If you are not familiar with the Central Coast here is a thread for those of us that are from the area to put stuff to do. I know the car show will take up 99% of your time but if you do find yourself with free time there is quite a bit to do in the area. 1. If you love steak visit Nipomo and eat at Jocko's. It is a steak house and is quite famous. Make sure and have reservations as last Saturday at 6pm was a 3 hour wait. We just made our reservations tonight for next saturday night. The steaks are amazing and if you are adventurous try the sweetbread. There can normally be found out front harleys or old hot rods. 2. If you can not get into Jocko's try McClintocks in Shell Beach. The food is good and if you are adventurous try the Turkey Nuts...they sell over 10,000 pounds a year. 3. If you are wanting some nice clam chowder try the Splash Cafe in Pismo. Carefull though as the line can wrap outside for almost a block at times. I guess they have other food then clam chowder but to be honest I have never looked. I just get the chowder in a breadbowl. 4. If you are into newd beaches there is pirates cove...as you are heading into Avila you will see a road that goes off to the left up a hill. follow it to the top. I have only gone once a long time ago when I was 18 and it was old naked people 5. In Santa Maria on weekends you will find Santa Maria style BBQ...it is tri-tip meat, beans, salsa, bread. It is some of the best BBQ you will find anywhere. 6. If you like old drive ins (even if they are not open anymore) take the short drive to Lompoc and check out what is left of Valley Drive-in. It is right off the road and how cool would your old car look in a picture with this in the background I am sure there are more but this is where I will stop for now. I was born in Santa Maria and lived there through the 3rd grade and moved back to SLO for 6 years in the 90's. It is by far my favorite area in California.