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Roarin’ Good Times at Rooster Creek Tavern – Arroyo Grande, CA

By Donna / August 7, 2019 /

When I got out of my jeep in the parking lot at the Rooster Creek Tavern in Arroyo Grande there where a bunch of well… Roosters running around the parking lot.

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Your Exotic Beach Bucket List – from Montecito Village Travel

By Donna / May 3, 2018 /

From Montecito Village Travel CALICA, MEXICO At Imanta Resort you can begin your day with a private yoga lesson held in the Observatorio. Featuring 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and the lush Sierra de Vallejo jungle, you will surely be inspired and restored. You can relax on the beach or for the more adventurous,…

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New Things are Brewing in Old Orcutt…and it’s a “Blast”!

By Donna / May 3, 2018 /

By Pam Adkisson Some exciting changes are afoot just in time for summer in Old Town Orcutt. About an hour north of Santa Barbara, and 35 minutes south of San Luis Obispo, this small town enclave is experiencing a renaissance, yet maintains its small–town spirit. This month, Rooney‘s Irish Pub will become Blast Brewery at…

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What’s new at the Monterey Bay Aquarium?

By Donna / May 2, 2018 /

By Donna Polizzi Monterey is less than one hour south of Santa Cruz and four hours North of Santa Barbara. Keys 2 the Coast highly recommends that everyone visit the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. It is one of the top things to do in Monterey and it will be a memorable experience for all ages.…

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Pfeiffer State Beach – Big Sur, CA

By Donna / May 2, 2018 /

One of the best drives on the California Central Coast is through Big Sur. Deep gorges, cut through rugged mountains and pine forests that extend to the edge of sandy beaches. Cascading waterfalls, plunging into the sea below, are a glorious sight to see. California’s Central Coast is beyond compare in natural beauty. The area…

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Every Hour is Happy Hour At the Hapy Bistro in Pismo Beach, CA

By Donna / May 1, 2018 /

By Gaby Mendoza Hapy Bistro in Pismo Beach is a Keys 2 the Coast favorite place to wine, dine and explore on the California Central Coast. Many people might walk or drive by the restaurant, without realizing what a gem of a dining experience that exists in the strip mall at 821 Oak Park Blvd.,…

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By Donna / April 30, 2018 /

Chances are if you’ve arrived at an airport in most major cities throughout the United States, you’ll find a Radisson Hotel. Santa Maria is no exception. The Radisson in Santa Maria is situated on the Santa Maria Airport’s airfield. This makes the Radisson ideal for the recreational flyer but perhaps especially for the corporate flyer.…

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Pirates Cove – Avila Beach, CA

By Donna / April 27, 2018 /

By Donna Polizzi The California Central Coast offers some of the best views and hiking trails on the Pacific coastline and Pirate’s Cove is one of those places. More and more visitors are becoming aware of this nature lover’s paradise, in San Luis Obispo County. Wedged between Pismo Beach and Avila Beach, Pirate’s Cove is…

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The Garden Mediterranean Restaurant and Cafe, A New Flavor in Town – Santa Maria, CA

By Donna / April 26, 2018 /

By Gaby Mendoza So many culturally different restaurants are popping up on the Central Coast and all of them aspire to become some of the best restaurants in the area. A lovely, Mediterranean style restaurant, definitely qualifies to be in that category. The Garden Mediterranean Restaurant and Café, is making a name for itself in…

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El Otro Lado in Panama- Where luxury meets the Jungle

By Donna / April 23, 2018 /

  Is your passport valid? Now that’s a question that peaks interest. I believe that life is good, but it gets better with perspective from a 30,000-foot view from an airplane window, on the way to paradise. For sanity sake, we all need to get up and away on occasion, to clear our heads and…

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A picnic and a glimpse of California history at La Purisima Mission – Lompoc, CA

By Donna / April 11, 2018 /

By Gaby Mendoza Who would have thought that one of the California Spanish missions along the coast would be the perfect place to spend a warm sunny day?   La Purisima is a big beautiful mission. Perfect for picnics and exploring.  As soon as you pull into the parking lot expect to be confused as…

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The Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes Center is a tiny natural history museum with BIG plans!

