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    A Day Among the Animals at the Charles Paddock Zoo

    June 03

    As ardent animal lovers, we at the Carlton Hotel feel especially lucky to be located just five minutes from the Central Coast’s only accredited zoo. Founded in 1955 by county park ranger Charles Paddock, the zoo that now bears his name continues the important conservation and education work he started over half a century ago.

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    California’s Carrizo Plain National Monument

    April 24

    Just over an hour drive from our historic Atascadero hotel, you’ll find the Carrizo Plain National Monument, a spectacular setting with panoramic landscapes and a diversity of wildlife comparable to Africa’s Serengeti. 

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