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Adventures In San Luis Obispo, California


Visit the Loofa Farm

Looking for an unusual experience and tour?

Luffa Farm In Nipomo, California

A visit to the Nipomo Luffa Farm might just do the trick!

The luffa gourd develops at the base of the flower, grow downward at one-half inch daily, and more than one gourd grows on a vine. When some magical moment occurs inside the gourd, it turns off its growing mechanism and begins to change from bright green to yellow and, finally, to brown. It will be hard and dry – shake the gourd and the seeds inside will rattle –and then it’s picking time.

A tour of the Luffa Farm begins with a comparison of commercial luffas grown in other countries and imported here; these other plants are chemically-handled, affecting the feel of the luffas to become stiff and abrasive. Deanne’s luffas, however, have a slight amount of stiffness, but are essentially soft.

Art Center Morro Bay

Looking for local Art?

Art Center Morro Bay
Art Center Morro Bay

The County houses several galleries and association. One of them is the Art Center Morro Bay.

You can’t miss the large purple building on Main Street in downtown Morro Bay, known as Art Center Morro Bay. This is the home for a variety of local and far away artists who are members of the Morro Bay Art Association.

Oceano Dunes

The Oceano Dunes are a rare and beautiful piece of nature.

Oceano Dunes
Oceano Dunes

There are a variety of activities to enjoy at the dunes: walk the beach; explore the dunes; hang out at the beach; rent an ATV or Dune Buggy; play volleyball; search for shells; or shop in nearby towns. Interestingly, the Oceano Dunes is the only remaining beach in California where vehicles are still allowed to drive on the sand.

The Cracked Crab Restaurant

A favorite of the staff at the Lexington Inn SLO is the Cracked Crab restaurant.

Cracked Crab Restaurant
Cracked Crab Restaurant

A bit funky and casual, the cracked crab serves up the freshest seafood available here on the central coast. The cracked crab is known for procuring their ingredients from local farmers and purveyors thus ensuring the freshest ingredients possible.

Try ordering their “Signature Bucket” and staff will roll out the butcher paper on the table and bring you a literal bucket of their highest quality shellfish. Along with the sides, this makes for a delicious and abundant meal.

Try a Food Tour in SLO

Staff at the Lexington Inn SLO, know that San Luis Obispo is home to many fine restaurants.

central coast food tours
central coast food tours

A  food tour takes you to several restaurants where you get to try to best food that particular restaurant produces.

As you walk from restaurant to restaurant, your guide will share interesting historical and cultural information about the town. The walk through town is at the rate of a nice stroll and offers several opportunities to sit down and enjoy the town and food. Tours last about 3.5 hours and are $78p/person.

Oyster Festival

Join us for a trip to the Oyster Festival!

Oyster Festival
Oyster Festival

The 2017 Oyster Festival  at the Avila Beach Golf Resort is a good time for all – especially oyster lovers! The festival is scheduled for Saturday July 8, 2017 from 12 – 8p.m. The festival promises a good time featuring music all day with five bands, a full bar, aphrodesiac lounge, local food and, of course, delicious local oysters.

Sycamore Mineral Springs Spa

How about a relaxing trip to Sycamore Mineral Springs Spa?

sycamore mineral springs spa
sycamore mineral springs spa

Whether you’ve been working especially hard and find yourself frazzled, or if you just need a pick me up, a trip to Sycamore Mineral Springs Spa may be just the ticket.

While the spa offers all the expected services a spa should, an added benefit to this resort are the natural hot tubs for rent by the hour. These tubs are scattered up a hillside covered with sycamore trees, each tub offers privacy fencing. Imagine yourself soaking in a soothing natural spring water tub with the stars out above. It’s a memory maker!

Enjoy!

Central Coast Aquarium

Plan a visit to the Central Coast Aquarium!

central coast aquarium
central coast aquarium

Located in Avila Beach right next to the park and steps from the beach is the Central Coast Aquarium. The aquarium offers educational talks and feedings and guests can explore over 50 species of wildlife.

The mission of Central Coast Aquarium is to cultivate a community dedicated to ocean stewardship. The aquarium is committed to providing opportunities for education, engagement, and action by offering a fun, hands-on experience.

Zipline Tours

Have you tried Santa Margarita Adventures Zipline Tours?

Santa Margarita zip lines
Santa Margarita zip lines

Located in Santa Margarita on the Santa Margarita ranch you’ll find San Luis Obispo’s best adventure: zipline tours.

You’ll board a bus for a ride up the hill to the launch point for the ziplines. At this height you have a magnificent view over the hills and valley of Santa Margarita Ranch. The 6 ziplines span a total of 1.6 miles, starting with a thrilling 2,800 foot tandem ride and finishing with an unforgettable 1800 trip over the wine vines.

Bubblegum Alley

Where else but in San Luis Obispo would you find a “Bubblegum Alley”?

bubblegum alley
bubblegum alley

What exactly is Bubblegum Alley? Exactly what it sounds like: an alley filled street to building top with previously chewed bubblegum! The 15 ft. high by 70 foot long alley is lined with bubblegum of every color imaginable. The alley is located on the 700 block of Higuera Street in downtown San Luis Obispo.