Takin’ It Slow in SLO

San Luis Obispo | California

Before the day starts, we recommend catching the sunrise at Pismo Beach. This wide open beach is perfect for a peaceful morning. PRO TIP: You can drive right onto the beach at the end of Pier Ave!

Up early and in need of a good espresso in San Luis Obispo? Check out Scout Coffee for all your caffeine cravings! We grabbed their classic Gibraltar and specialty Strawberry Soda. And it's super cute to boot!

The SLO downtown area is quaint and totally walkable. In-between buildings at 733.5 Higuera St, you'll find the iconic Bubblegum Alley. The walls are covered in old bubblegum, making for a hilariously disgusting spot for a SLO Photo Op. 

Ladies, if you've caught the shopping bug check out Ambiance. It's the cutest boutique! They have a plethora of clothes and home decor to choose from and treat yourself.

Walking down the street, we couldn't help but hop into the soda pop and candy shop Rocket Fizz. Got a sweet tooth but live far away? Lucky for you, this chain can be found across the States!

You can find delicious coffee + kombucha on tap at Kreuzberg Coffee. This funky cafe roasts their own beans, so you know their coffee is super fresh! They also have a lounge with live music and comedy, which is open Wednesday - Saturday evenings for us night owls. You can always find students and artists at this popular work spot.

Craving a pint of beer and patio seating? SLO Brew has been quenchin' thirst since 1988. Not only does Slo Brew serve delicious adult beverages, they also have the tastiest food in San Luis Obispo! We opted for the duck nachos, boat load o' fries, and brussels & bacon. YUM. If you want to stay downtown in the heart of everything, they also have nifty lofts you can rent.

If you have a free afternoon, pop over to Kynsi Winery in Edna Valley. This small winery specializes in top notch Pinot Noir, which you enjoy outside on their adorable tasting patio. We were smitten. Special shoutout to Gina for being so lovely and helpful during our tasting!

Sometimes it's just a short hike to a paradise. For us, it was catching the sunset at Pirates Cove Lookout (click for directions) in Avila Beach. From the parking lot facing the ocean, there are major trail heads to the left that will take you to Smuggler's Cave and Pirates Cove Nude Beach (for the super adventurous). We decided to take a less crowded path to the right of the lot, came upon two pathways, took the right and headed down to a little nook that faced the sunset.

For a romantic dinner, take a short drive to Ember in Arroyo Grande. Each month they offer a fresh, seasonal menu cooked in a woodfire grill. We chomped down on their infamous Grilled "Pollo al Mattone" Jidori Farm Chicken and Scallops with Asparagus. 

Want a specialty cocktail in a cute, casual setting? Look no further than Sidecar Cocktail Co. Their cocktail menu goes on for days! I chose the Scottish Tea Party - a whiskey drink that smells like campfire and tastes like black tea + oolong tea. The super friendly bartenders also offered to make us drinks off menu. In this case, they made a refreshing Central Coast Soul - made with gin, lemon, little sugar, topped with red wine.

We finished our night at SloDoCo. (SLO Donut Company). This incredible donut shop is open 24/7. They also offer fun events while you scarf up their sweet treats, including live music, comedy, trivia nights, game nights, open mic, and movie screenings. PRO TIP: Get there early for the freshest donuts!