Posted by: cvancil | May 31, 2013

Moving On

Hi everyone,

My son is now 15 months old and keeping me busy.  Life has changed to me being a stay at home mom and keeping up with my toddler.  Also, I don’t live in California anymore, and so while I love SLO with all my heart, I am moving on.  I will post again when I have my new blog sorted out.  When I visit, believe me, this blog will be updated. 

Hopefully, my dream of living in SLO one day will come true! 🙂

All the best,

Posted by: cvancil | January 31, 2012

Wine For Paws

4th  ANNUAL WINE 4 PAWS, April 14th, 2012

Join us in our FOURTH year as we raise funds for Woods Humane Society! Visit any of over 60 wineries throughout SLO County April 14th  – 15th 2012, and enjoy our beautiful wine region while supporting a great cause.  Pet loving wine drinkers can help our four-legged friends by visiting ANY of the participating wineries throughout the weekend when a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Woods Humane Society!

Print your free map/passport off the website, or grab one at any participating winery during the event.

Get your passport stamped when you help generate a donation and you’ll be entered in our raffle!

Visit for more info.

Posted by: cvancil | January 9, 2012

Major Apologies

Hi everyone,

Wow, a lot can happen in a year! With plays, work, the move to Washington State, and adventures in home ownership, I have little time to dream of traveling even in state, much less the lovely Central Coast. I am also about to embark on my biggest adventure yet – motherhood. Our son is due April 5. My promise to you is to bring you more things to enjoy in SLO, but also in my new home state. With my friend Sam by my side, who is a fantastic photographer, you can expect some really exciting things to happen on this blog in 2012.

Until next time, happy travels! And thank you for your patience!


Posted by: cvancil | January 26, 2011

Wine 4 Paws

The third annual Wine 4 Paws event is taking place April 9 and 10, 2011.  Over 50 wineries from the region are taking part, and so should you!  What better way to support the community and your 4-legged friends than to participate in an event that will ensure their health and happiness at the Woods Humane Society (Hey, if my kitties are happy, then I’m happy)!

What:  Wine 4 Paws –
When:  April 9 and 10, 2011
Where:  Various Wineries in the San Luis Opbisbo Region – click on the above link for a list of wineries that will be participating.
Why:  To support the Woods Human Society. 

Need more information, or perhaps you’d like to voluneteer?  Email Sarah at

Posted by: cvancil | January 2, 2011


Well it’s been much longer than two weeks, and for that I sincerely apologize. My husband and I bought a house, as you knew before, but I didn’t know how much work it would be, nor did I realize how much my full time job would be such an energy sucker! I’m also acting again. For now, it’s safe to say that my priorities have shifted, and and I will check back hopefully in May, when things have settled down (I hope).

Live, love and laugh…Happy New Year!

Posted by: cvancil | April 26, 2010

On Hiatus

Greetings readers,

For the next two weeks, I will not be posting any new events or reviews.  My husband and I are in the process of buying a house out of state, and this is taking up all my time and energy.  Thank you in advance for your understanding, and I will see you again on May 10, 2010.

Happy Travels!

