We love this town! We had stopped in San Luis Obispo (SLO) on a trip a few years ago when we rented a convertible Nissan 350Z and drove California Coast, the days before a child seat was mandatory. The San Luis Obispo of our memories was beautiful and full of very friendly people, not a bad combo.
We decided to spend a couple days here in advance which worked out well since there is a highly recommended shop that specializes in Volkswagen campers called Westy Werkz. Our Volkswagen Westfalia had been making some noise while turning left we thought it would be good to have them check it out. It turned out the Westy needed new Axles and brakes and would take a couple days, well at least the timing worked out. A couple days in a hotel in one place would be a nice change.
Once thing we love about San Luis Obispo and is how dog friendly they are. It seemed that most restaurants were welcoming to dogs as long as you dined on the patio. Most of the stores we went to also allowed dogs inside, even finding it odd that we even asked before coming in. The first night our Porty Zucca had been holding in a pee and when we couldn’t find some grass she took the initiative and made due with this bush, felt I need to explain the picture.
While we were in town we celebrated our anniversary at Novo Restaurant on their beautiful Patio. The fact that you can take your dog to a restaurant of this caliber is amazing and the service was fantastic in catering to our needs while dining with a baby. The great reviews online are well deserved, check it out if you’re in San Luis Obispo.
Another great culinary find was a block away from the Garden Street Inn was Batch, an ice cream sandwich store…yup that’s what I said. They make their cookies and ice cream and have have a feature flavour each day. You pick your cookie and ice cream combo and they assemble it for you, simple but so so good. We actually went back 3 times while we were in SLO. When traveling with Children there is a large candy and shop called Rocket Fizz across the street with hundreds of different treats and sodas that the kids will love.
This is one of those places you visit and you wonder for days afterwards why you don’t reside there. The weather, the people, the great VW repair shop, fabulous food, dog friendly, kid friendly and the laid back vibe all add up to make this a great town. It lived up to our memories and to it’s title of Happiest City in America, we love it!
Accommodation Cost: $132.08 per night in San Luis Obispo
Volkswagen Camper Sightings: Vanagons are everywhere!
Note: For some reason we didn’t take many pictures while here, sorry about that.