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Harmony California Hearst Castle Side Trip

Harmony, California is a nice side trip on your way to Hearst Castle. Take 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 land owners 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 do Harmony, California: Back roads 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.

The winery that is on the hill is Harmony Cellars. They sell award winning wines, offer wine tasting, a gazebo, and a 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 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.

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 ncie outdoor sitting area overlooking the rollings hills and the little town below. Grab a a glass of wine and relax and enjoy the view.

Harmony Cellars Winery is open Daily 10am - 5pm Summer Hours: Open Daily 10am - 5:30pm

Harmony can be your destination or add it to your travel itinerary while visiting the surrounding towns of Cambria, Cayucos, San Simeon, or Morro Bay. Harmony is also an easy day trip from Templeton, Paso Robles or San Luis Obispo.

Harmony Cellars Winery tasting room and property are dog friendly along with the town of Harmony.

Directions: Take Highway 1 and about 3 miles north of the 46 junction you will see a line of buildings, turn into the driveway and you have reached Harmony. This little town is well worth on any road trip along Highway One along the central coast.

Nearby Harmony Things to do:

Cayucos by the Sea
Hearst castle
Cambria Central Coast
Morro Bay State Park
Big Sur California
Pismo Beach
San Luis Obispo
Avila Beach
Morro Bay
Atascadero Day Trip
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