Shopping and Gift Giving in Pismo Beach

holiday shoppingThe season of gift giving is in full swing. Perhaps you jumped into the middle of the Black Friday madness or have been avoiding the crowds altogether, but either way everyone seems to have some last minute shopping to attend to.

There is no better place to enjoy your days of holiday shopping than in Pismo Beach and its surrounding communities. You will be able to fulfill all of your last minute gift giving needs due to over 100 gift shops and retail stores located within a ten mile radius of Pismo Beach.

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Sand over Snow, It’s the Holiday Season in Pismo Beach

Chistmas tree lightsDecember in Pismo Beach is beyond joyful and merry. The beach community and its surrounding areas bring good cheer to all with an assortment of live music and entertainment, good food and beverages, along with an array of shopping and gift giving experiences from local vendors.

Spark up your holiday spirit with these cherished seasonal events:

Surfin’ Santa Holiday Stroll

The Shell Beach Improvement Group is dedicated to preserving and improving the “unique village atmosphere of Shell Beach for the enjoyment of its residents, businesses and visitors.” This year, the group is proud to present the Sixth Annual Surfin’ Santa Holiday Stroll with festivities taking place on Shell Beach Road between Vista Del Mar and Cliff Avenue. Join jolly musicians and singers for some live music and then visit the numerous local vendors for a range of delicious beverages and food plus arts and crafts to fulfill your holiday shopping needs.

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Motorcyclists, Pismo Beach is Calling You

motorcyclist in pismo beachSan Luis Obispo County stretches 80 miles along the Pacific coast offering pleasant weather and diverse scenery that are among the best anywhere 365 days a year. With over 4,000 acres of sandy dunes, world class vineyards, gourmet restaurants, natural hot springs and scenic trails, it’s no surprise that San Luis Obispo is one of the most popular tourist destinations in California.

Additionally, the historic city of San Luis Obispo, and the surrounding beach towns, reside in the middle of one of the most loved and epic motorcycle routes of all time, Highway 1. A designated All-American Road, Highway 1 takes riders along California’s amazing coastline. So, it’s no wonder San Luis Obispo is now wildly attracting this very specific tourist, the motorcycle rider.

Highway 1 brings riders to Pismo Beach and then opens access to the boundless exploration of the coveted, rolling hills of Edna Valley’s wine country, breathtaking views of the Santa Lucia Mountains and the beach town attractions of Avila and Pismo.

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Stars of the Industry: Honoring One of the SeaCrest’s Own

LaMont SimonaroThe California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) has named the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel’s LaMont Simonaro as a Stars of the Industry Award Winner in the category of Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year.

The term “dedicated employee” doesn’t begin to cover the kind of valuable team member LaMont is. Though a hotel of the SeaCrest’s size finds employees wearing many hats, LaMont is known for taking on duties far beyond the scope of his principal role in maintenance. He is frequently called upon to assist in security and housekeeping duties but, above all, it’s his adopted role in guest relations that often finds him making the biggest mark.

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SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel Employee Receives California Hotel & Lodging Association Award

CHLA Stars of the IndustryThe iconic SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel on the Pismo Bluffs in Pismo Beach, CA ( is proud to announce that LaMont Simonaro is a recipient of the California Hotel & Lodging Association’s CH&LA/CABBI Stars of the Industry Employee Award as Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year. The awards ceremony takes place on November 19, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, CA.

This prestigious award is given annually to recognize those individuals who consistently perform their duties at a superior level of knowledge, dedication and guest service.

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A Time for Many Thanks

give thanks

November in Pismo Beach is festive, thankful, and generous. The trio of events highlighted below kick off the holiday season in grand fun and good karma. Whether you’re a Pismo Beach native or visitor, there are opportunities to be entertained while also finding ways to give back as you settle in with those you love on Turkey Day.

Mmmm… Bacon

Have you ever envisioned the state of California as a tempting slice of sizzling, fresh bacon? The organizers of the SLO Bacon Fest have! And it is beautiful. During a month that culminates everything we’re thankful for, it’s only proper to celebrate one of America’s favorite foodstuffs: bacon.

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Hook and Line: Fall Fishing (and Good Eating) in Pismo Beach

pier fishingLooking for a water “hobby” with a slower pace? Maybe you just want to experience something new during your stay in Pismo Beach. Fall is one of the best times to go fishing off of the Central Coast. From the Pismo Pier to full days of chartered sport fishing, Pismo Beach offers some of the most unique opportunities to fish the waters of the Pacific Ocean. And even if you’re throwing back your fresh catch, there are plenty of downtown Pismo Beach eateries that serve up some of the best seafood in California.

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Halloween Events Galore: Get Your Boo on in Pismo Beach


Pismo Beach might be known for surfing, clams, and temperate days, but this city is no slacker when it comes to Halloween haunts.

Halloween Fun for Your Pets

Knock on the door, peek in… and say, “Woof!” The 5th Annual Halloween Pet Costume Contest will be held at the Pismo Beach Veterinary Clinic on October 26, 2013, for pets and their people. Registration commences at 12:30 p.m. and a panel of local experts will judge costumes beginning at 1 p.m. Winning titles will be awarded to the best pet duo, best human and pet duo, best canine costume, best feline costume, and best exotic pet costume. Food, drinks, and prizes galore – and did we mention it’s free?

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Harvesting Hope and Welcoming Butterflies in Pismo Beach

Monarch Butterfly MigrationPeople come to Pismo Beach for various reasons but fall offers a bounty of opportunities to pitch in, give back, and be rewarded by the beauty of the Central Coast. Here are two of our favorite fall celebrations.

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Get Ready for a Musical Autumn in Pismo Beach

marching band drummerFrom crunching leaves to smashing pumpkins, there are any number of sounds associated with autumn, but one of the greatest notes about this season in Pismo Beach is the musical celebrations. Here are two of our favorite fall music gatherings.

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