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What’s Trending on the Central Coast

slo wine tastingThe Central Coast lifestyle embraces outdoor activities, great food and drink, friendly atmospheres and healthy living. And there is always something new to experience as our local farmers, curators, winemakers, shop owners, musicians and more create the ‘next best thing’ for your enjoyment.

So, what’s hot this summer on the Central Coast? Check out what’s trending and plan to try something new the next time you visit Pismo Beach and its surrounding communities.

Craft Hard Ciders

The Central Coast is known for its production of fine wines and beer, but did you know one of its latest trends – that has been many years in the making – is the production of craft hard cider? Not only do they provide a refreshing alternative to beer and sparkling wine, the distinct variety of flavor profiles makes cider tasting a whole new experience.

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Celebrate Mom with a Pismo Beach Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day 2016 is fast approaching. Prepare for Sunday, May 8th by planning a day, or long weekend, where mom can experience warm weather, spring flowers and sand between her toes. And that’s just the start when you plan a Mother’s Day weekend in Pismo Beach.

Whether mom is an outdoor enthusiast or relax at the spa-type gal, there are many ways to give her the joyful experience she deserves. Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate mom:

Treat Mom to Brunch

Here is your chance to take care of mom with a relaxing brunch befitting her style. Pismo Beach offers a variety of cuisines and ambiances the whole family can enjoy. Try strawberry waffles paired with gourmet coffee or succulent crab legs and mimosas.

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Celebrate the World’s Favorite Grape at The Chardonnay Symposium

chardonnay symposiumWhat goes together better than wine and cheese? Wine and California, specifically Pismo Beach, California, which along with Avila Beach and the Edna Valley wine country is home to The Chardonnay Symposium. This annual event is a global experience that draws Chardonnay producers from around the world to explore the world’s favorite grape and how it impacts viticulture, tastemakers, and the market.

This international celebration is for devoted consumers, professional wine producers, and bona fide oenophiles. Tickets are available so you can educate yourself May 12-14, 2016, by attending wine tastings, seminars, panel sessions, and winemaker dinners. There will be opportunities to talk to industry leaders, tastemakers, and fellow enthusiasts about trends, current events, production, and Chardonnay culture as it exists around the world.

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Attention Outdoor Enthusiasts: Explore the Many Sides of Montana de Oro

IMG_2481 (1)Named for the yellow and gold wildflowers that cover its 8,000 acres in late spring and early summer, Montana de Oro translates to Mountain of Gold. This diverse landscape offers unique coastal scenery with stunning vistas, rugged cliffs, hills, canyons, eucalyptus forests, beach access, coastal plains, wildlife, and year round mild weather making it one of the favorite Central Coast locations for outdoor enthusiasts.

Here are 5 popular ways to explore the great Montana de Oro:

1. Hiking

A peaceful way to take in Montana de Oro’s spectacular views. Walk the graded path or opt for one of the trails near the cliffs. Take a short mile hike to a picnic area and beach access – a great spot for families. Remember to bring food and plenty of water. And if you want to explore the many tide pools, bring foot protection for the kiddos as this is a rocky area.

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Road or Trail? Choose Your Ride and Bike the Central Coast

Amgen Tour cyclistsOn May 18, 2016, the Amgen Tour of California will find its way through picturesque Morro Bay, an area known for its coastal-range mountain biking and has become an international bicycle-touring destination along the iconic Highway 1.

Cycling enthusiasts have long known that one of the best areas to pedal through and around is the Central Coast of California. But the question is: What’s the best terrain when you want to get moving? Whether you have a taste for leisurely roads or demanding trails, whether you’re rolling solo or biking with the family, whether you’re an elite cyclist or simply seeking some exercise, cycling options are plentiful in and around Pismo Beach.

