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How to Go Back to Nature with a Fun Camping Trip

With our lives increasingly being led in fast-paced urban environments, with digital communications and social media being a large part of our lives, it’s perhaps unsurprising that many people are choosing to log-off, switch off, and head into nature for some peace and tranquility, especially in single person tents. It’s on these trips that you can rediscover yourself, find peace, and reset for the weeks ahead. As such, this guide is concerned with your wellbeing and enjoyment on such trips into the unknown – pushing you to the camping trip of your dreams. 

Pack Light

The impressive thing about serial campers is just how little they take. They know that the secret to a warm night’s sleep is as much about the quality of the fire they make as the quality of the sleeping bag they pack – and that thermals are a lot more efficient at keeping you warm than your biggest, fluffiest jumper. So, the tip here is to pack efficiently, and to pack light. Take only what you know you’ll need. Don’t lug lots of heavy things into the woods, only to lug them back the next day. Enjoy being free of possessions and stripping your life back to its essential elements – it’s all part of the fun. 

The Gear

Still, you will need some gear to truly appreciate the natural world and to make your experience of nature magical and enduringly memorable. One of the key elements of this is your fire-lighting equipment, and here you should consider using Ferro Rods: an old-school way to light a fire. Meanwhile, a small knife can be useful for sharpening sticks and helping to curate your wilderness home, and some simple cooking equipment – like a mug for tea and coffee, and a plate for the sausages and marshmallows you hold over the fire – are other great additions to you camping gear. 

Camping Spots

If you’re new to camping, you may not be well aware of the kinds of spots that are best for camping. Being by a water source can be romantic, but it’s also where flies, mosquitos and other creepy crawlies are most likely to gather. If you’re by the sea, bear in mind the changing tide and how it can raise the water level to flood your tent, even if you’re set far back from the shore. In fact, there general tip here is to camp on high ground, and under a tree for shelter from the worst of the rain – it’s the best way to stay safe and comfortable. 

Enjoy Freedom

This is your trip to reconnect with nature: don’t ruin it by constantly updating your social media, by taking a tablet to watch a film in bed, or by worrying about the world you’ve left behind. Instead, enjoy the freedom that a brief stay in nature can present in your life: dance around the campfire, or go running through a forest, along a beach, or into hills in giddy glee. It’s a wonderful experience – and one you should maximize in your time in nature.

There you have it: your guide to a ‘back-to-nature’ camping trip. 

Discover Outdoors Foundation: Hike-a-Thon

Discover Outdoors Foundation announces their fifth annual Hike-a-Thon, to take place on June 9, 2019. Add meaning to your miles at this annual fundraising event that helps under-resourced students get out of the city and into the great outdoors. Funds raised by hikers support the Foundation’s zero-cost, year-long mentorship programs for New York high school students, Young Women Who Crush and Advanced Leadership Training Adventures. 

 

Returning for its fifth year, the Hike-a-Thon brings individuals and teams of fundraisers together for a day of hiking on the Appalachian trail. The full hike spans eighteen miles of Harriman State Park, and participants have the option of shorter courses: the nine mile, two peak challenge over West and Bear Mountains, or the four mile loop over the Bear Mountain Summit. At the end of the day, Hike-a-Thon participants will gather at Bear Mountain State Park for a picnic and award ceremony celebrating top fundraisers. All participants will receive a t-shirt, prize pack, and free entry to the picnic.  

With each step, hikers move towards a more adventurous world for New York City youth who have fewer opportunities to experience the magic of the New York wilderness. The Discover Outdoors Foundation’s Young Women Who Crush program brings female high school students on rock climbing excursions that equip them to move mountains in their daily lives. The Foundation’s Advanced Leadership Training Adventures program hones high school students’ leadership and outdoor skills, teaches environmental stewardship, and builds a path for careers in the outdoors industry.  

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, California

Restaurants

Granada Hotel and Bistro (lunch, dinner and weekend brunch) & Nourish (breakfast and lunch)

Granada Bistro takes its culinary cues from the classic French bistro and enlivens them with modern techniques and bold flavors. Right next door, you will find Nourish, a healthy eatery featuring fresh, local and soul satisfying meals. Nourish is open from 7 a.m. -3 p.m. every day.

Granada Hotel and Bistro

1126 Morro St.

(805) 544-9100

granadahotelandbistro.com

Koberl at Blue (dinner and drinks)

Enjoy a glass of wine or your favorite cocktail with dinner in their dining room or while relaxing at the bar. Koberl at Blue features cuisine to complement the Central Coast’s wine region with each item created with a wine paring in mind.

