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 Templeton is the epitome of small town charm. Originally founded
in 1886 as the last station on the southbound Southern Pacific Railroad, the town hosted horse drawn stage- coaches that met the trains and gave passengers a ride to San Luis Obispo to connect with the next stagecoach to their destinations. Even after the railroad extended the rails south to Santa Margarita in 1889, Templeton remained the shipping point for local crops and products bound eastward and to boats in shipping ports on the coast. Grain, wood, charcoal, fruit and cattle, driven from as far away as Kern County, arrived in Templeton for the next destination.
Many of the buildings from the late 1800s are still lining Main Street and housing unique shops, wineries and restaurants serving everything from hearty country breakfasts to dinner for every taste and the Templeton Histori- cal Museum Society.
Fresh farm to table adventures
Templeton is an ideal starting or end-of-day spot for touring the back roads on the way to or from your favorite wineries. Small farms along oak lined winding roads have produce stands offering fresh veg- etables, fruit, eggs and more.
Farmers market
The Saturday morning Farm-
ers Market from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Templeton Park. The park is located at 550 Crocker St. Find fresh vegetables, fruit, bakery goods, meat, fish, nuts, honey, olive oil and handmade crafts.
Dining & Drinks
Chulos Cafe & Cantina
Chulos offers an extensive menu, featuring American cuisine with a Latino touch, not to mention a wide selection of artfully created coffee beverages. The sophisticated dining experience includes Nouveau-Latin dishes and handcrafted cocktails.
Truly a hidden gem. 335 Posada Lane, (805) 434-3044
McPhee’s Grill
Fresh seafood, wood grilled steaks, & gourmet pizzas served in a converted old saloon with contemporary country decor. 416 S. Main St., (805) 434-3204
Pig Iron
A new restaurant serving high-end California comfort food, award winning cocktails, and a brunch most would die for. Open for lunch and dinner, come find out what all the talk is about! Follow on Instagram: @pigirontempleton. 508 S. Main St.,, (805) 400-4542
Templeton Market & Deli
Hometown deli with delicious homemade salads, sandwiches and fried chicken. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Huge selection of snacks and beverages, including local wines. Open daily 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. 390 S Main St., Templeton, (805) 434-2345
Demeter Family Cellars
Demeter Family Cellars is a family owned micro winery producing small lots of award winning wines. Listen to music you choose from their collection of over 500 vinyl records. James and Diane will make your visit memorable in their mid-century modern tasting room. 6990 Kingsbury Rd., Templeton,,
(805) 712-0002
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