Carrizo Plain National Monument: Soda Lake, Finding Wildflowers & Exploring the Park

Carrizo Plain National Monument is a beautiful range of mountains and valleys in Central California that has been relatively untouched over the years, helping it to maintain a glimpse of what California used to look like. The sprawling green hills, which are covered in wildflowers during the spring, give way to a lush lowland with everything […]

Mission San Miguel Arcangel: One of the Best California Missions

Mission San Miguel Arcangel was the sixteenth of the California Missions to be founded, and it opened its doors in 1797. While the original church was destroyed, the current chapel was built in the early 1800’s and the mission itself is one of the most beautiful for the old style that is still on display […]

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa: The Fifth California Mission

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is the fifth mission founded by Father Junípero Serra and the only mission to have an L-shaped chapel. Today the mission is located right in the heart of San Luis Obispo, which is a bustling college town along the coast of California. The mission here is free to visit, […]

Atascadero Weekend Itinerary: Where to Eat, Drink, Hike & Explore

Atascadero was one of the first popular cities on the central coast, and it has a unique history that goes back to the early 1900’s. While today it has been overshadowed as a destination by cities like Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, and Paso Robles, Atascadero has a lot of fun places for you to […]

Jim Green Hiking Trail in Atascadero

Whenever I visit a new town, I always try to find a nice spot to get active and see the outdoorsy side of the town. I did this in Atascadero by going out on its most popular trail, a short, dog-friendly hike that takes you through oak groves as you hike a small hill and […]

Groves on 41: Olive Oil Producing Farm in Templeton

If you are looking for something entirely unique to do while exploring the central coast of California, then be sure to add The Grove on 41 to your list. This beautiful, family-run olive oil farm is a great place to learn more about olive oil up close. Karen who runs the farm is fantastic and […]

The Carlton Hotel: Atascadero’s Historic Boutique Hotel

The Carlton Hotel in Atascadero is a historic luxury hotel that opened in the late 1920’s. I got a chance to stay there recently, and it is a beautiful spot to stay in the small Central Coast town. I would told it is the most popular hotel in the city, as people love the quaint […]

Street Side Ale House in Atascadero

If you are looking for a great spot to eat in Atascadero, then look no further then Street Side Ale House. This unique restaurant has all sorts of fun options on the menu, a massive beer list and a beautiful all wood interior. I really enjoyed my time and food here, read on for all […]

Atascadero City Hall: A Beautiful & Historic Central Coast Building

When you drive through Atascadero, one of the places that is sure to catch your eye is the historic city hall building. This structure from 1918 is one of the most beautiful old buildings on the California coast (minus Hearst Castle). It has an intriguing history that spans almost a full century, exploring the building […]

Panolivo Family Bistro in Paso Robles

Downtown Paso Robles is not hurting for great food options, that being said Panolivo is one of my favorite spots for lunch. This quaint little eatery is run by a husband and wife combo and has been in business for a little over a decade an the wife in the duo is actually the chef […]