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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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Piedres Blancas Lighthouse during a thunder storm.

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December/February...What to do and see when you vacation in Hearst Castle Country, Central California, month by month discription of what is going on nFmear 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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DECEMBER - JAN - FEB - Gift Shopping - Bird Watching - Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Colony - Monarch Butterflies - Humming Birds - Gray Whale Watching - Historic Buildings, Missions, Science, Museums etc. - SLO County Wine Tasting - Best Wine Tasting Road Trips, Limos & Wine Tasting Tour Services - Agritourism Attractions in SLO County - Farmers Markets in SLO County - Wildflowers Viewing in SLO County - Best Picnic Spots near Hearst Castle - Best Beaches near Hearst Castle - Central Coast Water Sports & Recreation - Links to More Events Calendars - Big Sur Beaches - MARCH - APRIL - MAY - JUNE - JULY - AUGUST- SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - Wildflowers in SLO County - Best Picnic Spots near Hearst Castle - Best Beaches near Hearst Castle - Art Galleries
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Animated Smiley Christmas caroller with lighted Christmas Tree, presents, and friend snowman to highlight fun holiday activities and local events HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! Most towns have some sort of lighting ceremony which often includes caroling, hot coco and a visit from Santa Clause. Although community oriented these small events can still be fun for a visitor and also there are some areas of every town that are famous for pretty lights and Christmas time decorations, it is a cheering American pastime to take holiday season evening drives to view the pretty holiday lighting and extravagant decorations. Some annual holiday events like the SLO Christmas Parade and the Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade are so enjoyable they are worth an extra effort and drive to attend for visitor and resident alike.

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One of the Best Times to Tour Hearst Castle is During the Christmas Season, Breathtaking...

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. 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.

No need to make up excuses to celebrate during these next few months, Christmas is on Friday December the 25th in 2015, New Years Day on Friday January 1st in 2016, Tuesday February 2nd, 2016 is Groundhog Day and then Romantic heart icon as Valentine's Day February 14th reminder. Valentines Day is Sunday the 14th, 2016 and Presidents Day Monday the February 15th in 2016, ya hoo!

Tiny Raincloud to highlight the chance of rain during the rainy season.A scenic Pacific Coast Highway 1 highway closed sign and road barricade to highlight the rainy season and possibility of highway one closures. The first rains on the Central California Coast often come in the middle or towards the end of October but the "Rainy Season" Generally Runs from November - February in Central California plan your road trips and adjust accordingly and check weather and road conditions before you leave home.

