Visit Hearst Castle

casa-grande

casa-grande

A trip to the area is incomplete without a visit to Hearst Castle! Long considered the gem of the Central Coast, Hearst Castle sits high above the ocean on “la cuesta encantada” (the enchanted hill.) Surrounded by acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, you’ll find the historic Hearst residence is very much a Castle. The main residence and guest houses are literally overflowing with treasures Mr. Hearst collected on his many trips through Europe.

Designated as a State Park, Hearst Castle Park offers a number of tours for visitors. You can select among the “Grand Rooms Tour”, the “Upstairs Suites Tour”, the “Cottages and Kitchen Tour”, or the “Evening Tour.” Tickets for these tours are quite reasonable costing $12 for children and $24 for adults.

The El Colibri Hotel and Spa offers a “Hearst Castle Package” that includes a stay at the hotel and two tickets for a castle tour. The staff will take care of all the arrangements for you in booking your tour.

Hearst Castle has even designed an app to make your visit all the more interesting. You can download their app here.

Winter on the Central Coast of California

Central Coast California

Central Coast California

It may surprise some of you, but Winter on the Central Coast of California is perhaps one of the best times to visit to enjoy the sunny beaches. The Summer fog can often be a spoiler for a warm, enjoyable day at the beach. Come Winter, however, the weather usually satisfies with a crystal clear sky, and warm sunshine. It may not quite be swimsuit weather, but even in January over the last few weeks, we’ve enjoyed daytime temperatures in the 70’s! Perhaps this great weather is an insider tip, as you’ll find the beaches largely deserted, except for a few locals.

So whether it’s a mid-week getaway, a weekend of romance or family fun consider a Winter trip to the Central Coast and discover the natural beauty of the season.

Elephant Seals in San Simeon

If you have yet to visit the elephant seals in San Simeon, it is an absolute must!

Elephant seals

Elephant seals

The seals arrive just a few miles north of Hearst Castle to deliver their offspring and breed. Along the beaches, hundreds of these gigantic creatures can be viewed – it really is quite a sight. You’ll see newborn ‘pups’, the females and the huge males, which can grow up to two thousand pounds, fighting among themselves to establish dominance. It’s quite a lively display, and can be considerably noisy, too.

For more information on the elephant seals visit http://www.elephantseal.org/

Be sure to bring your camera & have fun!

Estrella Restaurant in Paso Robles

January is restaurant month in Paso Robles and there are many fine restaurants to discover.

Estrella Restraurant

Estrella Restraurant

One of our favorites is Estrella, a Latin Caribbean restaurant located on Paso Robles downtown Park. It will delight you with their bright, colorful decor and satisfy you with their delicious food. Whether you are looking for Argentinean, Chilean, Spanish or Caribbean food, Estrella offers a good array of each. While the dishes may sound like your typical Mexican fare, i.e. empanadas, etc., rest assured there is a difference among these cuisines, and Estrella knows how to accentuate these differences. With the colorful decor and the authentic food, you’ll feel your off visiting one of these countries!

During restaurant month you can enjoy Estrella’s prix fixe menu of 3 courses for $30! What’s on Estrella’s prix fixe menu? Here you go:

Course 1: Chicken Tortilla Soup – Braised chicken, black beans, corn, roasted chilies, onions and garlic
topped with crema, avocado and tortilla strips.

Course 2: Spanish Chorizo and Shrimp Rellanos – Spanish Chorizo, Shrimp and manchego cheese stuffed into fire roasted
Anaheim chilies that are battered and fried to crispy perfection, topped with avocado pico de gallo and served with coriander rice and house made black beans.

Course 3: Capirotada de Estrella – this is the house’s special bread pudding with caramel sauce, cheese, bittersweet chocolate and pecans topped with vanilla bean ice-cream.

You can reach Estrella at 805-226-5406 to make your reservation.

Enjoy!

