Can you believe that 2011 is shortly coming to a close? As we come roaring into 2012 we have the chance to reflect on the year we had and what the future may bring to us. December allows us the time to gather, reflect and rejoice in all that we have. It also is a time that we are able to give to others.
SeaVenture management and staff joined together to collect food for the San Luis Obispo Food Bank this year at our annual Holiday Party. It was so impressive to see the staff, one after another, coming in with bag after bag of canned goods and non-perishable items. Tables for each department became stacked high, so much we had to add on other tables to hold everything! Bags and boxes were packed up and delivered to the Food Bank at the conclusion of our party. What a great feeling to give back to those less fortunate than ourselves.
Running a restaurant and always having a full walk in of food, as well as what I find in my own pantry and home refrigerator often makes us forget about how plentiful most of us have it. However, just not in other countries, but right here at home, many suffer.
Here’s to wishing you a Holiday Season filled with cheer, reflection, good tidings, true meanings, helping others, and togetherness. May those ideals carry with us not only at this time of the year, but all the year through.
In celebration of the 65th Annual Pismo Beach Clam Festival, some interesting facts about the Pismo Clam and the large part of history it carries for Pismo Beach.
Did you know?
The Pismo Clam is one of the largest types of clams found along the California Coast. These clams can reach up to several inches in length, with the largest Pismo Clam being on record at seven and three-eights inches long and around 26 years old.
These specific clams are credited for bringing in an enormous amount of tourism to the Pismo Beach area. It was believed that at one time an estimated 150,000 people once sought out these clams in Pismo Beach during a single weekend. Now, however, due to many hungry Sea Otters, the amounts of clams that can be found on the beach of Pismo has dramatically decreased. Also, in 1986 a “No Fishery” rule for clams was imposed, as a way to try and preserve most of these clams.
Although the clam can be found sometimes in entrances to bays, sloughs and estuaries, they are most commonly found on broad, sandy beaches that have strong surf.
Every October the City of Pismo Beach holds their annual “Clam Festival”, as a way to honor and celebrate all that the Pismo Clam has done for the City. This is a two day long celebration and has numerous activities and events for people of all ages. This year’s festival kicks off on Saturday, October 15, with a surf contest, The Clam Festival Parade, The Famous Clam Chowder Cook Off, and a Beer and Wine Pub on the pier.
On Sunday, October 16, there will be a clam dig for kids 11 and under, a “Surf and Bubbles” event, and a Beer and Wine Pub again on the pier. Both days will also have live music, vendors and great entertainment as well.
Stop in to the SeaVenture or sample our tasty clam chowder and join in the Pismo Beach tradition!
Can you believe that a week from today is Christmas Eve? I surely don’t know where the month of December went, much less 2010! In this hectic time of year our days are filled with; running around, decorating, cooking, baking, shopping for the perfect gift for your loved one, gathering with friends and family, and travelling to and fro. Hopefully, there is some time in the holiday chaos where you are able to stop and think about the year that is soon to end and the one soon to begin.
SeaVenture employees and managers kicked off the season spreading joy and goodwill with a wonderful holiday party. This year we mixed things up a little bit and did a baking contest. Boy, do we have some talented employees! We had so many wonderful sweet treats. Giuseppe’s fine Italian food provided the catering and we had enough delicious Italian food to last us atleast a week! It was a joyous and festive occasion, and so special to all be able to gather together like this.
Every day each and every one of us at the SeaVenture enter our prime Pismo Beach beachfront location to put in a days work of making sure each and every guest has the most perfect experience while staying with us. When we stop for a moment and take a minute from our very important jobs of making beds, doing laundry, checking in guests, preparing a wedding reception meal, booking groups of travellers and ultimately making a guests experience the best ever, there is so much to see. It is no wonder that so many of our guests find this to be such a treasured and true destination for them. One fall evening a few weeks ago, I walked down from my office to the most stunning of fall sunsets I think I have seen in all my years here. What a most remarkable place to work, to have guests stay and experience, to create special memories that last a lifetime, stories to pass down to generations, and to have the ability invite others to place their toes in our lovely stretch of Pismo Beach and feel the good life.
To you and yours… From SeaVenture Staff and Management, we wish you the happiest of holidays and look forward to welcoming you back time and time again in 2011. From the beach, Cheers!