Koberl at Blue

998 Monterey St.

(805) 783-1135

epkoberl.com

Sidecar Cocktail Co. (drinks)

Sidecar’s commitment to bring creative and thoughtfully-sourced cocktails from every corner of California is evident in each glass they serve. The menu celebrates the abundance of the Central Coast, sourcing locally means working locally with people doing exciting things in the community!

Sidecar Cocktail Co.

1127 Broad St.

(805) 540-5340

sidecarslo.com

Luna Red (lunch, dinner or drinks)

A passion for simple and clean food, local produce, and a warm ambiance helped spur the vision for Luna Red. Inspired by the European custom of respect for the locality and traditional preparation of food, the menu includes cured meats, local cheeses, and produce from regional farmers’ markets.

Luna Red

1023 Chorro St.

(805) 540.5243

lunaredslo.com

Novo Restaurant & Lounge (lunch, dinner or drinks)

An iconic dining experience in the heart of downtown where global cuisine combines with hand selected and crafted beverages with a beautiful atmosphere. Enjoy your meal creekside on their beautiful patio, in the intimate bar and lounge or in the downstairs cellar.

Novo Restaurant & Lounge

726 Higuera St.

(805) 543-3986

novorestaurant.com

Experience the outdoors just minutes from downtown

When it comes to hiking, local favorites include the 1,292-foot Cerro San Luis Mountain, a trip to the summit rewards hikers and rock-climbers with sweeping views of the entire city. A fairly easy route through the 800 acre Reservoir Canyon Natural Reserve leads to a waterfall that’s stunning during winter and spring. Keep going and the trails climbs steadily before leveling off, offering unparalleled views of the area and, on particularly clear days, out to the ocean. Follow this link for interactive trail maps for these and other hikes.

Walking tour of breweries

San Luis Obispo plays host to endless opportunities to shop, play, eat, drink and learn. Venture around downtown and discover some of our local breweries, such as Central Coast Brewing, Libertine Brewing Company, BarrelHouse Speakeasy and Barber Shop or SLO Brew.

Central Coast Brewing

1422 Monterey St.

San Luis Obispo, CA. 93401

(805) 783-2739

centralcoastbrewing.com

Libertine Brewing Co.

1234 Broad St.

San Luis Obispo, CA. 93401

(805) 548-2337

libertinebrewing.com

BarrelHouse Speakeasy and Barber Shop

1033 Chorro St.

San Luis Obispo, CA. 93401

(805) 296-1128

barrelhousebrewing.com/slo-speakeasy

SLO Brew

736 Higuera St.

San Luis Obispo, CA. 93401

(805) 543-1843

slobrew.com

Chamisal Vineyards

The historic Chamisal property, the first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley, has long been producing wines of a distinctive character – bold, complex and intriguing. With the ideal climate of the region and the exceptional clonal selection planted, their winemaking philosophy is to simply reflect the natural characteristics of this remarkable estate.

Chamisal Vineyards

7525 Orcutt Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (805) 541-9463 http://www.chamisalvineyards.com/

Biddle Ranch Vineyard

Biddle Ranch Vineyard was conceived by a group of friends with a love for fine wine, good food, and the Central Coast. Every element of Biddle Ranch – the wine, the setting, and the people are the way they feel life should be: simple, authentic and inspired.

Biddle Ranch Vineyard

2050 Biddle Ranch Rd,

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 543-2399

http://www.biddleranch.com/

Claiborne & Churchill Winery

Claiborne & Churchill is a small, premium family-owned winery in the Edna Valley of San Luis Obispo, producing about 8,000 cases of wine each year with grapes sourced from vineyards throughout the Central Coast and their own small estate vineyards.

Claiborne & Churchill Winery

2649 Carpenter Canyon Rd

(805) 544-4066

http://www.claibornechurchill.com/

Tolosa Winery

Tolosa’s vineyard, Edna Ranch, consists of six distinct sections, with 60 soil types and myriad microclimates encapsulating a remarkable spectrum of terroirs. Combining these challenging, calcium- rich soil conditions and ancient seabed with the valley’s warm days and cool nights, you possess the ingredients for timeless and profound wines of diverse and distinctive character.

Tolosa Winery

4910 Edna Rd

(805) 782-0500

http://www.tolosawinery.com/

The Station

The Station is a carefully curated wine bar, wine shop, market and event space in San Luis Obispo. They select wines, and other items considers to be the best in best in their field and not readily found else ware for their market shelves. The Station is also the home to ART BAR SLO, a venue for art, craft, wine and music.

The Station

311 Higuera St

(805) 706-0711

http://thestationslo.com/

For more information about events, attractions and visitor services in San Luis Obispo, phone the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce at 877-SLO-TOWN or visit the City’s website at www.SanLuisObispoVacations.com.