Dolphin Bay Resort: Weekend Escape to Savor Good Health

For tourists looking to renew by bringing in the New Year with a program for good health the Dolphin Bay Resort has all the key elements to get you off to an amazing start to great health in 2018. Their list of healthy activities includes rejuvenating treatments at The Spa at Dolphin Bay, morning or evening walking & biking trails each day, kayaking or horseback riding, touring the local wineries, golfing or dune buggie rentals, shopping at farmer's markets, perusing museums like the Central Coast Aquarium, San Luis Lighthouse, or touring Hearst Castle.

A new restaurant menu is being enjoyed by patrons that is the creation of extremely creative Executive Chef Kurt Steeber at LIDO Ristorante in the Dolphin Bay Inn Resort & Spa. Steeber has a long and impressive background in presenting outstanding health inspired palate pleasers over the years at venues from the East Coast to the West Coast. His amazing knowledge of food combinations, preparation and presentation of the best in plant-based food favorites is proof positive of the upscale veggie revolution he is promoting. It's what he calls 'vegetable forward food' a movement taking place on the Central Coast thanks to brilliant chefs like Kurt Steeber.

Dolphin Bay Resort Pool

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Chef Steeber's culinary career began in the early eighties while attending Cuesta Community College and then transferred to San Francisco State University where he was first introduced to California Cuisine working for Jeremiah Tower of Stars fame and Judy Rodgers of Zuni Cafe. Kurt then moved to New York City and was featured on the television program Taste on an up-and-coming station, the Food Network. His appearances on Taco Trip with Aaron Sanchez and the Today Show have kept Chef Steeber a relevant chef in the ever changing culinary world.

Chef Kurt eventually ventured back to the Central Coast in Pacific Grove, California buying his first of two restaurants in Cypress Grove, he and his restaurant were featured in the San Francisco Chronicle Best of the Monterey Peninsula - "Kurt's menu is ambitious both in length and components." Kurt has been a restaurant owner, food and beverage director and has worked from coast to coast.

Chef Kurt Steeber

My personal favorite dish at Lido in Dolphin Bay Resort was the hangar steak with mushrooms on a bed of watercress puree that was beyond delicious and the "straight from the sea' oysters served on hot rocks were also totally amazing. According to chef Kurt the parsley ice cream on the menu was his brain-child and includes beets & herbs. Be sure not to miss the cauliflower mousseline caviar appetizer with fresh flowers - it's a jewel box sample of Steeber's brilliant touch!

eal health aficionados like those following food & exercise guru's like Jenny Schatzle adore the new dishes being put out by Chef Steeber, in fact, he was once contacted by Schatzle to write a cookbook with her that focused on plant-based recipes. The theory behind this kind of eating is keeping a healthy eating schedule that encompasses the use of organic plant-based herbs, spices and veggies, however, many of the recipes offered at LIDO were especially pleasing to me because they include some fine meat cuts and a bevy of wonderful. The wine menu has 80 local and international selections to pair with food options, and their wine steward is outstanding.

LIDO Oysters on the half shell

The LIDO dining room is a large comfortable room, centered by a magnificent Italian Murano glass ceiling fixture. The indoor restaurant is surrounded by an outdoor patio that offers lovely views of the sunset and pool area. On warm days this patio is obviously a favorite of guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The suites at Dolphin Bay Resort are like staying in your own beautiful beach-side condominium, with one, two or three bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen for guests who like to prepare their own meals. Everything you need is at hand in these comfortable residences.

LIDO Restaurant Ocean Entrance

Walking or running above the beach is a special treat at this resort, and the ocean views are some of the most beautiful in the area. Swimming and enjoying a jacuzzi in the huge pool or exercising in their well equipped gym are additional options for 'shaking it out' during your stay. The Dolphin Bay Spa is a delightful venue with an ocean view where patrons can enjoy a 30 minute complimentary Infrared Sauna to relieve jet lag, a full menu of pampering services, done with top skin care products, lounging in front of a fireplace with a complimentary glass of champagne, and shopping in their well equipped boutique filled with a variety of lovely gift items.

Health and fun seem to be the main agenda at this beautiful property, and it seems to be ideally suited for families or corporate gatherings, but the amazing LIDO menu, sweet spa treatmets, and unforgettable sunsets are what will bring this woman back sooner than later. Enjoy!


HDolphin Bay Resort & Spa
2727 Shell Beach Road
Pismo Beach, California 93449
(800) 516-0112

By Bonnie Carroll

About Bonnie Carroll
Bonnie Carroll has been a food/travel/lifestyle writer since 1983. She is the founder & publisher of Bonnie Carroll's Life Bites News -, does travel and food reporting on KZSB1290 radio, and contributes to a variety of national and international travel/lifestyle publications. Her first children's book C.C. Charles was published in 2002 and she is currently working on a second book. Contact her at Contact her at


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