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45 Years Ago in Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach has been an outdoorsman’s paradise for many, many years. While some activities have changed, several have remained. Let’s take a look at Pismo Beach 45 years ago as featured in the March 1970 edition of Field & Stream. Author Bob Grant wrote “Ocean Paradise” as a tribute to Pismo and all that it offers the outdoor enthusiast. Let’s take a look!

Clamming as it Once Was

pismo beach clam festivalAs expected, the highlight during this time was the Pismo Clam. While this popular clam was found from Monterey Bay to the southern tip of Baja California, Pismo was known to have probably the greatest concentration Here are a few Pismo Clam fun facts gathered from Grant’s article:

  • A single clam “drinks” 5,800 gallons of sea water a year.
  • A single clam can spawn 15 million eggs annually.
  • The clam has many predators besides humans, including seagulls, sharks, rays and surf fish.
  • In the late 1890s and early 1900s, farmers would use their best plow horses to plow up the beach sand during a low tide. Men would follow the plow with pitchforks to load up the exposed clams into a wooden wagon. These clams were turned into feed for pigs and chickens. 1911 brought a halt to this practice with a 200 clam per day limit.
  • 1916 to 1947 were the years of commercial digging with 1918 being a peak year, when approximately 350,000 clams weighing well over a half-million pounds were harvested for commercial use.
  • By 1970, laws required a harvested clam to be 4 ½ inches in diameter and a personal limit was set of ten clams per person.

Camping at the Beach

Aside from clamming, camping in Pismo was a favorite activity, as it is today among both locals and tourists. It appears that in 1970 the state park and other facilities, as well as private ranches in the area allowed camping on the beach for approximately $1 per day. These campsites made great home bases for people participating in clamming, surf fishing and skindiving –activities that attracted thousands of visitors a year from all over the country.

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Get Your Sweet Fix in Pismo Beach

salt water taffy pismo beach

We all get a sweet tooth every now and then and here in Pismo Beach we have the perfect candy and treat shops to help ease your cravings. Whether you enjoy sophisticated chocolates, decedent caramel apples or fun-loving salt water taffy, you can find the sweets you love.

Checkout the list of our 7 favorite sweet treat stores in Pismo Beach and our surrounding communities:

1. Tomasko’s Pismo Beach Taffy

If you are looking for your salt water taffy fix, then head to Tomasko’s in downtown Pismo Beach. Observe their “Candy Kitchen” as they make your favorite taffy flavors. This local gem received the award of Pismo Beach Business of the Year in 2010.

Owner Roger Tomasko contributes his success to the “goodwill of people coming back year after year. They know they are going to get good quality homemade candy at a reasonable price”. Over the years he has increased the amount of homemade items to include: Divinity, Fudge, Carmel Corn, Carmel Apples, English Toffee and of course, many Chocolates.

2. The Chocolate Sheep

Located in the village of Arroyo Grande, this multi-generational family owned gourmet chocolate and toy shop is known for its delicious chocolate and friendliest of customer service. It is a delightful stop on your journey to seek out satisfying chocolate. Visit thechocolatesheep.com or find them on Facebook.

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The Many Sunsets of Pismo Beach

pismo sunsetThe great outdoors of Pismo Beach is undeniably stunning. While there are many thrill-seeking and adventurous ways to enjoy Pismo, you don’t have to climb the highest hiking trail or paddle a surfboard out into the deep blue sea to take in its beauty. Instead, consider one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy Mother Nature, by enjoying a glorious sunset.

Lucky for you Pismo visitors, we have some of the best kick-back and watch the sunset locations on the Central Coast. Take a look at our list of prime sunset viewing sites.

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Discover Fine Art with the Seaside Gallery in Pismo

Sunset over ocean shorePismo Beach is known for many things including fine dining, stunning ocean views, and an array of beach activities; it is lesser known for art exhibits. That image is changing with the Seaside Gallery that is establishing a following that is quite taken with its “fine art in the heart of Pismo Beach.”

Fine art is defined as: art produced or intended primarily for beauty rather than utility, according to TheFreeDictionary.com.  And Merriam-Webster defines it as: a type of art (such as painting, sculpture, or music) that is done to create beautiful things. The Seaside Gallery in fact displays “beautiful things.” The beauty captured by its artists  is presented in a stimulating manner, aimed at creating the best visual experience for onlookers and buyers. Visiting the gallery is a genuine opportunity where you can expect to not only observe artistic excellence, but be served in a kind and professional manner.