By Donna / April 9, 2018 /

By Donna Polizzi Doug Jenzen, the Executive Director of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, received a call from community leader Susan Righetti, to share her plan to donate the Historic Far Western Tavern building. The building will become the home of the new Dunes Center. This call was the catalyst to rolling out the plans for…

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Old Town Brew – Nipomo, CA

By Donna / April 5, 2018 /

A new gem for beer drinkers and socialites on the Central Coast has popped up, in the quiet town of Nipomo, on the southern part of San Luis Obispo County. And not just any part of Nipomo, it is located in Olde Towne Nipomo, which is how the Old Town Brew got its name. Old…

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Jalama Beach – Lompoc, CA

By Donna / April 2, 2018 /

Ocean Vistas, Wine, and Special Sauce, Oh My! Lompoc is one of the Central Coast’s forgotten cities.  Many of the locals know it as a place to go wine tasting and skydiving, but little do people know that it’s one of the best places to watch a sunset, hike trails along the coast and is…

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Brunch at the Santa Maria Inn – Santa Maria, CA

By Donna / March 30, 2018 /

Looking for a great place to go for Sunday Brunch? The Historic Santa Maria Inn has been a place to stay and dine that has hosted the rich and famous for 100 years. To celebrate 100 great years, there is now a new Century Room featuring a fabulous Sunday Brunch. Let me tell you. It…

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Like the Irish with Montecito Village Travel

By Donna / March 17, 2018 /

St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin From Montecito Village Travel In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all week long. Enjoy a weekend of festivities, including parades, live entertainment, street performers, food vendors, musicians, live marching bands and of course, a lot of Guinness. In Dublin, there will be no shortage of fake orange beards and…

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Where to Stay on the Central Coast? Radisson – Santa Maria Valley, CA

By Donna / March 14, 2018 /

The Radisson Hotel, at 3455 Skyway Drive, is conveniently located adjacent to the Santa Maria Public Airport. It is one of the best places to stay in the Santa Maria Valley. The hotel is recently renovated, spacious and the service insures a great experience. As soon as you enter the Radisson, you’ll see a huge…

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Downtown Friday’s in Santa Maria, CA

By Donna / March 7, 2018 /

Don’t Miss it! March 30th to September 28th, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Town Center West – Don’t miss out on the fun at Downtown Friday’s in Santa Maria!  This year promises to be the best ever. Click here for upcoming information on “Friday Nights“. Check us on Facebook!  Downtown Fridays operate in the Fallas…

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Raving About Riverbench, Santa Maria Valley, CA

By Donna / March 2, 2018 /

By Donna Polizzi My lot in life is to seek and discover the best places to wine, dine, explore and more for Keys2theCoast.  The Santa Maria Valley is definitely a Keys2theCoast favorite.  Have you ever walked into a place and immediately thought “Ohhh, I’m so glad I came here?” Riverbench is that kind of place.…

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Olive Oil Roundup, San Luis Obispo County, CA

By Donna / March 2, 2018 /

By Donna Polizzi Olio Nuevo Ranch in Paso Robles is one of the finest tasting room and olive groves to visit, especially if you would like to learn the proper way to “taste” olive oil. Many find it interesting to know that there is a right and wrong way to do an olive oil tasting…

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Best of the Brunch in SLO, San Luis Obispo County, CA

By Donna / March 1, 2018 /

Ah brunch, that well-deserved moment in the week, where food meets a good time and relaxation. Keys 2 the Coast has been in search of the best breakfast and brunch spots, in Northern San Luis Obispo County and we just might have found them. A good way to start your day is at the Country…

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White Wines: Unexpected Pleasures from Paso Robles, CA

By Donna / February 20, 2018 /

By Cindy Rynning- Guest Blogger Paso Robles was named Wine Region of the Year in 2013 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, yet more than a few wine lovers aren’t familiar with the area or its wines. Located between San Francisco and Los Angeles and about 40 minutes east of the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find this bucolic town along…

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A Monterey County Discovery: Scheid Family Wines’ District 7

By Donna / February 20, 2018 /

By Cindy Rynning- Guest Blogger One of my favorite endeavors is to discover a wine that’s new to me. Whether it’s from an off-the-beaten-track region, a winery of which I’m not familiar, or a varietal that I haven’t fully explored, the first taste is always an adventure. And recently, I had more than a few memorable…

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Off the Grid in Cambria, California

By Donna / February 20, 2018 /

Guest Blogger-Cindy Rynning Thirty miles west of Paso Robles, on the Central Coast of California, lies the charming resort town of Cambria where ocean sunsets, eclectic shops, terrific restaurants, and comfortable inns are waiting for you.  Prior to this summer’s Wine Blogger’s Conference in Santa Barbara, I spent two days in Cambria with my daughter, Stephanie, who is a resident.  My…

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The Santa Maria Valley is home to the Goddess of Winemaking

