Looking for an unusual experience and tour?
A visit to the Nipomo Luffa Farm might just do the trick!
The luffa gourd develops at the base of the flower, grow downward at one-half inch daily, and more than one gourd grows on a vine. When some magical moment occurs inside the gourd, it turns off its growing mechanism and begins to change from bright green to yellow and, finally, to brown. It will be hard and dry – shake the gourd and the seeds inside will rattle –and then it’s picking time.
A tour of the Luffa Farm begins with a comparison of commercial luffas grown in other countries and imported here; these other plants are chemically-handled, affecting the feel of the luffas to become stiff and abrasive. Deanne’s luffas, however, have a slight amount of stiffness, but are essentially soft.
“You can use them to wash the car if you want to,” she says. “Our luffas won’t give you raw skin, just a good clean feeling.” They can be used on dishes and can be put in the dishwasher or the washing machine.
After a tour, stop by the gift shop. Deanne also grows a variety of aromatic and healing herbs, using them in products such as hand-poured glycerin soaps, lotions, bath salts, sachets, bath fizzlers and teas, eye masks, and neck wraps.
The Luffa Farm, located at 1457 Willow Road in Nipomo, is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. A free tour requires no scheduling. Groups, bus tours, and school groups are welcome and include a choice of a catered lunch or cookies and tea; reservations are necessary.
Call (805) 343-0883. Luffa Farm products are available online at www.theluffafarm.com.
Looking for local Art?
Art Center Morro Bay
The County houses several galleries and association. One of them is the Art Center Morro Bay.
You can’t miss the large purple building on Main Street in downtown Morro Bay, known as Art Center Morro Bay. This is the home for a variety of local and far away artists who are members of the Morro Bay Art Association.
Special exhibits featuring national and international artists, such as the Pastel Society of the West Coast are presented. Summer 2017 will delight visitors to the gallery with exhibits such as “Homage to the Ranches,” a tribute to the vanishing ranch life, May 4 to June 12, “On and Off the Wall,” with work from The Painters Group and Central Coast Sculptors Group, and “Let’s Rock,” a perspective on Morro Rock, June 15 to July 30, with “Pushing Boundaries-Exploring Abstraction,” a National Juried show, August 3 to September 18. An artist reception is held on Sundays during the first week of the shows.
The center always has a variety of changing exhibits and merits a visit. While you’re in Morro Bay, stay the day – have lunch and a nice walk on the beach.
For more information with the center’s website at: www.artcentermorrobay.org.
The Oceano Dunes are a rare and beautiful piece of nature.
There are a variety of activities to enjoy at the dunes: walk the beach; explore the dunes; hang out at the beach; rent an ATV or Dune Buggy; play volleyball; search for shells; or shop in nearby towns. Interestingly, the Oceano Dunes is the only remaining beach in California where vehicles are still allowed to drive on the sand.
Camping is nearby with the Oceano Dunes ranked the number one place to stay by Reserve America.
Now, get out into our beautiful San Luis Obispo and enjoy nature!
A favorite of the staff at the Lexington Inn SLO is the Cracked Crab restaurant.
Cracked Crab Restaurant
A bit funky and casual, the cracked crab serves up the freshest seafood available here on the central coast. The cracked crab is known for procuring their ingredients from local farmers and purveyors thus ensuring the freshest ingredients possible.
Try ordering their “Signature Bucket” and staff will roll out the butcher paper on the table and bring you a literal bucket of their highest quality shellfish. Along with the sides, this makes for a delicious and abundant meal.
The Cracked Crab is located in Pismo Beach within walking distance of the pier at 751 price street. Open 11am – 9pm Sunday through Thursday, with extended hours on Friday.
Staff at the Lexington Inn SLO, know that San Luis Obispo is home to many fine restaurants.
central coast food tours
A food tour takes you to several restaurants where you get to try to best food that particular restaurant produces.
As you walk from restaurant to restaurant, your guide will share interesting historical and cultural information about the town. The walk through town is at the rate of a nice stroll and offers several opportunities to sit down and enjoy the town and food. Tours last about 3.5 hours and are $78p/person.
Visit www.centralcoastfoodtours.com for more information or to purchase your tickets.
Join us for a trip to the Oyster Festival!
The 2017 Oyster Festival at the Avila Beach Golf Resort is a good time for all – especially oyster lovers! The festival is scheduled for Saturday July 8, 2017 from 12 – 8p.m. The festival promises a good time featuring music all day with five bands, a full bar, aphrodesiac lounge, local food and, of course, delicious local oysters.
Adult entry ticket is $25; Adult tasting ticket is $38; and children’s entry ticket is $10. For more information or to purchase your tickets, go to www.centralcoastoysterfestival.com.
How about a relaxing trip to Sycamore Mineral Springs Spa?
sycamore mineral springs spa
Whether you’ve been working especially hard and find yourself frazzled, or if you just need a pick me up, a trip to Sycamore Mineral Springs Spa may be just the ticket.
While the spa offers all the expected services a spa should, an added benefit to this resort are the natural hot tubs for rent by the hour. These tubs are scattered up a hillside covered with sycamore trees, each tub offers privacy fencing. Imagine yourself soaking in a soothing natural spring water tub with the stars out above. It’s a memory maker!
For more information on the Sycamore Mineral Springs Spa visit www.sycamoremineralsprings.com or call (800) 234-5831.
Plan a visit to the Central Coast Aquarium!
central coast aquarium
Located in Avila Beach right next to the park and steps from the beach is the Central Coast Aquarium. The aquarium offers educational talks and feedings and guests can explore over 50 species of wildlife.
The mission of Central Coast Aquarium is to cultivate a community dedicated to ocean stewardship. The aquarium is committed to providing opportunities for education, engagement, and action by offering a fun, hands-on experience.
The Central Coast Aquarium is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm and Mondays from 10am to 1pm. General admission is $8, $5 for seniors and free for children age 2 and under.
Have you tried Santa Margarita Adventures Zipline Tours?
Santa Margarita zip lines
Located in Santa Margarita on the Santa Margarita ranch you’ll find San Luis Obispo’s best adventure: zipline tours.
You’ll board a bus for a ride up the hill to the launch point for the ziplines. At this height you have a magnificent view over the hills and valley of Santa Margarita Ranch. The 6 ziplines span a total of 1.6 miles, starting with a thrilling 2,800 foot tandem ride and finishing with an unforgettable 1800 trip over the wine vines.
Prices for adults are $119 on weekends and $109 weekdays, children are $89/$79 respectively. For more information or to book go to www.margarita-adventures.com
Where else but in San Luis Obispo would you find a “Bubblegum Alley”?
What exactly is Bubblegum Alley? Exactly what it sounds like: an alley filled street to building top with previously chewed bubblegum! The 15 ft. high by 70 foot long alley is lined with bubblegum of every color imaginable. The alley is located on the 700 block of Higuera Street in downtown San Luis Obispo.
No one is quite sure when the tradition began, although some think is started after WWII as a San Luis Obispo High School Graduating class event. Others think it started in the 1950’s as a rivalry between San Luis Obispo High and Cal Poly. At any rate, the wall continues to grow as modern day enthusiasts continue to contribute to the wall. A visit to Downtown San Luis Obispo is not complete without a visit to this special attraction.