Harmony, California is a nice side trip on your way to Hearst Castle. Take the time to stop and visit this little town on your next trip along the central coast.
Farmers from northern California settled in this area because of the vast grasslands in San Luis Obispo County. Some of them started dairy farms, leasing property from landowners in the area, including William Hearst, who built nearby Hearst Castle.
Many of the settlers were Swiss who were enchanted with the grass, the climate, and the gently rolling hills. The Harmony Valley Creamery was established in the 1860’s to service the surrounding dairy farms.
The Harmony Valley Creamery Association was comprised of these farms and thrived for over 90 years. William Hearst and his guests sometimes stopped at the creamery to pick up fresh buttermilk and butter.
With their Harmony Valley Creamery, the residents were granted a post office, making it an official town. The post office opened in 1915 and was in continuous operation up until a few years ago.
Plan on spending at about an hour wondering around this tiny central coast town. Things to see Harmony include the Backroads Gallery is a small gift and art shop. Harmony Glassworks is an excellent little glass making and blowing shop where you can watch demonstrations, get a tour, or even take classes.
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Harmony Cellars sits on a hill overlooking the town of Harmony. They winery has several award winning wines that you can taste and a small gift shop. You can roam around; take beautiful photography of the views from the top of the hill where you can see the coast and the rolling hills from all directions.
The Harmony Post Office has been closed for several years, but you can take a peek inside. The road that runs through the center of town used to be the main highway along the California coast. Today the road ends into a field but at one time is was the main access point to Hearst Castle.
Shaped like a wine barrel the unique hand-carved door to the Harmony Chapel invites couples who wish to be United in Harmony. The wedding chapel seats about 40 guests and can be reserved for a wedding for around $700.00 making Harmony an affordable as well as a unique wedding location.
span style=”font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;”>Harmony Cellars Winery is on the hill overlooking the little town of Harmony.
The winery is a small family-owned winery committed to producing fine wines at affordable prices. Founded in 1989 by Chuck and Kim Mulligan. Taste six wines for $5.00 or $7.00 and you can keep the glass. A very good deal.
Harmony Cellars has a nice outdoor sitting area overlooking the rollings hills and the little town below. Grab a glass of wine and relax and enjoy the view.
Harmony Cellars Winery is open Daily 10 am – 5 pm Summer Hours: Open Daily 10 am – 5:30 pm.
There is not much to the town of Harmony just a few building including the Harmony Valley Creamery which also served as the post office until it closed a few years ago. At one time, this road used to be the main highway between San Luis Obispo and Hearst Castle.
Travelers along Hwy 1 used to stop for fresh buttermilk including publisher William Randolph Hearst on his way to his home in San Simeon, 12 miles northwest.
During its peak, Harmony had a garage, a blacksmith’s shop, post office and a service station. Today the town has about 15 residents and is a tourist stop for visitors traveling to Hearst Castle