The Central California Coast is truly a year-round destination with a variety of activities for all ages. Historic Heart Castle, world-class whale watching and the Central Coast beaches are about 15-30 minutes from The Carlton including Pismo Beach, Cambria, Morro Bay and Cayucos. Wine tasting, hiking and bike riding are also year-round activities in San Luis Obispo County.
Wine Tasting and Touring – There are over 200 wineries and tasting rooms in San Luis Obispo County and the Carlton Hotel is located in the heart of it. We are located halfway between the Edna Valley AVA in San Luis Obispo and the Paso Robles Wine Country. Our concierge staff can assist you in planning your wine tasting adventure or in making arrangements for limousine or shuttle wine tasting tours.
Hearst Castle—Five different guided tours are available in addition to the National Geographic Theater at the Hearst Castle Visitor Center showing "Hearst Castle, Building the Dream," the companion film to castle tours. The Carlton Hotel concierge staff will be pleased to make your Hearst Castle tour reservations, or you can visit the website.
Art Galleries—Many artists have chosen the Central Coast as their home. Enjoy everything from painting, photography and sculpture to jewelry and custom furniture. There are a number of galleries and studios within walking distance. We would be happy to arrange for art classes for anyone interested.
The Outdoors— San Luis Obispo County has something for everyone who enjoys the outdoors—pristine beaches, quiet country roads, and a mild, sunny climate. Abundant wildlife includes seals, sea otters, sea mammals, monarch butterflies in winter, and over 200 species of birds. Activities include bicycle riding, mountain biking, sport fishing, bird watching, hiking, kayaking, and whale watching tours.