By Donna / February 14, 2018 /

  By Donna Polizzi  The Santa Maria Valley is surrounded by wildflower-covered mountains, in the heart of the California Central Coast. There is no better place to get away, any day of the week. Santa Maria is a family-friendly city, with everything you need, for a fun-filled vacation destination. Santa Maria and neighboring Old Orcutt…

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Getaway to Goleta, CA

By Donna / February 9, 2018 /

Tourists are far more familiar with Santa Barbara and many people don’t know that the neighboring city of Goleta has much to offer. It is located 20 miles South of Solvang, and State Street’s main shopping and dining area in Santa Barbara is only 7 miles away. While exploring for Keys 2 the Coast, looking…

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Alapay Cellars in Avila Beach, CA

By Donna / February 9, 2018 /

By Donna Polizzi There is an adorable tasting room, named Alapay Cellars, that is well worth the stop. It’s located at 415 1st Street, Avila Beach, Ca., and they offer up excellent wine, late harvests and an atmosphere that is totally appropriate for the beach. After entering the uniquely rounded building, located literally on the corner…

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Sip and Shop in Morro Bay, CA

By Donna / February 9, 2018 /

By Gaby Mendoza Have you visited Morro Bay lately? If not, get ready for an adventure. It’s a magical place, where you can find sweet spots not only outdoors, but indoors, as well. First and foremost, Morro Rock is a spectacular site and the bay is gorgeous.  Seagulls caw in the distances and seals bark…

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Nature Walk at Oso Flaco Lake – San Luis Obispo County, CA

By Donna / February 9, 2018 /

 By Donna Polizzi Keys 2 the Coast has discovered another hidden gem to visit on the California Central Coast. The type of place that thrills you to see that we have protected, preserves and let us see nature at its finest? Visiting Oso Flaco Lake State Park in San Luis Obispo County is a must;…

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Guadalupe Native Garden in Santa Maria Valley

By Donna / February 8, 2018 /

 By Donna Polizzi  Did you know the little town of Guadalupe, nestled in the western Santa Maria Valley has a native garden? This adorable little patch of California natives will give you a new-found interest in Botany. With its informational message board containing the “Plant of the Month” every month, and plant labels attached to…

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Adventures in Atascadero, CA

By Donna / February 6, 2018 /

By Donna Polizzi It all starts and stops with great food… and Atascadero is a great place to spend a casual day from breakfast to burgers.  Start your day with a lovely breakfast at The Country Touch Café.  This family-owned and operated restaurant is located right off of El Camino Real and is run by…

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Tucked away in the Santa Ynez Valley, CA – Sunstone Winery

By Donna / February 1, 2018 /

By Donna Polizzi Tucked away in the cradle of the Santa Ynez Valley, where the rich and famous boast second homes, hundreds of miles away from the Los Angeles rat race, is a true gem on the Central Coast.  Sunstone Winery, located at 125 Refugio Road, Santa Ynez, is a short 35-minute drive from Santa Barbara.…

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Bob Jones Trail in Avila Beach, CA

By Donna / January 30, 2018 /

By Donna Polizzi Where on the California Central Coast is the best place to hike, bike or take a stroll in the beautiful San Luis Obispo County?  The well-known and well-traveled Bob Jones Trail is most certainly a contender.  The Bob Jones is paved and it takes you on a visually delightful journey from the…

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San Antonio Winery in Paso Robles, Ca

By Donna / January 28, 2018 /

By Donna Polizzi San Antonio Winery majestically sits right off Highway 46 East, at 2610 Buena Vista Rd., in Paso Robles. This family-owned winery, spanning four generations, was established in 1917 and opened in Paso Robles in 2010.  After 100 years in business, the experience shows.  San Antonio Winery offers a wide variety of brands, the…

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A Rad Escape to the Radisson in Santa Maria, CA

By Donna / January 18, 2018 /

By Donna Polizzi We all have reasons that require an occasional escape from the requirements of everyday life.  It’s amazing how just a couple of days away from work, home and sometimes our kids, can restore a person’s energy and put a more positive spin on life in general.  Not to mention the importance of…

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Unwind on Vine in Paso Robles, CA

By Donna / January 17, 2018 /

Occasionally, I need to get away and unwind.  Recently, Keys 2 the Coast discovered a great place in Paso Robles to escape to for a good time to rest and eat great food while staying at Unwind on Vine. Casey and Caroline Shepherd are a young couple who own a management company called Paso Wine…

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La Cosecha Bar and Restaurant in Paso Robles, CA

