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An Apple Farm Christmas


Join us for a holiday tour to the Apple Farm Inn, featuring Hearst Castle all decked out for Christmas with roundtrip transportation aboard SuperCoach III. 


“Deck the halls with boughs of holly” is not just a song they play at the Apple Farm Inn over in San Luis Obispo. Staying at this quaint boutique hotel is like staying at your grandmother’s home – if she had knic-knacs on every flat surface and holiday trimmings on every spindle and post. Best of all, fresh baked cookies greet you every evening by the fireplace. A holiday favorite for Sports Leisure travelers for many years, this Inn is classic Christmas. Add the grandeur of the Hearst Castle and their decorations and you will be inspired to come home and “deck your halls”. This early December holiday trip includes three nights at the décorated Apple Farm Inn; a daytime tour of the grand rooms of the Hearst Castle; and other local activities to get you into the holiday spirit. There will even be a few opportunities for you to do some last minute holiday shopping.


Daily Itinerary

San Luis Obispo County coastlineDay 1

Begin with a drive down through the western side of the Central Valley, arriving at Harris Ranch
Inn for lunch. Continue to the coast, arriving in San Luis Obispo in the late afternoon. Tonight, enjoy
the cozy comfort of the Inn along with a few cookies. Apple Farm Inn – 3 nights (L)

Inside of Hearst CastleDay 2

A hot breakfast prepares you for a day of touring along the Central Coast. First up, visit the
Elephant Seal Rookery in San Simeon. December is the month the females arrive to give birth to their
70 pound pups! Then, you will tour the Grand Rooms of Hearst Castle and have some time on the
grounds. First called, Sam’s Hill, this home is definitely an enchanted castle in December. In the
afternoon, browse the little shops in Cambria. Upon our return to the Apple Farm Inn, we will enjoy a
little holiday reception. (FB,L)

Morro BayDay 3

Morro Bay is a quaint coastal village with plenty of shopping, great clam chowder and waterfront
views. Start with a visit to the Natural History museum for an overview of the area; then drop down to
the “rock” to see if we can spot some harbor seals playing in the bay. Lunch will be on your own; with
time to browse the shops. Tonight, downtown San Luis Obispo comes alive with their weekly Farmer’s
Market, voted one of the best in the entire state. A short trolley ride takes you to all the festivities;
discover local produce, listen to live music and of course, enjoy the local foods served up fresh for
dinner. Shops along Higuera Street and neighboring streets are open for the evening. (FB)

Steinbeck House RestaurantDay 4

Begin your last day with another hot and hearty breakfast. On our return to Sacramento, we make
a brief stop in Salinas for lunch at the Steinbeck House. This quintessential American author truly has
the story of local boy “done good”. While his writings were very controversial at the time they were
written, at least by many from his home town, today Salinas is proud of their Nobel Prize winning
author. It just isn’t right to go to the Central Coast from Sacramento without stopping at Casa de
Fruita… a familiar and folksy market, home to the “flippin’ cup”. Arrive Sacramento, early evening to
find the transfer to your home provided by our local car service. (FB, L)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options

Photo Attributions

"Steinbeck's Boyhood Home" by Naotake Murayama  (CC BY 2.0)

Pickup Points

Since pickup times vary from trip to trip, please consult the trip-specific timed itinerary that is sent to you when you book. A detailed description of where each stop is located is also included with those documents. The motorcoach will make stops at all the locations, and upon returning to Sacramento, will drop you off in reverse order.

Day Trips Headed Westbound from Sacramento (SF, Napa, etc) and Eastbound on I-80 (Reno):

  • Citrus Heights at Antelope Rd & Lichen Dr
  • Arden Area
  • Downtown Sacramento

Day Trips Headed Eastbound on the Hwy 50 Corridor (Tahoe, Sierra Foothills):

  • Downtown Sacramento
  • Arden Area
  • Sports Leisure Office at 9812 Old Winery Pl (Near Hwy 50 & Bradshaw)

We do not share specific pickup information on our website, as we have found over the years that other travel groups tend to use our pickup points without ours or the property owner's permission, which reflects poorly on our company and hurts our ability to offer convenient pickup points to our clients. Accordingly, we ask that you not suggest our pickup points to other groups you travel with, as "the more the merrier" does not often apply to parking lots. Your understanding is appreciated.


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