central coast of California provides a diversity of lifestyle,
entertainment and climate. From Parkfield and San Miguel in
the North County to San Luis Obispo and Avila Beach in the
South, and from Atascadero inland to Morro Bay, Cayucos and
Cambria along the coast, there's something for just about
was once an area devoted almost entirely to dry land farming
and ranching is now rich in wineries and various orchard groves,
and thousands of people instead of hundreds now call this
out to Parkfield
(population 37) and see the famous San Andreas Fault. The
drive is nice, especially in springtime, and if you like,
the Parkfield Café is open every day but Wednesday.
It's a quiet little place to visit
gives you a feeling
of getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
scenic drives include Santa Rita Road out of Templeton all
the way to Whale Rock Reservoir in Cayucos and back to Templeton
or Paso Robles by way of Highway 46. In springtime the hills
are green and wildflowers are blooming profusely. Take your
camera and capture some spectacular views.
down on the coast, you'll want to visit Hearst
Castle and in February and March the elephant seals are
calving further north past San Simeon. In Morro
Bay, take a boat tour in the fall to do some whale watching.
wide variations in temperature from inland to the coast and
have a sweater or jacket handy
you'll need it. It is
also often foggy on these northern beaches.
you might expect in these "touristy" areas, there
are lots of little shops and restaurants up and down the coast.
a warmer experience, head south down Highway 1 to Avila
Beach. In summer there are often jazz concerts in the
evenings. You may also want to visit the golf course there.
the oceanfront isn't your forte, you may prefer a visit inland
to one of the area lakes. San Antonio Lake and Lake Nacimiento
provide camping, fishing and water skiing. For fishing only,
shopping and dining, there are great places in both ends of
the County; Creston boasts the Loading Chute and the Long
Branch for down-home cooking and steaks. Templeton
has AJ Spurs, McFee's, and the Beef Palace. No reservations
required and no need to dress up fancy (that's my kind of
eatin'!) Paso Robles can also please your palate with anything
from pizza and burgers to fine steaks and seafood dishes.
Luis Obispo for a "downtown" experience in shopping
and dining which has become something of a rarity in small
towns across the country. Take plenty of quarters for meter
parking, or plan to use the public parking garage and walk
the streets. You really can "shop 'til you drop"
in San Luis Obispo.
State Fair in late July-early August and the Pioneer Day
parade, held annually in October, to the Christopher
Cohan Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly University; from
winery tours to car shows, and with great local talent as
well as world famous entertainment, you will find there is
something for just about everyone here, so get out and enjoy.