Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Summer Glamping

We’ve been wanting to expose the kids to camping but given that our littlest one is only 2 we opted for a glamping trip instead.  We decided to book a cabin at a KOA.  If you’re not familiar with KOAs, they are tent, cabin and RV campgrounds all across America (hence the name Kampgrounds of America).  Since we had already planned to take a drive to the Bay Area we decided to find a KOA along the way.  Avila/Pismo KOA was our choice.  This campground only offers cabins or an RV space.  Upon check-in they give you a list of the activities going on during your stay.  The day we arrived there was a wine tasting, movie night and ice cream social.  I was very impressed with our 2 bedroom cabin known as the Park Model.  It’s basically a mobile home but it was very clean and came stocked with basic toiletries, towels, dishes and cookware.  The campground itself was nice, with mostly RV’s.  They did seem very close together so keep that in mind if you opt for RV camping.  There’s a decent sized playground and heated pool with jacuzzi.  One thing the kids were looking forward to that we didn’t get to do was make s’mores.  I was hoping for a campfire outside the cabin but unfortunately there weren’t any.

As for activities, they do have bicycles for rent.  The Avila Barn is within walking distance, literally across the street.  It’s a large farm with lots of animals to feed.  You can purchase goat feed in the produce store for $1.  There’s also a bakery and ice-cream shop and occasionally they sell fresh roasted corn right out front.  I believe they also have u-pick fruits and vegetables.  This was a fun little stop for the kids. 

If hiking is more your thing, just up the road is the Bob Jones Trail that takes you on a 2.5 mile road to Avila Beach.  This is a wide path and stroller friendly, thank goodness as my 2 year old would not have made it on her feet.  Halfway through the hike is a little coffee shop where we stopped for a drink and potty break.  The trail ends right across the street from the beach.  Cross over and you’ll see Central Coast Aquarium, playground and a whole row of shops and restaurants.  When we were done, we hopped on a free trolley at Avila Beach Dr. and San Juan St. which takes you back to Avila Barn.  This trolley goes all the way to the Pismo Outlets so stay on if you want to do a little shopping.  The trolley takes approximately 1 hour to make a full loop and get back to where it dropped you off.

We also spent a bit of time at Pismo Beach.  There are a couple well known spots there, Splash Café, known for their award winning clam chowder and Old West Cinnamon Rolls.  Expect crazy lines at both places!

Know Before you Go:
Avila/Pismo Beach KOA
7075 Ontario Rd,
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Avila Valley Barn
560 Avila Beach Dr,
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Hours: M-Sun 9a-6p

Splash Café Pismo Beach
197 Pomeroy Ave
Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Old West Cinnamon Rolls
861 Dolliver St
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Hours: M-Sun 6:30a-5:30p