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Brunch on Wheels

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  Avila Beach Resorts has been offering an absolutely fun event for all ages with free admission to the public called Brunch on Wheels where you can indulge in small bites to full meals from an array of gourmet food trucks.  These events are being thrown just about once per month. I have attended two…

CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA

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The weather is warming up with summer just around the corner and San Luis Obispo’s Concerts in the Plaza will be returning soon. The San Luis Obispo Downtown Association and Sunset Honda have just announced this year’s line up, marking the 22nd year of weekly free concerts during the summer held in the beautiful Mission…

MONARCH BUTTERFLY GROVE, PISMO BEACH

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  There are so many wonderful things to enjoy around Pismo Beach — and so many are free to the public. Not the least of which is the Monarch Butterfly Grove on the border of Grover and Pismo Beach — have you ever been?  The Grove is really easy to get to — right off…

CHERRY LANE NURSERY

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Just outside the Village of Arroyo Grande lies a quaint little nursery that I love to visit all year round called Cherry Lane. It feels like home — and that is in large part because it is a family-owned and operated business where you can relax and enjoy your shopping experience. All the plants, trees,…

Arroyo Grande Meat Company

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The quaint Village of Arroyo Grande is well-known for the many little businesses that dot Branch Street and its off-shoots. There is one business in particular that my family holds near and dear to our hearts — the Arroyo Grande Meat Company owned by Henry & Julie Gonzalez.  We frequent this business many times throughout…

Flour House in San Luis Obispo

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Stroll the streets of San Luis Obispo and you’ll have so many options it is almost hard to choose! Enjoy historic architecture, shop in the wide variety of boutiques, visit the art galleries or the Mission and just in downtown you can easily fill a day of activities!  And when you’ve built up an appetite…

Cambria Scarecrow Festival

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Where Whimsey Runs Rampant If you are looking for something fun, free and fantastic to do this month I highly recommend taking a drive to Cambria for their annual Scarecrow Festival. The whole town — including San Simeon and Harmony — take part in the festivities for the entire month of October.  Stroll through the…

79th Annual Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival – Bridging Our Past to The Future

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Mark your calendars and make sure you come to this year’s Harvest Festival in the historic Village of Arroyo Grande. This year marks the 79th annual Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival with the theme of “Bridging Our Past to The Future”. This year’s Fall Fest will be held September 23rd and September 24th. It is the…

Stone Soup Music Festival & Street Faire

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Grover Beach is a happening little beach town all year long but come August of every year, it is a rockin’ town with their fantastic Stone Soup Music Festival & Street Faire.  The dates this year are Saturday, August 27th from 10am-9:30pm and Sunday, August 28th from 11am-5pm.  Some streets are blocked off near Ramona…

Concerts at the Cove-Avila Beach Resort

Our beautiful county is so full of places to go, landscapes to enjoy and venues for events.  One of our favorites takes place for a concert venue is at Avila Beach Golf Resort-Concerts at the Cove.  Otter Productions, Inc. is pulling in some great entertainment you do not want to miss. This outdoor venue features…

Oyster Loft

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Downtown Pismo’s newest restaurant is a “must-visit”!  Upstairs from Wooly’s at 101 Pomeroy, this upscale venue overlooks the Pismo Pier and sweeping coastline views from Vandenberg to Avila.  The setting and ambiance of the Oyster Loft is beautiful with low lighting and gorgeous décor. We have visited twice since opening and were wowed each time.…

Mersea’s on the Pier in Avila

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Avila Beach has a brand new restaurant that is a must try on your next visit. Mersea’s of Avila is in the same family of restaurants as Dorn’s of Morro Bay and Duckies Chowder House of Cayucos.  The restaurant is at the end of Harford Pier on Avila Beach Drive.  You can soak in the…

Hacienda Landscaping

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I recently had a large hardscape project in mind on my property on the outskirts of Arroyo Grande and I was looking to give the opportunity to a local company.  Our new barn needed a driveway that would accommodate a fire truck if needed.  Hacienda Landscaping did an amazing and thorough job, including retaining walls,…

Mason Bar, a most welcome addition to the Village of Arroyo Grande.

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Located at the corner of Mason Street and Grand avenue, Mason Bar is a most welcome addition to the quaint village of Arroyo Grande. Local owners Bill and Meygan Hales (who also own Rooster Creek and Shell Beach Brewhouse) have created a fabulous gastro pub that could be best described as country chic and has…

Spoon Trade – An American Eatry

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Grover Beach and fine dining are not typically mentioned in the same sentence – in fact in our history on the Central Coast those words have never been paired. We are happy to report that Grover’s culinary history has been upgraded with a new eatery. Owners Jacob and Brook Town, and Patrick Bergseid have made…