Whilst driving down the Pacific Coast Highway I really needed some food and a pee, so we pulled off the highway to find something to munch, and stumbled across San Luis Obispo, which it turned out was such a charming little town that we decided to stay the night!
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is about 200 miles north of LA, which was our final destination, and I’m sure I read somewhere that it is the only town in America that doesn’t have a fast food restaurant. I can’t guarantee that that is true, though I definitely didn’t see a Golden Arch in the 24 hours or so I was there.
First off for food we stopped at Wee Shack on the outskirts of the town for a burger, and I have to say it was superb. It’s a charming little place with a real American vibe.
There was a sign up saying they had the 37 best burgers in America, and I quite agree! It was delicious.
Once fed it was time to drive into the town, which is set against a backdrop of a California mountain range.
The town itself has an old vibe and is very chilled. It’s jam-packed with independent stores selling anything and everything you can imagine along with loads of bars and restaurants.
As you enter/exit downtown there is an old cinema which is now a music venue. On the night we visited there was a heavy metal band playing, which we decided to skip
There are no big massive sky scrappers here. Everything is dainty and chilled. It very much feels like a beach town, although I didn’t see how close it was to the beach.
In the centre of the town, there’s a Bubblegum alley, which is basically a wall acting as a huge dustbin for people to put their used bubblegum in – and then other people like myself stand a look at used bubblegum and take pictures. Quite weird if you ask me.
I bought some lovely books for my kid from one of the shops
There’s also a tremendous sweet shop that sells any kind of sweet you can imagine. For someone with a sweet tooth, this was heaven and slightly worrying for my belly
I was tempted to ask for a ‘one of everything’ but my bank manager wouldn’t have been too pleased with that!
There’s a river that creeps around the town which offers some calm space to have a walk
It was quite beautiful
The Old San Luis BBQ Company is a great place to eat, and they have a wild selection of beers, which you pour yourself. This was the first time I’d seen a bar like this, and it was fantastic. I was very grateful I was with 2 non-drinkers otherwise I’d have spent the night sampling them all, and have gotten spectacularly pissed!
The busses that navigate the town have an old school vibe. Very cool
On your way through California, San Luis Obisbo is a perfect stop off point for some refreshments and sightseeing. It’s a lovely, really charming town.