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William Randolph Hearst's, Hearst Castle taken from Pacific Coast Highway 1 near San Simeon. Click to enlarge.
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Piedras Blancas Light House, north of San Simeon. Click to enlarge.
Piedres Blancas Lighthouse during a thunder storm.

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September/November...What to do and see when you vacation in Hearst Castle Country, Central California, month by month discription of what is going on near Hearst Castle plus area tourist activities and nearby visitors points of interest.

Some things to do and places to see in Hearst Castle Country: Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument William Randolph Hearst Memorial California State Beach Hearst San Simeon State Park Junior Ranger Programs Leffingwell Landing Moonstone Beach Shamel Community Park San Simeon Pier Cayucos Pier Morro Bay State Park Morro Bay State Park Morro Bay Golf Course Morro Bay Natural History Museum Monarch Butterflies Wildflower Viewing Bird Watching Scuba Diving Christmas at Hearst Castle Whale Watching Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery Zebra, Elk Other Pacific Coast Wildlife: sea otter, California Gray Whale, harbor seals, deer, bobcat, hawks, sea gulls, pelicans, fox and more... Shopping Art Gallaries Wine Tasting Cambria Pinedorado Harmony Cayucos Morro Bay Atascadero Paso Robles

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This page will help you plan your San Luis Obispo County, Hearst Castle Country visit and should enhance your San Luis Obispo County, Hearst Castle Country stay; it is not a constantly updated event calendar listing every small band that may have an engagement to play in San Luis Obispo County, Hearst Castle Country; there are listings and descriptions of all the annual major festivals, events and celebrations and it is a month by month general description what you might expect it to be like in San Luis Obispo County, Hearst Castle Country and some of things for you to do when you come.

September in San Luis Obispo County, Hearst Castle Country, Pinedorado, Pismo Beach Clam Fest, Castle Evening Tours and more...

