About This Listing
A large garden loft apartment located in an upscale semi-rural neighborhood midway between San Francisco and LA. Beautifully decorated in cozy "Tahoe Lodge," the loft is close to wineries, beaches, lakes, and golf courses.
Welcome to our Pinecone Loft and Garden! We have enjoyed creating a welcoming, cozy, and comfortable “cabin” for the enjoyment of friends and family, and now our airbnb guests. The private, open and airy studio-style loft space is well-lit by skylight and dormer windows and accessible via an exterior stairway separate from our home.
Located in a quiet, rural neighborhood of one-acre homes, the Pinecone Loft puts you right in the middle of California’s gorgeous Central Coast. Cheerful gardens surround the property, typically in bloom from spring through fall.
From the Pinecone Loft you'll be close to the area's renowned wineries, beaches, lakes, fishing, golf, shops and activities. One of the region's best bass fishing lakes, Lake Lopez, is just 20 minutes away. (Scroll down to "Lake Lopez Fishing" to see how we can arrange to accommodate you with an expertly guided day of fishing in a top-of-the-line, fully outfitted bass boat.)
Golfers, take note! The award-winning Cypress Ridge Golf Course is a minute down the road, with both Blacklake and Monarch Dunes golf courses an easy 10 minute drive. Just 15 minutes up the breathtakingly beautiful Pacific Ocean stretch of Highway 101 is the Avila Beach Golf Resort. (Scroll down to "Golfing" to see the special "insider" golf discount we are able to offer to our Pinecone Loft guests!)
~With the ability to sleep 2 - 5 very friendly people, but suggested for 2-4, the space is furnished with one memory foam topped queen size bed, another queen size air mattress bed in the elevated loft area and a 90" sofa (not a sofa bed). NOTE: The loft area above the bed requires climbing a 4-step vertical ladder. However, if you wish, you may move the queen air mattress down to the main floor.
~The living area features a 42" flat screen TV, 90" sofa, chairs and hassocks, and a cast iron pot-bellied electric fireplace.
~The eat-in kitchenette is outfitted with a game-friendly table and 6 chairs, microwave, sink, toaster oven, rice cooker, slow cooker, toaster, hot water pot, coffee maker, blender, and a small refrigerator.
~ There are several nearby restaurants and many to choose from who will deliver.
~There is a shower, sink and toilet in the private bath.
~All linens are provided.
~Looking forward to some quiet time with a good book or your iPad? You're welcome to kick back on your deck and enjoy the peace and quiet and a great view.
ACTIVITIES & SIGHTSEEING
There are so many options for activities and day trips here!
~Arroyo Grande is an agricultural area with ranches, farms, orchards, flower growers, wineries and vineyards that are a feast for your eyes and taste buds.
~Thursday nights are the world famous Farmer's Market in San Luis Obispo, named the "Happiest City in America" in National Geographic's book "Thrive". Arroyo Grande holds its own Farmer's Market each Saturday. From the Pinecone Loft you're less than 10 minutes away from the Village of Arroyo Grande, the quaint heart of a historic turn-of-the-century Western town that offers a wonderful walking tour of antique shops, restaurants, and a creekside park.
WALKS - HIKES - BIKING
You might begin by strolling leisurely through our gardens-or hop in the car for a 10 minute drive for a beach walk to hunt for sand dollars. (Hint: Try Pismo Beach!) Opportunities abound for short or long walks or bike rides in the bucolic environs surrounding the loft. Popular hikes in San Luis Obispo are Ontario Ridge, Bishop's Peak and Madonna Mountain. There are many bike trails locally including the Bob Jones Trail in Avila Beach.
Explore local retail and wholesale nurseries nearby such as Native Sons (1.3 mi.) and Ramirez Nursery (4.3 mi.) nearby. Get your succulent fix at the local Farmer's Markets or for hardcore fans, visit J. Woeste in Los Olivos. Take a drive through Dinosaur Caves Shell Beach neighborhoods, the San Luis Botanical Garden or up to Cambria Pines to see how the local natives approach seaside gardening.
You definitely won't want to miss the free Cal Poly Leaning Pine Arboretum which is open year-round, except Sundays.
RESTAURANTS & FOOD
Nearby Restaurants, Food Delivery Services and Grocery Stores:
Just 1/2 mile away is the nearby Craig Center which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner at Tanner Jack's Restaurant, as well as a great deli and local wine and beer selection at JJ's Market, and award-winning pizza and fried chicken is available for eat in or delivery at Palo Mesa Pizza.
