Experience Unique Sand Textures Along the Central Coast


Smooth, grainy, soothing or muddy, moist, cracked or hot, hard, and stony. There are a wide variety of sand textures on the beach and the characteristics of each can widely determine your experience. Read on to learn about the variety of tantalizing textures found at the beaches of your very own central coast.

Oceano Dunes State Beach

Oceano Dunes State Beach is one of the most unique beaches in California. Widely known for it’s features, scientists, conservationists, government agencies, and the public recognize Oceano State Dunes Beach as having the finest coastal dunes in California. It’s like pillowy powder softness beneath the soles of your feet. As awesome as it is for your feet, driving isn’t always an easy task – getting stuck in the sand is almost instant! If you want a beach that’s got vibrant activity, super soft texture under your feet, then make sure to check out Oceano!

Pismo Beach

The sand texture at Pismo is as smooth as polished glass, sometimes called Mason Sand, and is a recognizable feeling between the toes.  It is perfect to lay down on during a hot day. This condition makes it ideal to play a game of volleyball, or heat yourself up after splashing in the cool waves. The sand also makes it perfect for building sandcastles.

Moonstone Beach, Cambria

Want an instant foot massage? Then definitely head out to the beaches of Cambria. Here the sand is more like softly polished tiny pebbles. It takes some getting used to but once you get the hang of it, you’ll really enjoy the gentle massage and exfoliating properties of Cambria’s beaches. These tiny pebbles also make Moonstone Beach an ideal location to spend the day jamming on a pair of African drums.

Got some other sand texture experiences you want to share? Please do so. We’d love to hear all about them.

Cheers!

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Fall In Love Again with Tee Pees


 

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Join your loved one beside a roaring bonfire with two tikis and a romantic teepee for two outfitted with plush pillows and ambience lighting. Ask for the Tee Pee Romance Package.

2011 Graduates and SLO Country Bucket List


The summer months promise warm weather and carefree days for many, but they also signal a MEGA life change for graduating high school and college seniors and their families! Some graduates will leave the Central Coast and are looking to take advantage of everything the area has to offer before hitting the road. following are some of the activities and sites worth seeing and/or taking part in before leaving town.

1) Beach Bonfire – Avila Beach and the Oceano Dunes State Beach provide the perfect venue for an evening fire on the beach. Roasted hot dogs and marshmallows over the open fire taste fantastic! Watching the sunset is so therapeutic.

2) Drive along Highway 1- Although gas prices are getting to be outrageous, a day of driving along the coast is so worth it. Grab a friend or two and split gas to save money! As the weather warms and the days are sunny and clear, there is nothing like the California coastline. If you don’t have to rush back for anything, think about camping for the night in Big Sur.

3) Enjoy wine country: If you’re 21+ take advantage of the fantastic wineries Central California has to offer. Why not vow to taste at one winery a weekend until you leave? You’ll stay responsible and in control and have an excuse to enjoy great wine every week.

4) Sunset Drive-in Movies – SLO is lucky to have a theatre that shows new movies every weekend …and for cheap! Round up a few friends or a bunch of friends, some pillows and blankets, popcorn and snacks, and some folding chairs and watch a show amongst the stars.

5) Farmer’s market- If the SLO Farmer’s Market is too busy for your liking, check out the dates and times of other markets in the area (there are many!). Local farmer’s markets are a great place to support local businesses and pick up healthy food for the week.

If you have any other suggestions please share them with us. Be safe in your travels in the coming months and CONGRATULATIONS TO GRADUATING SENIOR CLASS OF 2011!

4 Steps to an Affordable Beach Wedding


The warm weather the past few weeks is just a taste of what’s to come this summer. Yes, people view the sunshine as an invitation to hit the sandy shores and soak up some rays. But, the beach is not only used for lounging and playing —it’s also a very popular wedding venue. Pssst….and it’s inexpensive too.

If you’re a bride or groom planning on saying “I do” on the sand, here are some beach wedding ideas that will not only make your special day memorable, but will save you ooodles of money too.

1) Provide memorable, not expensive, wedding favors. Many people think they need to spend a ton to give their guests something they will enjoy as a “thank you” for attending their wedding. It’s not about how much you spend, it’s about the uniqueness of the gift you give. Some unique gift ideas for a beach-inspired wedding include nautical nametags for drink glasses, white flip flops ($1 store), mint filled shells, branded beach balls, or cool sun glasses for all.

2) Don’t overdo the decorations. Sometimes, less is more- especially if your wedding venue is a beautiful natural landscape. Doing too much with decorations can detract from the scenery if you’re not careful.