DECEMBER 2015 in Hearst Castle Country- This is the month you should consider seriously taking advantage of the central coasts off-season rates and getting away from the hustle and bustle of your Christmas holiday routines and treating yourself to a coast winter adventure; Plan a road trip to Hearst Castle Country this December, the prices are down and the weather is often very pretty!
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The CCRRF Public Wine Rail Excursions have been suspended for winter 2016. Hopefully they will be reintroduced in the Spring of 2016: What began as an annual special event has by demand turned into a monthly adventure, the Wine Rail Excursion a wine tasting luncheon partially on the train, a bus, and at winerys was part of the Train Day celebration presented by the Bienial Central Coast Railroad Festival people now taking place very other year (next one October 07/09, 2016) but it was so popular that organizers are now running it on the second Sunday of once every month plus pleanty of extra special runs on other dates. This unique fun wine tasting tousr traveled from San Luis Obispo to Paso Robles or visa versa utilizing the train and a bus and there are stops for wine tasting and lunch along the way. Learn more about this wonderful entertaining marriage between the rails and the wineries from this. You can still arrange for private & group excursions which can feature round trips to Santa Barbara of the Cuesta Grade, 805-773-4173 to make reservations or visit the Central Coast Railroad Festival’s website, www.ccrrf.com.
Tuesday December 2nd/9th 2015 Morro Bay: -- Tall Ship Make Harbor Morro Bay: The tall ship Lady Washington will visit Morro Bay; living history dockside tours and afternoon sails! Ships offering walk-on tours and two options for sailing excursions. Crew in 18th century costumes will welcome visitor’s dockside for ship handling demonstrations, sea shanty singing and story telling. The Lady Washington: • Appeared as the Black Pearl in the 2003 movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” • Launched in 1989 • Replica of one of the first U.S. flagged vessels to visit the West Coast. • Main mast of the 99-ton vessel rises 89 feet off the water• Crewed by U.S. Coast Guard professionals and a number of volunteers. The ships, will dock at Sub Sea Tours, 699 Embarcadero, Morro Bay.
December 2-6/Dec 9-13/Dec 16-23, 2015 -- 4th 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 2015 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).
Christmas Market will also be open 5:00/9:00PM as will most businesses throughout the downtown business district for Cambria’s 24th Annual Hospitality Night Thursday December 3rd (more information call 805-927-3624 or 800-966-6490).
December 5th, 2015, Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade: A breathtaking beautiful annual event; the spectacular parade of all shapes and sizes of boats bedecked with lights and decorations for the holiday season that begins and ends at Tidelands Park; the announcing station is at the north end of the Embarcadero and the awards ceremony is at the Yacht Club. There are food vendors and live entertainment at Tidelands and Anchor Parks.
December 6th 2016 TBA -- Holiday Feast at Hearst Castle: (sells out early!) -- beautiful banquet to benefit the worthy Friends of Hearst Castle, a delicious gala event that recreates the glamour of those exciting times when the rich and famous of the day gathered in W. R’s hilltop estate for a taste of the truly good life: fabulous food and wine, good company, spirited conversation and great entertainment (805-927-2138); the enchanting evening begins with a luxury coach ride to the hilltop, a sparkling wine reception followed by a five-course meal served in Mr. Hearst’s Refectory dining room. Each course is paired with the best local wines. Music of the era will fill the house and usher guests through this magical evening. Each guest will take home a special Castle-inspired Holiday Gift, and a professional keepsake holiday photograph.
Cambria's Annual Holiday in the Pines, all December till the 31st. 2015: Special Christmas Time Events, Cambria Merchants, B&B's and Motel Discounts and Special Holiday Deals
2015 Ongoing Friday-Monday:Cambria Historical Museum (805-927-2891)... Santa & Mrs Clause will be there for photo ops December 3, 5/8PM, Cambria Hospitalitay Night...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.
tiny Lighthouse icon to highlight Piedras Blancas Light House tours central California coast fun visitor activity tourist thing to do. 2015 & ongoing all year every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through the middle of June 2015 -- 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
Friday December 4th, 2015 -- San Luis Obispo 40th annual Christmas Parade: Christmas floats, bikes, and of course Santa; Parade begins 7pm at the corner of Palm and Chorro, continues on Higuera and comes to an end at the corner of Higuera and Nipomo streets.
Friday, December 5th, Holiday Open House at Harmony Cellars: 4:30-6:30pm, Delight in an evening of holiday cheer as chestnuts roast; mull wine and watch as they light Chuck’s Christmas tree made of barrel staves. Bows to decorate the tree will be sold over the holidays to raise money for RISE of San Luis Obispo (a nonprofit organization that serves both victims of intimate partner violence and sexual assault/abuse and their loved ones). Specials on wine and merchandise, too. 4:30-6:30pm. No reservations necessaru.
December 9th, 5-9 p.m., The annual Winter Wonderland Celebration in Atascadero's historic downtown Colony District; included are 50 tons of snow, Christmas Carousel, Santa & Mrs. Claus, Main Street Entertainment Stage, Elks Little Train, Christmas Castle, BMX Bike Demonstrations and dozens of food and gift vendors, plus bouncers for the kids and lots of holiday music. Bring a few dollars to eat, bounce or shop, but everything else is free and the kids love it!
December 10th, 2015 Cayucos: 7th Annual Christmas in Cayucos Celebration 5:00pm-8:00pm; merchants along Ocean Avenue have open house special sales & Christmas decoration competition. Tree lighting ceremony & free horse drawn carriage rides, children's activities, strolling carolers and a visit from Santa. Unique holiday shopping with gift ideas, special offers, giveaways, refreshments and entertainment. (805-995-1200).
Did you know William Randolph Hearst loved to entertain and every December he would deck the castle out lavishly for the season? And did you know that every December they still lavishly decorate Hearst Castle with vintage decorations for Christmas like he did? You should include a tour of Hearst Castle into your Big Sur Scenic Highway 1 road trip!

