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Broadway by the Sea

Here in Pismo Beach we love to celebrate summer. We also love to celebrate our local musical talent.

Join the Pismo Beach community as they warmly invite you to partake in one of the most inspiring alfresco concerts this August 16 featuring the talent of Opera San Luis Obispo (OperaSLO).

Photo: OperaSLO

Photo: OperaSLO

OperaSLO is San Luis Obispo County’s sole professional opera company. The company’s first performance took place at Linnaea’s Cafe in downtown San Luis Obispo on June 4, 1985. Linnaea’s is still a local favorite, dedicated to good coffee, outstanding music, intriguing poetry and remarkable art. OperaSLO has continued to grow to become San Luis Obispo County’s “voice of opera” through a variety of productions including both familiar and new compositions.

OperaSLO’s mission is a “[commitment] to enhancing cultural life by producing excellent performances that entertain and inspire [their] audience” and Broadway by the Sea will be one of those performances.

Hosted as a benefit for OperaSLO, Broadway by the Sea will be an incredible afternoon of Broadway favorites, accompanied by miraculous ocean views from Pismo Beach’s own gorgeous seaside home, the historic Chapman Estate. This exquisite property is one of Pismo Beach’s most exclusive locations. The 1.5 acre estate was bequeathed to the city of Pismo Beach by Clifford Chapman who passed away in June of 2012. The City Council unanimously voted to accept the property in December 2013 and on December 31st the estate valued at nearly $17 million became city property.

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Beach Tips: Planning a Fun, Safe Pismo Vacation

family-fun-at-pismo-beachThe time for beach vacations has arrived. Here in Pismo we all but run, okay many of us actually run, towards the pristine coastline that invites everything from much needed relaxation to a long list of outdoor sports and activities for all ages. In fact, Pismo Beach has been considered a prime vacation spot for years by the likes of new couples, large families and singles alike all looking for summer amusement.

Now, all of you beach-goers should keep a few things in mind as you indulge in your sandy vacation to assure safety, health and a whole lot of fun. Here are 5 beach tips to help you prepare for your next Pismo Beach Vacation!

1. Protect what needs protecting

First off, protect yourself and your family from the inside out.

Pack food and plenty of water. We all get hungry and thirsty after spending some time on the beach, especially those kiddos who will be running around nonstop. Plus, fatigue and dehydration are two of the last things you want to experience while you are supposed to be enjoying time with family or friends.

When preparing food make sure you have a way of keeping it sealed well. You don’t want seagulls indulging on your favorite snacks while you are taking a dip in the ocean.

Next, load up on your choice of sun protection for both skin and eyes. From sunscreen and sunglasses to cover ups and hats, don’t let the sun get the best of you.

Finally, protect your personal items by turning to a good old-fashioned plastic baggie. It will help deter the likes of sand, water, sandwich crumbs and sunscreen smudges from invading smart phone screens and every crevice of your wallet.

2. Swimming precautions

If you plan to enjoy the cool ocean water on your Pismo vacation, there are several precautions to keep in mind, which include staying alert at all times and checking the local weather conditions before setting off to dip your toes in the water.

For a complete list of swimming safety tips including the dangers of rip currents visit the American Red Cross website at redcross.org.

3. Money saving activities

Whether you’re planning your beach vacation on a budget or you merely enjoy the simple pleasantries of the outdoors, why not try these good old fashioned low cost beach activities.

Building sand castles

From soaring towers to moats with crocodiles, imagination flourishes during this family favorite pastime.

Flying kites

Who doesn’t love to spend an afternoon flying a kite? Learn about the types of kites and how to fly them from Professor Kite of National Kite Month. And remember all kites need a chance to fly for “a kite has no ‘spirit’ until it has been flown. Even if your kite is only for decoration, it should be flown at least once.”

Collecting sea shells and rocks

Who needs a gift shop when your favorite souvenir just may be a free one? Whether you have an eye for impressive sand dollars or intriguing rocks, grab a pail and hit the beach.

4. Getting clean

If you are beach-going with kids, extra towels are a must. Keep one or two tucked away until the very end of the day, otherwise all of your towels will inconveniently be useless from the constant emergence of water and sand from little trampling feet.

After drying off, you may find there is still some sand stuck to your skin and in your hair. Try baby powder to draw out any residual moisture and then the remaining sand will miraculously fall right off.

