Guidebook for Santa Margarita

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Guidebook for Santa Margarita

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Though the lake is at low capacity, there are great hiking trails, a play ground, a summer pool, and horseback riding.
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Santa Margarita Lake
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Though the lake is at low capacity, there are great hiking trails, a play ground, a summer pool, and horseback riding.
Zip lines and winery tours!
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Margarita Adventures
22719 El Camino Real
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Zip lines and winery tours!
This gas station is pricier than anywhere else, because it's closer than anywhere else - about 10 miles from the yurt.
Pintor's Tire & Wheel
22301 El Camino Real
This gas station is pricier than anywhere else, because it's closer than anywhere else - about 10 miles from the yurt.
Lovely open space with the eerily dry lake bed. Amazing perspective on California drought. Lots of hiking trails and disc golf.
Laguna Lake Park Dog Park
Madonna Road
Lovely open space with the eerily dry lake bed. Amazing perspective on California drought. Lots of hiking trails and disc golf.
Relaxing yoga to round out your vacation :)
SLO Yoga Center
672 Higuera Street
Relaxing yoga to round out your vacation :)
Resort that offers nightly stays with a full service restaurant and mineral springs hot tubs by the hour. Massage and esthetician services.
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Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa
1215 Avila Beach Drive
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Resort that offers nightly stays with a full service restaurant and mineral springs hot tubs by the hour. Massage and esthetician services.
Local co-op climbing gym. $10 daily passes, with odd hours because it's all volunteer run, so recommend you call ahead of time but great if you want to get your indoor climb on.
The Pad Climbing
289 Prado Rd
Local co-op climbing gym. $10 daily passes, with odd hours because it's all volunteer run, so recommend you call ahead of time but great if you want to get your indoor climb on.
Lovely day hikes with great city views.
Bishop's Foothill Trailhead
Lovely day hikes with great city views.
Pretty, meandering trails with coastal views and beach picnics at the end.
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Montana De Oro State Park
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Pretty, meandering trails with coastal views and beach picnics at the end.
Sweet downtown boardwalk area with shops, cafes, restaurants and bars, beside a gorgeous stretch of California coast. Family friendly lagoon with minimal waves, and lots of seals and pelicans.
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Avila Beach
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Sweet downtown boardwalk area with shops, cafes, restaurants and bars, beside a gorgeous stretch of California coast. Family friendly lagoon with minimal waves, and lots of seals and pelicans.
Tide pooling at its finest.
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Shell Beach
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Tide pooling at its finest.
Excellent spot to watch the surfers.
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Pismo Beach
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Excellent spot to watch the surfers.
Young-child friendly playground and expansive lawn above a breathtaking view of the sea.
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Dinosaur Caves Park
2701 Price Street
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Young-child friendly playground and expansive lawn above a breathtaking view of the sea.
The Esalen Institute is well-known for its many workshops, classes, farm, school, spa services, and natural hot springs right on the cliffside overlooking the gorgeous Big Sur coast.
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Esalen Institute
55000 California 1
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The Esalen Institute is well-known for its many workshops, classes, farm, school, spa services, and natural hot springs right on the cliffside overlooking the gorgeous Big Sur coast.

Food Scene

Comfort food breakfasts like french toast with fresh jams; and lunches ranges from stews and salads to grilled sandwiches and pot pies.
The Southern Station
22412 El Camino Real
Comfort food breakfasts like french toast with fresh jams; and lunches ranges from stews and salads to grilled sandwiches and pot pies.
Renowned for its delicious farm-to-table meats, this steakhouse now features delicious vegetarian options as well. Also has many delectable local wine parings.
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The Range Restaurant
22317 El Camino Real
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Renowned for its delicious farm-to-table meats, this steakhouse now features delicious vegetarian options as well. Also has many delectable local wine parings.
Locals enjoy this cafe for their specialty coffee drinks, light meals and snacks, and tall windows to help enjoy people watching.
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The Porch Cafe
22322 El Camino Real
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Locals enjoy this cafe for their specialty coffee drinks, light meals and snacks, and tall windows to help enjoy people watching.
Restaurant, bar, and lots of rural summer music festivals.
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Pozo Saloon
90 Pozo Road
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Restaurant, bar, and lots of rural summer music festivals.
One of our favorite breakfast stops, with delicious, kid-friendly, healthy-ish meals and outdoor patio seating.
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Del Monte Cafe
1901 Santa Barbara Avenue
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One of our favorite breakfast stops, with delicious, kid-friendly, healthy-ish meals and outdoor patio seating.
Quintessential California not-quite-fast food.
In-N-Out Burger
Quintessential California not-quite-fast food.
Cafe with simple bakery offerings inside a local art gallery.
The 4 Cats Cafe and Gallery
1531 Monterey Street
Cafe with simple bakery offerings inside a local art gallery.
Family friendly restaurant with diner style menu, full bakery and cafe, and famous clam chowder in bread bowls.
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Splash Café
1491 Monterey Street
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Family friendly restaurant with diner style menu, full bakery and cafe, and famous clam chowder in bread bowls.
Hipster college hangout with surprisingly mellow energy in the mornings. Lively and downtown.
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Kreuzberg California
685 Higuera St
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Hipster college hangout with surprisingly mellow energy in the mornings. Lively and downtown.
Family friendly pizzeria with video games and pinball in the back; walking distance to downtown.
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Woodstock's Pizza SLO
1000 Higuera Street
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Family friendly pizzeria with video games and pinball in the back; walking distance to downtown.
Alaska-themed pizzeria, specialty meats like reindeer and moose. Peanut shells cover the floor and there are weekly sing-a-longs and themed celebrations. Pinball and video games.
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Klondike Pizza
104 Bridge Street
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Alaska-themed pizzeria, specialty meats like reindeer and moose. Peanut shells cover the floor and there are weekly sing-a-longs and themed celebrations. Pinball and video games.
The original ice cream lab; this one features a round-the-parlor train for kids to enjoy, and weekly 'create your own' flavor workshops.
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Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab
114 Branch Street
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The original ice cream lab; this one features a round-the-parlor train for kids to enjoy, and weekly 'create your own' flavor workshops.
A favorite of those seeking local farm to table and fresh catch of the day options. Downtown and lively.
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Big Sky Cafe
1121 Broad Street
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A favorite of those seeking local farm to table and fresh catch of the day options. Downtown and lively.

