Central Coast Living: Rediscover the charm of Santa Margarita

Posted at 9:58 AM, Sep 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-13 12:58:12-04

It’s the gateway to north San Luis Obispo County and the Carrizo Plain National Monument.

The town of Santa Margarita was established in 1889. Friday, the shops and restaurants along El Camino Real will show off their rustic character.

“There’s such a variety of businesses. They’ll find that people are friendly and welcoming and I think they’ll just find that there’s just a real sense of community,” said Pamela McPhearson.

McPhearson is a five-year resident of Santa Margarita and president of the Friends of Santa Margarita Library.

For the sixth year in a row, local businesses are stepping up to help the town library buy new books. 

Barn Antiques & Unique is one of about 20 businesses participating in the fundraiser.

“The whole town gets involved and everyone comes out,” said Rachel Borunda, manager of the antique shop.

Shops and restaurants on the main street through town will stay open late for the annual event, “An Evening in Santa Margarita.”

“We’re usually closed at 5 everyday so it’s kind of fun to stay open a few hours later,” Borunda said. “People can shop, hang out. You know, I think it’s a fun thing to do if you want to get out on a Friday night.”

Barn Antiques & Unique will be scooping up ice cream for its ice cream social. Outside the shop, vintage cars will be on display.

Southern Station, known for its breakfast fare, is now serving dinner just in time for Friday’s event. There will also be live music at the restaurant. 

Wine from Ancient Peaks, Sculpterra, Soaring Hawks, Vintage Cowboy and Justin wineries will also be poured during the event.

The family-friendly evening provides crafts and games for kids and adults to enjoy.

“Bring the kids, have some ice cream, walk around, pick your favorite car and just, yeah, check out the town. It’s cool!” Borunda said.

A portion of the proceeds from the night will be given to the Friends of Santa Margarita Library.

McPhearson says she hopes the event is a fun opportunity for people on the Central Coast to rediscover the little country town while supporting a good cause.

“It’s a very special place to live,” McPhearson said.

An Evening in Santa Margarita goes from 5-9 p.m.