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10 things to do in Harmony, CA – Population: 18

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If you've driven up Highway 1, you've likely seen the sign for the Central Coast's smallest town, located between Cayucos and Cambria. However, many locals have never pulled off to explore it.

KSBY's Christina Favuzzi toured the little town that's undergoing a big revitalization. Watch her story here and start planning your trip to Harmony with this list! 

10 things to do in Harmony, CA – Population: 18

1. Get a free cup of coffee: In lieu of a restaurant, the town offers visitors complimentary coffee and tea in the Harmony Hospitality Center, located inside the historic Harmony Valley Creamery building. There you are likely to run into town manager Aarika Wells who can tell you all about the tiny town’s back story. 

2. Try blowing glass by hand: Harmony Glassworks has been in operation since 2007, offering its visitors the chance to make a glass vase or bowl by hand. While you wait, you’ll be mesmerized by the thousands of delicate, handmade glass creations on display.

3. Pick up some pottery: Harmony Pottery has been selling locally-made pottery for nearly 45 years. You can peruse the shop filled with handmade pottery and other artwork.

4. Get married (or just pretend): Where better to start a “harmonious” marriage than at Harmony Chapel? The quaint chapel has room for 45 people seated in the pews and another 20 standing. There’s a beautiful adjoining suite where the bride can ready for her big day. Couples can also choose to get married under a gazebo or on a small stage, decked out with twinkly lights.

5. Eat ice cream!: The new owner of Harmony, Alan Vander Horst, is committed to returning Harmony to its dairy roots, one ice cream scoop at a time. Until renovations of the old Harmony Valley Creamery building are complete, you can enjoy delicious Harmony Valley Creamery ice cream scooped out of an old-fashioned milk truck.

6. Cheers to teeny, tiny Harmony: Up the road from “downtown Harmony,” sits Harmony Cellars where they’ve been pouring wine for guests since 1989. Visit on Friday nights during summer to enjoy live music and food trucks at “Twilight in Harmony.” The event runs from 5-7 p.m.  As many as 300 people attend, so get there early. The kids and dogs can come too!

7. Pay your respects: Visit the grave of the beloved, one-and-only mayor of Harmony, Freddy the cat. He lived to be 22 years old. Fred belonged to the owners of the since-closed Harmony Pasta Factory. His full name was Freddicini Alfredo. His headstone is located on the left side of the creamery building. Nap in peace, Freddy. 

8. Take a picture with the SLO Cow Parade Cows: Harmony is home to four beautifully decorated cows from the SLO Cow Parade. Harmony’s owner was a major proponent of bringing the Cow Parade to San Luis Obispo County so he made sure bring a small herd of them to his little town.

9. Look for hearts: According to the 18 or so residents, Harmony is the heart of the Central Coast. Keep your eyes open for about a half dozen hearts hidden around Harmony.

10. Get a souvenir: You may want something to remember your trip to the Central Coast’s tiniest town. Plus, it will be a good reminder to come back! The renovated creamery building, a farm-to-table restaurant, a general store and an artisan cheese-making shop are just some of the developments in the works for the new-and-improved version of Harmony.

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