Business Spotlight: The Inn at Avila Beach

Imagine your Best Friends Beach House

It’s fun being spontaneous, wouldn’t you agree? On a whim, I’ll get a call from Linda or visa versa and we’ll decide to get out of Fresno for the night (or weekend). This is more common in the heat of the summer and the conversation tends to go something like this – Me: It’s going to be 110 this weekend. Linda: Let’s get the heck out of here. Me: Alright, I can be ready by 3 pm. Linda: I’ll make a reservation. And so it goes…


A few years back this very scenario played out. We randomly selected Avila Beach for the weekend and off we went. By happenstance, Linda booked the reservation at The Inn at Avila Beach, and I’m glad she did. This has now become a destination point for us and as their tagline suggest, it is a bit like staying at your best friends beach house. That is if your best friend owns a beach house. Unfortunately for us, we don’t have a friend with a giant beach house so The Inn at Avila Beach is the next best thing.


The Inn has a bit of an eclectic feel to it. I’m not sure how old it is but it’s old and it has a quaint and cozy Spanish architecture to it. Our first experience was our interaction with Edward. He was exceptionally friendly and this truly did exude from him in a very authentic way over the phone. When we got there, he greeted us like we were long time friends. He made us feel welcomed and we appreciated it.

The owner of the hotel is committed to creating a family atmosphere that would be similar to staying at your best friends beach house

. This comes complete with free use of beach chairs, sand toys, Boogie Boards, and even use of bikes that they are happy to check out to you. Linda and I like to get one of their beachfront rooms and we’d definitely recommend that if you happen to book a stay. There is no other hotel in Avila that will have you this close to the water and it’s nice to leave the curtains open and the slider ajar so you can hear the waves roll in and out all night long.


Their lobby area has a small refrigerator that is always stocked with chilled water bottles that you are free to grab whenever you need which we thought was really nice. Every evening at 8 pm, they host a free pie reception. The pies all come from the Avila Family Barn and they are amazing.

Every evening at 8 pm, they host a free pie reception. The pies all come from the Avila Family Barn and they are amazing

My favorite is cherry but Linda likes the Olallieberry.  There is also an assortment of cookies you can munch on if pie is not your thing. One of the best features of The Inn is their Sundeck. It has multiple cabanas and comfortable lounge chairs as well as blankets if you get cold. You can also sit around the gas fire pit and nestle in as you take in the panoramic views of Avila. It’s truly a sight to behold.


If you’re familiar with Avila Beach or have gone there throughout the years, then no doubt, you have been to the Coffee Shop on Front Street called Joe Momma’s Coffee. Joe Momma’s has recently relocated to the Sun Deck at The Inn at Avila Beach and let me tell you, they are good, really good. On our most recent visit in January, it was their grand re-opening and both Saturday and Sunday morning, we enjoyed breakfast on the sundeck courtesy of Joe Momma’s. The pastry items they sell are absolutely to die for. If you go, you will want to check out the Ham and Swiss Croissant. It was the best I have ever had and practically worth the trip alone.


Linda, Michael Kidd, and Todd

Linda, Michael Kidd, and Todd

While we were sipping our coffee and enjoying the Ham and Swiss and the sun on our faces, we were fortunate to meet the owner of the Inn at Avila Beach, Michael Kidd. Michael sat at our table for a good 20-30 minutes and told us stories of the history of Avila Beach and it’s local residents. Michael is a wonderful story teller and the time slipped by effortlessly while we sat there and chatted with him.


We really do love the family atmosphere and friendly service at The Inn at Avila Beach. You should check them out, you won’t be disappointed.


Check them out:

Phone: 805-595-2300




Todd & Linda Mitchell

Todd Mitchell

We are best friends, partners, parents, business owners, constant learners, goal setters, serial entrepreneurs, authors and above all, authentic.

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