San Simeon is the small beach community that sits beneath the historical hilltop mansion built by William Randolph Hearst. The property is now a historic state park that is open for tourism. Hearst Castle Winery offers tastings in a building that is shared by Sebastian’s Hamburgers and the Post Office in town. The tasting room is in close proximity to the Pier and Discovery Center for children. Five miles north of this location is the Piedra Blancs boardwalk and viewing area, home to elephant seals year round.
Morro Bay is a favorite for sight seers traveling up historic highway one. Tourists come to this area year round to experience the national bird sanctuary, moderate temperatures, and coastal access. The town’s iconic “Morro Rock” is a 576 foot volcanic plug that stands near the entrance to the harbor. Wild life sightings of sea otters, sea lions and peregrine falcons are common in this area. Morro Bay recently extended its bike path to include more beach access and is a great ride. Wine tasting can be found along the Embarcadero which includes restaurants along the water front, clothing stores and candy shops.
Avila Beach is best known for hot springs and golf resorts. Our favorite activity in Avila Beach is the Bob Jones Bike trail that follows San Luis Obispo Creek for 2.5 miles. The downtown area is home to surf shops, souvenir s stores and restaurants. Estate Wineries are located along Price Canyon and 5 tasting rooms occupy the downtown. Parking is normally available on adjacent streets when spaces along the beach are full.
Pismo Beach is a popular destination for tourists traveling up the 101 Freeway. Pismo Beach has the largest collection of hotels in the area that are seaside. The downtown area is home to coffee shops, restaurants and retail locations. Pier accessibility, ice-cream and cinnamon rolls, made this our favorite place for sunset. Pismo Beach has our favorite Sans Liege Tasting room but does not host any other labels at this time.