Blooming Spring! The 411 on Central Coast Wildflowers

This year California experienced unprecedented rains, after years of serious drought. Hooray. The cup (well the levy) literally ran over. Indeed, heavy rains came, even to the point of floods up and down the state. While there were some clear negatives, one of the great joys of all this rain is a spectacular wildflower bloom. Starting in early March, flowers pop up across the Central Coast and produce some seriously gorgeous scenery. This year’s wildflower season is expected to be both beautiful and bountiful.

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Sights on our Sisters: Central Coast’s Favorite Hiking Vistas

The Central Coast is renowned for its iconic natural beauty – rolling hills dotted with Spanish Oaks and pristine cliffside or sandy beaches, the perfect setting for R & R – rest and recreation.

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Romance Abounds In and Around Pismo Beach

Here are a Few of our Favorite Activities and Sweet Spots.

Ah,’tis the season of romance. Reminders of love swirl all around us this month. While popular right now, in and around Pismo Beach the time for romance is not only unique to February. Romance is alive here all year round. Pismo Beach is an exceptional place to create memories full of sweetness. Anytime.

Offering far more than just dinner and a movie, Pismo Beach opportunities for romance include world renowned beaches with sunset views, local art, music, dancing and so much more. Dinner is well covered too with award winning wine and dine options for all budgets and degrees of spice including gourmet farm to table options with Pismo Beach’s own fresh, organic, local ingredients. Check out some of our most beloved spots for romance and create your own delight this month or anytime. For love is always in the air in Pismo Beach.

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Pismo Beach Fish Fanfare

Many of the world’s finest beaches are found along the 1,100 miles of our California coastline. The quintessential town of Pismo Beach is among the most popular spots to explore and restore. Here residents and visitors celebrate and enjoy the abundant sea life year round, as just below the surface of this beach haven you’ll find equally exquisite sea life.

With seasonal winds and waves, the sea floor and environment shifts and changes, creating variable habitats for sea creatures. Teeming with life, the coastal waters are labeled as “shore layers”, making for a special kind of playground where you’ll find different fish.

If you’re on foot along the beach, dip your toes into the magical tidepools where you’ll find colorful and unique playmates. If you prefer to be perched on top of a boat, whether recreating or fishing, you’ll find a whole different kettle of fish. And for the special breed of underwater mermaids and mermen who snorkel and dive, you’ll find your own delight amidst all the coastal layers. Here is a quick overview of the coastal layers and some of the creatures you’re likely to find in each.

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Celebrating the Winter Wonderland of Pismo Beach

One of the most magical gifts Pismo Beach presents is the opportunity to be outside year round. While many areas of the country are scraping ice and hunkering down this winter, Pismo Beach is, in dramatic contrast, an inviting wonderland. Some of the most spectacular scenery and opportunities unfold right in the midst of deep winter. Come see for yourself the whimsy of Pismo Beach’s wonderland.

Abundant Wildlife

Many species quiet down and become harder to find during winter months. There are a few however who prefer to delight us by taking center stage during this otherwise dormant time. If you’re craving a way to connect with nature and enjoy the cycle of life without the snow and ice, come dance with the butterflies, listen to the song of both whales and birds, and see how seal pups get welcomed into their large families.

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Got Goals? Top 2017 Central Coast Running Races and Triathlons

The central coast is known for year round recreation. At its heart, Pismo Beach offers some of its own events as well as a place along some of the most breathtaking, scenic courses available. Check out these favorite races and set yourself some worthy goals for 2017.

1. Pismo Pier to the Plunge (January 1)

Start your year off right with a new favorite Pismo Beach activity.  The 5K all-ages run will take place entirely on the beach, starting and finishing right by the historic Pismo Beach Pier. You’ll also have a chance to earn your “Pismo to Plunge” headband by taking the plunge after you finish! Kick off the year with some fun. More Information >

2. Castle to the Coast Fun Run (January 14)

This unique local event covers 8.2 miles of beautiful ocean view beginning at Hearst Castle/San Simeon State Park and finishing at Shamel Park. Registration is open to only 300 participants, so register soon to secure your spot in this fun run. More Information >

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A Central Coast Baby Boom: Visit the Elephant Seal Rookery

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Living on (or visiting) the Central Coast of California has unique benefits, especially during fall and winter when treacherous weather torments much of the country. Here we get to celebrate the Monarch Butterfly migration and other natural wonders. One of these is right in our backyard (or maybe the front yard since it’s in North County). This wonder is the season of baby seal births at the rookery.