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September is California Wine Month and the San Luis Obispo County wine community's more than 250 wineries and 36,000 vineyard acres are celebrating all month!!!
SEPTEMBER 2016 in San Luis Obispo County, Hearst Castle Country -
Labor Day Weekend brings the last summer tourist season hurrah to the California Central Coast. Its ironic that after this some of the areas best weather comes just after this time and its mostly just the locals there to enjoy it.
On Labor Day Weekend because there are so many celebrations elsewhere the Big Sur Coast south of Carmel to San Simeon is often comparatively quiet, don't get me wrong don't make a road trip without reservations motels of Big Sur do fill that weekend but down in Cambria it is the historic annual Pinedorado Days 805-927-3644 (Labor Day Weekend Friday September 2nd (VJ Day 1945) through Monday September 5th, (Labor Day) 2016) and Monterey County has their 80th annual Monterey County Fair August 31st through September5th, 2016.
All September long it is officially California Wine Month, celebrations all over San Luis Obispo County!
September 10th &11th , 2016 Annual Morro Bay Avocado & Margarita Festival!"¡Ándele! ¡Ándele! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! Yeehaw!" (Speedy Gonzales)... Sample different guacamoles til you turn Espaol! Quench your thirst with margaritas till you get tonto loco; Enjoy the BEST California Avocados in all variations of culinary delights as well as refreshing margaritas, beer, local wines, specialty foods, live entertainment, best sombrero parade, arts and crafts vendors & the beautiful Embarcadero. You could win a Year Supply of Avocados! 714 Embarcadero, Morro Bay.
Setember 1st and 2nd 2016 maybe this years last chance for Hearst Castle's “Designing the Dream” tours but usually towards the end of September beginning of October, the seasonal Hearst Castle (reservations: 1-800-444-4445 ) Evening Tours usually start up; these tours are long fun completely guided tours esnhanced by docents reenacting as 1930s guests and castle staff. On this tour visitors will walk through the gardens and visit the lavish Casa del Mar guest house and many rooms in the large Casa Grande main house. This extensive tour takes approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes. A special Accessibly Designed Evening Tour is also available.
tiny Lighthouse icon to highlight Piedras Blancas Light House tours central California coast fun visitor activity tourist thing to do.Thursday September 1st, 2016 & ongoing every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from September 1 through mid June, 2016 -- Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Tours: two hour tour of the historic Piedras Blancas Light House and Light Station grounds. Tour meets 9:45 AM the old Piedras Blancas Motel, about 1.5 miles north of the Lighthouse on Highway 1. You will be met there and escorted to the lighthouse in your car (do NOT go to the light house or wait by entrance gate). No tours on Federal Holidays. Groups of 10 or more need to make special arrangements. $10 adults/ $5 for children 6-17, Children under 5 are free. Call 805-927-7361 or email PiedrasBlancasTours@gmail.com for more info. Piedras Light Station Tour Info BLM
2016 Ongoing Friday-Monday:Cambria Historical Museum (805-927-2891) Historical Museum Burton Drive at Center Street, New displays and exhibits opening Friday, Sat., Sun., 1:00-4:00pm; & Mon. 10am-1pm, Free admission to museum and gardens.
Sunday Evening Cambria, Live Music & Wine ongoing until mid-September TBA 2016: Robin’s Restaurant (805-927-5007) is now having live music, wine, and tapas (Latino appetizers) Sunday evenings in their lovely backyard gardens though the summer until mid-September.
Saturday September 3rd, 2016: Brews & Bites Festival, SLO Mission Plaza (beer tasting tickets) -- Central coasts great wines get most the attention but we have some fine craft BEER breweries as well...did you taste what I am talking about at Mission Plaza San Luis Obispo:: Brews & Bites 2016 facebook: 6th annual festival in SLO is Saturday August 31, featuring beer from 9 local breweries, and delicious food offerings from a variety of local restaurants and live music; While admission to the festival is free, attendees have to pay to taste beer and food is sold separately with a proceeds from the event going to the Woods Humane Society and the San Luis Obispo Brewers Guild.
Saturday & Sunday, September TBA 2016: via dei Colori SLO Italian Street Painting Festival, San Luis Obispo: which in Italian means “street of colors,” Every year in September the uninteresting sidewalks in the Old Mission plaza and black-blah parts of Chorro and Monterey Streets are gilded with bright colorful, amazing large-scale temporary works of chalk art created by artists of all ages who are all children at heart. The artists or "madonnari" begin their chalk drawings Saturday morning and continue drawing throughout the two-day festival. The Festival hours are from 10 am to 6 pm daily and admission is free. If you have any questions please contact call Micah Smith at 704-7118 or Heidi Gibson at 594-0771..
Saturday September TBA, 2016: CATCH OF THE CENTRAL COAST: Seafood, dinner, wine, amazing silent auction items and a whole lot of fun at Avila Beach to benefit the SLO non profit Avila Beach Central Coast Aquarium's marine education programs and promoting ocean awareness (805-595-7280); Guests will will dine with spectacular ocean views over the water on the Harford Pier at the Port San Luis Harbor in Avila Beach. This limited seating event will include live music and both a live and silent auction. Guests will be able to choose from a locally sourced sustainable seafood dinner or non-seafood options, complete with local wine.
Monday September 19th, 2016 -- 10th Annual International Talk Like A Pirate Day Avast, me hearties! wherer ya be this day best be talkin pirate er get keelhauled!
September 22nd-25th 2016 -- Savor the Central Coast Wine, Food & Entertainments county-wide, organized by Sunset Magazine, this year TBA last year Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast celebration 2016; the main event is at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch. Taste...Sip...Indulge...Time to Play...SIP more than 200 wines, INDULGE in culinary bites from over 30 local chefs, MEET winemakers, brew masters and artisans; listen to live music watch cooking and culinary demonstrations.

The Central California Coast environment fosters hundreds of species of birds and offers endless opportunities for birding, watching and photography. A couple of my favorites are the funny Black-Crowned Night Heron with its iridescent ruby red eyes and the elegant tall long legged bright white Snowy Egrets. They are usually in San Luis Obispo County from September - March. The County, especially near Morro Bay, is one of the top bird-watching sites in the USA. Morro Bay State Park has a colossal shore bird rookery in the eucalyptus trees on the edge of the bay just north of the Natural History Museum, visit there at sundown when all the birds are returning to roost for the night and you will be amazed (hint: wear a hat:).

Video, Morro Bay Pelican Feeding Frenzy


Kayaking in Morro Bay on September 12, 2010 when we saw this amazing feeding frenzy near the Natural History Museum. There were hundreds of pelicans and terns apparently diving into schools of fish. This is a little bit of the action.

October in San Luis Obispo County Hearst Castle Country, Monarch Butterflies, Birds, Harvest and more things to do in the Autumn...

