With its natural beauty, myriad wineries and quaint accommodations, Wine Coast Country is the perfect hideaway for Valentine’s Day lovers of every kind.
Luxury Junkies: Indulge in a couple’s massage at Sycamore Mineral Springs, then lounge in your own private in-room natural hot spring. Finish the day with a candlelight dinner at the Gardens of Avila Restaurant on their private veranda above the dining room.
Movers and Shakers: Wake up early for coffee at The Garden Café in Los Osos, then haul your kayaks out for a paddle around the Morro Bay Estuary. Round out this busy day with a hike through Montana de Oro State Park and a picnic at Spooner’s Cove, with a view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
History Buffs: Awake to a sumptuous breakfast in Cayucos’ historic Cass House Inn, built in 1867 by Captain James Cass, then head up to Hearst Castle for a walk back in time. Close the day with a kiss atop the windswept Piedras Blancas lighthouse, built in 1875. History buffs who prefer modern day conveniences in their lodging choices can choose from a myriad of charming inns, hotels and vacation rentals along the coast.
Pet Lovers: Take your four-legged best friend on a beach walk to hunt for sea glass on Moonstone Beach and then enjoy a delicious dinner on the patio of Robin’s Restaurant in Cambria. Avila Beach, a bit further south, features leash-free beaches and the La Fonda Hotel and Custom House Restaurants happily host our four legged best friends.
Wine Aficionados: Sink into a bed at Suite Edna, a plush farmstay cottage retreat in the heart of Edna Valley. Take in endless vineyard views before embarking on a leisurely tour of the region’s top wineries from Arroyo Grande to Avila Beach, and in the Edna Valley.
Link Lovers: Grab breakfast at the Butterfly Grille before taking in a round of golf at Monarch Dunes,which Golf Digest calls “One of the best new courses.” Build up an appetite before heading over to Adelina’s Bistro for dinner, where you’ll dine on fresh, sumptuous fare made from local ingredients.
Gallery Hoppers: Wake up to the aromas of coffee and freshly baked bread at one of Cambria’s many Bed and Breakfast Inns, such as J.Patrick House, awarded the Best Bed and Breakfast in America by BedandBreakfast.com travelers, or one of many charming inns in the village. Then hold hands through the town’s many galleries, finishing with a drive to the tiny hamlet of Harmony to witness Harmony Glassworks artists at work.
Homebodies: Sleep late at San Simeon’s Cavalier Oceanfront Resort in a terrace-oceanfront room with wood-burning fireplace and private patios. Read the newspaper in bed, call for room service from the Cavalier Restaurant, while enjoying the sound of crashing waves. After dinner, kick back on your ocean front Adirondack chair, sip a hot drink and cook another S’mores by the warmth of your own fire pit.
Wildlife Watchers: Take a long, romantic drive along beautiful Highway 1 and witness the natural beauty of the Central Coast’s migratory wildlife, from sea elephants at the rookery in San Simeon to whale-watching at Port San Luis in Avila Beach to Monarch butterflies at the habitat in Pismo Beach.
Well-Rounded Lovers: Wake up with a French-pressed coffee and banana-pecan waffles at the Kaleidescope Inn in Nipomo, then make your way to the Healing Touch Day Spa for a couple’s massage. Once you are thoroughly relaxed, hop into a hired car for an afternoon of wine tasting and picnicking in Arroyo Grande, culminating in a two flutes of sparkling wine and a picture-perfect sunset at Laetitia Vineyards and Winery hilltop winery.
About Wine Coast Country
Wine Coast Country represents the San Luis Obispo County Business Improvement District, whose mission is to promote increased occupancy in the 730+ lodging properties that are a part of the CBID constituency. www.WineCoastCountry.com promotes tourism to San Luis Obispo County’s distinct unincorporated areas, including Avila Beach, Cambria, Cayucos, Los Osos, Nipomo, Oceano, San Simeon, and unincorporated San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, and Morro Bay. For more information, call Cheryl Cuming at (805) 547-CBID (547-2243) or log onto www.WineCoastCountry.com.