Usually, the expression "taking a walk down memory lane" means to mentally reflect on the past, but in the charmingly vintage town of Arroyo Grande, CA, you might be inclined to take the expression literally! Famous for its turn-of-the-century homes and buildings, and its unique "swinging bridge" (the last in all of California), the city of Arroyo Grande is a dream destination for history buffs, antique enthusiasts, or anyone who might enjoy spending a few days awash in the spirit of the first settlers. Make one of our Arroyo Grande vacation rentals your home base for such a memorable getaway.
Things to Do in Arroyo Grande
Arroyo Grande is a sweet and humbling town within the captivating Central Coast. The historic Village, the heart of downtown Arroyo Grande, hosts many of the area's early 20th century buildings, including the Historic Hall. As you walk along Branch Street, you'll see the former schoolhouse in Heritage Square Park, the infamous outlaw jail known as the "Hoosegow," Centennial Square, and markers of the original Pacific Coast Railway. Many venues for arts and entertainment, such as the Great American Melodrama and delicious restaurants with local flair can all be found within walking distance, too.
In addition to its year-round attractions, Arroyo Grande offers something special during each season. The annual Strawberry Festival each Memorial Day weekend is considered the "premiere" festival of the Central Coast. The Harvest Festival held each September, as well as numerous other outdoor events, farmers' markets and seasonal festivities, are part of what make Arroyo Grande such a warm, vibrant, and memorable community and not just another small town in California.
There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation given the close proximity of attractions such as Lopez Lake, Huasna Valley, the Oceano Dunes SVRA and the many beaches along the Pacific Coast. Amateur sommeliers might want to head to the vineyards in Edna and Arroyo Grande Valley, which offer the best varietals that the central Coast has to offer. Arroyo Grande is home to several Central Coast wineries such as Laetitia, Phantom River, and Talley Vineyards.
Day Trips from Arroyo Grande
San Luis Obispo County is blessed with many gorgeous attractions...even a Monarch butterfly grove! Arroyo Grande is within a day trip's distance from exciting tourist attractions and more of California's finest small towns. Only five miles away is Pismo Beach, which is the perfect destination for the beachcombers in your group, as well as anyone who likes to hike, surf, or swim. Be sure to feast on clams while you're there - Pismo Beach is famous for them!
A 17-mile drive will take you to the "happiest town in America," San Luis Obispo. Tourist attractions like the eccentrically decorated and visually stunning Madonna Inn and "Bubblegum Alley" (an alley in downtown SLO covered wall-to-wall in the chewing gum of visitors) will help make this a vacation you will never forget!
With all the things to do and quirky attractions to explore, you'll want the perfect place to put your feet back on the ground at the end of each day during your stay in this whimsical city. Book one of our Arroyo Grande vacation rentals soon!