By Donna / January 16, 2018 /

I stopped to have Brunch at an awesome little restaurant, called La Cosecha Bar and Restaurant.  It’s a small restaurant that is big on atmosphere and has a big city, downtown buzz. Craig Newman, the bartender, said…” I love working here. My co-workers are like good friends.” Craig makes a mean Bloody Mary. It is a work of…

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Wine and dine in Napa Valley, Ca

By Donna / January 11, 2018 /

As a longtime resident of Santa Barbara County, with geographical proximity to delightfully charming towns scattered throughout the Central Coast, I confess to being spoiled. A good friend’s birthday recently took me to the Napa Valley, where we enjoyed the breathtaking countryside, delicious food, sinful pastries and great wine. For those unfamiliar with Napa, allow…

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Historic Masatani Market in Guadalupe, Ca

By Donna / December 27, 2017 /

Pacific Coast Highway, CA Hwy 1, runs right through downtown Guadalupe, CA  in Santa Barbara County. The downtown area makes you feel like you’re going back in time. Guadalupe was established in 1840 and incorporated on August 3, 1946.  The small city is home to only 7100 residents.  It is a well-known destination for fantastic…

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Madonna Inn Lights Up the Coast with Holiday Cheer in San Luis Obispo, CA

By Donna / December 27, 2017 /

Christmas time at the Madonna Inn Resort and Spa is magical. Entering this lovely resort is like stepping onto a movie set, specifically designed to immerse guests in the holiday spirit. Year round, the Madonna Inn is a delightful place to wine, dine and explore. The imagination that went into the design of each private…

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What’s brewing in Santa Maria Valley and on the California Central Coast?

By Donna / December 9, 2017 /

Did you know that according to California Craft Brewers Association, more than 850 craft breweries call California home? The good thing is that right here in Santa Maria, some of the best can be experienced. Keys 2 the Coast is always on the lookout for great places to explore. We found great breweries right here…

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I Love the Danish in Solvang, Ca

By Donna / November 10, 2017 /

By Donna Polizzi One of the most charming areas on the California Central Coast is the little Danish town of Solvang. Located roughly two hours north of Los Angeles, and 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara, situated in the heart of the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. Solvang is home to some of the world’s most…

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The worlds safest beach – Carpinteria, CA

By Donna / November 10, 2017 /

Described as the last best place on earth, or the last best stretch of undeveloped coastline in California, or the world’s safest beach, one thing all can agree on,  is there are few small beach towns, on either coast, as quaint as the town of Carpinteria. This little jewel in California’s crown, is only four…

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Carhartt Tasting Room Los Olivos, Ca

By Donna / November 7, 2017 /

They say great things come in small packages and the Carhartt Tasting Room. Located at 2990A Grand Ave., in Los Olivos, is the smallest tasting room that most of us have ever seen. Los Olivos, in the Santa Ynez Valley, is home to over 50 tasting rooms, within a two square block area. It is…

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CAVA Restaurant and Bar – Montecito, CA

By Donna / November 7, 2017 /

Montecito’s CAVA Restaurant and Bar are famous for a large tequila selection, specialty drinks, chips and “as fresh as it gets” guacamole. Cava is located at 1212 Coast Village Road in Montecito and has been a local’s favorite spot to enjoy Mexican food, since 1997. Have you ever tried a Mexican Burro?  It’s very similar…

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Pepe Delgado’s Restaurant in San Luis Obispo, Ca

By Donna / November 7, 2017 /

Are you hungry for Mexican food? If you are in the San Luis Obispo area and hope to find a great place for good old, authentic  Mexican dishes…. try Pepe Delgado’s Mexican Food and Cantina at 1601 Monterey Street.  It is a fun place to go for lunch, brunch or dinner. The restaurant is old…

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Glamping or camping In Santa Margarita, Ca

By Donna / October 29, 2017 /

Glamping or camping in the great outdoors is the perfect way to strengthen relationships or simply enjoy solitude and nature. Santa Margarita KOA Campgrounds is a beautiful 70-acre campsite, that is built into the side of a mountain.  The location is ideal and has accommodations to suit every taste. Bring your tent, RV, rent a YURT…

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Mattie’s Bar and Eatery in Pismo Beach, Ca

By Donna / October 27, 2017 /

Pismo Beach has no shortage of great restaurants and another has been added to the list.  Dining at Mattie’s Bar & Eatery, at 558 Price Street in Pismo Beach, has locals and tourists raving about the distinct and delectable dishes prepared by Chef Rebecca. Madeline Moore, “Mattie” the owner, and her longtime friend Rebecca have…

