win the ultimate SLo County Vacation

It's the #12DaysofSLOCounty and you could win the Ultimate San Luis Obispo Vacation. Win a chance to stay AND play in the County where city to sea is no more than a short drive away, local food and wine are as much a part of your daily routine as going to work, and where exploring the coastline, backcountry, and state parks are a weekend warrior's top priority. We've got it all planned out, all you have to do is enjoy...and win!

Day 1: Arrive in SLO County

Check into the Avila Lighthouse Suites in the heart of Avila Beach. Cruise the boardwalk and step into the shops that are steps away from the beach. Familiarize yourself with this beautiful hotel with these 5 things you may not have known about the Avila Lighthouse Suites:

1) Only all suite oceanfront retreat in Avila Beach

Avila Lighthouse Suites is the only all-suite oceanfront retreat in Avila Beach. Their 54 two-room suites, steps from the sand, are fully furnished with modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay including complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking.

2) 10th Anniversary

Avila Lighthouse Suites will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2016. The latest addition to the Martin Resorts collection, Avila Lighthouse Suites was constructed from the ground up in 2006. To celebrate their anniversary, the hotel will undergo some renovations in the lobby, breakfast room, and spa area.

3) Stewardship Program

Avila Lighthouse Suites is a proud member of the California Highway 1 Discovery Route’s stewardship program. Guests can pick up a cleanup kit from the front desk that contains a collection bag, gloves, and a Marine Debris checklist. After picking up debris from the beach guests can return their checklist to the hotel and receive an Avila Beach Appreciation Stewardship Tote Bag.

4) Top 10 Hideaways by Sea

Avila Lighthouse Suites was named one of the top 10 hideways by the sea by sunset.com. Avila Beach is the “throwback beach town, upgraded for your new, adult standards.” The hotel offers something that everyone will enjoy. Think the pool, life size chess games and putt-putt golf for the kids and lush landscaping and a perfect location for the adults.

5) Water Conservation

Dedicated to water conservation, Avila Lighthouse Suites has implemented many programs at their hotel to conserve water. Some initiatives include placing non-washable dishware in the breakfast room, replacing only towels that are left on the floor, using water efficient toilets, shower heads and washing machines and installing drought tolerant landscaping. Their most recent initiative is offering guests, staying 2 or more nights, a $5 housekeeping credit for declining housekeeping services.

After you've checked in and set down your bags, head over to the Arroyo Grande Valley where you'll find Talley Vineyards. Taste through their current releases of Talley Vineyards, Bishop's Peak, and Mano Tinta wines.

You can also utilize parts of your Morro Bay Adventure Pass. Grab a snack, explore the downtown shops, or do some more wine tasting all while viewing scenic Morro Bay.

You'll be hungry by the time dinner rolls around and we want you to enjoy a meal at Foremost Wine Co., located on Higuera Street in Downtown San Luis Obispo. At Foremost, you will enjoy farm fresh, locally sourced dishes with an extensive wine list to match. Coming on a Thursday? Come down early and walk down the middle of Higuera street through the SLO Thursday Farmer's Market while you listen to live music, oogle fresh produce and artisanal products, while the smell of delicious food lingers in the air. By the time you reach Foremost, you'll be prepped and ready to go for a great meal.

Day 2: Have Coastal Adventure

Use more of your Morro Bay Adventure Pass today. Whether you go on a sub-sea tour, kayak adventure, or grab the catch of the day, you'll be able to see Morro Bay from a different perspective...the Pacific Ocean!

Make sure you leave some time though. The Grand Rooms at Hearst Castle are something you will not want to rush through. Check out how William Randolph Hearst entertained his guests at his castle on the hill in San Simeon. You'll be able to meander through the Assembly Room, Refectory, Billiard Room, Theater, Gardens, and both the magnificent Neptune and Roman pools.

We know it's going to be difficult to leave after just two days in SLO County. So why not make it a full weekend! The adventures are endless on the Central Coast, so we invite you to stay a while.

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