WESTERN MONARCH SUMMIT
THINGS TO DO & SEE WHILE HERE
Near Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo, Californa
Pismo Beach/San Luis Obispo, California
January 20 - 22, 2023
These activities are not provided as part of this Summit or your registration. They are suggestions as a courtesy to help you enjoy your visit during the Summit.
ACTIVITIES NORTH OF EMBASSY SUITES
6-9pm Higuera between Osos and Chorro Streets - 805-824-7383
Farm fresh since 1978. All produce grown in California.
Montano De Oro - Morro Bay
This park features rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. Naturalists and backpackers enjoy the solitude and freedom found along the park's trails. There are also mountain biking and equestrian trails. The best-known beach is Spooner's Cove, across from the campground. The park's name, "Mountain of Gold," comes from the golden wildflowers that bloom in spring. Wildlife in the park includes black tailed deer and the black oystercatcher. The park includes primitive and equestrian campsites.
The Enchanted Hill” high above the ocean at San Simeon, was conceived by William Randolph Hearst and architect Julia Morgan. Construction began in 1919 and continued for nearly 30 years. It is a world-famous estate and offers tours.
Reservations and prior ticket purchase recommended.
Elephant Seal Rookery
The Piedras Blancas Rookery is the only elephant seal rookery in the world that is easily accessible, free, and open to the public every day of the year. No reservations are needed. The rookery is located seven miles north of San Simeon on Highway 1.
Hearst Castle and the Rookery could be seen the same day.
ACTIVITIES SOUTH OF EMBASSY SUITES
Old West Cinnamon Rolls specializes in hand made cinnamon rolls (9 different variations) and homemade delicious cream cheese frosting. We also make our own carrot cake, brownies, assorted muffins, cookies and other baked goods. Our coffee is locally roasted by Coastal Peaks Roasters in SLO.
861 Dolliver St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449 - 805.773.1428
Book a flight in a 1942 Boeing Stearman WW2 Biplane (it’s yellow!)
561 Air Park Drive, Hanger C, Oceano, CA - 805.474.6491
The Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville is fun for the whole family! Enjoy top-notch musicals, comedies, and classic melodramas in a lively cabaret setting at prices affordable for the whole family.
805.489.2499 1827 Front St., Oceano, CA (21 minutes south of Embassy Suites)
Advance reservations advised.
Visitor’s Center has hands-on exhibits of native plant and animal species, information on Pismo clams, off-highway vehicles, and cultural history. Behind the center is a fresh-water (man-made) lagoon.
This is also one entrance to the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). The off-highway vehicle (OHV) areas are administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. This area offers visitors recreational activities such as swimming, surfing, surf fishing, camping and hiking.
555 Pier Ave., Oceano, CA - 805.474.2664
Call to check for hours
THE FOLLOWING OPPORTUNITIES ARE PROVIDED BY:
At 880 acres, the Pismo Preserve offers truly exceptional and diverse recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors will enjoy over 11 miles of trail traversing serene oak woodlands and coastal ridge lines with stunning panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean stretching from the Irish Hills to Point Sal.
Open Daily - Dawn to Dusk (Trails may close when wet.)
Exit 191 B from US Highway 101 in Pismo Beach. The entrance and parking lot are located on the east side of the freeway at the very southern end of Mattie Road.
80 Mattie Road, Pismo Beach, CA 93446
Endangered plants and pocket wetlands grace Black Lake Canyon, which is closed to public access except for docent-led tours.
No Services. 805.544.9096
The scenic Kathleen’s Canyon Overlook offers breathtaking views of Black Lake Canyon and the world-class Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes while sheltering various wildlife species.
Originally a homestead property, a dilapidated building was removed from the site when it was purchased for conservation in order to restore the land to its natural state.
Recently, the 55-acre site was dedicated to the late, longtime environmental activist Kathleen Goddard Jones, affectionately known as the “Dunes Mother”.
ACTIVITIES 30 MILES SOUTH OF EMBASSY SUITES
From Oceano, head south on Highway 1 for 6.5 miles. At Oso Flaco Lake Road, turn right and follow until the road dead ends at the day use parking lot. Oso Flaco Lake is an 800 acre day use area in the southern portion of the Oceano Dunes SVRA and is part of the 22,000 acre Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes Complex.
Trail length: 1 mile from trailhead to beach overlook; 2 miles round trip 3098 Osos Flaco Lake Road, Arroyo Grande, CA 9342. $5 entrance fee.
1065 Guadalupe Street in Guadalupe, California. Contact us at 805.343.2455 for more information on docent led tours through the dunes.
At the Dunes Center explore artifacts unearthed from the Guadalupe Dunes from Cecil B. DeMille’s silent epic, The Ten Commandments.