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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”.


“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. This early December holiday trip includes three nights at the favored Apple Farm Inn; an evening tour of the grand rooms of the Hearst Castle; a VIP experience at Sensorio’s “Field of Lights”, 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

Day 1

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. Tonight, enjoy the cozy comfort of the Inn along with a few cookies. For those of you wanting some additional evening merriment, we will head out to the Great American Melodrama’s Holiday Extravaganza. The show is a fun old-fashioned vaudeville revue filled with holiday music and zany characters. (You may OPT OUT of the melodrama at time of registration and receive $20 credit.) Apple Farm Inn – 3 nights (L)

Day 2

Relax a bit with a later morning start before heading out on our excursions today. Morro Bay is a quaint coastal village with plenty of shopping, great clam chowder and waterfront views. We’ll start with a visit 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. This evening, travel to Paso Robles for a fabulous VIP experience at Sensorio. Dine “al fresco” as the sun sets over the Santa Lucia Mountains, highlighting artist Bruce Munro’s largest artwork – 58,800 stemmed spheres gently illuminating the landscape. (FB,D)

Day 3

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 Grand Rooms of Hearst Castle after dark. View Mr. Hearst’s celebrated art collection in the warm glow of the holiday lights with docents dressed in period costume.. First called, Sam’s Hill, this home is definitely an enchanted castle in December. Please note that the evening tour is 75 minutes in length, includes 190 steps both up and down, and 2/3 mile walk with some standing. (You may OPT OUT of castle tour at time of registration and receive $40 credit). (FB,L)

Day 4

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 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


Wednesday, December 4, 2019 to Saturday, December 7, 2019

4 Days, 7 Meals




$ave $50 until May 14

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