Thursday, January 27, 2011

America's Happiest City

And that would be .....

San Luis Obispo, California!

Yes, my city made it to the Oprah show and was citied as being "America's Happiest City". If you click on Oprah you can view the video from the show

Just a little information on San Luis Obispo... we are located 250 miles south of San Francisco and 250 miles north of Los Angeles, 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
At the heart of our downtown area is Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, the fifth of 21 missions in California founded by Father Junipero Serra
Our downtown is very picturesque. Lots of boutiques, outdoor cafes and restaurants with amazing food! Check out my post on Sunday, January 23rd "Dinner by the Creek" for an example of our outdoor dining. The restaurant is "Novo" and was also seen on the segment from Oprah's show.
Here is a picture of the corner of Chorro and Marsh Street in downtown SLO. We do not have any drive thru businesses and yes that means no drive-thru fast food, banks or pharmacies. Please take note of the mountain peak in the background... that is "Bishop's Peak". It is one of seven peaks referred to as the "Seven Sisters". They are a series of volcanic peaks that stretch from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay.
California Polytechnique State University is located in San Luis Obispo with an enrollment of around 20,000 students making up almost half of the population in town. Cal Poly is the second largest land-holding university in California, second only to UC Berkeley, and one of the largest land-holding universities in the nation. 
And we are world famous for our wines produced here...we have amazing vineyards with fabulous tasting rooms open to the public.
Grape arbor walkway from the tasting room.
Welcome to my city... San Luis Obispo aka "America's Happiest City"

And here I thought that THE happiest place on earth was Disneyland!!

Hugs,

Elaine

PS: The video might take a few second to appear and then begins with a 15 second commercial.


8 comments:

Barb said...

Oh how fun, you town made Oprah...do people stop to help standed ladies on the road with a flat?

Mary said...

Congratulations to your whole city!!!

The Rabbit Factory said...

Should have known....you seem really happy! Now on my to do list...visit America's Happiest City!

Anonymous said...

I love SLO. Your pictures make it appear so lovely. Are you sure you want to do that?? :) I lived in Thousand Oaks for over 25 years and miss it terribly. And the sunshine.

Quiliting in Mequon said...

Hi Elaine... I did see the Oprah show yesterday... with all the shots she showed and your pictures, I can see why it is the Happiest City.... Thank for the trip through you town... :)

Sue said...

Your town does look very picturesque. I have heard of it before, just never been. Maybe one day I can make it out there to check it out. California has so many beautiful places.

Thank you for sharing your town and these lovely photos with us:)

Dee M said...

Congrats on the happiest city declaration. Looks like a beautiful place so that may have something to do with making it a great place to live.

Dixie said...

My Dad went to college at Cal Poly and its always such a treat to visit SLO and Morro Bay. Just a beautiful city!