Our Local Recommendations!

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Our Local Recommendations!

Food scene
Good cocktails and plates, cool vibe. In the ‘Village’ of Arroyo Grande.
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Mason Bar and Kitchen
307 E Branch St
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Good cocktails and plates, cool vibe. In the ‘Village’ of Arroyo Grande.
Lovely little Italian restaurant in the Village.
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Gina's Italian Cuisine
138 East Branch Street
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Lovely little Italian restaurant in the Village.
A safe bet for lunch and dinner. Enjoy the wide selection of beers while a village rooster or two struts around outside.
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Rooster Creek Tavern
200 East Branch Street
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A safe bet for lunch and dinner. Enjoy the wide selection of beers while a village rooster or two struts around outside.
Excellent restaurant in Arroyo Grande near Grover. Top notch Californian food. Call or get there early as there’s often a wait.
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Ember Restaurant
1200 East Grand Avenue
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Excellent restaurant in Arroyo Grande near Grover. Top notch Californian food. Call or get there early as there’s often a wait.
Tasty, inexpensive little Mediterranean cafe/restaurant in the Arroyo Grande Village. Remember to grab the sauces!
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Jaffa Cafe
206 East Branch Street
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Tasty, inexpensive little Mediterranean cafe/restaurant in the Arroyo Grande Village. Remember to grab the sauces!
Homemade ice cream, local favorite. In the Village.
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Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab
114 Branch Street
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Homemade ice cream, local favorite. In the Village.
Nice little local brewery in the ‘Village.’
Humdinger Brewing
116 W Branch St
Nice little local brewery in the ‘Village.’
Cute cafe in the Village for a cup of joe and muffins!
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Cafe Andreini
131 East Branch Street
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Cute cafe in the Village for a cup of joe and muffins!
Tasty Mexican, in the Village
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Villa Cantina
106 E Branch St
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Tasty Mexican, in the Village
Santa Maria style bbq and huge tri-tip sandwiches in a modest, no-frills place (though the rustic barroom has its charm and is where you can enjoy an Old Fashion or a beer while you wait). A favorite of carnivorous locals. Located in nearby Nipomo.
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Jocko's
125 North Thompson Avenue
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Santa Maria style bbq and huge tri-tip sandwiches in a modest, no-frills place (though the rustic barroom has its charm and is where you can enjoy an Old Fashion or a beer while you wait). A favorite of carnivorous locals. Located in nearby Nipomo.
If you’re in Pismo, and like tacos, this humble hole in the wall offers the best taco selection on the central coast- 15 different kinds of tacos! Order to go and enjoy at the Pier!
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Papi's Grill
1090 Price St
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If you’re in Pismo, and like tacos, this humble hole in the wall offers the best taco selection on the central coast- 15 different kinds of tacos! Order to go and enjoy at the Pier!
Wonderful cafe in Pismo for breakfast.
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Honeymoon Cafe
999 Price Street
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Wonderful cafe in Pismo for breakfast.
Less than a mile away, cute little farm and shop where you’ll discover local produce, an assortment of gourmet foods, various gifts including garden gifts, and a "Critter Corral" of farm animals. Enjoy the relaxing browse!
Windmill Farms
1275 North Thompson Avenue
Less than a mile away, cute little farm and shop where you’ll discover local produce, an assortment of gourmet foods, various gifts including garden gifts, and a "Critter Corral" of farm animals. Enjoy the relaxing browse!
Wineries
The wineries listed below are close by; for other wineries a little further, we like the Edna Valley area which includes many great wineries you can find on the Yelp app
Scenic winery for tastings; bring a picnic! Close by.
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Laetitia Vineyard & Winery
453 Laetitia Vineyard Drive
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Scenic winery for tastings; bring a picnic! Close by.
Great wines for tastings, and spacious seating. Only a mile away!
Peacock Cellars
1543 Los Berros Rd
Great wines for tastings, and spacious seating. Only a mile away!
Hiking Trails
San Luis Obispo county is rich with hiking trails! We recommend that you download the “All Trails” app to get excellent descriptions . Here’s a few of our favorites...
Moderate level. Expansive trails with ocean views much of the time, and beautiful oaks!
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Pismo Preserve
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Moderate level. Expansive trails with ocean views much of the time, and beautiful oaks!
Ontario Ridge Trail via Shell Beach Road. Amazing ocean views! Moderate level.
Ontario Ridge Trail Access
121 Avila Beach Drive
Ontario Ridge Trail via Shell Beach Road. Amazing ocean views! Moderate level.
Easy walk across a small pretty lake; you can keep going on the deck path through the sand dunes and out to the ocean.
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Oso Flaco Lake
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Easy walk across a small pretty lake; you can keep going on the deck path through the sand dunes and out to the ocean.
Easy stroll on hills and through oaks, towards San Luis Obispo.