3) Provide half the amount of chairs for the wedding ceremony if your ceremony will be 30-minutes or less. Not everyone has to sit down for a sweet ceremony. Provide enough chairs for elderly guests or those with back problems and your good to go. In fact, many people rather stand to get a great view of the groom kissing the bride.

4) Try an appetizer bar instead of a sit-down meal: If your budget is tight don’t be afraid to venture outside the box. A beach reception is often more informal than a ballroom or reception hall, and the food and ambiance should match. Try having a diversified appetizer bar with dishes like crab cakes, tri-tip tacos, cheese and fruit, stuffed figs…a selection big enough to satisfy [most guests] and, most importantly, you!

Beach Butlerz is also happy to help with weddings, and can provide amazingly memorable and affordable options that take the stress out of planning a wedding. Check out pictures of weddings we have provided in the past on our website and don’t hesitate to call us to ask more questions.

Cheers!

The Butlerz Crew

Shark Eggs are Cool!


“Conservation” and “sustainability” are mega buzzwords floating around right now when it comes to anything and everything “environmental.” Some people may think any such efforts must be large, grand scheme, national endeavors that only happen in large cities.  Well, this is not always the case. One local organization, the Avila Beach Sea Life Center (SLC), has big conservation goals and is dedicated to “inspiring people to be connected to the ocean and the life through education and community outreach.

SLC is open to everyone, and boasts a team of sea life experts committed to one common goal: “providing programs that are beneficial and educational to the community.” SLC, also formerly known as the Avila Beach Marine Institute, has been around since 1994. During that time SLC has fostered beneficial and lasting relationships with local non-profits, school districts and businesses in the community to help further their mission of marine education. And yes – They have shark eggs!

SLC has a variety of options and programs for educators, students and ocean enthusiasts looking to take a more active role in the marine world, such as floating adventures, summer camps and personalized programs.

Beach Butlerz encourages you to contact the SLC and experience some of their educational adventures.  For more information and contact information, visit the SLC website.

Cheers,

Beach Butlerz

Happy Trails in the Happiest Town


The increasingly warmer temperatures Central California will be experiencing  this weekend (80 degrees in Avila?!) serve as a reminder that beach (and bikini!) season is just around the corner. Those warmer temperatures also encourage residents and visitors to spend more time outside being active (and tone up before summer gets here!).

If you’re like us here at BeachButlerz, we love finding new hiking trails and bike routes to whip us into shape. Below we have shared some of our favorite local routes. If you’re favorite trail isn’t listed below then please share it with us! Happy [outdoor] exercising!

1) The Bob Jones Trail: this is a great option for people of all fitness levels and ages. You can run, walk, bike or roller blade on a serene, secluded path all the way to Avila Beach.

2) Bishop Peak: If you live in SLO you’ve certainly heard of Bishop’s Peak before. This hike can be strenuous, so be prepared to sweat and workout if you attempt it. Once you get to the top, though, the view is worth the pain.

3) Valencia Peak: Montana de Oro is a gem hidden on the Central Coast, and it boasts some of the most beautiful trails in this area. The hike is a total of 5 miles round trip, but the view from the top offers panoramic views of the coastline and state park. A must try for anyone who has the time.

Enjoy the view.

Beach Butlerz

Got a ZAM Ocean Project?


As concern mounts regarding the annihilation of our oceans and marine life, organizations are springing up to advocate for conservation of the sea world. One such organization is the Ocean Project.

 

The Ocean Project’s aim is to “help [their] Partners (zoos, aquariums, museums- ZAMs) effectively educate and communicate for conservation action.” When the Ocean Project first began in the 1990’s only a few North American aquariums wanted to be a part of its mission—now it’s grown to the “world’s most extensive network for advancing ocean education and action, with nearly 1,300 Partner ZAMs, plus conservation and education organizations, agencies, and institutions in all 50 U.S. states and 80 other countries. “

 

So…what exactly does the Ocean Project do? According to the website for the project, “[the Ocean Project] provides Partners with cutting-edge market research, effective outreach strategies to assist in changing attitudes and behaviors for conservation, and helpful information and tools to increase civic involvement in community conservation activities.”

 

In order to produce this change, the Ocean Project has adopted some major initiatives because “there is a noticeable absence of a large constituency speaking out and taking action for our world’s ocean, its life, and the future generations who will inherit it.” Initiatives the Ocean Project is active with include (click each link for more information). : Conservation Communications Research Initiative, Seas the Day Personal Action Initiative and World Oceans Day.

 

If you know of a ZAM that might be interested in partnering with the Ocean Project, or if you are simply looking for more information about the cause, visit the project’s website or contact them.

In good health to all…

Beach Butlerz