Top Reasons to Visit Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
- Voted a top 10 mineral-springs spa by Spa magazine and SpaFinder in 2009, this resort has been in operation for more than 100 years. The naturally hot sulfur mineral water found on site is said to heal and soothe sore joints and muscles.
- Each room has a private mineral-water hot tub on an attached balcony or patio.
- Complimentary yoga classes are held daily and included with every stay.
- There's an on-property spa.
- You'll have access to a hiking trail and a walking path to the beach.
- The award-winning onsite eatery, Gardens of Avila Restaurant, serves farm-to-table cuisine made with ingredients from organic farms. Some menu highlights: the grilled albacore tostada and drake duck breast with roasted carrots.
San Luis Obispo, California: Historical City Close to Hiking and the Pacific Coast
Founded in 1772 as a mission community, San Luis Obispo is one of the oldest towns in California. Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo—nicknamed “SLO”—has a thriving downtown. Its centerpiece, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, was the original mission of the city; it has since been completely restored and now houses a museum. Nearby, you can wander through posh boutique shops and dine at upscale restaurants.
San Luis Obispo is almost perpetually sunny, with more than 300 rain-free days every year. The city is bisected by a string of hills known as the Nine Sisters, six of which are open for climbing, hiking, and mountain biking. With the Pacific coastline and beaches 10 miles away, you're also near windsurfing, kayaking, surfing, and kiteboarding. Not far away, you'll find the the hot mineral springs of Avila Beach.
The city made international headlines in 1990 when it became the first place in the world to ban smoking in all public buildings, including bars and restaurants. Considering the city’s famously strict health codes, it’s something of a surprise that Bubble Gum Alley exists here. Locals and visitors have been sticking chewed gum on the walls since about 1960; the alley is now a massive, mosaic-like public artwork that is at once beautiful and grotesque.