Get to Know the Local Communities
The Central Coast of California has a very diverse geography and lifestyle. From Ranching, Vineyards, Horse Properties, to fabulous Wine Estates.
The area offers something for most everyone. Explore the diverse communities, each with own unique lifestyles.
El Paso de Robles “The Pass of the Oaks” is the heart of the Paso Wine Country. The Paso Robles area is becoming world recognized as a leading wine region. In 2013 it was chosen by Wine Enthusiast as the "Wine Region of the Year". Paso is home to over 200 wineries and 30,000+ acres of grapes. Authentic California is how Paso Robles likes to refer to itself, Paso offers many fine restaurants, great wine, but maintains a casual atmosphere from it's ranching history.
Paso Robles enjoys long-lasting, mild autumns and occasional early springs, giving the region a unique climate suitable for growing a variety of crops (ranging from primarily grapes, to olives, to almonds and other tree nuts). The city receives an average annual rainfall of about 14.71 inches (374 mm) per year, and most of this precipitation falls during winter and early spring.
Located midway between Atascadero and Paso Robles on Hwy 101. Templeton is truly unique. It has a small town character combined with excellent amenities. The downtown is reminiscent of an old western town. Templeton is home of one of the larger hospitals in San Luis Obispo County and known for its great schools.
Templeton has a Mediterranean climate that is characterized by mild winters and dry summers. The area usually has low humidity. Rain generally falls only between November and March, with the rainy season tapering off almost completely by the end of April. Templeton occasionally receives significant but temporary fog through parts of the year via the Templeton Gap in the Santa Lucia Range.
Atascadero is one of the first planned communities. Atascadero was founded in 1913 by E.G. Lewis who envisioned it as a model community, a Utopian Colony. Atascadero is well known for its beautiful winding streets blended in with massive Oaks.
Atascadero is part of the San Luis Obispo - Atascadero - Paso Robles metropolitan area. Atascadero is farther inland than most other cities in the county, and as a result, usually experiences warmer, drier summers, and cooler winters than other nearby cities such as San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach.
Santa Margarita offers that small town character with extensive ranch and vineyards east and is still convenient to San Luis Obispo. Located in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains, it is one of the most rural communities in San Luis Obispo County. Santa Margarita Lake, a major water source for San Luis Obispo, is located several miles southeast of the town on the headwaters of the Salinas River.
San Miguel is home to the Mission San Miguel Arcángel, founded on 25 July 1797. The San Simeon Earthquake of December 22, 2003 caused severe damage to the sanctuary at Mission San Miguel. The Catholic Church considered closing the parish due to the extensive damage and the estimated $15 million cost of repair. Work has since been completed and the Mission is to reopen on October 2, 2009.
In the surrounding hillsides you'll find rows and rows of vineyards, almond trees, and horse and cattle ranches reminding us of an all but forgotten way of life. Come visit our vineyards and wineries, many with tasting rooms. The winding roads are perfect for bicycle rides in the country.
If you are looking for more outlying areas, these communities fit the bill.
Creston was home to Cardiff Stud Farm (Creston Farms), a place once owned by Canadian-American television personality Alex Trebek, and where a number of retired American thoroughbred racehorses were taken care of, including those below. Cardiff Stud Farm was sold in 2008 and is now an event center called Windfall Farms. The 2010 United States Census reported that Creston had a population of 94.
Shandon is at the junction of State Routes 41 and 46, just east of Paso Robles. The 2010 United States Census reported that Shandon had a population of 1,295.