South Coast Sojourn: Exploring the Quaint Coastal Communities Surrounding Santa Barbara

When taking the ultimate road trip along Highway 101, Santa Barbara is a stop many consider a must and rightfully so. The Spanish-inspired architecture, vibrant downtown and array of seasonal festivals and events make it an entertaining destination for so many. But it’s the small coastal communities surrounding the more famous town that are also making their mark on the map. During a recent Sunday cruise up the coast, it was easy to see why. Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day on the Central Coast

While it’s inevitable that you’ll fall in love with the beautiful coastal scenery and quaint towns along the Central Coast, this Valentine’s Day, share a bit of that coastal love with a friend or companion.

Here’s an article posted by Weekend Sherpa.com for a great Valentine’s Day-inspired bike ride in San Buenaventura State Beach along with a stop at The Jolly Oyster.

California’s Central Coast Visitors Guide & Map for 2012, Just Released

The 2012 Central Coast Visitors Guide & Map for the Central Coast Tourism Council (CCTC) has just been published by Striker Media Group. This beautiful 84-page guide covers four spectacular regions of California’s central coast: Channel Islands Region; Santa Barbara Region; San Luis Obispo Region, and Monterey Bay Region.

You can view and download this guide and map from the CCTC’s website. They are also available at California Welcome Centers throughout the state and eight international California Tourism offices. And, if you take a road trip along the coast (one of the most beautiful in the world), you will come across the guide and map at area Visitor Centers, Chambers of Commerce and local attractions.

Special Holiday Events on the Fillmore & Western Railway Co.

Fillmore & Western Railway Co.

If you’re like most visitors to a new place, you love experiencing historical landmarks or famous attractions found in your destination. So, when you’re near Fillmore, California this holiday season, check out the Fillmore & Western Railway Co.

Fillmore & Western Railway Co.

They offer multiple special events including the Christmas Tree, Santa Shopper, North Pole Express and Dinner With Santa.

See all the special events and Train Rides the Fillmore & Western Railway Co. offers throughout the year!

Paso Robles is Pet Friendly!

by Tina Swithin, Travel Paso Robles Alliance

If you’ve ever found yourself in the doghouse for vacationing without your best friend, I can help you to thoroughly redeem yourself. I double-dog-dare you to grab your favorite furry friend along with a leash and head straight for Paso Robles. Whether you are seeking hotels, wineries or restaurants—there are people anxiously waiting to shake Fido’s paw and welcome you both with open arms.

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Without further ado, here are my trip recommendations:

Pet Friendly Hotels and Inns:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Hotel Cheval (under 80 lbs)
La Quinta Inn & Suites 

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CBS Los Angeles Reports on the Spectacular Ventura Wine Country Trail

vineyard Tour the Ventura County Wine Trail

(credit: Desiree Eaglin)

Next time you are headed up or down Highway 101 and you see the off-ramp for Ventura, add some time to your trip to explore this fantastic destination!
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Gingerbread Wonderland in Paso Robles!

By Sasha Irving, Studios on the Park

Planning a visit to Paso later this month? Make plans to get into the holiday spirit at Studios on the Park! Opening December 1st, the charming Gingerbread Wonderland show will feature unique gingerbread houses created by local children, teens, and adults. Entries will reflect this year’s theme of “Winter White,” which is also the title of an accompanying fine art exhibition.

Guests young and old are invited to marvel at the creativity, skills, and seasonal spirit on display and vote for their favorite work. Three People’s Choice winners will be announced at the First Saturday: Wine & The Arts Opening Reception on Saturday, December 3. From 5 pm to 7 pm, enjoy appetizers, wine, and live music while you meet the talented artists

Visitors can also get a jump-start on the festivities by signing up for a Gingerbread Wonderland House-Making Workshop with Chef Andre Averseng of Dining With Andre. On Friday, November 25, Saturday, November 26, and Sunday, November 27, come to Studios on the Park and make a holiday gingerbread house of your very own. For just $45 per house, Chef Andre will share his decorating secrets and provide expert guidance to ensure you leave with a gingerbread masterpiece. Forms and decorating supplies will be provided as well.

Space is limited so don’t miss this sweet opportunity to bond with family and friends while creating tasty works of art.

The Gingerbread Wonderland show will be on display for the month of December. Studios on the Park is open to the public Thursday: 12 pm – 6 pm, Friday & Saturday: 12 pm – 7 pm, and Sunday: 12 pm – 6 pm. Admission is free.

Note to Paso Robles residents and interested visitors: All exhibited gingerbread houses will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Studios on the Park’s Kids Art Smart Program. Through this important program, more than 2,000 public elementary students have visited Studios on the Park for hands-on professional art classes completely free of charge. They have created original works of art in mediums such as marbilizing, watercolor, collage, ceramics, and printmaking. Ordinarily these students, more than 47% of who are considered low-income and at-risk, receive no formal arts education in elementary school, resulting in a lost opportunity to develop creative thinking and personal expression. Kids Art Smart changes that but additional funds are needed to ensure that students from Georgia Brown Elementary School and Kermit King Elementary Schoolcan also experience the joy of art in the Spring.

Sasha Irving is the Programs Director of Studios on the Park and the Coordinator of the annual Paso Robles Festival of the Arts. Proud to be a native Paso Roblan, she is also a member of Balet Folklorico Cachanilla and an usher at Old Mission San Miguel Arcangel.  For more information please visit www.studiosonthepark.org or call 805.238.9800.

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