Pismo Beach’s “Tastes of the Valleys” Named Top 20 Wine Bar

central coast wine tastingPismo Beach is tantamount to great wine. The small beach town is surrounded by some of the best California wine-growing regions including Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Edna Valley and Paso Robles. Experiencing local wine is as easy as strolling the streets of downtown Pismo Beach, pairing premier tasting with mild weather and a laid-back beach environment.

A recent article in The Tribune by Sandra Duerr highlights one of downtown Pismo Beach’s finest wine establishments, Tastes of the Valleys. This local wine bar features hundreds of Central Coast wines and nearly 1,000 total wines from around the world. Wine Enthusiast recently named it one of the top 20 wine bars in America. It was one of three California wine bars to make the list and one of two small-town wine bars named from the entire U.S.

“This well-stocked tasting room and wine shop sits just a few blocks from the beach and pours hundreds (seriously) of Central Coast wines by the glass. The vast selection and wine-smart staff are why the bar is a favorite among local winemakers and industry insiders.” – Wine Enthusiast

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Business Meetings – Pismo Beach Style

pismo beach meetings eventsWhat important factors do you consider when selecting locations for your organization’s off-site business meetings? A productive environment? Audio and visual capabilities? A change from the typical work structure to boost creativity and renew energy? A rejuvenating setting for post-meeting relaxation?

Business meeting essentials are taken care of in Pismo Beach. From conferences and work retreats to company gatherings and board meetings, Pismo Beach provides a casual meets professional environment ideal for making the most of your time away from the office.

Let’s look at some reasons to consider Pismo Beach and the beautiful Pacific Ocean as a backdrop for your next off-site meeting:

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Pismo Beach on

VisitCalifornia.compismo beach restaurants recently featured Pismo Beach as the perfect beach town getaway. In the article, Allie Neal, a frequent visitor to Pismo Beach, captured some of her adventures and favorite hangouts. Since her passions include discovering “new activities and delicious local food favorites” it is not hard to see why Pismo Beach is one of her favorite places to visit.

Let’s explore Pismo Beach through Allie’s eyes:

A taste of a Pismo Beach bakery

Allie believes in starting off her Pismo Beach adventures with a “gooey and delicious cinnamon roll from Old West Cinnamon Rolls.” Experiencing this delightful bakery awakens your senses, makes you feel at home, and fuels you for your day ahead.

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Take Your Vacation Time

sunsetIt appears there is a price on unused vacation time in the United States. A article reveals that “Americans are throwing away $52.4 billion every year because they won’t take time off from work.” That is not a number to sneer at.

The article goes on to highlight a recent study on vacation time conducted by Oxford Economics, an economic analysis firm. Let’s explore what they found out about our collective reluctance to go on vacation:

  • Results in our own personal burnout and reduced productivity at work
  • Affects a company’s financial results because it has to accumulate employee vacation time as a liability. The study shows that U.S. businesses have $224 billion in liabilities based on employee vacation time, not including sick or personal leave
  • The resulting liability also means many companies must be prepared to “pay out vacations if employees retire or leave”
  • While “most unused vacation days are carried over for future time off or payout when an employee leaves,” use it or lose it policies and expiration dates on accumulated vacation days have resulted in employees forfeiting approximately $52.4 billion in earned benefits each year

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Humpback Whales Get Up Close and Personal on the Central Coast

whale watching
People are buzzing about the waters off the Central Coast of California. Since June 5th, large beautiful humpback whales have been gracing our presence as they feed in Pismo Beach’s neighboring waters in Avila Beach, a short ten-minute drive north of Pismo Beach Pier. Many observers describe these last two weeks as “the best whale watching we have ever had here in Avila.”

The humpbacks selected our beach towns as their first summer hangouts of 2015. This Central California humpback population migrates from Mexico each summer and fall to feed in our cold, productive waters. This specific humpback population is one of three in the North Pacific.

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Beach Evening Primrose

sand dunesIt is that time of year to search for the four bright yellow petals that define the beach evening primrose, a floral native to the coasts of Oregon and California. This perennial flower’s preference to coastal sand dunes makes Pismo Beach a prime location to discover these beautiful displays of nature. You will find they form dense mats along the beach and in the sand dunes that can extend more than one meter across. Fortunately, it is not hard to find these delightful flowers as they continuously bloom from April to August.

Beach Evening Primrose Fun Facts:

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5 Benefits of Riding the Train to Pismo Beach

TrainHave you considered riding the train to beautiful Pismo Beach? The Amtrak system makes traveling easier and more convenient than ever, whether you are visiting from Northern or Southern California. The Pacific Surfliner and Coast Starlight trains provide stops in San Luis Obispo and Grover Beach, placing you mere minutes from the SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel and your favorite Pismo Beach attractions.

Let’s explore 5 benefits of riding the train next time you visit Pismo Beach:

1. Pacific Surfliner Views and Amenities

If you are traveling from Southern California, as far south as San Diego, you are in for a treat as you travel Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner. Pristine beaches, dramatic cliff-side panoramas of the Pacific Ocean, and sweet smelling strawberry fields are just a few of the spectacular sites you will observe on your journey. The Pacific Surfliner makes stops in both San Luis Obispo and Grover Beach, giving you two convenient options when travelling to Pismo Beach.

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Horsing Around in Pismo Beach


The Pismo State Beach Oceano Dunes is a horse friendly environment encouraging riders to enjoy a day in the sand with their favorite pony. Whether you are a professional equestrian, longtime admirer of horses, or are just becoming interested in these magnificent creatures, there are many ways to enjoy and learn more about horses in Pismo Beach.

Varian Arabians

A short 15 minute drive from Pismo Beach to Arroyo Grande will bring you to gentle rolling hills and a horse farm called Varian Arabians. You may know of the Arabian horse, be a big fan, or know very little, but no matter your experience, we invite you to see what this beautiful farm is all about. It is very close to many tourist attractions here on the Central Coast making it the perfect addition to your next visit.

The impressive facility is not only beautiful, but includes several functional structures and breathtaking memorials worth exploring:

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Tips for Pier Fishing in Pismo Beach

pier fishingThe Pismo Beach Pier – a renowned fishing destination complete with mild weather and views of one of the finest beaches in California. It is perhaps the perfect year round fishing retreat and it would be an understatement to say it provides “just good fishing.” With several cantilevered fishing decks lining 1,370 feet, it is the second most productive Central Coast pier.

The top fish found in Pismo Beach is the barred surfperch, a species of surfperch native to the inshore waters of California and Baja California, Mexico. They give birth to live young, most do not exceed 30 cm, and their diet is primarily sand crabs. While fishing at the Pismo Beach Pier you are also likely to find: calico surfperch, skates, blackperch, rubberlip seaperch, silver surfperch, walleye surfperch, kingfish, starry flounders, sanddabs, sand soles, halibut, jacksmelt, Pacific mackerel and jack mackerel.

If you are enticed to head to the Pismo Beach Pier, here are 10 tips to help enhance your pier fishing experience:

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How to Build the Perfect Sandcastle in Pismo Beach

Sand castle on the beach

Warm spring sunshine invites both locals and tourists to take to the sand in Pismo Beach. Numerous beach activities will surround you, including leisure strolls and pickup games of volleyball. Today, we are going to address a long-time favorite beach activity: sandcastle building! Whether you physically like to build them or simply enjoy observing another beach-goer’s hard work, sandcastles are sure to put a smile on your face.

We invite you to build the perfect sandcastle in Pismo Beach. Here are some tips to get started thanks to

Gather Your Tools

You can find most of these items around your home. If you are missing one or two, try a discount chain or Dollar Store for inexpensive additions.

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