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

Tour Dates: April 18 - 20, 2018
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3 Day Package
4 Meals Included
New Itinerary

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


On this unique rail journey to the Central Coast, we’re in search of the tastiest treats – from cookies, pastries and chocolate to artisan cheeses, 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 with cozy fireplaces and a nightly wine tasting reception for a truly tasty tour.

Tour Highlights:
 
  • Edible sightseeing along the Central Coast including a tour and tasting at a creamery that creates artisan cheeses, tasting at a cookie factory, a winery lunch with wine tasting, a demonstration and tasting at a Solvang bakery and Solvang chocolate shop, and San Luis Obispo’s (S.L.O.) Thursday night street fair, barbecue and farmers’ market
  • Stay two nights 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 Morro Bay and California’s Central Coast. We’ll travel by motorcoach to Oxnard to board Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train. 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 sites and beautiful undeveloped coastline only visible by train. You are free to move around the train, get lunch from the snack bar or enjoy lunch on own in the dining car. 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. The inn blends the country charm of a wine country inn with the conveniences of a luxury hotel including a fireplace in every room and a heated pool. 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.

Dinner
Day 2
Thursday, 4/19/2018 - Edible Sightseeing
Following an included breakfast at our 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 arriving in 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 winemaking process and then enjoy an included lunch with guided wine tasting. This afternoon we continue to a creamery to see how artisanal cheese is handcrafted from pasteurized cow and goat milk sourced locally. This small creamery founded in 2009 has steadily made its way into the ranks of respected national cheese makers and you’ll get a chance to taste why! We return to the inn in time for the wine reception. This evening enjoy dinner on own at the Apple Farm Inn Restaurant or explore San Luis Obispo’s open-air Thursday night street faire and farmer’s 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.
Breakfast
Lunch
Day 3
Friday, 4/20/2018 - Solvang & Journey Home
After an included breakfast we’ll travel south by motorcoach to the Santa Ynez Valley and the quaint Danish town of Solvang, America’s famous “Little Denmark.” During a demonstration at a Solvang bakery you’ll see how Scandinavian pastries are created and then get to taste-test the results. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch at one of Solvang’s café’s or Scandinavian eateries and time to browse in Solvang’s shops offering imported European collectibles. This afternoon we’ll visit a chocolate factory to see the candy-making room and taste the gourmet Danish chocolates and candies that are shipped nation-wide. 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!
Breakfast

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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