Holiday Travel

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas at the Apple Farm Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA

Every season, we like to take our family on a holiday inspired travel. One of our favorites is checking into the Christmas Wonderland that is the Apple Farm Inn. Here, we let our holiday spirit be filled with cheer. Sparkling lights drape over every surface casting a warm glow, jumbo garland adorned with over-sized ornaments frame the windows, doors and staircase and a fire roars in the lobby as guests are invited to enjoy complimentary cookies and refreshments. It truly is as breathtaking as it sounds, which is why we chose to spend our holiday vacation experiencing an Apple Farm Christmas. Come along, see what we saw!


Apple Farm Inn San Luis Obispo Specials:

Apple Farm San Luis Obispo,  is not a bargain hotel, it is top-notch all the way and the rates don’t ever really drop. Rooms always range from about $200 to $300 a night, but the best value is to book a package. Throughout the year they offer a variety of seasonal packages that includes additional activities, goodies and dining/shopping credits with your room. Our favorite packages during the holidays for an Apple Farm Christmas. However, each year the holiday packages available are different, offering slightly different experiences.


If you can’t find any seasonal specials, we got you covered! We partnered with Apple Farm Inn to bring you the Hot Mama Travel Special Rate, which will give you 10% off the standard rate. Book your Apple Farm reservations here!


Apple Farm Hotel:

THE ROOMS!!! I heart the rooms at The Apple Farm. Recently remodeled to include some shabby chic, each room has a unique style and décor. Every room comes stocked with a cozy fireplace, seating area, television, coffee maker, sparkling cider, souvenir décor apple and of course the plush Apple Farm robes. They even provide real metal keys to the room and during Christmas, each room has golden bells hung on the doors. We love Apple Farm! It is so cozy and beautiful you’ll want to check-in and never check-out. Check rates now


Apple Farm Restaurant:

The Apple Farm Restaurant San Luis Obispo is the restaurant at the inn and it is sooo yummy! We dined there both breakfast and dinner, because…why not? The atmosphere is cozy, the food is amazing, the drinks selections are great and guests are provided with dining credit. Oh, and during the holidays there is live Christmas music performed from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday and Saturday nights.

Also check their holiday calendar for special events happening at the Apple Farm Restaurant throughout the season. For example, Ugly Sweater Day will earn you 15% off your meal when you wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater to the restaurant. That’s just one of many daily specials going on, so be sure to check dates!


Of course, you are only minutes from Downtown San Luis Obispo where the dining options are plentiful. Check out the Apple Farm menu.

Breakfast at Apple Farm Restaurant in San Luis Obispo:

The omelets are amazing and honestly I could stay a week just to work my way through all the different ones. If you only have a chance to order one, try the Chevre Omelet with goat cheese, jack cheese, balsamic glazed onions, arugula, green olives and mushrooms conserva. It literally made my eyes roll in the back of my head. Plus, all breakfasts come with a muffin from the Apple Farm bakery. Oh the muffin! Simply perfection!


Dinner at Apple Farm Restaurant:

Various nights throughout the holidays is Supper with Santa. This is festive buffet dinner with Santa available for photos while kids get to make crafts and receive  a fun goodie bags to take home.


The pot roast is to die for and something you must try!!! I also really like the beef stroganoff. The meat is fall-a-part tender. Washed down with cold IPA or nice glass of Apple Farm Cabernet and you are in heaven.

Where to Drink at Apple Farm SLO:

Wine, wine and more wine!! Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo is situated within wine country, so guests are only minutes from various wineries to enjoying a multitude of tastings. The great thing is that you don’t have to even leave the inn to sip on delicious vino.

Welcome Drinks:

Check-in and get your sip on. Upon check-in every guest is greeted with a welcome glass of Apple Farm wine. We love the Cabernet, so that’s what we enjoyed right from the start. While us adults decompressed after a long drive, enjoying the warm cheerful décor and deep red wine, the kids had a blast exploring the lobby while sipping on hot cider and coco.

Daily Wine Reception at Apple Farm:

More wine! Every night at the Apple Farm guests are invited to the free welcome wine reception from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. This is a great chance to try a variety of wines from the local wineries. A table of little nibblers is set out to munch on with your wine. This is held in the Garden Room, which is located near Trellis Court rooms.

During the holidays there is usually a holiday movie playing throughout the reception to add to the Christmas cheer. There are also special holiday additives throughout the season to be aware of, like Candy Cane day or Mulled Wine Day. 

