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Enjoy Old-Fashioned Romance this Valentineâ€™s Day in San Luis Obispo County, California:
Unspoiled Beaches, Charming Coastal Towns and Rustic Wine Country Inspires Pure Play for Couples
SAN LUIS OBISPO, California (Feb. 3, 2015) â€“ Looking for a way to celebrate your love in a wildly romantic setting without the crowds, traffic and urban prices?
San Luis Obispo County, located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on Californiaâ€™s naturally beautiful Central Coast, offers couples the chance to unplug, reconnect. Here you can savor good old-fashioned romance, from an American castle, horse-drawn carriage rides and unspoiled beaches to pampering hotel packages and winemaker dinners which engage all the senses.
Here are just a few reasons to book San Luis Obispo County this Valentineâ€™s Day and beyond. Find the complete list of romantic packages and activities here or visit www.VisitSanLuisObispoCounty.com for other trip ideas.
From its storied past and dreamy European and Mediterranean art, architecture and gardens, Hearst Castle will inspire romance, whether you're starry-eyed newlyweds or celebrating decades together. Couples in the know book an early afternoon tour so they can wander the grounds afterward the guided portion of the tour at their leisure, sharing a kiss in the magnificent gardens and marveling at the sunset over the Pacific from atop the Enchanted Hill.
Make your spouse feel like royalty with captivating ride in a horse-drawn carriage around the historic Madonna Inn this Valentineâ€™s weekend.Ride around the romantic grounds and savor the sights, from the innâ€™s fairy-tale-cottage-style to the rolling green hills. Costs $25 per person for up to 5 guests.
What could be more romantic than a bonfire on the beach? Turn the heat up by letting Beach Butlerzâ„¢ do all the work!For just $175 couples can get the Ultimate Teepee Bonfire package, featuring a cozy teepee, luxury lounge chairs and drink tables and oversized blankets for cuddling under the stars. Available throughout February.
If the way to your sweetieâ€™s heart is through fine cuisine, take advantage of romantic winemaker dinners, from San Luis Obispo to Paso Robles (Wine Enthusiastâ€™s 2013 Wine Region of the Year).One standout is the Valentineâ€™s Day Dinner at Vina Robles, starting with a delectably curated wine and cheese reception, followed by a multi-course wine pairing menu prepared by Thomas Hill Organics. As you enjoy your candlelit meal, get serenaded with your favorite showtunes and classical works performed by the "The Wind in the Reeds" of the SLO Winds Clarinet Choir and the SLO Winds Brass Quintet. Tickets are $95 per person.
Active couples can enjoy a sunset or moonlight kayaking tour of Morro Bay this February with Central Coast Outdoors.The sunset tour meanders through beautiful bay with a twilight stop on the sandspit dunes, including a drink and light bites. Moonlight tour offers the unique chance to experience the national estuary at night, paired with hot chocolate and gourmet cookies.
Animal and wine lovers will find the perfect pairing this February with the 46 West Wineries Safari Pass. Each pass costs just $25, with portions donated to Zoo to You, a non-profit organization that rehabilitates wild animals. Passholders get a complimentary wine tasting at participating wineries Feb. 28 and March 1, each of which will a Zoo to Youâ€™s Animal Ambassador.
Featured Hotel Packages
Dial up the romance with the Indulge Me Package this February at the El Colibri Boutique Hotel and Spa in Cambria. Starting at $610, the package includes a Romance Platter with local wine, gourmet chocolates and rose petals. Top it off with a private journey with Central Coast Food and Wine Tours, including gourmet lunch and wine tastings.
The stylish Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo -- featuring creatively themed rooms â€“ lets couples turn up the heat with the Cupid Package this February. Starting at $322.68, enjoy a one-night stay for two, gourmet chocolates, bottle of private label Madonna Inn Champagne, and $100 resort credit. Starting at $528.68, the Romance Package features the same plus two spa treatments.
The Casitas Estate Sweetheart's Getaway starts at $833 for a two-night stay at this private estate overlooking vineyards in Arroyo Grande Feb. 1-March 31. The package includes a Swiss fondue en suite, full gourmet breakfasts in your room and an Edna Valley Wine Tour with gourmet lunch.
Guests staying at Avila Lighthouse Suites this Valentine's weekend can enjoy the Romantic Dinner Escape package, starting at $349. Package includes box of truffles, a bottle of local sparkling wine, $50 gift card to the Custom House restaurant and more.
Sneak away with your sweetheart for the Valentineâ€™s Day package at The Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach. Starting at $259 per night Feb. 13-15 (two-night minimum, the getaway includes an overnight stay, bottle of local wine and a plate of decadent sweets. Kick the night up a notch with the Aphrodisiac Dinner for two in Marisol for $55 per person.
