4 Classic Experiences for Your Best ‘Classic at Pismo Beach’ Holiday

Classic at Pismo Beach

It’s officially that time of year again: the 33rd annual Classic at Pismo Beach car show is right around the corner, running from June 1st through June 3rd. For classic car aficionados, this is a must-attend event to see the pristinely cared-for classic cars driven in from all over. With cars from the 1930’s onwards featured at the show, each year is never the same and brings a new thrill as to what is in store.

While in town, why not enjoy more of Pismo’s classics? Here are four other ways to enjoy some of Pismo Beach’s best while going in and out of the event:

1. Grab a Pismo Beach cinnamon bun at Old West Cinnamon Rolls.

Old West Cinnamon Rolls are not your everyday treat. Baked in-house with a homemade recipe passed down in the family for generations, this is one of Pismo Beach’s most-loved spots. Nestled in downtown Pismo Beach, Old West Cinnamon Rolls is local favorite and tends to get quite busy later in the afternoon. For a better chance to avoid the line, it’s recommended you drop in during the morning.

2. Enjoy lunch by the pier.

When by the bay, what’s better than fresh seafood? Enjoy one of Pismo Beach’s best lunch spots at Splash Cafe, a low-key, beachy restaurant with a seafood specialty. A favorite dish is the clam chowder, served in a warm sourdough bread bowl.

3. Get your toes sandy at the beach.

Escape the craziness of the Classic by taking a beach stroll. Head down the stairs by the pier, or from the SeaCrest, and walk along the beach to enjoy the beautiful Pismo Beach. Just a few miles away is Avila Beach, another great option for appreciating the area’s stunning natural landscape.

If you want to get even more out of your time at the beach, rent a kayak from one of the many local vendors.

4. Experience a different type of car.

Does looking at all the classic cars get you excited for a driving adventure? Luckily, opportunities abound in Pismo Beach. Rent your choice of off-road vehicle and head out to the Pismo Dunes or Oceano State Recreation Area for some fun in the sand. Options include Pacific Adventure Tours, the largest Humvee tour company in the nation, and Sun Buggy & ATV rentals.

The Classic at Pismo Beach is one of the Pismo Beach’s most anticipated events of the year and is bound to excite. Be sure to complement this classic event with these classic experiences for an unforgettable getaway that is only possible at Pismo. Start planning your Pismo Beach trip today.

5 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day at Pismo Beach

Make this Mother’s Day one to remember with a Pismo Beach getaway. Celebrate mom with all of her favorites, whether it’s brunch, live music, wine tasting, or a walk along the beach. Here are five activities to plan a Pismo Beach Mother’s Day she’ll love:

1. Brunch at Willow

Instead of breakfast in bed, start off the day with a special Mother’s Day Brunch at the new restaurant, Willow Kitchen & Cocktails. Brunch options include a waffle bar, omelet station, prime ribs, a seafood bar, and of course, cocktails to celebrate.

Brunch will be offered Sunday, May 13 from 10am-3pm. To make reservations, call Willow at (805) 295-5151.

2. Yoga on the Bluffs

Join Jule Rose for an all-level vinyasa class on the OceanFront Terrace right here at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel. After the hour long yoga class, take in the ocean views while you enjoy a mimosa and Willow’s superfood parfait station. Two yoga sessions will take place on Sunday, May 13th, the first starting at 8am and the second beginning at 10am. Each session is $20.

A limited number of mats will be available. To reserve yours, email Jule at

3. Mother’s Day Concert at Dinosaur Caves Park

Celebrate Mother’s Day with live music and an ocean view, courtesy of The Pacific Breeze Concert Series. The free concert will be held at the Dinosaur Caves Park and features the Damon Castillo Band. Come along and join the party on Sunday, May 13th from 1pm-4pm, and be sure to bring a blanket to sit on as you enjoy the music!

4. Cupcake and Wine Flight at Donati Vineyard

Mom is sure to love Donati Vineyard’s wine and cupcake pairings. On this 30-minute walking tour, featuring four tasting stations, you’ll enjoy cupcakes from Blissful Bites Cupcakes paired with Applewood Wines. Get your tickets here.

