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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.

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.

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.

Top Rated Flea Market

Come to town and visit for the 10th anniversary of “Three Speckled Hens” top rated flea market.

Flea Market
Flea Market

The Three Speckled Hens flea market has established a reputation for putting on quite a show and huge collection of new and old antiques. The show is scheduled for  May 6th-7th, 2017.

Visit their website at www.threespeckledhens.com to learn about the upcoming show, or to register as a seller. Tickets are on sale through brown paper tickets.

Warbirds, Wings And Wheels

Meet at the Warbirds, Wings and Wheels open house for access to the museum, a classic and vintage car show and a mega swap Meet.

Estrella Warbirds Museum
Estrella Warbirds Museum

The word is out on this aircraft museum – It’s fabulous! Under approximately 85,000 square feet come and view aircraft from WWI, WWII, Korea and the Vietnam wars.

If you would like to enter your car in the show go to www.ewarbirds.org and click on the car show link for all the details. The entry fee is $40 per car and receive three tickets to the event. Names will be entered in a drawing to win $600, $400 and $200.

Car Free to San Luis Obispo

Consider making your trip car free to San Luis Obispo.

Surfliner Train
Surfliner train to SLO

Most people are so tied to their cars, that they forget to consider there are other ways to get around – particularly to San Luis Obispo. The train, Amtrak, offers more than a great view! If you want to ditch the car and the traffic, consider booking your trip on Amtrak’s “Coast Starlight” or “Pacific Surfliner”.

The train tracks along the beautiful Pacific Ocean, many places where you are closer to the ocean than any roads. The picture-perfect views come standard with any ticket! But don’t hesitate to enjoy the train’s various cars. The lounge and cafe cars are known for their rooftop windows and spectacular views.

Covell’s California Clydesdales

Horses…anyone? Discover Covell’s California Clydesdales.

Covell's California Clydesdales
Covell’s California Clydesdales

Most people are unaware that we have a large thriving herd of Clydesdale horses nestled up in the green rolling hills of Cambria. Covell’s California Clydesdales are located on over 2000 acres of land overlooking the Pacific ocean by Ralph Covell and his daughter Tara. The ranch is open to the public by appointment for historical tours, trail rides and riding lessons.

Visit Firestone-Walker Brewery

For those of you out there who enjoy a fresh brew, a visit to Firestone-Walker Brewery is in order!

firestone-walker brewery
firestone-walker brewery

Firestone-Walker is now the 13th largest brewery in the nation and is slated to grow over the next few years to produce over a million barrels a year. Firestone-Walker is under the corporate umbrella of Belgian Brewery Duvel Moortgat which has helped to fund the brewery’s recent expansion.

While you’re up visiting you might consider one of their tours, or perhaps lunch in their restaurant, “The Taproom” where you can taste many of the beer being brewed on the premises.

Cal Poly’s Academic Calendar for 2016/17

Many of our guests stay with us based on our proximity to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Cal Poly SLO
Cal Poly SLO

With that in mind, we want to provide these folks with a quick link to all the important dates impacting their son or daughter at Cal Poly. Here is a link to Cal Poly’s Academic Calendar for 2016/17.

Throughout the year, and especially during breaks and graduation we host a large number of CalPoly groups. During these periods we get extremely busy and often sell out. We encourage you to plan ahead (it’s never too early) and make your reservations for these busy times.

Family Reunion at Hotel Buena Vista SLO

San Luis Obispo being halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles is an ideal location for a California family get-together.

family reunion
family reunion

A family reunion at the Hotel Buena Vista SLO is the perfect solution of where to host the family! With rooms ranging from 1 bedroom suites to Executive Kings and deluxe standard rooms, we have most types of rooms to accommodate extended family groups, and at reasonable prices for all members of the family.