Simply called “SLO” or “San Luis” by locals, the City of San Luis Obispo is the commercial, governmental, and cultural hub of California’s scenic Central Coast. One of California’s oldest communities, it’s anchored by one of California’s historic missions, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, one of the best-preserved examples of 18th century Spanish Mission architecture and among the oldest buildings in California. San Luis Obispo’s census currently reports roughly 45,000 residents. Rolling hillsides, breathtaking ocean views and spectacular beaches are all part of the scenic landscape is all part of beautiful San Luis Obispo County.
The City of SLO enjoys a youthful vigor and intellectually fertile climate thanks to their presence. Respected speakers and big-name entertainers often appear on the two campuses. Students and permanent residents alike enjoy the combination of high-end styles and intimate boutiques. San Luis Obispo is a vibrant city with a relaxed style.
Endless acres of picturesque vineyards located only minutes from downtown supports a thriving wine industry. Natives celebrate seasonal harvests with world-class wines and innovative, cosmopolitan-inspired cuisine. The weekly Farmers’ Market is among the area’s most popular events. It occurs on Higuera and adjoining streets downtown. Sample a bevy of unforgettable flavors, visit local shops that stay open later, and enjoy live entertainment as the sun goes down. Experience one of the more unconventional attractions in the area by finding the famed Bubble Gum Alley, just off Higuera Street.
The Madonna Inn is a famous local landmark. Established by Alex Madonna in 1958, the inn is famously eccentric. The Fremont Theater is a historic Art Deco theater from the 1940s that still plays first run movies on the huge screen. Murals adorn the walls of the main theater where neon swirls light the ceiling. The doctor’s office on the corner of Santa Rosa and Pacific streets is one of very few commercial buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. San Luis also has a Carnegie Library which is now home to San Luis Obispo County Historical Museum.