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Welcome to Harmony: Population 18. Founded by a handful of rouge artists and dairy farmers, the town is a quick, fun stop in-between Cambria and Cayucos on the stun- ning North Coast.
The town of Harmony began as
a dairy settlement in the late 19th century started by Swiss immigrants. Harmony is one paved street off of Highway 1. The main structure is
a “U” shaped building, the former creamery, with the open area being a small plaza.
Even though a small town, it’s easy to spend a few hours brows- ing and enjoying the shops and maybe even having lunch. For more information visit the town’s website at
Harmony is also one of the locations for the Cambria Scare- crow Festival every October. Quirky and fun handmade scarecrows are displayed in various locations. Add the scarecrow festival to your list of things to do in October.
What’s there to see
in a town of 18?
Harmony Valley Creamery
In a town where nothing is
exactly ‘normal’, the folks at Harmony Valley Creamery know what it takes to create awesome craft ice cream, made in small batches that delight the taste buds of locals and visitors alike. Founded in 1913 around a burgeoning local dairy industry, the formation of the Harmony Valley Creamery Association would see Har- mony serve as the capital of Central Coast dairy production for nearly half a century.
Harmony Chapel
screen, Rudolph Valentino remained as a shrine for decades in the field on the southwest side of town before being stolen. Several months later it was ‘found’ by a Fresno resident and offered back for a ransom that was refused.
• Then-governor Ronald Reagan politely declined an invitation to Harmony’s ribbon-cutting ceremony in 1970.
• 1979 Harmony was featured
by KABC in Los Angeles with a
live broadcast of the Ken and Bob Company radio show. Ken Minyard and Bob Arthur were the hosts and featured singing artist Jehry Miller singing his hit song “Harmonizing in Harmony Population 18”.
Harmony Cellars
Nestled in the hills overlooking the quaint artisan town of Harmony, off Highway 1, Harmony Cellars offers guests award-winning wines and picturesque views of the coastal countryside. Winery, tasting room, gift shop and picnic area. Family and dog-friendly. 3255 Harmony Valley Road, Harmony,, (805) 927-1625
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Shouldn’t every wedding begin
in Harmony? Harmony Chapel is the perfect place to start. From its beauti- fully hand-carved wood doors to the quirky wine barrel facade, there’s really nothing quite like it. Harmony Gardens is an outdoor ceremony option for those who prefer their nuptials au natural.
Harmony Glass Works
Harmony Glass Works, founded in 2007, is open daily. The shop is a gallery, studio and school, which of- fers beginner classes in glassblowing techniques.
Anecdotes and Fun Facts
• A toilet rumored to have been used by Hollywood star of the silver
A local favorite stop is the glass blowing shop in town.

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