VisitSLOC Press Release

What’s New in San Luis Obispo County, California: California’s Rugged and Rural Central Coast Welcomes International Visitorswith New Hotels, Attractions, Tours, Services and More

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Whats New in San Luis Obispo County, California:

Californias Rugged and Rural Central Coast Welcomes International Visitorswith New Hotels, Attractions, Tours, Services and More

SAN LUIS OBISPO, California (April 17, 2014) – San Luis Obispo County, located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California’s naturally beautiful Central Coast, offers many new reasons to visit this summer, from new and renovated hotels to fascinating tours.Here are just a few of the latest visitor industry developments below, and learn more at Visit San Luis Obispo Countys exciting new website www.VisitSanLuisObispoCounty.com – featuring everything from regional overviews and events to activities and trip ideas.

Accolades

San Luis Obispo County recently won national accolades such as Wine Region of the Year (Paso Robles - Wine Enthusiast 2013).San Luis Obispo was just ranked #3 on Travel + LeisuresBest College Towns list, and the Central Coast was named among Lonely Planet’s Top 10 US Travel Destinations (#4).

Unique Hotel Packages Available Year-Round

Paso Robles Celebrating its 125th Anniversary With A BIG Wedding In celebration of the City of Paso Robles' 125th anniversary, the Paso Robles Inn will host a wedding celebration of gigantic proportions when 125 couples make their vows – or renew their vows – on Sunday, September 14, 2014. The wedding will be held in the expansive gardens at the Inn with a lavish buffet to follow in the Grand Ballroom, so that the couples can invite family and friends to eat, drink, and be merry after the ceremony. Each couple will receive a commemorative champagne glass, along with a champagne toast and cake. Reservations for the ceremony, buffet, and hotel rooms can be made by calling the Paso Robles Inn at 805.238-2660. www.pasoroblesinn.com

Wine and Dine at the Paso Robles Inn: The hotel’s new Sunday Brunch and Walking Tour Package takes advantage of its downtown Paso Robles location, offering a historic perspective of the town on foot with guided tastings at three tasting rooms. The tour includes the hotel’s popular brunch plus a bottomless Champagne and mimosa glass. Package starts at $266 per night.www.pasoroblesinn.com

Adventuresome Wine Lover: For the more adventuresome wine lover, you’ll enjoy soaring to new heights with the new Paso Robles Inn Wine and Zip Line Package.Guests tour the historic Santa Margarita Ranch and its vineyards, and then take to the skies on four unique zip lines spanning 3,400 feet at the base of the gorgeous Santa Lucia Mountain Range.The package includes one night of accommodations for two and starts at $289, includinga tasty invitation to the tasting room at Ancient Peaks Winery.www.pasoroblesinn.com

Hearst Castle Adventures with the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel:This package, starting at $259 a night, lets you visit William Randolph Hearst's San Simeon Hearst Castlein style!Wine Wranglers will pick you up directly from the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel and drive you to the Hearst's legendary estate for the Grand Rooms Tour. After the tour, you can enjoy a complimentary gourmet deli lunch and, time permitting, you may have the opportunity to go wine tasting locally or shopping in Cambria and visit an elephant seal rookery. Add a person for just $120.www.seacrestpismo.com

Edna Valley Wine Tour and Stay: This package, starting at $576, includes a two-night stay at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel and backcountry roads tour of San Luis Obispo County's wine country with Breakaway Tours.Package is for 2 people and includes a 4-5 hour guided Tour, OceanView King or CoastalView 2Queen guestroom; transportation to and from the hotel, tasting at four unique wineries in Edna Valley wine country plus a delicious gourmet lunch in the most picturesque of settings. www.seacrestpismo.com

Ziplining & Stay in Pismo Beach:Stay a minimum of two nights at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel and soar with your companion on a thrilling zipline tour of Santa Margarita Ranch with Margarita Adventures including an epic 1,300-foot valley crossing and soaring forested vineyard views.Guests will learn about the ranch’s sustainable winegrowing practices and role as part of California’s famed Mission Trail, and experience the ranch’s diverse plant and wildlife habitats. Package starts at $409 and includes: Ocean View guestroom. www.seacrestpismo.com

