Anchored by the late 1700s Mission San Miguel on its southern border, the rural town of San Miguel is not as sleepy as it may appear. Among the many cattle ranches in the surrounding area are numerous wineries that have started populating the rolling hillsides.
With more than 180 wineries ranging from the big global players to boutique cellars and tasting rooms, this is what you came here for. That is unless you came for the California Mid-State Fair, world-class bicycle rally, a multitude of rodeos and horse shows or the plethora of other events.
One of the biggest farmers’ markets in the county belongs to the rustic town of Templeton. This rich agricultural land is loaded with grain, almond, cherry and apple farms, not to mention ranches, prestigious horse shows and outstanding local wines.
Visit more than 100 animals in San Luis Obispo County’s only zoo and take a paddle boat out on Atascadero Lake all in one stop. Play a round of disc golf on your way to the links or head over for some wine tasting as well as some of the county’s best south of the border cuisine, all in the heart of Atascadero.
Stoplights? There isn’t even a stop sign slowing your cruise through this town. Santa Margarita may look like a one-horse town but between the beer and wine tasting, the lake just up the road and the ziplining, these cowboys have a lot to offer.