Across the street from that marketplace you'll find other food options such as Taco Loco, and a fresh strawberry stand.
If you're tired from playing all day, make it easy on yourself and just dial up the Menu Club, or Café Runner. (Website will not allow us to post links so just search for these names + .com for their websites) for better than room service!
We're always happy to recommend restaurants and taverns that suit your tastes in our nearby areas.
LOCAL TOWNS and DISTANCES
Our location on Arroyo Grande's Palo Mesa is part of a network of local communities referred to as "The Five Cities" area. Approximate distances to intriguing areas for shopping, playing, eating, drinking and exploring are:
Village of Arroyo Grande - 4 mi.
Nipomo - 8 mi.
Grover Beach/Pismo Beach/Shell Beach - 10 minutes
Avila Beach - 20 mins.
San Luis Obispo - 25 mins.
Cayucos/Morro Bay - 45 mins.
Cambria Pines - 1 hr.
Paso Robles - 1 hr.
Solvang/Santa Ynez - 45 mins.
Los Alamos - 40 mins.
Santa Barbara - 1.5 hrs.
WINERIES, CRAFT BEERS and TASTING ROOMS
We have experience with and can recommend wineries and craft beer tasting rooms throughout the area from Paso Robles to Santa Ynez.
Some of our favorites close by are:
Laetitia Vineyard and Winery- 5 mi.
Talley Vineyards - On the way to Lake Lopez 9.8 mi.
Tolosa - Edna Valley - 15 mi.
Baileyana - Edna Valley 15 mi.
Taste of the Valleys - Pismo Beach - 10 mins.
Man Rock Brewery - Grover Beach 8 mins.
Pismo Brewing Co. - 10 mins.
Local Golf Courses within a 1 to 20-minute radius in the area include:
Monarch Dunes* (Trilogy)
LeSage Riviera (9 holes)
San Luis Bay
*We have a special connection with Monarch Dunes Golf Course and are able to offer visitors to the Pinecone Loft a special "insider" discount privilege of up to 27% off regular pricing at Monarch Dunes 7 days a week. Ask us about this special discount offer when booking!
SPAS, SHOPPING, PAMPERING & ANTIQUING:
NOW we're talking.
Contact us for insider tips!
Pinecone Loft and Garden is located:
~3.4 miles from Highway 101 Halcyon exit in Arroyo Grande by car.
~5 miles from the Grover Beach Amtrak Station
~25 minutes from San Luis Amtrak station.
~25 minutes from San Luis Obispo Airport
~25 minutes from Santa Maria Airport
Please contact us if you need assistance with arrangements and transportation to our location.
LAKE LOPEZ FISHING - BIKING - BOATING CHARTER TOUR OPTION
For the adventurous who might wish to chart new waters, we offer by reservation as available, special half-day or full-day guided fishing trips and sight-seeing excursions of Lake Lopez, one of the Central Coast's premier big-mouth bass fishing lakes. Charter boat pricing is $200 per half-day (daybreak to 11:00) or $350 for full day trips (daybreak to 3 p.m.) This pricing includes lake entry, boat, gas, premium tackle, rods, vests, and snacks for 2 people in addition to Edmund, your fishing guide and skipper. The vessel is a sweet 21 foot Nitro bass boat with a 225HP Mercury engine. Contact us with your requests to make specific arrangements!
GUIDED WINERY TOURS
We have extensive experience in and a passion for the local wine industry. Contact Deb with your interest in setting up an escorted tour.
Interaction with Guests
HOSTS' INTERACTION WITH GUESTS:
My husband and I are active, busy professionals and parents of young adult children who have moved out of the area. We live next door to the loft which is separated from our house by a breezeway and your private staircase access. Although we live in paradise here on the Central Coast, we also enjoy traveling, often to see our kids. We may or may not be in residence in our home next door when you visit. Because we're still active in our careers, our airbnb business is sometimes managed by my sister, Deborah. Deb is a 30-year veteran of the Central Coast local wine and hospitality business and enjoys meeting and talking with guests, sharing suggestions, and helping to coordinate your arrangements. Deb lives close by and is in constant contact with us whether we're home or not and will interact directly with you to ensure you have all you need for a pleasant, enjoyable stay.
If we're home, we would enjoy meeting you and learning about you and your travels. But we respect your space and privacy and your chance to enjoy the lovely peace and quiet while you're here - so we'll be leaving you to your own adventures unless you need our assistance.
We hope you'll enjoy your time at our Pinecone Loft!
-Rebecca & Edmund and sister Deb
Other Things to Note
*Please let us know if you will need us to assist you with transportation from a train station or airport.
