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Central Coast Living: Top 6 stories of 2019

Central Coast Living took us everywhere in 2019
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Posted at 5:30 AM, Dec 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 08:30:41-05

From volunteering with donkeys in Arroyo Grande to feeding ostriches in Solvang, or spotting movie stars in Santa Barbara and solving escape rooms in San Luis Obispo - the wine, wildlife and wonderful weather have reminded us in 2019 why Central Coast Living is so special.

Before we start a new decade, we're taking a trip down memory lane to revisit the top six Central Coast Living stories KSBY viewers loved most.

#6: The Giving Tree in San Luis Obispo: Anonymous knitters tack warm clothing to a tree in downtown San Luis Obispo for anyone in need to take for free.

"I leave a lot of things on it at night and in the morning, most of them are gone," said Ann Gough, owner of Yarns at the Adobe where the tree stands out front.

#5: Central Coast Airfest flies over Santa Maria: Last October, loud pyrotechnics and roaring flyovers at the airshow in Santa Maria amazed crowds but also caused noise issues in nearby neighborhoods. We'll have to see what changes are made in 2020.

"We definitely don't want to impact the community negatively, but we want to have a great aviation event," said Chris Hastert, Santa Maria Airport General Manager.

#4: Cambria Christmas Market: The eighth annual Cambria Christmas Market mesmerized our viewers and prompted many to plan trips to see the 2 million lights in person.

"Come early and watch the difference between sundown and lights up," said nursery light designer Kevin Ray.

#3: Historic Chapman Estate: The Chapman Estate in Shell Beach gives visitors a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.

Gates to the historic property open from April to October.

#2: Carrizo Plain super bloom: In March, we took a long road trip out to the Carrizo Plain National Monument to see the so-called "super bloom" where colorful wildflowers dotted the rolling hills.

For many who came out to see the super bloom, the goal is to try to capture the beauty of the flowers to last until the next big bloom. We'll have to wait and see if 2020 is another super bloom year!

#1: Take a ride at CA’s largest home railroad in Arroyo Grande: Our visit to Bitter Creek Western Railroad captivated the kid in all of us.

The property is not open to the public reguarly but look out for public ride days in the New Year.

As we travel into 2020, there's still so much more to explore and celebrate about Central Coast Living.

If there is somewhere you think KSBY should feature of "Central Coast Living," please reach out to Christina Favuzzi at christina.favuzzi@ksby.com and Dustin Klemann at dustin.klemann@ksby.com.