7x7 | A Modern Guide to San Luis Obispo: Boutique Hotels, Fresh Eats + Wine Tasting
There's a reason this place has been called America's happiest city. Situated almost exactly halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the county of San Luis Obispo—or SLO—boasts miles of pristine California coastline, sunshine year-round, and major attractions like Pismo Beach, Hearst Castle, and Paso Robles.
The city of SLO can often be overlooked on a trip to the surrounding area, but is itself a worthy destination. Home to Cal Poly University and a vibrant downtown, it has the energy of a college town but the elevated trendy restaurants, chic boutique hotels, and town traditions (including its famed weekly farmers market, one of the largest in the country) that land it on our radar now. SLO is more than a place, it's also a mindset focused on slow living (no pun intended) and fresh food. This dynamic town is the perfect getaway for the next time you're looking to escape the city hustle.