California Wine Month – September 2014

CalWineMonth2014_PosterLove wines, and discovering exciting new vintages? Then September is the month for you to visit San Luis Obispo County. September is “Wine Month” and that means that over 200 wineries in the county will be rolling out the red carpet for guests and visitors to enjoy the local wines.

You’ll find everything from concerts to BBQ’s, to winemaker dinners … and more!

Consult the Paso Robles Wine Alliance, or your favorite local winery for a listing of event

Central Coast Rodeo in Creston, California

logoAll us locals look forward to the Annual Creston Classic Rodeo each year – and this year is no different! This is the 19th year of the rodeo and it takes place on September 11, 12 and 13th at the rodeo arena in Creston – (don’t worry Creston is a one street town – you won’t miss the arena.)

During the three days of events you’ll find everything from barrel racing to roping to steer riding, and all other manner of rodeo activities. This is “the real thing” with locals as well as national competitors.

For more information visit

Central Coast “Brew at the Zoo”

8492341431_beb0f1342d_sLike Beer? How about spending an evening with the animals at Charles Paddock zoo on August 23, 2014 while you taste a bevy of local beers? This is an adult event with proof of age required – All ID’s will be checked at the zoo entrance and guests will receive a memorial glass from the event. The event runs from 5 pm until 8:30 pm.

Please contact the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce at (805) 466-2044 for more information.


Central Coast Olive Festival

pasoroblesolivefestival-s08-3-1Join the fun and learn about all things – olive! This event takes place in Paso Robles’ downtown park August 16th, 2014 from 10 am to 5 pm. For the adults there will be:




  • Olive Oil Tasting
  • Wine Tasting
  • Head to Head Chef Competition
  • Beer Tasting
  • Art Galleries
  • Olive Tasting
  • Cooking Contest
  • Recipes
  • Gourmet Food Vendors
  • Olive Trees and Garden Items
  • The Beautiful Downtown Park!

There are also a number of fun activities for children.

For more information call 805.238.4103




Central Coast Entertainment: Blood, Sweat & Tears on July 24th


The Mid-State Fair is in town from July 16- July 27th and there is a bevy of entertainment for your enjoyment. Admission to the fair is nominal and with that comes a variety of “free” entertainment. One of these free acts is “Blood, Sweat & Tears” co- anchored with “Bo Bice”. This show is scheduled for July 24th with shows at 6:30 and 8:30. What a deal!

Here’s the low down on the acts: “With World Class vocals, musicianship, & a multitude of solid gold hits, BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS is at the top of their game. Vocal dynamo & pop phenomenon Bo Bice fronts the band with a self-assured voice & good looks. They are the band that fused rock, blues, pop music, horn arrangements and jazz improvisation into a hybrid that came to be known as “jazz-rock”. They have won Gold Records, Grammy Awards, the respect of the best in the industry & the love of millions of fans. Hit songs include, “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”, “Spinning Wheel”, and “When I Die”.”

For more information on the fair click here.

Central Coast Entertainment: Doobie Brothers on July 25, 7:00 pm


Yikes – All you boomers out there listen up! The “Doobies” are in town and slated to play the Mid-State Fair on July 25th at 7 p.m. This is a special concert at the Mid-State fair featuring the music and wine….

A little history about the Doobies: “The Doobie Brothers began their career over 40 years ago and have sold over 40 million albums worldwide. They are best known for the songs “Black Water”, “What A Fool Believes”, “Takin’ It to the Streets”, “Minute by Minute” and “Listen to the Music”. Their latest album, World Gone Crazy, serves as an analogy of sorts for the band as a whole. With founding members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, and veteran John McFee, the Doobies have perfectly honored the band’s legacy with an offering that grows in unexpected new directions. The songs on World Gone Crazy all feature Johnston and Simmons as writers and lead vocalists.”

Tickets run $41 – $61 p/person. For more information and to purchase your tickets click here.

Central Coast Entertainment: “Train” with the “Wallflowers” on July 24


The Mid-State Fair starts on July 16 and runs through July 27th. One of the grandstand acts for which an additional fee is charged is “Train” with the “Wallflowers.” The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available from $36 – $56 depending on seating choice.

Train’s latest studio album is California 37, and features the hits “Bruises (featuring Ashley Monroe)”, “Mermaid”, “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” and “Drive By”.  Save Me San Francisco became the biggest selling album of their 20-year career, and featured the single “Hey Soul Sister”, which was the #1 iTunes track of 2010 and peaked at #1 in the US and in 15 countries abroad.  “If It’s Love” and “Marry Me” also hit #1.  Their monster 2002 hit “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” was nominated for five Grammy awards, winning two, including Best Rock Song.

The Wallflowers, fronted by Jakob Dylan, have released six studio albums, won two Grammy awards for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Rock Song for their song “One Headlight” in 1998.

For more information or to purchase your tickets click here.

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