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A look back at 2016 travels: California's Central Coast

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Springtime is a glorious time of year to visit California’s central coast. I spent the first nine days of April 2016 in a roughly 200-mile area within Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties, venturing as far south as Simi Valley, the location of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, and as far north as Paso Robles and nearby San Simeon, overlooking the coast, where I toured Hearst Castle, the hilltop estate of publishing magnate, William Randolph Hearst.

The reason for my visit to California was to attend the annual conference of NATJA (North American Travel Journalist Association) in Oxnard, but first I met up with several of my fellow journalists to explore the Paso Robles area, including its food, wine, and accommodations.

Paso Robles

Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Paso Robles was the base for the first two nights of my central coast tour....

...We participated in a FARMsteadEd class. which gave us a closer look at the agricultural riches of the area, including locally grown and produced products — The Groves on 41 olive oil, The Chocolate Stache, and Re:Find hand-crafted spirits, We also toured the farm and were served a true farm-to-table lunch.  Read More...


Thank you Tropical Travel Girl for sharing your adventures & experiences in Paso Robles!

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