Follow along! Summer in SLO CAL means great, sunny weather, delicious local food and plenty of outdoor adventure. From coastal stops on Highway 1 in the north to the vines and wines of Edna Valley in the south (and every colorful corner in between), the Instagram photo ops are endless. Don’t get FOMO—instead, allow this handy guide to kick those summer travel plans into gear. Double tap. Comment. Emoji to your heart’s content! In SLO CAL, these dreamy accounts can easily become your summer reality.
Love the ocean, but a little unsure of your surfing capabilities? Set your sights on an expanse of calm, coastal blue. It’s easy with a paddleboard! All you have to do is follow @AvilaBeachPaddlesports to learn about how you can rent your own serene marine moment. Giddy up! Hop on a horse with @CentralCoastTrailrides and feel the wind in your mane. Traverse SLO CAL’s most scenic sights by horseback and you’ll realize that this is the way nature truly intended transportation to be.
You don’t have to travel all the way to France to experience boutique wines in a bucolic setting. Just follow @EcluseWines in Paso Robles to discover handcrafted Rhone and Bordeaux wines worth a starring role in your next Instagram story. There is no place on Earth quite like Heart Hill at @NinerWineEstates, located off Highway 46 West in Paso Robles. Wine and dine your senses as you look out over this unique oak grove. If a picnic with friends is what you seek, head to @Biddle_Ranch_Vineyard in Edna Valley, where ample outdoor seating allows for a vineyard lunch amid postcard-inspired views.
@MarisolAtTheCliffs in Pismo Beach gives new meaning to the old idea of brunch! This is truly something else, entirely. Order up a spritz, bloody or classic mimosa alongside a breathtaking brunch spread and breathe in that lovely sea air.
Carve out much-needed relaxation on the putting green at @HunterRanch Golf Course in Paso Robles, one of SLO CAL’s most stunning golf offerings. Feeling peckish after a long, leisurely game? The clubhouse restaurant serves up delicious lunch options, plus selections of local wine and beer. What are you waiting for?
Classical music may sound stuffy, but @FestivalMozaic proves this just isn’t so. Take in fabulous concerts in unique settings across SLO CAL, including ancient Mission San Miguel. This is truly music without borders! Glittering pools, staggering coastal views, lavishly appointed rooms and even zebras can be on your itinerary for the day if you visit world famous @TheHearstCastleSHM in San Simeon. After your tour, travel south on Highway 1 to @HarmonyCellars for a glass of summery, dry rosé.
Want to cook just like your favorite foodie pros? Head to @RefugioPasoRobles, where you can get one-on-one advice from beloved cookbook author Brigit Binns. Watch her handiwork during an educational culinary class and prepare to nibble along the way. When you gather under this demonstration kitchen’s magnificent oak tree, strangers truly become friends. More wood-fired pizza, anyone?
You can’t call it summer without peanuts and a good ball game, right? Break out the Cracker Jacks and cozy up to a seat at a SLO Blues Baseball game, running all summer long in SLO. Follow @SLO_Blues_Baseball for all the details and prepare to indulge in an All American summer tradition.
Agritourism has never been this delicious! Stop by @Pasolivo’s gorgeous Paso Robles olive farm and take a tour of the beautiful grove. Of course, you can also sample the sumptuous olive oils on offer there too, or head for Pasolivo’s downtown Paso Robles storefront. Tip: You’ll want to take home a bottle of the tangy citrus EVOO to ensure that those summer vibes last all year long.
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