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Events in Central California This Labor Day Weekend!

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Central California Labor Day 

We have a long holiday weekend upon us. How will you be celebrating it in Central California? Will you be boating on Lake Nacimiento? Will you drive to the Central Coast to play in the waves? Will you head to a local winery to enjoy live music, delicious grub and refreshing wines? You’ve got a lot of options!

As your Central California real estate agent, I’d like to fill you in on all there is to do here in the Central California region this upcoming weekend. Choose an event and enjoy this salute to summer!

  • Any weekend at Lake Nacimiento is a good weekend, but Labor Day weekend is especially popular! Locals and visitors alike flock to the lake for boating, fishing, swimming, water sports, picnics, hiking and more. I recommend heading out to the lake early to avoid traffic! Early morning and late evening are the best times to go fishing, and every time is a great time for boating and enjoying the water. Keep these boat safety tips in mind when cruising the water!
  • Classic car lovers will unite at the 2014 Paso Robles Classic Car Show Weekend this Friday and Saturday in Downtown Paso Robles. Friday night, pre-1979 classic cars will be cruising through the streets of Central California, and then Saturday, they will be parked for all to come and admire. Over 300 cars are expected to participate, so it’ll be a day worth visiting Paso Robles!
  • Celebrate your holiday weekend at the 46 West Wineries Harvest Block Party this Saturday, Aug. 30, at Doce Robles Winery in Paso Robles! This “mini wine festival” will put you in high spirits as you socialize and sip wine in a casual wine atmosphere. For $40 per person, you can enjoy wine tastings from member wineries, great food and rockin’ live music from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Interested in your future? Stop by ROTTA Winery on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. for a Labor Day Weekend Palm Reading! Madam Rose will be there to read your palm and offer a glance into your future. Readings are complimentary for Wine Collective members, and complimentary to anyone who purchases a glass of wine.
  • Peachy Canyon Winery in Templeton has live music on Saturday and Sunday! Saturday, traveling musician James Sweetwater will be performing. Playing the guitar and banjo, he calls his performance “the story of the Universe told in song.” Higgies World BBQ will also be there to serve up delicious food. Then Sunday, Rail will be performing, which is a local band based out of Atascadero.
  • Get out and enjoy the fresh air here in beautiful Central California on Sunday! SLO County Sundays at Donati Family Vineyard are perfect for that. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., stop by their tasting room for complimentary wine and a 10 percent discount on any purchases. They also have an expansive lawn for picnics, and two full-sized bocce ball courts, so it’s a great place to spend an afternoon!

From Grace Borzini

Apple Season Is Here In Central California!

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Apple Season in Central California!

While much of the country has to wait until fall to enjoy this delicious seasonal fruit, Central California already has a variety of juicy apples in season! Whether you enjoy picking them yourselves from the trees in a local apple orchard, or stopping by a farm stand, Central California has you covered. As your Central California real estate agent, I’m here to fill you in!

Avila Valley Barn in San Luis Obispo is where all the apple action is this time of year. They are open for the apple U-Pick season. To see what’s currently available to pick, you can check out this seasonal chart. In August, there are four varieties of apples, including gravenstein, gala, mutsu and jonagold. There are also still berries, peaches, nectarines, pluots, plums and more, so your best bet for a variety of fruit is right now!

It’s up to you whether you visit Avila Valley Barn as a quick trip to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, or as an entire day or afternoon of family fun! The barn is stocked with pies, cobblers, muffins, sweet breads, ice cream and more. There is also a corn roaster and a full deli with sandwiches and other lunch items. You can also purchase hot BBQ food! Finish the day off with one of a dozen flavors of fudge.

Be sure to bring the kids, because there is a farm pet area for petting and feeding an array of farm animals, including goats, pigs, horses, alpacas, donkeys, ponies and more, with pony rides available on weekends from noon to 4 p.m. There are also hay rides for the whole family to enjoy, which run daily on U-Pick days from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you’re not quite ready for apple season yet, don’t worry. U-Pick apple season runs the rest of this month and into September. In October, pumpkin season arrives! You’ve got lots of time left to enjoy this Central California gem.

If you want an insider’s experience, check out the Avila Apple Festival Oct. 4 and 5. This includes a farm tour on a hayride and a farm-to-table dinner with fresh cider, apple wine, demonstrations, a film, an apple-themed dinner and much more. Early bird tickets cost $65.

Support this family-owned business in San Luis Obispo while also savoring the many delicious fruits and vegetables that grow locally in Central California. The wine harvest has already begun too; it looks like a great year for enjoying local ingredients!