5. Have fun

Remember that your vacation is your vacation. Choose the beach activities that make you enthused, happy, energetic or all of the above and enjoy your summer fun!

Now that you know how to prepare for your time at the beach, let SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel, Pismo Beach take care of the rest. Offering deluxe accommodations complete with direct beach access from the hotel, your dream beach vacation is awaiting.

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Ocean Views by Day, Country Music by Night

The month of July is an exciting time in San Luis Obispo County. The festive summer draws people from all over the world to its various communities to take in the rich history, outdoor activities, shopping experiences and superior food, wine and beer.

One of these communities is the beautiful city of Paso Robles.

Paso Robles has been known throughout history for its hot springs, wineries, olive oil production, almond orchards, more recently skateboarding and its famous California Mid-State Fair.

The thermal springs placed Paso Robles (City of El Paso De Robles) on the map. Even before the mission era, the Salinan Indians recognized the land for its springs. During the mission era, Paso Robles became known as a rest-stop for travelers of the Camino Real trail, again focused on its mineral hot springs with the first baths being created by Franciscan priests from the neighboring Mission San Miguel. The pioneer settlers during this time period would be the ones to establish the cattle ranches, orchards, dairy farms and vineyards that have all been vital to the survival of the community.

The first California Mid-State Fair was held years later in 1946.

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It was then known as the San Luis Obispo County Fair. It became a regional attraction in the 1970s and it is known today as “The Biggest Little Fair Anywhere!” It is held at the 40 acre Paso Robles Event Center, an important attraction of this charming and friendly city. This year the Fair takes place July 16th through July 27th.

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Whatever Floats Your Boat – Summer Time in Pismo Beach

kiteboarderSummer has arrived in the beautiful Central Coast town of Pismo Beach. Capitalizing on the warm weather can take place in a variety of ways – lounging on the sandy beach, dipping your toes into the cool ocean water, cruising the boardwalk and so much more for sand and ocean enthusiasts.

Whatever floats your boat, welcome to summer in Pismo Beach.

Running in the Sand – “Stride with the Tide”

Whether walking or running, the beach offers a challenging workout in a serene environment. While you can always access the beach on your own time, you may also want to plan for Pismo’s annual summer running event, “Stride with the Tide.”

Taking place on Saturday, August 16th, “Stride with the Tide” is the ultimate adventure in beach-family fun. The 5K run/walk starts and ends at the renowned Pismo Pier and attracts everyone from competitive racers to families looking to stroll the beach together.

Medals are up for the taking! The top three finishers in each of the ten age divisions will receive a medal. So, get your running group together or plan to make new friends while experiencing the best of the Pismo community.

Registration starts at 7:15am Saturday morning at the Pier. No pre-registration. Entry fee is $15 for race only or $25 for race, shirt and cap. This event will occur rain or shine with a start time of 8:30am.

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Fireworks over the Pismo Pier!

fourth-of-july-pismo-beachThis 4th of July celebrate our nation’s independence the Pismo Beach way. This classic beach town community warmly welcomes you to participate in a full day of merriments that will have you tapping your toes to live music, eating scrumptious local food and taking in one of the best fireworks’ displays on the Central Coast, and all as a way of rejoicing in our freedom!

Prepare for your day of fun and festivities at the beach by reading the answers to some of Pismo Beach’s 4th of July Celebration’s most frequently asked questions.

What entertainment can I expect?

Pismo Beach knows how to throw a party! Not only will you be able to soak up the sun’s rays while dipping your toes into the cool blue Pacific Ocean, but this charming beach community has prepared an amazing list of local food vendors, live music including military bands, art, crafts, children’s activities and of course the Grand Fireworks Display from the famous 1,200 foot Pismo Pier.

How much will I pay for the day?

General admission for this fun-filled day is free! You can also opt for premier VIP seating located directly on the Pismo Pier for just $25. Bring a few extra bucks because you will not want to miss out on the fantastic food and wine available for purchase as well as the ability to browse the local beach shops for unique gifts.

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The Classic at Pismo Beach

SC_CarShow_153910Welcoming Classic Cars, Worthwhile Causes and a Whole Lot of Fun to the Central Coast

It’s that time of year again to gear up for the Mothers Polish Classic at Pismo Beach. This year marks the 29th Annual Classic that has grown into one of the largest spectator car events in the U.S. Over 175,000 people make the trip to Pismo Beach each year to take in the gorgeous Central Coast scenery while delighting in three days of the hottest classic show cars brought in by the likes of Mothers Polish, GM Performance, Ford Motor Company, 7-Eleven, Budweiser and more!

