There are always plenty of festivities to attend on Memorial Day weekend, but folks in the know opt to be in the historic Village of Arroyo Grande, just down the road from Pismo Beach, for the annual Strawberry Festival. Thousands of visitors make their way to Pismo Beach’s neighboring town to participate in or simply attend this merry festival.
You don’t have to be super-sentimental to plan a successful romantic getaway with your sweetheart. Though Pismo Beach may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think of sneaking away with your partner, by the end of a few days and nights on the Central Coast, you’ll consider Pismo right up there with Paris.
Mother, godmother, grandmother, aunt, friend… Mother’s Day is the time to celebrate the women who personify the role of mother. While a mama’s job is far from simple, honoring mom is easy, especially when you’re in Pismo Beach. So put a few of these to-dos on your itinerary for May 12, 2013, and mom will be truly impressed.
Outdoor Entertainment in Pismo Beach
Moms are known for ordering their kids to, “Go outside and play!” Get some fresh air as a family with a scenic walk down Pismo Beach and the Pismo Pier. Or opt for a leisurely stroll on the Bob Jones Trail, working your way toward Avila Beach. Walk, run, bike, or blade it and stop at the quaint trail-side restaurant along the way for a snack and some vino.
How many times did mom sing you to sleep or sing away a boo-boo? Now it’s her turn. Budget a little time into the day to catch the first act of the Pacific Breeze free concert series at Dinosaur Caves when the Damon Castillo Band performs on Mother’s Day from 1 to 4 p.m.
It’s that time of year again! Art in the Park at Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach begins in May and runs through November. Held the first Sunday of every month, this Pismo Beach tradition is anything but prehistoric.
Art in All Its Forms
The seventh season of Art in the Park is a gathering of the finest Pismo Beach offerings of art, music, and children’s activities, making it a more than worthwhile outing for the whole family. Over 100 artists and craftspeople will display their wares to be admired, coveted, and purchased.
Art in the Park is craftsmanship at its finest. Paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass art, textiles, jewelry, wood, and metal furniture are just some of the categories of amazing work that guests will encounter. The colors and atmosphere join to form a visual feast of creativity. From vases to clothing, wind chimes to woven baskets, you can’t help but be inspired by the likes of these fine artisans and their work.
On Thursday, May 16, the Amgen Tour of California bike race will ride through San Luis Obispo County and stop in Avila Beach. Sponsored by biotechnology pioneer Amgen, the Amgen Tour of California is America’s most successful annual cycling race, as well as one of the nation’s largest and most recognized annual sporting events. Consider it the United States’ equivalent of the Tour de France!
A California Bike Tour Like No Other
The Amgen Tour of California is an annual professional cycling race. A prestigious eight-day event, it features an elite collection of athletes and professional teams from across the globe who cycle their way across nearly 800 miles of scenic California highways and byways. The Amgen Tour is one of only two American races listed as a UCI 2.HC event on the international professional cycling calendar. World-ranking points are awarded to the top finishers.
The Amgen Tour was created in 2006 and is owned and produced by the California-based sports and entertainment presenter AEG Sports. AEG is committed to presenting the Amgen Tour as a free sporting event dedicated to promoting cycling, healthy living, and bicycle safety.
You don’t have to be a James Beard devotee to appreciate the fare that will be up for grabs at the 9th Annual Taste of Pismo. Presented by the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce from April 26-28, the Taste of Pismo gathers together the Central Coast’s finest food, wine, music, and more, at the scenic Dinosaur Caves Park.
Better Than Home-Cooking
Kicking off this epic weekend celebration of foodstuffs and drink, “Farmfest on the Coast” brings together Central Coast farmers, winemakers, and chefs to showcase sustainability and locally grown, harvested, and handmade foods and vintages for unmatched farm-to-fork pairings.
This event highlights San Luis Obispo Wine Country while offering a platform to champion the hard work of local ranchers, farmers, and fisheries to present fresh, local produce. Those in attendance at Farmfest will know exactly where their food comes from – and literally be able to shake the hands that feed them.
Kite-flying brings the Banks family together at the end of Mary Poppins. But when “kite” and “Pismo” are spoken in the same sentence, every extreme water sports enthusiast knows kiteboarding is the topic du jour.
Kiteboarding Thrill-seekers Unite in Pismo Beach
The Pismo Beach KiteXPO is the largest kiteboarding event in the United States and this year will take place on April 12-14. SUP and kite demos will take place all three days from 9am to 5pm on Pismo Beach. On April 13, there will be a Hawaiian-style BBQ courtesy of Maui Mike and the Lujan family, followed by a beach bonfire and music. Participating vendors include: Airush, Best, Liquid Force, Litewave Designs, RRD, Axis Kiteboarding, Mystic, DaKine, ASV Performance/Keyan Kiteboarding, and North.
The SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel wraps up a momentous year of celebrations for its anniversary of 50 years of excellent service and fond memories provided to our guests and the community! Read about how it all started here, and then we invite you enjoy a walk down memory lane with us as we share 50 moments that have impacted the SeaCrest and Pismo Beach over the past 50 years.
1. The German family started coming to the SeaCrest in 1962, when Mitch German was just a young child. Now he travels to Pismo Beach and the SeaCrest with his company, Muscle Guys Logistics, with discounted rates through the SeaCrest Corporate Travel Program.
2. The Pismo Beach Clam Festival, to be held on October 18-20, 2013, will celebrate 67 years and features a live parade, best local chowder contest, surf contest, food, beer & wine garden and pier pub, music and a Friday night wine walk.
If you’re in Pismo Beach to get your shop on, there are certainly a few shopping destinations that aren’t to be missed.
One-Stop Shopping in Pismo Beach
Bring your stamina and your plastic when you hit the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets. A popular destination for locals and tourists alike, these outlets are home to some of the finest brands. Go designer with Calvin Klein, Guess, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger to stock up on the basics as well as statement pieces.
The tweens and teens in your crowd will be happy to find stores that suit their wavelength, like Hot Topic, Aeropostale, PacSun, Rue21, and Claire’s Accessories. And even the littlest members of your family are represented at Carter’s, OshKosh B’gosh, and Gymboree.
Traveling on a budget doesn’t mean you’re limited to fast food joints and PB&J sandwiches for the duration of your vacation. Pismo Beach is packed with amazing restaurants offering great food at good prices that won’t break your budget.
The Most Important Meal of the Day
Tight on funds shouldn’t have to mean skipping breakfast. Your stomach will be growling if you don’t satisfy that hunger, and it’s just not right to tackle the best of Pismo Beach with an empty belly. If you have a sweet tooth, Old West Cinnamon Rolls serves up mouthwatering morning carbs to give you the comfort and kick you need. Pick the cinnamon roll that satisfies your tastes – original, cream cheese frosted, or slathered in nuts or raisins. Pair it with a soothing espresso, or add on a muffin, fruit wheel, or other baked good.
Heading out in the a.m. with your four-legged friend? Hit up the pet-friendly Honeymoon Café. Fill up on bagels, breakfast burritos, eggs any way you like ‘em, and don’t forget to add a side of yogurt, toast, or oatmeal for the heartiest of breakfasts at the best of prices.