Each Memorial Day weekend, downtown Arroyo Grande celebrates the Strawberry festival and its long-running agricultural legacy. This historic village is a treasure trove of antique stores, restaurants, brew pubs and historic museums -- Americana is its middle name.
The last “swinging bridge” in California is located here, buildings still remain from the late 1800s and early 1900s and a hometown old-fashioned ice cream parlor always has a line out the door. Free summer concerts are held at the Rotary Bandstand in Heritage Square Park from June through September. Picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets accompany families, friends and neighbors gathering here on a regular basis.
Located ten miles south of Arroyo Grande on US Highway 101, a very popular steak house located in Olde Towne is one of the first things that come to many peoples’ minds when they venture through the area. This is largely a ranching community which takes great pride in its agricultural and cattle industries.
Nipomo’s historic Dana Adobe was home to Boston sea captain William Dana who was granted over 37,000 acres of Rancho Nipomo in 1837. It still hosts many historic events there today. Another historical mentioning surrounds one of the Great Depression’s most noteworthy photos “Migrant Mother”. Taken in the Nipomo area in 1936, of a mother of seven children taken by Dorothea Lange, this visual assisted in making her an exceedingly accomplished American photo journalist.