Our Favorite Places

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Trattoria Uliveto Italian Restaurant


Avila Valley Barn


Avila Village Inn


Ventana Grill

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If you love the romantic ocean as your backdrop for a meal, enjoy a great Margarita, and want to eat fresh made Tortillias then Ventana Grill is for you! Located in beautiful Pismo Beach, California. Their menu is filled with wonderful fresh seafood meals with a Latin twist and great portions for the value. Fresh tortillias are made in view of the seating and the aroma fills the air. We loved the fun & tasty Margaritas, our favorite was the Pineapple Margarita. As far as dessert goes you can choose from many delicious and fun items, our favorite is the Ventana Mud Pie. This place is very romantic but is also perfect for the special family dinner.

Staying near the beach and feeling the comfort of home, that is Avila Village Inn. You can relax in a room with a jacuzzi and fireplace after you have spent the day at the beach or walking on the Bob Jones trail. They have a welcoming and accommodating staff, a comfortable sitting area with a fireplace, and fresh coffee and water for your stay. Perhaps you will want to borrow one of their complimentary bikes to ride to the beach. The rooms are clean, the showers are amazing, and the balconies are calming with a wonderful natural ambience. This place is slightly off the beaten path yet close enough to all you need on your stay. We loved our short walk to Woodstone Marketplace for breakfast or lunch. They also have wonderful and unique items for purchase. Again, its all you need to revitalize you or enjoy a romantic couple's weekend!

Any time of year is a great time to visit Avila Valley Barn. This is the perfect place for all families to enjoy! Kids will enjoy the farm animals that are available to pet and feed, the fully stocked candy and ice cream shop, or hayrides through the farm. Depending on the season you could enjoy picking a pumpkin, fresh apple cider, choosing the perfect Christmas tree, or enjoying some fresh corn as you gaze at the field of Sunflowers. There are many places to take the perfect picture whether it is for your memories or for posting on Social Media. I could write an entire article on the fresh desserts, but only have room to tell you to for sure get a Olallieberry pie...so good! Enjoy this piece of California Americana, we are sure you will be back!

This is our favorite Italian restaurant in Old Orcutt, Ca. Chef / Owner Alfonso Curti and his staff will make this a wonderful experience for you. Try our favorite salad, Ensalata Mista and some of our favorite entrees like the Lasagna, Spaghetti Polpette, and Linguini Crustaci. They have a complete Wine and Beer menu, but we suggest the Strawberry, Lemondrop, Martini...cosi delizioso!!
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