Top 5 Things to Do during Your Downtime on a Business Trip in San Luis Obispo

August 23, 2021

It’s not too much of a stretch to assume Saint Louis of Toulouse, the prince and bishop San Luis Obispo is named after, likely did some business-related traveling in his day, given his prestigious titles. Should you have plans for a SLO CAL visit for your own business-related purposes, this charming city is an ideal spot to mix business with some pleasure. Book a room at a premier San Luis Obispo hotel and follow these tips for things you can do during your downtime while you’re here on business.

1. Spend Some Time in Downtown SLO

If you’re crunched for time while in San Luis Obispo, steer yourself over to the city’s downtown area. After you take a gander at the unique SLO CAL destination that is Bubblegum Alley, relax and unwind here during a break from business activities by:

• Taking in a movie at the recently remodeled Downtown Centre Cinemas
• Savoring spicy wings and other tasty treats and regional brews at downtown pubs, eateries, and bars with later hours
• Picking up some trendy tees, fun accessories, and niche boutique finds while browsing downtown-area shops
• Checking out the fresh local goodies at the downtown farmers’ market

2. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day

Should you get a day to yourself while on your business trip in San Luis Obispo, treat yourself to a day of mind-body relaxation at a local spa. Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa and Therapy by the Sea are among the spas that offer relaxation and therapeutic options in the SLO area.

3. Restore Your Sense of Calm at the Leaning Pine Arboretum

Located on the north side of the Cal Poly campus, this five-acre oasis is a place where you can go during your downtime to gather your thoughts and gain a sense of peace. You’ll be surrounded by dazzling flora and vegetation, scenic mountains, and an abundance of unique sights and rare plants. The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is a similar nature-themed destination that can be just as relaxing.

4. Spend Part of Your Day Basking in the Wonders of Pismo Beach

Even with a busy business itinerary, it shouldn’t be too difficult to squeeze in time for the quarter-mile drive to nearby Pismo Beach. In fact, if you only have time for one trip to the beach during your visit, you’ll be glad you chose this one. Downtime Pismo Beach activities could include:

• Casual walks along the sandy shoreline
• Boat tours of the area if you’re limited on time and still want to take in the sights
• Swimming or surfing—local board rentals are available

5. Sample Local Brews & Wines

If you have an appreciation for local craft beers, regional brews, and award-winning wines, there are plenty of downtime options to consider that will make your business trip here even more memorable. For instance, Stephen Ross Wine Cellars offers in-person wine tasting. Other possibilities include:

• Private beer tours by bus
• Wine tasting tours
• Visits to local wineries, such as Filipponi Ranch and Croma Vera Wines 

You’re certain to find plenty of fun things to see and do during your downtime in San Luis Obispo. Explore SLO’s variety of enjoyable activities while staying with us at Sands Inn & Suites. When they’re looking for a comfortable local hotel, SLO visitors make us their top choice because we offer all the amenities our guests need for a relaxing getaway, including an outdoor heated pool and spa, an on-site gym, free WiFi, and flat-screen TVs with digital cable. Call us at (800) 441-4657 today to reserve your room or suite. 

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