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One Day in San Luis Obispo

Nestled in the heart of California is laidback San Luis Obispo. Affectionately dubbed “SLO Cal,” it’s a place that champions rest and recreation. Inhale the crisp coastal air, savor local flavors, lounge on the beach and drink in a beautiful view. San Luis Obispo is the perfect place to catch your breath and escape from the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life.

We highly recommend staying at Canyon Fruit Ranch. The oak-crowned hills and 100 year-old apple tree orchard is a spectacular place for a campsite—and a Road Chief prepared breakfast under the awning. From baby goats and fresh autumn apples to the winery that’s just thirty seconds down the road, Canyon Fruit Ranch is a destination unto itself. It’s also a great leaping off point for your adventures.

Only thirty minutes away from the campsite is the seaside fishing village Morro Bay. There, you can kayak with sea otters and sea lions. You’ll also find urban delights like local craft brews, wine bars, boutiques and more. We recommend dining at the Blue Sky Bistro on the Bay, which, in addition to offering a distinctive palate of fresh seafood, sandwiches and all-day breakfast, is dog-friendly! Whether or not you bring your furry companion, consider want to sitting on the patio anyway, since that will give you a view of Morro Rock.

Head back toward San Luis Obispo, where you can either do some more exploring (museums, public art installations, the bizarre Bubblegum Alley) or hit Bob Jones Bike Trail. This city to sea bike trail starts right near the 101 and cruises all the way to Avila Beach. To get there, exit US101 at Avila Beach and turn toward Ontario Road. Head past the KOA campground and you’ll see a parking lot off to the right where you can park the Road Chief. On your bikes, you can follow the trail to the corner of First Street and Avila Beach Drive (downtown). It’s easy to store your bikes in the Road Chief, but if you would rather rent, Wally’s Bike Rentals and Joe Momma’s Beachstay Bike Rentals are downtown. You can follow the trail back up toward the city, and end your ride at Avila Hot Springs.

After a full day of exploration, you’ll be glad to come back to your cozy Road Chief at the campsite. Canyon Fruit Ranch is located in a zero light pollution zone. If your trip takes place when the moon is new, gibbous or crescent, be sure to bring your binoculars and starchart to make the most of this stargazer’s paradise. The skies will be clearest when the air is cold and crisp. The Road Chief, of course, will be waiting for you with heated floors, an endless hot water shower and cozy Libeco linens. It’s a splendid ending to a splendid day.

Enjoy the SLO life,
Geneva Long
Bowlus Road Chief

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4 Romantic Adventures for You & Your Road Chief

Traveling brings people closer together. Numerous studies have revealed that couples who travel together have stronger relationships. When you agree on a destination, you share a vision. When you embark on a journey together, you collect moments, broaden your perspectives and play in a realm free from the obligations of everyday life. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are four romantic trips for you and your Road Chief to indulge in.

New Orleans | Louisiana

From Creole cottages and the scent of jasmine to moss-draped oaks and smoky ribbons of jazz wafting out of bars, something wonderful lies around every corner of New Orleans. In the Garden District, you’ll find mansions built in the Gothic and Greek Revival styles (architectural styles that are quintessentially NOLA). Take a river cruise in the French Quarter and grab a couple’s massage at the Woodhouse Day Spa. New Orleans food is internationally renowned, so there are endless dining options. Restaurant August or the garden patio at Cafe Amelie make for two particularly romantic venues. When you’ve had your fill of urban excitement, take the causeway north to Fontainebleau State Park. The 2,800-acre Park is located on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. It’s bursting with flora and fauna, and on a clear day, you can see a rainbow of sailboats speckling the lake.

St. Augustine | Florida

Stroll hand-in-hand down the brick-paved streets of America’s oldest city. Surrounded by chiming bell towers, secluded courtyards and architectural jewels, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Enjoy the sunrise anywhere along the city’s 42 miles of beach, and then grab brunch at the historic Preserved Restaurant. Browse the oddities and trinkets of St. George Street, explore local art galleries and take kayaks out on the picturesque Intracoastal Waterway. Enjoy a chocolate tour and tasting at Whetstone Chocolates and/or a wine tasting at San Sebastian Winery. Just outside of the city is North Beach Camp Resort, which is located on a beautiful, forested barrier. You and your significant other can fall asleep in the Road Chief’s king bed, wrapped in Libeco linens, to the sound of the river.

Healdsburg | California

One of our favorite things about wine country is that where there is wine, there are (usually) Harvest Host sites. Harvest Host is an RV network that allows you to skip the RV parks and stay at unique locations like wineries, farms, museums and more. Tell them Bowlus Road Chief sent you for 10% off. Your favorite adventure vehicle, your favorite person and a campsite at your new favorite winery. Can it get better? It can: Healdsburg has a lot to offer. In the Plaza, you’ll find art, gourmet bites and shopping (including the dog boutique Fideaux). If you need a nature fix, head over to Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve for a stunning hike. You can even kayak down the iconic Russian River.

Charleston | South Carolina

Charleston is a coastal city cocooned in quaint, lowcountry charm. Horse-drawn carriages that clatter over cobblestone streets. Late-night dinner illuminated by the warm glow of candles. And when you camp with your Road Chief on Edisto State Beach, you can watch sunsets drench the coast in breathtaking colors. Get ready for your day out on the town with the Road Chief’s Mine & Yours closets and an endless hot water shower. Prep lunch in your chef’s kitchen: the centuries old Angel Oak Tree is the perfect place to picnic. You can explore 30 blocks of the “Holy City” on a private carriage tour and walk the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, which was voted one of America’s most beautiful gardens by Time + Leisure Magazine. Finish the day with a rooftop dinner of steaming oysters and a panoramic view of the city.

Our adventuring couples love to explore together and know that the Road Chief’s cozy, intimate space is the perfect place to kindle connection. We love hearing their stories–like the couple who tells us that their purchase led to memorable trips they otherwise would never have taken. Or another couple who states their Road Chief adventures energized their marriage. Want to know more about how the Road Chief brings people together? Speak with an Adventure Guide at adventureguide@bowlus.com or call us at (855) 426-9587

Happy Valentine’s Day,
Geneva Long
Bowlus Road Chief

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