For a day trip from Paso Robles or San Luis Obispo, or for an overnight stay don’t miss Cayucos.
This is a small beach town southwest of Paso Robles founded in the 1870s. You should drive down when it is light to enjoy the beautiful scenery. You can see some of the old structures along Ocean Avenue. You can also walk along the beach and the old pier. You will find a number of bars and restaurants.
Brown Butter Cookie Company: At 98 N. Ocean Ave., stop in for some of their brown butter sea salt cookies. They are really great!
Rudell’s Smokehouse for their famous smoked fish tacos. Two locals told me it had to be on my list. From the list of albacore, salmon and yellow tail, I had the albacore which was really excellent!!! 101 D Street. Turns out they have been featured on the Food Network, Coastal Living and Sunset Magazine.
I loved my stay at the charming Cass House, where they had one of the best restaurants between LA and San Francisco. I was so disappointed that it had closed, but it was recently purchased and re-opened with rooms, The Grill at Cass House featuring locally sourced ingredients from the Central Coast and a Bakery. I hope to visit on my next trip. 222 N. Ocean Ave.