5. Even more wine tasting

In the mood to continue wine tasting? Luckily, wine is a specialty of the Central Coast with no shortage of options. For local tasting bars, head to Taste of the Valleys or Sans Liege Tasting Room. If you’d prefer the authentic vineyard experience, choose from local vineyards such as Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards, Edna Valley Vineyards, and Wolff Vineyards — all of which are less than a 15-minute drive from Pismo Beach.

Ready to book your Pismo Beach Mother’s Day? From May 10-13, enjoy 20% off your booking with an optional add-on that includes a bottle of wine, rose, and chocolate truffles. Head here to make your reservation.



The Perfect Pismo Beach Babymoon

Preparing for a baby is an exciting time full of anticipation as you prepare to welcome a new member of your family. Of course, with that excitement comes the realization that there will be a lot of hard work ahead. Many couples are taking time ahead of their new arrival to escape the planning, nesting, and worrying by taking a babymoon. A night or two (or three!) away is great way to take a break and connect with your significant other.

A great time for your babymoon is around the 6th month of your pregnancy because you’re at the point where you really could use the relaxation, but you’re not so close to your due date that you need to worry.

When choosing your babymoon destination, look no further than Pismo Beach. Rich with romantic and relaxing activities for you to enjoy, you can leave your stress at home for a wonderful getaway. Here are some local babymoon activities we recommend.

Relaxing beach walks

Soak in the salty air and feel the sand under your toes for a relaxing beach break. Lay out and take in the sunshine, or appreciate the beauty of Pismo with a beach walk.

Avila Beach, Pismo State Beach, and Shell Beach are all stunning local beaches for you to visit. All of these beaches are close to either downtown Avila or Pismo, in case you find yourself hungry for some post-beach food.

Pre-natal spa treatment

Treat yourself to a relaxing prenatal massage. This is can be a great way to let the stress melt away and relieve sore muscles. Did you know prenatal massages can also help with circulation issues that can happen during pregnancy? Check out local Pismo Beach options such as the Vital Touch Day Spa. And of course, clear any massage treatments with your doctor before you partake.

Leisurely strolls for dinner or ice cream

Take it easy by walking around downtown Pismo Beach or nearby towns such as Avila Beach, Arroyo Grande, and San Luis Obispo. There are many dinner options for you to enjoy a memorably romantic evening.

Top it off with some delicious ice cream shops including The Scoop Ice Cream Parlor and Doc Burnstein’s — a local favorite.

Sailboat Tour

Feeling adventurous? Set up close and personal with the Pismo’s beautiful marine life and scenery on a guided sailboat tour. There are several local options to choose between to find the one that works best for you. If you’d prefer a romantic evening ride on the water, opt for a 2.5 hour sunset sailboat experience. This tour, which can include whale watching depending on the season, is available year round as a private tour and is bound to create a magical memory.

Other options include an afternoon and morning sealife sailboat tour, depending on your preference for time of day and whether the tour is private or in a group. However, be sure you are mindful of how you’re feeling, as you’ll want to avoid mixing sail boats with morning sickness!

You deserve to be pampered and with so many wonderful activities right here in Pismo Beach, there’s something for everyone. Start planning your babymoon today.


Your Complete Pismo Beach Wedding Checklist

Planning the beach wedding of your dreams in Pismo Beach? Wedding planning can be daunting, but with enough planning and preparation, it doesn’t have to be. To get you started on your Pismo Beach wedding plans and to help make your wedding uniquely yours, we worked directly with local professionals to put together this checklist.


__ Explore galleries of ceremonies for inspiration, especially ones held at your desired venue.

__ Coordinate your vision with a wedding planner, who will likely be an intermediate between you and the venue.


__ Explore galleries of receptions to create a vision for what you’d like on the big day.

__ Work with your wedding planner for them to set up logistics and the fine details.

Rehearsal Dinner 

Practice makes perfect! Ensure your big day goes smoothly with a well-prepared rehearsal dinner.

__ Ask guests about any dietary restrictions.

__ Work with your event planner, entailing details to make sure everything goes as planned!

__ Work with the venue (likely through your event planner) to determine what you are responsible for (e.g. catering) and what they will provide in their wedding package.

