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An Apple Farm Christmas
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”.
Begin with a drive down through the western side of the Central Valley, arriving at Harris Ranch Inn for lunch. Their collection of Christmas decorations is sure to set the spirit soaring with delight. In the company store you will find almonds, apricots and other fine goodies fresh from the neighboring orchards. Continue to the coast, arriving in San Luis Obispo late afternoon. Apple Farm Inn – 3 nights (L)
Relax a bit with a later morning start before heading out on our excursions. Morro Bay is a quaint coastal village with plenty of shopping, and great clam chowder. We’ll start with a visit to the “rock” to see if we can spot some harbor seals playing in the bay followed with time to browse the shops. This evening, stroll through booths at Cambria’s Christmas Market. Vendors, musicians and festive lights make this a great holiday event. (FB,L)
A nice hot breakfast prepares you for a day of touring along the Central Coast. First up, we will stop in at the little hamlet of Harmony. Once home to a dairy creamery, this little village is continually re-inventing itself with artisan shops. As time and weather allows, we will visit the Elephant Seal Rookery in San Simeon. December is the month the females arrive to give birth to their 70 pound pups! Then, step back in time as you tour the Assembly Room and the Upstairs Suites of Hearst Castle.
Please note: the tour is 60 minutes in length, includes 332 steps both up and down, and 3/4 mile walk with much standing. (You may OPT OUT of castle tour at time of registration and receive $30 credit). (FB,L)
Begin your last day with another hot and hearty breakfast. On our return to Sacramento, we make a brief stop in Salinas at the Steinbeck Center. This quintessential American author truly is the story of local boy “done good.” While Steinbeck’s writings were very controversial at the time they were written, today Salinas is proud of their Nobel Prize author. Arrive Sacramento, early evening to find the transfer to your home provided by our local car service. (FB,L)
|B||Generally a limited buffet or menu|
|FB||Full buffet or choice of menu|
|BR||Brunch, often buffet-style|
|L||Lunch, often several menu options|
|HT or AT||High or Afternoon Tea|
|D||Dinner, often several menu options|
$ave $40 until July 7