The central coast has a lot to offer all year-long, but I love autumn the best. September and October has the most beautiful weather. We are usually blessed with an “Indian Summer”. Temperatures usually are between 70-85 degrees (Fahrenheit). The sunsets can be amazing, full of color. The colors of this season comes out in nature everywhere. We have our own type of fall foliage, it mostly presents itself in the grapevines and the veggies in season. This is a great time to visit the central coast, with a lot of fun things to see and do, for little or no money.

Please enjoy the pictures of a few things to see and do on the central coast. There are many ways to enjoy a nice vacation on a budget here, these are just a few of my suggestions.

Santa Barbara County Vintners Harvest Festival

Santa Barbara County Vintners Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Leaves starting to change. With views of the hills.

Leaves starting to change. With views of the hills.

Grapevines in Santa Barbara County

Grapevines in Santa Barbara County

The grapevines in the Fall is so beautiful. The leaves are just starting to change color.

The grapevines in the Fall is so beautiful. The leaves are just starting to change color.

Harvest time in the Fall on the Central Coast

Harvest time in the Fall on the Central Coast

The beautiful colors!

The beautiful colors!

Vines and Lavender On Hwy 246

Vines and Lavender On Hwy 246

Refugio state beach, right off Hwy 101, just north of Santa Barbara. Camping available (reservations only).

Refugio state beach, right off Hwy 101, just north of Santa Barbara. Camping available (reservations only).

Refugio at Sunset.

Refugio at Sunset.

Jalama Beach good for surfing, kite surfing, tanning, camping, photos and to get a great burger!

Jalama Beach good for surfing, kite surfing, tanning, camping, photos and to get a great burger!

Jalama Beach at sunset.

Jalama Beach at sunset.

Jalama Beach cabins. There is first come camping, reservation camping and cabins.

Jalama Beach cabins. There is first come camping, reservation camping and cabins.

Jalama burger it is as good as it looks and very much worth the drive to get one.

Jalama burger it is as good as it looks and very much worth the drive to get one.

Jalama Beach sunset

Jalama Beach sunset

Farmland in Santa Barbara County

Farmland in Santa Barbara County

Me and some pumpkins we picked at our friends farm.

Me and some pumpkins we picked at our friends farm.

The big farm with pumpkins, corn, and grapevines.

The big farm with pumpkins, corn, and grapevines.

My daughter Holly and our friend Connor picking pumpkins on this beautiful farm.

My daughter Holly and our friend Connor picking pumpkins on this beautiful farm.

Sky diving in Lompoc

Sky diving in Lompoc

Lompoc flower fields. These flowers can start growing in the spring and you can see flower fields thru out the year. These flowers have a lovely fragrance.

Lompoc flower fields. These flowers can start growing in the spring and you can see flower fields thru out the year. These flowers have a lovely fragrance.

La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, Ca. This is a large mission with great walking trails, fountains and farmland.

La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, Ca. This is a large mission with great walking trails, fountains and farmland.

Lompoc murals, these are on the side of many buildings all over town.

Lompoc murals, these are on the side of many buildings all over town.

Lavender fields in Solvang, Ca.

Lavender fields in Solvang, Ca.

Lavender fields in Paso Roblos off Hwy 101 North of San Luis Obispo.

Lavender fields in Paso Roblos off Hwy 101 North of San Luis Obispo.

Flowers in the market at Avila Barn, Avila Beach.

Flowers in the market at Avila Barn, Avila Beach.

More flowers.

More flowers.

Beautiful pumpkins!

Beautiful pumpkins!

Squash and pumpkins at Avila Barns

Squash and pumpkins at Avila Barns

Canned goods at Avila Barns

Canned goods at Avila Barns

Pumpkins at Avila Barns.

Pumpkins at Avila Barns.

Colorful veggies at Avila Barns, Avila Beach, Ca

Colorful veggies at Avila Barns, Avila Beach, Ca

*The photos were obtained by Chers Etheridge, Jalama beach, Jalama beach store, Refugio beach and Santa Barbara wines Facebook pages.

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