Templeton Travel Guide

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Templeton Travel Guide

Welcome to historic Templeton

Templeton Visitors Guide

Gazebo in the Templeton Park.

TEMPLETON TRAVEL GUIDE – Templeton, Calif. is the epitome of small town charm.  If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life then you are in the right place.  A visit to the historic Main Street of Templeton will transport you back to a time when you could safely wander the boardwalks while eating an ice cream cone, having a glass of local wine, dining out, shopping at little boutiques, and best of all spending time with the family.

Have you ever just wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and travel back to a time when things moved slower and people smiled as they passed by while greeting you? If you can say yes to this, then it is time to head to a great little town just off Highway 101 known as Templeton. This unincorporated community covers all of the best attributes for a quick weekend adventure.

A visit to Templeton will give you the feeling that you have been transported back in time. A time when you could safely wander the boardwalks while eating an ice cream cone, sampling homemade chocolates, having a glass of local wine, dining on culinary delights, shopping at little boutiques and best of all, spending time with the family. Here you will find the local citizens greeting you as you pass by. You will discover a town that is alive with the history of times long since gone. As you wander on Main Street of Templeton, you will be able to step inside historic buildings that are part of the foundation of Templeton and an intrinsic part of its heritage.

The historic town of Templeton is located in the northern portion of San Luis Obispo County and is situated between Atascadero and Paso Robles (home of the Mid-State Fair). The Salinas River, one of the few rivers in the world that flows in a northerly direction, is the backdrop for the downtown community of Templeton and is the artery which is surrounded by rich agricultural land. This landscape provides for the many fun winding roads giving access to a myriad of thriving wineries that dot the landscape.

Take a 30 minute drive to the Pacific Ocean. Or if fresh water appeals to you, Lake Nacimiento provides the local community with water sporting activities such as water skiing, fishing, swimming, and camping located just 22 miles north of Templeton. Dress is casual here.

It is best to dress in layers as the climate is predominately mild at an elevation of around 800 feet above sea level. On an average day the temperature in January is 60 degrees with lows at night dropping to around 41 degrees. Average high temperatures in July are around 95 degrees but drop at nighttime to around 55 degrees. The rainy season runs from the middle of October to late April, with occasional frost in the early morning hours of winter.

Please use this Templeton Travel Guide for tourists to find great places to visit when you are visiting.


McPhee’s Grill  – Fresh seasonal menus. A special place to go for lunch or dinner.  The macadamia crusted Alaskan halibut is exquisite. 416 S Main St., Templeton, CA 93465 (805) 434-3204.


Templeton Historical Museum Society – Incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1989, the realization of a dream of nearly 25 years earlier. The Horstman house, built by Albert Horstman, a prominent businessman in the 1920s, was donated to the society in 1994 and serves as the museum where local memorabilia and photographs are displayed. Templeton’s original railroad warehouse (behind the house) contains a 1925 Model T in original condition, an antique carriage and other items too large to put into the house. Open Fri. – Sun. 1- 4  pm 309 Main St., Templeton, CA 93465. (805) 434-0807.


Adelaide Floral and Kid Corner – A hidden treasure in downtown Templeton for one-stop shopping. Fresh flowers, plants, deliveries, weddings and special events. Unique indoor and outdoor gifts. New children’s boutique adorned with 0-4T clothing, educational toys and books. 300 S. Main St., adelaidefloral.com, (805) 434-2997.

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