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 Comprehensive Guides

   The Central Coast of California: A Complete Guide by Christina Waters and Buz Bezore. Stockridge, MA: Berkshire House Publishing, 1994.
Covers sights, lodging, dining, wineries, and culture. Recreation, Low Cost Recreation, Sights, Wineries, Restaurant, Lodging, Events and Culture
   California Central Coast: Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County, Ventura County. Southern California Auto Club Recreation, Outdoor Recreation, Sights, Wineries, Restaurants, Lodging, Events and Culture, Children's Activities
 Life on the Central Coast
  Steinbeck Country, by Steve Crouch. Morro Bay,CA: Pilothouse. (No date)
Authored by a noted photographer,this pictorial history portray the life Central Coast. Fisherman, cattleman, and growers are shown at work. A book for both those familiar or unfamiliar with our culture. Pictorial History
 California Missions
   The California Missions: A Complete Pictorial Guide. Menlo Park, CA: Sunset Publishing Corp., 1979.
This guide is rich in historical photographs and history of the California Missions. A must book for the Central California tourist who wants to learn about the missions. Pictorial History, Mission History
 Outdoor Recreation
   Walking the Coast of Central California by John Mckinney (Los Angeles Times Columnist, 1996.
A guide to the hiking trails of the Central Coast. Family Recreation, Low Cost Recreation, Nature
   Central Coast Wildflowers: Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara Counties by Mary Coffeen. San Luis Obispo, CA: EZ Nature Books, 1993. Family Recreation, Low Cost Recreation
 Dining on the Central Coast
   Dining Out in San Luis Obispo County by Jill Andrews. San Luis Obispo, CA: EZ Nature Books, 1994.

 Histories of the Central Coast

Here I have listed a few of the histories which may be purchased, but this list is by no means complete. For more information on the history visit the City County Library and the Historical Museum near Mission Plaza in downtown San Luis Obispo.

   Looking Backward into the Middle Kingdom: San Luis Obispo County by Daniel E. Krieger. Winsor Publications, 1988 or later editions

 Hearst Castle: An Interpretive History of W. R. Hearst's San Simeon Estate by Nancy E. Loe.

Available only at State Park Visitors Center at Hearst Castle.


 Hearst Castle: The Official Pictorial Guide by Nancy E. Loe.

Available only at State Park Visitors Center at Hearst Castle.

   The Builders Behind the Castles by Taylor Hoffman. San Luis Obispo, CA: San Luis Obispo Historical Society, 1990.
Includes the histories of the construction of both Hearst Castle and Wyntoon (located near Mount Shasta, CA)

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