Are you ready to buy a Central California home, or to sell your Central California home? No matter what your real estate needs are, contact me, your Central California real estate agent! I’d love to help you out!

From Grace Borzini

Paso Robles Olive Festival This Weekend!


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Paso Robles Olive Festival

Central California is the agricultural haven of the U.S. Although most known for our vineyards, this area is also known for a plethora of other locally grown foods, including olives. That is why this weekend’s Olive Festival in Paso Robles is a special chance to honor our local olive farmers and olive oil producers!  As your Central California real estate agent, I am here to fill you in on local event details.

Before the festival begins, an Olive Oil Contest Winners Breakfast will take place at the gazebo in Downtown City Park from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday morning. This costs $10 to attend and includes a continental breakfast. Call in advance to reserve your tickets. While enjoying breakfast, you can learn more about Paso’s olive oil industry and socialize with merchants, producers and industry experts.

The 11th Paso Robles Olive Festival is hosted by the Paso Robles Main Street Association. It takes place this Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Downtown City Park.

At the fest, you can look forward to free olive oil tastings and olive product samplings from producers all over California, including Central California. There will also be a Culinary Row, where great food will be served, most of which incorporates olives into the dishes. If you’ve got your own delicious olive recipe, you can partake in the open olive dish cooking contest!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Central California festival without wine and beer tasting. Wine tasting costs $15. There will also be vendors, art galleries and demonstrations throughout the day. A mobile olive oil press will be there for you to check out, too. You can even finish the day off right with free olive oil ice cream to satisfy your sweet tooth.

This event is family-friendly, so bring the kids! There will be plenty of entertainment at the fest for them, including a clown, sand painting, rock panting, olive branch wreath-making, jewelry making with beads, a bean bag toss, bag decorating, bug jar decorating and caterpillar tunnels for toddlers.

If the thought of the fest makes you want to start incorporating local olives or olive oil into your homemade dishes, check out all of the olive festival recipes available on the event website! These are sure to get you into fest mode.

Enjoy the olive-friendly weekend ahead in Paso Robles! When you’re ready to buy a Central California home, or sell your Central California home, contact me, your Central California real estate agent! I’d love to help you achieve your real estate goals this summer or fall.

From Grace Borzini

Summer Activities at Lake Nacimiento!

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Lake Nacimiento Activities

The summer months are winding down, but the weather here at Lake Nacimiento is still beautiful. Take advantage of what is left of summer by visiting the lake and taking part in water activities. As your Lake Nacimiento real estate agent, I’d like to remind you of all the fun readily available to you here!


Fishing at Lake Nacimiento

The latest fishing report from Monterey Lakes Recreation Co. reported that the hot spot for fishing continues to be the mouth of Las Tablas cove, as well as the northern shoreline near the entrance. Snake and Dip Creek coves are also producing great White bass hauls.

Roostertails continue to be the catch all lure. Monterey Lakes Recreation Co. recommends using plastic worms and swim bait for Bass, and sticking to natural colored lures during summer. Early morning fishing is the best, between 6 and 10 a.m., followed by evening fishing, around sunset and beyond. Afternoon fishing has been slow.

Watersports at Lake Nacimiento

Contrary to what some believe, there is still plenty of water in Lake Nacimiento for watersports! In fact, professional Liquid Force riders visited the lake in July. You can view photos here and watch a video here.

There is also plenty of wakeboarding, skiing, surfing and more going on in the watersports community of Lake Nacimiento. There is even a Facebook page for this community, where you can view photos and meet others with the same interests as you. They are looking for experienced boat drivers as well! This is a great community to get involved in when wishing to meet new people.

Boating at Lake Nacimiento

Even if you’re not fishing or wakeboarding in Lake Nacimiento, you can still enjoy boating around the lake! Jump off your boat and enjoy swimming in the cool water on a hot day. Pull a tube on the end of your boat for the kids to ride. Pack a picnic and eat it on the boat. Ride around and feel the wind in your hair. Then park the boat and enjoy relaxation time. Enjoy kayaking or paddle-boarding in the water for a good workout.

If you don’t have a boat, or you’d like to meet new people and get social, join us and the Oak Shores community for free pontoon boat rides on Thursday evenings. We gather at 5:45 p.m. at the docks and head out on the water at 6 p.m. You can bring your own beverages and a food dish to share for a potluck dinner. We usually return from the lake around 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy your time spent on Lake Nacimiento, and if you’d like to make the lake a year-round adventure for you and your family or friends, contact me, your Lake Nacimiento real estate agent! I would be happy to help you buy a Lake Nacimiento home, so the fun never ends.