January in San Luis Obispo County Hearst Castle Country, Cayucos Polar Bear Dip, Winter Bird Festival, Winter things to do ...

JANUARY 2016 in Hearst Castle Country/San Luis Obispo County - The best way to start out the New Year is to wake up in on the California Central Coast! If you have never have been to a central coast New Years party you are missing out, we know hot to party out an old year and start anew. Most all the Castle Country live music venues and resorts have a special New Years bash of some sort with live music, special menus and hotel room/dinner/party package deals. One of my favorite places to ring in the New Year is at the Ragged Point Inn Resort and I have experienced the New Year party at Ragged Point many times and can tell you first hand much fun is had by all! Most resorts New Years parties are probably similar, the whole resort is one Big Party, celebration going on in the rooms, in the lounge and everywhere; people have some much fun they often return to their same favorite Central California Coast establishments year after year.
Generally more than a hundred zany people start the new year out by jumping in the chilly Pacific Ocean January 1st next to the Cayucos pier in the infamous Carlin Carlin Soule Memorial Polar Bear Dip. Wetsuits are not allowed, most wear swimsuits but some come in crazy costumes. This 2016 celebration will be the 33nd year for this foolish annual event; festivities begin at 9:30 the big dip happens at noon.
It never gets really cold here on the coast, one of my favorite Christmas Day traditions is to take a long ride in my convertable with the top down but January does have the years lowest temperatures. The cooler temperatures drive away the fog and mist making for beautiful blue daytime skies and at the night phenomenal star viewing because of the lack of pollution and ambient light. You will want to consider the forecasts when you plan your trip because the rainy season has begun but it usually includes breaks with fabulous weather.
tiny Lighthouse icon to highlight Piedras Blancas Light House tours central California coast fun visitor activity tourist thing to do.Tuesday January 6th, 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
January 2016 is SLO County Restaurant Month: The San Luis Obispo County Visitors and Conference Bureau has declared January Restaurant month so for all month you can get a special 3 course dinner for $30 at some of the counties finest restaurants located all over the county. A choice few closest to Hearst Castle Are: CAMBRIA: Robin's Restaurant, 805.927.5007, (ROBIN'S 3 COURSE SPECIAL RESTAURANT MONTH MENU ).
January 15th-19th, 2016 -- 20th annual Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival: Guided Tours of the Estuary and many surrounding areas. San Luis Obispo County and Morro Bay now ranks in the top of American birding areas and this event has become a major winter birding festival famous throughout the U.S.A.; more than 200 species are usually sighted. 2016 Program -- Schedule of Special Events 2016
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 time for the plants but they always schedule off-season events like, gardening symposiums, art shows and such that farmers, gardeners, photographers, or art lovers should enjoy and appreciate.
You can now spot the California Gray Whales migrating south towards the warm Baja California seas and look for baby sea otter pups with their mothers, they are born January/March.
If you want to see the giant gray whales up close Virg's Landing of Morro Bay runs whale watching excursions December/April (805-772-1222).
This is also a good time to view the now protected Elephant seals, (Mirounga angustirostris), once over-hunted to near extinction have large populations along the Big Sur Coast; in January the pregnant females begin to appear at favored beach locations and give birth to cute little babies within days. The best place to view the elephant seal activities is at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal rookery; there they have developed bluff-top boardwalks with nature interpretative signs and docents are also often on hand to answer questions; see what the elephant seals are up to right now on the new elephant seal livecam.
January 29th -30th & 31st, 2016-- Annual Cambria Art & Wine Festival: begins on Friday morning with related special shopping deals and entertainment all over Cambria. The main kick off Party on Friday night from 6-10 pm includes the art show preview, wine & food pairing and entertainment. Saturday, the Vets' Hall is open from 10 am-4 pm for the art show/silent auction. Wine tasting for the main event is on Saturday from 1 to 4:30 PM and includes the art show/silent auction, wine tasting, as well as gourmet food and demonstrating artists at the Bianchini House in Cambria's east village. On Sunday the shopping specials continue throughout the village. Enjoy the artists' faire, barbecue & raffle drawings at the Vets' Hall. Meet the artists and enjoy them and their works.
Saturday January 30th, 2016 -- Pacific Coast Wine Trail sponsored by Hearst Ranch Wines: Wine Pairing Dinner at Indigo Moon coinciding with Cambria Art & Wine Festival Weekend; five course dinner at Indigo Moon Restaurant, each course will be expertly paired with TWO artisan wines. 7pm. Reservations are required and seating is limited., RSVP the Indigo Moon (805-927-2911).
Sunday January 31st, 2016 -- Jolon, CA -- Support the historic mission, have dinner and take a vacation...Sunday Brunch and Cutting of the Roses at Mission San Antonio de Padua ; 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sunday, see the museum, shop the mission gift shop, extend your stay and soak up some Hearst historical flavor by spending the night staying at the Hearst Hacienda and Guest Lodge (reservations 831-386-2262).


