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Move over, Hearst 

Driving up Highway One, past the pristine beaches of the northern Central Coast, the majestic castle in San Simeon, and the epic landscapes of Big Sur, it's easy to imagine yourself at the center of some fantastic fairy tale. Communing with elephant seals, exploring remote artist colonies, and sampling the libations of local vineyards, the world of office cubicles and traffic jams is all but a distant memory.

If only you could capture that feeling in a bottle and take it with you. Well you can't - or Martha Stewart would have done it by now - but you can prolong that magic journey by basking in the elegance of Green Valley Manor, the Central Coast's newest and most luxurious vacation property, tucked away in the rolling hills of Cambria.

Situated on 245 acres of ranchland, the secluded Manor has three bedrooms with all the amenities, completely restored and decorated in historic Victorian style. The exclusive getaway property also features a graceful dining area, formal parlor, and complete entertainment center, as well as an idyllic outdoor patio and Jacuzzi, all enclosed by a white picket fence.

Green Valley Manor's history goes back almost 140 years, to the era of cowboys, outlaws, and Franciscan friars. Peter Taylor bought the ranch in 1868 and built the manor home in 1882. A century later, the ranch has stayed in the same family, and John Taylor - the fourth-generation owner and lifetime rancher - has completely renovated the family heirloom.

"This has been a dream of mine," Taylor said. "There's nothing like it on the Central Coast."

Open all year round, the Green Valley Manor provides private accommodations for up to eight or 10 people, and a three-night minimum stay is required.

For additional details or to make reservations, contact the Green Valley Manor at 466-1586, or visit



Kevin and Jennifer Bence, owners of College Auto in San Luis Obispo, are trying to raise awareness and community support for their 9-month-old son Austyn, who was recently diagnosed with osteopetrosis, a fatal disease that afflicts one in 500,000 children. Austyn has already undergone several operations, and the family is now hoping for a bone marrow transplant. A number of local businesses and friends are raising money to help offset the cost of treatment and recovery. For more info on how you can get involved, simply log on to ...

... San Luis Diagnostic Center is pleased to announce the acquisition of Senograph 2000DS, a state-of-the-art digital mammography system. Far superior to the old-fashioned X-ray mammogram, this new system provides earlier and more accurate cancer detection, with a shorter exam time - as little as five minutes - and a much lower radiation dose. To learn more, contact Fred S. Vernacchia at San Luis Diagnostic Center at 542-9700. ...

... Cheers to Firestone Walker Fine Ales of Paso Robles. The Australian International Beer Awards have presented the local brewery with a gold medal and named its delicious Pale Ale "Best in Class." The annual beer competition included 793 entries from 107 breweries in 31 countries around the world. Find out more about Firestone's mouthwatering malted beverages by patronizing your local liquor store or visiting ...

... The San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club has donated $2,000 to Atascadero High School to establish two new opportunities for deserving students. Earmarked for students living in the Pozo/Parkhill neighborhoods, the scholarships will help one student seeking a vocational program and one student seeking a college or university program. To learn more about these scholarship opportunities, contact


In last week's issue we mistakenly printed the wrong date for the Four Course Dating dinner party. The real party will be Friday, June 3, at the Old Custom House in Avila Beach. Call 541-7939 for details, or visit their booth at tonights Farmers' Market. ³


Staff Writer Jeff Hornaday compiles New Times' Strokes & Plugs. E-mail him at

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