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Debbie Lee

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Where to stay outside of San Luis Obispo for Cal Poly graduation

It's official -- there are no hotel rooms left in San Luis Obispo for the weekend of the Cal Poly graduation, not even your run of the mill motel.  Do you have any suggestions for what other surrounding cities would be nice to stay in that's not too far from campus?  I would actually love to stay on the beach!  And if you could suggest actual hotels to stay in, that would be even more awesome.

It'll just be my beau and I, and we'd prefer a bed and breakfast or a boutique hotel over a large chain hotel, but we're open to all suggestions because we can't be too picky now :P  Thanks in advance!

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  • JR Johnson

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    Congrats to your brother! You should look at Avila Beach. It' not too far from San Luis Obispo (about 20 mins i think). We spent a weekend up there for a wedding and rented a townhome off of VRBO. It was great. We stayed in this same condo complex http://www.vrbo.com/139155 but in a differnt unit (with worse views actually). There are a lot of 1 bedroom places too, but you should get your parents and everyone staying in one place! Family fun time! I'm sure you can find AirBnb and just stay in town because everything is SO close and walkable. There are a lot of wine tasting rooms and a few restaurants as well. The largest one in town is the Custom House Restaurant Avila Beach. If you're there on a Friday night in summer, make sure you make some time to see the farmers market along Front Street. It's a night time farmers market with tons of grub and live music. We unknowingly caught it, and it was awesome.

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      Thanks! Very proud of him :) My parents are doing a day trip, but otherwise, a two bedroom place would've been fun! All that sounds really enticing, so I'll give searching for a spot in Avila Beach a whirl! · (0 likelikes)

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      +1 on Avila Beach! It's where my mom and I stayed when we went to visit my grandma! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Beverly Joesten

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    I did all four years of my undergrad at Cal Poly and am currently a grad student there, so trust me, I've experienced and witnessed the insanity of trying to accommodate family and friends during graduation.

    During my undergrad graduation, my brother didn't mind crashing on my living room floor, but my parents stayed at a cute bed and breakfast in Los Osos called Baywood inn . They experienced the same issue you did with finding a place in San Luis Obispo and that was the closest they could find and it wasn't bad, so that's something to look into.

    Morro Bay's just a little further up north and there are plenty of cute inns and bed and breakfasts there as well!

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      Thank you so much for the suggestion, Beverly! Just looked it up on a map and 20 minutes away doesn't look bad so I'll definitely look into that! · (1 likelikes)

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      I ended up staying here! Thanks again for the suggestion, Beverly! It was so cute and actually my first B&B experience. Loved it! · (0 likelikes)

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    Check out The Madonna Inn! Such fun rooms and an over all cool spot. Even if you can't get a room there, it's still worth a visit. The restaurant's great to dine at and the gardens are otherworldly. They're so awesome, in fact, that it was featured on The Bachelor and The Simpsons did a episode at a hotel that was based on The Madonna Inn!

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      Madonna Inn was actually my first choice hotel to stay at! Unfortunately, they're all booked up for that weekend, as is literally every hotel in San Luis Obispo. I may still check out their restaurant and garden though. Thanks for the suggestion! · (0 likelikes)

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