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Attention Outdoor Enthusiasts: Explore the Many Sides of Montana de Oro

IMG_2481 (1)Named for the yellow and gold wildflowers that cover its 8,000 acres in late spring and early summer, Montana de Oro translates to Mountain of Gold. This diverse landscape offers unique coastal scenery with stunning vistas, rugged cliffs, hills, canyons, eucalyptus forests, beach access, coastal plains, wildlife, and year round mild weather making it one of the favorite Central Coast locations for outdoor enthusiasts.

Here are 5 popular ways to explore the great Montana de Oro:

1. Hiking

A peaceful way to take in Montana de Oro’s spectacular views. Walk the graded path or opt for one of the trails near the cliffs. Take a short mile hike to a picnic area and beach access – a great spot for families. Remember to bring food and plenty of water. And if you want to explore the many tide pools, bring foot protection for the kiddos as this is a rocky area.

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Road or Trail? Choose Your Ride and Bike the Central Coast

Amgen Tour cyclistsOn May 18, 2016, the Amgen Tour of California will find its way through picturesque Morro Bay, an area known for its coastal-range mountain biking and has become an international bicycle-touring destination along the iconic Highway 1.

Cycling enthusiasts have long known that one of the best areas to pedal through and around is the Central Coast of California. But the question is: What’s the best terrain when you want to get moving? Whether you have a taste for leisurely roads or demanding trails, whether you’re rolling solo or biking with the family, whether you’re an elite cyclist or simply seeking some exercise, cycling options are plentiful in and around Pismo Beach.

If you are truly serious about being one with nature and pushing yourself to the limit, consider these popular Central Coast areas to ride (and hike, and run):

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Surf, Taste and Dine Your Way through Wine, Waves & Beyond

wine waves & beyondMark your calendars for April 27th – May 1st, 2016 as Wine, Waves & Beyond is back with its 7th Annual Central Coast Surf Classic. A 5-day event dedicated to more than wine and surfing – it celebrates the best that San Luis Obispo County has to offer. Enjoy the charm of our laidback beach town that embraces a classic California surf culture and experience Central Coast wines, artisan brews, local cuisine and great music, all while supporting our local community.

Can’t miss events

April 27th launches the wine and waves experience with a Surf Movie Night at the historic Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo. Expect an evening filled with “community, culture and surfing,” plus beer and wine will be available for purchase.

April 29th is Rabobank’s Barrel to Barrel event where live music, over 40 wineries and breweries, local cuisine, and a silent auction will entertain you for the evening.

April 30th includes a special winemaker’s dinner where chefs from around the country will pair delicious local wines with their most delicately-crafted courses.

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The Central Coast Live Theatre Experience

Performing Arts in Pismo Beach

Live theatre is enjoyed by many and the Central Coast of California works hard to bring cultural, musical, professional, and community performances to the area. Large and small audiences each year are inspired and entertained by the many productions found among the local performing arts centers.

Let’s look at some of our favorite live theaters right in Pismo Beach’s backyard.

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Bowl Pismo Beach & Beyond: Traditional Family Fun with a Spin

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A novel pastime in this age of extreme sports, bowling is the kind of activity that unifies us all once we lace up those silly-looking shoes and attempt to maneuver an extremely heavy ball down a greased-up lane. If you have yet to take the kids to the bowling alley, your trip to Pismo Beach is the time to start. An exciting and fun counterpoint to the beauty of the Central Coast, a bowling adventure will help the little ones and teens burn off steam, build some muscle, and create long-lasting memories for your entire family.

Bowling for Nostalgia Lovers

Pismo Bowl was established in 1939 and this family business is still going strong. The nostalgia alone is enough to draw in a crowd, but convenience is also key for newbies who are delighted to discover a hidden gem. It’s an eight-lane bowling center located in the heart of downtown Pismo Beach, easy to head over to after a day at the beach or a quick bite to eat. Or, save your appetite and dig into the deliciousness at Pismo Bowl’s coffee shop diner – bacon cheeseburgers, cheese fries, cheesesteak, beer on tap, or some of the best bowling alley pizza you’ve ever had!