From Grace Borzini

5 Events Coming Up In SLO County This Week!

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SLO County Events This Week

As a Central California real estate agent, I often find myself bragging about all of the events and activities there are to enjoy in the Central California region. The list just never ends! Now that it’s August and there are only a few weeks left of summer, it’s time to push things into high gear and fill your remaining summer days with fun for the whole family.

To help you plan, here is a list of events and activities coming up this week in San Luis Obispo County:

1.  Every day this month, you can stop by the Robert Hall Winery Tasting Room in Paso Robles for their Wine Aroma Sensory Station! Test your sensory wine knowledge and then taste the wines to see if you correctly identified the wines by their aromas. You can stop in and do this any time between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Cost is $5 for just smelling and $10 to taste as well.

2.  Wednesday, Aug. 6, head to SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel in Pismo Beach between 5 and 7 p.m. for Winesdays! This Wednesday features Clayhouse Wines. You can enjoy free wine tastings and live music with chair massages by Zada Salon & Spa. All of this takes place on the RoofTop Terrace overlooking Pismo Beach. This is the epitome of relaxation!

3.  If you love beer, you’ll love the Backyard Brewmaster Dinner taking place at Apple Farm Restaurant in San Luis Obispo this Friday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. Cost is $85, which includes four courses of handcrafted farm-to-table cuisine paired with craft beers from BarrelHouse Brewing in Paso Robles. You’ll learn all about the brews and listen to live music!

4.  For indoor entertainment, check out Rodger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at SLO Little Theatre! This begins Aug. 8 and runs through Aug. 24 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults and $13 for students. Enjoy the classic tale of Cinderella’s magical fairy tale as she dances the night away at the ball with the prince, thanks to her fairy godmother. It’s perfect entertainment for the whole family!

5.  The 6th Annual Chili Festival will take place Sunday, Aug. 10 at Biddle Park in Arroyo Grande from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission only costs $5. Local restaurants will compete in the chili competition and the public votes and chooses the winners in numerous categories. Aside from chili, the fest includes children’s games, arts and crafts, beer and wine, live entertainment by the SLO Jazz Festival with local bands, Wild West demonstrations and more!

These specialty events and activities coming up this week in SLO County are a fun, out-of-the-ordinary way to enjoy your time. However, concerts in the park, farmers markets and Lake Nacimiento activities are still going as well! You have tons of options.

Ready to buy or sell real estate in the SLO County real estate market? Contact me, your Central California real estate agent!

From Grace Borzini

Who Is The Best Winemaker Chef In Paso Robles? Find Out!

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Paso Robles Winemakers’ Cookoff

In my last blog post, I shared how much Paso Robles has been in the news lately for its food scene and wine culture. The upcoming Paso Robles Winemakers’ Cookoff combines the town’s food and wine in one great event! As your Central California real estate agent, I’d like to fill you in on the details of this event, in case you decide to attend.

The Winemakers’ Cookoff will take place August 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Paso Robles Event Center. Tickets have been on sale for a while now, so purchase yours as soon as possible, before they sell out! Regular tickets cost $85 and designated driver tickets cost $45. You can order online, by phone, or in town at the offices of Access Publishing in Paso Robles. You can buy tickets at the door if they don’t sell out.

For the event, 22 winemakers from around Paso Robles compete to see who the best chef is! Each winemaker combines a grilled culinary creation with a wine and competes for Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice. You get to enjoy the best food and wine pairings of the year, and then vote for which tastes best! Six other wineries will be there to just pour wine as well, for a total of 28 wineries.

While you sip wine and indulge in culinary creations, you can enjoy live music by Julie Beaver & the Bad Dogs, back by popular demand. You may bring blankets or chairs for enjoying the music. Ice chests, outside food and drinks and dogs are not allowed.

The Winemakers’ Cookoff is presented by the Paso Robles Rotary and all proceeds from this event benefit local high school scholarships.

If this event isn’t up your alley, there are plenty of other events happening in Paso Robles and all across Central California! Check out TravelPaso’s website for information on upcoming Paso Robles events, such as cooking classes, concerts in the park, wine galas, winery and cave tours, and art after dark, which are all taking place this coming weekend!

Are you ready to buy a home in Central California and to enjoy all the local sights, tastes, events and activities that the area has to offer? Contact me, your Central California real estate agent! We will together find you the perfect home.

From Grace Borzini

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