Seeing Orange: The Pumpkin Patches of the Central Coast

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It is that time of year when the city of Pismo Beach is surrounded by the joyful colors of autumn. Children and adults alike enjoy visiting pumpkin patches, selecting the perfect pumpkins and gourds, and decorating homes, businesses and front yards.

While visiting Pismo Beach this fall, don’t miss out on the many beautiful pumpkin patches on the Central Coast. Family outings and celebratory settings are just a short drive away.

Here are 5 of our favorite pumpkin patches to get you started:

1. Jack Creek Farms

Jack Creek Farms is located within the heart of wine country just off 46 West. Fall invites kids to select their perfect-sized pumpkins to fill their wagons. All pumpkins in the u-pick patch are $4.00 or less. The kids will also enjoy endless entertainment with farm animals, antique farm equipment, a picnic area, hay maze, wooden train play structure, dummy steer roping and more.

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Cal Poly Parent & Family Weekend plus 5 Must-Dos for First Time Poly Parents

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Join Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students, faculty and alumni for Parent & Family Weekend October 23rd – 24th. The Mustang community will introduce you to its “Learn by Doing” philosophy with hands on experiences and festivities all weekend long. Enjoy concerts, specialized department events, comedy shows, sporting events (including the Homecoming Football Game versus Portland State at Spanos Stadium Saturday night) and much more.

To register and see the weekend’s full schedule visit Cal Poly’s Parent & Family Programs.

While most of your Friday and Saturday will be occupied on the beautiful Cal Poly campus, plan to stay an extra day or two to experience 5 must-do activities for first time Poly parents and visitors to San Luis Obispo.

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The Pizzerias of Pismo Beach

Who doesn’t crave a good slice of pizza every now and then? From classic cheese to specialties including cheeseburger, white sauce and Hawaiian, pizza is a favorite dining option. If you are looking for a quick afternoon slice with a salad or plan to take the family out for a treat, look no further than Pismo Beach for standout pizzerias on the Central Coast.

Del’s Pizzeria

Del’s Pizzeria is located in the Pismo Beach community of Shell Beach. It is the oldest established Italian restaurant in San Luis Obispo County and is fondly called a “little pizza heaven” by owner and operator, Bernadette Donakowski. “Bernie” offers substantial portions within a warm and friendly environment complete with traditional Italian décor, soft candlelight and music to match.

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Find Your Beat: Visit Central Coast Music Venues

The Central Coast of California is known for beautiful country sides, ocean views and delectable eats and drinks. What you may not know is that they reside alongside a thriving music scene. From crowd pleasing festivals to intimate gatherings, you can find the venue, genre or band that satisfies your need for music.

Let’s explore some favorite Central Coast music hotspots:

Vina Robles Amphitheatre

Discover European inspiration with California character at this boutique Amphitheatre located within the beautiful wine country of Paso Robles. The events held here are designed to be accessible by the entire community. All attendees will appreciate modern amenities and a friendly environment to enhance their enjoyment of world renowned musicians.

Explore upcoming acts at

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From Hillside to Beach Side, Hike SLO County

Pismo Beach resides within a county filled with some of the most scenic hikes in California. maps over 45 hikes in the area embracing charming Oak trees, panoramic ocean views, leisurely strolls and intense workouts. You are sure to find a hike that fits your wants and physical abilities.

Here are six hikes to get you started exploring SLO County:

1. Bluff Trail

If you enjoy beaches, a rocky coastline and tide pools, this hike is for you. It is found within the Montaña de Oro State Park and takes you on a 1 to 3.4 mile hike round trip. The 1 mile hike is an easy out and back trip stopping at Corallina Cove. The full 3.4 mile trip to Quarry Cove is a more rugged experience.

Hike Bluff Trail: Pecho Valley Road, Los Osos 93402.

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Pismo Beach and Beer Tasting, a Perfect Combination

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The Central Coast of California is fast becoming known as Craft Beer Country. With over 20 breweries, brew pubs and beer bars located from Paso Robles to Buellton, beer buffs are sprinting to the area.

Pismo Beach is conveniently located halfway between Paso Robles and Buellton. The classic beach town is a prime starting point as you begin your search for award-winning beers and unique microbreweries.

Ready to explore? Meet 10 of our favorite Central Coast breweries (in alphabetical order):

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Let’s Boogie on the Bluff

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What is more spectacular?

  1. A Pismo Beach view from a 5-acre oceanfront bluff
  2. Spending an afternoon with friends and family
  3. Listening to a special live performance by Rio Salinas featuring Grammy award winning musician Louie Ortega
  4. Tasting delicious food, beer and wine from over 20 local vendors
  5. Supporting the United Way of San Luis Obispo County

Lucky for you, you don’t have to choose! Join the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel and PG&E as they present Boogie on the Bluff on Sunday, October 25th from 2:00 to 5:00pm. This family-friendly event is a fun and inspirational afternoon benefiting United Way of San Luis Obispo County. We simply cannot think of a better way to support our local community than with beautiful ocean views, live music, local food and auction adventures On the Bluff at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel in Pismo Beach.

Let’s #boogieonthebluff

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Welcome to Pismo Beach and the 5 Cities

summer in pismo beachThe 5 Cities of Southern San Luis Obispo County makes up one of the most spectacular places to visit in California. A diverse and inspiring setting encourages anyone to find activities they enjoy. From fitness gurus and outdoor adventure seekers to wine and food connoisseurs and history buffs, people love this collection of coastal cities.

Let’s explore The 5 Cities: Arroyo Grande, Oceano, Grover Beach, Shell Beach and Pismo Beach.

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The Dunites of Pismo Beach

Moy Mell 1934, Photo by Virgil Hodges, courtesy Bennett-Loomis Archives

The Oceano Dunes hold a special place in the hearts of many people. From nature to recreation, locals and tourists of Pismo Beach enjoy the many aspects this natural wonder provides. But many people do not realize there was once a deep, spiritual attraction to the area that didn’t involve off road vehicles or surf boards. The 1920s and 1930s brought a small, intimate community to the Dunes. These people were known as the Dunites. They came to the Dunes for various reasons. They were artists in need of separation from society to create and live freely. And they were locals who fell on hard economic times, where the beach was their best chance of survival.

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Celebrate Fall with Pismo Beach Events

RaceAs fall approaches we are reminded of the beauty and splendor that is our coastal community in Pismo Beach. During this time of year, we enjoy taking the time to celebrate our land and surrounding natural beauty that gives us so much joy. We honor fall harvests and enjoy the delectable food and wine those harvests produce. We head outdoors to enjoy the fall weather on the Central Coast with surfing and running events. And we simply adore getting together with friends, family, neighbors and visitors over shared passions, which often include the sand, surf and sun.

Here are a few of the events you will find in Pismo Beach and its surrounding communities this fall:

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