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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.Find that unique gift for a special friend, or shop till ya drop in Hearst Castle Country SLO

Fish Eye wide angle photo taken in Cambria California East Village of the many Gift Shops and Art Galleries that line both sides of the street for as far as the eye can see.
Christmas Gift Shopping? Cambria's East Village, Gift Shops, Antique Stores & Art Galleries as far as the eye can see...
Photograph of the waterfront at Morro Bay California with Embarcadero Gift Shops in the foreground and the bay and Morro Rock in the Back; click for a larger file of these gift shops mostly for visitor tourists. Embarcadero Gift Shops, Morro Bay, CA
Photograph of some Burton Street Gift Shops, in West Village, Cambria California, click for a larger file of these trendy gift shops for tourist visitors.
Burton Street Gift Shops, Cambria

Gift Shopping In Central California: The holiday season is often a stressful anyway and most people leave at least some of their gift shopping till the last minute. Why not pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag and come to Hearst Castle Country and take a gift shopping vacation?
The opportunities for finding that special gift are endless. Want to find something truly unique, one of a kind? Why not take a tour of some of the areas local Art Galleries, Gift Shops and Antique Stores. Some places like Cambrias West Village have developed for the purpose of providing visitors with unique shopping opportunities.
The Embarcadero on the waterfront of Morro Bay is another place that has one gift shop or art gallery after another; Morro Bay also has numerous antique and second-hand stores.

Photo of a Costco Wholsale Store like the one in San Luis Obispo City.
Costco Wholsale Store
Photo of bright inviting wine shop in Cambria called Fermintations, click for a larger version of this wine shop that features wine and wine accessories shopping and wine tasting.
Fermintations Wine Shop

If you are looking for something more traditional the normal gift shopping venues abound here too, you will find no shortage of shopping malls and big name discount stores like Costco, Wallmart, and Target here plus wonderful places to sit, relax and lunch or coffee when you get ready to drop. If big stores aren't your style why not try the small town of Harmony, California, population 19. Harmony is located just south of Cambria on the Pacific Coast Highway 1 and have lots of unique gifts, their is an Art Gallery/Pottery Shop, Glass Blower with studio & Gift Shop, and a Harmony Wine Cellars.
You could make a great day or two wine tasting and shopping for wine related gifts around Hearst Castle Country; start with Hearst Ranch Wine at Sebastians in San Simeon, head south for a tour of tasting around Cambria for Cutruzzola Vineyards, Twin Coyotes, Stolo Winery, Moonstone Cellars, Black Hand Cellars and more...hit Harmony Cellars and stay on the coast continuing to Cayucos Cellars then Morro Bay (Chateau Margene) or continue on to and past S.L.O. or head east inland on highway 41 or 46 for Paso Robles Wines, hope you have have a designated driver or you won't make it back.

