California Staycation in San Luis Obispo (SLO)

California Staycations


I have called San Luis Obispo my home for the past 18 years. It is a beautiful place, once called “The happiest place in America” by Oprah Winfrey. (http://visitslo.com/cm/About_SLO/happiest-place-in-america.html). Located on the Central Coast of California, about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

There are so many fun and adventurous things to do and see in San Luis Obispo (SLO)… The weather is great year-round and that makes for a great California Staycation.

You could start off your day by visiting the many coffee houses in the famous downtown area. There are some great breakfast places too. Many are locally owned and have a great small town feel to them.

While downtown, you can check out a few historical spots., The Mission de Tolosa San Luis Obispo and bubble gum alley. The Mission de Tolosa was founded in 1772 by Father Junipero Serra. There is a tour and a small gift shop open daily. The church still holds mass and hosts many weddings and church events. Bubble gum alley is just a few blocks away. It is a local tourist attraction believed to have been started after 1950. It is a 15 feet high and 70 feet long alley where people place their chewed gum.


Mission de Tolosa


Bubble Gum Alley

Next you can choose from the many hiking trails, many are family friendly and some are challenging. One of our family favorites is Madonna Mountain. Located near the famous Madonna Inn. You can see the entire city of San Luis Obispo and the surrounding areas.

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Madonna Mountain

After working up an appetite there are many delicious local delis to eat at all throughout San Luis Obispo. A few of our favorites are High Street Deli, Gus’s and Lincoln Deli.

San Luis Obispo is well-known as a college town with the campus of Cal Poly just a few minutes away from the city’s center. Cal Poly has a beautiful campus and many fun places to explore. Agriculture being one of Cal Poly’s largest majors, there are many animal units to check out. You can feed the horses carrots at the horse unit or get a tour of the dairy. There are also chickens, pigs and many crops to check out. Near the Cal Poly bookstore there a fun bowling alley that is open to the public during non-school hours.


Business School at Cal Poly SLO

Continue about five miles on down Highway 1 and you will find the Botanical Gardens of San Luis Obispo. A neat place to walk through, explore and learn about plants in the Mediterranean regions. There is no admission fee to the garden, but donations are welcome. Near the Botanical Gardens is a huge park and playground area for some play time or a picnic.


San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden

After all of the walking, hiking and sight seeing it is time to get dressed up and head to the famous Madonna Inn Steakhouse for a wonderful and memorable dinner. The steaks are delicious and the dance floor is often filled with couples dancing to the live band.


Madonna Inn Steakhouse Dining Room

I hope you have enjoyed this SLO staycation. We feel truly blessed to live in such a beautiful place and hope that you will come and visit someday soon!

[1] All photos courtesy of WikiMediaCommons
sunshine kids blog hop 2014

Places to Visit with Kids in California:

Sunshine Kids Blog Hop 2014

Summer is a great time to explore with your kids – and you don’t have to travel far to do it!  California has so much to offer to families.  Take a great staycation this summer by visiting your local treasures!  In our second annual Sunshine Kids Blog Hop, we are focusing on our favorite places to visit with kids in California.  Enjoy!  And be sure to add your own family-friendly California posts in our linky at the bottom.  You can also check out even more California posts on our collaborative Kid Friendly California Pinterest board!

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Priceless Response

Priceless Response

I thoroughly enjoy visiting Elementary Schools especially when the students are interactive and really interested in what I have to say. I experienced something this week that caught me off guard (in an awesome way). One student’s response to my question: What goals have you set for yourself was, “to tell children all over the world about GOD.” Priceless.

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A great feeling!

A great feeling!

Last week I was at Family Math Night at my children’s school and my daughter and her friend pointed this picture out to me… There is a wall of pictures of books (made by each student) in the multi-purpose room of each student’s favorite books. This student’s favorite book is the 2 Kurious Kids’ Mexico book:). It is always a great feeling when you see your hard work being appreciated by someone else!

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Awarding Kids

Awarding Kids

It does not matter what the award is, when your child receives an award it makes us (the parent) feel like we won the award! Recently my son, Jacob won two awards, one for respect at school and the other for soccer. My daughter, Hannah received a Presidential award for the amount of Community Service she completed in 4-H. This is a simple reminder to be proud of your children in all that they do.

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One of our fall favorites!

One of our fall favorites!

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The leaves and the vineyards close by all changing color it is absolutely amazing! We have many traditions in the fall, but definitely the one that stands out that my two children enjoy a ton is carving their pumpkins before Halloween. Typically they will use a Sharpie pen and draw the shape of the face that they would like to cut out. Let the cutting begin (with adult supervision of course). They actually enjoy pulling out the yucky inside of the pumpkin as well! One year we cleaned some of the seeds and roasted them. This is such a simple tradition, but it definitely brings lots of smiles and great conversation within our family.

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Starting to blog

Even though I have been using social media for a few years now, I have to admit I am a little nervous to start my own blog.  My goal is to provide helpful and fun parenting information in a variety of categories.  Stay tuned…