If you are truly serious about being one with nature and pushing yourself to the limit, consider these popular Central Coast areas to ride (and hike, and run):

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Surf, Taste and Dine Your Way through Wine, Waves & Beyond

wine waves & beyondMark your calendars for April 27th – May 1st, 2016 as Wine, Waves & Beyond is back with its 7th Annual Central Coast Surf Classic. A 5-day event dedicated to more than wine and surfing – it celebrates the best that San Luis Obispo County has to offer. Enjoy the charm of our laidback beach town that embraces a classic California surf culture and experience Central Coast wines, artisan brews, local cuisine and great music, all while supporting our local community.

Can’t miss events

April 27th launches the wine and waves experience with a Surf Movie Night at the historic Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo. Expect an evening filled with “community, culture and surfing,” plus beer and wine will be available for purchase.

April 29th is Rabobank’s Barrel to Barrel event where live music, over 40 wineries and breweries, local cuisine, and a silent auction will entertain you for the evening.

April 30th includes a special winemaker’s dinner where chefs from around the country will pair delicious local wines with their most delicately-crafted courses.

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The Central Coast Live Theatre Experience

Performing Arts in Pismo Beach

Live theatre is enjoyed by many and the Central Coast of California works hard to bring cultural, musical, professional, and community performances to the area. Large and small audiences each year are inspired and entertained by the many productions found among the local performing arts centers.

Let’s look at some of our favorite live theaters right in Pismo Beach’s backyard.

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Bowl Pismo Beach & Beyond: Traditional Family Fun with a Spin

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A novel pastime in this age of extreme sports, bowling is the kind of activity that unifies us all once we lace up those silly-looking shoes and attempt to maneuver an extremely heavy ball down a greased-up lane. If you have yet to take the kids to the bowling alley, your trip to Pismo Beach is the time to start. An exciting and fun counterpoint to the beauty of the Central Coast, a bowling adventure will help the little ones and teens burn off steam, build some muscle, and create long-lasting memories for your entire family.

Bowling for Nostalgia Lovers

Pismo Bowl was established in 1939 and this family business is still going strong. The nostalgia alone is enough to draw in a crowd, but convenience is also key for newbies who are delighted to discover a hidden gem. It’s an eight-lane bowling center located in the heart of downtown Pismo Beach, easy to head over to after a day at the beach or a quick bite to eat. Or, save your appetite and dig into the deliciousness at Pismo Bowl’s coffee shop diner – bacon cheeseburgers, cheese fries, cheesesteak, beer on tap, or some of the best bowling alley pizza you’ve ever had!

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Rave Reviews: The SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel Thanks Online Reviewers for Sharing Their Experiences

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Here at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel, in Pismo Beach, we wish to warmly thank many of our guests for not only staying with us, but for taking the extra time to share their experiences with the online communities. With over 1,400 reviews on TripAdvisor alone, our group of reviewers is making quite an impression. These reviews are helpful for our future guests as well as helpful to us as we constantly look for ways to improve our hotel and its amenities, providing the best possible oceanfront experience.

Thank you reviewers! And let’s take a look at 4 of our favorite reviews to date:

1. “Best Hotel in Pismo” by stewegg886

Highlighting the “stunning oceanfront view, friendly staff, beautiful ground, and pampering rooms,” this reviewer called the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel “the place to be!” She has been staying with us for years, but said this recent trip with her significant other in January “really topped it all.”

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Make Lasting Easter Memories in Pismo Beach

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Mild weather, scenic views and a warm inviting community make Pismo Beach the perfect location for your family’s spring vacation. For many families, a spring vacation includes celebrating Easter and Pismo Beach is no slouch in providing you fun and entertaining ways to capture memories and celebrate this joyous holiday.

Let’s make lasting Easter memories in Pismo Beach.

Find the Easter Bunny in Wine Country

Start your vacation with a short drive from Pismo Beach to Paso Robles Wine Country. On Saturday, March 19th, 2016, families are invited to the Downtown City Park Holiday House from 11:00am to 2:00pm where the Easter Bunny will be greeting children of all ages. Bring your camera to capture the moment when the Easter Bunny hands your little one his or her very own egg.

After Easter Bunny fun, adults may enjoy a wide selection of local wineries to visit. Discover locations, operating hours and more information with help from the Paso Robles Wine Country’s Wine Tasting Map.

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