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Rave Reviews: The SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel Thanks Online Reviewers for Sharing Their Experiences

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Here at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel, in Pismo Beach, we wish to warmly thank many of our guests for not only staying with us, but for taking the extra time to share their experiences with the online communities. With over 1,400 reviews on TripAdvisor alone, our group of reviewers is making quite an impression. These reviews are helpful for our future guests as well as helpful to us as we constantly look for ways to improve our hotel and its amenities, providing the best possible oceanfront experience.

Thank you reviewers! And let’s take a look at 4 of our favorite reviews to date:

1. “Best Hotel in Pismo” by stewegg886

Highlighting the “stunning oceanfront view, friendly staff, beautiful ground, and pampering rooms,” this reviewer called the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel “the place to be!” She has been staying with us for years, but said this recent trip with her significant other in January “really topped it all.”

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Make Lasting Easter Memories in Pismo Beach

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Mild weather, scenic views and a warm inviting community make Pismo Beach the perfect location for your family’s spring vacation. For many families, a spring vacation includes celebrating Easter and Pismo Beach is no slouch in providing you fun and entertaining ways to capture memories and celebrate this joyous holiday.

Let’s make lasting Easter memories in Pismo Beach.

Find the Easter Bunny in Wine Country

Start your vacation with a short drive from Pismo Beach to Paso Robles Wine Country. On Saturday, March 19th, 2016, families are invited to the Downtown City Park Holiday House from 11:00am to 2:00pm where the Easter Bunny will be greeting children of all ages. Bring your camera to capture the moment when the Easter Bunny hands your little one his or her very own egg.

After Easter Bunny fun, adults may enjoy a wide selection of local wineries to visit. Discover locations, operating hours and more information with help from the Paso Robles Wine Country’s Wine Tasting Map.

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Hollywood and Wine Collide at the 22nd Annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

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Photo Credit: slofilmfest.org

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) – six celebratory days dedicated to films and their creators – screens over 100 films each year. Enjoy cinema classics, documentaries, contemporaries and independent premieres.

The mission statement of SLOIFF is “to entertain, educate and inspire film-goers and filmmakers. Movies Matter!” And year after year they provide an experience that does just that. SLOIFF nurtures new filmmakers, recognizes esteemed actors and artists, and attracts new audiences, while collaborating with the local community, non-profits and the hospitality and wine industries to establish a one-of-a-kind event representative of the unique Central Coast region.

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Monarch Butterflies: A Fond Pismo Beach Farewell Until Next Season

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In February we say goodbye to the delicate monarch butterflies that grace the Pismo State Beach each winter. The Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove is one of the most spectacular viewing areas in California. The eucalyptus forest, off Highway 1 on the south side of Pismo, provides shelter for the migrating monarchs who cannot tolerate cold winter temperatures. This particular grove hosts one of the largest colonies in the nation with an approximate count on December 31, 2015 of 28,000 monarchs.

Visitors to the grove witness what is called clustering as the monarchs group tightly together. The sight is miraculous as the eucalyptus leaves are covered in a layer of silent orange wings. There are many theories as to why monarchs cluster. Some say they are simply attracted to particular conditions within a given location. Others believe the monarchs benefit from being a part of a group, including protection from predators and shared body heat.

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The Perfect Wedding Venue for the Beach Bride

SeaCrest WeddingsYou love the sand, the sun, the surf, the Central Coast. And when you’re in love, there is no better place to exchange vows than amid the monumental beauty of Pismo Beach.

When you want the beach setting, but don’t necessarily want the sand all over your Jimmy Choos and the pant cuffs of your guests, the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel provides the ideal venue for that coveted sunset wedding with sand and surf as backdrop without the undesirable side effects.

The lush and expansive lawn of the SeaCrest makes for an unforgettable outdoor wedding location, the private bluff overlooks the crashing Pacific Ocean for a dramatic wedding and reception site. Opting for the RoofTop Terrace as the setting for becoming legally wed takes oceanfront weddings to four-story panoramic heights. All of these sites overlook the Pismo Beach coastline, giving you the touch of Mother Nature that you want in your wedding day without being at her mercy.

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