San Simeon Hotels in San Luis Obispo County

October 7, 2021
San Luis Obispo County has a lot of famous cities and attractions. One of them is Hearst Castle.

Hearst Castle is located in San Simeon city, a coastal town that's quaint and beautiful.

There's less than a dozen hotels in San Simeon but if you'd like to find a quieter part of California that's right at the coast, then San Simeon is the perfect getaway. Here's a list of hotels in San Simeon.

Cavalier Oceanfront Resort
This hotel is only 3 miles from Hearst Castle.

The Morgan at San Simeon Hotel
This is a boutique hotel that is pet-friendly.

Days Inn by Wyndham
Most affordable hotel rate in all of San Simeon.

Quality Inn San Simeon
This hotel is only 2 miles from Hearst Castle and has a pool.

San Simeon Lodge
This lodge has ocean view rooms as options.

Oceanpoint Ranch
They have ranch-chic style hotel rooms.

To see all hotel rates in San Simeon, click here. Many people stay in San Simeon or Cambria overnight to visit Hearst Castle. To see pictures of Hearst Castle that I took during my personal visit, click here.

Cambria, another beautiful and quaint California beach town is located only 3 miles from San Simeon. They have scarecrows on display throughout the town for the month of October every year! See all hotels in Cambria, California.

See pictures of hotels that I've personally stayed at in San Luis Obispo County for staycations.


Thanksgiving Break Camps in SLO County

September 19, 2021
It's only a couple more months until Thanksgiving is here. If your kids are like mine, they usually crave to get more active by the 3rd day of any consecutive break. A few hours a day at a vacation day camp can really help them have a more exciting break and still have time to relax at home.

Luckily, there's a few regular places around the county that usually run break camps. Here's what I've found so far for Thanksgiving Break Camps. More will be posted as they are announced on the web.
  1. Boys & Girls Club of South San Luis Obispo Fall Break Camp and it runs for 3 days from Nov 22 - 24, 2021. (Enroll between Nov 1 - 5, 2021.) More Details.
  2. Youth Evolution Basketball Thanksgiving Camp for Paso Robles (Lev2/3) in Paso Robles for age between 5 - 12 years old. Dates: Nov 22 - 24, 2021 from 3:15PM - 5:45PM at Centennial Park run by the City of Paso Robles. More details.
  3. Basketball Camp: Youth Evolution Training between Nov 22 - 24, 2021 at two different parks (Rancho Grande and Strother Park) in Arroyo Grande. There are 2 ages groups: 5 - 7 years old and 8 - 11 years old. It's 3 hours a day and you can pick from either 9AM - Noon or 12:30PM - 3:30PM. Cost is $100. You register through the City of Arroyo Grande's Recreation website. More details.
  4. Youth Evolution Basketball Thanksgiving Camp for San Luis Obispo for two age groups: 5 - 7 years old (12:30 - 3:30PM at Santa Rosa Roller Rink Court) and 7 - 11 years old (12:30 - 3:30PM at Meadow Park in San Luis Obispo, California. Cost is $100. More details.

Port San Luis Pier Pictures in Avila Beach

August 29, 2021
There are 3 piers in Avila Beach but Port San Luis Pier is my favorite of the bunch. It's located on the farthest right if you're facing the ocean and driving into Avila Beach from the road. It's past the PG & E plant and lighthouse.

You'll see some campers parked there. Don't be discourage. Just keep driving and you'll see a free parking area. That is when you'll see the Port San Luis Pier. You can go fishing on this pier without a fishing license and also see sea lions from this pier. They like to hang out around here.

I really love coming here with the family. Like any fishing pier, it can smell seafoody but if you love seafood, it won't bother you. When it's cloudy, I feel like I'm in heaven as the fog hangs really close.

Here are more photos from Port San Luis Pier on a sunny day last year. The restaurants was just opening again from the pandemic and we decided to come here as they have restaurant with an outdoor area to enjoy our meal.
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A lot of boats were roaming around the bay. 
Avila Beach Piers

After walking around for awhile, we enjoyed a lunch at Mersea's, which is a seafood restaurant located right on the pier! I had their tacos while I enjoyed this fantastic view.
Mersea's Restaurant Picture in Avila Beach

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Enjoy your day!

