Central Coast Entertainment: Crystal Gayle at MidState Fair, Tuesday July 22

Crystal Gayle

P-hor_CrystalThe California Mid-State Fair offers up all types of great entertainment. While some of the concerts require purchasing a ticket in addition to the fair’s entrance fee, other concerts are “free” and a part of the fair’s entertainment. This year there are many “free” concerts worthy of your attention.

Coming up on Tuesday, July 22 with shows at 6:30 and 8:30 is Crystal Gayle. Gayle’s been on the top 25 top country music charts several times. You may remember her debut single, “I’ve Cried the Blue Right out of My Eyes,” which was written by her older sister, Loretta Lynn. There’s an interesting factoid for you – who knew the two were related? Remember Loretta Lynn from the movie “The Coalminer’s Daughter”?

Gayle’s fourth album, “We Must Believe in Magic,” helped her became the first female artist in country music history to achieve platinum album sales. Driving the engine of the album was the song that has become her career signature song: “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” CMA’s “Female Vocalist of the Year,” for two consecutive years, she became a Grammy Award Winner for “Best Female Vocal Performance,” thanks to her beloved “Brown Eyes.” As her music and her career path widened to mainstream audiences, so did her accolades. She is the recipient of three “American Music Awards,” voted by the nation as America’s “Favorite Female Artist.”

For more information on the Mid-State Fair and their musical line-up visit their website here.

Seven Sisters Beer & Music Festival

Join the fun at the Second Annual Ssevensister-logo_0even Sisters Craft Beer and Music Fest on July 11-13, 2014 at El Chorro Park and Campground.

What’s on tap? Over 40 of the country’s best craft breweries and wineries, 3 days of non-stop music, local food and unique vendors – and camping for the adventurous. In addition to all the great beer and food, the event is hosting a slew of activities during the event including hiking, biking, yoga, golf, and more.

This festival is a celebration of Central Coast beer, wine, food, and the amazing beauty of the area. Tickets range from $35 p/person to $119 p/person for 3 day and VIP access. For more information or to purchase your tickets, click here.



Great Location, Great Hotel!

“great location, great hotel” EW
El Colibri Hotel and Spa

We drove highway 1 from Pismo Beach to Santa Cruz (very scenic… Drive it going north though, that way you are in the inner lane and not on the cliff side! We took 101 to Pismo going south.). We stopped at several places, including Cambria. Cambria is a gorgeous village with lots of great restaurants. El Colibri is on the north end of Cambria. Close to the beach as well as to the restaurants. It is a boutique hotel, very cool and comfy. The rooms are nice, the bathroom is great: it has a nice tub and also a great shower cabin. They also had a nice breakfast included in the room price. We will be back. On the way north, once you pass the exit to the Hearst Castle, look for the elephant seal cove on the left. We saw hundreds of seals just sleeping/hanging out on the beach. It is an amazing sight (stinky too :)!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple

Pismo Beach Classic Car Show – June 20 thru 22

PismoBeachClassicCarShowCome June classic car enthusiasts from the entire Western Region of the USA are likely on their way to this most special Classic Car Show. The classic car show in downtown Pismo beach is one of the largest and finest shows of it’s kind on the West Coast.

The event runs from June 20th through June 22. You’ll have the opportunity to view over 850 of these classic cars, as well as enjoy all the amenities of the lovely beach town of Pismo Beach. For more information, give the organizers a call at 866.450.7469. Or visit their website at: www.theclassicatpismobeach.com

Join Us for “Roll Out The Barrels” on June 19 – 22, 2014

Roll Out The Barrels Wine Event

Roll Out The Barrels Wine Event

It’s almost here: our 24th annual “Roll Out the Barrels” one of the best wine festivals on the central coast, Ca.! Join up for a long weekend of wine and food events over the June 19-22, 2014 weekend.

The festivities begin with a Thursday evening “Barrels in The Plaza” grand tasting adjacent to the historic Mission in downtown San Luis Obispo. Here, the wines of SLO Wine Country are served with artfully paired treats prepared by local chefs. Then, on Friday evening, our wineries team up with area restaurants to offer a selection of winemaker’s dinners to fit every taste.

Over the weekend, you will enjoy a two-day passport to more than 20 wineries offering wine and food pairings, live entertainment, exclusive specials, barrel and library wine tastings and more. Tickets range from $20 on up, depending upon your list of activities.

For more information visit http://www.slowine.com/events/roll-out-the-barrels.php

Central Coast Oyster and Music Festival on Saturday, June 7th 2014

oyst3Calling all “oyster lovers” out there! If you enjoy fresh oysters then this is the festival for you. In it’s third year, it’s already been rated as # 4 of the top ten Oyster Festivals in the U.S. – and the largest on the West Coast?! The festival runs from noon to 8 p.m. in Avila Beach.

