San Luis Obispo

Joey and I went to San Luis Obispo for the weekend for the Savor the Central Coast “Mission Heritage Dinner”. We had a nice drive up the coast and arrived in the late afternoon. We checked into our hotel in the heart of San Luis Obispo. Gosh, this little town is sweet! The dinner was schedule to start early evening so we got dressed and headed down to the trolley pickup at the corner. After a short wait, we hopped into the classic old trolley and went to the downtown center where the dinner was being held. We arrived to find the square filled with two long rows of tables all set up so prettily for the dinner. It was situated right in from of the San Luis Obispo mission and it created quite a historic and interesting feel to the whole event.

They offered a wine cocktail hour prior to dinner, put on by all the wineries in the area. They were all serving “large” sampling’s of their wine, you only had to hold your glass up and they would pour! You also got to chat them up about their wine if you were so inclined. Passed hors d’oeuvre were also being served…lots of yummy little treats. This was certainly a foo-foo event and we were so glad we decided to attend.

Eventually we were all ushered to our seats and it was a challenge to find our individual place cards with so many people in attendance, especially as dusk was upon us. But we eventually found our seats, made nice-nice with all our table mates and started to enjoy the meal. Each course was served with a different wine paring, and these were no small tastings! As it turned dark, all the colored lights around the grounds, and the lanterns on the table made it quite a magical event. The food was amazing, although I have to say, it was hard to enjoy all the work they put into the platting because it was so dark. But it didn’t stop us from eating….EVERYTHING!  As the evening drew to a close, we walked around town a bit before catching a taxi back to our hotel.

The next morning we grabbed some coffee and a danish, packed up our bags, and were off to explore some more of this darling little town of San Luis Obispo. A friend had suggested that we stop at The Apple Farm Inn, which is a nice little inn, shop and restaurant. I’m glad we did, it was charming. After wandering through the flourishing gardens of the property, milling about the shop, and buying a Christmas gift for my mom, we eventually were back in our car on this sunny day heading over to nearby Avila Beach.

We arrived at the old working fisherman’s pier. We parked right up to the ocean where there were tons of sea lions sunning themselves on the rocks by the parking lot. Seriously, they were no more than 10 feet away from us. Pelicans and seagulls were interspersed as well. As we approched the pier, we saw fishermen cleaning fish and also stands selling all kinds of fresh fish. If only we had a cooler in the car…oh the things I would bring home.

After walking around a bit, we decided to sit and have a drink and a bite of food at the little cafe towards the end of the pier. The weather was a beautiful cool but sunny fall day so we sat outside and watched the fishermen tossing fish scraps to all the sea lions below. The pelicans got their fair share as well. We shared some clam chowder, steamed clams and some garlic bread. As we headed to our car we noticed on the other side of the pier there were lots of dolphins frolicking in the water. There must have been 4 or 5 of them. The manager of one of the restaurants said he doesn’t see them that often. Anyway, pretty cool to watch.

This was a fabulous weekend. I only wish we could have short get-away’s like this more often.  So impromptu and so much fun!

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