10 Reasons to Love California Wine #10

September is “Wine Month.” Join us as we countdown the 10 reasons to love California wine – #10.

California Wine Month

California Wine Month

Number 10: A U.S. Wine Culture

“Wine consumption has risen for 19 consecutive years in the U.S., and the growth of wine magazines, websites, blogs and feature films attests to the fact that wine has become a part of mainstream American lifestyle and culture. California’s success in wine production has helped inspire winemaking ventures in all 50 U.S. states.”

Stay tuned for reason #9.

El Colibri Hotel Fall Special

Fall in Paso Robles Vineyards

Fall in Paso Robles Vineyards

If you are looking for a great get-away, consider our El Colibri Hotel Fall Special. This special is built around the amazing sights you will see as you drive through and enjoy the Fall vineyard foliage.

When we think of Fall colors and the turning of the leaves, we usually think of the brilliant colors of foliage in the Northeast United States. But with the spread of acres upon acres of vineyards in California, there is a new Fall specter worth your viewing.The Paso Robles Wine Region consists of over 32,000 vineyard acres – you can literally drive for miles upon miles through the beautiful back roads weaving your way through these Central California vineyards.

This lovely pursuit becomes all the more special during the Fall season,when all the vines’ leaves begin to turn color as they prepare for their dormant season. During this time of year, you’ll see the most vibrant of colors from scarlet, to lemon yellow, flaming orange, russet and every color in between.With over 300 wineries in San Luis Obispo County, a Fall trip to witness the amazing turning of the leaves in the vineyards, coupled with a little wine tasting makes for the perfect Fall get-away.

The El Colibri Boutique Hotel and Spa, located in Cambria, California is offering an El Colibri Hotel Fall Special room package for your enjoyment. Come visit during the Fall foliage and enjoy a complimentary bottle of Paso Robles’ wine and 20% off your choice of spa services. Call the hotel at 805.924.3003 to reserve your special room.

Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend

Are you ready for Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend? Paso Harvest This is one of our favorite wine events and one not to be missed. What makes this festival so special? Well, we love the weekend because it isn’t a centralized event; each winery has it’s own list of activities and events. You’ll need to do a little research to discover where you want to go and what you want to do, but we have a short-cut for doing so. Here’s our recipe to planning a fabulous, fun and hassle-free harvest weekend:

 

  1. Select the wineries that you are most interested in visiting during the weekend;
  2. Check out their “Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend” list of activities and events on www.pasowine.com;
  3. Keep notes of what’s happening Fri./Sat./Sun. so that you can get in visits to all your wineries and enjoy your preferred activities;
  4. Calendar your activities and book your events with the wineries as required.
  5. Call El Colibri Hotel and Spa and book your room asap – as a plus, they are most happy to serve as your concierge and book your events for you! That’s a double-win!

Have a great Paso Robles Harvest Weekend and come to enjoy the fabulous wines of our region.

Cambria, Ca., Pinedorado Days

Join the fun August 30 – September 2, 2014 as us locals find a reason to celebrate!

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Since 1949, Labor Day weekend in Cambria has meant Pinedorado Days, with a parade, barbecues, kids games, prizes, face-painting, food booths, kiddy cars, and an art show. Held on the Pinedorado grounds, next to the Veterans Memorial building, 100 Main street. Most events are free.

The Pinedorado Annual Car Show, which draws over 150 cars, will be held on Sunday, August 31, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The car show is open to all makes and models with classifications and awards for : Mustangs, Corvettes, T-Birds, Foreign Cars, and the list goes on. There are awards, dash plaques, goodie bags, lunch, raffle prizes, and T-Shirts.The Pinedorado Parade kicks off the Labor Day weekend festivities Saturday Morning. After the parade the Pinedorado grounds off Main Street, offer barbecues, kids games, prizes, face-painting, food booths, kiddy cars, an Art Show, and live music. The event runs the entire Labor Day Weekend.

 

Central Coast Wines

If you are interested in Central Coast wines, then get your planning book ready! As Summer winds down and we head into the Fall season, the area comes alive with festivals, fairs and many an opportunity to enjoy Central Coast wines.

Central Coast Grape Harvest

To start the season off, we have “Sunset Savor the Central Coast” festival which encompasses 4 days of everything food and wine. The festival takes place September 25 – 28th, 2014. Now in it’s fourth year of operation with the main event at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, there is something here for everyone who enjoys fine wines, great food, scenic places and good times.

