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La Cuesta InnThis past weekend, my husband and I went up to San Luis Obispo for my ShareSLO Ambassador Contest Interview. Being that we needed a room on somewhat short notice, we decided to look into what hotels we should stay at. La Cuesta Inn was at the top of my list. We have stayed there three or four times before and have been very satisfied with our experience. If you are looking to be close to downtown, it is in a great location (right at the northernmost point of Monterey near the freeway entrance). There are many restaurants and shops within walking distance including Pappy McGregor’s Irish Pub, Apple Farm, Splash Café, Pepe Delgado’s, Frank’s Famous Hot Dogs, Steynberg Coffee & Tea and of course, Cal Poly. Those are just the ones within about a quarter mile! It also has a stop for the SLO trolley right across the street which runs downtown constantly and is only 50 cents! Downtown Higuera Street (the main drag of shops and restaurants) is only about 2 miles away.

OK- so location is great…Check!

Next is affordability and amenities. La Cuesta Inn is very reasonably priced for the quality of the hotel. We stayed on a Saturday night (during non-peak time) for $120 with taxes. It is an older building, but has recently been renovated and has nice upgrades such as granite counter tops in the bathrooms and flat screen TVs. They also have DVD players in the room with a TON of DVDs available to rent in the lobby for free. My hubby and I ended our night on the town on Saturday by cuddling up to “He’s Just Not That Into You.” It was a lovely way to end our day! I didn’t eat at the continental breakfast because we were headed to Big Sky Cafe, but I saw that they had the standard cereal, bagels, fruit, and yogurt, etc.

Service – I was very pleased with the service I received during my stay. The staff was very friendly and accommodated my request for early check in. I was also upgraded to a deluxe king room overlooking the pool with a nice patio, which was very cool. They also were willing to give me recommendations on where to eat and what to do while I was in town. The other thing I love, is that you get a cute little rubber ducky in your room every time you stay. It’s the little things people! I now have a small flock of ducks in my bathroom at home reminding me of the memories I had while on vacation. The cookies in the lobby are also a nice touch!

I definitely recommend this hotel for people looking for great convenience, good value and excellent service! I will be back. See you next time!

Please see below for some of the photos I took during our stay. Thanks for reading!

 

 

Golf in SLOToday is Day 24 of the 25 Days of SLO Digital Adventure through San Luis Obispo with me, The Leesh!

There is ONLY 2 more days left!!

Today, we are hitting the links in SLO. Now, I am personally not a golfer. I enjoy the driving range and about four holes, but then I am done. But that doesn’t mean I can’t highlight some of the amazing courses in SLO.

There are some spectacular courses all over the county including the Avila Beach Golf Resort if you want some spectacular ocean views. Sea Pines Golf Resort is another awesome course in Los Osos. Dairy Creek Golf Course is also a great course with student specials and late in the day discounts. And for the closest course to town, Laguna Lake is where my husband enjoys to play a round or two.

No matter where you go, you will be surrounded by the beauty that is SLO. In my picture above is the Los Osos course, Sea Pines, where it can get fogged in from time to time, as you can see, so make sure to bring a jacket. Enjoy!

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San Simeon Road Trip - 25 Days of SLOToday is Day 18 of 25 Days of SLO Digital Adventure through San Luis Obispo with me, The Leesh!

Today, we are buckling up and heading North… to visit the Elephant seals in San Simeon.

If you have never seen an elephant seal up close, you are missing out. You may be thinking, “OK, but I have seen plenty of seals in my day. What’s the big deal about elephant seals?” But that’s where you are wrong. Elephant seals are just what they sound like, the elephant (aka- humongous) version of the normal seal. The females grow to be up to 900-1800 pounds and the males grow to be 3,000-5,000 pounds… SERIOUSLY!?

The crazy thing is that the Northern Elephant seals migrate thousands of miles twice a year to land just north of SLO in San Simeon along Highway 1. Anyone can drive up and check them out from the viewing point for free! As you can see in my photo below- you can get pretty close!

There are seasonal creatures though… and the best time to visit is right NOW! The pregnant seals arrive around Christmas time and most arrive by the end of January. The “rookery” is where they give birth to their pups, who spend about 4 weeks nursing with their mom. After the pups are large enough to survive on their own, their moms breeds with the alpha males, then retreat to the ocean to build back up on food and nutrients (they fast during their nursing time – which is crazy). Once the pups are old enough (about two months later) they adventure out to see before returning for a visit around October/November. Then the process starts all over again!

Do you want to know some serious elephant seal facts? Where to find them, how big they can get, what food they like? Good! Here is the best site on the Northern Elephant Seal!

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Get Active in Avila- 25DaysofSloToday is Day 15 of 25 Days of SLO Digital Adventure through San Luis Obispo with me, The Leesh!

Today we are getting outdoors! (We have to work off that frozen yogurt, right?!) As a semi-new runner, having accomplished 3 half marathons in the last two years or so, I have started really like running new places and trying new trails. It can really take your mind off the motions of running and you can see some pretty spectacular scenery while you are at it.

But whether you are a runner or not, Avila Beach is such a great place to be active! You can walk the pier, jog the Bob Jones trail, bike down the cute little streets or scoot along the trail. There is also a great golf course that is gorgeous! And of course (when it is warm enough) you can swim, boogie, paddle, skim or long board.

While you are there, make sure to grab a sandwich and a coffee and then hit up some of the wineries… there is a wine bar in town and a cute little winery with peacocks roaming around on your way into town (Kelsey Sea Canyon). Any way you choose to slice it, you will love it! Enjoy!

Want to see another post about Avila? Click here :)

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25 Days of SLO Frozen Yogurt EditionToday is Day 14 of 25 Days of SLO Digital Adventure through San Luis Obispo with me, The Leesh!

Today we are talking dessert because let’s face it, it is one of my favorite things. I probably get frozen yogurt at least twice a week (OK sometimes it’s more like 3 or 4, but let’s keep that on the down low). And one of my all time favorite places to do that is SLO Downtown. Downtown SLO is surprisingly easy to get to and around if you know where to park… the structure across from the movie theater and Chino’s is the perfect spot to park if you just want to scoot over to Yogurt Creations or Bali’s.

Yup, that’s right, I like them both (Yogurt Creations and Bali’s). I know that many slocals are divided on this issue (much like political parties) but I’m an equal opportunity yogurt enthusiast. Bali’s is the original and has been in SLO for as long as I can remember. As far as I’m concerned, they invented the “do it yourself” idea and started the Fro Yo craze with awesome flavors and toppings galore. If you want the old school original, that is a piece of SLO history, go here!

Then came Yogurt Creations, which opened during my time in college. The younger, more colorful rival to Bali’s is the same idea… awesome yogurt and all the toppings you could ever want. They are also the more “hip” and social savvy place to go… you can even sign up for “favorite flavor” alerts so you can know when peanut butter is available ( I wouldn’t know anyone like that at all ;) ).

But if you want my real opinion, I think you should try both and see for yourself! You will not be disappointed either way. :)

For more info on Bali’s click here and more info on Yogurt Creations click here.

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