 

Restaurant Month in Paso Robles

January is restaurant month in Paso Robles and all of San Luis Obispo.

second press

second press

One of our favorite restaurants, “Second Press” located on 11th street and Pine in Paso Robles is offering a delicious prix fixe during January. It’s three courses for $30 and includes the following:

Course 1: Crispy Pork Belly

Course 2: Short Ribs or Salmon

Course 3: Caramel Toffee Crunch Cheesecake

Make your reservations by calling: 805.226-7500

El Colibri Mid-Week Special

El Colibri Room

El Colibri Hotel

Looking for a relaxing get-away? Try our Mid-Week Special. You can expect all the usual amenities, i.e. luxury rooms, high thread count sheets, in-room fireplaces, complimentary wi-fi and parking, as well as access to our petite spa with steam rooms and jacuzzi. Stay Sunday – Thursday nights and receive a complimentary room upgrade at check-in (if available) and complimentary welcome Sangrias.

Rates start at $139 USD. Call us at 805.924.3003 to reserve your room!

January is Restaurant Month in Morro Bay, Ca

Salmon+Low

Salmon+Low

January is Restaurant Month in Morro Bay, California. Restaurant month is a time to PLAN to be in San Luis Obispo County! During january Chefs throw open their doors and welcome their guests with outrageously delicious prixe fix menus. Menus range from 3-4 courses for $30-$40 p/person.

One of our favorite restaurants in Morro Bay is “Windows on the Water”, and as the name indicates the discriminating diner is treated to not only fabulous fare, but truly amazing views over the Bay and out toward Morro Rock. At the time of this writing their prixe fix menu was not available, but rest assured that Chef Neil Smith has something special planned.

Contact the restaurant directly to make your reservation: 805.772.0677

Enjoy!

Update: Here is the Prixe fix menu:

January is Restaurant Month in Cambria, Ca

Robins logo

Robins logo

January is restaurant month in Cambria, California as well as all of San Luis Obispo. What is restaurant month? A heck of a deal on fine 3 and 4 course meals!

Robin’s Restaurant, located in Cambria, California is offering a four course prix fixe meal for $40. Meals are absolutely delightful served in Robin’s romantic setting with seating indoors and out. For Robin’s specific prix fixe menu click here.

Be sure to get your reservation in, as Robin’s is popular with locals as well as out of town guests. Their number is 805.927.5007 and they are open for both lunch and dinner.

For more information on Restaurant month in San Luis Obispo County and participating restaurants visit the County’s tourism organization at: http://www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com/restaurant-month

Holiday Tours at Hearst Castle

christmas at Hearst Castle

christmas at Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle is always special but never quite so during holiday tours at Hearst Castle. During the season, you will be treated to the Castle dressed for Christmas, and docents donning period attire to share the stories of the delights of the castle in Mr. Hearst’s time.

Conceived in 1919 by newspaper giant William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) and designed by architect Julia Morgan  (1872-1957) Hearst Castle began as a hilltop retreat, and over the years the estate became a museum, showcasing part of Mr. Hearst’s extraordinary collections.

Experience the 1920s and 30s grandeur that surrounded W. R. Hearst and his guests at La Cuesta Encantada—Spanish for “Enchanted Hill”—with guided Hearst Castle tours.

Contact El Colibri Hotel and Spa to book your Hearst Castle Package!

New Year’s Eve at the El Colibri Hotel

champagne

champagne

Join us for New Year’s Eve at the El Colibri Hotel! If you have yet to plan your New Year’s getaway, we have the ticket for you. Each year we plan a special evening at the El Colibri Hotel to celebrate our welcome to the New Year. New Year’s Eve guests at the hotel enjoy a wonderful plethora of delicious finger-foods and champagne to toast. Of coarse, there is live music during the evening, party decor and plenty of fun. As of this date there are even a few rooms remaining available for this special evening.

See you at the hotel New Year’s Eve!