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October 18, 1998 | NANCY L. BLACKBURN, Blackburn is a Central California-based freelance writer
Just a few miles south of San Luis Obispo--sometimes called SLO Town--flourishes the little-known Avila Valley. For 13 years, this area has invited our family's active exploration as we wandered over trails, traipsed the back roads and tasted the fruit of the land. By midsummer, local orchards of apples, apricots and plums are bringing forth fruit ready to be eaten, and the coveted Gravenstein apples begin to ripen in nearby See Canyon.
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April 18, 2004 | Ted Rohrlich, Times Staff Writer
We quickly came to think of our visit to Quail Lodge, the tranquil, recently renovated resort surrounded by the lush Santa Lucia Mountains, as a trip to a fantasy world of studied gentility. My wife, Helene, and I felt like minor celebrities, with a retinue of friendly, handsome, intelligent and articulate servants whose only aim was to make certain we were pleased. The royal treatment started as soon as we pulled up to the circular drive. We thought we would check in.
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