-We love pets too...but please leave yours at home for this visit. Some of our future guests may have allergies. We hope you understand.
-There is a cat on our property (Bobbie). Please don't let her in, even if she cries and tries to tell you a sob story about why she should be allowed ;-)
-No smoking, please. An airbnb complaint and a $200 damage claim for professional cleaning will be filed if smoking is found to have occurred in the Loft.
-We encourage you to have fun, relax, come and go as you please and enjoy yourselves...but please don't book this as a party house. It's more of a romantic spot. We live here and like our neighbors and vice-versa ;-)
-Please observe quiet time outside after 10 p.m.
BEAUTIFUL loft! The pictures do not do the loft justice. There was PLENTY of space, even with 5 people.
Rebecca was very accommodating! It was my wedding weekend and I had originally paid for two people. I ended up having three more people come, which was not a problem. The girls just ended up paying the difference upon arrival to the loft.
Before arriving she gave me the door code and told me to let myself in and make myself comfortable. Once I walked into the kitchen I was surprised and happy to find a basket full of goodies: oatmeal, brown sugar, raisins, and granola bars to name a few. I called her after unloading our bags. She came up to greet us and was very welcoming giving us suggestions of local restaurants, bars and lounges. Rebecca gave us privacy for the rest of our stay.
The neighborhood was lovely and easy to get to. Our view from the porch was gorgeous, very green grass, tall trees, beautiful houses, clear skies and clean, fresh air.
Overall, it was a great first Airbnb experience and I highly recommend this location.
The Pinecone loft was an excellent place to stay for the night after a long day of driving up the coast. The loft was clean, cozy and spacious. The beds were especially very comfortable. There were also some oats available for breakfast which was a pleasant surprise. The loft was located in a pleasant and quiet neighbourhood and the downtown was a short drive away. I would definitely recommend it!
The neighborhood was very quiet, although we had no time to really enjoy it. Ed was there to greet us as we ran in to change and get going again. There was a lovely flower and a note from Rebecca. This is an interesting loft, lots to look at....but watch your head. It was very clean and comfortable. The bed was very comfortable. It really for two people and a small child. we thoroughly enjoyed our two days up in this area and to come back to a lovely quiet place to lay our heads was great.
The loft was exceptionally clean, comfortable, safe and quiet. Our hosts welcomed us and were in instant communication when we had questions. I would like to point out that this really is a loft, and the side walls in the rooms are steep. My boyfriend is 6'1" and kept bumping his head. Also, there is no stove and the refrigerator is small. Good for snacks but probably not for cooking meals. As everyone mentioned, the bed is really comfortable.
We stayed for one night memorial weekend for a wedding. We were running late for the wedding so we had to go straight to it without checking in. We gave Rebecca a heads up that we would be checking in late and she responded very quickly and was super hospitable. Rebecca left the porch light on for us so we could find the back house which was very easy to find with parking right out front. When we got in we were surprised with how big the loft was. It was very clean and the decorations were cute. I loved the lit up tiny Christmas tree in the bathroom. The kitchen was perfect and Rebecca left a cute note for us and also some stuff for breakfast. The next morning we were able to see the backyard below which was beautiful. My husband took aw morning walk around the neighborhood which he really enjoyed. We definitely would love to stay again for longer! Thanks again Rebecca.
Rebecca & Edmund made us feel very welcomed! The loft was beautiful, very intimate & cozy! When we arrived there was a Welcoming note & they even had left us a champagne bottle to celebrate for our 1 year anniversary! Wifi was a pleasant surprise. The place & neighborhood was great, it looked even better in person! We highly recommend this place to any of our family or friends! Look forward to our next San Luis Obispo trip!
About the Host, Edmund & Rebecca And Deb
My husband and I are active, busy professionals and parents of young adult children who have moved out of the area. Although we live in paradise here on the Central Coast, we also enjoy traveling and visiting our kids. We may or may not be in residence in our home next door to the loft when you visit. Because of that, our airbnb business is sometimes managed by my sister, Deborah. Deb is a 30-year veteran of the Central Coast Wine and Hospitality business. She enjoys meeting and talking with guests, sharing suggestions, and helping to coordinate our guests' arrangements. As needed, she'll be interacting directly with you to ensure you have all you need for a pleasant, comfortable and enjoyable stay. While you're here, we'll respect your space and your privacy and...we'll leave you to your own adventures unless you need our assistance or would like to chat.
We look forward to hosting you in the Pinecone Loft!
-Rebecca & Edmund and sister Deb