Johnson Ranch Loop
Easy stroll on hills and through oaks, towards San Luis Obispo.
Rent some bicycles in Avila Beach and enjoy the easy ride on this paved trail along sycamores (nice for walking as well). About midway along the trail, there’s a little deli to grab a bite or a glass of wine.
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Bob Jones City to the Sea Bike Trail Park & Ride
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Rent some bicycles in Avila Beach and enjoy the easy ride on this paved trail along sycamores (nice for walking as well). About midway along the trail, there’s a little deli to grab a bite or a glass of wine.
It’s also called Madonna Mountain Loop. Moderate level. Wider-sized trail. Check “All Trails” for directions on accessing the trail.
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Cerro San Luis Obispo
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It’s also called Madonna Mountain Loop. Moderate level. Wider-sized trail. Check “All Trails” for directions on accessing the trail.
Moderate level. Bishop Peak trail is a local favorite, has great views, and is a good workout too.
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Bishop Peak Patricia Entrance
787 Patricia Dr
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Moderate level. Bishop Peak trail is a local favorite, has great views, and is a good workout too.
Maybe the best scenic hike on our central coast, and definitely worth the 50 minute drive. Wide, easy stroll on a large bluff overlooking the ocean. You can also walk down to pebbly-beaches at a couple of areas, and drive to some others. There are also higher elevation trails nearby- particularly Valencia Peak.
Bluff Trail Montana De Oro
Maybe the best scenic hike on our central coast, and definitely worth the 50 minute drive. Wide, easy stroll on a large bluff overlooking the ocean. You can also walk down to pebbly-beaches at a couple of areas, and drive to some others. There are also higher elevation trails nearby- particularly Valencia Peak.
Beaches
these beaches are listed in geographical order from our Studio...
The next beach over from Oceano Beach, Grover Beach is a nice walking beach to enjoy. There is also a wooden/plank strolling path for those who don’t want sand in their toes, or for those in wheel-chairs, etc.
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Grover Beach
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The next beach over from Oceano Beach, Grover Beach is a nice walking beach to enjoy. There is also a wooden/plank strolling path for those who don’t want sand in their toes, or for those in wheel-chairs, etc.
Touristy, busier beach town, with shops, eateries, and a pier. Better surfing here than the other beaches, with surf rentals and lessons available.
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Pismo Beach
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Touristy, busier beach town, with shops, eateries, and a pier. Better surfing here than the other beaches, with surf rentals and lessons available.
About 20-25 minutes from the Studio, Avila Beach has a couple of beach spots and piers. It’s the best for year-round weather (almost always sunny in Avila even when the other beaches are overcast). Downtown Avila is cute and has eateries, some shops, and a pier (and is slightly less busy than Pismo). There’s the nice Bob Jones Trail (referenced elsewhere in this guidebook) which is a walking/bicycle paved trail that connects from the downtown area (bike rentals in town). Kayak rentals are also available in town. Also in Avila, down the road nearby, is another, larger pier that has a couple of eateries (we like MerSeas) and lots of lazy seals basking and barking in the sun. There’s also a dog beach in that area of Avila.
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Avila Beach
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About 20-25 minutes from the Studio, Avila Beach has a couple of beach spots and piers. It’s the best for year-round weather (almost always sunny in Avila even when the other beaches are overcast). Downtown Avila is cute and has eateries, some shops, and a pier (and is slightly less busy than Pismo). There’s the nice Bob Jones Trail (referenced elsewhere in this guidebook) which is a walking/bicycle paved trail that connects from the downtown area (bike rentals in town). Kayak rentals are also available in town. Also in Avila, down the road nearby, is another, larger pier that has a couple of eateries (we like MerSeas) and lots of lazy seals basking and barking in the sun. There’s also a dog beach in that area of Avila.
Golf
These golf courses are all about 10 minutes away.
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Monarch Dunes Golf Club
1606 Trilogy Parkway
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Blacklake Golf Resort
1490 Golf Course Lane
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Cypress Ridge Golf Course
780 Cypress Ridge Parkway
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Neighborhoods
Cute and quaint village scene in Arroyo Grande, with eateries and some shops.
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Village
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Cute and quaint village scene in Arroyo Grande, with eateries and some shops.
Yoga
Be sure to check these yoga studios for current places and times for their yoga sessions. Namaste!
In the Village of Arroyo Grande. Check their website/schedule for an outdoor session they hold at a park (in addition to online/virtual sessions).
Yoga VIllage
132 W Branch St
In the Village of Arroyo Grande. Check their website/schedule for an outdoor session they hold at a park (in addition to online/virtual sessions).
In Pismo, with an outdoor session typically on a beach as well as virtual sessions (check their website).
Harmony House Yoga
991 Price Street
In Pismo, with an outdoor session typically on a beach as well as virtual sessions (check their website).