This romantic, pastoral ode to a bygone era is an ideal spot to soak up the good life in Edna Valley. Wander the property and take in the outbuildings, Kienun’s Treehouse, the MacGregor Vineyard, and the 1887 Bluebelly Barn.
A bustling civic center in the 1880s, the Old Edna townsite fell into disrepair until it was purchased and lovingly restored by “Mayor” Pattea Torrance over the course of two decades.
The primary building on site was constructed in 1908 and once served as the Old Edna hotel, general mercantile and post office, along with a dance hall upstairs. Today the building houses the Sextant Estate Winery tasting room, as well as a gourmet deli open for lunch with paninis, salads, cheese and charcuterie and baked goods. Pair with a glass of wine on the sunny patio for a relaxing treat.
Old Edna offers two restful lodging options in buildings on site, as well as wedding venues, all beautified in Torrance’s signature wistful vintage style. For rates, click here.
Taste a whole new world of wine, just four miles from the beach.
The Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley are home to over 30 wineries, most of which are boutique and family-owned. And, as always in our neck of the woods, the vibe is unpretentious and easygoing.
Specialties in the region include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and aromatic white varieties like Albariño, all of which are known for exceptional balance due to coastal growing conditions.
Most tasting rooms are open daily during business hours, though a few require appointments. Check the SLO Wine website for detailed information, including a map and specialized itineraries, tasting fees and varieties offered.
SLO Wine has also partnered with Alaska Airlines to fly any wine purchased in the region for free to your home or destination. Details can be found here.
Ready to get wet? Lopez Lake is a favorite spot for adventurists, nature-lovers, and outdoor fun.
For water fun, enjoy Lopez Lake’s 22 miles of shoreline, or try the Mustang Water Park, with two 600-foot waterslides, a 38-foot “Stampede” inner tube ride, toddler pool with mini-slides, waterfalls, and cabanas. Fishing, boating, and jet skiing are also popular in the lake.
Adventure enthusiasts can’t miss the Vista Lago Adventure Park where sky-high obstacle courses of varying degrees of difficulty, a free fall platform, and three zip lines totalling over 1,800 feet in length will get hearts pumping!
The area offers 350 campsites, including primitive, electrical and full hook-up sites, as well as cabins that sleep up to six people.
Many miles of trails at Lopez Lake cater to hikers, equestrian and mountain bikers. For views of the lake and even the ocean on clear days, check out the Duna Vista Loop Trail, which is 7 miles long and suitable for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Get lost in Huasna.
A leafy, peaceful spot just 20 minutes east of Arroyo Grande, Huasna (pronounced WOZ-nuh) is ideal for a leisurely Sunday afternoon drive among patchwork fields and oak groves.
No one knows the meaning of the word huasna, but it was likely a name given by the Chumash people who first settled there. Later, it was a thriving rancho gifted to Isaac J. Sparks as a Mexican land grant from the Governor of California in 1843.
Agriculture defines this area, with ranching and farming a mainstay of the local economy. (Many of the farms selling at farmers’ markets throughout San Luis Obispo County call Huasna home.) Feast on sumptuous berries at Willow Brook Blueberries, which hosts u-pick from 9AM-noon on Saturdays throughout the growing season.
Can you do it? Crossing this 171-foot-long, 40-feet-high landmark over the Arroyo Grande Creek is considered a true test of one’s nerves!
The landmark was originally built by the Short family in 1875 to connect the two sides of their property, cut through by the creek. A tree severely damaged the bridge in 1995, after which it was completely restored.
After crossing the bridge, walk the dirt pathway down to the Arroyo Grande Creek (the “big gully” that lends the town its name) to dip your toes, skip stones, or share a picnic. Chances are you’ll encounter a flock of Arroyo Grande’s famous wild roosters and chickens, which have roamed around the creek since as far back as anyone can remember. (The roosters and chickens are so famous, they even have their own website!)
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