Things to Do in Creston, Shandon & Cholame

Creston is a treasure trove of backcountry bliss. Sample locally grown and produced olive oils. Saddle up and embark on horseback. Enjoy an afternoon on two wheels traversing the rural countryside. Mark your calendar for the Creston Classic Rodeo, a family favorite that includes everything from bull riding to line dancing. Just 15 minutes outside the city limits, Creston’s possibilities—including family-friendly adventures, diverse wine excursions, shopping and farm tours—are endless.

The scenic agricultural community of Shandon is most famous for Chapel Hill, a stunning private chapel built from remnants of Hearst Castle. This one-of-a-kind California monument hosts special tours and events throughout the year. Shandon is also near several exciting destinations, including Mission San Miguel, the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail and James Dean Memorial. Surrounded by picturesque farmland, Shandon is just 18 miles east of Paso Robles, where dining, art, wine, craft beer, outdoor fun and entertainment collide.

Cholame is on the itineraries of many who wish to pay their respects to legendary Hollywood heartthrob James Dean. Stop by or keep your eyes peeled for a memorial to his 1955 car crash at the junction of Highway 41 and 46. Or simply enjoy the rolling hills and seemingly endless ranchland.