Afternoon Teas & More!

Afternoon Teas

NEW! We now provide Afternoon Teas on site. Prices start at $25 per person. Included is:

-Two pots of Tea from our Selection
- Homemade Scones
- Clotted Cream,
- Strawberry Preserve
- Fresh Berries
- Finger Sandwiches
- Creamer, Milk & Sugar and a choice of either
-One additional Savory Dish
- One additional Dessert

Afternoon Tea

Sit and relax in our welcoming Victorian living room or enjoy your tea in our beautiful gardens. All teas come with a free tour of the house and grounds. Feel free to ask questions of our in house tea expert. We can cater to most dietary requirements (there may be an addtional fee of 10%). Please let us know as far in advance as possible of any special requests. All bookings must be made at least 48 hours in advance as we make everything freshly just for you! A reservation fee of 25% may be required for larger parties.

If you have any questions about this please call our innkeeper on (805) 931 4891
or email


Local Attractions & Activities

Beaches... The Pacific Ocean, a beautiful twelve minute drive from the Kaleidoscope Inn, offers miles of pristine beaches. The Nipomo and Pismo Dunes, Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Morro Bay, Cambria, San Simeon....each beach has its own special attractions. Some are bustling with sunbathers and surfers, others are isolated and private. Kayak, surf, explore tide pools, bird watch, whale watch, people watch, or simply relax in the sun! Explore what is becoming known as California's Riviera.

Hearst Castle...Seeing the castle is truly an experience. It sits high atop Enchanted Hill with a main house, four guest houses, two pools all surrounded by gorgeous gardens. If you haven't seen the castle yet, remember that no description can prepare you for this incredibly intricate treasure!

Wineries...There is 1 great wine region within 5 minutes of the Inn: Edna and Arroyo Grande Valleys. The wineries here are well known and loved regionally, and are now being discovered by wine buffs across the country! In addition, there are 4 wine regions about 30 minutes of the Inn: Santa Maria and Santa Ynez to the south (this includes Firestone Vineyard if you want to visit!); Plus Edna Valley and Avila Beach to the North (very close to San Luis Obispo). If you want more than the several dozen of wineries offered by these close by valleys, we can send you off to the Paso Robles wine region as well (about 45 minutes north).

Antiquing...There are lots of antique shops around. Its a great way to spend an afternoon...taking some scenic drives around this beautiful county while stopping off at antique stores and cafes along the way! Want some more shopping? We have a premium outlet mall about 10 minutes north of the Inn.

Scenic Drives...We've got 'em. Some are designated scenic drives, some we just consider scenic ourselves. When we have a free afternoon, we just drive off into the hills to the east for a little spontaneous discoveries. We discovered the Pozo Saloon on one of these drives! Pozo (population 58) is one of our historic little towns. This one is located many miles from any other town. It has a saloon that has been continuously run since 1858...they hold a few concerts out in the meadow behind the saloon during the summer. Generally groups like Little Feat, Marshal Tucker Band, Elvin Bishop, and Poco!

Missions...There are 3 missions within 30 minutes of the Inn: Mission SLO in the town of SLO, La Purisima in Lompoc, Mission Santa Inez in Solvang. There are an additional, 2 missions between 1 and 1.5 hours north or south of the Inn: Mission San Miguel in San Miguel, Mission San Antonio in ..., and Mission Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara.

Golf...We agree with golf pro Rudy Duran - "I've...never found an area as unique and beautiful as California's Central Coast. I can honestly say that it is a golfer's paradise." Our 11 area golf courses offer ideal temperatures, scenic settings, ocean views, available tee times, and affordable prices! For your convenience we even offer a golf package!

State Parks & Hiking...Montana de Oro State Park, Los Padres National Forest, Santa Lucia Wilderness, San Rafael Wilderness, Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreational Area, Pismo State Beach, Point Sal State Beach, Morro Bay State Park, and numerous additional State Beaches to the north and south. We have SLO County hiking books for trail locating or our knowledgable staff will be happy to share their favorites!

Spas, Hot Springs...Sandalwood Spa in Triology is just a 10 minute drive from us and will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvinated. Their tranquil treatment rooms and spa facilities are worth the visit. Plus their range of treatments will have something to suit everyone. If you are happy to head slightly further out our favorite hot spings and spa are about 20 minutes from the Inn. They have a wide range of treatments to help you completely unwind before relaxing in their mineral springs hot tubs. Each totally private tub is located in a wooded hillside, available for rental by the hour.

