SAVOR the Central Coast: Food & Wine & California

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Just in time for California Wine Month (or as I like to call it, “The Happiest Month of the Year”), I wanted to give you a heads up that California’s San Luis Obispo County is staging a delicious event from September 25-28, 2014: Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast is a fancy little festival featuring food and wine seminars, adventure tours and an opening night party at the amazingly over-the-top Hearst Castle.

Tickets are on sale now, so don’t wait too long – not only will you miss out on the event, but you’ll miss meeting me there!

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Road Trip to Paso Robles

Paso Robles Road Sign

My favorite road trip escape is the rolling wine country of Paso Robles, California

I call it “my happy place.” 

This sleepy, more-Western-than-thou landscape is set halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and makes a great getaway on its own or as part of a journey around the state’s Central Coast. 

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Savor the Central Coast

Whoowhee, but we love us some central California…especially its wine valleys.

Happy for us, then, that Sunset Magazine is soon sponsoring a four-day event on a ranch in San Luis Obispo County to celebrate the tastes and vintages of the entire region.

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Central California: The San Luis Obispo Area

San Luis Obispo is a little over three hours north of Los Angeles, the last Central California stop off the 101 before it splits to Highway 1 at Morro Bay.

We love to pull off here amongst the Santa Lucia Mountains and stop for a wander through San Luis Obispo’s brick-and-stone downtown and the wineries of the nearby Edna Valley.

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The Best of Central California

The ubiquitous California Valley Oak

We get away to Central California as often as we can — it’s a couples’ paradise, with driving routes that hug both the Pacific Ocean and gently sloping hills dotted with gnarled trees.

Within this region of the state you’ll find pristine beaches, historic towns and buildings, excellent wineries, a great meal here and there, sweeping views, little inns, posh resorts, and the new millenium phenomenon known as “upscale camping.”

With all of its attractions between 2 and 5 hours north of Los Angeles, it’s easy to take regular two- or three-day weekends and always feel like you had a true vacation.

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