Category: Pismo Beach

Farmers Markets: Offering Local Fare and Fun!

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  Growing up on the Central Coast one of my favorite things to do was to go to the local farmers markets. Where else can you sample cuisine from multiple local restaurants, listen to a variety of local musicians, and get your grocery shopping done all in one place? Make it a family or friend’s…

Giuseppe’s Cucina

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  Giuseppe’s Cucina in Pismo Beach began as a Cal Poly Senior Project hatched by Giuseppe (Joe) DiFronzo. He took what was a simple assignment and turned it into a bustling restaurant with customers gladly lining up to wait an hour or more for dinner and everyone hosting their corporate and family events in his…

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…

Pismo Beach Pumpkins on the Pier!

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Halloween is going to be tricky this year – literally. For parents of young children who still enjoy dressing up and trick-or-treating, the fact that this year’s spook-fest falls on a Monday is no laughing matter! While many of you will still trot your ghouls and goblins around on the actual holiday, it will be…

Zorro’s Café & Cantina

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This restaurant has been featured before – but has changed so much in five years it deserves a second look. This is our favorite family weekend spot. The place where we kick off the weekend with a yum-o fresh meal to get us ready for a paddle, a bike ride or a day at the…

Happy to welcome “Hapy” to Pismo Beach

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For the past several months I had heard whispers here and there about a new restaurant coming to Pismo Beach. It was to fill the void next to Orchard Supply, left there when a spa retailer moved on to another location. Now I’ll admit that a strip mall restaurant isn’t usually something to get super…

31st Annual Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show

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Pismo Beach Car Show Returns for 31st year in 2016 June 17th through the 19th a signature event is returning to the Central Coast! The Classic at Pismo Beach brings the hottest classic cars and people from all over the State of California and as far away as Alaska and Australia to the breathtaking Central…

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.…

Wine Waves and Beyond | Apr 29 – May 1st

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In it’s 7th year this four-day long event has quickly become an establishment here on the Central Coast marking the beginning of our Summer – even though it is technically still Spring. Built around a Surf Classic contest, this event has raised over $130,000 for local Central Coast non-profit organizations – and this year will…

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,…

Taste of Pismo, a Premier Wine & Culinary Event

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Pismo Beach holds their annual Taste of Pismo on Saturday April 23rd, 2016 from 12pm to 4pm. This Premier Wine & Culinary Event, celebrates Central Coast wines, artisan brews, and regional cuisine  Perched on the cliffs overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean at Dinosaur Caves Park, guests will enjoy premium beverages from local wineries and micro breweries as well as the sumptuous samplings…

Cochran Family Plumbing & Heating

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It’s the time of the year again, when we get cozy and warm inside our homes and the furnace keeps the cold winter air away. If you’re one of those who went to turn on the heat only to find your furnace is on winter vacation then I suggest you give Cochran Family Plumbing & Heating a…

Shell Beach Brewhouse — open to all with a local vibe!

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Have you ever noticed that when you meet someone who has lived in an area for most of their life, they tend to refer to businesses, areas, restaurants and so forth by how they used to be known. Sometimes those names stick — as in Dinosaur Caves Park — I am not sure if there…

Shannon Bowdey – Our Newest Team Member @ Pismo Beach Homes

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Shannon Bowdey joins the Pismo Beach Homes Real Estate Team at Keller Williams Realty Central Coast PISMO BEACH, CA (Oct 23, 2015) The Pismo Beach Homes Team at Keller Williams Realty Central Coast announces that Shannon Bowdey has joined their Team. Mrs. Bowdey will be a senior member of the team providing her exceptional service to…

Seaside Painting Co. – 45 Years of Experience

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With over 45 years of combined experience in Real Estate, our Team has had the opportunity to interact with many sub-contractors over the course of helping our buyers and sellers repair, upgrade and remodel their homes. We consider our referral contractors an extension of ourselves and so we are careful about who we recommend. And…

Local Area Spotlight: Pismo Heights

The Pismo Heights area is located in the hills just east of downtown Pismo Beach. Homes in the Pismo Heights area are known to offer sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and are positioned perfectly to enjoy the 4th of July fireworks launched from the Pismo pier or a beautiful coastal sunset. Recently, while showing…

69th Annual Clam Festival

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One of the many reasons to love living in a small town like Pismo Beach and the surrounding communities are the seasonal festivals that mark the passage of a year. Like clockwork we have the Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival in May, Taste of Pismo in April, Harvest Festival in September, Morro Bay Harbor Festival early in October…

New Art Gallery on the Central Coast

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If you find yourself in Avila Beach taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of the Central Coast, be sure to stop by the Chris Burkard Art Gallery. You’ll find surfers catching waves among the glaciers and skies painted with colors you’ve never seen before. Your appreciation for nature will be taken to a whole new level…

