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What’s New in San Luis Obispo County – New Hotels, Attractions, Restaurants and Wineries to Entice Travelers this Summer/Fall

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What’s New in San Luis Obispo County
New Hotels, Attractions, Restaurants and Wineries to Entice Travelers this Summer/Fall

San Luis Obispo County, California (June 16, 2016)– San Luis Obispo County, located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California’s Central Coast, offers many new reasons to visit this summer and fall. From new and renovated hotels and new breweries and distilleries, to a county-wide CowParade public art installation, San Luis Obispo County is a bustling hub of culture, culinary and coastal offerings. Stay for a weekend or plan a week with all the activities and new accommodations highlighted below.


For more trip planning information, itineraries and lodging booking, check out www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com.

New Lodging, Renovations and Added Amenities

Historic Cass House Re-Opens, Cayucos
Dating back to the 1800s, the Cass House was renovated in 2008. The House had closed its doors the last few years and has now re-opened its intimate guest House (Inn), Venue, Bakery and Grill. The House features five elegantly decorated guest rooms. Guests can step into the Bakery kitchen, starting at 7am, to pick from a selection of baked goods warm off the rack. The Grill at the Cass House offers a menu using selectively sourced ingredients from the bounty of the Central Coast. Guests are invited to gather in the pavilion and enjoy a meal prepared with seasonal ingredients complemented by the flavors of their wood burning hearth.

456 Embarcadero Inn & Suites Remodel, Morro Bay
The newly remodeled Inn features a brightened interior and exterior, introduces boutique lodging aspects and creates cozy seaside rooms, while carefully preserving the warm, family feeling that has kept guests happy and returning for years. Each room at the Inn has a view of the bay and several suites have a full kitchen.

Embassy Suites Undergoes Multi-Million Dollar Renovation, San Luis Obispo
The Embassy Suites by Hilton San Luis Obispo is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation to transform their rooms and public spaces. Full room modernization is in progress and is scheduled to be completed Fall of 2017.

Inn at the Pier to open in 2017, Pismo Beach
Pismo Beach anxiously awaits the opening of the Inn at the Pier, a 104-unit craftsman-style hotel slated to open in 2017. Reminiscent of a luxurious beach house, Inn at the Pier will be located in the heart of downtown with unrivaled proximity to many restaurants, shops and the iconic Pismo Beach Pier and Promenade. Featuring a rooftop bar and full-service restaurant with unparalleled views, it will be the perfect location for every occasion!

Courtyard by Marriott Remodel, San Luis Obispo
The Courtyard by Marriott in San Luis Obispo has just completed a $1.7 million remodel renovating its guest rooms and suites to ensure maximum relaxation in true sophistication. The project also brought the addition of The Bistro restaurant, open for breakfast and dinner, a re-imagined lobby along with upgrades to the hotel’s fitness center and outdoor living space. Visitors will see and feel a difference the moment they walk into the lobby or step foot into one of 139 guest rooms or suites with fresh carpets, draperies, light fixtures and wall vinyl.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites  of Atascadero Expansion and Restaurant Addition 
The Holiday Inn Express announces the expansion of an additional 1,400 square feet of meeting/event space, and the opening of a new restaurant and bar June 2016! The event venue features abundant natural light and can be divided into two smaller rooms.  Event space totals 3,000+ square feet.  The restaurant, Marston’s 101 Restaurant & Cocktails, is a modern, wine-country eatery featuring a full bar with craft cocktails, local wines and craft beer.  The California-cuisine dishes use local ingredients, while the centerpiece of the menu – the wood fired oven – turns out a wide selection of delicious options for lunch and dinner.
The Canyon Villa B&B Offers Spa Services, Paso Robles
The Canyon Villa is now featuring spa services including a Hot Jade Massage. The Villa is the only Bed & Breakfast offering this treatment on the Central Coast! The jade rocks were hand-formed to contour to the different areas of the body. Jade is a very powerful way to naturally release toxins from the body, remove stress and improve overall well-being. It is the ultimate therapy for relaxing and revitalization.

NEW Dia Feliz Spa at The Cliffs Resort, Pismo Beach
The Cliffs Resort is proud to present Dia Feliz Spa, the newest luxury spa on the Central Coast. Dia Feliz offers everything for the traveler to rejuvenate their body and renew their spirit with custom facials, massages and body treatments. Guests of Dia Feliz Spa will have full access to the resort pool, jacuzzi and sauna.

News in Craft Brews, Distilleries, Wineries and Culinary Experiences

SLO Brew Expands and Adds The Lofts and The Rock, San Luis Obispo
This year, SLO Brew moved and expanded, and is now composed of three venues, The Brew, The Rock and The Lofts, giving the community more options for entertainment, accommodations, dining and hanging out. While The Brew maintains its local spirit by serving up gastropub fare with its intimate shows, The Rock offers expanded brewing capacities, event spaces, a tasting room and a restaurant. Perched directly above The Brew, The Lofts feature contemporary one-, two-and three-bedroom suites.

