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Cayucos Pier Project

cayucos pier project

Cayucos Pier Project

Throughout the years visitors from near and far have found Cayucos while traveling Highway 1. A short stretch of this world renowned highway offers majestic views of a wooden pier, built originally in 1872 by Captain James Cass, and the town adjoining it. For Cayucos the pier is correlated to the identity of this town and its mystique. It is impossible for us to imagine the town without it, as the two go hand in hand. On an even more personal note, the structure is also the identity for On the Beach Bed and Breakfast, as we often indicate that we are located at the foot of the pier.

Time and weather are known to affect even some of the most solid elements, such as rocks. The two conditions, in addition to a lack of adequate maintenance over the last 50 to 100 years, have brought the pier to a state of deterioration deemed unsafe for foot traffic. In the last several month the pier has been closed to the halfway mark to prevent any possible injuries. However, as a state owned landmark, under the jurisdiction of the county, this historical pier is set to have the much needed reinforcement and replacement of pilings.
Rick Rengel, one of our two owners at On the Beach, is also a well-known architect in San Luis Obispo county. Rick has recently overseen the restoration project at Port San Luis, and kindly volunteered his knowledge and expertise to this project.

The community has also proved its commitment to the cause. There is a local committee in direct contact with the county that oversees all donations and causes meant to raise awareness and contributions for the pier project. The outdoor/beach concert was one of the many successful events organized by the members and supported by the community. There is talk of an annual event stemming from this fundraiser.
Please visit savecayucospier.org for more information, historical photos, and details on how to get involved.

The Basics of Wine Tasting

wine tasting basics

The Basics of Wine Tasting

We often get asked to recommend local entertainment & events, outdoor recreational activities, such as hikes, nature walks and kayaking, and most of all local wineries. The wine regions in this county have bloomed in the last decade, and the area itself has made quite a reputation for providing great vintages of wine.
If you consider yourself a novice here are some tips that could help when tasting in San Luis Obispo county:

• At this point in time there are three recognized wine regions or AVA’s (American Viticulture Areas); sometimes they are referred to as appellations (used more in Europe)

• Paso Robles AVA (there are talks about breaking up Paso Robles into 11 smaller viticultural areas)
• Edna Valley AVA

• Arroyo Grande Valley AVA

• To be classified as an AVA a region must show unique growing conditions and be designated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and the U.S. Department of Treasury.

• Paso Robles AVA is mainly concentrated around the West and East side (around highway 46)

• On average Paso Robles is known as a region suitable for bold reds and fuller body whites (higher average temperatures)

• Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley AVAs have a reputation for lighter bodied reds and crisp whites. (cool air and marine conditions keep the temperature on average lower than Paso Robles)

• The label of any given wine can give a lot of information in regards to what you are tasting:

• Is the wine from a larger general regions such as California or is it AVA designate from Paso Robles, Edna Valley or Arroyo Grande Valley? Is it even more specific: estate grown, from a certain part of the estate or even a certain row of grapes on the particular property? (the price of a wine can often correlate to these attributes)

• The vintage: what were the conditions during the ripening process for the vintage you are enjoying? Often tasting room attendants can provide you with such information.

• The varietal or the blend: is it a pure cabernet sauvignon you are enjoying, is it a designated style of blend or is it a contraption the wine maker created? Keep in mind US laws allow for a wine to be at least 75% of a varietal and still be called by the name of that grape. For example you can have a Pinot Noir that is only 75% Pinot Noir and the rest is a blend of Syrah and Grenache. The law allows for the label to say Pinot Noir and all other information need not be disclosed.

• The name of the wine. Often times many wineries create second labels or have unique and clever names for a blend.

• Don’t forget to ask for wine maker notes. After tasting a wine it is fun and interesting to read what the wine maker has envisioned. Sometimes the notes can be very useful if you are purchasing a wine you could not taste. (ie a Library Wine)
These are some basic ideas and points regarding wine tasting in our area. We would be more than happy to assist our guests with wine tasting planning and itineraries.

When Mermaids Cry Sea Glass is Born

cayucos sea glass festival

It may sound sad, but in all actuality, what is know as mermaid tears translates into a beneficial by-product of human consumption, washed away on local beaches worldwide. In popular nomenclature this translates into sea glass: broken pieces of glass and pottery, washed away to sea and tossed around in the sand. Weather you are looking at a common brown colored piece or an extremely rare red derived from a Victorian lamp, sea glass “hunting” can be a great beach activity for all ages.

Cayucos has become a destination for the sea glass “hunter,” and to a large degree thanks to the Cayucos Sea Glass Festival. The second Friday and Saturday in March, enthusiasts, vendors and novices alike gather for two days of fun, discovery, music and food. The Veterans Hall, located at the foot of the pier in Cayucos, is filled to the brim with art, photography, jewelry and many other sea glass accouterments. If that is not enough for you, there is also food, drink and music just behind the Hall. Of course one must not forget the beautiful mermaids gracefully promenading around.

What makes this event even more special for us at On the Beach, Bed and Breakfast is our location. We consider ourselves fortunate to be within twenty paces of the venue. Last year (2013), we were lucky enough to have Mister Richard LaMotte, author of “Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature’s Vanishing Gems,” and his lovely wife grace us with their presence at our establishment. Mr. LaMotte was a guest speaker at the event and a wealth of knowledge. We are definitely not sad about the autographed copy we have in the lobby. That goes to say, you never know who the neighbor in the room next to you could be. Imagine sharing a glass of wine during the social hour with a “sea glass royal,” or the waves of fun you could have walking back and forth from the festival to your room. Did we mention you can hear the band from the rooftop deck?

If our words have not been convincing enough ,all there is left to do is book a room and come see for yourself. Join the fun and see what mermaid tears are all about.
Until the next time, we wish you health, happiness and loads of sea glass filled beach fun.