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Kids Guide to Weekend Fun in Central California!

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Free Pancake Breakfast in Paso Robles

As a Central California real estate agent, I often share information about local events and activities in town, and these activities often involved drinking local wine. It’s just so prevalent and popular here! However, there are numerous events and activities in the Central California area for kids to enjoy, too. That’s what makes this area excellent for families and people of all ages.

To help you plan a fun, family-friendly upcoming weekend in Central California, here are a few suggestions.

California Mid-State Fair

I shared information about the Fair in a recent blog post, but let’s talk about the kids, specifically. The southeast corner of the California Mid-State Fair is a haven for kids! It is filled with carnival rides, from simple to crazy and everything in between. You can purchase wristbands for $30 on weekdays and $35 on weekends for unlimited rides.

The earlier you go, the shorter the lines are! For adults with kids, check out the two Ferris wheels that offer beautiful views of Paso Robles. Also check out the new “World of Wonders” show.  There are classic and new rides, along with a slew of games, and delicious treats that kids will love. The SLO Tribune has more information for kids at the Fair.

Pancake Breakfast in Paso Robles

Downtown Paso Robles has all kinds of events and activities going on all the time. This week, on July 24, kids might especially get excited for the Free Pancake Breakfast, which is a community tradition! It runs from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Paso Robles Downtown City Park. You can stop by and enjoy free pancakes with all the fixins’ while also enjoying fresh summer air and socializing with neighbors.

Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park take place every Friday evening in Paso Robles Downtown City Park, and these are family-friendly events as well! There is no concert this Friday, July 25, because of the California Mid-State Fair. On Aug. 1, enjoy funk ‘n’ soul music and food by FishGaucho. On Aug. 8, enjoy 60’s rock and roll music and food by Thomas Hill Organics. Check out the full schedule for the rest of August.

Lake Nacimiento

Lake Nacimiento is always available for family fun time! Kids can enjoy swimming, boating, water sports, fishing, picnicking and more at the lake. Families can plan a weekend of camping at the lake, or even in the backyard, if you live near the lake! Oak Shores is also hosting free pool nights on Tuesdays and pontoon boat nights on Thursday nights. Bring the kids by for some old-fashioned lake fun.

Want to buy a Lake Nacimiento home? Need help relocating to Central California? Contact me, your Lake Nacimiento real estate agent! I’d love to help you out with all of your home-buying and home-selling needs.

From Grace Borzini

Central California Events This Weekend!

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Enjoy Lake Nacimiento Activities!

As usual, there are plenty of events to keep you busy in Central California this weekend. Mid-July is loaded with outdoor festivals. Whether you love wine, costumes, carnivals rides or concerts, you can find an event this weekend for the whole family to enjoy. As your Central California real estate agent, I’m here to fill you in with details!

1.  On Monday, I wrote a whole blog post about the California Mid-State Fair, which began today and is going on all week in Paso Robles. Major concerts this weekend include Lifehouse with Hot Chelle Rae and Demi Lovato with MKTO. All week, enjoy carnival rides, food vendors, live demonstrations, live entertainment and more. Check the full schedule for times and details.

2.  The Central Coast Renaissance Faire is taking place July 19 and 20 at Laguna Lake Park in San Luis Obispo. Travel back in time to the year 1585. Watch the Royal Court parade through the streets. Attend the Royal Joust and watch as men and women in full armor compete in jousting battles. Laugh along with stage plays and comedy acts. Enjoy an array of food and shop amongst old-fashioned vendors. Everyone is dressed in costume!

3.  Take a trip south this weekend for the 11th Annual California Wine Festival, taking place in Santa Barbara July 17-19. Many Central California wineries are going to represent our beautiful region and delicious wines. You’re sure to try new wines that you haven’t tried before, too. Aside from the slew of wineries at the fest, there will also be numerous breweries and tons of local California restaurants serving up delicious food.

4.  Not looking to spend much money this weekend or drive too far? Enjoy relaxing or active time at Lake Nacimiento, which is always available! On the water, enjoy boating, swimming, picnicking, fishing or sightseeing. On Thursdays, enjoy free pontoon boat rides and a potluck dinner with Oak Shore neighbors. Off the lake, enjoy free pool days on Tuesdays, a free movie at the Oak Shore patio tonight, picnicking, hiking and more. Don’t waste these summer weekends here in Central California, they are meant to be filled with memories that last a lifetime!

