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Adventures In San Luis Obispo, California


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.

History Center of San Luis Obispo

How about a visit to the History Center of San Luis Obispo?

SLO History Center
SLO History Center

Located just behind Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolousa, the History Center of San Luis Obispo is a beautiful piece of architecture (William Weeks, architect) and a Carnegie granted institution all in one. The Center houses a rotating exhibit of local history and has an extensive research room filled with correspondences, newspapers, directories, maps and more. It is a wonderful source for historic photos and catalogues to view the people and culture of San Luis Obispo.

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.

San Luis Obispo Farmer’s Market

Come Thursday each week and the streets shut down to welcome the San Luis Obispo¬†farmer’s market.

Farmers Market
Farmers Market

Vendors who sell everything from flowers to fresh meat line Higuera Street to hawk their wares at the San Luis Obispo farmer’s market. This is one of the best farmer’s markets in the area with lots of street BBQ’s and other specialty food for sale. Us locals plan to spend the night buying our fresh fruit and veggies, flowers for the house, while enjoying some fresh BBQ ribs, sausage and corn on the cob – yum!

Wednesday is Beach Day!

Word is out that Wednesday, March 29, is Beach Day!

Morro Bay - Highway 1, CA
Morro Bay – Highway 1, CA

The temperatures are expected to be in the high 80 degrees. How wonderful to enjoy the beauty of the sun and ocean. What are our favorite beaches: consider Avila Beach or Morro Bay. Both have wide beaches and plenty of room to set yourself up in style. Be sure to bring sun screen, hats, towels and anything else that will protect you from the sun.

Spring = Outdoor Fun!

Hotel Buena Vista Outdoor Pool And Spa

While there is tons of fun to experience in the local area, we want to invite you to take advantage of our swimming pool and hot tub on the property. Our pool is tucked away behind the hotel in nothing short of a garden paradise. Bring your towels from the room and relax on one of the loungers under the many flowering bushes and trees.

March 20th is the First Day of Spring!

March 20th is the first day of Spring Рit has finally arrived!

First Day of Spring
first day of Spring

For all of us who have worried through a very rainy Winter, we are excited to welcome TODAY, March 20th as the official first day of Spring!

It will be interesting to see what Summer brings this year as we’ve had legendary rains this Fall and Winter. We hope the 5 year drought has broke and that we can get back into our normal weather pattern. If so, expect wonderful weather here on the central coast. While the coast can get fogged in mornings, it usually burns off allowing for a wonderful day both seaside and inland.

10 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: 4,3,2,1

The Tribune gave us 10 different ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s day – we’ve covered 10 – 5. Today we are going to finish it off with 4 more great suggestions (these from your Lexington Inn SLO blogger).

St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick’s Day

Number 4: Find an Irish Poet and your favorite passage of his/her work. Get out into God’s green hills, bring your special person (or do it alone), and read/share the thoughts of some of the Irish’s greatest thinkers. There are too many to list. Although they tend to be a bit depressive in their thoughts, they have a gift for crafting the words into lyrical beauties.

Number 3: Corny as it is, dress yourself up in a green fancy outfit. You’re sure to get many happy glances and plenty of opportunities for conversation.

10 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: #7 Take Irish Dancing Lessons

This is part of the Lexington Inn’s 10 ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (via Tribune): #7 Take Irish Dancing Lessons.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been amazed at Irish dancing – it’s so fun…and energetic!

Irish Dancing
Irish Dancing

Imagine learning to dance in this authentic style. It turns out that we have a resource for this right here in San Luis Obispo: The Clauddaugh Dance Company. They offer beginner classes on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30, Fridays from 3:30-4:30, and Saturdays from 9:30-10:30.

Aside from being a really fun thing to try, you might just discover you’ve got the magic of the green flowing through your veins! Of coarse the Clauddaugh Dance Company showcases their students’ performances throughout the year in SLO. The beauty of this thing: it’s great fun from grandparents to young children, so might be a fun way to spend time together as a family.

And alas, when St. Patrick’s day arrives you’ll be able to dance a respectable jig!

10 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day #9

This is part of our 10 ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – this is #9 (compliments of the Tribune). If you are REALLY into all things St. Patrick’s Day, then buckle up and book a stay in the Irish Hills Room at the Madonna Inn. For most of us, this is a bit over the top, but I’m sure there are those among us who will relish the kitschy decor of the room.