Central Coast Swap Meets

Central Coast Swap Meets

Treasure Hunt

By Nicole Leonetti

Nipomo photos by Nicole Leonetti; all others submitted

Confession time: 
I recently attended my first-ever swap meet! I have always been a bit intimidated by this type of event; I wasn’t even certain how a swap meet or flea market worked. Luckily, I found a few experts who filled me in. Swap meets/flea markets — the terms are interchangeable — are places or events where you can buy or sell new and used goods. As it turns out, the Central Coast has several terrific options for these shopping experiences.

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Roadtrip Romance

Roadtrip Romance

Exploring the Central Coast by Camper Van

Photos and story by Tracy Wilson

Cruising northbound on Highway 101, the Pacific Ocean stretches to the horizon where it meets a picture-perfect blue sky. The view is expansive through the windshield of the Winnebago Revel camper van, like the observation car on an Amtrak train.

But this ride has no set schedule and the freedom to stop wherever and whenever we want to eat, sleep, and explore the Central Coast in comfort – and at a reasonable price.

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Los Alamos Love

Los Alamos Love

Get ready to fall for this quaint corner of

Santa Barbara County

By Nicole Leonetti

I know the term “hidden gem” is overused, but that’s what comes to mind when I think of Los Alamos. I fall deeper in love with it with every visit! The town is a beautiful blend of chill, easy living, with Wild West vibes.

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Pacific Pleasures

Pacific Pleasures

Sea adventures by sailboat and kayak

By Don Sonderling

All photos submitted

Have you ever gazed out at the ocean, the sunshine glittering like diamonds bouncing off the blue water, the Channel Islands beckoning to you as you drive along the 101? Have you wished you could be out there, if only for a couple of hours? It’s easier than you might think! Here are two fun and unique sea adventures awaiting you off California’s Central Coast.

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Summer Chilln’ and Grilln’

Summer Chilln’ and Grilln’

By Randy Graham

It’s summertime, and I am chillin’ and grillin’ in the backyard. I was thinking about what I should make for friends who will celebrate the July 4th holiday with us. I like to think they come to see us. Sure, they enjoy seeing Robin and me, but they absolutely come for the food.

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