When you’re ready to buy a Lake Nacimiento home or to sell your Lake Nacimiento home, contact me! As a Central California real estate agent, I’d love to help you succeed with your real estate goals. Enjoy your weekend and I look forward to hearing from you!

From Grace Borzini

California Mid-State Fair Begins This Week In Paso Robles!

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California Mid-State Fair

The California Mid-State Fair begins this week in Paso Robles and runs from July 16 to July 27! This is one of Central California’s biggest and longest fests, so as your Central California real estate agent, I’m here to fill you in on all the details that you need to know before it begins.

The first festival activity is actually tomorrow, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. This is when the Miss California Mid-State Fair Pageant takes place at the Bud Light/Cantinas Frontier Stage. Admission is free, so head out tomorrow evening to cheer on the local contestants! You can read more about each one on the festival website ahead of time.

The Fair officially kicks off on Wednesday, July 16, with a 4-H and FFA Horse Show at the Livestock Pavilion, and a Poultry Show at the Chumash Grandstand Arena, at 9 a.m., followed by a Cattle Drive at 10 a.m. At noon is when the carnival and buildings open at the Fairgrounds. Lots of shows and demonstrations take place throughout the day and for the rest of the Fair schedule. When you get hungry or thirsty, you have over 85 vendors to choose from!

The California Mid-State Fair is known for its amazing lineup of music. If you haven’t gotten tickets to the concerts you’d like to see this week, now is the time to do it! Big names include Lifehouse with Hot Chelle Rae, Train with the Wallflowers, Demi Lovato, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line and more.

There are numerous stages filled with live performances each day of the Fair, so be sure to check out the entire lineup. You can also purchase tickets to the Country Rodeo Finals on July 26 and Monster Trucks on July 27. On July 21-23, enjoy live band karaoke, where you are the performer!

The Fair takes place at the Paso Robles Event Center. To make parking easier, there are off-site places you can park for free and then catch a free ride on a shuttle. The shuttle runs from noon to midnight daily during the Fair and there are plenty of locations for hopping on and off. It runs every 10-15 minutes, so this is a very convenient option. Paid parking is available onsite but is limited.

Enjoy the first week of the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles! If you’ve got visitors coming into town, send them my way when they decide they want to buy a Central California home and make this beautiful region their home.

From Grace Borzini

Lavender Festival in Paso Robles This Weekend!

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Paso Robles Lavender Fest

Here in Central California, the variety of festivals is extensive! This is partly due to the fact that there is such a variety of foods and beverages locally grown and created here. As your Central California real estate agent, I take pride in keeping current and soon-to-be residents updated on the most popular upcoming events and activities.

This coming Saturday, July 12, Paso Robles will be celebrating the 6th Annual Central Coast Lavender Festival! This will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park. It’s free to the public and is in honor of the local lavender industry here in Central California. Lavender producers from throughout the area will be there to show off all sorts of lavender products.

Fest goers can enjoy lavender cuisine, samplings of lavender oils, dipping sauces, lavender ice cream and more. While enjoying the flavors of lavender, you can also learn about the benefits of lavender, lavender growing and sustainable farming practices. Demonstrations and seminars will take place in the City Park Gazebo throughout the day.

Aside from lavender, there will be live music, a children’s activities area, arts and crafts, a Lavender Tasting Garden and more. An informal juried arts show will take place in conjunction with the Lavender Festival, plus a variety of food and beverage vendors will be present.

Make a day of it! Head to Paso Robles and educate yourself on the tastes, flavors, benefits and possibilities of local lavender. This is a growing industry and will hopefully continue to grow and flourish.

When you’re ready to buy a Central California home or a home on Lake Nacimiento, contact me, your Central California real estate agent! I’d love to help you accomplish your home-buying or home-selling real estate goals in the area. 

From Grace Borzini

4th of July Festivities in Central California!

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Central California 4th of July

In my last blog post, I filled you in on the Old-Fashioned July 4th Celebration taking place in Paso Robles this Friday. As your Central California real estate agent, I’d like to now fill you in on what else is going on in the Central California region for the holiday! One perk to living here is that you almost always have numerous options when it comes to celebrating a holiday.

