Apple Picking in Avila Beach 🍎

Pick your perfect paradise… and juicy ripe apples at local farms this fall in Avila Beach!


Read on for the best places to pick apples in Avila:

SLO Creek Farms

Located off of San Luis Bay Dr and HWY 101, this is an organic apple orchard with 14 acres of vibrant apple trees, and a 3-acre organic vegetable garden with organic herbs, honey, flowers, and classes. They have a U-Pick apple stand located in the Garden Area which is located on Monte Rd where you may enjoy picking fresh apples right off the tree. All apples are organic, so you can enjoy eating them right off the trees.


Gopher Glen

Gopher Glen Apple Farm is a forty-year-old farm, that started as a quaint, roadside apple stand. Dr. John DeVincenzo, a local orthodontist, was the original owner and founder of Gopher Glen, originally named for its large number of furry inhabitants. Dr. D (as he was affectionately referred to) had a particular interest in apples and through the grafting process, created his own unique varieties, one being the Heaven Sent apple, named after his late wife Bobby.

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See Canyon Fruit Ranch

Depending on what time of season you come there will be a variety of different apples. Some varieties include Golden Delicious, Red Gold, Fuji, Red Delicious, Pippin, Gala, and many others. They say, “The fall is one of our favorite seasons here at See Canyon Fruit Ranch. Come bring a picnic with your family and enjoy our beautiful property. Life is too short not to picnic, sip some cider, and laugh with the people you love.”


Avila Valley Barn

From peaches to raspberries, Avila Valley Barn is almost always good for a U-pick experience! They use healthy soil practices meaning it is safe for your family to walk into the field and eat fruit and veggies 365 days a year.

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Be sure to tag us in your apple-picking pics on social so we can repost and engage with you! Happy Fall, y’all.

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Avila Beach Doggie Parade 2022

We had a tail-waggin’ good time at the 2022 Doggie Parade here in Avila Beach!

Highlights included:

Be sure to join us next year for this annual Avila Beach tradition! Until then, tag us on Instagram to have your photos featured.

Family-Friendly in Avila Beach!

From building sandcastles during a beach day to splashing in an expansive oceanfront hotel pool, there are so many family-friendly activities here in Avila Beach.

1. Bob Jones Bike Path

Pump up your tires and don’t forget to buckle that helmet, it’s time for a cruise on the Bob Jones Trail! The trail is a well-paved county-maintained bike and walking trail also known as the City to the Sea Trail. The trail starts across the street from the parking lot on Ontario Road, right off Highway 101, and ends in downtown Avila Beach.

Bob Jones Bike Path
Image by @carynleinaala on Instagram

2. Visit the Animals  at Avila Valley Barn

This delightfully rustic destination invites visitors and locals to pick up the freshest fruits and vegetables grown locally, as well as a chance to hang out with goats, sheep, and other farm animals. Enjoy locally made ice cream, baked goods, jams, flowers, and seasonal activities such as hayrides and u-pick apples in the fall for a fun family outing at Avila Valley Barn.

Avila Valley Barn
Petting Zoo at Avila Valley Barn

3. Make a Splash!

Come on in, the water is fine! Hop in your Avila Beach hotel pool and play for hours in the sunshine! Parents, this is the perfect time for some poolside relaxation. Visit the Lodging Page on our website to learn more about all the varying accommodation options here in Avila Beach. From Vacation Rentals that will fit the whole family, to intimate hotel rooms there is something here for everyone here!

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The pool at Avila Lighthouse Inn & Suites

4. Go for an Ice Cream Date

Cup or cone will be the hardest decision you need to make while vacationing in Avila Beach. Grab an ice cream cone or shave ice and head for the beach with your little ones. If you’re looking for something a little more nutritious, check out our dining page for the greatest spots to refuel in Avila.

