Local Attractions

We are located in a part of California with an abundance of natural and cultural beauty as well as a reputation for award winning wines.


 

More Than 180 Wineries Within a Short Driving Distance

4 Award-Winning Wineries in Walking Distance!

The famed Central Coast wine grape growing region’s climate is perfect for the production of award-winning premium wines. A long growing season of warm days and cool evenings give rise to vibrantly ripened fruit with dynamic flavor profiles that translate beautifully.

Traversing the landscape you will find 26,000 vineyard acres, producing more than 40 winegrape varieties – from Spanish to Italian, Bordeaux to Rhône, including the area’s heritage variety Zinfandel. The styles of wine are diverse in this very distinct region.

Hearst Castle

As one approaches San Simeon from the south, two white towers appear in the distance, an unlikely apparition in the rolling hills above the Pacific Ocean. Hearst Castle is well worth your visit, and not only because of its 90,000 square feet of living space, 56 bedrooms and 61 bathrooms, two pools and a movie theater. It is worth a visit as one of the world’s greatest showplaces of wealth, art, impeccable taste, and the imagination of a great man.

Hearst Castle is about a 60 minute drive from Dancing Deer Farm – but the drive is gorgeous!  Check out Cambria and the Sea Lions along the way.

Cambria Artist’s Village and Moonstone Beach

Nestled among towering pines and the shimmering sea on California’s Central Coast, Cambria is a picturesque village that unfolds along scenic Highway 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Moonstone Beach can be found along Moonstone Drive, a few minutes from Cambria. The beach is made up of small pebbles polished smooth by the sea. Here, visitors can spend some time tidepooling or search the sand for driftwood and other hidden treasures including jasper, jade, and the moonstone agates, the beach’s namesake. The boardwalk, which runs along the beach for almost a mile is lined with mustard flowers, sage, rock rose and beautiful pine, the perfect place for a family walk or morning jog. Stairs will lead you down from the paths to the beach. Spend the afternoon here reading, walking and relaxing while enjoying the breathtaking Central Coast scenery.

Cambria and Moonstone Beach are about 30 minutes from Dancing Deer Farm along the most beautiful highways in California – Highway 46 West.

Elephant Seal Habitat and Birthing Grounds

The Northern Elephant Seal is an extraordinary marine mammal.  It spends eight to ten months a year in the open ocean, diving 1000 to 5800 feet deep for periods of fifteen minutes to two hours, and migrating thousands of miles, twice a year, to its land based rookery for birthing, breeding, molting and rest. The Piedras Blancas rookery is home to about 17,000 animals. The area is open for viewing every day of the year and there is no admission fee or reservation required. It is located 14 miles north of Cambria on Highway 1.

The Elephant Seals are about a 60 minute drive from Dancing Deer Farm.

Big Sur Coastline

Big Sur is more than a drive along one of the most dramatic coastlines on Earth or a peaceful repose amid a forest of California redwoods. It’s a stretch of wilderness so overwhelmingly beautiful — especially when the fog glows in the moonlight — that it enchants everyone who visits. It’s one of the most romantic, relaxing places in California. There’s little more to do than explore the mountains and beaches, and take in the sea air.

The Big Sur Coastline begins in Cambria, 30 minutes from Dancing Deer Farm.  It can continue all the way to Monterey if you have the time and inclination.

Templeton and San Luis Obispo Farmer’s Market

San Luis Obispo County has 5 world class farmer’s markets.  One of the best ones is just 5 minutes from Dancing Deer Farm, located in the quaint Templeton park every Saturday from 9am to 12pm.

The historic San Luis Obispo Downtown Market, created in the late 1970’s is one of the oldest markets in the west. An incredible street party and farmers’ market rolled into one – the market is just one part of a 6-block weekly event.  It operates every Thursday evening from 6 – 9pm.

San Luis Obispo is about 30 minutes from Dancing Deer Farm.

Morro Bay – Kayaking, Beach Walking, Shopping, Fish Restaurants

The seaside village of Morro Bay,  with its busy harbor, active fishing industry and great seafood restaurants, has a gorgeous natural setting. Located about 30 minutes from Dancing Deer Farm it is a wonderful place to rent kayaks, go on bay tours, and beachcombing.

Morro Bay is a 45 minute drive along beautiful Highway 46 West to Highway 1 South.  A quicker drive (30 minutes), but not as stunning as the first, is to take Highway 101 South to Highway 41 East.

Cal-Poly University

Nestled in the charming college town of San Luis Obispo between the Pacific Ocean and the world-class vineyards of the Edna Valley, Cal Poly provides opportunities and experiences to help students create professional and personal connections that last a lifetime. For nearly 20 years,U.S. News & World Report has named Cal Poly the best public master’s university in the West.

Cal-Poly is home to one of the most magnificent performing arts centers on any university campus.

Cal-Poly Campus is 30 minutes from Dancing Deer Farm.

Ravine Water Park in Paso Robles

The Ravine Waterpark features many fun and exciting water rides,  like the fabulous “Kamakaze” drop slide, “Vertigo” body bowl, Lazy River and Wave Pool, for family fun throughout the whole summer.  It is generally open from Memorial Day Weekend through to September 1.

Ravine Water Park is 20 minutes from Dancing Deer Farm.