OCTOBER 2016 on the California Central Coast - October often starts with Indian summer days with bright blue skies; the forest comes alive with color, the poison oak turns bright red and leaves of deciduous trees turn shades of bright yellow and amber. Get on the magic bus to the Enchanted Hill! Hearst Castle Fall Evening Tours start early October and run thru December 31st most Friday and Saturday evenings; Hearst Castle guided evening tours are over two hours long and feature the Living History Program that emphasizes the bygone lavish lifestyle of the great estate in its heydays. Early October gala events get started in Cambria with the annual Cambria Oktoberfest, a Sorry NO Cambria Oktoberfest for 2014 or 2015 how about 2016? will this gala benefit celebration for multiple nonprofits that is patterned after the traditional German harvest celebration return? A wonderbau afternoon party of German cars, food, beer, music, dancing and raffles with German themed prizes to be had at the small towns of Baywood Park / Los Osos have been celebrating the harvest season German style at the end of October for 37 years, this years Baywood / Los Osos Oktoberfest and Car Show by the Bay is all day long Sunday, OctoberTBA 2016...the truth is Cambria is kinda scary the whole month of October with wacky whimsical scarecrows from their Annual Scarecrow & Harvest Festival.
October 1st Saturday & 2nd Sunday, 2016 -- Three Speckled Hens Antiques and Old Stuff Show : at Paso Robles Event Center featuring 90 antique collectors and dealers. Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; take the Highway 46 East Exit off Highway 101 (805-459-2541 or 805-440-7274).
October TBA, 2016 -- Morro Bay has celebrated their beautiful little harbor annually this time of year for thirty three years now at the interesting and fun nonprofit benefit the, 35th annual Morro Bay Harbor Festival, a not to be missed gala celebration of the harbor, coastal lifestyles, livelihoods, environments and Morro Bay's maritime heritage, Morro Bays paramount event! 2016's promises to be better than ever, entry is going to be free and feature more local vendors and even has a fireworks display TBA noon to 9PM.
tiny Lighthouse icon to highlight Piedras Blancas Light House tours central California coast fun visitor activity tourist thing to do.Tuesday October 4th, 2016 & ONGOING every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through the middle of June 2016 -- Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Tours : two hour tour of the historic Piedras Blancas Light House and Light Station grounds. Tour meets 9:45 AM the old Piedras Blancas Motel, about 1.5 miles north of the Lighthouse on Highway 1. You will be met there and escorted to the lighthouse in your car (do NOT go to the light house or wait by entrance gate). No tours on Federal Holidays. Groups of 10 or more need to make special arrangements. $10 adults/ $5 for children 6-17, Children under 5 are free. Call 805-927-7361 or email PiedrasBlancasTours@gmail.com for more info. Piedras Light Station Tour Info BLM
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Ready to Roll? October 7th/9th 2016 : The Central Coast Railroad Festival, check website for events and locations around the county Central Coast Railroad Festival’s website, www.ccrrf.com.
Are you ready to ROCK!!!? Saturday & Sunday October 19th & 20th. The San Luis Gem & Mineral Club is holding their annual Autumn Gem & Mineral Show in the Cayucos Veterans Building 10AM-5PM next to the pier in Cayucos.
October 1st/31st, 2016 -- Cambria Historical Society's Scarecrow Festival: view the scary specticals all October Long. Info Phone: (805-927-2891), Email: info@cambriahistoricalsociety.com
October 1st & 2nd Saturday & Sunday, 2016 -- Three Speckled Hens Antiques and Old Stuff Show : at Paso Robles Event Center featuring 90 antique collectors and dealers. Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; take the Highway 46 East Exit off Highway 101 (805-459-2541 or 805-440-7274).
Weekends of October TBA and October TBA 2016 -- Open Artist Studios Tour SLO Countywide: Artists all over San Luis Obispo County open the doors of their work and exibit spaces for your visitation in this 17th annual Open Studios Art Tour, sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council, or, Arts Obispo; the free event offers an inside look at the creative process of over 200 hundred artists throughout the Central Coast. This years tour features 219 artists opening their studios to the community. Pick up a FREE catalog or read it online to plan your itinerary for this self-guided tour. Artists show their work, sell pieces, and many work and demonstrate techniques during the tour. Studios dot all geographic areas of the county and cover a range of media from wood, glass and metal to watercolor, acrylic and oil in abstract, representational, functional and wearable formats. A not-to-be-missed event for any art enthusiast! For more information call Amy Hummel 805-544-9251
October Saturday October TBA, 2016 -- Cambria Historical Society Harvest Festival: a fun-filled day in the museum yard featuring vendors selling local products, food, beer & wine, live music by local bands, pumpkin decorating, and so much more. Don't miss our Harvest Pie Baking contest; enter or just come for a taste; several local authors selling and signing their books, and of course, the museum will be open with new exhibits to enjoy. Info: 805-927-1442.
