The County seat, and home of Cal Poly State University, the city of San Luis Obispo is a warm, vibrant mix of urban chic and small-town charm. With it’s natural beauty, plentiful activities, and genuinely friendly residents, San Luis is a town like no other. It is a beautiful, culturally rich oasis surrounded by vineyards, ranch lands, mountains and agriculture.
Located conveniently midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this quintessential coastal community is a relocation magnet for “big city refugees” looking to start anew. SLO is as popular with retirees as it is with the college students who attend Cal Poly and Cuesta College. In fact, San Luis Obispo was recently ranked third in a national list of Best College Towns to retire in.
San Luis Obispo is internationally known for its Thursday night Farmers’ Market held in the heart of downtown each week. If it seems like the entire community has gathered to enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables, the aromas of tri-tip barbeques and kettle corn popping, the puppet shows and rock-n-roll bands on almost every corner, it’s probably because they have. If you only go to one Farmer’s Market in your life, this is the one.
The caliber of the culture in San Luis is also extraordinary and it seems as if there is always a special event taking place. The SLO International Film Festival, the Mozart Festival, and the I Madonnari street painting festival are a few local favorites.
The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art features work by local and California artists, and the San Luis Obispo Symphony is one of the most respected symphonies in the nation (having performed at both Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House.)
To reside in one of SLO’s historic neighborhoods surrounding downtown is to be a part of an active, friendly, healthy community. For many, walking or cycling is the most common and convenient mode of transportation throughout the city. Leaving the car at home and walking to work or dinner adds to the local, small-town character of this city.
As quaint as SLO can sometimes feel, it boast a vital, eclectic mix of incredible restaurants, boutique retailers, outdoor cafes and art galleries. And just a few minutes from downtown, you can take an exhilarating hike, mountain bike or horseback ride.
At the city’s hub is history. Dating back to the 1700’s, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa sits at the historic heart of this charismatic downtown. The Mission plaza is often bursting with locals and tourists visiting whichever festival or event happens to be in full swing that day. The Fremont Theatre is another historical landmark: it is one of the last art deco movie theatres remaining from the 1940’s. SLO also is home to one of the last drive-in theatres in the country.
San Luis is the commerce engine of San Luis Obispo County. Cal Poly – where tomorrow’s brightest architects and engineers are studying – is one of the largest employers in the city. But, SLO is also an entrepreneurs’ paradise: it has been ranked second in the country by USA Today for the highest percentage of population working from their homes.
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