5 Destinations in San Luis Obispo

A view of the town at Avila Beach.
Photo by Stian Rasmussen

San Luis Bay enthralls visitors from sunrise to sunset. From kayaks to dune buggies, this route reveals all the coastal pleasures and also showcases fantastic, cool-climate Edna Valley wines.



Pismo Beach to  Edna Valley  Road Map

Pismo beach map

5 Places to Visit from Pismo Beach to Edna Valley 

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    Avila Beach

    Kayak, surf or swim in the morning and then walk out on the pier to watch sea lions play in the waters below. Hit the Sinor-LaVallee tasting room in the village.

  2. Photo by Stian Rasmussen

    Avila Valley Barn

    A hit with kids, it features animals to feed and ride, as well as great seasoned corn on a stick. For relaxation, head down the street to Sycamore Springs for a spa treatment.

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    San Luis Obispo

    Downtown packs in dining options, from the recently renovated SLO Brew (overnight accommodations available in the upstairs lofts) to Fromagerie Sophie. Also peek in at the Mission (founded in 1772).

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    Bicycle through Edna Valley

    Even inexperienced cyclists can spin through this gently rolling terrain. Sip on Chard at Chamisal and then try Kynsi’s Pinot Noirs with the cheese pairing.

  5. Photo by Stian Rasmussen

    Sunset at Pismo Pier

    Stroll out onto the pier to enjoy the sunset in this classic beach town. Warm up with Splash Cafe’s famous clam chowder.

    Pier Closure: Pismo Pier is currently closed to the public due to a rehabilitation project. For more details visit  Pismo Pier Rehabilitation

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Published on July 12, 2017
Topics: Travel
About the Author
Matt Kettmann
Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from California.

A fifth generation Californian originally from San Jose, Matt Kettmann covers California’s Central Coast and South Coast for the magazine. He is also the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, where he’s worked since 1999, has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, and Smithsonian, and co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, a music festival.

Email: mkettmann@wineenthusiast.net.

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