Smooth Traveler: California coast ‘town and gown’ college tour, San Luis Obispo
California Polytechnic State University (established 1903) and Cuesta Community College (established 1965) are located at the heart of California’s Central Coast, surrounded by vineyards and farmland, in San Luis Obispo. SLO County averages 70 degrees and covers 80-miles of Pacific shoreline and areas conducive to sighting whales from onshore.
“How Tech Expanded From Silicon Valley to Bubblegum Alley”
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — San Luis Obispo has a reputation for being a sleepy town in central California known for its laid-back charm. Top tourist draws are a nearby 18th-century Spanish mission and Bubblegum Alley, a walkway lined with chewed gum. But Rick Stollmeyer, the chief executive of MindBody, envisioned it as a bustling tech hub.
Kat Ward’s story, “The San Luis Obispo Collection Marries a New Wave of Luxury to Central California’s Quaint Charm,” is beautifully written and describes so much of the SLO Collection by featuring many of the retails stores, Cal Poly, Thomas Hill and Mint+Craft, and of course the Farmer’s Market: http://www.justluxe.com/travel/luxury-vacations/feature-1966051.php
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The story covers the Farmer’s Market, Concerts in the Plaza and even the kids classes at William’s Sonoma (with a really cute picture!).
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For his 2008 Best seller, The Blue Zones, Dan Buettner searched the world for the truth about longevity. In his new book, Thrive, he tackles the topic of happiness. What are the happiest spots on Earth, and what secrets can we glean from? One utopia his travels took him was San Luis Obispo, nestled between LA and San Francisco on the Central Coast, where joy seems to be in the tap water.