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February is the last month you will see the Monarch Butterflies in Hearst Castle Country; many have already moved on to find milkweeds which is the plant they need in order to lay their eggs. Till the end of February few of the monarch butterflies can be seen in the gardens of Ragged Point and there is a park dedicated to the monarchs in a eucalyptus grove at Pismo Beach; there are viewing areas with telescopes, interpretive displays and during the season the docent trailer opens at 10am and closes at 4pm daily; docents give talks daily at 11am and 2pm till February 29th.
tiny Lighthouse icon to highlight Piedras Blancas Light House tours central California coast fun visitor activity tourist thing to do.Saturday Tuesday February 2nd, 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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tiny Lighthouse icon to highlight Piedras Blancas Light House tours central California coast fun visitor activity tourist thing to do.Saturday, Februrary 13, 2016 - Peek at the Past, Piedras Blancas Light Station, 141st Birthday Celebration Tour -- Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Tour : the light station was first illuminated on February 14, 1875. In celebration of the birthday of the lighthouse there will be special living history tours: guides and assistants will be dressed in period attire and enactors will bring light station history to life as it was at the light station during the 1890's. Meet at the former Piedras Blancas Motel by 9:45AM. This is a popular annual event, and leaves on time so arrive early! Regular tour fees apply: $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-17, no fee for ages 5 and under. See tour page for details about tours. Call 805-927-7361 for more information and reservations or 805-924-1807 or email PiedrasBlancasTours@gmail.com.
Year Around and Special for February 14th (Romantic heart icon as Valentine's Day February 14th reminder. Valentines Day), 2016 , -- Paso Wine Country Tours By The Wine Wrangler, Romantic Valentine's Day Wine Tasting Tour, 2pm - 5pm, (805.238.5700) Go with your Valentine on a wonderful wine tasting tour and taste of Paso Robles wine Country wines; exploring the flavors of the region along with a special paring of chocolates and ports offered exclusively at the Paso Robles Wine Club. Valentine's Day Special Includes: * Level 2 Wrangler Adventure Tour-Paso Robles * Chocolate & Port pairing at the Paso Robles Wine Club * Special logo glass to remember your day.
Saturday February 19th/21st, 2016 Old San Simeon Village, San Simeon Acres & Cambria -- Paso BlendFest on the Coast : The 2nd Annual Paso BlendFest on the Coast will showcase the scenic beauty of the coast with the renowned wines of Paso Robles Wine Country, only miles away. BlendFest will invite visitors to San Simeon and Cambria to Grow Wild beyond a glass of everyday wine, featuring 25-30 of Paso Robles’ renowned wineries, each showcasing two distinct blends! The events will be held at The Cavalier Resort in San Simeon Acres and the Hearst Warehouse in Old San Simeon Village, guests will be able to taste and appreciate spectacular local wines and enjoy the stunning California Pacific Coast. In order to maximize the experience, BlendFest on the Coast is a multi-session event featuring two unique events for two audiences. Session one, held from 1 to 3 p.m. will be limited to 150 guests and feature wine tasting for $40. Session two, the “Sunset Tasting,” will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with tickets limited to 120 guests at $65 per person. This tasting will also feature passed appetizers and live music. Additional complementary events are in the works, including a winemaker dinner. You can save $10 on your ticket by making a lodging reservation in San Simeon Acres or Cambria first... Stay and Save! Make Your Lodging Reservations for San Simeon or Cambria Now! and or Make Your Reservations for Paso BlendFest on the Coast Now!
Follow the Pacific Coast Wine Trail anytime especially Ferbuary TBA, 2016 -- Pacific Coast Trail Wine Tasting Passport Weekend: From San Simeon to Morro Bay, follow the Pacific Coast Wine Trail to discover wine and food pairings, wine discounts and more at nine participating wineries. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 21-22; Visit wineries and tasting rooms along the Pacific Coastline stretching from San Simeon ( Hearst Ranch: ) to Cayucos ( Cayucos Cellars ) with stops in between including Cambria (Quatro Dias and others) and Harmony ( Harmony Cellars ) ; kick-off the experience with a delicious special passport dinner paired of course with local wines.Friday the 20th in Cambria at Linn's (1-805-927-1499) Linn's Passport Menu . Fees vary by winery. A portion of tasting fees will benefit the Marine Mammal Center of San Luis Obispo.
Saturday February 26th & 27th, 2016 -- SLO Craft Beer Fest - Locals and many of the best breweries in the U.S. will be featured at this event. Tickets include sovenir tasting glass, unlimited beer samples, selected food samples, and access to all the great music. Additional food available for purchase; ALEX MADONNA EXPO CENTER, San Luis Obispo, (805) 748-5386 -- SELLS OUT !!! GET TICKETS EARLY !!!
Saturday's main event includes - Motel Drive rockin' the fest with their back by demand music performance. Also enjoy special educational beer seminars. Guest speakers this year will include Chuck Higel of Wine Warehouse, Tyler Clark of Libertine Pub, and Vanessa North of Luis Wine Bar. Friday Night Event is "Hoppy As Can Be" live music TBA. Both days there will be shuttle service provided by Hop On Beer Tours. Stops at SLO Brew and Campus Bottle approx. every 20 minutes.

