The crowds have thinned out, the warm sun sets into vibrant sunsets nightly, and colorful, crunchy leaves have fallen on the Bob Jones Path… As if you needed another reason to be excited about sweater weather in Avila Beach! Read on for a full fall itinerary for our picturesque and charming beach town:
1. Visit the Pumpkin Patch!
If anyone reigns supreme over fall in Avila Beach it’s the kind folks at Avila Valley Barn. Hop on a hayride out to the apple orchard. Be sure to visit hungry and indulge in their signature seasonal sweet treats- caramel apples, apple cider, cider donuts, and apple cider floats. Don’t forget to pick up a homemade pie to keep the sugary bliss going strong at home. Get delightfully lost in the hay bale maze and wander the pumpkin patch to find the perfect one to carve into a spooky jack-o-lantern.
2. Apple Picking
Enjoy fall’s bounty at Avila Beach’s iconic apple orchards from September through late November. Home to some of the best-tasting apples on the Central Coast, the See Canyon apple season opens September 1 through early December. Grown in a perfect micro-climate that enhances their crisp, juicy, fragrant, fresh apple essence, the Avila Valley’s apple farms are each unique and special in their own way. Come explore the Avila Apple Trail to learn about the apple varieties grown here. Visit the orchards to taste fresh apple cider, hard ciders, still and sparkling apple wines. Enjoy homemade baked apple pies and pastries, and a variety of apple products pie along the picturesque See Canyon Apple Trail. Apple season is a special time of the year on the Central Coast. Tasting locally grown apples picked right off the tree, will give you a completely new appreciation of this beautiful fruit.
3. Silver’s Secret at the Point San Luis Lighthouse
We suggest spending Halloween weekend immersing yourself in the local theater scene. The Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers are proud to present the Play “Silver’s Secret” written by Charlotte Nixon featuring the talents of the Arroyo Grande High School Drama Department under the able direction of Sean Blauvelt on October 30 and 31.
Arr, ye landlubbers, don your finest Pirate attire and join them on the Lower Terrace for a hilarious fun-filled afternoon of entertainment for the whole family! Admission includes a scenic ride to the lighthouse, a self-guided tour of the site, seating for the play, a complimentary drink and a commemorative glass for your “GROG”. Food and beverage will be available for purchase including charcuterie, pirate treasure snack chests for children, dessert bars, non-alcoholic “GROG” along with water, beer, and wine.
4. Wine Taste During Harvest Season
It’s the final stretch for the laborious task of making local boutique wines in Avila Beach! Quality takes time and the last grapes harvested in the state are coming in ready to be crushed into stellar cool climate wines. Start with Sinor-Lavallee Winery and Peloton Cellars, two Avila Beach wine tasting rooms just steps from the sand. Alapay Cellars is right around the corner, pop in for a fun, relaxed, and cozy tasting room atmosphere. Keep the wine flowing at nearby Avila Wine Company and settle in for wine by the flight, glass, and bottle! Next, head into the leafy, historic See Canyon to visit Kelsey See Canyon Winery. In addition to mouthwatering wines and bites, enjoy the winery’s resident flock of peacocks, and, often, live music.
5. Soak in Avila’s Hot Springs
The days are crisper and cooler getting dark sooner making it the perfect time of year to escape to Avila’s naturally occurring mineral springs. Want to indulge your body, mind, and soul? Find pure bliss in two legendary Avila Beach Hot Springs:
Sycamore Mineral Springs
Tucked away under a canopy of sycamore trees, this treasured spot provides a retreat from daily stress and obligations. Find Sycamore Mineral Springs’ famous hot tubs, staggered amid the trees, as well as the Oasis Lagoon swimming pool. In keeping with a longstanding history of healing weary travelers, Sycamore Mineral Springs also offers luxurious spa treatments and yoga classes. However you choose to soak it in, you’ll find relief and restoration at Sycamore Mineral Springs.
Along with a thermal soaking pool, Avila Hot Springs offers a heated swimming pool with waterslides, poolside service, a restaurant, and an arcade. No matter how you spend your time at Avila Hot Springs, it’s guaranteed to be relaxing, rejuvenating, and FUN!