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Featuring the Apple Farm Inn Stay, Coast Starlight Train, Edible Sightseeing, Solvang

Tour Dates: April 18 - 20, 2018

3 Day Package
4 Meals Included

$579 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$729 Per Person / Single Occupancy

Additional Departure Dates:

On this unique rail journey to the Central Coast, we’re in search of the tastiest treats – from cookies, pastries and chocolate to award-winning wine and Santa Maria-style barbecue. The edible sightseeing will showcase the unique flavors amongst the small towns of California’s Central Coast. Unpack once at the charming Apple Farm Inn and enjoy the cozy fireplaces and nightly wine tasting reception on this truly tasty tour.

Tour Highlights:
  • Edible sightseeing along California’s Central Coast with included cookie tasting at a Cayucos cookie factory, lunch and wine tasting at an award-winning Paso Robles winery, a demonstration and tasting at a Solvang bakery, chocolate tasting at a Solvang chocolate shop,  San Luis Obispo’s (S.L.O.) Thursday night street fair, barbecue and farmers’ market and additional surprises
  • Enjoy a two night stay at the deluxe Apple Farm Inn – combining the charm of a wine country inn with the conveniences of a luxury hotel and featuring cozy rooms with fireplaces and a nightly wine tasting reception
  • Ride along California’s coast from Oxnard to San Luis Obispo aboard the deluxe Coast Starlight train featuring a dining car and observation car for spectacular views of the ocean and Vandenberg Air Force Base

 Fine Hotels / Great Locations:

  • Nights 1-2: Apple Farm Inn – San Luis Obispo, CA
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Wednesday, 4/18/2018 - Coastal Train Ride
This morning we set out from our departure points for the tranquility of California’s Central Coast. We’ll travel by deluxe motorcoach to Oxnard to board Amtrak’s deluxe Coast Starlight. Here begins a memorable four-hour rail journey along California’s coastline and through its fertile valleys to San Luis Obispo. We’ll travel along Point Conception and through Vandenberg Air Force Base where you’ll see the launch complexes and beautiful undeveloped coastline only visible by train. You are free to move around the train, and get a snack or lunch on your own from the snack bar or dine in the dining car (based on availability). Check out the view from the observation car or just relax in your reclining seat. Upon our arrival in San Luis Obispo, our motorcoach will be waiting to take us the short distance to the quaint Apple Farm Inn – our accommodations for the next two nights. Nestled by San Luis Obispo Creek and surrounded by mountains, the Apple Farm Inn is a charming Victorian style, 4-star inn situated among a lush, quiet garden setting and featuring a heated pool and spa. The inn blends the country charm of a wine country inn with the conveniences of a luxury hotel. Over-sized, elegant rooms uniquely appointed in a contemporary country design feature a fireplace and seating nook. Enjoy the inn’s complimentary wine reception prior to an included dinner at a locals’ favorite this evening. This innovative restaurant features global cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, local flavors from the Central Coast.

Day 2
Thursday, 4/19/2018 - Edible Sightseeing
Following an included breakfast at the inn, we’ll travel to the quaint seaside town of Cayucos to begin our edible sightseeing at a small cookie factory. The scent of brown butter embraces your senses as you witness the cookie makers meticulously hand-rolling each cookie. One taste of this delicious sweet and salty treat and you’ll come to understand how this humble cookie factory in a small beach town has made a name for itself nationwide. We continue north to the heart of the Central Coast wine region. The region surrounding Paso Robles is home to the oldest grapes in the state, planted by Franciscan monks as they made their way north on El Camino Real (now Highway 101) in the late 1700s. With over 200 wineries, this wine region has certainly arrived and is producing world-class wines – especially Rhône varietals and blends. At an award-winning winery we’ll enjoy a guided tour to see the wine-making process and then enjoy an included lunch with guided wine tasting. We return to the inn this afternoon in time to enjoy the afternoon wine reception. This evening enjoy dinner on your own at the Apple Farm Inn Restaurant or explore San Luis Obispo’s open-air Thursday night street faire and farmers’ market which fills four blocks of historic downtown. Buy just-picked produce, sample a variety of Santa Maria-style barbecued specialties from local restaurants and stroll the many booths while you are entertained by local performers.
Day 3
Friday, 4/20/2018 - Solvang & Journey Home
After an included breakfast at the inn, we’ll travel south by motorcoach to the Santa Ynez Valley and the quaint Danish town of Solvang. Known as America’s famous “Little Denmark,” Solvang features quaint old-world architectural styles and flower-lined streets to create a very walk-able village. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own at one of Solvang’s café’s or Scandinavian eateries and time to browse in Solvang’s shops offering imported European collectibles. During a demonstration at a Solvang bakery you’ll see how Scandinavian pastries are created and then get to taste-test the results. We’ll then visit a chocolate factory to see the candy-making room and taste the gourmet Danish chocolates and candies that are shipped nationwide. We continue south via the back roads returning to our drop-off points this evening. The memories of our tastes and experiences on this unique and tasty journey not soon forgotten!

Tour Inclusions:

  • 2 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 4 Meals: 1 dinner, 1 lunch, 2 breakfasts
  • Comprehensive sightseeing and services of a professional Good Times Travel tour director
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation on a deluxe touring motorcoach and aboard Amtrak's deluxe Coast Starlight train
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour

Additional Information:

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