Looking for a little romance with Valentine’s Day almost upon us? How about a trip to California’s Central Coast?
Glistening blue waves, lush vineyards and golden sunlight beckon as they welcome you to San Luis Obispo County, rich in charm, romance, and breathtaking beauty. Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the region’s diverse landscape isn’t simply where romantic dreams are made. Mere moments from shimmering beaches, world-renowned wineries, and gorgeous pastoral vistas, San Luis Obispo County boasts a one-of-a-kind backdrop for every couple.
Allow 80 miles of pristine coastline and spectacular swaths of untouched forestland to ignite your heart’s desire. Among the surf, sands, and soil, discover copious options for love-stricken couples looking to cherish quality time together. With so many idyllic activities to choose from, and in the spirit of love and Valentine’s Day, explore these top five notions for planning a romantic outing and weekend away.
Set Your Heart on Fire – Moonlit Bonfire on the Beach
Beach bonfires are an especially romantic treat enjoyed along Central California’s coast any time of year. Watch the sunset light up your love’s eyes, light a fire in the sand and relish the warm glow of the flames as you listen to the waves and roast s’mores on one of the many San Luis Obispo County beaches. Take the experience even further with Beach Butlerz, which creates a memorable occasion with one of their five beach bonfire packages, including a romantic beach bonfire complete with a canopy and plush pillows. Just select a beach in Cambria,Morro Bay, Cayucos, Avila, Pismo, Grover or Oceano, and Beach Butlerz will set up the experience so all you have to do is arrive, sit back, relax and fall in love.
Take Your Love to New Heights – Exploring Beautiful (and Historic) Lighthouses
Point San Luis Lighthouse and Piedras Blancas Light Station are each located on expansive coastal vistas alongSan Luis Obispo County’s Central Coast. These iconic, historic structures hold a romantic allure and both offer spectacular tours. The Piedras Blancas Light Station is managed as an historic park and wildlife sanctuary and is part of the federally designated Outstanding Natural Area. Originally built in 1890 and beautifully restored, the Port San Luis Lighthouse provides a glimpse into the lives of lighthouse keepers and their families. The lighthouse also offers a stunning backdrop for that perfect engagement or wedding day. Let your love shine as the two of you go hand-in-hand on a tour of a lighthouse. After the tour, head over to the San Luis Obispo Little Theater for an evening show. It’s a quaint, intimate venue that is one of the oldest continuously running community theatres in the nation.
Enjoy A Hearty Sweet Treat – Wine and Dine Your Love
Wine tasting in San Luis Obispo County can be filled with romance, especially when it includes a visit to one of the 250+ award-winning wineries in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. Find a quiet spot to lay a picnic blanket and open a bottle of wine, along with some fresh fruit, cheese and bread. Hire someone to do the driving for you like Breakaway Tours, 101 Wine Tours, or Uncorked Wine Tours. Discover beautiful vistas and rolling hills, or perhaps Heart Hill Vineyard at Niner Wine Estates, featuring a naturally occurring heart-shaped grove of blue oaks. End your evening dining in downtown Paso Robles, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo or Arroyo Grande where your taste buds will fall in love with the sweet treats of farm-fresh cooking.
Will Your Love Go the Distance? Hiking in San Luis Obispo County
Explore one of the dozens of trails in San Luis Obispo County, like Montaña De Oro State Park, one of area’s most stunning and serene coastal locations. Explore the seven miles of rugged coastline, secluded beaches and coastal plains, and 8,000 ocean-front acres of hiking, biking, equestrian trails, breathtaking coastline, cliffs and tide pools. Immerse yourself in a hike to find wildflowers, then relax on the sandy shore at Spooner’s Cove. Kick of your shoes and dip your toes in the water as you enjoy the sun setting amidst the ocean backdrop and emerald rolling hills.
Get Hitched – Take the plunge in San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo County is the perfect place to take your love to the next step. Discover intimate chapels, historic missions, charming churches, and picture-perfect vineyard venues as unique as your love. Exchange vows under the branches of an ancient oak tree or say, “I do,” amidst the brilliant fauna of a centuries-old adobe garden. Your choices are varied, vivid and all within San Luis Obispo County.
February is Romance Month in San Luis Obispo County, where you and your sweetheart can delight in a collection of deals to help plan a romantic getaway. Explore luxury oceanfront resorts refreshed by invigorating coastal breezes, wine country bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals ranging from hip to quaint, and modern hotels boasting cutting-edge amenities, local color, and unforgettable epicurean delights.
In February 2016, enter the Visit San Luis Obispo County Mini-Moon Giveaway, for a chance to win a two-night stay in San Luis Obispo County, with lunch, dinner and activity gift cards. Visit www.visitsanluisobispocounty.comfor more information.
SOURCE Visit San Luis Obispo County
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