For meetings, this translates into an
environment conducive for rejuvenation,
bonding and realizing objectives, according to Michael Wambolt, director of travel
trade for Visit San Luis Obispo County.
“Preserving our open space is a priority
because we know that’s what visitors are
looking for when they come here,” he said.
“People can do their meeting, get work
done and yet feel like they are unplugged at
the same time.”
The Central Coast begins in Ventura Coun-
ty, encompassing the beachside commu-
nities of Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo and
Port Hueneme, all located less than two
hours from Los Angeles. For meetings, the
region offers a consistently sunny climate
and relative affordability along with a wide
choice of waterfront venues and outdoor
activities, according to Rebekah Evans,
executive director of Ventura County Coast,
the central marketing organization for the
“We’re a hidden gem with all the beauty
of more-famous beach locations such as
Malibu, but with top-end hotels that are
half the price,” she said.
Formerly Ventura County West, Ventura
County Coast, which works with the visitor
bureaus from the four member cities,
recently rebranded itself and is launching
a new marketing campaign called “This Is
the Whole Point.”
“Our new campaign is communicating
to visitors and meeting planners about ‘the
whole point’ of why you want to be here,”
Evans said, adding that agri-tourism and
outdoor activities are among the key attri-
butes being emphasized.
Farm visits and enjoying such experiences as chef-prepared dinners served right
in the fields are among the possibilities.
Groups can arrange to tour or hold events
at such places as the century-old Limonei-ra Ranch, where catered events for up to
Convenient to and yet a world apart from the pulsating urban hubs of Greater Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, California’s Central Coast is where the essence of the Golden State
remains intact. Here is where to find the laid-back
beach towns, fragrant citrus groves, terraced vineyards
and plenty of vantage points for watching the sun drop
below the horizon in a blaze of glory.
California’s Central Coast is a rejuvenating blend
of seascapes, vineyards and downtown delights