towns like Arroyo Grande have the same moderate climate
year round. The climate here has some rain in the winter,
mostly sunny mild weather, and morning fog during part of
Grande is bordered by Grover Beach to the West. Grand Avenue
leaves 101 and going west the traveler passes first through
Arroyo Grande and then through Grover Beach to reach the
the right is a scene in the Village of Arroyo Grande.
The Village may be reached by turning toward the inland
hills at the Grand Avenue from the 101 off ramp. This is
the easiest way to reach is Lopez Lake, a county recreation
area with a campground a few miles up the road.
Grande was named by the Spanish because of its creek which
originated in the Santa Luicia Mountains. Arroyo means "gulch"
and Grande means "big." (1) Lopez Lake dam is
built where two arms of the creeks come together which later
come down the Huasna Valley into Arroyo Grande. Huasna is
a name for an Indian princess which is part of the Chumash
Indian legends or beliefs. (2)
rich land is now the site of row crops. In 1843 22,153 acres
of this land was granted to Isaac J. Sparks. Its name: The
Rancho Huasna. (2)
Rancho between Arroyo Grande and Lopez Lake, was the Santa
Manuela Rancho of 17,000 acres. The Rincon Adobe may still
be seen today. It serves as a wine tasting room for Talley
the weary traveler who wants a convenient sample of the
Village of Arroyo Grande, go immediately east off 101 toward
Lopez Lake. Here you will discover the charm of the Village
of Arroyo Grande complete with shops, cafes, and park along
Village of Arroyo Grande with its swinging bridge, farmers
market, and holiday parades are great fun for everyone.
Historical information is from the Automobile Club of Southern
California. Central Coast, 1995.
Historical facts are from Sharon Lewis Dickerson. Making
the Most of San Luis Obispo County. San Luis Obispo,
CA: EZ Nature Books, 1989.