Must-See Stops on the Avila Beach Sea to Summit Route
Clip in and discover worthwhile stops along a cyclist’s route starting in a hidden gem on the Central Coast of California: Avila Beach. Our Sea to Summit Route, beginning at the Avila Beach Pier, is filled with amazing sights and gratifying activities, making it a perfect destination for cyclists and adventurers alike. Whether you’re looking to explore the Coast or climb to new heights, this route to the Prefumo Canyon summit has something for every cyclist looking for a challenge and reward. Here’s a list of some of these must-see stops along the route.
Woodstone Marketplace Along the Bob Jones Trail
When you’re ready to pause for a snack, Woodstone Marketplace is a great place to refuel. Located along the Bob Jones Trail, ride by the Avila Beach Golf Resort course to find this market. Its eclectic combination includes a deli, country market, coffee and espresso bar, and wine shop. The selection ranges from cold drinks and snacks to fresh produce, gourmet cheeses, and fresh seafood. If you’re there in the evening, try the nightly chef-prepared dinner menu. The weekly menu can be found on their website. Whether you choose indoor seating or the patio overlooking the Bob Jones Trail, it’s a perfect resting spot for cyclists.
See Canyon Fruit Ranch
If you’re traveling in the fall, stop by See Canyon Fruit Ranch. This family-owned fruit ranch was opened in 1976 and is open daily from September 1 to November 20. They sell apples, apple cider, honey, pears, and other local products like pumpkins, jams, jellies, almond brittle, apple butter, art, scarves, and more. In addition to selling fresh produce, See Canyon Fruit Ranch also serves as a wedding venue and a camping spot for those looking for a unique experience.
Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards
If you’re looking for award-winning wine, then Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards is a must-stop in Avila Beach as you climb up the iconic route between Avila Beach and San Luis Obispo. This family-first business currently has three generations of the family working at the winery. Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards believes in letting the land and the climate speak to your palate, which is why they take a “hands-off” approach to ensure minimal interference and maximal natural payoff. Plus, when you visit for a tasting, you’ll get to see their flock of over 200 wild peacocks, with more hatching each year. As always, plan your cycling journey so that you’ll be able to sip and cycle responsibly.
San Luis Obispo Public Market at Bonetti Ranch
For those looking for some good eats, the San Luis Obispo Public Market at Bonetti Ranch is a great place to stop. What once began as a 1920s farm for sugar beets, barley, wheat, flowers for seeds, sugar peas, cherry tomatoes, and grapes has since become a community center. The restored farmhouse, barn, water tower, and granary buildings from the original Bonetti Ranch now house a variety of eateries and shops, as well as breweries and bars. The pubic market also hosts a lot of events throughout the year, from comedy shows and swing dancing to live music and maker markets.
If you’re in need of a tune-up, some cycling accessories, or a new bike, be sure to check out Art’s Cyclery as you’re heading out of San Luis Obispo. This shop sells everything from cycling accessories to high-quality road bicycles, including e-bikes. It also offers bicycle fittings and servicing to keep you in motion and on the road. Whether you need a specific item or just want to browse, this is a spot every Central Coast cyclist should know about.
If you’re cycling on a Friday, wrap up your ride by visiting the Avila Beach Farmers’ Market. Held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Friday evening from May 5 to August 25, the local market features fresh produce, food booths, and entertainment. It’s a great destination to arrive at on your way back to Avila Beach—end your adventure on a fresh note!
Fill your cycling journey to the summit with activities, satisfying snacks, and local businesses. There’s much more to do in Avila Beach as you recover from your ride, so book your stay and fully enjoy the Central Coast experience.