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What to See & Do

The Central Coast is the very best that California has to offer! Beautiful scenery, picturesque small towns, gorgeous beaches, hundreds of wineries, and miles of gorgeous landscapes - not to mention one of the best climates in the country.

We hope that during your stay here you are able to get out and enjoy this beautiful place we call home, and to help, we've given a few suggestions of our favorite spots to get you started:

Central Coast Wine Country

Here at Aterno, you are in the heart of Central Coast Wine Country. Templeton and Paso Robles produce some of the best grapes in California. There are over 350 wineries, big and small, in the area waiting for you to come have a taste! Here's a few of our favorites:

For wine tours and transportation check out: Breakaway Tours101 Wine Tours and 

Uncorked Wine Tours.

San Luis Obispo

"The happiest place on earth" - Oprah

Tucked between the Coast Range, the Pacific Ocean and right in the middle of Central Coast Wine Country, San Luis Obispo enjoys all the spoils of a life well lived on the California coast.


Barbecued ribs, fresh produce, locally made products, live entertainment… you can find it all at the lively Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market! Every Thursday from 6-9 pm.

In 1772, Spaniards decided to make a home in what we now consider downtown San Luis Obispo. They came and built a mission that is still standing today in the center of town. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa remains a working parish church.

Recently featured on National Geographic’s Strange Planet travel trivia, Bubblegum Alley is one of San Luis Obispo’s funkiest attractions.

Avila Beach

This little beach side town offers recreation, dinning and plenty of water sports - not to mention some of the best sandy beach around. If you visit during summer - you might be lucky enough to catch the humpback whales frolicking and feeding in the bay as they migrate south.


Video: Destination Avila Beach & Valley


Farmer's Market on Friday evening from 4 - 8 pm with live music, food (everything from crepes to fish tacos!!) and plenty of fresh produce.


Central Coast Aquarium - perfectly kid friendly and parents love it too!

Kayaking and paddle boarding: Avila Beach Paddle Sports - paddle out to the old lighthouse and beyond.


Sport Fishing: Patriot Sport Fishing


Whale Watching and Sailing: Central Coast Sailing Charters


Video: Set Sail to Paradise  Land of Ahhs

San Simeon

Steeped in a rich history that dates back to 1836, San Simeon was first established when the San Miguel Mission was secularised and divided into three distinct ranches: Piedras Blancas, Santa Rosa and San Simeon. Today, it's beauty is world renowned for is dramatic coastline and vast ranches including the Hearst Castle and Ranch.


Video: Destination San Simeon


Visit the "House on the Hilltop" of California Tycoon William Randolph Hearst: Tours and exploration of Hearst Castle


Located just a few miles north of Hearst Castle, off of California Highway 1, the Piedras Blancas rookery has become a world-famous attraction. The Elephant Seals


Historic, Towering Landmark on the coast: Piedras Blancas Light Station

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