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Make the most of your time in Atascadero by checking out our online blog to uncover historic local attractions, nearby hiking trails, food and wine festivals, farmers markets, and more.

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    A Journey Through Jim Green Trail

    July 20

    As we move into late Summer, sun-drenched California days offer the perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy a scenic hike in nature. Located within Atascadero and just two miles away from the hotel, the Jim Green Trail is a dog-friendly hike that’s popular with both locals and visitors.

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    A Safe Summer Stay in Atascadero

    June 01

    As Atascadero begins to reopen just in time for the summer season, we can’t wait to welcome you back to The Carlton Hotel. We have always prided ourselves on maintaining a clean property and we are taking extra steps to make sure everything is safe for your upcoming stay.

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    The Craft of Beer

    March 02

    On March 28, the Central Coast Craft Brew Festival will come to Atascadero—right here to the Sunken Gardens, in fact. Hosted by the Central Coast Brewers Guild, this festival is the culmination of the Central Coast Beer Week, which takes place March 21 through March 28, 2020.

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    Sweetheart Stroll

    February 01

    Wine country is romantic enough as it is, but this month our beloved city of Atascadero sets up the streets for a bit of sweet indulgence and sentimentality. On February 7, the City of Atascadero and Atascadero Colony District Committee will present the annual Sweetheart Stroll.

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    Studies in Wine & Tamales

    January 06

    New Year’s resolutions come in all sorts. Taste more. Learn more. Do more. You can start to tackle them all on your Atascadero trip, thanks to the variety of interesting events that take place right here in the heart of town.

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    An Atascadero Yuletide

    December 02

    During the holidays, there’s something festive going on around every corner in Atascadero. Below are a few events that are sure to brighten your winter wine country trip with seasonal cheer:

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    The Butterfly Route

    November 01

    In the fall and winter, thousands of butterflies return to California’s Central Coast for their own winter getaway. You might even plan a trip around this natural spectacle.

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    Atascadero's Halloween Haunts

    October 07

    Something inside each of us is drawn to the things that go bump in the night and the Atascadero area excels at the Halloween scare factor.

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    A Summer Day the Beach Way

    September 02

    As summer comes to an end and fall approaches, the only way to live out the rest of the season is to spend it by the beach.

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    Traveling by Central California's Trails

    August 05

    With Central California’s perfect summer weather, there’s no better time to explore the area’s rolling hills by foot.

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    Independence Day the Central California Way

    July 01

    A Central California Independence Day celebration wouldn’t be complete without embracing our natural surroundings and cultural sounds.

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    A Scrumptious Way to Start the Day

    June 03

    Whoever said, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” knew what they were talking about, and California’s Central Coast puts a high priority on the ever-important morning meal.

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    Hops Highlights on the Central Coast

    May 06

    Crisp coastlines, sunny skies, and starry nights make California’s Central coast a keeper. This summer, keep the mood cool with the area’s best, and equally crisp, brews.

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    Atascadero's Age-Old American Drive-In

    April 01

    With temperatures rising to summer’s standards, it’s the season for taking in the silver screen under the starry night sky.

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    A Soak in Atascadero's Springs

    March 04

    Warmer days are ahead, but while we wait for the temperature to rise again it’s a wonderful time to take a dip in the area’s natural hot springs.

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    A Vintner's Valentine's

    February 04

    With a burgeoning wine scene, Atascadero is the perfect place to imbibe in life’s simple pleasures with your loved one this month.

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    Atascadero's History Seen Through City Hall

    January 07

    For over half a century, from the early 1900s to the 1970s, Atascadero lived under the title of “colony,” rather than becoming a city. Yet through the city’s changing history, one icon has remained the same.

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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    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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