A private entry loft studio apartment located in an upscale Central Coast rural neighborhood midway between San Francisco and LA. The Loft is close to area wineries, beaches, lakes, fishing, shops, golf courses and activities.
The loft was originally created as a welcoming private space for the homeowners' visiting family and friends and is accessible via an exterior stairway and separate from the main house.
The open and airy studio-style loft is well-lit by a skylight and dormer windows and is decorated with a cozy, warm, rustic "pinecone cabin" feel. 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 hidden within an armoire, 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, a barbecue rib joint, and a fresh fruit 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 sharing a glass of wine, comparing fish or golf stories...or a garden stroll if we can. 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.
Fantastic experience. My fiancé and I were traveling up the coast and found this loft as a stopover during our road trip. It was perfect- Very easy entrance. Everything was prepared. Most comfortable bed!! The pictures do not do it justice. We enjoyed watching the stars at night and waking up to the sunrise :)
We had a good time staying at this well appointed loft. The space is very cozy but nicely configured and in a nice location.
We enjoyed our stay on the Central Coast in Edmund & Rebecca's loft. It's a quiet, semi-rural neighborhood and we enjoyed the colorful sunrise coming over the hill in the morning. They were good communicators and even though they were not there when we arrived, they had everything ready for us. We appreciated the attention to cleanliness and also the nice touch of having tea, oatmeal, brown sugar and raisins for us in the kitchen. We hope to return again sometime when passing through the area.
The loft was wonderful!! The folks who own the place were lovely hosts and we had a great girls weekend.
This was a lovely place to stay for a couple of nights. Rebecca made us feel completely welcome and at home. Since we were in town for a funeral, we especially appreciated Rebecca's sensitivity and flexibility with regards to our travel plans. The accommodations are just as described, with two comfortable beds and a roomy kitchenette. I highly recommend this home for your future trips to the Santa Maria/Pismo/SLO area.
I had a great stay at the loft. I arrived about 5pm and Rebecca showed me around. The loft was very lovely and the bed was super comfortable. Everything was great.
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