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Nipomo Grande Orchids and Concierge Nursery, in Nipomo, Ca

By Donna / October 27, 2017 /

Nipomo Grande Orchids and Concierge Nursery, in Nipomo, is a flower lover’s Garden of Eden.  Award-winning orchids grace the nursery in all sizes and varieties. Orchids are the star of the show, but as you peruse the grounds and weave through the various displays, you will see numerous varieties of fuchsia, palms, succulents, geraniums, passion…

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Cubanissimo Cuban Coffee House and Cafe in Orcutt, Ca

By Donna / October 27, 2017 /

I recently stopped at a new coffee shop in Orcutt and was treated to not only a heartwarming, and inspirational story, but a quintessential American success story. Before I go onto just how fabulous the coffee is, allow me to take a quick detour. Once upon a time on the small island of Cuba, a…

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What’s Brewing on the California Central Coast?

By Donna / October 27, 2017 /

  Breweries and Tap Rooms are popping up all over the Central Coast. According to California Craft Brewers Association, more than 850 craft breweries call California home. That’s more than any other state in the nation.  Locally, you can experience some of the best. Personally, I have always been a wine connoisseur or tequila fan.…

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Spoon Trade in Grover Beach, Ca is a Treat

By Donna / October 27, 2017 /

The Spoon Trade Restaurant at 295 West Grand Avenue in Grover Beach, at the corner of North 3rd, is a great place to eat, that is a stone’s throw from Grover Beach. Owners Chef Jacob and his wife Brooke Town opened the restaurant on August 14, 2015. The two of them manage, work and run the kitchen.  And…

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What’s cool In Orcutt, Ca? TnT’s Yogurt, Smoothies and More

By Donna / October 27, 2017 /

What’s cool In Northern Santa Barbara County? That would-be TNT’s Yogurt, Smoothies & More located at 1102 E. Clark Avenue, at the corner of CLARK and Bradley in Orcutt California. Are you ready for fall? Have you ever tasted pumpkin spice yogurt? If you haven’t, you’re missing out. It is a burst of delicious sweet…

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Discovering Hidden Gems in Guadalupe , Ca

By Donna / October 24, 2017 /

If you are looking for a day trip that is unlike any other, head to Guadalupe, California. Guadalupe is a city of roughly 7,500 people, 10 miles east of Santa Maria in Northern Santa Barbara County. Guadalupe is known as the “Gateway to the Dunes, ” and this town is the opposite of a big…

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Bear and Star Restaurant is a Hit in Los Olivos, Ca

By Donna / September 9, 2017 /

When was the last time that you went out to dinner with friends and were thoroughly impressed?  I can attest to the fact that The Bear and Star restaurant, which is located in Los Olivos, inside of Fess Parkers Wine Country Inn and Spa, has set the bar. It was remarkable in numerous ways. When you…

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Lovers Point in Monterey, Ca

By Donna / September 9, 2017 /

Keys 2 the Coast is constantly searching for the best places to wine, dine and explore on the California Coast and we have officially declared that Lovers Point State Marine Reserve, in Monterey Bay, is one of the most scenic spots in all of California. It is truly a top ten travel destination that must be…

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Rancho Sisquoc Winery in Santa Maria, CA

By Donna / July 28, 2017 /

A Keys 2 the Coast favorite is Rancho Sisquoc Winery at 6601 Foxen Canyon Road in Santa Maria. Known for 40 years of crafting small batches of delicious, superior wines, in a setting that is unforgettable, are two of the many reasons that make this winery and tasting room a destination for wine and nature…

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A Weekend of Wine and History- Santa Maria, Ca is full of rich history

By Donna / June 18, 2017 /

If you’re looking for a two or three-day getaway, to enjoy great wine, food and natural beauty, head to Santa Maria’s Foxen Canyon Wine Trail.  The Trail includes13 distinctive wineries, each with unique stories to be told. A Keys 2 the Coast favorite is Rancho Sisquoc Winery. Located at 6601 Foxen Canyon Road in Santa…

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Orcutt, Ca is a Gem of a Destination Hiding in Plain Sight

By Donna / May 21, 2017 /

Take an East Clark Avenue excursion into charming Old Town Orcutt and visit some of the best places to wine and dine in Santa Barbara County. For those who enjoy the finer things in life, visiting California’s Central Coast is truly an adventure. For the past 15 years, my family and friends have had a…

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Lago Giuseppe in Templeton, CA

