Cayucos Sea Glass Festival

Sea glass can be a beautiful and fascinating thing. Pieces of glass, worn and weathered by the sea, are transformed from man-made material to organic-like items sparkling like gems along the coast.

If you’re often captivated by these drops of color in the sand or want to see the creativity others use with their found sea glass, check out the Cayucos Sea Glass Festival. On March 10 and 11, sea glass enthusiasts and artists will have all their unique creations on display and for sale.

Oh, and did we mention, the Taste of Cayucos is going on at exactly the same time? Listen to music, grab a bite to eat, then head over to see myriad of sea glass creations.

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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

A Magical Night in Paso Robles: Vine Street Victorian Christmas Showcase

by Tina Swithin, Travel Paso Robles Alliance

IndexAs you all know by now, I am smitten with Paso Robles.  They just don’t come any more charming than Paso!  There are so many events throughout the year that add to the appeal of this fabulous town.

One such event (and one of my personal favorites!) is the Vine Street Victorian Christmas Showcase.  This isn’t just another holiday event to add to your calendar, this is a must-do!  Grab your friends, your neighbors and your co-workers and create a new family tradition.        Continue reading

Cayucos Christmas by the Beach

Courtesy of Cayucos Chamber of Commerce

Join in on the holiday spirit and visit Cayucos this holiday season for their 4th Annual Christmas in Cayucos! It’s considered “America’s Coolest Small Town” and you won’t want to miss the cool holiday event they’re putting on.

On December 9, 2011 there will be plenty of entertainment with free horse drawn carriage rides, childrens activities, tree lighting, strolling carolers and a visit from Santa. And, of course, a great chance to do some holiday shopping at local Cayucos shops along Ocean Avenue.

Free Wintertime Fun for Travelers in Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, courtesy of Santa Cruz County CVB

Santa Cruz County may be known as a Nuclear-Free and Hate-Free Zone, but that’s not all that’s free! Budget-minded travelers have a plethora of options this fall and winter season.

Check out the Top 12 Free Things to Do in Santa Cruz County courtesy of Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Bureau.

Experience the Holidays in Ojai

Photo courtesy of Ojai Visitors Bureau

The holidays are approaching and it’s always fun to explore new shops when searching for a gift for that special someone. If you’re in the area or just want to treat yourself to a small getaway, eager shoppers or travelers will definitely find enjoyment in Ojai.

Best stated by Ojai Visitors Bureau, “Ojai’s boutiques, galleries and specialty shops make holiday shopping a pleasure. Every store is original – without a chain store to be found – and every shopkeeper is happy to help. There is also free parking throughout the town.”

See Santa’s Top Ten Favorite Ojai Shops!

Ventura’s Fall Festivities Keep Summer Alive!

While most of the country gears up for chilly weather in the fall, Californians can enjoy the outdoors for months after Labor Day.  From beachside festivals to wine galas under the stars, Ventura coaxes visitors and residents into taking an extended summer vacation.  Here are some fantastic upcoming events to enjoy the Central Coast of California:

Paint Ventura invites people of all artistic abilities to tap into their creativity and support the arts.  Highlights include exhibits by local artists and workshops focusing on a variety of media, open to adults and youth for free or for a small fee.  The event itself is free and takes place on September 9-11; times and venues vary daily.  More information is available at http://www.paintventura.com.

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