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  • Santa Claus Talking to Little Boy

    A Central California Holiday Season

    December 03

    There may not be snow, but the spirit of winter of still fully alive in central California. And, one of the Central Coast’s largest holiday festivities is right here in Atascadero. Grab your sled and spend the evening playing in the 53-plus tons of snow at Winter Wonderland

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  • Front Entrance of Hearst Castle

    California's Castle on a Hill

    November 05

    William Randolph Hearst spared no expense when it came to his own personal Shangri-La. Step inside for a look into the life of one of the greatest influencers on our culture. The media magnate, whose empire included publications like Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar, spent nearly 30 years building his mini metropolis on a hill.

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  • Mozart Character Papageno Playing in a Scene From The Magic Flute

    Magic Flutes, Clams, and Harvest Wine Weekend

    October 01

    This month features an outstanding roster of festivals and entertainment for our guests’ enjoyment, and a few of our favorites are listed here. First, opera aficionados will be enchanted with Opera San Luis Obispo’s performance of The Magic Flute on October 13-14 at the Performing Arts Center of San Luis Obispo.

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  • Atascadero City Hall

    The Utopian Colony of Atascadero

    September 03

    The city of Atascadero as we know it today began as the brainchild of one very idealistic and forward-thinking man. In 1913, Edward Gardner Lewis, a successful publisher headquartered in University City, Missouri, decided to found a model community in sunny Central California.

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  • Purple grapes in a vineyard

    Delicious and Sustainable Wine-Making at Niner Wine Estates

    August 06

    One of the most renowned wine-making regions of the world, California is home to a vast number of wineries and vineyards. Fortunately for guests of the Carlton, one of the finest is located less than 20 minutes by car from our hotel.

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  • Sunken Gardens of Atascadero

    The Sunken Gardens of Atascadero

    July 02

    When E.G. Lewis, the founder of the City of Atascadero, attended the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, he was so awe-struck by the fair’s Grand Basin (a massive reflecting pool), he knew he had to have something like that in his new city.

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  • Meerkat standing on hind legs

    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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  • sky view of the carizo plains

    California’s Carrizo Plain National Monument

    May 07

    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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