Following on Savor’s heels is Paso Robles’ “Harvest Wine Weekend.” Our harvest weekend this year is October 17 – 19th, 2014. This is one of our favorite festivals because literally hundreds of mini events are happening at the wineries throughout the Paso Robles wine region. With Paso Robles being named “Wine Region of the Year” by wine enthusiast magazine in January, this year’s festivities are sure to play stellar.

At the start of November, the San Luis Wine region will be hosting their festival November 7-9th, 2014. The Edna Valley, San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, and Northern Santa Maria wines will be featured. Again, buckle up because these folks know how to show case Central Coast wines …as well as throw a great party!

Get your hotel reservations soon, as this time of year books quickly.

Cheers!

El Colibri Hotel Review

El Colibri Hotel Review. Thanks to a trip advisor guest for this nice review.
El Colibri Hotel and Spa
“Great place to stay”Easy walk to the beach, the rooms were quiet and very nice. We got a one bedroom suite and had a very comfortable night’s stay. Bathroom was very nice and the bed was awesome! This place has AC which we found to be rare at many of the hotels on the coast.

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple

El Colibri Hotel Review

Thank-You for this recent review of El Colibri Hotel by a recent guest and trip advisor reviewer.
ocean rainbow over Cambria

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“Tranquil and Friendly”
4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days agoNEW

Spa like setting and small (32 rooms?) hotel. Very quiet, nice cozy bedding. Our room had a sink and a fireplace and a very nice bathroom with big tub. A frig would have been nice. Hot tub… WAY too hot. Nice spa, decent breakfast with good coffee. Loved the fresh roses everywhere. Underground parking. Great location… on Moonstone drive but no view. Its super close to town (2 minutes or less). The same with restaurants on Moonstone drive. Close to Hearst Castle and Elephant seal beach as well as Cambria which is a great little town. Lots of nice dining and shopping. Something for everyone. Be sure to go up the hill to the nursery which has lots of gift shopping as well as great plants.

Room Tip: We had the double queen room on the north side. Very quiet and nice.

El Colibri Hotel Rooms

Superior King JacuzziThe El Colibri Hotel offers a variety of rooms to please our guests. Our top of the line room is our Superior King Jacuzzi Room. These rooms are generously sized at over 400 sq ft. and offer views out over the nature preserve. As the name implies, these rooms also come with large jacuzzi tubs that look out into the bedroom area. We also offer beautiful King rooms with large soaking tubs, a limited number of double queens and similarly limited suites. All of the El Colibri Hotel rooms offer a variety of amenities including in-room fireplaces, beautiful granite bathrooms, HDTV, full complimentary breakfast and complimentary parking. On Saturday evenings we offer wine tasting with a local vintner and everyday the Colibri Wine Bar is available for your relaxation, serving wine and tapas. Visit our website for a full listing and pictures of each of our rooms. We’re sure you will find the perfect room for your visit. Cheers!

Escape to Cambria California!

Cambria, California Sunset

Cambria, California Sunset on Moonstone Beach

During these “Dog Days” of summer, we invite you to take a break and escape to Cambria, California and the El Colibri Hotel and Spa. You’ll find a welcome relief from the hot inland days with the cooler seaside weather, and enjoy the pampering staff at the El Colibri Hotel extends their guests.

For wine lovers, the hotel hosts a special wine tasting and live local music each Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Each Saturday a different winery is invited to preview their wines with guests, offering a wonderful opportunity for hotel guests to learn about and try the region’s boutique wines.

Whether you seek a few days of wine tasting in the renowned Paso Robles Wine Country, a last minute seaside family vacation, or just a little R & R … we’ve got you covered.

Thank-You for the Great Review!

“Romantic little getaway ”
4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days agoNEW

Fiscalini Ranch Preserve in Cambria , CALove this quaint little hotel. Cute, clean & reasonably priced with free breakfast & within walking distance to the beach & the downtown. Our room was on the end, it was quiet, we kept our windows open the entire time, the cool breeze is heavenly & you can hear the waves in the distance. The room was huge with a fire place & jacuzzi tub & they put rose petals & champagne on the bed for when we arrived. No valet or bellman but didn’t expect that. Parking is easy & convenient & there’s an elevator straight to the underground garage. No restaurant but has a little wine bar with small plates. Great stay in Cambria, we loved the small town feel, very romantic.

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