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Oktoberfest at the Madonna Inn

Oompahs, a memorable setting, and regional brew lend the first of October flavor.

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    Celebrate Oktoberfest in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.

    WHILE A NUMBER OF PLACES... can hang bunting and flowers and posters that summon the spirit of Oktoberfest, only a few spots in California can claim an Oktoberfest-y feel all year long. Lake Arrowhead has such a vibe, and several spots in Lake Tahoe, and Old World in Huntington Beach keeps the oompah spirit regardless of the season. And while the Madonna Inn doesn't boast a strictly Bavarian design theme, it does possess carved wooden details and outlandishly festooned public spaces. In short? The San Luis Obispo hotel always feels as though singing might start up, or dancing, or the sipping of celebratory beverages, at any moment. With all of this in mind, it might not surprise any mavens of the Madonna Inn that the 101-close landmark pauses each autumn to raise a stein in the direction of Oktoberfest, and it does so with the help of a regional brew. That would be...

    FIRESTONE WALKER BREWING COMPANY: The Paso Robles-headquartered brew house powerhouse will serve as the suds of the season-festive soiree, a soiree that will take place in the Madonna Inn Expo Center on Saturday, Oct. 1. Best be 21 or over if you wish to attend, and purchase a ticket sooner than later, if you wish (as this tends to get mighty sold-out as the day draws near). Awaiting you is "a unique German-style meal," "a commemorative Oktoberfest stein," two Firestone brews, music, and more. And, of course, all of those themed hotel rooms are right there, so best consider bedding down for the night after an evening spent rocking the lederhosen (you'll need to book your room separately). Will you choose to eat breakfast at the darling Copper Café the following morning? The restaurant's woodsy nooks and quaint crannies feel Oktoberfestian all year long, so ponder some eggs Benedict before bidding SLO auf wiedersehen.