Arroyo Grande Valley Visitor Guide
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Arroyo Grande Valley
Arroyo Grande means “wide riverbed” in Spanish, and thus this perennially sunny and fertile valley was then, and is still, a major agricultural land. You’ll feel like you are in a small European township in the heart of wine country, with winding back roads lined with vineyards, green rolling hills, wildlife and views for miles.
A burgeoning and highly regarded wine region spreads throughout the valley region, providing visitors with blissful afternoons of wine-tasting in pastoral countryside. The marine influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean provides a mild weather resulting in an unusually long growing season. The San Luis Obispo Vintner’s Association boasts that “combined with the region’s rocky volcanic soils, these growing conditions produce fruit with intense varietal character and complex flavors that are typically found in the world’s greatest wine regions.” So come tour and taste and I am sure you will agree.
The Lopez Lake Recreation Area, located just ten miles from the city of Arroyo Grande, is a great way to enjoy San Luis Obispo’s southern county. With 22 miles of shoreline and summer lake temperatures around 70°, there is something for everyone; camping, fishing, boating, skiing, sailing, windsurfing, picnicking, hiking and equestrian trails, mountain biking, canoeing, and bird watching.
Bordering the Edna Valley region, this area boasts higher average temps than much of the rest of the south county. Winter temps can rarely have extremes from low 40s to low 80s, but average temps are in the 60s and 70s. Summers see most days with temps in the 70s and low 80s. The warmest month is September; the coldest is December. Average annual rainfall is about 18 inches with February being the wettest month. Humidity here is in the 65% to 75% range.
Lots of sunny days make for great wine-tasting and equally great hiking, so pack your sunscreen, sturdy hiking shoes, and a wine map. And please, don’t forget your swimsuit; the summer months offer every water sport there is. While tank tops and shorts work well for daytimes, light outerwear is suggested for the cooler evenings