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Trip List by slospiker

Living the SLO Life

10 Jun 2006  tired of being a tourist -- bad experience in L.A.
3.5 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

It's all about relaxing like a local in San Luis Obispo, California.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: San Luis Obispo
  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Budget travellers , Tourists, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Uptown Espresso

    For coffee, the favorite shop is Uptown, where the owner Randy knows his customers (and their drinks) by name. For a pre-breakfast snack be sure to try their Big Blue muffins (excellent blueberry muffins), but be sure to get there early as they're often gone before nine (in the morning). Also a great place to people watch.

  • 2. San Luis Obispo Mission
    San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County

    Take a stroll in front of the Mission in San Luis, pausing to watch little ones play in the bear fountain (a tribute to the many bears which populated the area...hence the name of the town Los Osos several miles away). Sit down and listen to the music flowing from Cisco's eatery if it's a weekend. And if not, just enjoy the beauty of the scenery.

  • 3. Country Culture Yogurt

    This yogurt store sells the best frozen yogurt in San Luis Obispo, and possibly anywhere else...be sure to get a waffle cone! Grab a yogurt as a mid-morning snack (or a small lunch) and endulge while relaxing by the San Luis Creek, cooling your feet off with the other creek-goers.

  • 4. Window Shopping

    While strolling the main streets Marsh and Higuera, enjoy local artisans' work at the art galleries. John Ramos shows off his work at Hands' Gallery on Higuera, and much other work can be viewed simply by window shopping. Seekers of eclectic gift items might travel to Full Circle to engage their whimsical side.

  • 5. "Lunch"...and lots of People Watching

    The favorite local spots for lunch are Pizza Solo and Mondeo Pronto in the Downtown Centre. Try the amazing Solo Stix at Pizza Solo (pizza dough brushed with olive oil and topped with gooey mozzerella cheeze) or one of the fantastic (and healthy) wraps at Mondeo Pronto...my favorite is the Asian Spa. As spectacular as these two lunch spots are, the view is the real reason they get their customers...it is the place to people watch in San Luis (by the way, "Luis" is pronounced "lewis," not "loouie" -- making a mispronunciation more than once is a felony in the eyes of some)...as the main walkway between Marsh and Higuera, the path gets a lot of walkers, where the eclectic fashion sense of locals and visitors alike can be viewed for free! And it is often an amazing show.
    For a fancier lunch try eating on the patio at Venni Vai Trattoria (excellent calzones) or Mission Grill.

  • 6. Scenery Abound

    After lunch, take a drive out in the wine country. Even for those non-wine drinkers, the view is great. Drive out Orcutt until it intersects with Tank Farm and turn left, following the road for as long as you want. It will lead you past Seven Peaks Winery (the local favorite) as well as the many other wineries in San Luis. Visit the tasting room of some of the wineries, if only for the view of the vineyards (they often have an even better one than the road!)...Seven Peaks is again my suggestion. Tour, tour, tour to your hearts' content, possibly ending up in the town of Arroyo Grande (the end of the road leads here)...if you want to go back to San Luis turn around or turn right on one of two roads which lead to Broad Street (aka Hwy. 227) and turn right on Broad, then follow it back downtown. Enjoy the drive!

  • 7. Spirit of San Luis Restaurant
    Spirit of San Luis Restaurant, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County

    For dinner, hit up the Spirit of San Luis (they close early sometimes, so call to check the hours). Located at the airport, it's a great place to watch the little planes fly in and out of, and has a beautiful view of the countryside. Be sure to say hi to the owners Doug and Julie, who love to talk to their customers!

  • 8. Petit Soleil, Bed and Breakfast
    Petit Soleil, Bed and Breakfast, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County

    Hit the sack at the quaint and homey Petit Soleil, in walking distance from all of the downtown attractions (less than a mile). It is a lovely place to spend the end to your relaxing day in San Luis Obispo.