By Donna / May 6, 2017 /

  Joe and Jeanine Mistretta, along with their daughter Morgan Aanerud, have created a delightfully tempting escape in Templeton, that exudes Italian family charm. The Lago Giuseppe Winery is nestled amongst ancient oak trees, with the sounds of flowing water adding to the tranquility of this new wine country resort, located at 45 Green Valley…

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Pattea’s Trail in Edna Valley, CA

By Donna / May 5, 2017 /

Life is great. Especially when you wake up in the morning and know that there’s no place that you’d rather be. As founder of Keys2theCoast, the challenge is to consistently look for the best places to wine, dine, explore and more on the California Central Coast. Yes, I know… I have a tough job. Don’t…

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Cottonwood Canyon Winery in Santa Maria, Ca

By Donna / April 12, 2017 /

Living on the Central Coast and working for Keys 2 the Coast, finding the best places to wine, dine, explore and more is a gift. Yesterday, I discovered the most delicious, aged red wines at Cottonwood Canyon Winery.  It is truly an impressive facility, located at the northern edge of the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail…

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Olive tasting at Olio Nuevo – Paso Robles, CA

By Donna / April 11, 2017 /

A dear friend invited me to join her on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to visit the Olio Nuevo Ranch in Paso Robles. She promised that, by the end of the day, I would know the proper way to “taste” and select olive oil. I’ve been to more than my share of wine tastings, but I…

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Edna Valley, Sextant Wines Hold All Kinds of Surprises

By Donna / April 11, 2017 /

Living on the Central Coast often poses difficult questions. The most common one for me — simply because the options are endless — is “what am I going to do today?” The primary things that help me narrow down my decision are the time of year and the weather. I always look forward to the…

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Exploring Cambria, CA

By Donna / March 7, 2017 /

It’s impossible to not be spoiled by the wonderment of California’s Central Coast. From Santa Barbara to Paso Robles to Monterey, is devoted to featuring the best places to wine, dine and explore. If you haven’t been to Cambria lately, you simply must visit this delightful little seaside village in San Luis Obispo County.…

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Stars and the Star-Struck…

By Donna / February 26, 2017 /

Visitors continue to flock to Hearst Castle and the Santa Maria Inn, just as they did in the heyday of Hollywood. Living on the Central Coast is living the dream. The mountain and ocean views are simply awe-inspiring. It’s no wonder tourists flock from around the world to visit Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and…

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Exploring Yosemite Valley

By Donna / February 15, 2017 /

The astonishing beauty begins long before you enter the southern gates to Yosemite National Park. As far as vacation spots go…I think that this heavenly place, is one where you will agree, is all about the drive and the destination. Winding roads cut through sky-high pine trees that domino the landscape. Snow blankets the vast…

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Adventures in Avila Beach, Ca

By Donna / February 15, 2017 /

It can be a huge challenge to find places to go, with a variety of things to do, that all ages will enjoy. I have found the answer. Avila Valley Barn, at 560 Avila Beach Dr., in San Luis Obispo County is a fantastic place to visit. If you are two or 102, you will…

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Buellton Marriott offers classic escape, rich history…

By Donna / February 15, 2017 /

I love good food and recently found a new place that will be a regular stop when I travel between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, located in Buellton California, was recently remodeled and let me tell you…It is impressive. The Santa Ynez Valley is 31 miles North of Santa…

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Boasting about Bass Lake, CA

By Donna / December 26, 2016 /

  Winding roads to Bass Lake are a nature lover’s eye candy. The drive alone can calm the most active mind, passing lush foothills with a dusting of snow and studded with boulders, old barns, oak and pine trees. I’ve been to Bass Lake many times and the beauty never escapes me. If I had…

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Escape to Grover Beach and Beyond

By Donna / December 26, 2016 /

While visiting the Netherlands my friends and I went to a place called the “Exit Game.” This was an escape room game facility that was more fun than I could have ever imagined. It was a super-challenging, team building, brain-straining, blast. After arriving home from my trip to Europe and sharing my favorite experiences with…

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Locked Inn Opens Up an Exhilarating World of Escape Causes

By Donna / December 1, 2016 /

Grover Beach couple introduces escape room opportunities for Central Coast thrill seekers!  A company called Competitours contacted me over the summer with an invitation to an incredible adventure: a sight-doing tour, not a sightseeing one. According to the Competitours website, the trips attract people who “enjoy the thrill of the unknown, who are eager to…

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With Wines, Vines and Bucolic Vistas, Santa Maria Valley Is a Sight to See

