Beachy Fun Eats at Wooly’s Beach Bar & Grill in Pismo Beach

The Pismo Beach pier area is undergoing a welcome makeover, with new restaurants and hotels replacing formerly vacant storefronts and empty lots. Wooly’s Beach Bar & Grill is a fantastic new addition to the neighborhood. It’s the perfect spot for lunch and cocktails on the water, with a great selection of burgers, sandwiches, seafood and a full bar.

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Escape Through the Skies: Take a Helicopter to the Post Ranch Inn

The Post Ranch Inn is the Central Coast Traveler’s favorite hotel in the world, and until now it has sadly been cut off from the world for months with the Pfeiffer Canyon bridge outage to the north and landslides to the south. Not anymore! You can fly there via helicopter.

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Hearst Castle: Vintage California Glamour

Hearst Castle is one of the most popular attractions on the Central Coast. It’s easy to understand why: there aren’t many 165-room palaces perched at the summit of a 1,600 foot (491m) hill with jaw-dropping ocean views, containing artworks representing four millennia of human achievement, and a generous helping of Old Hollywood glamour.

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In Case You’re Wondering Why Highway 1 is Closed in Big Sur

The excellent Big Sur Kate blog  has the following news and picture about highway repairs in Big Sur.

Two photos (Monday, April 17) of Mud Creek on State Route 1 in Monterey County (PM 8.9). *Same information as Thursday, April 13, with new information on parking area south of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge* SR-1 Full Closure-Ragged Pt (SLO PM 72.87) to the Multi-Agency Facility “MAF”(MON PM 46.35). * As roadwork to restore Mud […]

via Highway Closure Update, 4/18/17 — BigSurKate

Shell Beach Brewhouse: Where Everyone Knows Your Name

The Shell Beach Brewhouse is one of my favorite hangouts in San Luis Obispo County. It’s a friendly, relaxed place with great food, friendly staff, and industrial chic ambiance. In 2013 the owners fully renovated the aging, formerly dark space with floor-to-ceiling windows and wine-stained barrel staves for paneling. The Brewhouse is now a local hotspot with crowds spilling out the doors on warm nights.

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Highway 1 Status in Big Sur

This winter’s rains brought essential drought relief to the Central Coast and the rest of California, but they also brought destruction. Several portions of Highway 1 in Big Sur are currently blocked by landslides and the Pfeiffer Canyon bridge outage. This happens every couple of decades, and when it does it’s a serious inconvenience for visitors and a body-blow for businesses and residents. The landslides are estimated to be cleared by May 1, while the Pfeiffer Canyon bridge, about an hour south of Monterey, will be out until its replacement is built this fall.

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I’ve Taken A Break

I want to thank all of my Central Coast Traveler readers. You’re all amazing. I’m thrilled with the responses and attention you’ve given to my little blog. I need to take a break from blogging for a while because of other time commitments; all good things. I found a wonderful full time job last August. I get a paycheck and benefits for writing (yay!). We also closed on a house in December and we’ve been renovating in our “spare” time. I’ll keep this blog up since the information about travel times and places to see won’t go stale. Thanks again for being such loyal readers. And happy travels! –Scott Hanning

Soupbration: Benefit Event for Elephant Seals in Cambria, September 9

The Central Coast Traveler has written before about the Piedras Blancas Seal Rookery near Cambria. It’s one of the best attractions on the Central Coast, where thousands of seals relax and cavort on a scenic beach. Friends of the Elephant Seal (FES) is a wonderful non-profit organization that supports the rookery, raising funds for improvements, including the observation deck that enables closeup views without disturbing the inhabitants.

The real elephant seals of Piedras Blancas. And my pugs, Hugo and Lola, doing their best seal impression.

Charmaine Coimbra, a Traveler reader and FES Volunteer Coordinator, informed me about a benefit party for Friends and the Rookery: Soupbration. It’s happening Sunday September 9 from noon to 4 p.m. at Camp Ocean Pines. Here’s her press release about the event. Sounds like a wonderful time!

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