History of the Apple Farm

The Apple Farm began in June of 1977 with the purchase of Sam's Restaurant, a floundering pancake house on San Luis Obispo's motel row.  The new owners closed down, cleaned up, recruited key personnel, designed a new menu, installed San Luis Obispo's first salad bar, purchased equipment, did a modest amount of cosmetic decor, and opened, confident that the public, both locals and tourists, would respond to a concept based on "fresh food and country charm.”

On opening day, the floor in the main dining room was a vinyl tile, the booths were bright coral, and a 14-stool counter stretched along the wall.  It certainly had the look of a coffee shop, but people immediately noticed a difference in the quality of the food.  From the beginning, all of our soups were made from fresh ingredients and the pies were baked from scratch on the premises.  Our management team made the commitment to use the finest quality ingredients, skill, efficiency, consistency and the friendliest, most competent staff.  Over the years the Apple Farm has changed dramatically, but this premise of uncompromising excellence has gone unchanged, remaining as the cornerstone of our continued success.

Six months later, in January of 1978, the first in a series of ten additions began that have tripled the size of the original restaurant building and have completely changed both the interior and the exterior look of the Apple Farm.

Shortly thereafter the two-story Gift Shop building was erected along with the Gazebo Dining Room, and planning began for the construction of the 69 room Apple Farm Inn. 

The Apple Farm Inn opened on Memorial Day weekend in 1988 and earned immediate recognition as an outstanding lodging. The Apple Farm Inn a fireplace in each room, with no two rooms being exactly alike. Beautiful prints and watercolors, along with antique furniture and accessories, function as the background of the Apple Farm Inn's lobby and hallways that provide the comfortable, home-like ambience that we are known for.

Later, in December of 1988, the Millhouse was opened to the public.  With its 6,000-lb. white oak water wheel and antique machinery, the mill is able to run a gristmill. The bearings and cast iron hubs for the wheel are over 100 years old and were originally used in an old mill on the East Coast.  Some of the other parts came from the wood shop of the old junior high school that sat on the corner of Johnson Street and Marsh Street. The Millhouse now holds four luxurious guest rooms including our wonderful Millhouse Suite.

In the fall of 1988, the adjacent Franciscan Motel was purchased and "Apple Farm-ized" to become the Apple Farm Trellis Court.  The Trellis Court opened in July of 1989, and features fireplaces and cozy contemporary country decor.  The rooms are smaller in size, but the decor and furnishings are the same quality as those in the Apple Farm Inn.

The Apple Farm was purchased by another local pair in August 2000 and has continued to grow and find new ways to provide better services for our guests. We are a part of Boutique Hotel Collection which includes The Cliffs Resort, SeaVenture Beach Hotel, and Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, all independently created and overflowing with individuality. Offering a full array of services and unexpected amenities in a host of stunning locales, each uniquely distinct hotel promises to provide its travelers with a one-of-a-kind California experience. We look forward to welcoming you to the Central Coast.