  • Start your July 4th morning off right! Oak Shores is hosting its annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast on Friday! This will take place from 8:30 to 10 a.m., or until the food is gone, at the OSCA Clubhouse. It only costs $5 per person, and for the adults, Bloody Mary’s and mimosas will be available.
  • Are you hanging out at Lake Nacimiento this weekend? The 4th of July is always a popular time for boating, fishing, swimming and water sports, so get out early and enjoy the water! In the evening, two movies will be shown at the Dragon Theater. On Friday is Disney’s “Brave” and on Saturday is Disney’s “Frozen.” Both will begin at 8:30 p.m.
  • Celebrate your 4th of July the King City way! On Friday, festivities kick off with a parade down Broadway at 9:30 a.m. Then the celebration moves to San Lorenzo Park, with an opening ceremony and Raising of the Colors at 11 a.m. From then until 4 p.m., families can enjoy activities, museum tours, food and beverage booths, historic demonstrations, an antique engine show and old-fashioned games. Live music will take place from noon to 3 p.m. by Altered Pieces, and the fireworks display begins at dusk at the King City Golf Course.
  • If you’re in the Downtown San Luis Obispo area on Friday, stick around for their Concerts in the Plaza Double Header! From 3 to 5 p.m., the soul, blues and Americana music of Proxima Parada will be performed. Then at 5:30 p.m., the California jamgrass band, Cuesta Ridge, will take the stage. Food vendors and the bar will open at 2:30 p.m., so go early to stake out a good spot.
  • July 5th is one of only two days of the year that anyone can go fishing, even without purchasing a fishing license! Take advantage, because as I explained in this blog post, the fishing has been good at Lake Nacimiento this summer! Don’t forget to remind yourself of these basic boat safety tips first.

There are lots of events taking place at SLO County wineries this weekend, and all across Monterey County. What are your plans for the 4th of July weekend? Leave a comment and share!

Enjoy your holiday weekend here in Central California, and when you’re ready to buy or sell real estate, contact me, your Central California real estate agent!

From Grace Borzini

Outdoor Concerts in Central California!

concert outsideHere in Central California and in towns around Lake Nacimiento, it’s the season for outdoor activities. Last week, I let you know about all the farmers markets in the area. This week, as your Central California real estate agent, I’d like to let you know about all the outdoor concerts in the park!

In Paso Robles, you can enjoy free concerts every Friday evening at the City Park Gazebo. These take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Each week, there is a different singer or band performing, so you’re sure to find the sounds that you enjoy most! Each week, there is also a local restaurant or vendor supplying food for the event. Here are the details on the upcoming performances:

  • June 27 – Incendio – Instrumental World Music – Food by Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse
  • July 4 – The Usual Suspects – Rock & Roll Dance Band – Food by Red Scooter Deli. This is a special night, with the band performing from 5 to 8:30 p.m. A patriotic program will take place from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and the fireworks will go off at 9 p.m.!
  • July 11 – One Time Spaceman – American Music – Food by Chubby Chandler’s Pizza
  • July 18 – Rob Larkin & The Wayward Ones – Americana / Roots Rock / Soul – Food by Chico’s Café
  • July 25 – No concert, enjoy the Mid-State Fair!
  • August 1 – Burning James & The Funky Flames – Funk ‘N’ Soul – Food by FishGaucho
  • August 8 – Unfinished Business – 60’s Rock & Roll – Food by Thomas Hill Organics
  • August 15 – Soul Sauce – Rock, Soul & Reggae – Food by Odyssey World Café
  • August 22 – Monte Mills & The Lucky Horseshoe Band – Old Country / Old Time Rock & Roll – Food by F. McLintock’s Saloon

Aside from the Paso Robles Concerts in the Park, plenty of other Central California cities have free outdoor concerts as well! Here’s a schedule to keep handy:

  • Barefoot Concerts on the Green in Los Osos on Saturdays, 2 to 6 p.m.
  • Concerts on the Course in Nipomo on Wednesdays at 5 p.m.
  • Concerts in the Park in Templeton on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Concerts in the Plaza in San Luis Obispo on Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series in Grover Beach on Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m.

For a full lineup of performers for each concert series in Central California, check out this SLO Tribune article.

Enjoy your summer in Central California by lounging outside in a nearby park or beach, munching on some local cuisine and enjoying the sounds of local performers! When you’re ready to buy a Lake Nacimiento home, or to sell your Lake Nacimiento home, contact me, your Central California real estate agent!

From Grace Borzini

Roll Out the Barrels This Weekend In SLO!


Wine lovers once again unite in Central California at the 24th Annual Roll Out the Barrels Wine Weekend in San Luis Obispo this weekend! Festivities begin tomorrow, Thursday, and continue through Sunday. If you are new to the Central California area, and you’d like to taste test an abundance of local wine before choosing a favorite, this is the perfect opportunity!

