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

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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

Cal Poly Wine Fest Celebration


Spring has sprung (though right now you wouldn’t know it on the Central Coast). There is a light at the end of this tunnel of rain, and it promises to bring sunshine and beautiful weather to all Central Coast inhabitants.

Many clubs and organizations take advantage of this wonderful California weather when coordinating fundraising activities and festivals. Every spring a favorite event of Beach Butlerz comes to the area- the Cal Poly Wine Festival.

The Cal Poly Wine Festival promises to provide a delightful afternoon for everyone- whether you’re a wine professional, a social taster or a wine newbie. The event will be held this year on April 8 and 9 at Margarita Vineyards in Santa Margarita. All proceeds from the event benefit the Wine and Viticulture program at Cal Poly.

For 2011 the festival will focus on the theme “trends and tasting.” On April 8 seminars will be held focusing on topics related to such (i.e. Trending M

illennials: Understanding the interaction between media and the next generation of wine drinker), and will conclude with a BBQ and live auction held at the Leaning Pine Arboretum on the Cal Poly campus. Beach Butlerz donated a Sunset Beach Bonfire to the live auction. We can’t wait to serve the lucky recipient of our services.On April 9 from 1-4 p.m. event participants will be invited to taste wine and food from various restaurants and wineries.

Everyone is invited to attend the event, but you must be 21+ to taste. For more information about the event visit the Cal Poly Wine Festival’s website or Facebook page. To purchase your tasting ticket, or to buy a package for the weekend, click here. Cheers!

Sea Glass Festival 2011


Mark your calendars—just around the corner is an awesome event taking place not too far from here. The Cayucos Chamber of Commerce will host the Sea Glass Festival on March 5, from 10-5 in the Cayucos Veteran’s Hall.

Vendors from around the US will be selling their sea glass masterpieces, networking with other artists, and explaining their craft to other enthusiasts. All vendor spaces have been filled for the 2011 event, so there is sure to be a multitude of creative works to view and purchase.

Sea glasswork is a popular art form in coastal communities around the world, and this is your chance to discover the beautiful pieces produced close to home as well as oceans away. Check out some of these beauties at www.AShoreThing.me made by a local artist Jane Nichols (BTW – she ROCKS!).

Admission to the event is $2, and promises to provide a day of fun for the whole family. For more information about the event please check out the Cayucos Chamber of Commerce website. Happy shopping!