The post-Christmas period can be a lean one financially, so the news that one Californian city is offering a financial incentive is to be welcomed.

A man rock climbing in San Luis Obispo
You can go rock climbing in San Luis Obispo © San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo is offering $100 (€89.70) cash to the first 750 people who book two consecutive nights in a lodging property of  their choice and stay there up to March 31 2020. The city is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, at the heart of California’s magnificent Central Coast. It also makes a handy base from which to explore coastal towns Pismo Beach, Avila Beach and Morro Bay, as well as Hearst Castle.

A vineyard in California, with sunny skies
There are wineries to explore © Pia Benzer / Shutterstock

There is plenty to see in the city, which is nestled between rolling hills and the coast. Its downtown is filled with charming shops, and restaurants in turn-of-the-century mercantile buildings line the streets. The beautifully-preserved Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in the heart of downtown is not to be missed. Thursdays are great time to be in SLO, as the farmers' market turns downtown’s Higuera St into a party with live music and sidewalk BBQs.

People at a farmers' market in San Luis Obispo
The farmers' market turns Higuera St into a party © San Luis Obispo

The Mediterranean marine climate keeps San Luis Obispo sunny and warm during the day with cool breezy nights. Visitors can check out attractions like the local craft breweries and wineries. Bubblegum Alley is a 70-foot-long alley lined with chewed gum left by passersby and it is a huge draw for visitors.

Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo
Bubblegum Alley is a huge draw for visitors © San Luis Obispo

Foe those interested in the cash offer, San Luis Obispo has approximately 40 properties offering a total of more than 2000 rooms. These include small, independent inns, homestays, large chain hotels, romantic wine country B&Bs and family-friendly, name-brand motels. Those who are successful in being approved for the cash reward will receive it when they arrive in San Luis Obispo and head to the Visitor Center.

An aerial view of San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco © San Luis Obispo

For further information on how to apply for the $100 incentive, please see the San Luis Obispo website here.

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