Elephant seals return to mate on the same beaches where they were born. As more pups are born at the rookery each year, the colony of seals continues to grow, now at more than 23,000 elephant seals who regularly return to the rookery. The rookery is a 6-mile stretch of protected beach at Año Nuevo State Park, just north of Cambria.

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Where to Watch the Sunset In and Around Pismo Beach


Few activities finish off a perfect day in Pismo Beach like watching the sun set from a picturesque west-facing vista. The days are growing shorter and the evening air is finally cooling down to jacket weather, a combination calling us out to appreciate even a few short minutes of fresh air, connecting to our surrounding beauty. Fall sunsets can be some of the most spectacular and memorable. If you’re looking for the perfect place to take in a magical Pismo Beach sunset, consider checking out one of these great spots:

The SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel

The hotel is (of course) our favorite spot to watch the sunset. From the rooftop to the grass yard, poolside, the various Terraces or all the way down the steps to the shore, the hotel offers an amazing, unobstructed vista for any type of experience you’re wanting to create. The SeaCrest is Pismo Beach’s ideal place for romance and memories all around.

Margo Dodd Park

This beautiful park offers a gazebo as well as a beach stairway. Come for the breathtaking ocean view, stay for the selfies. The park is located at the end of Seaview.

Dinosaur Caves Park 

For a more picnic and play type of park, Dinosaur Caves is an oceanfront park designed for the whole family – with trails, amphitheater, restroom, open grassy areas, play area, scenic ocean overlooks, benches and tables. At the corner of Cliff and Shell Beach Rd.

Spyglass Park

Here’s another great vista with a playground, grassy area, restroom, picnic tables, benches, BBQ areas, and bike parking. This is a great option for a sunset picnic. Spyglass exit, go straight across Shell Beach Rd. onto Spyglass. Follow Spyglass for a beautiful ocean view.

Memory Park/Point Vista

An intimate bluff park with picnic tables, BBQ, benches and a beautiful ocean viewing. Seacliff Dr.

Pier Ave Stairs

For anyone wanting a ‘toe in the water’ experience at the rocks and tidepools of Pismo Beach, head to ‘the stairs’. A beach access stairway takes you down to a large tide pool area. End of Pier St. Note: Check the tides before you plan a sunset picnic on the rocks at this spot.

Oyster Loft

If you’re lucky to land a patio or window table, the full shoreline view from the Oyster Loft is spectacular. Pair it with some great food and wine and you can take the sunset to a whole other level.

Ventana Grill

Another spectacular option if you’re looking to eat and drink while you watch the sunset. This restaurant proclaims an atmosphere “channeling the four elements”. A perfect way to frame your own memorable experience of nature.

Our Pismo Beach paradise is full of magical spots to stop for a sunset. Checkout the Pismo Beach Parks, Courts and Beach Map. Wherever you end up for the magical moment, consider popping into the SeaCrest once the sun goes down to claim a good night’s sleep as part of a full fall getaway in Pismo Beach. Sunrise on the beach is spectacular too!

Local U-Pick & Harvest Opportunities for Fall Flavors


Visiting Pismo Beach and this Central Coast paradise affords some delightful (and delicious) opportunities. As we enter the fall season, rolling quickly into the holidays, consider some outdoor fun flavor with a visit to one of our local farms or ranches.

You can pick your own fruits and vegetables or keep to enjoying the fun from the (more tidy) safety of paved floors and sidewalks, picking up your fresh favorites from the farm stands and markets. Whatever you fancy, check out the amazing cornucopia at our fingertips, thanks to our local farmers.

Pull on your mukluks and roll up your sleeves. These local farms are bursting with great fall harvests and ready to fill your baskets with goodness. Call ahead to confirm hours and availability as ‘fresh’ also means ‘changing daily’.

