San Luis Obispo enjoys a Mediterranean climate with year-round sunshine, spectacular natural scenery, a bustling college town vibe, charming shops, restaurants and world-class wineries.
The town’s historic downtown area brims with beautiful turn-of-the-century architecture, boutiques, art galleries, museums, and shops while excellent restaurants, buzzing bars and chic cafés create a vibrant atmosphere. The magnificent working parish church of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa stands in the center of the city, and Thursday nights see one of the largest farmers markets in the country come to life.
The Edna and Arroyo Grande Valleys are home to critically acclaimed wineries where some of the world’s best vintages can be sampled. A glorious landscape of lakes, mountains and beaches around the town makes for fantastic outdoor adventures, from hiking and biking to horseback riding and sailing.
Where to Stay: Petit Soleil has 15 rooms with an European flair and is close to downtown.
Where to Eat: Novo Restaurant & Lounge serves global cuisine on a romantic patio with views and sounds from the creek below.
Don't Miss: Downtown SLO Farmers' Market on Thursday nights features live music, 120 vendors and delicious each such as ribs, sausage, and BBQ. The market is held on Higuera Street, between Osos and Nipomo streets.
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