Central Coast “Original Road Trip” Video

Watch video highlights along California Central Coast’s “original road trip”.

There’s a moment at the start of “the original road trip” along the Central Coast when you leave Los Angeles behind and arrive at a separate place. U.S. Highway 101 twists down the Conejo Grade to the farms on the valley floor. The view opens to inland mountains while the Channel Islands appear to float in the offshore mists. Continue reading

Enter to Win a SAVOR CENTRAL COAST Wine-Food-Fun Getaway Valued at $2,000.00!

Sunset Savor the Central Coast is now offering a Food Fun Getaway Contest – click on here to get all the details and enter to win today! Hurry, the sweepstakes ends September 9, 2011!

For more information on this fantastic event go here.

What’s New on the Central Coast of California!

Calling all locavores, foodies and cultural enthusiasts!

Join the epicurean adventure this October and take a bite out of epicure.sb: a month to savorSanta Barbara. The 31-day, community-wide culinary extravaganza provides an opportunity to sip and savor the bounty of The American Riviera!

Urban Wine Trail expands.  In 2006, a group of four Santa Barbara tasting rooms developed the Urban Wine Trail, now 5 years later the trail has expanded to 12 wineries showcasing the variety of wines available in the county and offering unique event space.  www.urbanwinetrailsb.com Continue reading

Monterey, California Travel Deals!

Monterey is offering some great deals right now, for current details take a look at

http://www.seemonterey.com/specials

So Much to Discover

2011 Amgen Tour of California

2011 Amgen Tour of California Route Revealed for Stages 4, 5 & 6

Stage 5, Presented by Rabobank: Seaside to Paso Robles (Thursday, May 19)http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/Route/stages/stage5.html

Start Location: Seaside (City Hall – Canyon Del Rey Blvd.)

Finish Location: Paso Robles (11th and Spring St.)

The Amgen Tour of California will return to Seaside and the Monterey Peninsula once again in 2011, marking the first official race start in this storied location since the race last visited the city in 2008. The race will take the same route down Hwy. 1 through Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, and Big Sur, providing some of the most dramatic and compelling scenery of any location in the world. The route has quickly become legendary among the pro peloton with the Bixby Bridge, towering cliffs, crashing waves, lighthouses, two KOMs, and herds of sea lions that gradually give way to a gentler coast line.

After passing through a Sprint line in San Simeon (home of the Hearst Castle), the race will enter the tranquil seaside town of Cambria, where their main street is lined with quaint shops. A mile later, tranquility will be left behind as the riders start Santa Rosa Creek Rd. The road is narrow, twisting and overgrown with hanging vegetation, making the racers feel like they’ve entered the set of a Harry Potter movie. On this route, if the peloton lets a rider escape up the road, they may never see him again. It will be a constant 2-3 percent grade up Santa Rosa Creek Rd. until the riders reach the 20 percent “Wall.” A steep and technical descent will face the riders as they crest the summit of the KOM.

From here, Stage 5 will offer up some of the most beautiful roads of the 2011 route into Paso Robles as the roads roll past several of the famous vineyards and wineries of the Paso Robles wine region. This is the same long finishing straight to the Downtown City Park in Paso Robles that was used the last time the Amgen Tour of California finished here in 2009. There were thousands of screaming fans to watch the finishing sprint then, and a repeat performance is guaranteed for the conclusion of Stage 5 in 2011.

Stage 6, Presented by Herbalife: Solvang Individual Time Trial (Friday, May 20)http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/Route/stages/stage6.html

Start Location: Intersection of Mission Dr. and 1st St.

Finish Location: Copenhagen Dr.

After a hiatus in 2010, the Amgen Tour of California’s individual time trial returns to Solvang, the quaint Danish village that plays host annually to some of the Pro Tour teams for training camps, as well as some of the largest cycling events in the U.S. With the start and finish lines located only one block apart, Stage 6 will be an ideal location for spectators to view the race. The route will highlight the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, winding through quaint towns, vineyards, and farms, and one short but steep climb up Ballard Canyon. This year’s short, flat and fast time trial will create a challenging test for the riders and is expected to be a decisive day of the race. As in the past, the Solvang time trial will separate the true contenders for the golden jersey from the rest of the field.

For more details…

http://www.independent.com/news/2011/feb/11/2011-amgen-tour-california-route-revealed-stages-4/

For race info, previews, live videos, results and highlights see

http://www.steephill.tv/tour-of-california/

Central Coast Outdoors

The Central Coast of California has some of the wildest coastline and largest unspoiled open spaces in the state. It is home to the crashing surf and hiking
trails of Big Sur, the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, several wine growing regions and a world class National Estuary in Morro Bay. This outfit specializes in incredible California central coast vacations for individual travelers, small group tours or large group tours kayaking, biking or hiking in our natural playground. If you are looking for distinctive adventure travel in the USA or group adventure travel or wine country tours, look no further than Central Coast Outdoors. Take advantage of the owners’ decades of experience in the adventure travel world and learn more about how we can help you explore this natural wonderland by bike, kayak and on foot…

Learn more at

http://www.centralcoastoutdoors.com/

One of the Top 3 Destinations in all of California

California’s Central Coast

If you’re looking for the real California—unspoiled coastline, rolling vineyards, and golden hills— then the Central Coast is the place for you.

Each of the four regions has busy and thriving wine industries and gorgeous towns notable for their classic architecture, history, and contemporary dining and shopping scenes. Anyone who loves the outdoors will find all sorts of things to do on the Central Coast including surfing, kayaking, biking, and fishing. For that matter, the Central Coast’s food scene is as diverse as its outdoor recreation, with fresh seafood restaurants in harbor towns, sophisticated bistros, and even the region’s own home-grown tradition: Santa Maria-style barbecue. And farmers’ markets, including the celebrated Thursday night market in San Luis Obispo, serve up the bounty of the season, whether its delectable strawberries or heirloom tomatoes.

The Central Coast is divided into four distinct regions and has visitor services within each of these areas available to assist you in planning your trip.

Starting from the south, the regions are Channel Islands, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey Bay. These four areas encompass everything you expect from the California coast, with miles of rocky shoreline, dreamy beaches for swimming and surfing, and panoramic views out over the Pacific. But these regions also extend far inland and take in both towering mountains and rolling hills. Some areas are even desert-like too.

This post is about the Channel Islands Region which is home to the coastal cities of Ventura and Oxnard but is about more than the beach too.  Backed by rugged mountain terrain, the arty Ojai Valley looks like a vintage orange-crate label come to life while the region’s Heritage Valley is a fertile agricultural area of farms and small towns.

Come to exciting Ventura, California!  Learn more at:

http://www.ventura-usa.com/

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Experience the Rich Biodiversity and Adventure of the Channel Islands National Park!  Learn more at:

http://www.islandpackers.com/

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Plan your vacation now to fabulous Oxnard, California! Learn more at:

http://www.visitoxnard.com/

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Come Visit the Ojai Valley!  Learn more at:

http://www.ojaivisitors.com/

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Check back and learn more about the Central Coast with future posts looking at other regions.  Or go now to http://centralcoast-tourism.com/ and plan your vacation today!


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In parternship with California Travel & Tourism Commission and the Central Coast Tourism Council