January 11, 2016


#TrailConference #SLOUltra #RaceSLO #ShareSLO #trailrunning

San Luis Obispo is located on the picturesque central coast of California and the half-way point in either direction from San Francisco and Los Angeles off Highway 101.

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The area is consistently named a Top 10 place to live and the “Happiest Place in North America” for several attributes – our open spaces, plentiful bike paths, outdoor activities, Farmer’s Markets, wineries, friendly people, fabulous restaurants and great attractions. Well, we have to agree! San Luis Obispo, or SLO Town as the locals call it, is consistently featured in national media like USA Today, The New York Times, Sunset Magazine and The Today Show to name a few. It’s pure paradise. It’s #EnduranceTownUSA!

Below is just a short list of all you can do while you’re visiting us for the US Trail Running Conference and SLO Ultra. In addition, we’ve also provided links to book and plan your stay below. For information on planes, trains and automobiles, please visit our dedicated Travel page. We look forward to seeing you soon!

  • More than 250 wineries to explore
  • Hearst Castle
  • The Elephant Seals at San Simeon State Beach
  • Miles and miles of hiking trails
  • Gourmet Restaurants that use locally grown products (a Foodie’s Dream)
  • Surfing, Stand-up Paddling and Kayaking
  • Quaint, turn-of-the-century downtown area with modern shopping
  • Bike-friendly lanes
  • Hotels, B&B’s and Inns within minutes of the race and attractions
  • And so much more…

Conference room blocks and specials for registrants, exhibitors and speakers

We are excited to be working with our hosting and presenting sponsor, The City of San Luis Obispo. The below hotels have kindly provided discounted room blocks for the Conference. Please consider these accommodation options as your first port of call when booking rooms, whether you are a registrant, exhibitor, or speaker. In addition to these seven hotels listed please visit sanluisobispovacations.com for more lodging option in San Luis Obispo.

Hampton Inn and Suites San Luis Obsipo

Located off of highway 101 and Los Osos Valley Road, the upscale hotel provides complimentary hot breakfast every morning, high speed wireless internet, complimentary parking, with microwave and fridge in each guestroom.
Room block group rate – $129
Promo code HFW2-AZXTNJ
Reservation cut off date – August 8, 2018
Contact – 805-594-1445
Booking link

Quality Suites Hotel Downtown San Luis Obispo

All suite hotel, free full breakfast and complimentary managers beer and wine tasting reception.
Room block group rate – $127
Promo code When calling please ask for the US Trail Running Conference to receive your discounted rate. Reservation call in number is 805- 541- 5001
Reservation cut off date – August 14, 2018
Contact Angela Kimball, 805-541-5001, qssales@qualitysuitesslo.com
Booking link

Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo

All two-room suites, free cooked-to-order breakfast and a complimentary evening reception featuring drinks and light snacks. Benefit from additional amenities including an indoor pool and hot tub, 24-hour business and fitness centers, on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Room block group rate – $135
Promo code When calling please ask for the US Trail Running Conference to receive your discounted rate. Reservation call in number is 805-549-0800.
Reservation cut off date – July 31, 2018
Contact Brooke Blodgett, 805-547-6406, Brooke.Blodgett@wcghotels.com
Booking link

La Cuesta Inn

An upscale boutique hotel, conveniently located to Cal Poly and downtown. Free parking, Wi-Fi, Continental breakfast, Complimentary DVD library, Outdoor heated pool and spa.
Room block group rate – $99 Wednesday-Thursday nights. A 20% discount on Friday/Saturday nights for the SLO Ultra
Promo code – USTRAILS
Reservation cut off date – none
Contact – 805-543-2777
Booking link

The Holiday Inn Express

As one of the leading hotels in San Luis Obispo, they offer a 960-square-foot meeting room, as well as an on-site Business Center with print and copy services. The excellent location also places you near Camp San Luis Obispo and California Polytechnic State University, as well as area businesses.
Room block group rate – $139
Promo code – none
Reservation cut off date – July 31, 2018
Contact – (805) 544-8600, reservations@hisanluisobispo.com
Booking link

Lexington Inn

Lexington Inn of San Luis Obispo offers a perfect location for business and leisure travelers. They strive to make guests feel welcome, and they pride themselves on delivering consistent, professional, and above all, friendly service. The property offers clean, immaculate rooms and suites, along with a wide array of available amenities. Accommodations are available with coffee makers, microwaves, refrigerators, and some rooms with kitchenettes. They offer a complimentary continental breakfast each morning, wireless internet, a fitness room, heated pool and spa for all guests. There are two locations for laundry facilities as well as Bar-BQue grills for guests to use. Conveniently located off Highway 101 and a few blocks from the center of historic downtown San Luis Obispo. Five excellent restaurants are within short walking distance, offering great food to satisfy the most diverse tastes.
Room block group rate – $79.95 King / $89.95 Two Queens
Promo code – Mention the 2018 US Trail Running Conference
Reservation cut off date – July 31, 2018
Contact – 805-549-9911
Hotel website

Apple Farm

Apple Farm’s Wine Country Inn and Trellis Court Motel is located near Downtown San Luis Obispo and very close to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. All the rooms have wireless internet access and the property has a heated swimming pool, a restaurant and bakery featuring handcrafted, local cuisine and an elaborate gift shop. Stroll through the gardens and enjoy a glass of wine and appetizers at their Daily Guest Wine Reception.
Room block group rate – Trellis Court Motel
King Room $119 Wed-Thu $149 Fri
Queen Room $105 Wed-Thu $129 Fri
Queen Room w/ private patio featuring a soaking tub $129 Wed-Thu $159 Fri
Promo code – Group Res/ID #: 896068
Group members will call in and make their own reservations
Individual reservations have a 7 day cancellation
Reservation cut off date – 30 days prior to arrival
Contact – 805-544-2040, groupsales@applefarm.com
Booking link

Places to Stay

The hoteliers of the City of San Luis Obispo support conference attendees and  runners with great hospitality and accommodations to make your stay a pleasant and memorable experience. Whether you want to stay at an iconic Inn, a comfortable branded hotel or a quaint B&B, there is a room just for you.

Book your stay today!

Places to Eat & Drink

San Luis Obispo is a Foodie’s dream. Many of the SLO restaurants use fresh local produce, meats, oils and spices to cook up fabulous meals. Paired with San Luis Obispo County wines, it’s a dining experience you’ll not forget.

Learn more today!

Things to Do

There is a reason why San Luis Obispo is the “Happiest Place in America” and on the Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Destinations (#4) to Visit in 2014. Can you say Miles of Road, Hiking, Cycling, Foodie Restaurants, Surfing, Music, Shopping, Art Galore, Kayaking, BBQ, Farmerʼs Markets, Really Nice People and Wine Tasting. Yeah, ya gotta come here.

⇒  Plan Your Visit Today!