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Fall in Love with Fall on the Central Coast

Autumn on the California Central Coast is a beautiful season. Leaves may not change colors radically, and fall to the ground, but Autumn does mean that all along the central coast, pumpkin patches, as well as other amazing, spooky events sprout up in October. Whether you are in Santa Barbara, San Luis or Monterey County,…

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El Capitan State Beach

There’s something refreshing and rewarding about falling asleep beneath the stars, while pebbles poking through your sleeping bag and gusts of wind that threaten to flatten your tent can’t negate that.  For my family, the allure of camping is heightened by the promise of waking up to the sound of waves breaking against the shore.…

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Oh Maya!

Maya Restaurant in Santa Maria, California is a Keys 2 the Coast favorite for Mexican food.  If you are from the Central Coast, you know that there is no shortage of good Mexican food in Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo counties.   Maya offers a taste of vacation in the Santa Maria Valley. The family…

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Live it Up With Lake Cachuma Camping

  One of the Keys 2 the Coast favorite places to camp is Lake Cachuma. Flanked by the gorgeous Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains, Lake Cachuma is one of Santa Barbara County’s most popular recreation areas. Here, you’ll find everything you need for a relaxing and refreshing experience. Glimmering lake waters, mild temperatures, generally…

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Six Test Kitchen is a Foodies Dream

Six Test Kitchen, in Paso Robles, is a dining experience like no other,  in the heart of Tin City.  Expect to be impressed and thrilled, as each of the 14-courses are presented.  The food and sophistication are astounding, even to the most experienced, well-traveled foodie. Six Test Kitchen is a Setting Unlike Anything I Have…

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Crestview dining room table

Lifestyle and Crestview

One of the main challenges facing families in California, is the cost of rent and perhaps even more so, the cost of housing and home ownership. An obvious issue causing California’s unaffordable housing crisis, is an imbalance between supply and demand. Due to California’s extraordinarily positive attributes, including fantastic climate, cultural and recreational amenities, and…

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Pierfront wine and brew patio

Serenity by the Glass

The old adage that says, “It’s not the destination…it’s the journey,” is never truer than experiencing the drive north or south on the 101 through San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.  The drive, in and of itself, is pure eye candy for nature lovers. Magnificent mountain ranges, ocean views, rolling hills lined with vineyards,…

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Bayside Cafe Front View

Bayside Café, Dining Beside the Marina

Where is the best spot in Morro Bay for lunch? If you ask a local, chances are that you will hear Bayside Café.  This down-home hotspot is a favorite for San Luis Obispo County residents and is hard to beat, with its fine, yet leisurely dining, including a spectacular view of the Marina. Bayside Cafe is family-operated…

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