Enjoy romantic pampering without breaking the budget this February at the Bayfront Inn in Morro Bay. The Lovers 'R' Us Package includes rates starting at just $84.48, with a $70 package that includes two 30-minute massages and a gourmet chocolate plate at STAX Wine Bar.
February is Hotel Month in Paso Robles, and guests who are staying two nights can enjoy a third night for free all month long at seven different participating wine country hotels.
More Romantic Stays and Adventures
Nothing keeps the romance more alive than a sense of humor! The BIG Laughs 6th Annual Valentines Comedy Event Feb. 14 at Atascadero Lake Pavilion.Enjoy four headliner comedians for one sweet night. Refreshments available for purchase.
Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa presents Thatâ€™s Amore on Feb. 8, featuring an Opera San Luis Obispoâ€™s intimate Valentine-themed afternoon of song. Tickets cost $85 and include Vina Robles wines paired with Lido restaurant hors dâ€™oeuvres and desserts.
Treat your significant other to the Month of Love Package at Apple Farm Inn. Starting at $229 per night, the getaway includes a night stay, champagne or cider, a long stemmed rose on your bed and a $50 dining credit for the Apple Farm Restaurant. The inn will feature a Valentine's Winemaker Dinner for $85 per person on Feb. 13 with live acoustic music.
Film buffs will love Valentineâ€™s Movie Night Feb. 15 with a showing of â€œMoonstruckâ€ at Park Cinemas in downtown Paso Robles. Tickets cost $12 and include popcorn and soda or champagne and chocolates.
Get your groove back with a retro retreat this February at Victoria's Last Resort Bed & Brunch in Cambria, with rates starting at $325 a night and including handmade chocolate truffles and cookies. Indulge your sweetheart with a decadent seven-course fireside gourmet dinner, which costs $100 per person ($165 per person with wine pairings).
If youâ€™re sweetie is a chocoholic, check out Valentineâ€™s Day at Robert Hall Winery on Feb. 14, where the chocolate fountain will flow with fabulous items to dip and sample. Small bites will also be paired with select wines. Complimentary with $10 or $15 tasting fee, which is waived when you buy a bottle.
Celebrate Valentine's Day at Donati Family Vineyard on Feb. 14, offering cheese lovers a bounty of artisan grilled cheese Paniniâ€™s presented by Vivant Fine Cheese, paired with wines.Tickets cost $65 per couple for locals and $70 per couple for non-residents â€“ both including wine and Panini tastings as well as a bottle of wine and chocolates to take home.
Visit Nipomo, for a Valentineâ€™s Day benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues, on Sunday, February 8, 2015, in the Gold Rush Cantina at Rancho Nipomo BBQ & Deli. Proceeds for the show go to the Women's Shelter Program of SLO county.
La Serena Innâ€™s Romance Package in Morro Bay includes an overnight stay â€“ with February rates starting at $79 per night â€“ plus a variety of romantic treats to choose from, such as bottles of wine and sparkling cider, chocolate truffles, cheese platter and a dozen roses.Choose two of these items for $50, three for $75.
The Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo is offering the Luv In SLO package starting at $174 per night in February, which includes a one-night stay in a two-room suite, a bottle of house wine or sparkling cider, $30 room service voucher, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast for two, in-room movie voucher and access to an evening reception.
Book the Masterpiece Hotelâ€™s Funtastic Valentineâ€™s in Morro Bay package, starting at $129 per night, and get a free bottle of wine and quirky love limerick.
Estero Innâ€™s Loverâ€™s Special in Morro Bay lets you treat the one you love to a romantic evening with champagne, chocolate truffles and roses with an overnight stay in February, where rates start as low as $169.
Castoro Cellars in Paso Robles wine country will serve up a romantic evening of music and wood-fired pizza and wine at the Pizza My Heart Valentineâ€™s Dinner and Show on Feb. 14, featuring the Belmores cover band. Tickets cost $60 per couple and include music, dinner (pizza and salad for two) and two glasses of wine from Castoro's famous keg barrel.
About Visit San Luis Obispo County:
Visit San Luis Obispo County is the destination marketing organization for San Luis Obispo County, promoting the area as a preferred tourism destination for regional, national and global visitors through advertising, marketing, public relations and group sales. Highlighted by its culinary, cultural and coastal aspects, San Luis Obispo County is internationally recognized as a premier wine, food and life-style destination on California's Central Coast. Visit San Luis Obispo County has a member base comprised of over 500 tourism industry-related businesses including lodging properties, restaurants, wineries, golf courses and retail stores. We invite you to visit the website at: www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com for story ideas or to request a county Visitor's Guide. Additionally, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/VisitSanLuisObispoCounty and follow us @VisitSLOC on Twitter and Instagram.