Welcome to San Luis Obispo

Welcome to San Luis Obispo


The secret is starting to get out. San Luis Obispo, California, that little corner of paradise on the Central Coast, is making more and more lists as one of the best places to live and visit in the United States. Sunset Magazine has been touting the treasures of San Luis Obispo for some years and recently named it one of the “10 Dream Towns in the West,” and described it as the “most Californian place in all of California.” Locals call the city San Luis or “SLO,” which perfectly suits its laid-back, small town identity.

From a famous Thursday night Farmers’ Market to its college roots in Cal Poly University, nearby wine country, Mediterranean climate, fresh air, access to shopping, comfortable hotels, excellent eateries which use local ingredients, coffeehouses, outdoor adventures, and proximity to America’s only castle, the magnificent house that William Randolph Hearst built, there’s a wealth of reasons to come to San Luis Obispo.

There’s not much that San Luis Obispo doesn’t have. History and architecture figure prominently in the charming downtown that is built along the meandering San Luis Obispo Creek. The stately Mission San Luis Obispo, founded in 1772, and fifth in the California Mission chain, sits on a knoll above the creek in the city plaza and still functions as a parish church. Reminders of San Luis Obispo’s early days are neighborhood Victorian houses as well as historic buildings. The carefully restored, two-story Jack House, on Marsh Street, built between 1876 and 1880 has lovely Victorian gardens on property that once belonged to one of the leading city bankers. The Dallidet Adobe, with its unique wine cellar, now a state historical monument, was built in 1853.

Mountains surround San Luis Obispo, including the 1257 foot, Bishop Peak, the tallest of the “Nine Sisters,” a chain of ancient volcanic cones that stretch from the city to the Pacific Ocean. Outdoor recreation is not the only reason to spend time in San Luis Obispo. There is a splendid Performing Arts Center which draws world-class talent to the Central Coast as well as its own Museum of Art, Children’s Museum, galleries and an active art community contribute to the cultural life of San Luis Obispo.

Festivals abound throughout the year including the I Madonnari Street Painting Festival, the Mozart Music Festival and the San Luis Obispo Wine Festival.

San Luis Obispo has a relaxed charm that is attractive and inviting, making it more than just a tourist or college town. This is a place that makes you think about staying and putting down your own roots and embracing a “SLO” life of your own.





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