Arroyo Grande is a well-balanced community with much to offer. It’s charming, historic, mild climate wise, close to many attractions and lively without being overly crowded. Incorporated in 1911, the population of Arroyo Grande is around 17,700. With a total area of 5.45 square miles, it lies 114 feet above sea level.
Close to schools, performing and visual arts centers, wineries, the ocean and an abundance of business and shopping opportunities, Arroyo Grande continues to maintain a relaxed feel to it while continuing to develop and evolve. Considered a safe, secure area to raise children, it’s a great place to visit as well as to live.
With an extensive history, the Village of Arroyo Grande is the centralized business and tourist sector. Farmer’s Market takes place there on Saturdays from noon until 2:30 p.m. It also hosts the very popular Strawberry Festival held each Memorial Day Weekend.
Also held in honor of its vast agricultural roots, the area’s leading industry, the Harvest Festival is held each September. Since 1937 residents of Arroyo Grande have participated. Offering the chance to take a closer look at the history and past traditions of the area, strawberries, wine grapes and broccoli have been among the largest crops.
One the Village’s claim to fame is its swinging bridge. Constructed in 1875 by the Short family, it is the only one of its kind found in California. With a length of 171 feet and height of 40 feet, it is truly a historic site. After years of partial upkeep, it was completely restored in 1995 due to strong community support.
As a federally approved American Viticulture Area in recognition of its distinctive climate and soil characteristics, Arroyo Grande has one of the coolest and most temperate viticulture areas in all of California. Producing world-class varietals, estate grown chardonnays, pinot noirs and sparkling wines are all popular.
Many of the area’s wineries are small, family-owned and operated businesses, and often the winemakers are the ones pouring for you in the tasting rooms. It offers a greater insight into their world as well as a more personalized experience.
Lake Lopez Recreational Area, located just ten miles east of Arroyo Grande, is one of the top choices for camping and leisure trips. With 22 miles of shoreline and summer lake temperatures around 70°, there is something for everyone: camping, fishing, boating, skiing, sailing, windsurfing, picnicking, hiking and equestrian trails, mountain biking, canoeing, bird watching and so much more. It’s an ideal year-round recreational destination. With over 175 species of flowering plants and over 150 bird species, it is a naturalist’s dream, as well.
For those interested in a round of golf, Cypress Ridge Gold Course is nearby. Surrounded by mature, cypress trees, lush green fairways and fresh ocean air, it is truly considered a golfers’ paradise. As a gated golf community, it’s a popular residential area for active retirees moving to the area.
Arroyo Grande seemingly has something for everyone while remaining friendly and quaint. Its list of favorite must sees include: