Travel with the Family, Dine with the Family – Pismo Beach Restaurants Your Children Will Love

When you’re on vacation with the family, finding the perfect places to dine that satisfy everyone’s tastes can be challenging. You want an environment your children will enjoy while not comprising on great flavor. Plus a good value is always nice when dealing with large family meals throughout an entire vacation.

Pismo Beach proudly provides families with the best kid-friendly restaurants for all occasions. Whether looking for a quick bite inbetween meals or a sit-down experience to celebrate a birthday, browse our list of suggested restaurants both children and parents will love.

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The Time Is Here! The Pismo Preserve Will Soon Be Open to the Public

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The eleven mile trail system at the 900+ acre Pismo Preserve is complete. Over 230 volunteers worked 6,500 hours to build the trails that will be accessible by foot, mountain bike and horse just northeast of the City of Pismo Beach right off Highway 101. Discover the diverse scenery that encompasses the beauty of the Central Coast with oak woodlands, coastal ridgelines and Pacific Ocean Views from Irish Hills to Point Sal.

Besides providing outdoor enthusiasts with vast recreational opportunities, creating the Preserve is allowing The Land Conservancy to protect and improve the natural resources on this unique piece of property. Conservation and restoration efforts provide refuge for threatened and endangered animals and plant communities. For example, the Pismo Creek and other streams provide natural habitats for the southwest pond turtle, the endangered California red-legged frog and the threatened South-Central California Coast Steelhead.

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Swim. Bike. Run. There’s a Triathlon for Everyone on the Central Coast


No matter how you like to get your sweat on, there is a triathlon on the Central Coast to suit your athleticism. Triathlons aren’t for sissies, but they aren’t reserved for the veteran athletes alone either. If you are prepared to push yourself mentally and physically, then a triathlon is your Mount Everest. Fitness goals are extremely individual, and the only person you’re truly competing against in a triathlon is yourself.

Here are some of the most popular triathlons coming up over the next several months:

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Explore Artisan Cheeses on the Central Coast


Visitors to California’s Central Coast think of surfing, seafood, and… cheese? But of course! What’s better than locally produced artisan cheese to go with a fine California wine?

What’s So Special About Artisanal Cheese?

You can go to your local grocery store and purchase any block of cheese, or request sliced American or Swiss cheese from the deli, or grab a bag of shredded mass-produced cheese to add to your next homemade pizza. There’s nothing wrong with mild, one-size-fits-all cheese. But when you’re seeking flavors that are a little more complex, when you want something rare to serve at your dinner party or enjoy with cocktails, there is artisanal cheese.

Traditionally made by hand in small batches rather than manufactured in bulk, artisanal cheeses are known for their complex tastes and varieties. The aesthetics of the cheeses are important too – it’s not just how the cheese tastes, but how it looks that matters. The proper aging and ripening of the cheese is critical to the final product’s appearance, texture, and flavors.

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What’s Trending on the Central Coast

slo wine tastingThe Central Coast lifestyle embraces outdoor activities, great food and drink, friendly atmospheres and healthy living. And there is always something new to experience as our local farmers, curators, winemakers, shop owners, musicians and more create the ‘next best thing’ for your enjoyment.

So, what’s hot this summer on the Central Coast? Check out what’s trending and plan to try something new the next time you visit Pismo Beach and its surrounding communities.

Craft Hard Ciders

The Central Coast is known for its production of fine wines and beer, but did you know one of its latest trends – that has been many years in the making – is the production of craft hard cider? Not only do they provide a refreshing alternative to beer and sparkling wine, the distinct variety of flavor profiles makes cider tasting a whole new experience.

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Celebrate Mom with a Pismo Beach Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day 2016 is fast approaching. Prepare for Sunday, May 8th by planning a day, or long weekend, where mom can experience warm weather, spring flowers and sand between her toes. And that’s just the start when you plan a Mother’s Day weekend in Pismo Beach.

Whether mom is an outdoor enthusiast or relax at the spa-type gal, there are many ways to give her the joyful experience she deserves. Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate mom:

Treat Mom to Brunch

Here is your chance to take care of mom with a relaxing brunch befitting her style. Pismo Beach offers a variety of cuisines and ambiances the whole family can enjoy. Try strawberry waffles paired with gourmet coffee or succulent crab legs and mimosas.

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Celebrate the World’s Favorite Grape at The Chardonnay Symposium

chardonnay symposiumWhat goes together better than wine and cheese? Wine and California, specifically Pismo Beach, California, which along with Avila Beach and the Edna Valley wine country is home to The Chardonnay Symposium. This annual event is a global experience that draws Chardonnay producers from around the world to explore the world’s favorite grape and how it impacts viticulture, tastemakers, and the market.

This international celebration is for devoted consumers, professional wine producers, and bona fide oenophiles. Tickets are available so you can educate yourself May 12-14, 2016, by attending wine tastings, seminars, panel sessions, and winemaker dinners. There will be opportunities to talk to industry leaders, tastemakers, and fellow enthusiasts about trends, current events, production, and Chardonnay culture as it exists around the world.

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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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