NEW Little Tree Brewing Opens in Grover Beach
The new startup, Little Tree Brewing is open Friday to Sundays, pouring tasters, pints and growlers of West Coast-style beers brewed with East Coast yeast sourced from an old New Jersey brewery. The team invested about $100,000 in brewing equipment, including 1-barrel kettles and 3-barrel fermenters with the ability to brew up to 25 barrels of craft beer.

Barrelhouse Brewing Co. (BHBC) Opens in Downtown San Luis Obispo
January 8th, 2016, marked another chapter in BHBC history, introducing the BarrelHouse Speakeasy. Step through the street level front door and follow the stairway down as you transcend into the prohibition era. The BHBC Speakeasy features year-round offerings, draft specialties, as well as highly sought after Reservado De Robles Barrel-Aged Beers and Salvaje De Robles Sour and Wild Ales.
Re:Find Distillery Has Big Plans for Paso Robles’ Historic Fox Theatre
After being vacant for three decades, the historic Fox Theatre will soon be the new home of Re:Find Distillery. The owners of Re:Find Distillery and Villicana Winery purchased the theatre with a vision to restore it into a distilled spirits tasting room, production facility and possibly a restaurant or club member lounge. Reclaiming and restoring the building not only fit perfectly into the Re:Find mission  –  finding new ways to use discarded materials  –  it will also be a passion project for the couple reviving a part of Paso’s history. The renovation is anticipated to take two to three years to complete.

NEW Bethel Rd. Distillery, Paso Robles
Bethel Rd. Distillery and Winery will be opening in Templeton, CA in 2016. The business is currently in the final stages of construction with hopes to be open in the fall. Bethel Rd. specializes in small-batch hand crafted wines and spirits with an emphasis on Grappa and Brandy. Once open, the tasting room will feature wine and spirit tastings in an inviting and inspiring atmosphere.

NEW SLO Provisions, San Luis Obispo
At the intersection of rustic and refined, SLO Provisions offers all-day take-away and dine-in options with house-roasted rotisserie meats, family-style dinners, specialty sandwiches, farm-fresh salads and rustic-style baked goods, as well as signature drinks, coffees, wine and beer. A commitment to local ingredients and small-batch purveyors ensures that dishes like Spanish bocadillos and black-eyed pea salad enliven the senses, while proprietors Dwyne Willis and Steve Bland pour on plenty of Southern hospitality to make each and every guest feel like a friend.

Madonna Inn introduces Chocolate & Wine Pairing, San Luis Obispo
Enjoy gourmet chocolate truffles paired with local wines. Guests can choose from two flights: House Wine and Chocolate Pairing ($10) – choice of 2 gourmet chocolate truffles and a tasting of Madonna Inn Private Label Cabernet, Chardonnay, and White Zinfandel. Premium Chocolate Pairing ($15) – choice of 2 gourmet chocolate truffles, and tasting of three premium wine selections.

Pasolivo Tasting Room Opens in Downtown Paso Robles
Downtown Paso Robles is the new home of the Pasolivo Olive Oil Tasting Room. Following a successful year at the international olive oil competitions – winning a total of five gold medals and eight silver medals – the new tasting room is the first satellite tasting room for Pasolivo. Located in the heart of Downtown Paso Robles, visitors can sample the award-winning olive oils, specialty foods and luxury bath and body products.

NEW 60 State Park Restaurant & Lounge Opens, Morro Bay
The $2 million renovation at the iconic Inn at Morro Bay has been completed. Guests can now discover and delight in the bounty of California’s Central Coast at the Inn’s prestigious 60 State Park Restaurant & Lounge. Offering an innovative dining experience thanks to Chef Steve Smeets, the new menu showcases local fresh seafood, colorful produce and world-class wine of the region. The Inn’s new bar and lounge includes a wine room, and prides itself on serving craft beer and spirits, seasonal farm-to-bar cocktails and an extensive wine list with local wines.

Lone Madrone Offers A New Private Tasting Experience, Paso Robles
Lone Madrone Winery, located in the Adelaida District on the Westside of Paso Robles Wine Country, launched its new private tasting experience. Available by appointment only, guests will enjoy six (6) wines during the guided tastings, which features specific vineyards, library wines and the unique varieties championed by winemaker, Neil Collins. Private tastings are available with a confirmed reservation any day of the week for $25/pp.

Halter Ranch Vineyard Opens New Tasting Room
Halter Ranch, located in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles Wine Country opened its new tasting room featuring sweeping views of the vineyard with floor to ceiling windows. The design is driven from local rustic cabins and barns and incorporates various uses of wood, cedar siding and rusty metal roofing. The Ancestor Room is a private tasting space named after the property’s largest Coastal Live Oak on record. The back patio features an exterior seating area adjacent to large doors that lead to the caves and winery.  The tasting room is open daily, 11am – 5pm. Vineyard tours and tasting experiences are available by appointment.