Things to do at Apple Farm Inn: 

Apple Farm Inn Christmas:


Every Saturday until after the holidays, Santa comes between 9:30am and 12:30pm to visit the Apple Farm Inn. It an easy and fun way for the kids to just hang out with Santa. By the end of our trip, we felt like we were old friends.


Apple Farm Gift Shop:

Shopping! Come ladies, we love our shopping and it is even better during the holidays! The shop is all decked out making my heart skip a beat. The kids can have fun too! The shop has created a game for the kids.



Find Dash the Missing Elf!

This is probably my kids favorite Christmas activity at the Apple Farm Inn. Every day at the Apple Farm Gift Shop, sneaky Dash is hiding and if you find him you get an Apple Farm Tee-shirt and a PIE!!! My kids take this very seriously and no matter how hard he may be to find, they refuse to give up the hunt, which is fine for us ladies…more shopping time. Luckily every year we find him! Phew.


Instagram Contest:

When you post your photos from your holiday stay use the hashtag #applefarmholidays2018 and you could win a free stay in 2019!!


Everyday during the holidays there is something special going on, like Rudolph Day, Day of Giving, Humbug Day, just to name a few.  To be sure you don’t miss anything during your stay, check the monthly calendar for daily events. Check Rates.

Hot tub and pool:

There is a pool at the Apple Farm Inn San Luis Obispo and although it was too cold to enjoy the pool, we did enjoy the hot tub after dinner. One last effort to burn up some excess energy, the kids really loved being out in the cold night air in a warm Jacuzzi and yes, it worked! They were tired and ready to relax while us adults enjoyed one (or two) more bottles of wine.


That’s A Wrap!

For those who love the holidays, Apple Farm Inn is a holiday heaven. The décor alone is worth the trip, but coupled with all the extras that Apple Farm San Luis Obispo provides each guest it is truly a magical experience. Guests of all ages love to stay, but families will really enjoy all the activities during the holidays. If you want a to add a little extra jolly to your season book a stay right away and have a Merry Apple Farm Inn Christmas. Get 10% off at Apple Farm Inn using an exclusive promotional offer specifically for HotMamaTravel visitors HERE.

For more holiday fun check out other holiday adventures:

  • Read about the Polar Express Train, HERE.
  • Check out Christmas time at Knott’s Berry Farm, HERE.
  • Find out about the holidays at SeaWorld, HERE.
  • Finally, see all the diverse holiday happenings at Disneyland, HERE.

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A truly magical holiday escape during Christmas at the Apple Farm Inn in San Luis Obispo California


I am a busy mama with 3 delicious babies and a serious itch for travel and writing (when I am not bartending, that is)! After graduating from Cal State San Marcos with a B.A. in Communications, I decided to start a family and pursue a career in freelance writing. I created HotMamaTravel as an outlet to do what I love while sharing useful travel tips and inspiration with others. Our mission is to show parents how to master travel with kids, while keeping your Saturday-night selves. We call it "Family travel...with a twist".


  1. We stayed there a few times when our son attended Cal Poly. It’s a beautiful place and your article and photos captured the inn to perfection!

  2. What an incredible fun place for families! Everything you need seems to be there for a fun packed vacation and activities for everyone to enjoy! Thanks for this very thorough and great guide.

  3. What a great Christmas tradition. I’m sure the kids just loved their stockings, the bonfire, and that hot tub! magical!

  4. Pretty much love anything to do with apples, particularly cider. I’m glad to hear that the adults were just as well entertained as the kids!

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  6. This looks like the perfect getaway during the holiday season! I bet the kids really loved it too, there is something for everyone in the family. Looks like you all had a blast!

    • That’s what I love, something for everyone. I’ve been staying there long before I had kids too.

  7. michele h peterson Reply

    The Apple Farm Inn looks as cheery as it sounds! Great fun for the whole family

  8. So many festive activities in the same place! Not many hotels offer such unique experiences, let alone provide stockings handmade by the manager – incredible.

    • Right. It was such a special touch. They are so personal and detailed-oriented. Its one of the many reasons love Apple Farm.

  9. Gosh, they really go above and beyond to make that a particularly Christmasy Christmas experience, don’t they? Excellent.

  10. The trip seems so much fun! I would love to take my family somewhere similar too

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