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Places – San Luis Obispo

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
The 5th mission built in the California Mission chain, it features a museum with tours and the surrounding Mission Plaza hosts community events throughout the year.

Bordered by Marsh, Nipomo, Santa Rosa, and Mill streets, the tree lined streets of downtown San Luis Obispo feature shopping, dining, and galleries. Most of the historic buildings in the area have been restored and home local businesses. Complete your experience with a stroll down the creek that runs through the center of the city.

Farmer’s Market
Even though most of the cities of the central coast have their own farmer’s market throughout the week, the Thursday night farmer?s market in San Luis is the only one referred to as Farmers. Higuera street is shut down between Osos and Nipomo street and is filled with vendors selling locally grown produce, award winning barbeque, and handmade goods. Missed the Thursday night farmer?s? San Luis has another on Saturday morning in the parking lot of the SLO Promenade shopping center off Madonna Rd.

County Historical Museum
Located in the former Carnegie Library, this museum features displays of artifacts and photographs depicting the history of the area from the days of the ranchos to the recent past.

San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum
The museum aims to inspire learning through play featuring more than 20 indoor and outdoor activities. Admission is $8 and children under 2 are free.

San Luis Obispo Art Center
The Art Center features rotating work from artists of the Central and West Coasts.

Railroad Depot
A former major Central Coast railroad hub has been restored and is used by Amtrak passengers. The station features historical photographs, and a statue of Chinese railroad laborers.

Apple Farm Millhouse
At the Apple Farm Inn you can watch a waterwheel driven grits wheel churn ice cream. Don?t forget to visit the extensive gift shop and restraint also on the premise

Madonna Inn
Opened in 1959, this world-renowned inn offers 108 rooms that are uniquely decorated with a special theme and color scheme making no two alike. Recent renovations include the construction of a convention center and pool area. Even if you are not staying at the inn, you can visit the public areas, gift shop, or several restaurants on the grounds. Don?t forget to take a peek in the men?s restroom to see the only flushing waterfall restroom.

Old Edna
This 100-year-old town is the center of Edna Valley wine. Once home to a general mercantile, a blacksmith, creamery, saloon and dance hall, Old Edna now houses a deli, antique store, and bed and breakfast.

Historic Architecture
Throughout the city you can visit the historic architecture of the city that has been beautifully restored. Many house local businesses while others have been turned into museums.

California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo (CalPoly)
San Luis Obispo is home to one of the prestigious Polytechnic universities. Renowned for its agriculture, business, and architecture programs, the university contributes to the relaxing feel of the city.