Templeton is a census-designated place in San Luis Obispo County that offers a taste of the Old West. Templeton originally grew up around the railroad between San Francisco and Los Angeles in the 19th century. Main Street was once the site of wild frontier saloons, but today Templeton is known for housing some of the premier wineries in California’s Central Coast wine country. U.S. Highway 101 bisects the town, connecting Templeton to other communities in the Central Coast region.
Templeton features great country properties close to town. These homes offer unique architectural design and sweeping views over the gorgeous surrounding landscape.
What to Love
- Country properties close to town
- Main Street restaurants
- Many local vineyards
- North Country Farmers Market
People & Lifestyle
Templeton offers a relaxed lifestyle in a beautiful bucolic setting. This quiet community is home to around 7,600 residents. Farms and vineyards dot the rolling backcountry, while the laidback downtown area features some excellent restaurants. Along with wine, the area around Templeton is known for growing excellent olives.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Templeton’s Main Street is lined with a fine choice of restaurants and local businesses. 15 Degrees C Wine Shop & Bar
offer both local and global wines alongside shareable plates, gourmet burgers, and pizza. 15 Degrees hosts a variety of events, including wine tastings and live music nights. Kitchenette
is a great choice for brunch with a menu divided into sweet, light, and hearty breakfast plates plus tasty salads and mimosas. JC’s Kitchen
and Touch of Mexico
both serve delicious Mexican cuisine.
Stores such as Templeton Feed & Grain
and Nature’s Touch Nursery & Harvest
are stocked with supplies for gardens and farms. Templeton Feed & Grain’s grain elevator towers over Main Street, churning out freshly produced agricultural feed. Nature’s Touch sells produce from local farms and features a kitchen serving nutritious meals prepared with the freshest ingredients. Businesses away from Main Street include fusion Latin American eatery Chulo’s Café & Cantina
and a Trader Joe’s
for grocery shopping.
Just to name a few, there are many more great places to eat and drink that are not mentioned.
Things to Do
Templeton is one of the main contributors to the Central Coast region’s bountiful wine industry. Located just north of the main downtown area along Main Street, Line Shack Winery
is a family-run vineyard producing fine varietals inspired by Italian winemaking traditions. The sprawling countryside surrounding Templeton’s core features many more exceptional wineries. Standouts include Castoro Cellars
, Peachy Canyon
, Rotta Winery
, Venteux Vineyards
, and Wild Horse
One block away from Main Street, you’ll find Templeton Park
, a delightful 3.5-acre greenspace in the heart of Templeton. Amenities in this leafy greenspace include a gazebo, picnic benches, a playground for kids, and swimming pools for both children and adults. On Saturday mornings, North County Farmers Market
at Templeton Park is the largest farmers market in San Luis Obispo County.
On the east side of town, Evers Sports Park
features fields for soccer and softball. Vineyard Dog Park
on the west side of Templeton has a fenced off-leash area and wading pool for pups framed by beautiful views of the surrounding oak-studded hillsides.
Templeton is served by the Templeton Unified School District.
- Templeton Elementary, Public, K-2.
- Vineyard Elementary, Public, 3-5.
- Templeton Middle, Public, 6-8.
- Templeton High, Public, 9-12, California Distinguished School and National Blue Ribbon award winner.