Foto Friday: Avila Apple Festival

Happy Foto Friday!

The Avila Apple Festival is coming to Avila Beach October 4-5, 2014! The event will feature a farm-to-table dinner on Saturday night at the Avila Valley Barn and a downtown Vendor Fair on Sunday. There will also be apple grower booths, vendor booths, contests, arts and crafts, kids activities and more.

Photos by Brandon Gable

  

 

Foto Friday: Whales in Shell Beach

Foto Friday!

Photo by Vincent Shay of Avila Beach Paddle Sports. Click here to see more photos from Vincent and be sure to check out the kayaking and SUP excursions during your next visit!

Vincent captured these photos while out on a kayak excursion in Shell Beach. Here’s what he said: “Team Pale Paddlers from Texas got to taste a bit o’ Central Coast beauty and witnessed humpback whales up close and personal while on tour in Shell Beach. This one came right at me I could touch it. Thank goodness I had my GoPro Hero 3+. Awesome!

 

Foto Friday: Magic Moments

Foto Friday!

Whale watching along the Central Coast has been extraordinary this summer! The whales have been active for the past few weeks and have been visible from both boat and land. Come out and see for yourself! These magic moments will forever be a memory of your time spent on the Central Coast of California!

Photo by Amy Joseph of Central Coast Pictures

 

Foto Friday: Sweet Summertime Sunsets

Sweet Summertime Sunsets!

Happy Foto Friday! We hope you’re enjoying those sweet summertime moments wherever you may be! Billy Ritter captured this unbelievable sunset along the Highway 1 Discovery Route in Cambria, Ca.

This summer, explore the Highway 1 Discovery Route and share photos of your experience along the way! Post pictures of your travels to our Facebook wall and we will pick a winner to feature on our blog every Friday!

 

 
 

Foto Friday: Father’s Day in WineCoastCountry

 

 

Happy Foto Friday!

We chose this photo in honor of the upcoming Father’s Day weekend! Wishing everyone a wonderful & relaxing Father’s Day! May it be filled with a lot of Wine, Coast, and Country!  Click here for ideas of events and things to do this weekend.

 
 
 

Foto Friday: Family Fun in WineCoastCountry!

Happy Foto Friday!

With summer just around the corner, you’re probably tying to think of family-friendly vacations to embark on over the next few months. Well, look no further! We have developed a 7-day Family Fun Itinerary along the Highway 1 Discovery Route for you to enjoy! Click here to see details!

We hope you enjoy today’s photo of ‘Bubbles & BBQs’ by Renee Hathaway‎.

 

Natural Beach Adventure on HWY 1 Discovery Route

Four Days of Naturally Adventurous Travel in Cayucos, Los Osos Baywood Park, San Simeon and Ragged Point

Day 1: Arrive in Cayucos, California

Arrive in Cayucos along WineCoastCountry.com’s Discovery Route. Easy access by Amtrak, San Luis Obispo Regional Airport (SBP) or by auto along several of CA’s great highways that lead to San Luis Obispo County including State HWYs 101, 1, 46, or 41.

Overnight in Cayucos at one of the many hotels or vacation rentals or B&B’s

Cayucos is the perfect small California beach town and a great home base for an adventurous vacation. Head to the historic Cayucos Pier, a beloved landmark along which you can learn about the history and restoration efforts as part of Wine Coast Country’s Stewardship Travel Program.

Grab your hiking shoes and water and head out to explore the amazing coastal hikes near Cayucos.  Estero Bluffs and Harmony Headlands State Parks take you from breathtaking oceans views to marine terrace grasslands. For all the nature lovers, hikers, photographers, artists and bird watchers out there, these walks are for you.

Day 2: Discover Los Osos Baywood Park

11 miles, 15 minutes from Cayucos

Los Osos is the gateway to one of the most spectacular ocean side parks in the country, Montana de Oro State Park. This is a nature lovers dream with trails to rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, canyons and the 1,346-foot Valencia Peak.  Biking and equestrian trails invite exploration. Locals Tip: Spooner’s Cove is a fabulous place to hang out on the beach, have lunch, and go tide pooling.

Los Osos Baywood Park is off the beaten tourist path making it a wonderful place to explore.  If you’re looking for a forest with more than 200 species of plants, 110 kinds of birds, 22 species of mammals and 13 species of reptiles, then find your way to the El Moro Elfin Forest, a hidden forest comprised of California Live Oaks.

Day 3: Explore San Simeon and Ragged Point

23 miles, 30 minutes from Cayucos

The small town of San Simeon sits on either side of HWY 1 where fishing, hiking and bird watching adventure awaits. Not only is some of the best whale-watching here but these waters are home to a sea otter preserve and a rookery for elephant seals.  Head to San Simeon Cove to explore bluffs, the Pier or rent a kayak to explore the water from a completely different perspective.

At the northern tip of the Wine Coast Country Highway 1 Discovery Route is Ragged Point, also known as the gateway to Big Sur. Bring a picnic and eat on the lovely open grassy lawn, or grab lunch from the restaurant. Take the trail head down to Ragged Point Beach for impressive cliff and coast views.

Day 4: Beach adventure in Cayucos

Wrap up this adventurous getaway with a stroll or horseback ride along the beach in Cayucos. Connect with the wildlife on the Pacific Ocean from a kayak as you explore the kelp forests and remote beaches.  Or simply walk along the quaint old-fashioned main street to check out the many shops, restaurants, and the magical Brown Butter Cookie Company.

Don’t miss a taste of the local wines.  Stop by Cayucos Cellars, one of the seven wineries along the Pacific Coast Wine Trail. Locals Tip: Before you leave town, make sure to try the clam chowder at Duckie’s Chowder House or the smoked albacore tacos at Ruddell’s Smokehouse – two local faves!