Niner Wine Estates Opens Chef’s Garden
Niner Wine Estates is a 100% estate grown winery with a restaurant that is obsessive about ingredient sourcing. In 2016 owners planted a Chef’s Garden with the long-term goal of providing the Restaurant with 100% of its produce needs, while using the smallest footprint possible. The garden is designed and planted with space and water efficiency, biodiversity and sustainability in mind.

Breakaway Tours Offers Paso Robles Distillery Tours
Catch the buzz about the new Distillery Tour – A crafty alternative while in wine country! 
Paso Robles Distillery Trail offers tasting rooms and tours highlighting the Craft Spirit movement that has landed in a big way here on the Central Coast. Breakaway will transport you in style, comfort and safety, introducing you to the distillers. Lunch is served with a “twist” (family style) at Fish Gaucho Restaurant; complete with table side cocktail demonstration & recipe card! Private charter only.

New Activities to Explore

NEW Morro Bay Tourism Website and Pet-Friendly Map 
The newly launched www.MorroBay.org embraces the latest in technology and depicts the seaside village of Morro Bay the way they see it every day: simply breathtaking. Filled with incredible imagery, special links highlighting things to do, special events, places to stay, eat and drink, family friendly activities, the new site includes a link for LGBT travelers, those traveling with their pets and seasonal promotions and discounts. The website shows how Morro Bay is the ideal place for kayaking, biking, fishing, beach combing and just plain relaxing year round, offering visitors detailed descriptions of all there is to do in the quaint town. Morro Bay has also put together the Morro Bay Pet-Friendly Trail map for visitors to more easily navigate this beautiful destination with Fido. Whether you are looking for overnight accommodations, dog-friendly parks and beaches, restaurants or shops, this is the tool to help you plan your visit to Morro Bay.

NEW Pismo Preserve to Open in Fall 2016
Adventure awaits at the Pismo Preserve! The 900+ acre coastal ranch land has been forever preserved for the community and wildlife benefit by the Land Conservancy of SLO County. Nearly 11 miles of new and expanded trails have been constructed for hiking, mounting biking and equestrian use, offering sweeping views of the coastline from Point Sal to Point San Luis and amazing inland views of Edna Valley. The property opens to the public late 2016.

NEW Docent-Led Tours at the Monday Club, San Luis Obispo
The Monday Club SLO, established in 1925, is a dedicated group of women serving the community of SLO and maintaining the historic, Julia Morgan designed building. The Club is now offering docent-led tours every Monday from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Here, visitors have the opportunity to tour one of the architectural gems of the City of San Luis Obispo.

Cow Parade Comes to San Luis Obispo County
A stampede is headed to San Luis Obispo County! The world’s largest public art exhibit is coming to SLO County. Over 75 cities and 200 million people worldwide have participated in CowParade, one of the most successful art endeavors ever. Artists have until August 2016 to finish their creations and in September 2016, the cows go on parade! A CowParade Map will guide visitors to view 101 cows stationed throughout SLO County. In May 2017, the cows will be auctioned, with proceeds benefitting The Land Conservancy of SLO County, ArtsObispo and the Heritage Foundation – California Mid-State Fair.

SLO Beer Week
SLO Beer Week, a week-long celebration of beer in San Luis Obispo! Events take place October 16-22, 2016 and will include a CollaBEERation, showing of “Craft: A California Beer Documentary”, Beer Geek, Thursday Night Market Tasting, Somm Versus Cicerone Dinner and a Best of the Fest seminar.  SLO Beer Week will showcase San Luis Obispo’s budding craft beer scene and create business and awareness for craft breweries.

Margarita Adventures Introduces a New Attraction: The Double Barrel Tandem Ziplining Experience, Santa Margarita
Visitors can now enjoy Paso Robles’ first ever tandem zipline at Margarita Adventures. The new adventure, playfully named the Double Barrel, takes riders on a side-by-side tour traveling 2,800 feet over steep canyons and through the treetops. It is Margarita Adventure’s longest, fastest and highest zipline. After conquering the Double Barrel, adventure-seekers will cross another new attraction, a 300-foot suspension bridge to the next zip line course – the Renegade – before landing safely back at the ranch.

More to Mention
Pismo Beach welcomes the new Oyster Loft, a fine dining oceanfront restaurant featuring fresh seafood that is delivered daily and thoughtfully prepared in their kitchen. Opened in February 2015, the SLO Skate Park is a new, state-of-the-art facility that is free to the public and beginner skate camps will be offered for those interested. Downtown Paso Robles has seen the new addition of Catch Seafood Bar and Grill as well as the newest tasting room/wine bar – Wine O Clock. Paso Robles also welcomes the opening of the new Adelaida Cellars’ 8,200 square-foot tasting room, as well as San Antonio Winery’s new winery facility this summer. The City of Atascadero welcomes Street Side Ale House, which opened in January of this year, offering a variety of local and national craft beers on tap, a lively environment and a menu full of delicious upscale bar food.

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