One of the biggest celebrations for the city of Atascadero takes place the third weekend in October , Colony Days this year 21st/23rd 2016 celebrates the city's roots 103 years! It is a free family friendly colorful annual event that features an old-fashioned parade, an all day-long historic re-enactment of the early original "Tent City," with food, vendors, vintage music and kids activities in the scenic Sunken Gardens. Atascadero is also home to the ongoing attractions of the lovely park with the lake, pavilion , the Charles Paddok Zoo as well the spooky major Atascadero Main Street fundraiser, the Annual Main Street Halloween Costume Ball
Usually mid to late October -- Monarch butterflies return to their annual California coastal wintering grounds and can be seen by the thousands at Pismo Beach Monarch Grove, Ragged Point Resort and all over central California wherever their favorite flowers grow. October also usually has the first of the seasons light rains.
Weekend October TBA, 2016 -- Open Artist Studios Tour SLO Countywide: Artists all over San Luis Obispo County open the doors of their work and exibit spaces for your visitation in this 15th annual Open Studios Art Tour, sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council, or, Arts Obispo; the free event offers an inside look at the creative process of over 200 hundred artists throughout the Central Coast. Call Amy Hummel 805-544-9251. The self-guided Open Studios Tour takes place weekends in October and features work from several hundred artists throughout SLO County. ARTS Obispo provides a free Catalog which lists the all the Artists Participating in the tour. The printed catalogs will be available beginning September 15th at various locations throughout the county.
Friday/Sunday October 14th/16th, 2016 -- Harvest Wine Weekend: many Paso Robles region wineries celebrate the beginning of the vintage by inviting you to their various individual events that are as diverse as the wineries themselves.
All Weekend October 21st/ 23re, 2016: 70th Annual Pismo Beach Clam Festival A central coast tradition featureing a live parade, beer garden, clam chowder cook-off, wine tasting, surf contest, sandcastle contest, food, music and a new Friday night wine walk and more fun stuff... For Info Contact the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce 800-443-7778.
OctoberTBA, 2016 -- Open Artist Studios Tour SLO Countywide: Artists all over San Luis Obispo County open the doors of their work and exibit spaces for your visitation in this 15th annual Open Studios Art Tour, sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council, or, Arts Obispo; the free event offers an inside look at the creative process of over 200 hundred artists throughout the Central Coast. Call Amy Hummel 805-544-9251. The self-guided Open Studios Tour takes place weekends in October and features work from several hundred artists throughout SLO County. ARTS Obispo provides a free Catalog which lists the all the Artists Participating in the tour. The printed catalogs will be available beginning September 15th at various locations throughout the county.
Late fall and winter farmers, and gardeners finally get some well deserved time off and although any season it is good to visit the San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens now is not usually the best but they are having a show which relaxing gardeners, farmers, or photographers, or art lovers should enjoy and appreciate, it is an art gallery regularly updated and their are also other off-season garden and horticulture lectures, classes and events.
October 27th-30th, 2016 enjoy some good Jazz in Pismo Beach at the Jubilee by the Sea.
tiny Lighthouse icon to highlight Piedras Blancas Light House tours central California coast fun visitor activity tourist thing to do.Saturday October the TBAth, 2016 -- Special Piedras Blancas Light Station Twilight Tour: second annual twilight tours featuring guides in period attire, historic enactments, and sunset viewing. Four tour start times, 5:00, 5:15, 5:30, and 5:45; the special tours last 2 hours. The fee is $15 for adults, $5 for ages 6-17, and no fee for age 5 or under. Call now to reserve a spot on this one of these special twilignt tours. Space is limited and reservations are required, 805-924-1807. more info www.piedrasblancas.org/. Tours meet at the old Piedras Blancas Motel parking lot 20 minutes prior to start time.
All October is a great time to visit San Luis Obispo County if you appreciate the arts; in 2016, TBA the artists and art galleries of the whole county open up their doors with special shows and visitor receptions in one of the biggest art tours in the country, Arts Obispo.
From the beginning of October through Thanksgiving the 110 acre San Marcos Ranch opens to visitors from 10AM till dusk. They feature a corn maze, straw maze, Haunted Lost Dutchmans Mine, exotic creatures, pumpkins, gourds, squash and other goods from Grannys Gardens as well as a crusty ole miner who gives rides on his burro to the little uns.
October October TBA, 2016 -- "4th annual Stranded" in Morro Bay: 2016 to be the 4th consecutive yearly Vintage Camping Trailer Rally to be held at Morro Strand State Park, Wine and food tasting! Craft show and more! Saturday night concert. For more information call 805-772-2694.


