makes it perfect for biking, hiking, or just soaking in some fresh air. It’s not a place that’s short on culture or activity, either.”
KHON’s show Living808 highlights Seattle’s gum wall – as well as its counterpart in San Luis Obispo.
The Infatuation lays out all of the best places to eat and drink in SLO, calling San Luis Obispo “the unofficial capital of the Central Coast.”
To leverage the upcoming royal wedding and strengthen the link between the UK and California, Meghan Markle’s home state, Visit California and Visit Britain hosted three influencers in each country/state, on three unique itineraries that showcase how to travel ‘Like A Royal’. In partnership with the CCTC, San Luis Obispo hosted wellness influencer Carly Rowena for wine tasting, hiking, meals, and an overnight stay.
Visit California ran a November article about San Luis Obispo in one of their May e-blasts.
A former SLO resident takes readers of The Guardian along for a trip back to her favorite stops in SLO. She says, “This dreamy college town should be a destination all of its own.
Spring rain storms failed to dampen the 2018 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, which saw record attendance and a huge boost in festival pass sales. About 12,500 people attended the 2018 festival, which celebrated its 24th year in March, festival director Wendy Eidson said, up nearly 9 percent from 11,500 in 2017.
Armed with its almost entirely volunteer-run organization, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival has managed to mine fervent local support and a perennially happy alumni network.
United Airlines launched a second daily flight last week from San Luis Obispo to Denver International Airport, part of the airline’s push to expand the number of Central Coast travelers it serves.
113 outlets including Travel Pulse cover Pacific Surfliner deal to Ventura, Santa Barbara and SLO.
SLO just had a very cool vibe, very relaxed with tons of great food and shopping, beautiful homes, etc.
Food Network includes a stop in SLO for Firestone tri-tip in their annual round up of best things to eat in California.
Yelp includes Boo Boo Records in their round up of the top 25 record stores in Canada and the US saying “Independent record stores remain musical meccas and gathering spaces for the true music fans, many who are on lifelong scavenger hunts for specific vinyl treasures.”
San Luis Obispo, California is a Perfect Destination for Couples to Enjoy Hiking, Theater, and Wineries
Some travel destinations are known for the outdoors, food, and drink scene. Others are known for their arts and culture. But few cities offer travelers a taste of all of the above. San Luis Obispo, California, is one of those rare places that has a little bit of everything, making it a preferred destination for couples who enjoy a variety of activities.
Set in the golden hills along California’s central coast near the town of San Luis Obispo, the Madonna Inn is a landmark hotel that has been the backdrop for television shows, movies, and music videos.
Whether you’re a Central Coast native or from out of state, San Luis Obispo is now your “SLOme”! Finding the perfect SLO activity to do when friends and family come to visit can be difficult due to the vast amount of options.
If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway that’ll make you want to put away your phone and soak in nature, SLO is the place.
Spring rain storms failed to dampen the 2018 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, which saw record attendance and a huge boost in festival pass sales.
If you’re flying out of San Luis Obispo on Alaskan Air a full case of wine flies with you free with —making it easy to transport your post–wine country loot back home with you.
Based in San Luis Obispo, Malene Wines first launched its small-batch, Provençal-style rosé in May 2016. Now, to celebrate the 2017 vintage, the winery is taking its tasting room on the road in style—in a 1969 Airstream Overlander trailer.
Try 2017 Malene Rosé on tap at Malene’s mobile tasting room. The 1969 Airstream Overlander Trailer will open Friday to Sunday in San Luis Obispo, Calif., adjacent to Chamisal Vineyards, in May.
San Luis Obispo plays host to endless opportunities to shop, play, eat, drink and learn.
On February 17th, 2018, the Central Coast Vegans held the first ever Central Coast Veg Fest at the SLO Veteran’s Hall on Grand Avenue, just minutes away from the Cal Poly campus.
I’ve shared often lately about my love for this “SLO” (get it?) college town. Their tree-lined main drags are filled with divine restaurants, cafes and bars and Big Sky Cafe is one of the Central Coast city’s highlights
If you’re unhappy and living in a place where overall happiness is reportedly low, moving to a place like San Luis Obispo in California will stack your happiness deck.
Forget Disneyland. If you’re looking for the true happiest place on Earth, you need to visit San Luis Obispo (or SLO, as it’s called), a charming town located along the Central Coast halfway between the Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland would feel right at home in the Hearts & Flowers room at Central Coast gem the Madonna Inn. With carpet, chairs and couch drenched in red and “painting the roses red” velvet wallpaper, it is truly fit for the red queen.
Serenade your Juliet in the “Old Fashion Honeymoon” semi-suite at the world famous Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo.
Travelers recommended stopping at the Shell gas station on Santa Rosa St, San Luis Obispo for its location, as it’s the closest gas station to the 101 freeway.
South of Hearst is Scout Coffee, a homegrown roaster from the folks behind HoneyCo located in two eye-catching San Luis Obispo locations.
SLO is actually a great place to spend your break because you’ll have a chance to try out these seven activities you probably don’t have time for when you’re in school
Lots of craft beer houses and music, we took in a tap house along the way.
As the weather warms, California wine country comes alive with events.
Hiking is a popular activity in San Luis Obispo and there are numerous trails that are family friendly. Some of those trails lead directly to the shops on Higuera Street, so that everyone can take a break and do some shopping.
Go south on the 1 freeway and indulge your penchant for being “pretty in pink” at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo.
In less than 3 hours, find yourself eating BBQ and drinking fresh-pressed juice underneath that Central California sunshine.
San Luis Obispo, California, is one of those rare places that has a little bit of everything, making it a preferred destination for couples who enjoy a variety of activities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 gets fired up in San Luis Obispo about the unique flavors of Sidecar’s artistic cocktails.
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.
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.
San Luis Obispo is the pizza capital of California with 5.7 pizza restaurants per 10,000 people.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” with travel ideas for the new year – including some often overlooked hot destinations.
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.
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.
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.
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.