San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles have train stations with
multiple passenger trains heading north and south. There is also an airport
in San Luis Obispo with connections to anywhere in the world.
(From the SLO Chamber of Commerce) San Luis Obispo County is the heart of
California's Central Coast where you can spend your day exploring miles of
white, sandy beaches, browsing through unique stores and museums, wine
tasting or hiking or bicycling in and around the rolling hills – the
choices are endless.
Located midway between San Francisco and LA on the
California Central Coast, San Luis Obispo County is an easy to reach
destination by car, train, or air. Just 2 or 3 hours by car away from most
of California's 35 million people, San Luis Obispo is California's Natural
Escape. The centrally located San Luis Obispo airport offers excellent
connections to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Las
Vegas. Visiting by rail is so popular that Amtrak recently added a third
daily train to the county.
About 250,000 people call San Luis Obispo County home. Over
a dozen delightful towns and cities, including the city of San Luis Obispo,
plus Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Avila Beach, Cambria, Cayucos, Grover
Beach, Los Osos - Baywood Park, Morro Bay, Nipomo,
Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Miguel, San Simeon near Hearst Castle,
Templeton and others create a single extended community.
Spread across the beaches, mountains, and valleys of this special part of
the California Central Coast, these distinctive cities and the
unincorporated areas between them provide an incredible variety of
recreational and cultural opportunities. All of these places can be reached
by an easy 30 minute drive or less from the city of San Luis Obispo,
through some of the most beautiful country you will ever see.
The strong local economy is dominated by Cal Poly San Luis
Obispo with its 18,000 students, viticulture and agriculture, fishing,
tourism and a growing sector of information and technology businesses.
The world-renowned California wine country of the Paso
Robles wine country in north county and San Luis Obispo wine country in the
south county provide a California wine country tour experience that may
remind you of Tuscany.
The local food and wine producers are just two reasons for the many
excellent restaurants in the county. The large student base, many visitors
and supportive local population has also allowed many nightclubs and
restaurants to offer first class local and visiting live entertainment.
Outdoor options also abound, including wonderful hiking and biking. Whale
watching, sport fishing and charter fishing out of Morro Bay or Port San
Luis are rewarding ways to spend a day. Eco tours supply pleasure and
education about some of America's most distinctive ecological niches such
as the Morro Bay National Estuary and the Carrizo Plain.
The arts flourish throughout the county at an exceptional level of quality.
Layers of history, including the Spanish mission of Mission San Luis Obispo
de Tolosa and Mission San Miguel Arcangel, are at hand everywhere you go.
San Luis Obispo County is California's Natural Escape because it is the SLO
alternative to hyperactive urban congestion and 'hurry up and wait'
frustrations. SLO is a magical and precious piece of old California you can
visit again and again, with new experiences every time.
The population of San Luis Obispo County is about 250,000.
San Luis Obispo county is a coastal county. The Pacific Ocean is about 10
miles from San Luis Obispo.
Some of our favorite things
Restaurants- There are a ton of great restaurants
in town. Here are some of our
favorites but there are many more.
The Range in
Santa Margarita Great food. Pricey. They do not take reservations and
they do not accept credit cards, cash or checks only. 8 miles from San Luis Obispo in Santa
Chiopinot’s Great Sea food and California Cuisine
Café Roma Italian
Upper Crust- Great Italian food at great prices. I love their raspberry salad
Sushi - We have many very good sushi restaurants all of the
county. They are all good.
Great place for
pizza and salads. It is close to the
Novo Sit on the patio out back
Luna Red Tapas
Big Sky Interesting
food at good prices
Jockos The best
steak in California. Located in Nipomo.
Madonna Inn Good café and pricy restaurant. Even if you don’t eat there you need to
go there just to see the place. Make
sure to go into the restrooms.
Taco Temple – Our favorite for Mexican food. I like the Carnitas. It is big enough to share. Located in Morro Bay
Jaffa Café or Petra Café - These are two great places for
middle eastern food.
Windows on the Water Good seafood.
It is in Morro Bay and there are a lot of good options for seafood
Foremost Wine Company Pricey but
good and interesting food
For a sandwich-
Splash Café- Good clam chowder
Bliss Café – Great location on the creek
Things to do
Go for a hike
Google “hiking in San Luis Obispo” and you will find a bunch of
Peak is right out our front door. You don’t have to go all the way to the
top unless you want to.
the city of San Luis Obispo There are
many wonderful hikes right here in the city.
de Oro Great hiking and
beaching at the Pacific Ocean
Santa Margarita Lake
Walk around Cal Poly
Oso Flaco Lake is a wonderful hike across
the sand dunes to the ocean
We belong to a hiking group that takes hikes on Monday and
Wednesday. If you are interested I
can hook you up with this group.
More things to do
Walk around downtown. Go to a museum downtown. See bubble gum alley.
Go to a Farmers
Market. Thursday night farmers market is
the biggest in the county
Make sure to go wine tasting. We have world class wines in our area.
May favorites are Castoro Cellars, Sweetwater and
Windward Winery But there are many other wonderful wines all over the
Go out to the Pacific Ocean and enjoy a day there.
Go up Highway 1 to Hearst Castle and while you are up there make sure
to see the Elephant Seals just north of the castle.
Go to the melodrama in Oceano
Take in a play at Cal Poly, the Little Theatre or the Clark Center.
Pick up a copy of the free New Times newspaper to see what is going
on around town.
Go for a bike ride around town
Watch a movie at the Palm Theatre
Find a free concert someplace in the county. Lots of good music at the bars.
Take a drive up towards Big Sur and have lunch at Ragged Point, Gorda, Tree Bones or Nepenthe.
Go fishing out of Morro Bay
Kayak in Morro Bay or where ever
If the whales are in the area take a boat out to see them
We have some wonderful micro breweries. Take a tour of Firestone brewery in Paso
Sit on our back porch and have a bbq and a
I have fishing gear in the garage and the fishing is good at Santa
Margarita Lake. The catching is not that good.
Take a drive out to - Carrizo
Plains National Monument, Pozo, or Parkfield
Go to the Leaning Pines Arboretum
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo County Links
San Luis Obispo Visitor Information
Luis Obispo Visitor and Conference Bureau
San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo Weather
Luis Obispo Golf
Paso Wine Country
Farm and Craft Markets
Chamber of Commerce
Mid State Fair
Margarita Lake - Santa Margarita Lake is a real gem. It is a beautiful
lake with great fishing and boating. They do not allow water skiing and jet
skis on the lake so that makes it very nice. It is a great place to hike
and picnic. If you want to water ski go to Lake Naciemento
or Lake Lopez.