Originally established as a multi-artist art gallery in 1996, Seaside Gallery has developed its vision to embrace affordable fine art focused on quality from both local and global artists. Last fall, Seaside Gallery became the first host to a Pismo Beach all-abstract art exhibit, a dramatic display of the genre that exposed unique styles, methods, and inspirations used to communicate ideas and emotions rather than tangible objects.

Five local artists were featured in this show:

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Don’t Miss what’s in Pismo’s Backyard

 

oceano

Whether you frequent Pismo Beach or are visiting for the first time, we have a nature-inspired, interactive experience we would like to share with you. While most people have heard of the Oceano Dunes, less have heard of the Pismo Nature Center and the Oceano Lagoon. Both are scenic treasures located within the Oceano Campground at Pismo State Beach and welcome daily visitors to its peaceful location.

Thanks to Harold Guiton, the lagoon has been a part of the state park system since the 1930s. He not only previously owned the lagoon and its surrounding area, but saw its importance in the Pismo community and was happy to donate it for public use

What can you experience today?

The Guiton Trail, named after Harold, makes its way around the entire lagoon in a one mile loop. You can explore walk-through gardens of native plants, trees, and shrubs that represent five coastal habitats:

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Create Your Own Yoga Retreat in Pismo Beach

Yoga woman in serene sunset at beach doing pose

Pismo Beach is known for its delightful atmosphere that invites relaxation, rejuvenation, and refocus for your everyday life. If you are planning a Pismo Beach getaway, we invite you to consider adding a new activity to your days of beach walking, clam chowder eating, and kite flying – yoga.

Adding yoga to your Pismo Beach experience can accomplish more than you think. So, what are these benefits?

The Potential Benefits of Yoga

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength
  • Increased muscle tone
  • Improved respiration
  • Improved energy
  • Balanced metabolism
  • Weight loss
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Protection from injury
  • Less chronic pain
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced insomnia
  • Aid in stress management through the development of coping skills and reaching a positive outlook

This list was compiled from an article featuring Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor.

I’m Digging This Yoga Idea – Now What?

Whether you are planning a retreat for one or organizing a large group event, there are options available to create the yoga experience you desire.

Check out these 4 recommended yoga studios and athletic clubs in Pismo Beach:

1. Harmony House Yoga

Harmony House Yoga is located at 991 Price Street in Pismo Beach. This studio welcomes and supports all people who walk through the door, providing a genuine yoga experience with all its benefits. A wide selection of classes are available every day, so you are sure to find the perfect class to meet your goals.

Discover the class that is right for you: Choose from Ashtanga, Candlelight Yin, Chair Yoga, Gentle Flow, Gentle Yoga, Hatha, Kids Yoga, Power Flow, Prana Vinyasa, Restorative, Vinyasa Flow, and Yoga Basics.

You may also choose to attend a pre-scheduled workshop. These evening and weekend workshops encourage a deep understanding for a lifelong passion and desire for the practice of yoga. Checkout their upcoming offerings to see if one fits into your Pismo retreat.

2. Yoga Shala

If you are looking for a private session for your Pismo Beach retreat, Yoga Shala is your place. They offer private sessions for 4+ people in their Shell Beach studio which is located at 205 Windward Avenue, just a five minute drive from downtown Pismo Beach. Private sessions for 1-2 people can be scheduled for just about anywhere. Beach yoga anyone?

A schedule of classes is also available if you do not want to book a private session.

3. Dancing Dragon Wellness Studio

This very intimate studio is located at 555 Shell Beach Road. It offers a variety of highly specialized, small classes specifically designed to work with your mind and body for a balanced you.

Checkout their scheduled classes or contact them to create your own customized session during your stay in Pismo.

4. Pismo Beach Athletic Club

The Pismo Beach Athletic Club offers one day passes to their facility equipped for both challenging workouts and relaxation time. Their selection of classes includes various yoga sessions including a special beach yoga class during the spring and summer months. Find the Pismo Beach Athletic Club at 1751 Price Street.

Are you ready to design your own Pismo Beach yoga retreat or enjoy the benefits of a yoga class in between your other vacation activities? Let the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel be your destination headquarters. Located just five minutes or less from the listed yoga studios, and athletic club, as well as being steps from the sandy beach, SeaCrest will make sure your getaway weekend is restorative, blissful, and genuinely relaxing.