This event features 30+ local food & retail vendors, with local beer, wine, cocktails, ALL DAY LIVE MUSIC Lineup, Aphrodisiac Lounge, “Best Oyster of the Central Coast” Chef Award along with Shucking Contest. Access to the event is $20 with food and beverages purchased separately. For more information and to purchase your tickets: http://centralcoastoysterfestival.com/

Karla Bonoff Concert on Friday, June 6th 2014


Karla Bonoff in Concert

Looking for a good Friday night activity? Doesn’t get much better than this: open-air concert at a beautiful and well-respected winery all the for  paltry price of $30 per ticket …. and, it’s a benefit concert to boot!

Harken back to the ’80’s and you will surely remember Karla Bonoff. In addition to success with her own recordings, Karla has seen her songs become hits for such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd and Linda Ronstadt, and many of Bonoff’s ballads are now pop classics. Throughout it all, Bonoff continues to tour extensively, playing sold-out shows around the world. Her show is a heartfelt litany of one hit after another; with her earthy anthems of soul-searching, heartache, and joy shedding light on secrets of the heart that resonate with so many in a way few can muster today.

Few singer songwriters come to town with as impressive a resume as Karla Bonoff, but even that cannot measure up to spending an evening in the company of her and her craft. Accompanying Bonoff on stage will be guitarist Nina Gerber whose melodic touch, when combined with the voice of another musician of heart, creates honest, powerful and beautiful music in an unforgettable way.

Opening the show will be Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Eric Kufs. As the main songwriter for indie folk band Common Rotation, Kufs has released six full-length records and written nearly a thousand songs. With the lyrical poignancy of a Will Oldham, the dynamic voice of a Van Morrison, and the passion of a Bruce Springsteen, Kufs will grace Castoro Cellars’ outdoor stage with his sincere and soulful sound for your listening enjoyment.

This concert benefits Escuela del Rio a day program for adults with developmental disabilities in Northern San Luis Obispo County.

To purchase your tickets visit http://www.castorocellars.com/Events. Tickets are $30 p/person with a BBQ and wine available for purchase at the concert.

Cambria Spa – Relaxation at the El Colibri Hotel and Spa


We always feel ready for a spa treatment.. but how often do we really follow this urge?

buddaThe El Colibri Hotel and Spa makes it easy for you to relax, refresh and regenerate – it’s all in the course of a relaxing stay at our restful hotel.

As part of our stay at the hotel, you receive complimentary access to our rooftop jacuzzi, and our two steam rooms. But with just a bit more planning you can add a most special massage into the mix. Here is a link of our spa services.

Whether your relaxation regime includes beach walks, bike treks, hiking the trails of Big Sur, or simply lounging in our comfortable beds with our woodland views … we hope to make this relaxing visit a most special one.

Visit our specials page for our spa packages, and know that you’ll be well cared for at the El Colibri Hotel and Spa.


All This for Chard Lovers?

Yep – it’s true. TCS-Logo_Primary_Web

The Chardonnay Symposium takes place from May 16th through the 18th at the Dolphin Bay Resort in Shell Beach California. This premier event for the education and celebration of Chardonnay wines brings together winemakers, sommeliers, wine journalists and food/wine enthusiasts from all over the world. What ever group you may affiliate with you’ll be joined by others from all other the world to taste, explore, learn about and appreciate this beloved grape varietal.


So what’s up? Friday evening, May 16th,  Chef Maegen Loring and Jacob Moss will prepare a multi-course Wine Country inspired menu. Each course will be meticulously paired with both internationally and domestically produced world-class Chardonnay wines. Dinner is being held at the LIDO restaurant a the Dolphin Bay Resort. Tickets are very limited.

May 17, 2014, is the TCS Seminar & Panel Discussion and Grand Tasting & Silent Auction in Support of the Cal Poly Wine & Viticulture Program. From 9:30am-12:30pm, the highly-anticipated Seminar & Panel Discussion will be once again moderated by Steve Heimoff, West Coast Editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Past panel topics have included lively debates on the role of oak, unoaked chardonnay, malolactic fermentation, clones, and the heavy manipulation of the chardonnay varietal. This year’s discussion promises to include more topics of great interest and will highlight those wines and producers. Panelists are both domestic and international producers and authorities. From 1pm-4pm, following the Seminar & Panel Discussion, is The Grand Chardonnay Tasting & Silent Auction with early admission at 12:30pm for VIP and media pass holders. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will be donated to the Cal Poly Wine & Viticulture Program.

May 18, 2014- Sunday, many Central Coast wineries will offer ancillary promotions and events in conjunction with TCS, creating a true immersion in the culture of Chardonnay.

So… “YES!” There really is ALL THIS just for you Chard lovers. Don’t miss the fun.

For tickets or more information, please visit: classiccalifornia.com/Chardonnay-Symposium.htm