Sip and Savor Wine Package at Pismo Lighthouse Suites:Starting at $140, enjoy one night in a spacious ocean front suite and get a local wine tasting for two at Taste of the Valleys Wine Bar plus a choice of a deluxe cheese and salami platter or a half bottle of Central Coast wine to take home.www.pismolighthousesuites.com

Romantic Rendezvous on the Coast Package:Starting at just $219.50, enjoy a night at Beach Bungalow Inn and Suites in Morro Bay and get with a chilled bottle of California sparkling wine, decadent hand-made truffles, a wine flight tasting at “Stax Wine Bar” on the waterfront and a $40 gift card towards dinner at the Galley Restaurant or Windows on the Water. www.morrobaybeachbungalow.com

Farm to Table Package at the Apple Farm: Love fresh food?Starting at $339, enjoy a two-night stay at the Apple farm and receive a $75 dining credit at the Apple Farm Restaurant. Your taste buds won’t be disappointed with this delectable deal. www.applefarm.com

Spa Essence Package: For just $269 treat yourself to a one-night getaway at the Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, including an indulgent 60-minute Spa Treatment and get a $30 dining credit in the Gardens of Avila Restaurant. www.sycamoresprings.com

Hotel Renovations and Openings

Paso Robles Inn, Paso Robles, CA:The Paso Robles Inn is winding down a two-year renovation of the historic boutique hotel, which began with a guest room renovation, including 18 spa rooms.These rooms were each uniquely designed by local wineries, with fun touches such as a grape vine in the Ancient Peaks room, and wine barrel chairs in the DAOU room. A mural focusing on the history of the area now adorns the exterior of the winery themed building.The Grand Ballroom building is now being renovated and will feature all new luxury furniture and décor.In front, there’s a newly created garden designed to connect the Inn with the town square - a perfect place to enjoy a specialty coffee from the redesigned Coffee Shop.www.pasoroblesinn.com

Ayers Resort & Spa, Paso Robles, CA: Gracefully spanning across 20 breathtaking acres this new Tuscan-style resort is scheduled to be completed in November 2014, featuring 169 guest rooms, a fine dining restaurant, on-site spa, boutique, 36 extended stay apartment style accommodations and 5,000 square feet of conference space. This is one of the most environmentally conscious projects of its kind and will pursue the prestigious SLO Green Building Certificate of Recognition. www.ayreshotels.com/newsroom/press-release/pasorobleshotel.aspx

Summerwood Winery & Inn, Paso Robles, CA – The nine-room inn recently completed a major renovation, including updates to all guest suites, a re-design of the 9,000 square-foot inn’s entrance, grand living room, and dining room along with the addition of a demonstration kitchen and an outdoor dining space. The site plan utilizes energy-efficient materials and LED lighting, with an overall holistic look at sustainability, and guests are now treated to a daily farm fresh cooked-to-order breakfast, an afternoon wine and appetizer reception, evening dessert and coffee, and more. www.summerwoodwine.com

Best Western Plus Black Oak, Paso Robles, CA:Debuting late spring/early summer 2014 the BEST WESTERN PLUS Black Oak will soon boast a new fitness room, a multi-purpose room and an additional elevator for guests’convenience.www.bestwesternblackoak.com

Oxford Suites, Paso Robles, CA:With the opening planned for 2015, the Oxford Suites will be constructing a 127-room hotel in downtown Paso Robles. It will offer 5,300-square feet of meeting space, an outdoor pool, spa, sauna, steam room, full exercise facility and onsite catering for meetings and events. The suites will be decorated the highest standards of comfort including plush bedding, a sitting room and a desk area.

Marriott SpringHill Hotel, Atasacadero, CA: Opening in December of 2014, this 130-room, four-story hotel will feature a large reception area, a bar and dining area, meeting room and 5,000 square foot exhibit space for events and conferences. The outdoor area will include a patio, pool, fire pit with seating and a barbecue pit.

Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA: To enhance its offerings forweddings, parties and corporate events, the Madonna Inn recently built a 250-capacity Secret Garden boasting a tranquil pond, Roman statuary, grassy areas and elegant paths. The project also included the additions of a Kitchen Garden, so Madonna Inn Chefs can offer guests the freshest ingredients in their dishes. www.madonnainn.com

Shoreline Inn, Cayucos, CA: After closing its beachfront building for two weeks in January to do a $350,000 upgrade, the Shoreline Inn features an expanded and enhancedparking lot and 170 solar panels that will provide most of the hotel’s power. Within just a few months of the solar panels being installed the amount of energy produced is equivalent to the planting of 410 trees, saving 15,900 lbs of CO2 emissions. Quiet exhaust fans were also added to all the beachfront rooms. www.cayucosshorelineinn.com

Bayfront Inn at the Waterfront, Morro Bay, CA: This unique 16-room European style hotel –the closest location to Morro Rock –was recently remodeled. The intimate waterfront rooms were upgraded with new art, soundproofing, modern décor, larger flat screens (40”), Keurig coffemakers and expanded cable. Complimentary continental breakfast now includes the owner's organic granola and the hotel now offers vouchers for wine tasting and a fish-and-chips meal.They also now welcome guests with bottled water, juices and snacks.www.bayfront-inn.com

The Inn at Morro Bay, Morro Bay, CA:The hotel is gearing up to launch a renovation in April to improve its restaurant facilities and lobby area.While the project continues into early summer they will be offering a complimentary breakfast even though the restaurant is closed. www.innatmorrobay.com

La Quinta Inn & Suites, Paso Robles: The hotel recently launched a year-long expansion scheduled for completion in Winter 2014. Changes to include 37 new rooms, some of which will include luxurious Villa Suites with special features such as full size balconies, fireplaces, and full kitchenettes. www.lq.com

Seacrest OceanFront Hotel, Pismo Beach:The SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel recently debuted the newly renovated and reimagined SeaMist Terrace. Once a gravel floored corner of the property with assorted picnic tables, The SeaMist now offers an enhanced place to soak in the ocean views, including three natural gas fire pits, cozy couches and chairs, a marble-topped self-serve dry-bar with bar stools, and three state-of-the-art gas barbeque grills. www.seacrestpismo.com

Neighborhood Upgrades

Paso Robles Opens Wave of New Restaurants, Brewpubs, Tasting Rooms and Major Concert Venue

Downtown Paso Robles, the heart of one of California’s leading wine regions, continues its ongoing renaissance with a wave of new restaurants, brewpubs and tasting rooms, such as:

Artisan Reopens in New Location on Downtown Paso RoblesSquare: The James Beard-nominated Artisan restaurant –an acclaimed leader in the farm-to-table dining movement -- just opened in its new location at 843 12th Street last month, directly on Downtown Paso Robles’main square. www.artisanpasorobles.com

Brewing Company (PRBC): Beer fans can taste brews from 21 taps in this hot new brewpub, featuring the wares of PRBC, other local brewers, and guest brewers from around the U.S.The restaurant also features an outstanding collection of specialty bottles, plus local cider andwines, which can all be savored while enjoying local and traveling musical acts.www.pasobrewing.com

New Paso Underground: Paso’s newest downtown tasting room, Paso Underground, features the creations of four of Paso Robles’rising star winemakers –from Aaron, Clos Solene, Edmond August and Turtle Rock Vineyards. Oenophiles can taste critically acclaimed boutique wines that usually sell out before reaching the public spotlight. www.pasounderground.com

BarrelHouse Brewing Co:After years of blood, sweat and beer, the Central Coast’s newest and most unique craft brewery is open. This 17-barrel brew house features a bottling operation, beautiful half-acre beer garden with pond and waterfall and a flatbed truck used as a stage for live music, surrounded by seating and a large grassy area for picnicking. www.barrelhousebrewing.com

Clautiere Vineyards Renovated Tasting Room: Known for their room full of silly dress-up gear, this whimsical winery recently completed an extensive renovation of their large barn, including a stage outfitted with multi-channel surround-sound for special recorded or live music. www.clautiere.com

La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant: This new eatery centers on the flavors of Spain and the Americas, featuring regional ingredients and a menu by celebrated chef, Santos MacDonal.www.lacosechabr.com