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Your Wheels Await You: Exploring Pismo Beach via Cycle

pismo-bike-rentals

How do you enjoy exploring Pismo? There are countless ways to take in the beautiful wildlife, luscious landscapes, historic pier and the energetic downtown, but one of our favorites is by bike.

Whether you choose to travel the road, trail, or sand, a bike is ready to help you explore Pismo’s natural beauty or take you on a terrific adventure. We can guarantee it will be a memorable seaside town experience worth repeating over and over again!

Choosing the Right Bike for You

A surrey or double surrey is a four wheel cycle perfect for the whole family. Two or four people can easily hop on board for a cruise down the Pismo Beach boardwalk.

Try a Deuce Coupe, Chopper or Quad Sport for a comfortable seated ride anywhere in town.

A Fun Cycle, also known as a Banana Peel, is a unique cycle designed specifically for taking to the sand. It’s one of the best ways to explore Pismo’s gorgeous white sand beaches.

If a traditional bike is more your style, try a Cruiser or Tandem that will easily take you anywhere there’s a road.

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Why It Pays to be a Beach Bum

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in Pismo Beach

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2015? Have you ever wondered why common resolutions often include more exercise, finding more energy, spending more time with family and friends and finding more time for yourself? It’s because these things are all important for our well-being, physically and mentally. We are proud of you for embracing them!

If any of the above items are on your list of New Year’s resolutions this year, did you know the beach can help you keep them all? The beach offers rejuvenating powers just waiting for you to tap into. The promise of a better mood and a more productive spirit are just a few sandy steps away.

Here are 4 reasons to consider being a “beach bum” in 2015.

1. The beach encourages relaxation

If someone asks you to think of a relaxing vacation, what do you think of? Did you picture some version of a Corona commercial? The beach and relaxation go hand in hand. Often we are actively trying to let something go when we visit the beach. But numerous studies have also shown the beach is literally a playground for your senses that physically evokes calming effects on our body.

The sand – a relaxing tactile stimulus.

The water – captures you visually with its aquatic blue hue is shown to have soothing properties.

The sound – an ocean’s soundtrack can signal the brain to release dopamine and serotonin, the feel-good chemicals.

2. The beach fosters exercise

Whether encouraging you to take a walk with your family dog or get out for a vigorous run, the beach is a temptress for physical activities. The beautiful views, fresh air, and sunny milieu call your name.

Many people believe the ocean air improves breathing carrying negative ions that aid in rejuvenating the body and improving mood. Safe sun exposure helps the body produce vitamin D, a factor that helps with bone strength and calcium absorption.

Just be aware of the hazards of too much unprotected time in the sun, otherwise get out and get moving.

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Get Your Cold Weather Food Fix in Pismo

Restaurant Month in Pismo Beach

While Pismo is known for agreeable weather all year long, it does get a bit colder during the winter months. Thankfully, this is no reason to be blue because cold weather food remedies can be found around every corner. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Pismo has it all.

Here are some of our favorite restaurants that offer fabulous winter fixings.

Old West Cinnamon Rolls

If you have ever cruised down Dolliver Street and seen a line of people stretching out the door of the local bakery, you know it is none other than Old West Cinnamon Rolls. Winter mornings beg for warm cinnamon rolls and warm conversations, and this place delivers. And be warned, you will regret forgetting to pick up some locally roasted coffee while you are there!

Open daily 6:30am to 5:30pm. Located at 861 Dolliver Street, Pismo Beach, 805.773.1428.

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Your Pismo Beach Bucket List for 2015

New year 2015

2015 is right around the corner. And if you are like us, you are considering what Pismo Beach has to offer you this year. We have found an abundance of activities to choose from, but we have decided to pare them down to 12 must-do activities this year.

Here it is! Our Pismo Beach bucket list for 2015:

1. Sea kayaking

Stunning rocks, mysterious caves and coves, daring cliffs and beautiful beaches; Pismo Beach provides the perfect environment for kayaking.

Rentals and tours are offered through:

Central Coast Kayaks

Pismo Beach Dive Shop

Pismo Beach Surf Shop

2. Biplane rides

Banner Airways offers the best views of Pismo Beach, from the sky! An open-cockpit WWII biplane is available for the tour of your choice. From simple pier and dunes tours to what they call “an all-out Top Gun Flight”, there is a tour for everyone.

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