Category: Five Cities

Oyster Loft

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.…

Spring Street Faire – Nipomo Chamber of Commerce

The Spring Street Faire is returning to Olde Towne Nipomo with fun for all ages from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Nipomo Chamber of Commerce plans to close West Tefft Street between Wilson and Mallagh streets to create the free fair that will include activities for children, food, drink and entertainment. Fun…

Wine Waves and Beyond | Apr 29 – May 1st

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…

Mersea’s on the Pier in Avila

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

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

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

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!

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…

Spoon Trade – An American Eatry

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…

Shannon Bowdey – Our Newest Team Member @ Pismo Beach Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Local Area Spotlight: Wildwood Ranch

Live Pismo Beach is dedicated to helping you understand what living in Pismo Beach and the surrounding communities has to offer. This is why we have decided to create the “Local Area Spotlight”, a series that will guide you through the diverse neighborhoods in our area and the details which will help you decide to make…

Scott Haigwood – Our Newest Team Member @ Pismo Beach Homes

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

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

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

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

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…

April 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 benefit you! Price Trends –…

Spring Food Drive Benefits SLO Food Bank

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…

Comfort Market

Six months old and still growing! Tonight will be the inaugural cooking class at Comfort Market — soon to be a regular event as this evening’s first run sold out days before. Tonight owner/chef Kari Ziegler, previously of the much-missed Gather Wine Bar, will share her insider secrets from behind the kitchen door in creating…

Pismo Beach Scouting – Pack 425 – Jack Boyer

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

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

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…

Comfort Market

The Village of Arroyo Grande has grown up a bit in recent years — adding some new faces to the usual dining choices. While we love the stand-by’s of the Village Grill, McKlintocks Saloon and Alphy’s Broiler, new-comer Rooster Creek has become rooted in our regulars. Of course Jack loves Klondikes … pizza, video games and…

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Gnocchi. Ricotta Gnocchi. Ricotta Gnocchi atop a bed of gently sautéed Bloomsdale spinach. Gnocchi in a brown butter sauce. Gnocchi with a dusting of artichoke fritti. This is a glorious dish and I hope it remains as a revolving item on the menu at Ember. But you never know what inspired new dishes might arrive…

Book Review: When Is It Going To Rain My Favorite Flavor?

One of the best gifts we can give to our children these days is to turn off the technology, shut out the daily chaos, focus on them and share a fantastic skill and pleasure: the value of a good read. Jack and I love to cozy up with a good book and now we alternate reading every…

Harry & David – Pismo Beach

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

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

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…

Talley Farms Fresh Harvest

It’s next to impossible to be a co-inhabitant of our planet today and not recognize that humans are having an impact on our climate, our resources and the realization that we need to do something — however small — to make it better for future generations. Ever since our son was born we made the…

The Boardroom

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…

The 3rd Annual Chemistry of Cocktails – Nov 3rd, 2013

On November 3rd, 2013, 2-5pm we are having our 3rd Annual Chemistry of Cocktails fundraising event, where chemistry and cocktails collide! The public is invited to the Exploration Station to enjoy an afternoon of food, live music, fun activities, a silent auction, and cocktail tastings. Local mixologists from the area’s top restaurants and social gathering…

Phone & Wireless – Your Local Verizon Store

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

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

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…

Avila Beach Hawaiian-Style

Hula Hut in Avila Beach

The theme this Summer has been “Stay-cation” for our little Central Coast Family. Since we are lucky enough to live where many people vacation we are playing backyard tourists and enjoying all that the Central Coast has to offer within 20 minutes of our doorstep. One of our absolute favorite day-off activities is to pack…

A Little Yoga in the Village

Yoga Village in Arroyo Grande

Over the years I have become a huge fan of Pilates. I like Yoga, but I really love what Pilates challenges me to do and how it effects my body. That being said, it seems that there is a large range in the quality of the instruction offered all around the Central Coast. From gym…

Fireworks at the Pismo Beach Pier

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

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

The Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show - 2013

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…