“Man versus Food” Comes to the Central Coast

San Luis Obispo, CA — A local restaurant put the Central Coast in the national spotlight last night. The Rib Line on Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo was featured in an episode of “Man Vs. Food Nation” on the Travel Channel. Adam Richman, the host, coached high school teacher Naader Reda, of Ventura, in attempting to defeat the “Brahma Bull Challenge.” The challenge means eating three pounds of tri-tip, sandwiched between a sliced sourdough loaf topped with barbecue sauce or salsa. Reda tried to beat the current record of 42 minutes. Reda beat the record by two minutes. He will now get free lunch every Friday at the Rib Line. The Rib Line also has a location in Grover Beach. If you missed the airing, visit travelchannel.com for their updated schedule.


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.

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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New Hyatt Comes to Santa Barbara

Hyatt recently announced the official name change of Hotel Mar Monte to Hyatt Santa Barbara. This much-loved 80-year-old landmark oceanfront hotel has been undergoing extensive renovations since February 2011. The first phase of renovations included 91 guest rooms as well as landscaping and décor in the lobby, pool and deck area. This October, the renovation will resume with the remaining 80 guest rooms and all function space receiving a makeover, with all areas expected for completion in 2012.

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Going Coastal — With the London Free Press

The coastline between Big Sur and Carmel, Ca., offers vista points on practically every corner. (PAUL TURENNE, QMI Agency)

Check out this recent travel story at the London Free Press.

“Whoever built California’s coastal Highway 1 must have done so on a bet.

There’s really no other justifiable reason that the 144-kilometre stretch of coast between Carmel and San Simeon should have any kind of connection between it. Unless, of course, you count the fact it is one of the most stunning landscapes on the planet.

The road certainly doesn’t exist to service the area’s population. There have to be fewer than 100 people who live on that stretch of coast – a truly remarkable thing, considering the density of much of the rest of California, and a testament to the unmanageably rugged nature of the state’s Central Coast. Continue reading

Sea Otter Pup on Exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

June 30, 2011: At just 9 weeks old and weighing 11 pounds, she’s the youngest and the smallest sea otter pup that they’ve ever had on exhibit. She’s spending time with Joy, our most experienced mentor mom who can show her all the things a young otter needs to know. Continue reading