San Luis Obispo (or SLO, as the locals call it), in the heart of Central California, epitomizes the Slow Down, See More lifestyle. Here, most people like to turn down the speed dial and focus on connections with nature’s bountiful gifts. Hike, bike, and kayak amid gorgeous landscapes, blessed with sunny skies most of the year. Feast on fresh food from farmer’s markets everywhere. Beachcomb and lounge at stellar beaches along more than 100 miles of pristine Pacific coastline. Stimulate the mind, thanks to the many influences from nationally ranked California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly).
SLO County is also special because it retains an old California character from about 50 years ago. It sits midway between two major cities: Los Angeles and San Francisco. The vast region encompasses many diverse towns, including San Simeon (home of Hearst Castle), Morro Bay, and Pismo Beach, and world-class wine regions in Paso Robles and southern San Luis Obispo County (SLO Coast and Edna Valley).
Anyone can live the SLO life here. Bring the family. Bring the pets. Chat with the locals and find people who share your passions. Connect with a slower pace of life that focuses on the basics. Good food, good wines, good times with good folks in the great outdoors — they’re all guaranteed to put a smile on your face. –Cheryl Crabtree