At this time of year Arroyo Grande’s surrounding hills are green for miles and miles, covered with wildflowers galore from about March to May. It’s still sweater weather, often cooler in the mornings and evenings, but just right in the afternoon sunshine for strolling in and out of shops, hiking nearby trails or sipping seasonal wines along the Arroyo Grande Valley AVA.

Shop in the Village

The Village is a historic downtown area that features quaint shops, restaurants and galleries. Stroll through the village’s tree-lined streets and admire the historic buildings and landmarks, including the Swinging Bridge, which is the only one of its kind in California. Enjoy a meal at one of the village’s many restaurants or grab a coffee and relax in the sunshine.

Find a Trail

Arroyo Grande is home to several great hiking trails that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and vineyards. The Pismo Preserve Trailhead is a popular spot for hikers and bird watchers, with over 900 acres of land to explore. The trail offers stunning views of the ocean, rolling hills, and a variety of wildlife. Another great option is the Sycamore Crest Trail, which offers views of the Pacific Ocean and the town of Arroyo Grande. Lopez Lake has miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails to explore.

Visit the Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday Arroyo Grande most popular Farmers’ Market is held in the historic village in Olohan Alley. The market offers a variety of fresh, locally grown produce, artisanal goods and live music. It’s a great way to experience the local culture, pick up a little treat to take home with you and support the community.

Try a Spring Release while Wine Tasting

The Arroyo Grande Valley AVA is home to several excellent wineries, and spring is the perfect time to go wine tasting here. Laetitia Vineyard & Winery (tasting room temporarily closed) offers tastings of their award-winning wines in a picturesque setting, while Kynsi Winery offers tastings of their pinot noirs and chardonnays in a charming barn setting. Grab a group of friends for a game of trivia on the back patio at Timbre Winery or just down the street sip sustainable wines at Verdad & Lindquist’s wine tasting room in the Village.

Arroyo Grande offers plenty of activities to keep visitors busy in the springtime. Whether you’re looking to explore the outdoors or indulge in local wine and cuisine there’s something for everyone in this charming town. So, pack your bags and head to Arroyo Grande for a memorable springtime vacation! Tip: Book your hotel stay mid-week for the best spring break prices!