Reasons to Start Planning Your San Luis Obispo Winter Vacation Today

October 21, 2021

Given its prime California location, “The Happiest City in America” that is San Luis Obispo is a great place to visit any time of the year, including the winter months. If you have plans to take a trip here when the days are shorter and a bit cooler in this area, now is the perfect time to make your plans. We point out the top reasons below.

You’ll Have More Travel Date Options

If you won’t be driving to San Luis Obispo, you’ll likely need to book a flight for your winter getaway. With flight reservations, you’ll have more available dates to choose from if you book as early as possible. This is especially beneficial if your winter SLO travel plans will involve visiting during the holidays.

You’ll Have Time to Preschedule/Book Certain Local Activities

Winter is a great time to take things a bit slower on vacation. This means you may have time during your trip to enjoy things that tend to require advanced scheduling or booking, such as local food and wine tours. By making your travel plans for winter in SLO now, you’ll be able to match your travel dates with available food and wine tour options. Other options of this nature could include:

• Local cooking classes to brush up on how regional cuisine is made
• Horseback riding tours that leisurely take you along serene, picturesque trails
• Tee times at local golf courses, many of which are open year-round due to SLO’s Mediterranean climate

You Can Look Forward to Seeing Butterflies

If your SLO winter travel plans will include kids or other family members who are nature enthusiasts, planning early gives you a chance to get excited about the butterflies. Once you get here, head over to nearby Pismo Beach, where you’ll find Monarch Butterfly Grove. During the winter months, thousands of colorful butterflies can be found here. After enjoying a day of enjoying these amazing creatures, you’ll be ready to grab a cup of hot cocoa and head back for a relaxing evening at your hotel near San Luis Obispo

You’ll Be Able to Make Your Restaurant Month Plans Early

January is Restaurant Month in San Luis Obispo. If you’re a foodie or have an appreciation for coastal cuisine, keeping this in mind now gives you time to check out local dining options ahead of time if you’ll be coming here in January. This is also when participating restaurants may have special prix fixe menus, so you can also look forward to some extra savings.

You Can Add Some “Hidden” Local Gems to Your Travel To-Do List

When making last-minute travel plans to San Luis Obispo, it’s easy to default to the more popular attractions here and overlook other equally appealing possibilities. However, if you make your winter travel plans now, you’ll have more time to discover “hidden” gems you may want to add to your SLO to-do list. Some of these include:

• Avila Valley Barn, a local farm with healthy eats and tasty treats
• The Fremont Theater, a downtown location that regularly hosts special guests
• Local hiking trails, many of which are still enjoyable during the winter months if you dress appropriately 

San Luis Obispo, CA, offers an unforgettable winter experience for the whole family, and you’ll love exploring “The Happiest City in America” while staying with us at Sands Inn & Suites. We’re the San Luis Obispo hotel visitors return to again and again because we offer all the amenities our guests need for a relaxing vacation, including an outdoor pool, 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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