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The California Spanish Missions, Museums and Historic Buildings to visit in Hearst Castle Country...

Bell Tower at Spanish Mission Nuestra Seora de la Soledad graphic to highlight the visitor activities with a historic flavor in San Luis Obispo County Hearst Castle Country; Click for a larger picture of this beautiful Spanish style adobe belltower at Mission Nuestra Seora de la Soledad. Historic and Scientific Visitor Attractions, Historic Buildings, Museums and such

Photograph of the history museum and Spanish Mission San Antonio, near Jolon, California, an interesting place to visit when taking a Hearst Castle Vacation; click for a larger complete picture of this tourist attraction Spanish Mission San Antonio
Amazing Museum & Spanish Mission San Antonio, Jolon, California
Photograph of the history museum and Spanish Mission San Antonio, near Jolon, California, an interesting place to visit when taking a Hearst Castle Vacation; click for a larger complete picture of this tourist attraction Spanish Mission San Antonio Mission San Antonio, Jolon CA
Interior of Perish Mission San Luis Obispo de Tulsa Photo: locals and tourists gather to worship and celebrate at the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tulsa perish; click for a larger look at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tulsa perish interior. Mission San Luis Obispo

Like History, Museums & Historic Old Buildings?: If you are the type who enjoys museums and old historic buildings than Hearst Castle isnt the only treat awaiting you in San Luis Obispo County, the area is littered with museums and old historic buildings including two of the Spanish California Missions, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tulsa and north of Paso Robles, Mission San Miguel Arcángel. Two more beautiful Spanish Missions line north before Carmel, Mission San Antonio de Pauda and Mission Nuestra Seora de la Soledad.

Photo of Historic Rios-Caledonia Adobe: tourist go to the San Miguel Mission and this adobe at the same time because they are close, ; click for a larger look at this century-old adobe inn and stage stop is located on the old mission trail between San Francisco and Los Angeles just north of Paso Robles. Historic Rios-Caledonia Adobe

The historic buildings in the area are beautiful and photogenic I have included a few to whet your appetite, go visit and take a few of your own. The historic buildings, history and other kinds of museums in the area are almost too numerous to list but here are most of the most popular ones:

San Luis Obispo County/Hearst Castle Country Museums, Historic Buildings, Spanish Missions
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MORE about California Spanish Missions: www.californias-missions.org...
California State Historical Landmarks in SLO County at: www.ceres.ca.gov/...
MORE about SLO County History Museums & Societies: www.slomuseums.org...

November in San Luis Obispo County Hearst Castle Country, Shopping, Wine Tasting, Classical Music and more Shopping...

 