•The Central Coast’s hottest new music venue, Vina Robles Amphitheatre, recently opened with top-tier global entertainment. Perched on a picturesque, oak-dotted hillside in Paso Robles, the intimate,3,300-seat boutique amphitheater featuresa style reminiscent of the historic California missions with modern amenities and hospitality. www.vinarobles.com

•Joining a slew of new dining and entertainment in downtown Paso Robles are two unique stores across from the park: The General Store Paso Robles offers artful provisions for picnic, pantry and home with a heavy focus on local products, while Euro-sleek AnBe Boutique features beautiful and unique jewelry, handbags, home accessories and clothing. www.generalstorepr.com

Morro Bay Hotel Renovations: Eleven hotels in Morro Bay have undergone renovations in the past year, with some currently under renovations. Hotels include: Bay Front Inn, Beach Bungalow Inn & Suites, Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Holland Inn & Suites, Inn at Morro Bay, Pleasant Inn, Rockview Inn & Suites, Sea Air Inn (currently under renovations), Sundown Inn, Travelodge Morro Bay.

Restaurant, Winery, & Shopping News

Filipponi Ranch Cellars, San Luis Obispo: Nestled amongst rolling, oak-studded hills on the outskirts of San Luis Obispo, California, the family-owned Filipponi Ranch Cellars recently opened a tasting room earlier this year. www.filipponicellars.com

Brecon Estate Winery, Paso Robles: Brecon Estate opened its doors earlier this year, offeringaward winning wines made in in small, premium batches. www.breconestate.com/

Law Estate Wines, Paso Robles: Law Estate Wines recently opened a new tasting room by appointment only, featuringone-of-a-kind, hand-crafted blends using sustainably farmed, hand-picked and hand-sorted estate grapes. www.lawestatewines.com

JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, Paso Robles, CA: In August of 2013 JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery completed a two-year renovation of the Hospitality Center, which garnered the attention of Food & Wine magazine, naming JUSTIN as one of the “World’s Best Wine Tasting Experiences” (4/2014).Stay at the stylish and sophisticated JUST Inn Suites and take in the natural beauty that is offered by our surrounding estate.Experience a globally influenced yet locally sourced dinner at the award winning Restaurant at JUSTIN, or a casual lunch on our spacious patio.Taste our world-renowned wines our sun-drenched tasting room, join a sommelier-guided seminar, or tour our winemaking facility & caves.www.justinwine.com

New International Traveler Services

Hearst Castle’s exclusive new mobile app now available for free download:This new app provides continuously expanding content and frequent updates to ensure there will always be something new to discover. The more time you spend on the app, the more it learns about your preferences and directs you to the content you’ll be most interested in. The app has two modes. In Library mode, it can be used from anywhere in the world. In Explorer mode, it’s GPS-activated for onsite use at the Castle. Apple named it one of their top travel apps, featuring it on the App Store. The Hearst Castle app is available alongside Lonely Planet,Trip Advisor, andNational Geographicin the new Travel Guides collection on iTunes and is available in numerous languages. www.hearstcastle.org/tour-hearst-castle/hearst-castle-mobile-app/

For more information on planning a trip to San Luis Obispo County, go to www.VisitSanLuisObispoCounty.com.

About Visit San Luis Obispo County:

Visit San Luis Obispo County is the destination marketing organization for San Luis Obispo County, promoting the area as a preferred tourism destination for regional,nationalandglobalvisitors through advertising, marketing, public relations and group sales. Highlighted by its culinary, cultural and coastal aspects, San Luis Obispo County is internationally recognized as a premier wine, food and life-style destination on California's Central Coast. Visit San Luis Obispo County has a member base comprised of over 500 tourism industry-related businesses including lodging properties, restaurants, wineries, golf courses and retail stores. We invite you to visit the website at: www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com for story ideas or to request a county Visitor's Guide. Additionally, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/VisitSanLuisObispoCounty and follow us @VisitSLOC on Twitter and Instagram. For more information, please contact us at 805.541.8000 or kyleej@visitsanluisobispocounty.com

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