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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Typical adult male elephant seal face; long trunk like nose shows why these seals at the colony at Piedras Blancas Central California coast are called Elephant seals. Lots of action at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery

Dynamic Elephant Seal Action Photograph: Two male Elephant Seals at Pidras Blancas ,California, fighting for dominance; click for hi resoulution file of this male elephant fighting action photo by Thomas B. Roach.
Two sub-adult male Elephant Seals at Pidras Blancas ,California, fighting for dominance (photo by Thomas B. Roach)
Photograph of a bloody alpha male northern elephant seal; close up of the seals bloody face as he readys to attack.

The Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery: Late Fall and early Winter, the three months covered on this page, December, January and February offer some of the most fun and interesting elephant seal action viewing.
By December most sub-adult males hauled up onto the beach and are practice their talents at protecting territory. Almost like play their confrontations not as serious as the adult males, and can be fun to watch. In late November and into December the bulls start arriving and staking out territory and fighting over females. These are real battles, violent and sometimes very scary, blood and cuts can be readily seen. The winners are known as the alpha males or beach masters and will be the ones that will mate with the females.


Elephant Seals at Piedras Blancas California, Males Fighting, Female Birthing, Mating...


A great short video taken from the boardwalk at the Piedras Blancas Elephant seal rookery which shows almost everything that goes on that you might hope to see during this time. You see males fighting to be dominant, a seal giving birth, and a pair mating.
Photo of the cover for an ebook by Denise Kocek called Elephant Seal Seasons at the Piedras Blancas Colony, CA.; click to order this inexpensive booklet by Denise Kocek: Elephant Seal Seasons at the Piedras Blancas Colony, CA
Photo of a pretty cute little baby weiner elephant seal.
Cute Little Weiner Elephant Seal

The pregnant females haul out onto the beach in late fall and by mid-December the pregnant females are starting to birth with the peak around the middle of February. They give birth to their pup within a few days of their arrival on the beach and are very protective of their pups; they nurse them for approximately four weeks and after they have successfully mated they return to sea to forage and replace their lost weight while leaving the wieners in groups to play and learn how to swim and be seals.
The Elephant Seal viewing boardwalks and areas are adjacent to the two parking lots just south of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. Learn more about the timing of the seals other seasons from the Elephant Seals Rookery Activities by the Month calendar on the activities near Hearst Castle San Simeon page. - or - purchase this great new inexpensive ebook by Denise Kocek: Elephant Seal Seasons at the Piedras Blancas Colony, CA.

See what the elephant seals are up to right now on the new elephant seal livecam.
MORE about the Elephant Seal Rookery from the nonprofit Friends of the Elephant Seals: www.elephantseal.org/...

Piedras Blancas Seal Colony Blog by professional nature photographer Denise Kocek: www.elsealnotes.blogspot.com/...
Piedras Blancas Seal & Central Coast Marine Life Blog by docent Christine Heinrichs: www.elephantseals.blogspot.com/...
Piedras Blancas Lighthouse is just north: Breau of Land Management www.blm.gov/...

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