Avila Barn

Venture from Pismo Beach a couple exits north to Avila Barn where you’ll find lots of fresh local variety including pumpkins and apples galore. Take a hayride out into the field to pick out your favorite pumpkin or stay closer to the market for an easier shopping experience and more time to feed the animals. Yes, at the Avila Barn you can even enjoy furry friends in the petting area. You can also count on the Avila Barn market for yummy local baked goods and an abundance of local farm produce from the surrounding farms.

Gopher Glen Apple Farm

For an authentic apple adventure, visit Gopher Glen Apple Farm, harvesting many varietals of organic apples as well as homemade apple cider (pressed fresh on-site), dried apples, apple butter and more. While this farm isn’t a place to go-a-picking, you will definitely pick up some tasty treats filled with fall flavor.

SLO Creek Farms

If you’re looking for the full-on apple picking experience this fall, SLO Creek Farms is still open and has a number of varieties to “pick” from. Bring the whole family, your camera and get ready to stock up for an apple a day, picked your way. SLO Creek also has other opportunities for you as well, including a local farmstand and even a Community Garden on the farm where you could have your own plot to pick whatever you want. You can rent a press to make your own cider.


For anyone who just can’t get enough harvesting this season, GleanSLO is another local picking opportunity where the bounty gets donated to the local foodbank. The GleanSLO harvesters rescue nature’s ripe bounty from around the county, food otherwise going to rot, and then deliver this fresh produce to neighbors who need it.

Farmers’ Markets

If you can’t get out to the farm but still crave the season’s freshness, visit any of the local farmers’ markets.

Dinosaur Caves-Art in the Park
First Sunday of the month from 10:00am to 4:00pm
May through November
Corner of Shell Beach Road and Cliff Ave.
2701 Price street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Phone: 805.704.8128

SLO Grange Farmers Market
Every Tuesday from 3:00pm to 6:30pm
2880 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Spencer’s Fresh Markets, Arroyo Grande
Every Wednesday morning from 8:30am to 11:00am
1464 East Grand Avenue, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Cross streets: Courtland & Grand Ave

Spencer’s Fresh Markets, Morro Bay
Every Thursday from 2:30pm to 5:00pm
2650 Main St., Spencer’s Market
Morro Bay, CA 93442
This Morro Bay market is nestled just off of Highway 1, north of the Highway 41 junction.

Thursday Night Downtown Farmers Market
Downtown San Luis Obispo
Every Thursday from 6:10pm-9:00pm
On Higuera Street between Nipomo and Santa Rosa
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Cambria Farmers Market
Friday afternoon “Rain or Shine!” 2:30 – 5:00 pm (winter hours)
You will find them in the Veteran’s Hall parking lot at 1000 Main Street in Cambria’s West Village.

Saturday Morning SLO Farmers Market
Every Saturday from 8:00am to 10:30am
Promenade (Cost Plus parking lot) Parking Lot,
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403

Arroyo Grande Farmers Market
Every Saturday from 12:00pm to 2:30pm
214 East Branch Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Cross Street – Short St (City Hall Parking Lot)

Morro Bay Farmers Market
Every Saturday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Main Street in front of the Chamber of Commerce
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-4467

Wherever you end up, enjoy this local bounty! This is part of what makes Pismo Beach and the Central Coast a paradise. If you want to follow your adventure with a long walk along the grand Pacific Ocean and enjoy a deep sleep in a comfortable bed away from all the fuss at home, book your very own fall getaway today at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel in Pismo Beach, located on the bluffs with direct access to the sand.

A Nostalgic Retrospective of the SeaCrest’s OceanFront Treasure


It’s throwback time.

In some ways, the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel is a familiar place – perhaps we’re neighbors or your favorite getaway. But when you peel back the curtains, you may find the SeaCrest holds a local presence with a deeper history than you realize.

We want to reminisce with you, share some of our favorite historical snapshots of this coastal getaway, details, and stories setting the SeaCrest apart as a magical place to stay and play – today and for the last 54 years.


Built in 1962, the SeaCrest has always been and continues to be a family-oriented getaway, a place to come and relax together – including children and pets! Besides the central lawn and other areas meant for gathering and being together, the grounds have always included play areas, like a real shuffleboard court for recreation and entertainment.

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