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What We Love

  • The entire inn smells like someone’s baking an apple pie…and someone probably is
  • Great comfort food: Meatloaf, turkey pot pie and roast chicken are always on the Apple Farm Restaurant’s menu
  • Free shuttle service to the Amtrak station and into town
  • A working fireplace in every guestroom
  • Free WiFi

What To Know

  • Ongoing renovations to guestrooms are currently in progress through 2012
  • The decor is very floral — like your grandma’s farmhouse out in the country
  • The inn fills up quickly on weekends when the college is playing home games or hosting other events
  • The Apple Farm Restaurant is loosely divided into two areas: the front for special events and older folks, the back for college kids and their families
  • Families and couples enjoy the grounds all day, so there’s lots of activity
  • The Millhouse Gift Store on property will not be open Tuesday through Thursday.


  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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The Review

If you like sleek chrome-and-glass midcentury minimalism, this inn probably isn’t for you. Every room — from the lobby to the guestrooms to the restaurant — is decorated in florals, ginghams and stripes, and many of the beds are covered with patchwork quilts. The effect is a unique country charm, and it radiates from each of the 104 guestrooms. It provided me the kind of comfortable feeling I get when visiting my much-beloved grandma out on the farm.

The King and Queen Specialty Rooms are recently refurbished in warm shades of cobalt blue, apple green and tawny beige, with fewer competing patterns. They still have that Apple Farm style but are more relaxed and restful. The beds, some of them big four-posters, are very inviting. On a recent visit I turned on the gas fireplace, pulled up the throw that was folded at the bottom of my bed, mounded the pillows behind me and curled up with a book. Except for the sound of the fire, it was perfectly quiet.

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There’s not so much a spa on-site as there is a “Massage Center,” and one afternoon I enjoyed the signature massage — apple cider and shea butter — with a face wrap that smelled good enough to eat. I’d recommend it if you need to work out some kinks from a long road trip. Don’t miss the early evening wine receptions, which are a great time to taste local wines and chat with some of the other guests while sitting outside soaking in the California sunshine.

If you like simple, well-prepared food and lots of it, you’ll love the restaurant. For lunch I ordered a turkey potpie with a side of Apple Farm salad and washed it all down with unfiltered apple cider. Yum. And for dinner? Country pot roast with a hot apple dumpling à la mode for dessert, of course. Alas, the portions were all too big to finish…and I have that back-at-Grandma’s-farmhouse feeling again.

How to Get There

Apple Farm
2015 Monterey St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States


4.5 Very Good 1615 Reviews
Love to Stay Here
Reviewed 14 hours ago

We stayed at the Inn once again for Valentine's day. The rooms at the Inn are adorable and very romantic. I love the fact that there is gas fireplace that's so easy to use. Also, love the fact that you can have hot chocolate and hot cider in the lobby! Lots to see and do in SLO too!

Another delightful "stay-cation" spot!!!
Reviewed 6 days ago

Super sweet Victorian Cottage style rooms with all the up to date amenities to keep your comfort level expectations met! it was obvious that the staff was loving what they do, with their bright smiles and eagerness to serve you. It was so easy for me to relax and completely make my self at home. There are a hand full of locations on the central coast that receive my A+ recommendations and The Apple Farm just made the list!

Great Cozy Feeling
Reviewed 6 days ago

Love this place. We have stayed here several times over the years and have never been disappointed. This time we stayed at the Trellis Court for the first time. It was really nice and we had our own private deck with hot tub. The bed was comfortable as was the room. We will definitely rebook here again soon!

Love the feeling of home at the Apple Farm Inn!
Reviewed 1 week ago

My dear friend and I stay here every year around the first of the year. We love the decor of the rooms and the fireplace. The grounds are so beautiful and the staff so welcoming and friendly from the gift shop to restaurant to the lobby staff. I have to give a very special thank you to Lynn Hamilton who helped us with the extra night we needed to stay because my cousin was coming down from San Francisco to visit with us. Thank you Lynn! A waiter in the restaurant for our breakfast each day was Eduardo and he was SO delightful. He told us he has worked at the Apple Farm for many many years. The rooms are comfortable, roomy and very clean. Loved the nice bathroom too. And the best are the nice big chocolate cookies they give you every night. Thank you for a wonderful experience Apple Farm Inn.

What an amazing Inn...
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just love this place. It is my happy place. From the moment I drive up I smile. I love the rooms at the Trellis Court and the rooms in the Inn. Each one is unique and inviting. I love the flowers, the nature, the service is amazing! The food at the restaurant is amazing...I just love shopping at the little boutique that has the most unique gifts. They change with every season. I have been fortunate enough to be able to have stayed 5 times already as my daughter attends Cal Poly. I totally recommend this place for anyone, from couples, to families.