Ice Cream Date
Image by @berg_bites on Instagram

5. Visit the Central Coast Aquarium

Do you SEA what I SEA?! The Central Coast Aquarium welcomes you to experience the ocean, not just the beach. See marine life up close and personal, engage with amazing marine animals, and learn about their local habitats and ecosystems.

Visit the exhibits at the Central Coast Aquarium!


Well Shucks, There’s a New Eatery in Town!

Avila’s Newest Eatery: The Shuck Shack

Welcome to Avila Beach… where the seafood is as fresh as it comes and the local wine flows freely.
Sinor Shuck Shack
Oysters and wine at Shuck Shack

Mike Sinor of Sinor La Valee recognized the opportunity to marry the bounties of land and sea at his latest restaurant concept, fondly named “The Shuck Shack.”

Stop in for fresh oysters from Morro Bay Oyster Company (while supplies last daily) and sip on wine by the glass or bottle. Wine Club Members enjoy 20% off.

Oysters at Shuck Shack
Supplies provided for shucking

Plus, keep an eye out for frequent pop-up collaborations at the Shuck Shack with the good folks at Earth and Oven, who make some of the best wood-fired pizzas in all of SLO!

Be sure to give these shuckers a follow on Instagram @theshuckshack! Cheers!

Sycamore Hot Springs Hillside Tubs

Great news! The Hillside Tubs are back open for reservations at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort! 

Enjoy the soothing tubs nestled in the beautiful hillside with your close family and friends. It’s the best way to stay warm and relaxed during this winter season!

Reservations are required!

4 people maximum from the same household

Hours are 11 am – 7 pm daily

Monday – Thursday $19

Friday – Sunday $24

Learn more about the tubs and make your reservation here. 

October at Avila Valley Barn


The perfect place to pick pumpkins, enjoy cider floats, and take home yummy produce! The best fall family memories are made at The Avila Valley Barn. Fall is the busiest season, so be sure to get there early!

Open daily 9 am – 5 pm

Enjoy fresh roasted corn Thursday – Monday 11 am – 5 pm

Check out their new BBQ Menu!

BBQ Hours Thursday – Monday 11 am – 5 pm

What type of pumpkin will you pick out? We can’t wait to see all your barn pumpkin pics!

Coastal Discovery Trail

The perfect road trip companion – interact with our map!

Introducing the new Coastal Discovery Trail, a special collection of activities that connect travelers with nature, history, local experts, and each other. Use the handy key to identify our best Highway 1 experiences for social distancing, solo and/or family time, and dog-friendly experiences.

Immerse yourself in over 100 miles of history, beaches, bluffs, preserves, parks, and activities along the Coastal Discovery Trail. Whether you’re indulging in relaxing, “leave-no-trace” beach time or leaving a donation at a historical site, it all helps restore and protect our region. Enjoy connecting with the good in the places you visit, the good in the local people you meet, and the good in yourself. Thank you for being a caring Stewardship Traveler on the Central Coast!

Learn, be inspired, and help preserve and protect these places you visit and fall in love with: that’s Stewardship Travel for Good


Harvest Season in Avila Beach

September is California Wine Month! Celebrate in Avila Beach where you can Pick Your Perfect Paradise! It’s the perfect time to acknowledge all that California’s vintners and growers bring to our lifestyle, economy and culinary pleasures. In celebration, we invite you to visit the Avila Valley Wine Trail and experience this beautiful, local wine country we like to call home!

Experience a Golf Lover’s Paradise!

The Avila Beach Golf Resort is a seaside resort located on the Central Coast of California 3 miles off Highway 101 between San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach. Nestled in the surrounding hills and on the bay, the resort includes a par 71, 6500-yard championship course. The front nine is situated within oak-lined valleys. The back nine transverses a tidal estuary. Golfers of all abilities will enjoy the challenge of this scenic course.

If you are looking for the latest in golf apparel or equipment please make sure to visit our fully stocked pro shop. The Avila Beach Golf Resort pro shop offers logoed items, gift certificates and customized orders are available for purchase on the day of play or for special occasions.