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Aug 5, 2014 2:26 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

Central Coast keeps topping lists

It seems our little corner of the world is being discovered more every day. A handful of Central Coast locations and attractions have made some attractive lists when it comes to drawing tourists to this region.

Los Osos and Morro Bay can brag about being among the best beach towns in America. Both made RealtyTrac's top 20 of beach town housing markets in the nation. They were the two highest ranked California communities on the list and are right up there with towns in Hawaii and Florida. Los Osos ranked 6th. Morro Bay ranked 11th. To check out the whole list, click here.

Paso Robles should be feeling pretty hip and cool right now after Forbes Travel Guide headlined it as the "California's Hottest Wine Region." Forbes Travel Guide editor Michelle Doucette said "Central California's breeze-swept valley town of Paso Robles may not have the name recognition of Napa, but that's about all the budding wine destination lacks. Vineyards large and small dot lavender-scented rolling hills. Farm-to-table restaurants and luxe boutiques compete for your attention around downtown's City Park."

The Mid-State Fair and Hearst Castle both get shout-outs from Doucette. "A trip to Paso will tantalize your taste buds, but more than that, it will redefine your notion of California wine country." she says before offering travel tips to Paso's wine country. To see the entire article, click here.

And the Washington Post showed our area some serious love with an article last week. Saying the Central Coast is overflowing with attractions, writer Bob Carden likened our backyard playground to the hot blonde all guys dream about in high-school. He touts the beauty and fun of Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Solvang and Hearst Castle.

Carden hits on our cattle country, gives San Luis Obispo wine country equal credit as Paso Robles' and captures the casual and comfortable spirit of both by talking to Paso Robles winemaker Tobin James:

"Toby James, the plain-spoken co-owner of Paso Robles' Tobin James Cellars, says that the differences between Napa and the Central Coast are more than just about climate and soil. 'Some guy sells an oil company, buys a vineyard in Napa and calls himself a winemaker,' James says. 'Most winemakers around here are farmers, not celebrities. We work the soil, the tractors, we're from this land.'"

And Paso Robles is getting attention for it's breweries as well. The Daily Meal, an on-line newsletter, just wrapped up a survey looking for the best breweries in the country. The publication says it received more than 13-thousand votes in it's poll, and came up with a list of the 50 Best Craft Breweries in America.

Firestone-Walker Brewing Company in Paso and Buellton ranks 11th. Jess Novak, drink editor for the Daily Meal says while the survey is admittedly subjective, they started the process as impartially as possible: by asking a panel of craft beer experts to nominate breweries they believed in. They chose from among new breweries making a name for themselves and older standbys. They then turned the voting process over to readers, letting them vote on the 118 nominees selected by the judges. To see how ranked the top 50, click here.

And the "best of" honors don't stop at housing and tourist attractions. If any of those prospective homeowners or visitors need a good manicure, they can visit one of the best "nail artists" in the country according to a trade publication for that particular skill.

When Nails Magazine began its search for the top nail artist in the country, Yesenia Oliva of the Bladerunner Salon and Spa in San Luis Obispo decided to see how far she could get in the competition. "Yessie" says she didn't expect to get as far as she has, but she's among the 12 finalists.

Yessie and other contestants have had to create "nail art" in a series of challenges from the magazine within a certain time period. The challenges are things like painting nails free-hand based on a popular artist they admire, or doing nails with a certain theme.

Yessie's submissions have received rave reviews from judges and past winners. She says she is anxiously awaiting the final two challenges before the voting will be turned over to readers to pick the Top Nail Artist of the finalists. On-line voting for that should begin in late August. To check out the competition, click here.

To follow Yessie's work on social media:

FACEBOOK: nailsandhairbyess

PINTEREST: yessierodriguez

INSTAGRAM: yessienhearts

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