Posted by: cvancil | April 23, 2010

Upcoming Events in Cambria

For more information on these and future upcoming activities, please click here.  Thanks to the Cambria Chamber of Commerce for posting these events!
May 1
Spring Festival – 12noon-4pm
Displays at Cambria Historical Museum,Heritage flowers from Hearst Castle Gardens, Small Farmers Market, Crafts for Children, Light Refreshments. Flower Show with floral decorations displayed throughout town. Sponsored by Cambria Womens Athletic Club of Cambria
Contact: Dawn Dunlap Phone: 805-927-0174
May 731
Cambria Fiber Arts Show
Featured artists Judy Schuster and Friends. This will also be a juried show open to other fiber artists. Allied Arts will co-sponsor this exhibit with The Cambria Ball & Skein Shop. Prizes will be presented. A prospectus will be available at or may be picked up at The Old Grammar School Gallery located at 1350 Main Street in Cambria. Call for hours.
May 16
Annual Cambria Garden Extravaganza & Gourmet Delights – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Cambria Pines Lodge
Features six spectacular and unique gardens from the beautiful pines-by-the-sea community. Every garden features complimentary gourmet offerings from the area’s top restaurants. Hosted by the New Dawn Montessori School 9AM–3PM Tickets are $35 (advance) Call New Dawn ticket hotline at 909-2181. (Tickets on day of event $40) Cambria Pines Lodge to host registration and continental breakfast.
Contact: Lynn Azevedo Phone: 805-927-4958
Web site:
May 2123
Paso Robles Wine Festival
Tasting in the Park . Call 805-239-8463 or visit PASOWINE.COM for more info. Phone: 805-239-8463
Web site: http://www.PASOWINE.COM
May 22
Annual Fish Fry – 4-6pm Take Out/7-9pm Dinner Joslyn Center
Fish fry at the Joslyn Center, sponsored by Cambria Fishing Club. Take our $12 from 4-6 pm. Dinner $15 from 7-9 pm.
Contact: Herb Connor Phone: 805927-8486
May 22
Harmony Cellars Hot & Cool Saturday
We’ll be ‘hot’ and ‘cool’ this Saturday! The ‘hot’ ones will be pouring in Paso Park. The ‘cool’ ones will be chilling at our coastal tasting room. Wine Fest Ticket holders receive a FREE tasting.
Contact: Erin Phone: 805-927-1625
May 2831
Cambria Memorial Weekend Event in Historic East Village – 10 am-4 pm
Shops and restaurants will offer music, food and fun activities all weekend. Cambria Historical Museum will be open 10 am to 4 pm Friday through Monday. On Saturday, historian Dawn Dunlap will lead Walking Tours from the Museum throughout East Village at 10 am and 2 pm. Cost $20/includes a picnic lunch in the Museum gardens. Music by Burnished Brass, a quartet of musicians from the San Luis Obispo Symphony. Call 805-927-2891 for tour reservations.
Contact: Dawn Dunlap Phone: 805-927-0174
Posted by: cvancil | April 21, 2010

Wine Tasting with a beachfront view

Only in Avila Beach!

Posted by: cvancil | April 19, 2010

Strawberry Festival: May 24-25, 2010

The Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival named the place to be on Memorial Weekend by Sunset Magazine!

As one of California’s largest festivals and premiere festival on the Central Coast this family-style event brings together thousands of visitors and residents to enjoy activities and entertainment, the Strawberry Stampede, hundreds of art, craft and display booths, ethnic foods, and of course, scrumptious strawberry treats of all kinds in shortcakes, funnel cakes, milkshakes, ice cream and by the box!

The wonderful May weather and ambiance of the historic downtown village also add to the festivals merriment.

Thousands of visitors from all our western states attend or participate in the festival. If you plan on attending, we recommend making your lodging reservations at least six months in advance. Admission is free but bring money for food, drink and children’s game booths.

Features include Strawberry Stampede walk/run, Strawberry Pancake Breakfast, Strawberry Shortcake & T-shirt booths, Strawberry Prince & Princess Contest, Strawberry Blonde Contest, Strawberry Cook-Off Contest, Kiddie Carnival, Arts & Crafts Show, and Entertainment including Ethnic, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Contemporary & Rock ‘n Roll music!

The above information is from The Strawberry Festival websiteClick here for more details and information!

Posted by: cvancil | April 16, 2010

Upcoming Events in Cayucos

May 2 Antique Street Faire
7am-4pm Downtown Ocean Ave.
Come one, come all and enjoy springtime while seeking out something old and something new! There is something for everyone at this sale. Downtown Ocean Ave. becomes a pedestrian zone while browsers and shoppers can checkout the many goods being offered by local and visiting vendors. Food is also on the menu, be it from a Cayucos eatery or one of our visiting vendors. Download application here

May 14 & 15 Antique Insulators Show
Cayucos Vet’s Hall Paul Aleeson 805-527-1770

May 31 – Sept. 6 Farmer’s Market
Fridays, 10am-12:30pm, Cayucos Vet’s Hall parking lot
A great opportunity to buy local products, produce, plants and flowers.
Contact Shelly Miguel 805-995-3799

May 22 May Madness Fundraiser for Fourth of July Fireworks
6pm-9pm Cayucos Vet’s Hall
Join us for an evening of Cayucos hometown enjoyment and get to know some more of your neighbors with dinner, fun and prizes galore. Tickets $150.00/couple 805-995-1200

May 29 – 31 Antique Gas and Steam Engine Show
Ocean Ave and D St. Contact Ben Ostini 805-423-4865

May 29 – 31 Peddler’s Faire
9am-5pm Cayucos Creek Lot (between Hardie Park and Ocean Ave.)
Take a stroll along the many vendors selling antiques, homemade products, flea market items, clothing, jewelry, and more. Bring an appetite too, whether you choose to satisfy it with delectables from visiting vendors or some of Cayucos’ great eateries. Note* Cost: $90.00 for the first space, $65.00 for each additional space. Download application here

Thanks to the Cayucos Chamber of Commerce for posting these events!

For more information on these and future upcoming events, click here.

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