September – Market Insider

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Price Trends – Sold vs. Listed Understand the difference between “listing prices” (what sellers are asking for) and “sold prices” (what buyers are willing to pay). By comparing these price trends, you’ll have a good idea of where the market is heading. The median listing and sold property prices are calculated based on the market…

The Healthiest Community in America

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According to a study published by USA Today, the San Luis Obispo metro area (from Paso Robles to Arroyo Grande) ranks as the healthiest community in California and the 4th healthiest community in the nation. This news comes just a few years after Oprah proclaimed that San Luis Obispo is the “Happiest City in America”. If you would…

Scott Haigwood – Our Newest Team Member @ Pismo Beach Homes

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Scott was literally born to sell real estate on the Central Coast. Third-generation native (not many can make that claim) he knows this area like the back of his hand — from his birthplace of Santa Maria, through the North County. An Arroyo Grande High School graduate soon to complete degrees in Marketing and Computer Business Information Systems at…

July Pismo Beach Real Estate Market Update

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July Pismo Beach Real Estate Market Update The data on this page is consolidated from multiple sources and includes current listings, recent sales, and more. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, the knowledge you gain will help put you in control of your real estate transactions.Call (805-709-0711) or email (ashlea@pismohomes.com) anytime to discuss how this information can…

Surfside Donuts

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Maple Bacon, Strawberry Clam Shell, Dirt Surf, Salted Caramel, Spiced Chai, Cap’n Crunch with Crunch Berries. What on earth am I talking about? Why fresh-made daily gourmet donuts of course — and in downtown Pismo Beach no less! The Strawberry Clam Shell donut made with fresh local O’kui strawberries. Cap’n Crunch is of course topped…

Comfort Market

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Updated April 15th, 2015 – When Gather was forced to close due to failed landlord negotiations the Village lost a favorite. What we got in return was a better, bolder, bigger version with many new features. Armed with many researched ideas owner/chef Kari Ziegler wanted a bistro with a gourmet market and wine bar as…

Harmony House Yoga

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You will thank me for this timely post — hitting your inbox just prior to the Harmony House Yoga Annual Open House. The all-day event features free classes, merchandise discounts, studio tours and meet and greets with the instructors. What a great way to prove my opinion right — at no cost to you! Anyone who has…

Featured Home Listing – 5 DAYS to Escrow! Listing price $909,000

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This hill-side home features sweeping views from Vandenberg to North of the Pismo Pier afford you the best views for whale watching and 4th of July Fireworks! Views from all main rooms. Home features upgraded rustic maple floors, Carrerra marble kitchen counter tops, all new appliances and light fixtures and much much more. When you’re…

April Real Estate Market Update

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The data on this page is consolidated from multiple sources and includes current listings, recent sales, and more. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, the knowledge you gain will help put you in control of your real estate transactions. Call (805-709-0711) or email (ashlea@pismohomes.com) anytime to discuss how this information can benefit you! Price Trends –…

Spring Food Drive Benefits SLO Food Bank

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We live in a fairly idyllic place — fantastic climate, next to the ocean, wonderful in almost every aspect. What may not be readily apparent is that 44,000 of our neighbors are struggling to feed themselves or their children. And so it is with that thought in mind that Keller Williams establishes an annual goal…

Pismo Beach Scouting – Pack 425 – Jack Boyer

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Did you know you can help me earn my own way in Scouting? Just click and place an order on my behalf. The Popcorn is Yummy! I’m looking forward to Camp, Scout-O-Rama and many other activities this year. This great popcorn (Trail’s End) has been made even healthier this year. All microwave products are made with canola…

Bonnie Mogan of iMortgage

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It takes a Village to sell a home. And the work really begins when you’ve put a contract together and open escrow. However a good Village works together laying the essential groundwork beforehand to make that escrow process go smoothly. In that regard we are a team and we are working on a common goal.…

The Central Coast Critic – Kathy Marcks Hardesty

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With over thirty years in the food business, Kathy Marcks Hardesty provides great information about our local Food & Wine businesses here on the Central Coast. She loves writing about great food and wine, entertaining your senses and placing you on the edge of your seat as you look forward to trying the next great new restaurant…

Harry & David – Pismo Beach

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It’s been said that humans are creatures of habit and I am afraid this describes me rather well. I go to the same places for the same things and I tend not to expand my horizons as often as I should. When Harry and David first moved into the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets I thought…

We LOVE Pismo Beach Athletic Club

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My husband and I are no strangers to gym membership. We have belonged to many over our years — in our small town and in major metropolitan areas. That makes us a bit picky when  it comes to shelling our our hard-earned dollars — especially because we want to avoid the classic scenario of paying…

