Flip-flops and shorts
The dress code here is simple enough; wear funky noisy sandals, a hooded sweat shirt with CalPoly printed on it, and your most colorful shorts and you will look like a native. One thing though, make sure your shorts reach your knees (if you're a man), or people will laugh and point. I have tons of German friends who insisted on wearing those speedos and were traumatized for life.
And oh, a wetsuit is the hottest thing you can wear on the beach.
Native plant garden at Cal Poly School of Business
Nice planting of California native plants with some Austrialian plants mixed in. Also a lovely grotto and pond and fairly mature cactus collection in gardens around the School of Business at Cal Poly
ARROYO GRANDE WINE, EDNA VALLEY TASTING
Saucelito Canyon Vineyard and Winery is in the Arroyo Grande Valley, next door to Edna Valley. The reason I have put this winery with my Edna Valley Wineries is because Saucelito Canyon's tasting room is located in the middle of Edna Valley between Edna Road (Hwy227) and Orcutt Road at 3080 Biddle Ranch Road. The tasting room is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm and the only place to sample the wines of Saucelito Canyon Vineyard and Winery, as there is no tasting at their Vineyard. The prominent wine is Zinfandel with some of the original cuttings from the 1890's still in use, in fact the old style of "head prune" layout is kept by the present owner's, Bill and Nancy Greenough, on 3 original acres. This is truly a family affair and a boutique winery that concentrates on the perfection of one variety, Zinfandel. They do have other varietals available but I wanted to taste their Zinfandel.
With a new winemaker, Amy Freeman, guiding the Winery along, I am sure that this limited production boutique family winery will be making some wine headlines in the near future. In fact, at the winery is a picture of the winemaker that tells me you don't have to always get down and dirty in the vineyard to make good wine. Amy comes from a winery background with her parents owning a vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, near Buellton, California. In the tasting room was the very congenial host Bobby de Vries who did the pouring and described the wines tasted. I must admit that the Zinfandel I sampled made me order up a bottle right on the spot. No waiting around to taste anything else. I came to taste the award winning Saucelito Canyon Zinfandel. I saw and I was conquered by the wine.
Fresh and Fun
Recently joining its sibling restaurant in Pismo Beach, the San Luis Obispo Splash Cafe is a great place to grab a casual bite to eat for an affordable price. The food is fresh and very inexpensive. The menu ranges from pizza to seafood to salads. There is also a bakery. Visit the website for an entire menu. It is often crowded - pretty fast to order, but trouble finding a place to sit.
so good ice cream
I thought this was a local thing, until i saw them popping up everywhere in the bay area. they serve plain ice cream that they freshly mix right in front of you your choice of fruits, nuts, toppings, etc. cheesecake w/ raspberry or strawberry mix in in a waffle cone.