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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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Celebrate Mom in Pismo Beach!

Mother's Day Pismo Beach

Mother’s Day 2014 is approaching quickly and what better way to celebrate Mom than with a visit to California’s beautiful Central Coast. Pismo Beach and its surrounding communities are gearing up to honor Mom in style with a collection of fun activities sure to satisfy any preference from kicking back by a pool to outdoor adventures and elegant concerts.

The Mother’s Day 2014 Event Line Up

Pacific Breeze Concert Series

The 2014 Pacific Breeze Concert Series kicks off its season with a special Mother’s Day Concert featuring The Damon Castillo Band from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. This free, fun for the whole family concert takes place at the Pismo Beach Rotary Amphitheater at Dinosaur Caves Park.

For additional information contact the Pismo Beach Parks & Recreation Department at 805-773-7063.

The Jack House

The Jack House is hosting a special Mother’s Day event from 1:00pm until 4:00pm including light jazz, desserts and beverages in their beautiful gardens. Do not miss out on this unique treat which includes docent tours of this historic Victorian home.

Cost of entry is $5 plus an additional charge for food and beverage. Children under 12 are free.

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Adrian Awards Honors SeaCrest

Adrian AwardHere at SeaCrest we are not only proud to be Pismo Beach’s iconic oceanfront hotel, also we find absolute delight in giving our guests the very best of Pismo Beach with a luxurious yet laid-back experience. In fact, we designed our latest special purchase program with our guests fully in mind. “Life HappensTM” entails a 21-Day  Advance Purchase Program that allows our guests to save on all rooms and suites any day of the week while leaving behind the worries of “changed plans.” These advance  purchases are fully changeable with no penalty or late fees because we understand that “Life HappensTM.”

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