Posts Categorized: Local Happenings

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 »

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 »

Crazy Skinny Men on Wheels Ride Amgen into Pismo

The world of professional cycling is more than a little bizarre. Young people, some of whom look like a strong wind would blow them over, sit on unbelievably narrow, hard seats pedaling at top speed over more than a hundred miles. Without stopping. Day after day. The professional tour is visiting Pismo Beach on May… Read more »

Save This Wine Event Calendar

As we are writing this, a lot of lucky people are descending on Paso Robles wine country for the Vintage Paso – Zinfandel celebration (March 20 – 22), and we are too late to let you know!    That’s our bad, and we are sorry for it. Why?  Because Pismo Beach + SLO winemakers give you… Read more »

Did You Spring Ahead or Fall Flat on Your Face?

I don’t know anyone who actually likes changing to Daylight Savings time. It’s a hassle. You forgot how many clocks and watches you have that need adjusting, and most of them tell you a different time after you change them (can’t do them all at once!). Changing the clocks in my car is the worst… Read more »

Alert! There’s A Dinosaur at Your Birdfeeder!

Can you believe this? That Townsend’s warbler feasting  at your backyard feeder is a direct descendants of dinosaurs. Really. Our thoughts sometimes turn to birds and nature this time of year because San Luis Obispo County is the destination for lots of migratory species. They like our winter weather as much as we do. It… Read more »

Is New Year’s Just an Excuse for a Party?

Here’s the key point:  New Year’s Day is an arbitrary date.  Someone had to choose it, and make it stick.  Now, January 1 is our tradition, and it’s hard to think of anything else.  But it wasn’t always so. When you think about it, any first day of any month could start the New Year. … Read more »

Holiday Treats in SLO South County

One of the nicest things about the holidays is that everyone is welcome. The time brings out the best in us, when giving truly is more important than receiving. There’s also a lot of community activities that we share to celebrate the season. Here in South County, we have a wide variety of fun festivities,… Read more »

Pismo Founder’s House Found

The heading of this post is a bit misleading, because the 1893 home of John and Andrea Price wasn’t really lost, but if you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you, right? Anyhow, the house, other structures, and the grounds are a living legacy of the early days of Pismo Beach, and one of the… Read more »

How to Tame the “Dog Days of Summer”

Those of you who are antiquities majors already know this, but for the rest of us it may surprise that the “dog days of summer” goes back to Greek and Roman times. They associated the hot, humid days of July and August with the rise of Sirius, the dog star, during that same time. The… Read more »