SLO’s downtown is full of pleasures, starting with the creek that runs through the middle of town, and the inviting shops, dining, and parks lining its banks. One of the more popular places to have lunch or dinner is Novo, set in an old brick warehouse that used to be a cigar factory. Grab a table outdoors on the multitiered wooden patio and you’ll be staring down at the creek, a designated critical habitat for steelhead trout that swim up it to spawn every year. The trees around the patio are strung with lights, and a giant oak tree grows right in the middle of the place. Don’t miss the mango-avocado spring rolls and fresh potato samosas.
To make your SLO tour an upgraded wanderlust weekend, stay at the Provençal-style B&B the Petit Soleil. With its cobblestoned courtyard, ambient French accordion music, and bright-flowering window boxes, you’ll feel like a little bit of Europe blew in with the sea breeze. Relax with complimentary wine tasting at night and wake up to amaretto French toast in the morning. Absolument magnifique!