What to Do & See

The Central Coast is the very best of California living! You're close to beautiful little towns, wineries and the recreation of the coast - not to mention our moderate climate that keeps visitors coming back year after year.

While you're staying with us here at Greengate Ranch & Vineyard - we hope you'll take advantage of all the possibilities that are close by.  Here's a list of a few things to get you started:


The Edna Valley - you're in the heart of SLO wine country!

(for locals, SLO is short for San Luis Obispo)

Allow us to arrange a wine tour for you or follow the map to visit our neighbors. Some of the best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is grown right here in the Edna Valley.

Things to see and do while staying at Greengate Ranch & Vineyard

A few of our favorites: Claiborne & Churchill, Chamisal, Baileyana, Saucilito Canyon & Talley Vineyards. For a complete list wineries and more information about local wine and growers visit  SLOWine - Enjoy!

Getting to Know California’s Best Unsung Wine Regions: Wine Enthusiast

Wine Tours and transportation: Breakaway Tours, 101 Wine Tours and Uncorked Wine Tours.

Rent a bike and enjoy the backroads of wine country: Wally's Bicycle Works.

More information about this region: USA Today Travel

San Luis Obispo (6 minutes away)

"The happiest place on earth" - Oprah

Tucked between the Coast Range, the Pacific Ocean and right in the middle of Central Coast Wine Country, San Luis Obispo enjoys all the spoils of a life well lived on the California coast.

Things to see and do when staying at Greengate Ranch & Vineyard

Barbecued ribs, fresh produce, locally made products, live entertainment… you can find it all at the lively Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market! Every Thursday from 6-9 pm

In 1772, Spaniards decided to make a home in what we now consider downtown San Luis Obispo. They came and built a mission that is still standing today in the center of town. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa remains a working parish church.

Recently featured on National Geographic’s Strange Planet travel trivia, Bubblegum Alley is one of San Luis Obispo’s funkiest attractions.


Pismo Beach (10 minutes away)

From swimming and hiking to kayaking, surfing and golf, Pismo Beach offers an array of outdoor activities destined to satisfy any sports aficionado.

Things to see and do when staying at Greengate Ranch & Vineyard

Monarch Butterfly Grove: The "Butterfly Trees" of Pismo Beach are one of our most beloved attractions From late October through February, thousands of colorful Monarch butterflies cluster in the limbs of Eucalyptus and Monterey Pines in the area, giving the appearance of yellow and orange leaves.

Surfing Lessons: Shell Beach Surf School

Surf Board and Boggie Board Rentals & Classica California Surf Shop: Moondoggies Beach Club

The Village of Arroyo Grande and Arroyo Grande Valley (10 minutes away)

This turn-of-the-century historic town offers something for everyone - shopping, antiquing, dining and art. Spend an afternoon strolling the shops on Branch Street followed by a break for ice cream. Charming and quaint to the max!

Places to see and things to do while staying at Greengate Ranch & Vineyard

Shopping in the Villiage: The Villiage of Arroyo Grande

Hand crafted Ice Cream in an old fashioned Ice Cream Parlor: Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab

Historic one-room school house and museum: Santa Manuela School House & South County History Museum

Take a walk on the wild side: Arroyo Grande Suspension Bridge

Saturday afternoon Farmer's Market from noon - 2:30 pm

Avila Beach  (15 minutes away)

This little beach side town offers recreation, dinning and plenty of water sports - not to mention some of the best sandy beach around. If you visit during summer - you might be lucky enough to catch the humpback whales frolicking and feeding in the bay as they migrate south.

Video: Destination Avila Beach & Valley

Farmer's Market on Friday evening from 4 - 8 pm with live music, food (everything from crepes to fish tacos!!) and plenty of fresh produce.

Central Coast Aquarium - perfectly kid friendly and parents love it too!

Kayaking and paddle boarding: Avila Beach Paddle Sports - paddle out to the old lighthouse and beyond.

Sport Fishing: Patriot Sport Fishing

Whale Watching and Sailing: Central Coast Sailing Charters

Video: Set Sail to Paradise  Land of Ahhs

San Simeon (45 minutes away)

Steeped in a rich history that dates back to 1836, San Simeon was first established when the San Miguel Mission was secularised and divided into three distinct ranches: Piedras Blancas, Santa Rosa and San Simeon. Today, it's beauty is world renowned for is dramatic coastline and vast ranches including the Hearst Castle and Ranch.


Things to see and do while staying at Greengate Ranch & Vineyeard

Video: Destination San Simeon

Visit the "House on the Hilltop" of California Tycoon William Randolph Hearst: Tours and exploration of Hearst Castle

Located just a few miles north of Hearst Castle, off of California Highway 1, the Piedras Blancas rookery has become a world-famous attraction. The Elephant Seals

Historic, Towering Landmark on the coast: Piedras Blancas Light Station



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