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Don't forget that all area lodgings have seasonal prices. Deals can be had during the off season especially during the week, on weekends and holidays not so much but if you come late in the day without a reservation you can wheel and deal at the local motels, it never hurts to ask for a lower price!...
NOVEMBER 2016 in Hearst Castle Country...San Luis Obispo County-
November is of course a big event month, not just in Hearst Castle Country but all over the USA as we take the time to honor our military veterans (When? Veterans Day is Friday November 11, 2016), eat our turkeys, relieve the countries first Thanksgiving (Thursday, the 24th of November) and look for new reasons to be thankful...
Breathtaking Photograph of the Hearst Castle Refectory taken on a tour during the holidays when it was all decorated for Christmas; click for a larger Hearst Castle Christmas picture file, the whole picture including the Hearst Castle Tour Guide.
Towards the end of September the seasonal Hearst Castle (reservations: 1-800-444-4445 ) Evening Tours usually start up; these tours are long fun completely guided tours esnhanced by docents reenacting as 1930s guests and castle staff. On this tour visitors will walk through the gardens and visit the lavish Casa del Mar guest house and many rooms in the large Casa Grande main house. This extensive tour takes approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes. A special Accessibly Designed Evening Tour is also available. After Thanksgiving the Castle interior gets even more breathtaking during the holidays when it gets decked out for Christmas with Christmas trees, garlands, wreaths and all with vintage lights and decorations just like Hearst did back in the day.
Christmas time at Hearst Castle is an event that is not to be missed! The main house and guest houses are decorated just as they might have been on Christmas in the 1920s and 30s, creating an impressive sight and a special atmosphere that is sure to make the season bright for you and the whole family.
The Grand Rooms Tour and the Evening Tour are excellent ways to see many of the best and brightest holiday decorations during this special time of year. Volunteers often dress in period clothes and pose around the castle making it even more realistic and interesting.
tiny Lighthouse icon to highlight Piedras Blancas Light House tours central California coast fun visitor activity tourist thing to do.Tuesday November 1st, 2016 & ONGOING every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from through the middle of June 2016 -- Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Tours : two hour tour of the historic Piedras Blancas Light House and Light Station grounds. Tour meets 9:45 AM the old Piedras Blancas Motel, about 1.5 miles north of the Lighthouse on Highway 1. You will be met there and escorted to the lighthouse in your car (do NOT go to the light house or wait by entrance gate). No tours on Federal Holidays. Groups of 10 or more need to make special arrangements. $10 adults/ $5 for children 6-17, Children under 5 are free. Call 805-927-7361 or email PiedrasBlancasTours@gmail.com for more info. Piedras Light Station Tour Info BLM
November 1st, 2016 -- EXTENDED HOURS FOR SOME HEARST CASTLE TOURS -- (San Simeon, CA).— Hearst Castle’s most popular tours - Grand Rooms, Upstairs Suites, and Cottages and Kitchens tours will all be enhanced with 20 additional minutes of guided tour time beginning November 1, 2016. The extended guided tour time will include insights and views into the outdoor areas of the estate as well as a longer visit inside the buildings thus providing the public with a better opportunity to enjoy and learn about the impressive art collection. The tour routes have also been revised to make the outdoor stairs easier to negotiate. Advance tour reservations are very strongly recommended and may be made at www.HearstCastle.org or (800) 444-4445.
Saturday November, TBA 2016 -- Celebrate with an Evening in the Garden at Mission San Antonio de Padua: an enchanting opportunity to sample local wines from many outstanding wineries, while munching upon a selection of specially catered gourmet food delights, all amid the ambiance of our Padres’ Garden. Call (831) 385-4478 ext. 10 for more details on this year's event.( Mission & Hacienda Guest Lodge and Milpitas Ranchhouse on Hunter Liggett Army Base, Jolon, CA) -- EVEN BETTER...why not take a spiritual and historical mini-vacation and stay at a historical lodge next door to a California mission museum celebrate an evening of wine, music and good food in the Padres' garden at California’s third oldest and most remote mission, Mission San Antonio de Padua at 1 p.m. Saturday and soak up some Hearst historical flavor by spending the night staying at the Hearst Hacienda and Guest Lodge (reservations 831-386-2262).
Postponed until, TBA 2016 -- War Birds Over Paso , Vintage Plane & Auto Show : some aircraft from Planes of Fame: Two North American P51D Mustangs, Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, F4U Corsair, Dauntless SBD Dive Bomber , TBM Torpedo Bomber, the only surviving Northrup N9M “Flying Wing” B-25 Bomber and more...9AM-4PM at Paso Robles airport, 4251 Dry Creek Rd  Paso Robles, CA 93446, (contact 805-610-3310 or 805-227-0440)
Saturday November TBA, 2016 SLO Wine Country's Harvest on the Coast Weekend Free tasting in SLO Wine Country included with Saturday Grand Tasting ticket; weekend on the coast with our winemakers! That's what you will experience at our Harvest on the Coast Weekend, November TBA, 2016. Enjoy our winemaker's dinner Friday, November 6th, along with our Grand Tasting and Wine Auction on Saturday, November 7th, PLUS: Enjoy free tasting at SLO Wine Country tasting rooms all day Sunday, complimentary with your Saturday Grand tasting ticket.
Saturday November 5th, 2016 the 26th Annual Cayucos Car Show: 9am-4pm Downtown Ocean Ave... Awesome cars, good music, beer Garden, BBQ at the Vet's Hall 805-995-3809
November 2nd/5th , 2016 Dia de Los Muertos: "Day of the Dead" Traditional Celebrations & Processions to benefit Wilshire Home Health and Wilshire Hospice-- MORE INFO. Precessions at numerous venues, Grand Celebration including Mexican food, traditional Spanish music artists, performers and dancers in Mission Plaza, Downtown SLO, Saturday November 5, 10/3PM.
The 2016 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles will be held November TBA will mark the 26th anniversary of the Festival to honor local music and wine legend Ignacy Jan Paderewski in Paso Robles. Concerts of solo piano, jazz and chamber music, an exhibit of Paderewski memorabilia, celebrations of local young musicians and lectures by music and wine experts are planned.
Start your Christmas shopping early, Saturday November TBA, 2016 Cambria is hosting the Craft Fair.
Novovember Begins Christmas Holiday Season 2016 Cambria: Live Theater -- Pewter Plough Playhouse:Cambria's unique, intimate Jewel Box of Community Theatres, presenting entertaining live stage plays and other events year-round since 1976, now celebrating our 40th season! The cozy Cafe Lounge, just off the lobby, offers wines and other refreshments. The resident theatre company at the Playhouse, the Pewter Plough Players, Inc., is a nonprofit 501. Check soon to see what's playing.
Saturday November TBA San Luis Obispo: Pig Out at the Bacon Fest 2016: at the Madonna Inn Expo. 30+ Restaurants featuring their best Bacon dishes, 10+ Wineries/Breweries offering Bacon pairing and there will even a pagent where a Bacon Queen will be chosen to reign over the event. One ticket lets you go hog wild with unlimited bacon and beverage samplings profits to benefit Ward House Charaties' afterschool meal programs for SLO County Schools. Enter the Bacon Eating Contest: 3 pounds!
November TBA /DecemberTBA/Dec TBA/Dec TBA-- annual Cambria Christmas Market: Cambria Pines Lodge Property 4 to 9PM: festive outdoor market in the German American tradition. food, drink, music and gifts. A $5 admission fee will be charged for those 12 and older, there’s also a season pass.. Vendors feature locally made items, ornaments, toys, jewelry, woolen goods, hand blown glass, candles and more! Nightly extensive Christmas lighting increased for TBA and live entertainment and music. To simplify parking shuttle vans will run from the market location at the Cambria Pines Lodge to other Cambria parking locations including the Cambria Nursery at 2801 Eton Rd, and Main Street locations, the Veterans Memorial Building, the Cambria Medical Building, the former Bank of America and the Community Health Center (800-966-6490).