As your Central California real estate agent, I’ve laid out all the details of Roll Out the Barrels below. Purchase your tickets and start planning your wine weekend of fun!

1.  Barrels in The Plaza – This event kicks off the festivities on Thursday night in Mission Plaza in Downtown San Luis Obispo. Wines of SLO County are served and paired with treats prepared by local chefs. There will be Beach Butlerz and lawn chairs available to attendees, and a gypsy swing band will provide live entertainment. Tickets cost $60 for early entry at 4:30 p.m., or $40 for general admission from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

2.  Winemaker Dinners – These take place on Friday evening at participating wineries. From casual to elegant, you are sure to find a winemaker dinner that suits your tastes. Tickets can be purchased directly from the wineries. Dinners take place at Ancient Peaks, Biddle Ranch, Chamisal Vineyards, Claiborne & Churchill Vintners and more. Ticket prices range from $21 to $110.

3.  Passport to SLO Wine Country – The main event takes place Saturday and Sunday all around San Luis Obispo. With the purchase of a ticket, you receive a “passport” to more than 30 wineries. As an attendee, you’ll enjoy wine and food pairings, reserve barrel tastings, live entertainment and special discounts on wine.

Aside from the passport booklet, ticketholders also receive a commemorative wine glass, a six-pack wine tote while supplies last, and complimentary food and wine pairings. Transportation partners are available to take you to and from each winery. Designated driver tickets are also available.

Tickets cost $55 for a weekend pass, $20 for a designated driver weekend pass, $40 for a one-day pass for either Saturday or Sunday, or a discounted rate for groups of eight or more.

4.  Summer Krush Concert - This takes place at Avila Beach Resort on Sunday. Performing are Gavin DeGraw, Matt Nathanson and Mary Lambert. There will be a Wine Tasting Lounge from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and then the concert will soon follow. You can enjoy music, wine and great food all in one location.  Tickets cost $30, with an additional wine tasting upgrade available for $20 more.

If you book an overnight stay at a hotel in San Luis Obispo, you save $20 on your passport ticket. If you go that route, be sure to book before you buy your tickets!

Enjoy your weekend full of wine, music, entertainment, socializing and gorgeous views of Central California. When you’re ready to buy a Central California home, or sell your Central California home, contact me, your Central California real estate agent!

From Grace Borzini

Farmers Markets around Central California!

farmersmarketHere in Central California, we are blessed with an abundance of locally grown food, aside from the abundance of local wines we enjoy! To honor these fruits, vegetables, dairy, nuts and meats, we have a plethora of farmers markets throughout the week. Here at these markets, you can shop from local farmers and artisan vendors for the freshest foods and most original crafts available.

To help you out, as a Central California real estate agent, I’ve created a handy Central California farmers market guide. From now on, you’ll always know which day of the week your local market is, and when! Share this among your family, friends and community members. Let’s show our support for local farmers while indulging in the decadent flavors of California food.

1.  The Pismo Beach Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday at the Pier from 3 to 7 p.m. It includes fresh produce, food and handmade items, so it’s a food market and a craft show all in one. Kettle corn and sweet roasted corn on the cob are some local favorites here!

2.  The Atascadero Farmer’s Market also takes place on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. at Albertson’s parking lot on El Camino Real. This market prides itself on everything being grown or made by the folks who are selling them, and all from local sources. This includes produce, meats, eggs and prepared foods.

3.  The Morro Bay Farmers Market takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays from 2:30 to 5 p.m. On Thursdays, it is located in the large parking lot at Spencer’s Fresh Markets and features organic farmers, hummus and more. Saturday markets reside on Main and Harbor Streets and also feature local coffee, homemade tamales and kettle corn.

4.  Downtown San Luis Obispo’s Farmers Market is a really large market that takes place on Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Aside from fresh-picked fruits, vegetables and flowers, this market also features barbecued food cooked to order, ethnic cuisine, live music, activities, mascots and more. It has over 120 vendors each week, and you can ride the trolley to the market!

5.  Cayucos Farmer’s Market is located right next to the beach on Friday mornings, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Grab some fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs, dairy or flowers, and then go enjoy a picnic on the beach!

6.  The Avila Beach Farmers Market takes place on Fridays, between April and September, from 4 to 8 p.m. It is set up in the center of Avila Beach, so cruise around the beach and among local businesses while you’re there! The market usually features live music alongside local farmers and artisan vendors.

7.  The Templeton Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the town park. This is a local favorite in SLO County!

