Human Tested and Pup Approved San Luis Obispo County
by Erica Davis, Marketing & Events Coordinator, Visit San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo County is certainly known for the historic Hearst Castle, rolling vineyards and miles of coastline, but lesser known is how friendly this county is with your beloved companions.
As a local of San Luis Obispo County, I get the pleasure of taking my dog to more places than less; work, restaurants, wineries, shops and anywhere outdoors is available for me and the pooch. So, whether you’re a local with a companion looking for fun places to go or a visitor who is new to the area and wants to enjoy all that San Luis Obispo County has to offer, you won’t go wrong with my ideal doggie day itinerary! Human tested and pup approved – San Luis Obispo County.
Erica & Roo’s Ideal Doggie Day!
8:00AM – Roo decides that a cold nose and a warm lick to the face is the best way to start the day. Erica disagrees, but has no choice.
8:30AM – With some moaning and groaning, Roo has been fed and they are out the door to grab a quick coffee before hitting the beach! Black Horse Espresso and Bakery is one of the best places in San Luis Obispo to grab your morning java and croissant. Water bowls await, just in case your companion is thirsty too.
8:45AM – Begin your morning by heading south on the 101 towards Avila Beach. One of Roo’s favorite spots to sniff and play is Fisherman’s Beach aka Dog Beach. This little strip of sand is dotted with wagging tails running through the surf at any time of day. Doggie bags are provided in the event nature calls, added bonus! Another great beach to explore in North County is the Morro Bay Strand Beach.
9:30AM – After running through the waves, meeting new friends and getting lots of pets, it’s time for breakfast! Head north on the 101 to San Luis Obispo’s city center, the Mission Plaza. Luna Red sits across from the Mission de Tolosa, with an open courtyard that invites both you and your companion. Fresh cuisine that uses local produce with a warm ambiance is what you will find at this local main-stay. Roo likes to take this time to nap on the terracotta tiles and enjoy more pets.
11:00AM – Now that all parties are recharged, it’s time to head North to the Paso Robles Wine Country to sip and savor the Central Coast! Regardless of whether you find yourself of off the 46 West, 46 East or in the middle of downtown Paso Robles there are pet-friendly wineries all over. There are far too many wineries worth visiting to mention, but you can download a full list of pet-friendly wineries right here. Most wineries have friendly pups of their own to greet you and typically a game of chase is included for your four-legged friend.
1:00PM – After hitting a few of Erica and Roo’s favorite spots, it’s time to enjoy another savory meal. In Paso Robles, you will want to make your way to Artisan. Another spot located just off the city center that has a great outdoor nook to overlook the passerby’s and take in more delicious local cuisine.
2:30PM – Grab a second cup of coffee to go and wander the downtown. From the boutiques to Brown Butter Cookie Co. you will find plenty of treats for you to take home and enjoy.
3:30PM – For more adventuring that can include a bike (if your dog is happy to trail behind you) or just a stellar hike, head back towards San Luis Obispo on 101 South and exit on Route 41. Turnoff for the Cerro Alto Campground on the left and proceed one mile through the elongated campground and park at the trail head. There are two trails to the summit. The gradual slope, which is hidden next to campsite 18, has a large sign that reads ‘Cerro Alto Trail 12E01’ is preferred by both Erica and Roo. What is unique about Cerro Alto is that it is one of the highest peaks in San Luis Obispo County and delivers a panoramic view that encompasses the Morro Bay rock in one direction all the way to Edna Valley in the other.
5:30PM – After a fun filled day with doggie snoring going on in the back of the vehicle, continue on Route 41 towards Morro Bay and make your final stop to Giovanni’s Fish Market. Experience the Morro Bay oysters, clam chowder or fish tacos depending on what you’re craving. Picnic-style dining outside with a refreshing beverage and oysters on the half shell is the best way to wrap up the day.
Erica Davis, member of the Visit San Luis Obispo County team, has been a SLO local since 2008. She enjoys the foodie culture and active life by searching for the best spots around the county to both dine and hike. When not in the office you can find her trailing behind her pup and sipping a cocktail (or two) after hours. Join Erica on her adventures here at Visit San Luis Obispo County’s blog!