Links to Many More San Luis Obispo County & Monterey Events Calendars...

San Luis Obispo County Calendars of Events
Friends of Hearst Castle Events Calendar: www.friendsofhearstcastle.org/special_events....
Cambria CA Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar: www.cambriachamber.org/calendar....
Cayucos Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar: www.cayucoschamber.com/Calendar...
Cayucos Events Calendar: www.cayucosbythesea.com/events...
Events Calendar Morro Bay Merchants: www.morro-bay.net/events...
San Luis Obispo Visitors & Conference Bureau : www.sanluisobispocounty.com/...
SLO Visitors Guide : www.slovisitorsguide.com/...
WineCountry.com Events : www.sanluisobispo.winecountry.com/...
More Wine Events: www.pasowine.com/events/...
City of San Luis Obispo CA: www.sanluisobispovacations.com/things-to-do/events/...
Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo Calendar: www.pacslo.org/...
Pismo Beach California Events Calendar: www.pismoevents.com/...
Agriculture Tourism Events Calendar: www.agadventures.org/calendar...

Monterey/Big Sur Area Calendars of Events
Big-Sur-Lodging.com, January/May Events Calendar: www.big-sur-lodging.com/...
Big-Sur-Lodging.com, July/December Events Calendar: www.big-sur-lodging.com/...
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar: www.bigsurcalifornia.org/events...
Monterey County Herald Newspaper, Events: www.montereyherald.com/gomagazine/...
Monterey.com Events and more : www.monterey.com/...
SeeMonterey.com Events Calendar: www.seemonterey.com/calendar/...
Monterey County Weekly Newspaper: www.montereycountyweekly.com/...

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Agritourism in SLO County, fun family farms, ranches, orchards and Farmers Markets to visit in Hearst Castle Country...

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Photograph of the Jack Creek Farms Country Stores that look like a little old west town, located near Templeton, California, an interesting place to visit when taking a Hearst Castle Vacation, a great example from the growing agritourism business in the SLO County area.
Cool Li'l Western Town Look of Jack Creek Farm, Templeton, California
Photograph of the front of Linn's Restaurant in the historic old Bank of America Building, Cambria, California, an interesting place to eat when taking a Hearst Castle Vacation; click for a larger complete picture of the front of Linn's Main Street Cambria Restaurant. Linn's Restaurant, Cambria, CA
Photograph of the San Marcos Ranch Lost Dutchman Mine entrance with an old miner and his burro that looks like something out of the old west, located in Paso Robles, California, an interesting place to visit when taking a Hearst Castle Vacation, a great example from the growing agritourism business in the SLO County area.; click for a larger file of the haunted Lost Dutchman Mine entrance and the crusty ol' miner with his funn burro. San Marcos Ranch Haunted Lost Dutchman Mine

