Posts By: Lauren McIntyre

Celebrating Romance Never Gets Old

Saint Valentine’s Day is more than an excuse to buy chocolate. It’s a reminder to cherish the one you love.  Happy Valentine’s Day from SeaVenture.

Wet and Wild El Nino, 2016 Version

El Nino 2016 actually appeared. We have had rain! The hills are turning emerald green almost before your eyes, and their echo of the hills of Ireland is only missing the stone fences. This is the favorite time of year of most people who live in San Luis Obispo County. It’s the time we are… Read more »

Buried Treasure in the Dunes

The grandiose 1923 set for Cecil B DeMille’s first version of The Ten Commandments still lies buried and rotting away in the dunes near Guadalupe, CA. This epic story was reprised in 1956 with an all-star cast, better special effects, but in the same Technicolor and with the same director. You can see artifacts of the first version at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center.

The Return of the Monarchs

We’re spoiled living here for lots of reasons, but one of the most amazing is the annual return of a multitude of Monarch butterflies—you cannot look at thousands of these beautiful insects hanging from a tree and not smile. We’ve taken them for granted, but in recent years their numbers have crashed. Their decline is… Read more »

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes: A Perfect Day Trip South of Pismo

Have you been to Pismo? We have lots of guests who have stayed with us over and over again, and many of them still don’t know about the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes complex (aka, the Dunes). They are missing something special. The Dunes complex is an area of almost 22,000 acres that is mostly in a land… Read more »

Welcome to the Clambake

We’ve all heard the bad guy tell his nervous partner to “clam up.” Or have someone tell us that a cold, damp place has a “clammy” feeling. You might think this is all giving clams a bad name, but then there’s the old saying that someone is “happy as a clam.” Though I guess you… Read more »

Surfing Wind and Waves in Pismo

Surfing is in the lifeblood of California culture, and in the bloodstream of a lot of CA citizens. Seems like California kids (boys and girls) get on a surfboard from the moment they can do the breaststroke, and stay at it until the knees totally quit (I mean, there are some really old surfers who… Read more »

Can You Get Wine without Water?

Well, “no” is the simple answer. In most of California, you need drip irrigation or some other form of irrigation to supplement rainfall. But with our historic drought in California, maybe the better question is “can you get wine with less water?” This question really matters if you love your California wines. If the drought… Read more »

San Luis Obispo Biking: Easy to Off-the-Charts Hard

I don’t bike a hundred miles at a time, but I know a lot of SLO residents who do. This county is just the perfect place for anyone who likes to spend time pedaling a cycle, either on the road or on the trail. The weather is Goldilocks (not too cold, not too hot), the… Read more »