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Visiting the Central California Coast

Make the most of your next fall or winter visit to California with a trek through Central Coast. This region of CA, which roughly stretches from about as far north as Gilroy to as far south as Santa Barbara, can easily yield exciting, fun-filled days for all thanks to a wealth of top attractions and charming seaside cities. Make plans to visit California’s Central Coast today.

Monterey is always an inviting bayside destination. And during the fall and winter, it’s got plenty to offer – check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium, or the very popular Cannery Row. On October 6th, don’t miss out on this year’s Taste of Carmel, where more than 30 exceptional restaurants from the Monterey and Carmel area will plate a variety of dishes, all ideally paired with wines from 20 area vineyards.

Make sure you check out the Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival from November 18th to 20th at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. This is one of Monterey’s signature events during the fall, and is ideal for those who love the country western ballads. You can also enjoy a holiday celebration in Monterey with their annual Christmas in the Adobes event, held on December 9th and 10th.

A tour of the Central California Coast deserves a stay in Santa Barbara. Home to some of CA’s top attractions like the El Presidio de Santa Barbara, and Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park, this city yields unique and edifying perspectives – and the drive into nearby towns like Goleta, Ventura, and Carpinteria is quick.

As you plan your visit to Santa Barbara, keep in mind some of the premier events taking place this fall and winter. You can see the legendary country musician Kris Kristofferson live on stage at the Lobero Theatre on November 16th at 7:30 p.m. Jazz fans won’t want to miss out on Charles Lloyd & The Marvels live on stage at the same Lobero Theatre on November 28th. They’ll feature special guests Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, Reuben Rogers, and Eric Harland – what a line-up!

Another of the CA Coast’s premier holiday events takes place in Paso Robles. An easy drive in from nearby Atascadero and San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles will be hosting their 30th Annual Downtown Lighting Ceremony on November 25th. All events kick off at 5:30 p.m. and take place at Paso Robles City Park.

When your travel plans to San Luis Obispo break into 2017, don’t pass on one of the area’s most anticipated concert events. Christopher O’Riley will be performing live on stage at the Cohan Performing Arts Center on January 29th starting at 7 p.m.

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    Morro Bay

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    Morro Bay

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    Morro Bay

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    Paso Robles

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    San Luis Obispo

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    Santa Barbara

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    Santa Barbara

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    Santa Barbara

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    Santa Cruz

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    Santa Cruz

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    Santa Maria

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