Santa Margarita Travel Guide

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Santa Margarita Travel Guide


Explore this slice of the old west

This small town is an oasis of rural country life nestled in the heart of the county just off Highway 101 and Highway 58. It’s a little taste of the old west.

Spend the day at Santa Margarita Lake, fishing, hiking, relaxing and then finish the day in downtown with wine and beer tasting, dining, and antiquing before heading to your next destination.


Santa Margarita Lake

Follow Highway 58 to Santa Margarita Park to find the lake located in Santa Margarita Regional Park at 4695 A Santa Margarita Lake Road. Be sure to head out with a full tank of gas. The lake and park offer boating, fishing, hiking trails and picnicing. The park is located on several thousand acres of land designated as open space. Call ahead (805) 781-5930 to verify boat launches, swimming and camping.

The Carizzo Plains National Monument

The 250,000 acre Carrizo Plain National Monument is the largest surviving native California grasslands. The plains are reminiscent of Africa’s Serengeti, providing the highest concentration of irreplaceable wildlife in California. To reach Carizzo Plain, take Highway 58 south from Santa Margarita to 17495 Soda Lake Rd.

Santa Margarita Historical Society

The historical society takes local history online, with copies of research material held at the public library located on the corner of I and Murphy Streets. Ongoing projects include documenting a number of the community’s historic buildings and recording the stories of “old timers.” Visit

Margarita Adventures Zipline Tours

Margarita Adventures is the ultimate blast for the entire family! Here in the heart of San Luis Obispo County, you will embark on six ziplines spanning nearly 1.5 miles total, starting with a thrilling 2,800-foot tandem ride and finishing with an unforgettable 1,800-foot journey over Pinot Noir vines. To book a tour or for more information visit or call (805) 438-3120

Dining & Drink

The Porch

Breakfast burritos, bagels, lunch, dinner, coffee craft beer, wine, appetizers and entertainment. Located at 22322 El Camino Real, Santa Margarita. Visit the

Ancient Peaks Winery

Taste limited releases, including the limited-edition Pearl Collection reserve wines. enjoy a bite and kick back at our tasting room and café in the historic town of Santa Margarita. Compliment your tasting flight or favorite glass of Ancient Peaks wine with a locally-made artisan cheese & charcuterie board, small bites or delicious entrée. For reservations and more information visit or call (805) 365-7045.


The Barn Antiques & Unique

Several vendors featuring vendors with vintage clothes, jewelry, furniture and mid-century treasures. Located at 22390 El Camino Real in Santa Margarita. Find The Barn at or call (805) 438-5329.

Caliwala Food Market & Deli

And gift shop! Standing out as the only grocery store in Santa Margarita, the shop goes several steps beyond groceries. Stop in for fresh baked goods, lunch, a beverage, beer or wine and shop for locally-crafted art and gifts as well as handmade Nepali goods. Located at 22202 El Camino Real, Santa Margarita. For more information visit

The Samantha Huston Saddle Shop

Much more than a saddle shop. The shop has a variety of leather goods, western art, hats, boots, belts, clothing, jewelry and home décor. Owner, Samantha, is following a family tradition, making custom-fitted treeless saddles. Drop in between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. most days to catch her at work. Located at in the Rainbow Hut at 22380 El Camino Real, Santa Margarita. Follow on or call (805) 704-9678

The Educated Gardner

This nursery is an attraction all on its own with its lavish grounds that are nice to walk through on a sunny afternoon. Enjoy the atmosphere or pick out a plant or garden decoration to take home. While there, be sure to visit Chicken John, the resident rooster. 22210 El Camino Real. (805) 438-4250.

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