San Luis Obispo Journals

The SLO Life

A travel journal to San Luis Obispo by Emms137

Quote: Having spent copious amounts of time in SLO, I offer you a taste of life in this town on the Central Coast. Nature and outdoor activities are plentiful, and delicious food is abundant. What's not to love?

Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo

Hotel | "Embassy Suites"

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Like all Embassy Suites, SLO's version offers two-room suites, a large atrium, cooked-to-order breakfast, and a manager's reception with complimentary cocktails. It is well kept and clean, offering the traveler a sure bet that they will be staying in a high-quality hotel.The location is decent but could be better. The hotel is located off of Madonna Road in the Promenade shopping center parking lot near the highway. It is pretty quiet at the hotel, but don't expect great views or a beautiful outside area. To get to downtown SLO, you will probably need to take the freeway, but it is a short drive and the freeway is easily accessible from the hotel.There are many restaurants nearby, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 11, 2006

Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo
333 MADONNA RD
San Luis Obispo, California 93405
805-549-0800

Ciel Crepe Cafe (Le)

Restaurant | "Le Ciel Crepe Cafe"

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Delicious crepes featuring all sorts of creative flavor combinations! I am a crepe lover, and I definitely appreciated the tasty savory crepes and dessert crepes available at this cafe. The dessert crepes featuring nutella and delicious central coast strawberries are especially good!

The ambiance is quite casual, there is indoor seating and patio seating, although the patio overlooks the parking lot, so the view could be better. The service was fairly quick and the food was delicious! Some of the combinations may sound a little wild, but give them a chance, you won't regret it.

The cafe also offers bagels, sandwiches, gelato, espresso, pastries, and salads.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 19, 2006

Ciel Crepe Cafe (Le)
3211 Broad Street
San Luis Obispo, California 93401
(805) 783-2014

Steamers of Pismo

Restaurant

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Steamers has a gorgeous location atop a cliff, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the view can't be beat, and is showcased in a full wall of windows. If you can go around sunset, the views will be extraordinary!The ambiance is nice, with cloth table cloths, candles, and a nicely dressed waitstaff. The menu is plentiful, offering a wide variety of seafood, and some other treats as well. Oysters, clams, crab cakes, clam chowder, and much more grace the appetizer menu, while dinners can consist of steak, lobster, crab, and pasta, just to name a few.I had the Mixed Grill, which consisted of steak, rosemary chicken, jalapeno/bacon prawns, sausage, garlic mashed potatoes, and asparagus...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2006

Steamers of Pismo
1601 Price Street
San Luis Obispo, California 93449
(805) 773-4711

Firestone Grill

Restaurant | "Firestone"

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Firestone is a favorite among locals and is best known for its fabulous Tri-Tip sandwiches. Although, I must say that I have loved every meal I have had there. The burgers are delicious (the ABC burger with avocado, bacon, and cheese is amazing) and the fries are well seasoned. Even the salads are amazing, with fresh greens, yummy cheeses, and other delights.

The line can get long, but it's worth the wait. Make your menu selections and then order at the cashier, find a table, and wait for your number to be called—your fresh food is ready for you to enjoy. Eating areas are available in the front of the restaurant, near the bar, and on the patio.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 11, 2006

Firestone Grill
1001 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, California 93401
(805) 783-1001

Avila Beach

Attraction

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Avila is a tranquil beach located on California's beautiful central coast. The beach plays host to hundreds of families, college students, couples, and many other people on a daily basis. Since the beach is very wide, it never seems overly crowded, but there is always an activity going on. The sand is fairly smooth and shells are plentiful near the water. As with all central coast beaches, the water is fairly cold and the beach tends to be breezy, so plan accordingly.Avila is one of my favorite local beaches beacuse there are tidepools and coves at the far end (turn left as you come up to the beach from the parking area, walk under the pier, and keep hiking, you will need to wade through some tide to ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 11, 2006

Avila Beach

San Luis Obispo, California

SLO Farmers Market

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Attraction | "Thursday Night Farmer's Market"

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Farmer's markets are a SLO tradition, and something every visitor should experience. Venture downtown on a Thursday night (from 6:30 to 9pm) for a chance to check out the latest produce from local farmers and eat some fabulous food while mingling with the locals. Dozens of farmers come into town toting fist-sized strawberries, organic vegetables, freshly grown herbs, gigantic avocados, and more. The farmers are friendly and the prices are great. Plus, you know that the fruits and veggies are very fresh! A bit farther down Higuera are the food vendors. You can buy loads of delicious barbecue, fusion foods, pizza, and more from street vendor stands run by local restaurants. Tri-tip is not to be misse...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 11, 2006

SLO Farmers Market
Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, California

Art After Dark

Attraction

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The first Friday of every month, San Luis plays host to "Art After Dark", an evening of art galleries staying open late and offering up appetizers and wine to welcome visitors. Resident artists often play host in their galleries, chatting with visitors and offering insights into their work. The atmosphere is relaxed and enjoyable, with lots of people visiting the galleries and no pressure to buy. It's a wonderful chance to check out all the art that SLO has to offer and a fun and mellow atmosphere. You can pick up a map of the festivities (about 20 galleries stay open late), at any of the participating galleries (there are signs on the windows). Gallery owners are friendly and inviting, offering ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2006

Art After Dark
San Luis Obispo

Wine Tasting in Paso Robles

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Story/Tip

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Wine tasting is a must-do on the Central Coast, with up and coming wineries, which are currently producing some world class wine. A easy 40 minute drive to Paso Robles will offer you dozens of vineyards to chose from. They range in size from very small to industrially large. Some of the commercialized vineyards sell wine at many grocery stores (Sylvesters, EJ Gallo, etc.), while others sell primarily from their tasting rooms.Each vineyard has its own tasting policy. Some offer free tasting, while others charge a small amount (about $2-$5, and a souvenir glass is sometimes included). All of the vineyards I have visited offer a healthy menu of wines to try, allowing you to try many varieties to disc...Read More