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

shell beach brewhouse
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

boogie on the bluff

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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The Edna-Price Canyon Trail in Pismo Beach

hikingThe Edna-Price Canyon Trail will connect Pismo Beach to San Luis Obispo, two beautiful Central Coast towns along the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail corridor. If you are unfamiliar with the trail, it is 1,200 miles extending from Nogales, Arizona to San Francisco, California. Its history lies with Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza, leading more than 240 individuals (men, women and children) on a journey from New Spain to establish a settlement in San Francisco, 1774 to 1776.

Today, you can experience the legacy that connects culture, history and outdoor recreation from Arizona to California.

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The Top 10 Sunsets in Pismo Beach Captured by Prism Live Cam

prism camThe Central Coast of California is known for some of the most breathtaking sunsets. Perfection takes many forms with unique displays of color and distinctive silhouettes. You won’t find one sunset the same as the next. What makes a Pismo Beach sunset unparalleled is its all-inclusive nature encompassing the Pacific Ocean, white sand beach, towering palm trees and rolling hills. Don’t believe us? Keep reading for a look at our top 10 sunsets captured by our own SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel Prism Live Camera.

About the Prism Live Camera

Prism was launched in 2012 by Brandon von Guenthner and Christian Spencer with a mission “to share the beauty of earth, in real-time.” Their product, Violet, is the world’s most advanced live image marketing solution for travel and tourism, encouraging people to share their place and inspire travel. Its ability to continuously shoot professional quality photographs makes it so you don’t miss a single breathtaking moment, providing you with the ability to share relevant and soulful imagery.

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A Stairway to Nowhere in Pismo Beach

Photo Credit: Renée M. Besta

Known as a “vintage gem” in northern Pismo Beach, the Stairway to Nowhere is a beautiful, intriguing and masterful sight to see. Renée Besta, a local fine art photographer and owner of Ren Mar Photography, captures the splendor of the stairway masterfully. Renée’s passion for photographing decaying structures, along with a helpful customer who tipped her off to the location, led Renée to the Stairway to Nowhere. One fortunate evening she was able to photograph the antiquated stairwell against a magnificent sunset backdrop. Check out her updated (Pismo Beach Stairway to Nowhere – April 2015 Update) and original blog (Pismo Beach Stairway to Nowhere) posts on the subject.

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Pismo Beach’s “Tastes of the Valleys” Named Top 20 Wine Bar

central coast wine tastingPismo Beach is tantamount to great wine. The small beach town is surrounded by some of the best California wine-growing regions including Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Edna Valley and Paso Robles. Experiencing local wine is as easy as strolling the streets of downtown Pismo Beach, pairing premier tasting with mild weather and a laid-back beach environment.

A recent article in The Tribune by Sandra Duerr highlights one of downtown Pismo Beach’s finest wine establishments, Tastes of the Valleys. This local wine bar features hundreds of Central Coast wines and nearly 1,000 total wines from around the world. Wine Enthusiast recently named it one of the top 20 wine bars in America. It was one of three California wine bars to make the list and one of two small-town wine bars named from the entire U.S.

“This well-stocked tasting room and wine shop sits just a few blocks from the beach and pours hundreds (seriously) of Central Coast wines by the glass. The vast selection and wine-smart staff are why the bar is a favorite among local winemakers and industry insiders.” – Wine Enthusiast

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