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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 Naciemiento 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.
Finally, the population of Templeton was approximately 1,800 in 1985 and grew to over 3,500 by the year 2000. Today, it is estimated that 6,900 people live within the Templeton Community Service District boundaries and over 9,600 live in the Templeton Unified School District. It is projected the community population will continue to grow due to a sustained influx of people of all generations into the area.
Pack up the family and take Highway 101 to the Central Coast to Templeton. You too will discover what the local residents already know…life is good here.