The property is in great shape. We stayed in a studio (fully renovated) and then in a 1br (renovated except countertops). Both rooms were clean and functional. The grounds were beautiful - the pool is smallish and not as nice as the overall property. The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. We were there in July and a lot of families were enjoying themselves.
The studio is sufficient as it has a full kitchen, dining table, sleeper sofa and computer desk and would do for a small family (no privacy). It appears every room has at least a decent view. The complex is shaped like a T - with the original 4 story building having 1br and mini-suite studios and either a ocean view or golf course (partial ocean) view. The wings face the ocean and are staggered up the hil with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th/5th floor buildings - and the views are spectacular. I spend the end of every day there.
Avila itself is isolated from 101 by 4-5 miles and is in a large cove area with calm waters. The resort overlooks Avila Beach and is just a short walk. We passed a local market on the way in from 101 to Avila and picked up fresh fruit and veggies. There is a local farmers market (party, really) every friday night at Avila Beach with local restaurants selling from booths at great prices.
This was our home base to travel up US 1 towards Carmel. This is a spectacular drive and we went to Hearst Castle one day (about 55 miles) then Carmel another (about 130 miles). Hearst now lets you explore the grounds, which are amazing.
The weather is cooler all year round as Cal is one of the few mediterrean climates in the world. We both explored and relaxed in Avila - it was a great trip.
Favorite restaurants - Custom House in Avila pricey but good - lunch was reasonable. Fat Cats (down on pier end) is more casual, open later, big portions, great food and very reasonable. Old Port Inn is out on the pier, expensive, but worth it - will let you split plates. Blue Sky cafe is in Morro (by water, overlooking the rock) has great breakfast and chicken tacos with mango salsa and happy hours. Ventana Grill (near Pismo) has unbelievable views, a great happy hour, moderate prices.
Best place to shop - go to the Los Osos valley rd? exit (about 5-10 past Avila Beach rd exit on 101) and go left and you will find everything you need. There is a Target, a natural foods warehouse (don't remember the name) with organic food choices (if you care), and a BevCo for refreshments - within a mile.
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