San Luis Obispo County Agritourism is a category of vacation pleasures that has been silently growing with little recognition. The truth agriculture and area tourists hand in hand has been going on in SLO Hearst Castle Country for a long time and has in some instances gotten quite large it just hasnt been labeled as such. The biggest players in the Agritourism trade are of course the winemakers, they are very organized and have attractive events for visitors and locals alike throughout the year. Anyone that has been to Knotts Berry Farm knows the family farm can progress way beyond the roadside fruit & vegetable stand. Hearst Castle countrys local agritourism hero would be Linn's Fruit Bin; its a wonderful drive to get to their country store and fun to shop when you get there. Linns has successfully expanded in many areas, like local wholesaling and a restaurant but they dont offer much entertainment yet. Sometimes getting there is half the fun, you may want to consider a road-trip to Avila Beach to visit the Avila Valley Barn. It has become a tradition for me to make an annual trek up the famous See Canyon apple growing country to visit Gopher Glen to get some cheap ugly apples to make apple-butter; See Canyon Road south of San Luis Obispo in the fall is a beautiful and fun back-country road trip. You dont necessarily have to taste the local grown produce to enjoy it though, take for instance one local farm you may just want to visit for the smell-of-it, Grays Lavender Farm. There are some other local family farms expanding into the agritourism industry that are beginning to offer entertainment in addition to their wonderful roadside fruit & vegetable stands or country stores: Jack Creek Farms was the first that I first visited several years ago and now just in time for Halloween comes San Marcos Ranch with the haunted Lost Dutchman Mine and other fun and exotic offerings. Another well established family farm that adds fun to their farm fresh offerings is a goat dairy with a country roadside store and fun critters for the kids to play with, Happy Acres Family Farm.

Delicious bright tasty looking local grown vegitables at the Farmers Market; click for a larger file of these lovely fresh vegitables at the local Farmers Market. Fresh Vegies at Farmers Market
Photo of a pretty decanter of pure clear fresh amber olive oil and some lovely olives on the branch; click for a slightly larger file of this pretty fresh olive oil picture.
Fresh Olive Oil

Not yet mentioned and almost akin to the local wine industry is the olive oil business, any local foodie will tell you that the best place to get good olive oil is at the source, olive oil tasting anyone?: Olea Farm, Olive Oil Tasting - Terrace Hill Olive Oil, - Pasolivo Olive Oil, - Mt. Olive Company.
SLO County Local Farmers Markets: Local Farmers Markets are a fun activity popular with visitors too and out of town people are traveling here because of our developing lama businesses as well. Most towns in SLO County now have their own Farmers Markets some cities even have two. Each Farmers Market has its own unique charm and claims to fame. Every Farmers Marker offers flowers, honey, locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables some organic produce and crafts, some also offer locally caught fish, and or local beef. Many offer free entertainment.
List of San Luis Obispo County/Hearst Castle Country Farmers Markets Every Day of the Week! starting Monday:

  • Baywood Park Downtown 2 4:30 PM
    Tuesday:
  • Paso Robles Downtown City Park 3 6 PM
    Wednesday:
  • Arroyo Grande Spencers Parking Lot Courtland & E. Grand 8:30 11 AM
  • Atascadero Albertsons Parking Lot 3 6 PM
    Thursday:
  • Morro Bay Spencers Parking Lot 2650 Main Street 2:30- 5 PM
  • San Luis Obispo Downtown 6 9 PM
    Friday:
  • Paso Robles Wal-Mart Parking Lot S. River & Niblick Rd. 9 AM Noon
  • Cambria Vets Hall Parking Lot 1000 Main St. 2:30 5 PM
  • Cayucos Vets Hall Downtown 10:12:30 PM (Memorial Day Labor Day Only)
  • Avila Beach Downtown Promenade 4 8 PM (April Sept. Only)
    Saturday:
  • San Luis Obispo Cost Plus Parking Lot Madonna Rd 8 AM 10:30 AM
  • Paso Robles Downtown City Park 9 1 PM
  • Templeton Downtown Park 9 12:30 PM (Most Farmers of all Markets in SLO County!)
  • Arroyo Grande Downtown Gazebo Branch St. Noon 2:30 PM
  • Morro Bay Downtown Main Street 2:30 5 PM
    Sunday:
  • Nipomo Monarch Dunes Country Club 1645 Trilogy Pkwy 11:30-2:30 PM
  • Grover Beach Ramona Garden Park 995 Ramona 3 6 PM
MORE about South SLO County Farmers Markets: www.slocountyfarmers.org...
MORE about North SLO County Farmers Markets: www.northcountyfarmersmarkets.com...
SLO Agritourism: AG Adventures on the Central Coast at: www.agadventures.org/...
Alpacas at Crossroads Ranch Paso Robles CA: www.openherd.com/farms/382/alpacas-at-crossroads-ranch...
Morro Fleece Works, Custom, washing, picking, carding, pin drafting, felt or fabrics etc: www.morrofleeceworks.com/...

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