By Donna / November 4, 2016 /

Having lived on the Central Coast since the mid-1980s, I’ve come to realize that every city in our region has treasures to be enjoyed. That is if you know where to look. Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo have always received favorable recognition for many reasons, and justifiably so. What many people don’t realize, is that Santa…

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Lompoc, Ca- Upstaged

By Donna / October 12, 2016 /

One of my favorite movies is Rain Man. The movie features two Hollywood mega-stars in dueling leads. Raymond Babbitt, one of two main characters, played by Dustin Hoffman, is a middle-aged, institutionalized autistic man with a scorching case of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Ray is an idiot savant who can add with the accuracy of a calculator.…

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An interesting afternoon and a sticky situation in San Luis Obispo

By Donna / September 29, 2016 /

It doesn’t get any stickier or more colorful than the famous Bubblegum Alley, located at 733 ½  Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo, California. The alley is smack dab in the middle of beautiful, downtown San Luis Obispo and has become a unique, to say the least…. tourist attraction. The alley walls are literally covered with…

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Barbieri Serves Up World-Class Wine — and Customer Service

By Donna / September 17, 2016 /

Paolo Barbieri and Erin Kempe create a gracious and tasteful experience in the heart of Los Olivos. Los Olivos is a quaint jewel of the Santa Ynez Valley. Amid oak trees, ranches and wineries, it’s hard to believe the community of 1,100 is home to more than 40 wine-tasting rooms, all of which are located…

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Sandalwood Spa Provides a World-Class Rejuvenation, in Nearby Nipomo, Ca

By Donna / September 7, 2016 /

Enjoy a delightful day of being rubbed, scrubbed and pampered, but save room for a delicious dining experience at Adelina’s Bistro. Have you been to Nipomo lately? My job is exploring the Central Coast, and sometimes I’m blown away by the places I find. On a recent visit to Nipomo, in San Luis Obispo County…

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Girl Trip to Catalina By Donna Polizzi

By Donna / August 30, 2016 /

Catalina Island, from offshore, appears magical. As you look past the paddleboards, sailboats, and yachts, you see 54 miles of pristine coastline and an island that has the charm of a bygone era. On the East side, you’ll see stunning white villas with tile roofs, reminiscent of Greece, gracing the hillside.  Looking a bit further…

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A Weekend Away in Paso Robles, Ca

By Donna / August 30, 2016 /

By Donna Polizzi Paso Robles is home to over 300 wineries and tasting rooms.  Over the last few years, we have seen the wine industry take off to the point that I see it as a modern-day gold rush.  Everyone wants to get in on the action. Fortunately, the wine business has also sprouted numerous…

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Café Roma and The Rail Road District

By Donna / August 30, 2016 /

By Donna Polizzi San Luis Obispo has no shortage of great restaurants.  In the Historical Rail Road District in San Luis Obispo, near the train station, is an incredible Italian eatery named Café Roma. Located less than two minutes from the downtown section of the city, Café Roma is a local favorite that delights the…

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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library – Simi Valley, Ca

By Donna / August 20, 2016 /

By Donna Polizzi Exploring the Reagan Presidential Library and Museum was a journey through the life and Presidency of our 40th President, Ronald Wilson Reagan. Reagan served as our president from 1981 through 1989 and has previously served as Governor of California from 1967 through 1975. This historical gem is located at 40 Presidential Drive…

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Sand, Sun and Seals Part of Carpinteria, Ca

By Donna / May 21, 2016 /

By Donna Polizzi There’s something for everyone amid the laid-back atmosphere of a classic California beach community. It can be reinvigorating to step away from the busy-ness of life long enough to enjoy the unlimited treasures that are around every corner of every city on the Central Coast. Many of us, even those of us…

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Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort Will Have You Relaxed in the Saddle In No Time

By Donna / May 20, 2016 /

By Donna Polizzi There’s no place like the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort! I’ve had the privilege of staying at many beautiful hotels and resorts around the world, but let me tell you, the Alisal is beyond compare. I had no idea that this amazing place was less than an hour from my home. It…

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The Five Most Stunning, Off-The-Beaten-Path Places

By Donna / May 20, 2016 /

By now I think we can all agree that the Central Coast is stunning – rolling hills, endless ocean views, gorgeous valleys reminiscent of the Mediterranean. What better way to experience this beauty than by vacationing IN the most striking parts of it? A quick Google search can show any traveler the list of hotels in the area.