This Friday, February 12th kicks off our Friday Wine Nights. This was a huge success through the late summer and fall and we are looking forward to branching out to many other local area wineries, so look forward to exciting things to be happening. Vina Robles will be pouring this Friday. They are a Paso Robles winery, in a beautiful oak studded location directly off of Highway 46 East.
A little something from their website http://www.vinarobles.com in regards to their wines: The wines reflect the terroir that is Paso Robles, the warm climate delivering rich, sweet fruit with ripe rounded tannins. Vina Robles wines are modern, emphasizing fruit intensity, balance and accessibility. Lush and seductive upon release, they will hold well for a number of years and will continue to develop complexity with cellaring.
Frank Lucio, a local saxophonist will be playing to add atmosphere to your wine sipping. The event takes place from 5 pm – 8 pm and is a free event that includes 3 tasting tickets per attendee. There is really no other way to start off the Valentine’s Weekend better. Take your Sweetheart out for a sunset at the beach, sip Vina Robles wine, maybe even completely treat your taste buds with dinner at the SeaVenture Restaurant. It should be a splendid evening.
Can you believe that Thanksgiving will be here in a matter of days. Soon we will be feasting on turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and endless pumpkin pie. Then what comes next is rounding the corner into Christmas. Fall has treated us well here at SeaVenture Resort. Beautiful warm fall weather has made for the perfect opportunity for pristine beach walks, off shore winds have provided the most sparkling blue ocean and cloudless nights have allowed for delightful star gazing. The monarch butterflies are up to a count of close to 9,000, more this year than last year, and the grove is just minutes away from the resort, we also have a great package running to take advantage of this most phenomenal occurence. We are offering a 3 course Thanksgiving Feast from 1 – 7 pm with all the festive fare. Fall is a fabulous time of year to visit the beach, please come see us, stop by and say Hi after a stroll on the beach, or catch an early sunset sipping a cocktail or a local glass of wine at the bar. Holiday Cheers!
SeaVenture Resort is celebrating California’s Wine Month with Wine Month Fridays and this past Friday’s kick off was a wonderful success. Every Friday in September, local wineries will be pouring complimentary tastings from 5:30 – 7:30 and we have local live music from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.
The weather could not have been more perfect, and about fifty guests came out to indulge on Tolosa Winery pouring tastes of some of their most perfect creations. Local to SeaVenture’s music scene, Tim Jackson rocked the deck overlooking Pismo Beach. Many guests stayed on for dinner as well, and took the opportunity to watch the sunset over the Pacific.
Wine Month Fridays continue, with Wolff Winery and CT and Tommy Lee this Friday, September 11th, Chamisal/Domaine Alfred with Louie Ortega on September 18th and Wood Winery with Tim Jackson back for a second time on September 25th.
Come enjoy with us, the sun, good sips and live music….and all for free. Hope to see you all the next go around.
On August 12th SeaVenture Restaurant hosted their first Central Coast Wedding Professionals Mixer and what a spectacular night it was! Chef Treaver Lynch provided a spread of food that became the happiest subject of the evening. Everything from the amazing cheese board to include our house roasted almonds and marinated olives, shrimp cocktail, the amazing duck confit tacos, scallops on phyllo pastry, mushroom tarts….. and then to top it off with shot glasses filled with chocolate mousse and chocolate covered strawberries. The bar whipped up a tasty concoction known as the Blushing Bride which was sure to look so fancy in a martini glass. Two mock wedding ceremonies were set up out on the beach with the help of amazing floral designer Jenny McNiece www.jennymcnieceflowers.com to showcase our two newly handbuilt wood arches, one in a natural tone and the other all white. Two of the areas most wonderful photographers Johnathon of BluePhoto, www.bluephoto.biz and Melissa Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick Studios www.fitzpatrickstudios.com took some unbelievable shots. Being that the evening was so foggy, I didn’t know what to expect, but both came through with more than I could have ever asked for. Our own General Manager, Chet Hogoboom played out on the Terrace with his band CT and Tommy Lee www.ctandtommylee.com as vendors grooved away the evening with his tunes. The mixer seemed like a hit, vendors were able to check out our venue, try our food, enjoy our view and just spend an enjoyable August evening beachfront here at the SeaVenture. Thank you all our vendors for attending, hope to see you back working your magic at the next SeaVenture wedding!