8.   The Baywood/Los Osos Farmers Market takes place on Mondays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at 2nd and Santa Maria Streets by the bay.

9.   The Paso Robles Farmers Market takes place on Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Paso Robles City Park. Then another market takes place Fridays, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Walmart parking lot on Niblick and River Road.

From Grace Borzini

Father’s Day Events around Central California!

dad2How are you celebrating dad this Father’s Day weekend in Central California? As your Lake Nacimiento real estate agent, I filled you in on fishing at Lake Nacimiento in my last blog post. If you or your dad isn’t the fishing type, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate with him! Does he like wine? Barbecue? Concerts? Brunches? To help you plan, here is a list of events happening this weekend.

1.  Enjoy a free outdoor concert around San Luis Obispo! Your options are endless. This week and weekend, you can see One Time Spaceman tonight at Paso Robles City Park, Rio Salinas tonight at Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo, Highway One Band on June 13 in downtown Arroyo Grande, Dave Miller Band on June 14 at Sea Pines Golf Resort in Los Osos, and many more.

2.  Dads with grownup kids can enjoy Central California wine events this weekend! If you are new to the Paso Robles area, attend Paso Wine 101 at First Crush Cellars this Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. On Saturday, take a cooking class at Niner Wine Estates; head to Denner Vineyards for wine, food trucks and music; or enjoy “Jazzy Rock” from The Cosmopolites at Broken Earth Winery. On Sunday, enjoy wine, burgers and locally baked buns at Lone Madrone Winery; head to Castoro Cellars for a Father’s Day Celebration concert and a barbecue; play a game of corn hole or Giant Jenga at Mitchella Vineyard & Winery.

3.  Visit a local restaurant and enjoy a nice brunch, lunch or dinner with dad on Father’s Day in Central California. Plenty of restaurants are offering specials. At Madonna Inn’s Steakhouse in San Luis Obispo, dads receive a complimentary slice of cake with a purchase of a regular entrée. Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar in Monterey will have live music and a special Father’s Day barbecue. Lido Restaurant in Pismo Beach will have bottomless mimosas and three-course selections. View more specials here!

As your Central California real estate agent, I hope you enjoy your weekend here in Central California! If your dad would like to buy a Central California home, or sell a Central California home, send him my way. Now is the perfect time to make the changes he’s been waiting for, and for him to achieve his real estate goals. Happy Father’s Day!

From Grace Borzini

3 Upcoming Central California Wine Events!

What’s better than sipping on a glass of local wine on a hot summer day in Central California? As a Lake Nacimiento real estate agent, I feel fortunate to live in a place where wine festivals and events take place almost weekly, especially in the summertime, giving locals the perfect opportunity to try new wines and support local businesses!

Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, but the fun never ends in Central California. Here on my blog, you can get all the latest information on upcoming events and festivals happening in the area. Here is a taste of what’s coming up:

1.  Looking to relax and unwind this weekend? Head to Shale Oak Winery in Paso Robles on Saturday, May 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. They are hosting May UnWINEd, a patio concert series that will feature live music from Jill Knight. The Pairing Knife Food Truck will also be there to provide food items to go along with your glasses of wine. You can also choose to pack a picnic and blanket, or folding chairs. Cost is a $10 tasting fee per person, or complimentary if you’re a wine club member!

2.  The 11th Annual Paso Pinot & Paella Festival is taking place this Sunday, June 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. in Templeton Community Park. This fest is all about celebrating Pinot Noir! Join the Pinot Noir Producers of Paso Robles and 20 chefs for wine tasting and creative Paella dishes. Each Pinot Noir will be paired with a unique Paella dish, so prepare for a day of a rich array of flavors. The fest will also feature live Latin guitar beats from Incendio, and dancing in a beautiful setting. Tickets cost $75.

3.  Rose Varietal Night is coming up at Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery in Templeton, CA on Tuesday, June 3! The Paso Robles Rhone Rangers are showcasing Rhone Varietals at the event, which is part of an ongoing “Hot Tuesday” series. This coming week, they will feature a Rose tasting, with 18 local Rhone Ranger wineries each pouring a Rose. The evening will also include small bites and artisan cheese, live music, and an educational table. Tickets only cost $15! The event is for those ages 21 and up.

Enjoy these upcoming events in the Central California region. When you’re ready to buy a Lake Nacimiento home or sell a Lake Nacimiento home, contact me, your Central California real estate agent! I’d love to help you out.

From Grace Borzini