Live fast, die SLO: Former SLO city news columnist and travel writer Gareth Kelly has published the book 100 Things to Do in San Luis Obispo County Before You Die. See what outdoor adventures, cultural sights, and food and wine experiences made the cut, and cross a few off your own bucket list. Mine definitely includes romping through spring wildflowers. (Go to 100thingstodoinslo.com for a preview of the tome or to pick up your own copy.) … The Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Association’s member nurseries of Nipomo and Arroyo Grande will open their lush spaces to the public this spring, and boy, are the blooms popping! On April 8, attend an open house and tour, get first dibs on an anticipated plant and flower sale, and chow down on barbecue (a portion of proceeds will go to the CCGGA Education Scholarship Fund). For more information on tours and the plant sale, go to ccgga.com.
It’s a date!
Paintbrushes and bottoms up: The Station SLO has offered up a happier happy hour that scratches your creative itch, too. Every Tuesday through Friday, join this quirky wine stop for $1 off all beers and ciders, $2 off wine by the glass, and $8 strawberry lavender mimosas! Plus, matinee art bar workshops come with one of with those to-die-for, tart-yet-floral mimosas and a whole lot of artistic instruction (thestationslo.com) … From traditional Irish soda bread to bacon cheddar chive scones, Breaking Bread Bakery in SLO is constantly churning out new specials to gobble up before they’re gone (Follow @breakingbreadslo for your weekly carb fix.) Live closer to Arroyo Grande? Stop by Eclair Bakery for house-made sourdough bread, pies, and all manners of epic baked goods (eclairbakery.com) … Schedule a hilltop tasting at Harmony Cellars in the funky little pit stop of Harmony, Calif., (population 18, if you count the cows) and pick up an epic charcuterie platter served up by Cambria’s Indigomoon Restaurant while you’re at at it (Learn more at harmonycellars.com) … Tent City Brewing Co. in Atascadero will host Reef Points Hard Cider for the release of its latest offering this March 25! Get to Tent City by 8 p.m. if you want to catch live music by the Hopeless Romantics, too (Go to reefpointshardcider.com for more info).
Adventuring we will go
Sip in SLO: This month only, snag a Sip in SLO tasting pass and tour four wineries of your choice in gorgeous Edna Valley for $40. Participating wineries include Autry Cellars, Kynsi Winery, Peloton Cellars, Stephen Ross Wine Cellars, and so many more (for all wineries, group passes, and tickets, go to slowine.com) … Learn how to cook sumptuous wine country desserts at an exclusive cooking class held at Refugio Kitchen in Paso Robles this March 30. Join Cindy Mushet—pastry chef, award-winning author, and James Beard finalist—for a whirlwind of bittersweet chocolate, passion fruit, Meyer lemon, and shortcake bliss. The class is limited to just 14 students and includes a glass of wine (plus several generous tastings of Paso Port and PerCazo Cellars’ wines; pasowine.com for tickets).
Hayley Thomas Cain appreciates a generous tasting. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.