Cool Cat Cafe – A Multi-State, Multi-Location Experience

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How often is it that you can walk out of your office door in Pismo Beach and say “I feel like having the best burger on Maui” and not twenty minutes later be taking a huge yummy bite? Well it can be as often as every day if you are in San Luis Obispo and…

The Boardroom

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First you have to love the name … doesn’t it sound official?! Great for that lunchtime “business” meeting. You can just tell your boss you’ll be in “The Board Room.” Before he figures out that you don’t have one you’ll be gone! This great little brew pub and eatery is right in the heart of…

Phone & Wireless – Your Local Verizon Store

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The best place to buy/order your new iPhone 5S/5C! My relationship with Phone &Wireless has been an evolution. When we returned to the Central Coast 12 years ago we had became At&t clients because our employers were, and so followed the herd without thinking of researching our options (not something we would recommend!) So while…

Marisol at The Cliffs Resort

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Those of us that have the awesome gift of living where most other people only get to visit on vacation know that we frequently take it for granted. Months can go by without a visit to the beach or stopping to really enjoy a sunset. But when we want to be a tourist in our…

Five Cities Pediatric Dental Group & Orthodontics

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I have come to the conclusion that the decisions you have made in your life up until you have a child were nothing compared to the decisions you make when it comes to the health and care of that new little human being that now is totally reliant on you. Let me tell you, deciding…

Fireworks at the Pismo Beach Pier

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Annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration in Pismo Beach was ruined by the weather: Low Coastal Fog obscured the entire 770 shell show. People come from all over the country to experience our nation’s independence day on the 1200′ Pismo Beach Pier. With nearly 100,000 people on the beach and in downtown Pismo, its a…

Roll Out the Barrels Wine Weekend

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The 23rd Annual Roll Out The Barrels summer celebration has set the pace for good times, good vibes and good wines in San Luis Obispo County. The festivities began with a Thursday evening “Barrels in The Plaza” grand tasting adjacent to the historic Mission in downtown San Luis Obispo. Here, the wines of SLO Wine…

The 28th Annual 2013 Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show

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Downtown Pismo Beach played host to the 28th Annual Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show this Father’s Day weekend as it has for nearly thirty years. It is a Father’s Day tradition in our family to stroll through the cars and try to recognize the ones that my folks’ drove back in their hey days…

Spanish Springs in Pismo Beach moves forward but is delayed …

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We arrived at the Pismo Beach Vet’s Hall to attend the Pismo Beach City Council meeting to witness the vote on Spanish Springs development and were greeted by hundreds of concerned citizens here to listen and make public comment on the project. We had to leave at 9:30pm, but as we arrived home we immediately…

Wine, Waves & Beyond — Barrel to Barrel in Pismo Beach

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There are a few icons that define the Central Coast of California and this past Friday all of them were on display at a great event I had the opportunity to attend for the first time. This past Friday evening was the Barrel to Barrel night during the annual four day Wine, Waves & Beyond…

The Taste of Pismo Beach 2013

My memory may be fading (I am turning 40 this year after all) but of the many Taste of Pismo events my hubby and I have attended I think this year was unequivocally the best. Maybe it was the great “Farm Fest” Farm to Fork event that ushered in the Taste the Friday night before.…

COACH in Pismo Beach

Be still my beating heart …. the Coach store finally arrived with great anticipation throughout my circle and has sprinkled handbags everywhere! This is truly the dawn of a new day on the Central Coast. Ok, ok, I grew up here so I have a little more history with the shopping void that existed just…

Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach

Being the Past President of the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach/Five Cities that has met for a decade in the beautiful banquet room downstairs at the now Ventana Grill, our little group of 60+ members had the unusual opportunity to watch the current management go through an extensive remodel of what had become a slightly…

The Lido Restaurant in Shell Beach

Well I have never written a review of the Lido at Dolphin Bay because it had all of the makings of a fantastic restaurant … without the food, in my opinion. Partly because it was trying to be a little too “metropolitan” for the area, and partly because it ignored what is going on all…

Mo’s Smokehouse BBQ in Pismo Beach

Mo’s is one of those “hang-out” type places, decorated with old photos and rusting signs, and of course an amazing variety of pigs out of various materials, in various sizes. It is a no-nonsense rib joint, with a few other notable items on the menu. My husband loves the Philthy Phil’s Ribs and the Sampler…

Sea Venture Resort in Pismo Beach

I have to admit that I am a fan … just like the four stars says. Right on the beach, this is a fantastic little boutique hotel that we often use for “Staycations” to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Birthdays and Anniversaries. From the moment you pull into the covered parking, you feel appreciated and well taken…

Great Breakfast in Pismo Beach

Nestled in the heart of Shell Beach, right on Shell Beach Road, you might drive by any day of the week and see a line on the sidewalk for this popular cafe. Originally just open for breakfast and lunch, they now serve dinner … which is always a great place to find yourself on a…