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Sculpterra Combines World-Class Wine with Sculpture, Ironwork, and Gardens

By Donna / May 20, 2016 /

Visiting the Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden in Paso Robles was a fantastic experience. The entry gates were exquisite and ornate iron. Just beyond the gates, grew colorful, lush, ripe grapes that begged to be photographed. As soon as I stepped out of the car, the uniqueness of this place enchanted me.

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Stax and Stax of Wine in Morro Bay

By Donna / May 20, 2016 /

Stax Wine Bar in beautiful Morro Bay is a cut above the rest. Whereas most wine clubs offer the same wines year after unoriginal year, Stax features over one hundred wines from local and international sources. They hunt high and low for the best from California and elsewhere. As if that wasn’t enough, they offer food and weekly specials.

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Nojoqui Falls – A Hidden Oasis

By Donna / May 13, 2016 /

You may not know that right here in Santa Barbara County is a beautiful, out-of-the-way park with a breathtaking, seasonal waterfall. Just a few miles south of Buellton

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Miss Daisy’s Consignment and Auction House

By Donna / March 11, 2022 /

On a typically beautiful Santa Barbara morning, with birds singing, blooming bougainvillea, and the smell of fresh coffee, going for a walk seemed like a great idea. I made my cup to go and decided to stroll through La Cumbre Plaza. Nearing the end of the mall, there was an energy that more than filled…

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Pop Up to Portland

By Donna / December 7, 2021 /

It’s been 2 hours- are we there yet? YES! It’s only 2-hours from the Santa Maria Public Airport to Portland Oregon. Living on the central coast of California is truly magnificent. The coastline and mountains are gorgeous and the weather stays pretty much the same year-round.  As glorious as this is, variety is necessary, so…

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Enjoy the Newest Ship to The Fleet: Enchanted Princess℠

By Donna / November 17, 2021 /

An Extraordinary New Cruise Experience Enchanted Princess℠ officially joined the Princess® fleet on September 30, 2020. Discover venues, both new and re-imagined, more al fresco dining options than ever, and exclusive MedallionClass™ experiences. Enchanted Princess℠ shares the spectacular style and luxury of their fleet and introduces new attractions all her own. Get ready for exquisite, one-of-a-kind dining…

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One Way to Spend Your Day in Vegas

By Donna / October 26, 2021 /

Get your day started with some fresh air and a little exploring. Head to the northwest area of Vegas and take a hike at Red Rock National Conservancy. The trail is a one-way, 13-mile loop through a national conservation land area, and it is absolutely stunning. Whether you hike or drive, the entire time, you’re…

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Where Do You Want To Go ?

By Donna / October 19, 2021 /

United Airline sets course to destinations not served by any other North American carrier in Amman, Jordan; Azores, Portugal; Bergen, Norway; Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and Tenerife, Spain United today announced the largest transatlantic expansion in its history, including 10 new flights and five new, vogue destinations – Amman, Jordan; Bergen, Norway; Azores, Portugal; Palma…

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Keys 2 the Coast Wine Lover Cruise with AMA Waterways

By Donna / July 23, 2021 /

Click here to get all the info you need on this upcoming AMA Waterways Cruise!

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The Central Coast Aquarium

By Donna / May 18, 2021 /

Did you know that there is an aquarium here in our very own Avila Beach? The Central Coast Aquarium (CCA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to cultivate community by fostering ocean stewardship through hands-on education and conservation actions. We are located right next to the pirate park, and the beach, at 50 San…

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The Bardot Brasserie is a Top Spot for Dining in Las Vegas

By Donna / March 23, 2021 /

KEYS 2 THE COAST may have found the best restaurants for brunch, in all of Las Vegas. Considering the options, that’s a big statement. The Bardot Brasserie Restaurant is located inside the Aria Hotel. I stumbled upon it while at a travel conference, with Montecito Village Travel at the Aria and, as soon as I saw it, the beautiful entrance beckoned me…

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A Weekend Getaway to Mesa, Arizona

By Donna / February 11, 2021 /

A Weekend Getaway to Mesa, Arizona Santa Maria Airport now flies directly to Mesa, Arizona. Mesa is the third-largest city in Arizona and is a hotspot for families, foodies, and those interested in Native American history and culture.  Visit Mesa Grande Cultural Park Around 2,000 years ago, the Native American’s, now known as the Hohokam,…

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Serenity Meets the Sea in Los Cabos

By Donna / December 17, 2020 /

Have you been to Los Cabos? The flight time is 2 hours and 20 minutes from LAX to Cabo San Lucas, and the drive from the airport to the Viceroy is only 20 minutes. Trust me. That is where you’ll want to stay.  White sand and waves are a stone’s throw from your room The…

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