Decorative lighting

When designing your wedding venue, lighting plays a big role in decoration. Indoor or outdoor? String lights, LED, or color wash? Working with an expert can help you decorate your venue the way you envision it.

__ Explore vendors.

__ Relay your venue vision to vendors before hiring them (possibly with your wedding planner as an intermediate) so the venue is decorated just the way you want it.

__ Work with your wedding coordinator to create a concept for your lighting and decor.

__ Explore vendors and communicate the look you’re going for to ensure it is within their offering.

Ask about:

__ What the vendor provides and what they don’t, e.g. for set up, take down, and electrical hookups.


__ Explore vendors.

__ Ask guests about dietary restrictions.

__ Coordinate quantities and logistics with vendor and wedding planner.


__ Explore DJs to match your wedding theme and personal tastes.

Each DJ will likely be different, so be sure to ask about:

__ Travel arrangements. If they need to travel, what does that entail?

__ Equipment. Will they bring everything they need, or are you responsible for any set up equipment?

Coordination and Event Design

__ Talk with different event coordinators to find the perfect one to bring your wedding dreams to life!


Champagne? Tequila? Both? Find the right bartending service for your wedding.

__ Explore vendors to match your wedding theme.

__ Coordinate with vendor and wedding planner for logistics.

Be sure to ask about:

__ Ensure the bartending vendor will bring everything they need, such as the alcohol, coolers, tables, etc.?

__ What are their alcohol options?

__ When do they need to know the types and quantities of alcohol you’d like to have?


Cake? Cupcakes? Delight your wedding guests with something sweet. With so many delicious bakeries here in Pismo Beach, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

__ Choose your vendor.

__ Ask guests about dietary restrictions.

__ Work with vendor or wedding planner for details (quantity, types of pastries, logistics).


Brighten the venue with stunning arrangements. Working with a professional vendor can prove to be incredibly valuable for bringing to life the venue you’re dreaming of.

Some floral considerations to keep in mind:

 __ Wedding arch floral arrangement

__ Bridal bouquet for the Bride

__ Boutonniere for the Groom

__ Bouquet for the Maid of Honor

__ Boutonniere for the Best Man

__ Floral arrangements for different parts of the wedding (such as the reception, dinner, and ceremony)

Be sure to:

__ If you have a layout of your ceremony and other aspects of your wedding, supply them to make sure that’s within scope for their particular offering.


__ Talk with different officiants to find the right one for your special day.


__ Explore vendors.

__ Coordinate logistics, e.g. what photos you’d like from each part of the wedding.

Be sure to:

__ Ask potential photographers for sample galleries for you to peruse. Look at the photos you like and relay your photography vision to them so they know what look you are going for.

__ If you want additional services, such as wedding videos, ask if this is also something they can do.

__ Ensure they will bring everything they will need.

__ Tell the photographer about the venue(s) they will be photographing, including whether it’s inside, outside, what time of day, and so on. If you have a layout of your ceremony and other aspects of your wedding, this is also good to give them so they can suggest where they will take photos from to ensure you get the photos you want from your special day. It may be helpful to send the photographer a gallery of your venue(s) or give them a walk-thru so they can plan accordingly.

Equipment rental 

__ Work with wedding planning to know what the venue provides and what you’ll need from a hired vendor.

__ When talking with different vendors, have a list ready to double check the vendor has the equipment you’ll need.

Specialty Linens 

Pearl white? Taupe? Rustic beach wedding theme? Whatever the look you’re going for, the linens you choose make a big difference.

__ Explore vendors and share with them your theme and vision set by you and your wedding planner.

__ Ask them for galleries to see their work and learn about their style and what they can do.

__ Show them photos of what you have in mind, if possible.



__ Explore different private transportation options to find the right one for your wedding.

__ Determine how many passengers you’ll have, as well as logistics (such as where to pick up and drop off guests, and how many vehicles you’ll need).

For more details on how to create your perfect wedding day and to learn about the local vendors we would recommend, explore the SeaCrest Pismo Beach wedding kit.

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