The Casitas of Arroyo Grande
What We Love
- Breakfast is served on your own private patio
- The solar-heated, 82-foot lap pool with its heart-stopping views of the Arroyo Grande valley and poolside bocce ball court
- Owners Pat and Tony Goetz, who pay close attention to the décor of each of the four casitas, which feature the work of local artists
What To Know
- Although the owners’ sheepdog, Kona, serves as a mascot, guests’ pets are not allowed
- “Cielo,” the largest casita, is set back from the others and down several stone steps; great for privacy, but best avoided if mobility is a problem
- Wineries, sights, beaches, and the gourmet restaurants of historic San Luis Obispo are nearby—but you’ll definitely need a car to reach them
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
There’s a reason the Casitas at Arroyo Grande are a sought-after site for weddings; the entire property exudes romance, from the gas fireplaces in the casitas to the stunning mountain views from the central fountain. Owners Pat and Tony Goetz transformed this private estate into a four-cottage property that has the charm of a B+B and the sensibility of a boutique hotel. They aim to be welcoming, inviting guests to wine and cheese in the main hacienda, but not intrusive, dropping off breakfast at each casita’s private patio. The Spanish Revival architecture and Tuscan-style gardens complete the scene at this quintessential central California oasis.
In the Area
Guests who can drag themselves away from their private patio or the solar heated lap pool can revisit the Gatsby era by touring nearby Hearst Castle, visit the Monarch Butterfly Grove, horseback ride or swim on Pismo Beach, stroll the galleries and shops of San Luis Obispo, or hit up some of the local wineries—15 of which are within a 15 minute drive of the property. The area is known for its Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs; one more reason to raise a toast to California’s central coast.
How to Get There
We loved our stay at the Casitas. We only wish we could have stayed longer and had warmer weather so we could have enjoyed our patio, with its spreading vistas. We stayed in the Mariposa and highly recommend it, although I'm sure all rooms are great. It was very cozy but spacious. Pat and Tony are delightful hosts - keeping in contact before we arrived and going out of their way to make sure we were comfortable with everything during our stay. Breakfast was delicious, hot and plentiful. Definitely will return.
We have rarely enjoyed a place to stay as much as the Casitas! Our casita (Sonrisa) was spectacular—in the interior space (including lovely fireplace), large patio and view of the Edna Valley. Weather wasn’t right for the pool but that would be very inviting in warmer weather. The grounds are spacious and lovely. Tony, Pat and Kona (their dog who smiles—really!) were delightful hosts who were there whenever we needed them without ever being overbearing. The breakfasts delivered to our room each morning were wonderful—tasty and ample without being too much. There’s a tremendous amount to do in the area—in our three-day stay, we hiked at Lopez Lake, went wine tasting at one of the many nearby wineries (Talley Estates) and visited the nearby Luffa Farm where we learned that luffas come from squash, not the ocean. We also ate at two terrific nearby restaurants—the Oyster Loft in Pismo Beach which overlooks the ocean and Ember in Arroyo Grande, started by a former Chez Panisse chef. After leaving the Casitas, we went north to Cambria and stayed in a perfectly decent motel but we felt like we had been ejected from paradise! We were wishing we had stayed on at the Casitas—Hearst Castle is an easy trip from there. Next time, we will know better and schedule all of our mid-California coast time at the Casitas of Arroyo Grande!!
We were lucky to have the largest casita, the former pool house. We loved the setting among the vineyards and the wonderful breakfasts delivered to our doorstep. The view over the lap pool looking out into the fertile fields below was spectacular. The hosts were very helpful about local restaurants and sights. We hiked around Lake Lopez nearby and visited the old mission in San Luis Obispo. Every morning we hiked up into the field above the house to birdwatch. Also, the sheets are divine; we have ordered some for our house in Reno.
The Casitas is a wonderful base from which to tour San Luis Obispo area wineries, hike miles of trails in Lopez State Park (my favorite: look for swarms of Acorn Woodpeckers!), or drive the Central Coast section of PCH 1 (Morro Rock, Pismo Beach, and a Monarch overwintering Grove are highlights). If a low-key vacation is preferred,'Downtown' Arroyo Grande is a charmingly walk-able village with fine dining, local shops and antiques. Don't miss the guitar store or Posies, a fixture of town for 20+ years with handmade high-style items and small, lovely imported goods.
The Casitas themselves are intimate, private, and homey. Imagine this:
You wake in the large bedroom of your bungalow, authentically and tastefully decorated with wrought iron and hand-painted Mexican tile everywhere, to step onto your private terrace and view the golden wild California hillside sweeping down to valley farms below, owned for generations by single families. Probably in the night, your heard the coyotes barking to each other on the hills. Through the early mist you can smell faint wood smoke, and you can just make out the different crops by their colors: broccoli here, cabbage there, endless lemon groves further out, and perhaps a small distant tractor toiling away. The finches and hummingbirds are colorful and loud around you, as your hosts bring your coffee tray and gourmet breakfast to you to dine al fresco. The occasion barely-audible car on the road below only reminds you how removed from it all you are, here. After breakfast, you take a stroll through the beautiful gardens, past the high lawn, down the long, low steps to the pool, admiring plants and flowers of such variety as can only be grown in the temperate climate of the area, from Iris to cactus to roses to grapevines to exotics you can't even recognize.
...and now your ready to start your day adventure!
Sounds like paradise, right? It's real, and the kindness, friendliness, and hospitality of Tony, Pat, and Tess will bring you back every time you need to recharge. Of course I know this sounds like a paid ad, but believe me, a stay here will bring out the poet in YOUR soul, too.
We've began staying at the Casitas Estates 10 years ago, and have returned at least once each year because of the property's beauty and tranquility, all made possible by consummate innkeepers, Pat and Tony, the very nicest of people. We just came back from our most recent visit, and are already looking forward to out next visit.