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12 hours in slo

12 hours in slo

Immerse yourself in the best of SLO -- past and present, daytime and nightlife.


Ah Louis storefront

Start your morning with a housemade chai and fresh-baked pastry to go from Ascendo Coffee, then wander over to the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Founded by Fr. Junipero Serra in 1772, the Mission was central to a vibrant community of native Chumash and European settlers (you can still see a remnant of an irrigation channel from that era -- called a zanja -- along the western edge of the hotel by the pedestrian Paseo.)

After soaking in the history of SLO, set your sights on the modern at SLOMA (San Luis Obispo Museum of Art). SLOMA is a cultural hub of the region, with outstanding exhibitions featuring contemporary artists from the Central Coast, California, and beyond.

The Creamery Marketplace

For lunch, head to the Creamery building on Higuera for outstanding sushi at Goshi. Indulge in a lunch special, or try one of their innovative rolls like Spicy Albacore with Garlic Chips or Seared Tuna with Black Pepper.

Stroll back to Hotel SLO via Chorro Street just past Palm for a peek at the historic Ah Louis Store. The preserved storefront dates back to 1886 when Ah Louis, an enterprising Chinese pioneer, opened the doors for his general store (which was also a bank and post office and pharmacy and ...). Cross the street back to Hotel SLO for an afternoon soak in the pool before hitting the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market.

Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market

The Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market is renowned throughout the Central Coast, and a treasured treat for visitors lucky enough to be local on a Thursday night. Admire the gorgeous produce from nearby farms, enjoy live music and entertainment, and graze from many of the city’s restaurants along with other beloved food vendors.

When day fades into dusk, saunter back to Hotel SLO and head up to High Bar for a toast under the stars followed by dinner at Ox + Anchor and experience a memorable meal inspired by the hills and sea surrounding SLO. Then sidle on over to Sidecar for a post-dinner craft cocktail before queuing up at the infamous Fremont Theater or Frog & Peach Pub -- SLO’s beloved dive bar -- for live music.

If you’ve still got steam, end the evening at Nightcap, an intimate cocktail lounge in the Granada Hotel that feels a bit like a subdued speakeasy. From there it’s an easy stroll back “home” to Hotel SLO where your bed -- and a night filled with sweet dreams -- awaits.

Fremont Theater

Mentioned in this Experience

Ascendo Coffee
974 Monterey St
San Luis Obispo
CA 93401
805 345 2155
Website

Ah Louis Historical Landmark
800 Palm St
San Luis Obispo
CA 93401
Website

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
751 Palm St
San Luis Obispo
CA 93401
805 781 8220
Website

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
1010 Broad St
San Luis Obispo
CA 93401
805 543 8562
Website

The Creamery Marketplace
570 Higuera St
San Luis Obispo
CA 93401
805 781 3133
Website

Goshi
570 Higuera St #155
San Luis Obispo
CA 93401
805 543 8942
Website

Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market
Higuera St
San Luis Obispo
CA 93401
805 541 0286
Website

Sidecar
1127 Broad St
San Luis Obispo
CA 93401
805 540 5340
Website

Fremont Theater
1035 Monterey St
San Luis Obispo
CA 93401
805 329 5725
Website

Frog & Peach Pub
728 Higuera St
San Luis Obispo
CA 93401
805 595 3764
Website

Nightcap
1130 Morro St
San Luis Obispo
CA 93401
805 544 9100
Website