Go big or go home with this aspirational adventure itinerary
Kick your default vacation style up a notch! SLO CAL awaits with surprising discoveries to wow even the most jaded traveler. Flavor, culture and breathtaking beauty come together to create a coveted itinerary chock full of memories waiting to happen. Trust us: Your heart will pump harder, your tastebuds will sing louder and your sense of adventure will reawaken with a bang in SLO CAL. If you're passionate about squeezing every last drop out of your precious vacation days, read on.
See the sunrise from below! Embark on a hot air balloon ride in the early morning courtesy of a hot air balloon service like Balloons over Paso and see Paso Robles Wine Country in a whole new light. You and your sidekick will float high above green vineyards and happy hillsides for a once-in-a-lifetime panoramic view. Once you touch ground, hop on a local wine tour and be chauffeured from tasting room to tasting room as the day rolls on. Lunch at Jeffry's Wine Country BBQ in Paso Robles rounds out the experience with wood-fired smoked, scratch-made cuisine. Trust us: the ground level tastes as good as the aerial view looks.
Zip it real good
Another exciting way to see wine country from a totally unique vantage point? Zip above the vines on a fast-paced zip line courtesy of Margarita Adventures, which offers six high-flying options for first-timers and adrenaline junkies alike. End your trapeze act with a glass of rich local cabernet sauvignon at Ancient Peaks Winery, The Range or Rosalina Restaurant. Got kids in tow? Vista Lago Adventure Park at Lake Lopez in Arroyo Grande cranks up the fun to “unlimited,” with as many zip line rides as you can handle in a one-to-two-hour timeframe. Yes, they'll beg for a nap after all this commotion (which isn't bad for you).
Live the suite life
New to the historic village of Arroyo Grande, the sophisticated yet casual Agrarian Hotel offers guests accommodations walking distance to awesome shops, tasting rooms and restaurants (no Uber required). This 50-room boutique hotel is designed to encompass the spirit of Arroyo Grande with a charming vibe and free breakfast for all. Looking for a swanky way to kick-start your stay in SLO CAL? Check-in to The Kinney SLO, with 100 stylish rooms, a heated pool, a well-stocked bar and even skeeball. Leroy's located on-site boasts beer and wine on tap and elevated pub classics like Smoked Bacon IPA Mac and Cheese. Oh, and don't forget to check out the giant Lite Brite on the back lawn—it's a blast from the past sure to add a spark of nostalgia to your stay.
Bring on a big gulp
SLO CAL has always been on the cutting edge of luxurious new libations, whether it be beer, wine, or spirits. Now is the time to get your own taste of the action. With the ambiance of a 1920s barn—and wines that showcase the region's stellar reputation—The Fableist's new Templeton tasting room is on every wine aficionado's lips. Find out why, and discover how each bottle has been artfully inspired by one of Aesop’s many fables. Looking for spirits that crush the status quo? Swing by Central Coast Distillery in Atascadero and prepare to be wowed. Savor hand-crafted single batch spirits that go so far as to complement a healthy lifestyle. Yes, this booze features natural ingredients and organic practices—plus, the distiller hand-forages the land and sea for the best botanical ingredients! Taste vodka distilled from raw honey, organic gin, bourbon whiskey and rum finished in local bourbon barrels, partake in a private class or just grab a souvenir to share on the rocks.
Put it all on red
On a roll: What happens in SLO CAL doesn't have to stay in SLO CAL anymore! Yes, the rumor is out and we couldn't be more excited to put on our lucky cufflinks just for the occasion. As a result of increased travel to SLO CAL, San Luis Obispo Regional Airport is now offering direct flights to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas four times a week! Calling all high rollers: This additional flight, via Contour Airlines, allows you and your best friends to enjoy the week in SLO CAL and the weekend on the strip.
Crown yourself king of camping
Starry nights and campfire stories are elevated in SLO CAL, where some of the most remarkable glamping stays are just a short drive away. Head for Highway 1 on the SLO CAL coast where you can find glamping and camping accommodations perched on wind-swept bluffs overlooking the Pacific. Rent a remote cabin in Cambria's pine-studded terrain or park your RV at Pismo Coast Village RV Resort, walking distance from the shops, restaurants and pier of Pismo Beach.
Meat like you mean it
Where's the beef? In SLO CAL, of course! Whether your dining on famous Santa Maria-style barbecue at Jocko's Steakhouse (where each steak is cooked over red oak coals) or you're just craving a quick meal, we've got you covered. Adam’s Burgers in Oceano specializes in serving high-quality burgers, fries, and shakes you just have to taste to believe. Burgers are made with 100% fresh never frozen beef patties and daily baked bread (so fresh) and topped with house-made special sauce. At Burger Village in downtown San Luis Obispo, diners are encouraged to create their own burger fantasies, complete with the perfect cheese and veggies. Bite into delectable organic grass-fed beef or cage-free organic chicken and turkey or get your mouth around tantalizing bison, elk, wild boar and lamb patties (yes, they've even got amazing organic veggie, black bean and mushroom patties for you plant-based burger lovers).