Located in California’s Central Coast region within San Luis Obispo county lies the charmingly quaint town of Templeton. Templeton has magic to offer visitors and locals alike. Located between Atascadero and Paso Robles along highway 101, Templeton is a rural haven with so much to offer. After declining the honor of having the town called Crocker, Charles Crocker, the vice president of the Southern Pacific Railroad chose to honor his 2-year-old son Templeton instead. Having its turn as the last town on the railroad line from San Francisco, passengers traveling south disembarked in Templeton and continued onwards to San Luis Obispo. Templeton may not have the glitz and the glam of a larger city, but it is surely an all-American place to call home. There are so many things to do in Templeton that will bring you joy and help you celebrate the heritage that made Templeton what it is today.
I had to put this one at the top of the list, Templeton is a part of a wine-making region in its own right and home to dozens of wine-tasting rooms and vineyards. You can find the very best wine along with scenic views to gaze towards in the rolling hills of Templeton. Depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we recommend you visit the ever-popular Tin City that lies between Templeton and Paso Robles and stop in at the Onx Wines tasting room. They’ve established a reputation for crafting blends that push the envelope of tradition while being dedicated stewards of our land. Many of the local tasting rooms are family owned and are sure to please even the most experienced wine aficionado. Each winery offers something a little different than the other, making the Templeton wine experience one you won’t want to miss.
Get your tennis on
Whether it is Tennis or Pickleball, the Templeton Tennis Ranch has your needs covered. With five premier tennis courts, you can pick up a quick match with friends or join a competition with new community members. Additionally, other amenities are included in the Tennis Ranch, such as a fitness center, sauna, and clubhouse. Set among acres of Oaks and Pine Trees, it is a great location to enjoy some time outdoors or host a social event. Choose a membership that works best for you and the activity type you prefer most!
When we approach Halloween and find new joy in the autumn months, pay a visit to Chesebrough Farm. Open every October, they have harvest sales and events until the end of the month! Not only do they have a wide selection of pumpkins, but you can also take home some delicious home-grown squash. In fact, they have over 60 varieties of pumpkin and squash. Big, small, white, or orange– you better believe they carry it and you can even have them customized if you order them early enough! Pick out your favorite pumpkin to carve with your family at home just in time for Halloween. It’s the perfect venue for a fall family photo that will bring back memories of your visit for years to come! Regardless of what’s looking for, you will be greeted with a smile and a historical farm experience at Chesebrough Farm.
Templeton Farmers’ Market
Who doesn’t love a good community farmer's market? Templeton has one of the largest Farmer’s Markets in the county! Shake the hands of the people who feed you while indulging your senses in the absolute freshest produce and foods. As fresh as it gets, visiting the Templeton Farmers market is good for your health and for your soul. Stroll through 6th and Crocker Street by the downtown park, to catch a taste of the unique flavors in the area that will have you return every week for more. A big bonus is, it’s also a great chance to get to know your neighbors in the Templeton community if you recently moved or are thinking about relocating to Templeton..
Templeton Historical Museum
Templeton is filled with a rich history to explore. The Templeton Historical Museum is a nonprofit that serves to enrich visitors through its artifacts and records relating to the history of Templeton. The museum's location, formerly known as the Horstman House, was built in the 1920s by a businessman by the name of Albert Horstman. Since Templeton was known as the last town on the railroad line from San Francisco for some time, it was a dwelling spot until the railroad was built further South. The museum honors this time period through various artifacts. It is definitely worth the visit to learn about Templeton’s history!
Enjoy breakfast at Kitchenette
Open Tuesday through Sunday from 8 am-2 pm, the Kitchenette is a fabulous place to enjoy breakfast or brunch. Located on Main Street, you can walk around before or after your meal. I recommend you try the loaded avocado toast or the sweet potato hash paired with an Americano. Meet up with friends or family, who will never say no to a visit to the Kitchenette!
Go out for lunch at Chulos Cantina
Well known by locals in the Templeton area. If you are looking for things to do in Templeton, CA you must give Chulos a try. Founded in 2011, the restaurant was created to give visitors a taste of both Mexican and Peruvian influences in their food. Their lunch burritos are to die for, such as the Chile Relleno burrito served with a side of rice and beans. You can also stop in for happy hour, where they feature house-made sangria and margaritas.
Stroll through Templeton Park
Found in the heart of town, Templeton Park is home to mature shaded trees and a playground for little ones. Set up a picnic, take a stunning morning walk, or watch your children on the playground. There is plenty of green space and shade for you to enjoy any outdoor activity you choose. In fact, the park is 3.5 acres and is in a tranquil setting, perfect for a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of life!
Take a scenic drive
One of the best parts of Templeton is the beauty and small-town feel. You can get a glimpse of the Templeton countryside by taking a drive through the hills. Start at either Vineyard Drive or Santa Rita Road, where you can experience the very best scenery, such as avocado groves or vineyards. You will also get a chance to see Templeton real estate. If you have been curious about buying a property in Templeton, now is the time to browse! By taking a drive through town, you can get a glimpse of the lifestyle and real estate in Templeton. If you are ready to buy, consider me, Brittany Hensley for your real estate needs.