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Arroyo Grande takes you back.

Turn-of-the-century town south of San Luis Obispo has an old-California feeling

FRANK CAPRA COULD have filmed It's a Wonderful Life in Arroyo Grande, 16 miles south of San Luis Obispo. Like George Bailey's Bedford Falls, the town's center features a small park that's bisected by a creek.

The main street is lined with historic structures, including the 1885 Methodist Church, at 124 W. Branch. Other buildings house antiques shops, such as Creekside Collectibles, at 122 E. Branch, and Days Gone By, one of six vendors in an antiques mall at 126 E. Branch. Dad's Rock Shop, at 112 E. Cherry Avenue, draws rockhounds from around the state.

Cuisine in Arroyo Grande is not always as traditional as the architecture. The Klondike Cafe, at 104 Bridge Street, is an Alaska-themed pizza parlor (seriously!). On Friday nights, you can eat your reindeer sausage pizza to the sounds of live Dixie-land jazz. In Village Green, across the 171-foot Swinging Bridge, is F. McLintocks Saloon, at 133 Bridge, where locally produced steaks and ribs are served. For dessert, scoop up the homemade ice cream at Burnardo'z Ice Cream Parlor & Candy Kitchen, at 114 W. Branch.

If you're staying overnight, there are several B & Bs and hotels. For evening entertainment, try The Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville Theater in nearby Oceano; for tickets and times, call (805) 489-2499.

For a free map of Arroyo Grande's historic buildings, or to find out more about lodging, stop by the chamber of commerce, at 800 W. Branch, or call 489-1488.
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Title Annotation:Travel and Recreation; Arroyo Grande, California
Author:Lansing, David
Date:Feb 1, 1993
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