Getting Merry & Dining at Apple Farm Inn!

While the sunny, warm weather we’re continuing to have here in California (85 today!) may not make it feel much like Christmas time is upon us, The Apple Farm Inn of San Luis Obispo isn’t letting that stop them from ringing in the most wonderful time of the year with festivities & adorable dΓ©cor to be seen, had & ate (mmm….we’ll get into that!) at this cozy, lovely hotel.

When I was invited to experience all that The Inn has to offer, & check out their Holiday Open House, I didn’t hesitate one bit to accept. I drove up the coast for an overnight getaway last Friday & it truly was everything merry & bright from the moment I drove onto their grounds.


Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a trip for the family, or even a solo road trip like moi, The Apple Farm Inn is such a perfect quick getaway from SoCal. Not in need of a place to stay? No worries. Everyone can experience something at The Apple Farm; boasting wine tasting, unique, one of a kind shopping & one of the best restaurants in San Luis Obispo, The Farm has it all at the ready to make your visit unforgettable & relaxing.

Famous for their gift shop, it felt like I had been transformed into a winter wonderland as I entered Saturday morning, shortly after their open house had begun. Despite the weather outside was anything but, er, frightful, this boutique felt like you could be in the snowy mountains of New England. Merry music playing, everything Christmas on the shelves, their staff quick to offer you some hot apple cider & even “snow” adorned on the stairs, this is such a comforting escape from the traffic & hectic streets you have in LA.



I decided to take some of my Facebook fans advice & plop down for breakfast at The Apple Farm Restaurant. With only about a 5 minute wait despite the hustle & bustle abound, I was extremely impressed that my waitress greeted & offered me a drink within moments of sitting down. An added perk? They offer SLO Roasted Coffee; a famous coffee brew on The Central Coast….an even BIGGER perk? The blend they have is my favorite from my old days living up north, Fog Lifter! Being the caffeine snob I am, I do admit I was concerned if it would be dark, strong & smooth, like I was taught to make it much too young. Guess what? It WAS! I think I am gonna like it here.

The SLO City Omelet
The SLO City Omelet

While they are not yet offering gluten-free entrees, I chose The SLO City Omelet which sounded very…peculiar….tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, avocado, cheese….& alfalfa sprouts. Hmm? Am I “hippy” enough to enjoy this, I thought?! But, I decided on it & it was DELICIOUS. Even if something sounds odd o the Apple Farm menu, trust me: trust them! All breakfast egg plates come with their home style potatoes (Oh, yeah) & not your usual choice of breads…but either a muffin (with a bunch of different flavors to pick from), scone or a biscuit & gravy….my boyfriend got an apple strudel muffin he said was great πŸ˜‰ They serve it warm with their boysenberry jam…& if you happened to be there the other morning, I was the girl spooning it out of the cup!


Luckily, I finished my meal just in time to head back outside & catch The San Luis Obispo Civic Ballet previewing their upcoming production of The Nutcracker. With a cast full of young, smiling faces, the dancers were completely spot on & lovely; full of grace & poise.

All the jolly-ness & festive fun will be going on for the rest of the year. I hope you make it a point to stay, dine , shop or all of the above, at Apple Farm Inn. Next up, I will be sharing with you how staying at the inn made me feel like a Princess, literally πŸ˜‰ xo


(*A huge thank you to The Apple Farm Inn for my overnight stay. All opinions, as always, are my own)


  1. Susan Cooper

    November 11, 2014 at 11:54 am

    You are so right. 85 degrees doesn’t sound very Christmasy especially for any of us that have lived back east. But looks like you had a grand time anyway. Sprouts in an omelette is a new one to me. I may have to give that a try. Glad you enjoyed yourself, Mary! πŸ™‚

    1. AlongComesMary

      November 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Yes! it certainly is funny being inside a merry wonderland then heading outside to summer weather!! πŸ˜‰

  2. Ann

    November 11, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    This sounds like so much fun! I haven’t been to SLO for years; maybe it’s time for another trip!

    1. AlongComesMary

      November 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      We should do a road trip with Melissa sometime, Ann! :)Its a gorgeous, fun spot.

  3. Jamie

    November 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    What a great place! And I bet it was so gorgeous all decked out =) Cute little inns have the best holiday decorations..

  4. Jenny of

    November 11, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Those home-made potatoes look amazing. It’s always a bad idea reading posts about sunny places in rainy, windy UK at 6:04 am (it’s not even time for breakfast yet!).-sob- πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie)

    November 12, 2014 at 3:53 am

    I got used to waremer Christmases when my mother moved to Hawaii and lived there for 20 years! And then I moved to Florida…so I got accustomed to seeing Santa and palm tress in the same frame:) Looks like a fun trip πŸ™‚

  6. Tim

    November 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    There is nothing like a cold snowy winter day to really set the Christmas mood in full swing. That said, I prefer to spend any day I can in warmth and that includes Christmas. As a kid in NZ we used to go the beach when it was hot enough and have a Christmas BBQ.

  7. Raquel

    November 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I have been meaning to visit the Apple Farm for years and still have not made it there. Sounds so fun!

    1. AlongComesMary

      November 14, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      I hope you get there soon, Raquel!! =D

  8. Andrew Smith

    November 12, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    In the Midwest, people always argue that they prefer to have “all the seasons.” Of course, when there’s 6-8 inches of snow on the ground and their cars are covered in ice, I’d be willing to bet they’d prefer the 85 degrees of SLO.

  9. Noelle McNamara

    November 12, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Sounds magical- i would love if more places like this existed in Europe!

  10. andleeb

    November 14, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Apple farm seems a nice place to enjoy. Thank you for a new recipe of omelet and I love the apples that are roasted or what I could not get.

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