Explore Harvest on the Coast in San Luis Obispo
Harvest on the Coast will take place in San Luis Obispo from Nov. 7-9. Saturday will host perhaps the biggest of the festivities featuring The Grand Tasting Auction where guests will have a chance to win packages filled with wine and lifestyle treats as well as the opportunity to donate to local charities during the Fund-a-Need portion. It doesn’t hurt attendance to host a harvest festival in the recently dubbed, the “Happiest Town in the U.S,” as the charming town of San Luis Obispo already pulls in visitors year-around with its picturesque downtown, stunning coastlines and wine country surroundings.
Although temperatures begin to drop a bit during the autumn months, it remains crisp and sunny allowing the summer outdoor activities to continue. Hiking trails lace the area offering beach landscapes coupled with mountainous terrain for the varietal trekker. The most popular of the trails are Montano de Oro State Park that offers an easy to moderate stroll with coastal views and Lopez Lake with an array of trails for all hiking levels and preferences. Avalon Beach is the top beach spot for sunbathers as well as those looking for a view. Vineyards coat the lush grounds of San Luis Obispo just as the tangs of vino coats the tongues of the samplers. A popular destination for wine tours, Grapeline Wine Tours offer transportation for all day tours, stopping at the most popular of local wineries including Baileyana and Claiborne and Churchill.
In addition to being set between a beautiful olive orchard and a luscious vineyard, Alta Cuesta Orchard and Inn is the producer of an artisan award-winning Italian style extra virgin olive oil. The stunningly intimate cottages are located in the heart of Paso Robles and offer guests a peaceful stay bordered by picturesque landscapes. Extra virgin olive oil tastings are offered on Saturday and Sunday by appointment.
You will find the majestic Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa in the nearby beach gem of Pismo Beach. Known for romantic getaways, the resort offers a lengthy list of spa treatments that are met with luxury service.
Originally built in 1922, Granada Hotel and Bistro still holds center stage as it is the one and only boutique hotel in historic downtown San Luis Obispo. Between their rooftop patio and complimentary bicycles, guests happily float about the grounds and the town. Rates start at $199 per night.
Buona Tavola will feed your Northern Italy craving while you enjoy the benefits of Southern California living. The elegant restaurant’s has served San Luis Obispo residents for well over two decades and remains at the top of the local chatter. Dive into their delectable Italian creations by Chef Antonio Varia; your palate will never be the same.
Ciopinot is recognized for their seafood and pinot. Dabble in their oysters and pair it with a nice white for the ultimate tasteful experience.
Firestone Grill is by far the star of the town, filled with both locals and new arrivals. The joint is known for their succulent tri-tip and out-of-this-world BBQ hamburgers.
Mother’s Tavern will make you feel right home with the family friendly hospitality and the neatly crafted cocktails whipped up by the bartender. The club within operates seven days a week alternating entertainment between karaoke nights and top notch DJs.
Korbel at Blue shows an urban lifestyle in this neatly decorated venue complete with brick walls and fresh flowers to complement the colorful cocktails. However, cocktails aren’t their only specialty making headlines, the bar is known to have an extensively impressive wine list as well.
Calling all whiskey and craft beer connoisseurs! Set in San Luis Obispo, Eureka! gives liquor and beer lovers a reason to go out, as they are an American bourbon and beer bar that produce more than just fine alcohol. Their motto is “eat, drink, and be social” in this flavorful and upbeat atmosphere.