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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
My partner and I stayed at The Casitas of Arroyo Grande last weekend to celebrate her birthday - and are SO happy we selected this lovely little inn. I don't think either of us knew just how much peace, quiet and simple luxury we needed until we arrived and had the opportunity to settle in. It didn't hurt that the weather was perfect as it almost always is in Arroyo Grande or that everything was in full bloom. We relaxed pool side the day of our arrival (a long and lovely lap pool by the way) which helped us begin our weekend decompression. Our very quiet room was equipped with very amenity one would want or need. We had no issues arranging Uber pick-up and delivery when we dined a few minutes away in old town Arroyo Grande. Breakfast was delicious. What more can I say - pretty much perfection. We will certainly stay at The Casitas again - and will of course recommend this semi-hidden gem to our friends and family as well.
One of the ten best inns we have discovered in our American travels. The rooms are splendidly maintained, and provide privacy and stunning views. The gardens are wonderful. The breakfasts were excellent, nothing like the food served in so many high priced resort hotels. The innkeepers thoughtful and professional. For the money a great experience.
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.