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Hi , we will be in SLO in June for 3 nights, can anyone recommend where to go for some sightseeing in and around a 30 mile radius. cheers

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Pismo Beach (beach), Cambria (ocean, neat town), Paso Robles (wine), Hearst Castle, Morro Bay (Morro Rock, kayaking, state park for hiking).

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Montana de Oro State Park via Los Osos Valley Road/Pecho Road is popular with the locals, as many travelers are just passing through and miss out on this special park.

Pismo Beach AND Avila Beach are worth a visit. Avila tends to be warmer and sunnier than Pismo and it has a pedestrian friendly promenade by the pier.

Be sure to visit Avila Valley Barn on the way to/from Avila Beach. Fresh produce, baked goods, homemade ice cream and a pen with small farm animals you can feed.

Sycamore Mineral Springs located down the street from Avila Valley Barn. This is a resort area with hot springs tubs you can rent by the hour.

Cambria/Hearst Castle are definitely worth a visit. Cambria is a lovely seaside town filled with quaint shops, cozy eateries and a pretty coastline. It's a little further than 30 miles from SLO, but, oh, so worth it. It's about a 35-40 minute drive from SLO via Highway 1 past Morro Bay and Cayucos.

If you enjoy wine tasting, there's Edna Valley a few miles south of SLO via Broad Street. Lots of pretty countryside out there even if you just do a drive through. You can take Broad Street (Highway 227) all the way into the Village of Arroyo Grande, which is another cute area of shops, eateries, etc.

Edited: 8:07 pm, April 06, 2012
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Thanks both

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Pismo, Shell Beach and Avila Beach are all nice coastal towns. Ventana Grill is a good choice for a meal in Pismo. Have fun! :)

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Edna Valley is a wonderful two lane country road drive through ranches and if you take Orcutt Road from Broad Street, you'll pass some wineries and then reach 227 - a road that, if you go left, will take you to Talley Vineyards (great red wines) and Lopez Lake, where you can hike, rent canoes and picnic. Turn right and you'll end up in the historic downtown of Arroyo Grande.

And enjoy the town of San Luis Obispo itself - unique shops and restaurants and neighborhoods with restored Victorian houses.

If you choose to drive 20 minutes north, Morro Bay has kayaking, restaurants, Morro Rock and a wide, long beach to walk on, and fishing if you'd care to go out and try to catch dinner.

Have fun visiting our slice of paradise!

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Going to be in SLO for a week in July. Staying along Monterey Ave. Looking for food recommendations; will be w/coworkers. Inexpensive and local eateries, seafood, american, ethnic (mexican, asian, italian)? Just want to hang out in quiet places that have tasty food. We'll try to visit the Farmer's Market on Thurs too. Willing to drive to Pismo/Morro Bay too.

Any suggestions from those of you fortunate to live in this lovely area?

Thank you all. Aloha.

Edited: 5:59 pm, May 31, 2012
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IvoriSalmon

I'm going to answer your question, but, please, in the future, please start your own thread. This thread belongs to shirley j who will receive email notification that they have a new response to their question. By starting your very own topic, you will get responses that pertain to your specific needs and poor shirley j won't have her email inundated with responses to your question..

All you need to do is choose the location and click on "Ask a question" to get your own thread going. Thanks

Now.... where to dine in SLO:

Pepe Delgados (Mexican food and on the same street as your hotel)

Woodstock's Pizza (Downtown)

Firestone Grill (Downtown)

Mo's BBQ (Downtown)

Buono Tavola (Italian near downtown)

Louisa's Place (Best breakfast in town. Downtown)

Dining in Pismo Beach:

Ventana Grill (California fusion. Great views, good food)

Splash Cafe (Famous for clam chowder)

Del's Pizzeria (Pizza & Italian fare at fair prices)

Avila Beach:

Olde Port Inn (Seafood at the end of the Hartford Pier)

Custom House (Better than diner food. Lots of options from burgers to salads, to seafood entrees, etc. Also good for breakfast. Outdoor patio overlooks the beach and pier)

Fat Cats (Just past the entrance to Diablo Canyon and next to the Hartford Pier)

Edited: 9:50 pm, May 31, 2012
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You may want to check out the farmer's market in Avila on Friday nights (4-8 pm). A favorite "locals" place is McClintocks in Arroyo Grande (not the big one in Shell Beach). Cheaper than the Shell Beach location with nightly specials. Also most places along the water in Shell Beach/Pismo have great happy hours monday-thursday with great prices on drinks and appetizers. Some favorites: Spyglass Inn ($6 pizzas and views to die for), The Cliffs (free pizza on thursdays), Ventana Grill, Quaterdeck (tuesday/thursday 99 cent fish tacos - really! And half price wine on wednesdays - NO view)

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