By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman unless indicated.)
The Avila Lighthouse Suites luxury hotel looks similar to a movie setting. They are steps from Avila Beach, so close you can hear the surf as it splashes against the shore.
You cannot get closer unless you live on the beach.
The owner wanted the resort to feel like his own beach house. Its nautical theme is continued throughout the building and suits.
The decorations include lamps with figurines of people wearing old fashioned bathing suits, life preservers welcoming the guests, sailboats designs and everything according to the surroundings. A large picture of a lighthouse adorns the living room wall.
It is called the Avila Lighthouse Suites but there is no lighthouse.
Tourists can take the complimentary trolley to the lighthouse for a close-up look.
Kyli Frauenheim, Avila Lighthouse Suites Front Desk Manager, explained, “We try to be a happy place so people want to come here.
Once you are here you want to stay.
Avila is a small, fun place to be.
We offer 54 luxury suites with views of the ocean, the park or the pool from their balcony or patio.
Each bathroom has a long, deep soaking tub with built-in armrests. These are designed for comfort allowing the person to lean back and relax.
All suites have a bedroom and separate living room with kitchenette.
There are a few master suites and two bedrooms suites with two bathrooms.
Our extended continental breakfast is included. We serve bagels, pastries, fruit, yogurt, oatmeal and cereal but there is more.
Guests also enjoy a make-your-own-waffle bar and hard-boiled eggs.
With the breakfast, there is complimentary parking on-site and Wi-Fi throughout the property.”
The life-size chessboard brings a new perspective to the game.
With a population of only 5,000 people, the village of Avila has a small-town friendly atmosphere in contrast to the bigger cities.
For a special meal, the nearby Old Port Inn Restaurant is at Port San Luis, on the end of the Harford Pier.
The Hartford Pier is a sight to see in itself because of the playful group of seals.
While at the pier, you can view the harbor seals close enough to take photos.
This pier is the place to go for boating tours.
There is a boat for whale watching in season.
Other boats bring passengers to Shell Beach for an excursion. They explain about kelp, the sea otters, Pirate’s Cove and the ocean.
The fish market is right there on the pier for a fresh-fish-to-your-table meal.
Relax in the hotel’s large lobby and meet some of the other guests or sit by the fireplace.
There are airports in Santa Maria and Santa Rosa offering direct flights from Las Vegas.
Award winning Sandy Zimmerman has been involved in producing television programs, television commercials and travel specials for 28 years.
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