Horseback Riding...You may ride horses for an hour along the beautiful Pismo beaches or take to various locations in the hills for a day of riding. If you are bringing your own horse, we know of a nearby stable that will do overnight boarding for you.

Famous Oceano-Nipomo Dunes...Located about 5 m inutes west of Nipomo, these are the largest coastal dunes in the western United States. Great wildlife watching while hiking these dunes. You may also ride ATVs in a special section of the dunes. Rentals are available or you may bring your own ATV.

Kayaking...One of our favorite activities! Kayak at Shell Beach and explore the cliffs and caves along the shore. Be sure to look for the many seals and the elusive sea otters. You can't miss the hundreds of pelicans! Another nice spot is at Avila Beach...if you can manage a beach launch (we find this a bit trickier than launching at the cliffs). Avila offers the same wildlife watching opportunities. We can recommend some great after kayak lunch spots with outrageous views and terrific seafood!

Road or Mountain Biking...Another one of our favorite activities. We have discovered one very nice, very easy off road trail that happens to pass within a stones throw of our favorite hot spring tubs! Plus this pristine trail ends at one of our favorite lunch restaurants at the beach. There is also easy bike renting if you don't want to bring your own bikes along. If you are looking for a challenge Montana De Oro offers some exciting trails through mountains and hills with lots of breathtaking views and abundant nature. We also have a couple of SLO County bike trail books if you would like to make your own discoveries.

Whale Watching...See migrating whales travelling between Alaska and Baja in our coastal waters on whale watching boats from December through June! Some whales may also be seen from coastal cliffs.

Elephant Seal Watching...See moms with babies along with the large nosed dads crowding the beach from December through May. Actually, we see some there year round now, but there are hundreds of them in the peak months. The colony returns each year to mate, give birth, and molt. Close to 1,800 pups are born here annually.

Butterfly Watching...See the fascinating annual Monarch Butterfly migration at our local butterfly grove in Pismo Beach and Monarch Dunes in Nipomo. Peak butterfly time starts in November and runs through March. If you have never seen a monarch grove before, be sure to check it out. When its warm, they flutter all around the grove...when you have tens of thousands of butterflys floating around, it looks kind of like a colorful snow fall. Current number of butterflys is around 20,000. We have had as many as 300,000 butterflys at the grove at one time!

Bird Watching...SLO County has a lot of birds (over 400 species) and consistently scores in the national top 10 sites for the Audubon Annual Christmas Bird Count. There are peregrine falcons, great blue herons, brown pelicans, California condors, and sandhill cranes. Heck, we have a lot of birds in our 1 acre garden alone! So many that we couldn't recognize that we bought a birding guide. We have lots of golden finches, woodpeckers, a pair of scrubjays...we have even seen a wild parakeet (he hung out with our caged parakeets for a few days) and we sometimes see a hawk at our fountain! The Oso Flaco Lake nature trail in the Nipomo-Oceano dunes offers great bird watching while exploring the sepcialized environment of the largest coastal sand dune on the west coast. On a random visit, we saw hundreds of blue herons at the Morro Bay Blue Heron Rookery. Bald Eagles are also around, particularly in the winter months, around Lake Lopez, Santa Margarita Lake, Lake Nacimiento, and Lake San Antonio.

Farmer's Markets...Plenty of farmer's markets throughout the week offer lots of great produce fresh from the fields as well as locally grown flowers. Daily Market Schedule:

  • Monday
    • Baywood Park (2 to 4:30pm)
  • Tuesday
    • Paso Robles (4 to 7pm)
  • Wednesday
    • Arroyo Grande (9 to 11:30am)
    • Atascadero (3 to 6pm)
  • Thursday
    • San Luis Obispo (6 to 9pm)
    • Morro Bay (3 to 5pm)
  • Friday
    • Avila Beach (5 to 8pm),
    • Cayucos (8:30am to noon)
    • Cambria (2:30 to 5pm)
    • Paso Robles (9am to 12:30pm)
  • Saturday
    • Arroyo Grande (noon to 2:30pm)
    • San Luis Obispo (8 to 10:45am)
    • Morro Bay (4 to 7pm)
    • Templeton (9am to 12:30pm)
  • Sunday
    • Nipomo (11:30am to 2:30pm)
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