More about Avila Beach:
Avila Beach is located in San Luis Obispo County and is one of many beaches in the area. They have farmers markets, a lot of restaurants and shops and a great playground for kids. See more pictures of Avila Beach.

Avila Beach T-Shirts:
Avila Beach California Vintage Retro T-Shirt

Pismo Beach T-Shirts

August 25, 2021
Here are some of my favorite Pismo Beach t-shirts that you can find online for under $20 and save that energy to enjoy the ocean.


There's not a shortage of souvenir shops in Pismo Beach that sell t-shirts but it can be overwhelming to search through hundreds of them to find the right one. Upon going on a hunt to find Pismo Beach T-Shirts or 805 T-Shirts as a gift, I was getting a bit tired already after just finding a decent parking spot at the beach. I wasn't tired physically, just mentally tired. Then, stopping in one-by-one through a swarm of tourists was another obstacle. That is why I am such a happy online shopper. I'll happily go to the beach to put my feet in the sand but shopping for a t-shirt makes me a bit light-headed. 

Pismo Beach California Vacation Souvenir T-shirt Gift

Pismo Beach T-shirts that are more appropriate for kids:

More retros and other types of Pismo Beach Souvenirs:

Here are some funny, not Pismo Beach specific T-Shirts but still great:

Pro-tip: You can actually find Pismo Beach t-shirts and souvenirs at Rite Aid and CVS in the Pismo Beach or Arroyo Grande areas if you spotted one and was already nearby in the same shopping center for some reason. Sometimes they're in a rack is in the back of the store but still visible or in an odd aisle.

The great thing is you can find all of these Pismo Beach T-Shirts and souvenirs at the local drug stores that I mentioned above, beach shops in Pismo Beach or online but finding a Grover Beach T-shirt is like finding gold in the sand. I wrote a blog entry about a list of Grover Beach t-shirts that you can find online.

Hey Transplant Mom

August 20, 2021
Hey Transplant Mom,

I understand your pain, uncertainty and a bit of emptiness as you wait by the gate to retrieve your child and hear a group of moms chatting it up. You think, "I'm just going to focus on my child" but deep down, you wish to be in that conversation. The way they wave to each other and go on outings together to talk about mom life is something you only get to do via Zoom with your close friends from a distance. That group over there is maybe an established group that took a few years of growth or maybe less, but it took a good leader.

You've only lived here for a little while, still acclimating to everything while adjusting to the pandemic life. One adaptation to another, you reflect back to think of the all things you've achieved while you're away from your close friends hours away, states away or even countries away. I get you. I am a transplant mom. Friendships take time. If you're an introvert like me, then it'll take a lot of time!

So, how do I get around to coping with the thought of wishing my bestest friends live close to me? I created a blog. This one to be exact. I went exploring with my kids and focused all that energy on them, playing with them and being a kid again. What I lack, I made it up in other areas or at least I try to. I started joining in educational zoom meetings versus scrolling through social media feeds. I'd post content but not look at others' content. I did more creating and less observing. I took more pictures of my scenery, picked up hobbies like learning how to sew a fabric mask. (See blog entry here to see the masks I created.) And it's because I had more time to be creative and kind of learn about what I'm good at. Sometimes I think the reason why I have a great relationship with my husband and 2 kids is because I spend less time complaining about them (mainly because I have no one to complain to) so I tackle issues head on!  And I'm just trying to live the best life that I can with the circumstances that we have.

So what are you good at, or want to be good at? Start there and maybe with what you're good at, you can find others who share the same hobbies. Or maybe you'll become so good at something and it makes you so happy that it has filled a void in your life? So let's think about it. Let's start creating something soon. And if you're braver and wiser than me, you can be the leader and build your own mom group.


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About Me

San Luis Obispo Mom Originally from San Diego, California, I'm a San Diego State University alumna, veteran's wife and mom of two kids who were born two years apart. After living on the East Coast for 6 years, we now reside in San Luis Obispo County and here, the exploration continues.
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