A walk through the charming Village of Arroyo Grande is like taking a step back in time. The family-friendly village is rich in history with buildings dating back to the late 1800’s. First settled in 1868, with just a schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop and a stage station, the valley’s rich soil became home to a hard-working farming community well known for its prize-winning produce. Now considered one of the premier towns in San Luis Obispo County, Arroyo Grande is a mix of Victorian classics, craftsman bungalows, California ranch style homes, and newly developed communities, most which are conveniently located to schools, parks and shopping.
Farming is still an integral part of Arroyo Grande’s flavor that can be seen – and tasted – with a visit to the Saturday Farmer’s Market held right in the heart of the Village. You can find a variety of mouthwatering farm fresh fruits and veggies, talented local artists and live entertainment. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a lively stroll on the famous swinging bridge built in the 1880’s, always a favorite for the kids, and most adults.
Arroyo Grande has an increasingly diverse mix of restaurants, tasting rooms and wineries to tempt your palate. For an authentic ranch-style meal, F. McLintock’s Saloon and Dining House has been cooking up their famous oak pit bbq steaks and ribs in the area since 1973. After dinner, be sure to walk around the corner to Doc Bernstein’s Ice Cream Lab where they are always mixing up sweet, tasty treats. With Arroyo Grande being situated right in the middle of San Luis Obispo County wine country, you have your choice of elegant tasting rooms and wineries featuring award winning Central Coast wines.
Weather for Everything
The wonderfully mild, Mediterranean-like climate of Arroyo Grande makes for an immensely active community where it’s not hard to find year-round outdoor activities. The hard part is deciding which to do: golfing, hiking, biking and boating are just a few of your options.
Arroyo Grande is one of the “Five Cities,” which includes Pismo Beach, Shell Beach, Oceano and Grover Beach. With the beach being right in your own backyard, it’s not surprising that surfing is not only a favorite pastime, but is also a way of life for many Five Cities residents.
If hanging out lakeside is more to your liking, just a few minutes northeast of Arroyo Grande is Lopez Lake Recreational Area, home to the Mustang Water Park.
One of the largest strawberry festivals in California happens right here in Arroyo Grande. Held in May each year, the Strawberry Festival, kicks off the beginning of summer with art, crafts, and of course everything strawberry. The festival is followed up with the free Summer Concert Series at the Rotary Bandstand in Heritage Park, the perfect way to spend a swinging evening to the sounds of blues and jazz bands.
If you’re looking for charming neighborhoods, an active community and nearly perfect weather, Arroyo Grande may just be the place for you.
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