The event is managed by the family operated business, Just Cruzin’ Productions and presented by GEICO. Free to the public, observers delight in almost 1,000 show cars while cruising downtown Pismo Beach and enjoying over 130 vendors.

The Classic at Pismo Beach is proud of its strong connection with its participants and spectators that help raise money for genuine causes each year. This year the Folds of Honor Foundation will benefit from the weekend of events. This charity honors the sacrifice of military families by providing scholarships and other assistance to spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled during service to our country. Folds of Honor Foundation truly embraces these families’ ability to heal while gaining hope and opportunity to realize their dreams.

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It’s Time to “Roll Out the Barrels” in SLO Wine Country

Roll Out the BarrelsGet ready to celebrate summer and wine with the 24th annual Roll Out the Barrels SLO Wine Country event. Be prepared for an all-around good time with four days of festivities geared towards celebrating what makes SLO Wine Country and our local chefs so special.

Read on for more details on what to expect over the Roll Out The Barrels weekend including Barrels in Mission Plaza, Winemaker Dinners, the Passport to SLO Wine Country and the Summer Krush concert.

Barrels in Mission Plaza – Thursday, June 19th

Barrels in Mission Plaza launches the four-day event on Thursday night. Held in the historic downtown Mission Plaza, SLO Wine Country wineries will partner with local chefs to present exquisite pairings from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. The entire evening features “grown here, made here” food and wine accompanied by a live show  featuring the Mighty Croon Dogs.

Choose from General Admission ($40) or a special VIP Early Entry ($60) which includes an additional reserve wine tasting from 4:30pm until 5:30pm. All tickets include a commemorative wine glass and wine & food pairings.

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Classic California Golf Tournament to Benefit Pismo Beach’s 4th of July Celebration

Golf Courses of Pismo BeachThe annual Classic California Golf Tournament will be played at Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande on Friday, May 30th, 2014. This exciting event benefits Pismo Beach’s annual 4th of July celebration, so grab your clubs and get ready to experience one of California Central Coast’s most beautiful and challenging golf courses, while supporting the local Pismo Beach community.

Cypress Ridge

The Cypress Ridge Golf Course is a Peter Jacobsen Signature Course utilizing the Central Coast’s unique natural surroundings to create one of the most memorable playing experiences for golfers of all abilities. During your visit, you will take in scenic views of mature cypress trees and luscious green fairways which are indulgently accompanied by the fresh Pacific Ocean air. The course’s design team paid special attention to enhance these natural elements to not only create a “golfers’ paradise,” but an environmentally conscious operation that earned them a certification as a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International.

Audubon International is a non-profit environmental leader focused on providing education and certifications to help “golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf.”

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Supporting the Pismo Preserve Project

pismo-preserve-social-postHere at SeaCrest we are proud to be supporting the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County in their efforts to raise funds to preserve 900 acres of unspoiled land in Pismo Beach.

The Pismo Preserve project is intended to create a true natural gift for the future generations of Pismo Beach, its community, and its visitors by turning the pristine ranch that stretches from Pismo Heights to City Hall and back to Price Canyon into a nature preserve that will be graced with over ten miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.

Preserve visitors will delight in an experience that encompasses bird’s eye views of the Pacific Ocean, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Pismo Dunes, and Edna Valley Wine Country. Check out this video created by the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County showcasing these amazing views.

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Pismo Beach Hosts the AMGEN Tour of California 2014

Pismo Beach is proud to be a first time host city for the AMGEN Tour of California this spring. The race takes place May 11th – 18th, 2014 and will challenge the world’s top professional cycling teams in a Tour de France-style road race across hundreds of miles of California’s challenging, inspiring and undeniably gorgeous terrains. Starting in Sacramento and finishing in Thousand Oaks, cyclists are taking on a very demanding journey surrounded by fellow participants with statures as World Champions, Tour de France contenders and Olympic medalists.

AMGEN, an American multinational biopharmaceutical company and founder of Breakaway from Cancer proves the tour is more than just a cycling race – it is “leading the race to dramatically improve people’s lives”. Breakaway form Cancer is “a national initiative to increase awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer – from prevention to survivorship.” Support services provided include:

AMGEN Pismo Beach

Photo credit: Sanluisobispo.com

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