Monday, April 23, 2007

Go fly a kite -- or sip some wine

Who doesn’t love the sight of colorful kites flying gracefully in the sky – or the sight of a child determinedly trying to get one off the ground?

A new free kite festival will join the annual Celebrate Morro Bay parade for the first time this Saturday, which the chamber hopes will attract visitors to the city and plans to make an annual event.

The chamber is working with hotels and restaurants to offer special discounts this weekend. Here are the hotels on board so far:
Days Inn, 1095 Main St., 805-772-2711
Embarcadero Inn, 456 Embarcadero, 805-772-2700
Inn at Morro Bay, 60 State Park Road, 805-772-5651
Best Western San Marcos Inn, 250 Pacific St, 805-772-2248
El Morro Masterpiece Motel, 1206 Main St., 805-772-5633
La Serena Inn, 990 Morro Ave, 805-772-5665

Also Saturday is the fifth annual Cal Poly Wine Festival, from 1-4 p.m. at Santa Margarita Ranch . More than 100 wineries will pour their offerings, local restaurants and caterers will offer appetizers, cheese and desserts and Pipe Dreams will provide musical entertainment. There also will be a silent auction.

Tickets are on sale now and can be ordered through or at any Vallitix outlet. Admission is $50, $30 for Cal Poly students and staff. The event benefits the college’s wine and viticulture program and the Vines to Wines Club and is organized and run by students. More information, including how to arrange transportation to the event, can be found at

The Golf Classic tournament kicks off the festival Friday at Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $135 and includes a raffle and barbecue. Cost per player is $135. There are also weekend packages that include one spot in the tournament and two for the festival for $195.

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