Essentials

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Whole Foods Market
1531 Froom Ranch Way
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Trader Joe's
3977 South Higuera Street
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Nearest large grocery store.
Albertsons
8200 El Camino Real
Nearest large grocery store.

Arts & Culture

movies and beer!
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Galaxy Colony Square 10 Theatres
6917 El Camino Real
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movies and beer!
live shows on university campus
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Performing Arts Center
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live shows on university campus
Downtown Cinemas and the Fremont Theatre both have current and occasionally retro films showing. Both in the downtown SLO area, within walking distance to cafes, restaurants, bars, and shopping.
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Downtown Centre Cinemas
888 Marsh Street
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Downtown Cinemas and the Fremont Theatre both have current and occasionally retro films showing. Both in the downtown SLO area, within walking distance to cafes, restaurants, bars, and shopping.
Plays and musicals and supporting local artists. Win for everyone.
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San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre
888 Morro Street
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Plays and musicals and supporting local artists. Win for everyone.

Sightseeing

Thursday evenings about with people watching and sight-seeing, where this market has produce in addition to street performers, kid-activities, barbeques and bar patios everywhere.
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Downtown SLO Farmer's Market
1108 Garden Street
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Thursday evenings about with people watching and sight-seeing, where this market has produce in addition to street performers, kid-activities, barbeques and bar patios everywhere.
A bizarrely famous little alley full of chewed up bubblegum in strangely artistic designs- it's tradition!
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Bubblegum Alley
733 Higuera Street
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A bizarrely famous little alley full of chewed up bubblegum in strangely artistic designs- it's tradition!
Beautiful tribute to local history: the Spanish settlers and the Native Chumash tribes. Also holds Catholic Mass regularly.
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Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
751 Palm Street
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Beautiful tribute to local history: the Spanish settlers and the Native Chumash tribes. Also holds Catholic Mass regularly.
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Hearst Castle
750 Hearst Castle Road
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Our amazing friends run this kayak & stand up paddle board rental shop, right on the bay, near otters, whales, dolphins, pelicans, sea lions, and a beautiful lighthouse on a string of coastal beaches.
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Avila Beach Paddlesports
3915 Avila Beach Drive
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Our amazing friends run this kayak & stand up paddle board rental shop, right on the bay, near otters, whales, dolphins, pelicans, sea lions, and a beautiful lighthouse on a string of coastal beaches.
6 miles of shoreline dedicated to elephant seal habitat (more than 7,000 seals live at the rookery, with wild seals living onshore seasonally); prime viewing spots for observing them.
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Friends Of The Elephant Seal Gift Shop
250 San Simeon Avenue
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6 miles of shoreline dedicated to elephant seal habitat (more than 7,000 seals live at the rookery, with wild seals living onshore seasonally); prime viewing spots for observing them.
A brief hike down takes you to what appears to be a cave but is actually an old pirate tunnel! Walk through to the sea side and find out where pirate ships were able to unload their bounty in secret.
Partington Cove
A brief hike down takes you to what appears to be a cave but is actually an old pirate tunnel! Walk through to the sea side and find out where pirate ships were able to unload their bounty in secret.

Entertainment & Activities

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San Luis Obispo Children's Museum
1010 Nipomo Street
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Sweet little nature-themed playground that has a shallow, perfect for playing in, creek adjacent to it.
Santa Rosa Park
1050 Santa Rosa Street
Sweet little nature-themed playground that has a shallow, perfect for playing in, creek adjacent to it.
Mitchell Park
Tiny but beautifully maintained educational aquarium. Directly next door to a sweet pirate playground and nearly right on the beach.
Central Coast Aquarium
50 San Juan Street
Tiny but beautifully maintained educational aquarium. Directly next door to a sweet pirate playground and nearly right on the beach.
Small local zoo with a playground adjacent and small lake.
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Charles Paddock Zoo
9100 Morro Road
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Small local zoo with a playground adjacent and small lake.

Drinks & Nightlife

Local microbrew in the town of Santa Margarita.
Dunbar Brewing Public House
2200 El Camino Real
Local microbrew in the town of Santa Margarita.
Elegant local winery in the town of Santa Margarita.
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Ancient Peaks Winery
22720 El Camino Real
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Elegant local winery in the town of Santa Margarita.
Downtown Santa Margarita brewhouse with a few local beers on tap and small area of back patio seating.
Santa Margarita Tavern
22302 El Camino Real
Downtown Santa Margarita brewhouse with a few local beers on tap and small area of back patio seating.
Popular bar & restaurant with retro styling offers original, locally sourced dishes & cocktails.
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Sidecar
1127 Broad Street
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Popular bar & restaurant with retro styling offers original, locally sourced dishes & cocktails.