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Courtyard San Luis Obispo

1605 Calle Joaquin Road · San Luis Obispo, California 93405 USA

Discover San Luis Obispo

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Our staff looks forward to welcoming you to SLO! With year-round sun, more than 80 miles of coastline and dozens of premier wineries, San Luis Obispo is guaranteed to be one of your favorite destinations.


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Wine Country

The wineries of SLO Wine Country claim an average distance of just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, resulting in prevailing marine conditions that are among the most distinct of any wine region in California. SLO Wine Country includes two small adjoining areas - the Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley - as well as other nearby wine growing areas. Each of these regions share a unifying proximity to the ocean, and these growing conditions result in a wine quality that is native to the SLO Coast.

Nearly two dozen wine varietals are grown in SLO Wine Country, reflecting both the distinctions of the geography and the talent of the local winemakers. Burgundian varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are particularly recognized for excelling in our region, while Rhône varietals, including Syrah and Viognier, have also come on strong in recent years. The SLO Coast is also distinguished by the quality of its aromatic whites, including Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. In the warmer mountainous areas, you will also find Zinfandel and classic Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

 

Your Guide to SLO Wine Country

For a complete guide to SLO Wine Country, download the Wine Tasting Map  
here.
Our list features the closest vineyards to our location, along with their tasting hours:

Stephen Ross Wine Cellars Thurs-Sun 11am to 5pm

Edna Valley Vineyards Mon-Sun 10am to 5pm

Autry Cellars Mon-Sun 11am to 5pm

Filipponi Ranch Thurs-Sun 11am to 5pm

Baileyana WineryMon-Sun 10am to 5pm

Biddle Ranch Vineyard Thurs-Sun 11am to 5pm (seasonal)

Tolosa Winery 11am to 6pm daily

Clesi Wines Fri-Sat-Sun 11am to 5pm

Kelsey See Canyon Mon-Thurs 11am to 5pm | Fri-Sat 11am to 5:30pm

 

Organized Tours

Organized tours are a safe and eco-friendly way to experience SLO Wine Country. Breakaway Tours accommodates large groups while offering couples and smaller groups the opportunity to join "blended tours" that include a gourmet picnic lunch as well as educational insights into local winegrowing and winemaking. 101 Wine Tours offers you flexibility and unparalleled knowledge of the Central Coast. Uncorked Wine Tours specializes in private, personalized, and customizable wine tours and can accommodate small and large groups. They also offer shuttling services to weddings and winery events.

Downtown SLO

Downtown San Luis Obispo offers a variety of attractions within a few blocks. In the heart of downtown, visitors can explore the famous Thursday Evening Farmers' Market which brings a fiesta of produce, crafts, barbecue, street food and live entertainment to the streets. The historic California Mission de Tolosa is a favorite along with museums like the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. Downtown SLO also boasts one-of-a-kind boutique shopping.

Hearst Castle

Years ago, William Randolph Hearst decided to build his dream home in San Luis Obispo County. This magnificent 250,000-acre estate consists of four homes, 165 rooms, 127 acres of gardens, 41 fireplaces, two pools and even a private zoo. This landmark with its terraces, pools and walkways commands a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean.

Hearst Castle is one of the world's great attractions and is one of the most popular tourist attractions along the Central Coast and in California in general. There is a large visitor center including an exhibit, a National Geographic movie theater with a five-story screen, a gift shop and food service. The Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument is 43 miles north of San Luis Obispo via Highway 1. Open daily, tours leave at regular intervals from 8am to 5pm.

Pacific Coast

With four great beaches less than 20 miles away, San Luis Obispo is the place to visit when you want to find the perfect beach treasure, polish your surfing skills, or spread out on a blanket and relax. To decide which beach is right for you, check out the information below!

Avila Beach

Located in downtown Avila Beach, the actual beach itself is one of the most family-friendly on the Central Coast. Featuring six BBQ pits, volleyball courts, picnic tables, kayak rental and more, Avila Beach is known for its picture perfect weather and adorable sea lions. When you're not splashing around in the water, go for a walk on the Avila Beach Pier or pop into the downtown strip for authentic tacos, shopping, and chatting with the locals.

Pismo Beach

Long white beaches and a 1,200-foot pier make Pismo Beach a classic beach town. Spend the day kiteboarding, fishing, surfing, or lounging on the beach, and then head into town for a bite to eat and some shopping. Pismo Beach is also dog-friendly, so bring your furry companion and grab the family for a terrific day along the California coast!

Shell Beach

Considered an unincorporated city within Pismo Beach, Shell Beach is a quaint beach city providing visitors with gorgeous views and plenty of space to spread out. Hop on your kayak and spend the morning exploring tide pools and coves followed by a picnic on the picturesque cliffs. Don't forget your water shoes - the sand is known to be a bit rocky!

Morro Bay Beach

Known as both Morro Rock Beach and Morro Bay Beach, the beach draws visitors interested in relaxing in the sun or learning about natural history. Morro Bay features a massive, 576-foot volcanic plug known as the Morro Rock, which is registered as a California Historical Landmark and is closed to the public. Visitors can also enjoy lots of open space for picnicking, sandcastle building, exploring and more.

With all of the fun-filled activities available to you here in San Luis Obispo, we're sure you'll be happy during your stay. For those looking for even more fun and adventure, check out the Central Coast Outdoors, a nearby touring company, who can customize a variety of outdoor adventures for you on your visit in SLO.

Local Flavors

No matter your preference, you're guaranteed to find a meal and dining experience that will more than satisfy! Local restaurant menus typically feature farm-to-table plates, local beer and Central Coast wines. This gives visitors a real opportunity to dine SLO style. Here are a few great San Luis Obispo restaurants to try while you are here:

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