Enjoy a Perfect Burger at Sebastian’s

A Perfect Burger

A Perfect Burger

Enjoy a perfect burger at Sebastian’s in San Simeon. There is such a thing as a “perfect burger”. It starts with the best hamburger available, in this case Hearst Ranch beef. Add to that smokey bacon, fresh avocados from Morro Bay and home-baked bread and you’ve got a great start!

We found Sebastian’s after a day at the San Simeon beach. The restaurant is tucked back along a frontage road that parallels Hwy 1 – just after you pull into the entrance to San Simeon Beach. Since most are so eager to hit the beach, they fail to meander the back road and happen upon this little find. The shop is located in an old whaling building that now houses Hearst Ranch winery as well as the sandwich shop. In addition to burgers you’ll find awesome fries and onion rings, as well as super-delicious sandwiches – we tried the turkey with avocado and cranberry sauce and it was outstanding. With Hearst Ranch tasting room in the same building, you can enjoy a glass of wine with your sandwich.


Discover Centrally Grown in Cambria, California

Discover Centrally Grown in Cambria, California.

Centrally Grown

Centrally Grown

One of our favorite restaurants, “The Hamlet” has been sold and is now operating as Centrally Grown. The new owners have brought a welcome addition for ‘things to do’ in the Cambria area by offering a multi-use property for tourists and locals alike. You’ll find a cafe and bar, a specialty market offering a large collection of locally procured goods such as cheeses, wines, olive oils, as well as a deli counter with daily specials, a catering service and beautiful grounds featuring a garden nursery.

Additionally, on the site you’ll find garden paths to wander, interesting art along the paths, a gift shop and plenty of little ‘nooks’ to sit and relax. The emphasis in Centrally Grown’s offering is sustainable, fresh, local products, of which you’ll find plenty! They have a great wine selection of hard to find local wines at reasonable prices.

Whether you are a camper from the campground down the road, a local resident looking for a great supply of local food product, or someone passing through the area, Centrally Grown makes a nice stop.

Centrally Grown is located at 7432 Exotic Garden Drive off Hwy 1 as you leave Cambria and head toward San Simeon. Their phone number is 800.717.4379


A Day at San Simeon Beach

San Simeon Beach

San Simeon Beach

A Day at San Simeon Beach

Just a scant 7 miles from the El Colibri Hotel and Spa, we invite you to spend a day at San Simeon beach. The beach is located directly down the hill from Hearst Castle, across the Hwy. 1 entrance to Hearst Castle. In addition to a pier, sandy beaches and a wonderful cove, you’ll find the Coastal Discovery Center. Here are some favorite activities to enjoy:

  • Take a walk on the pier – fish or look for whales;
  • Discover the Discovery Center;
  • Plan a BBQ and take advantage of the many public grills and picnic tables on the bluff overlooking the ocean;
  • Rent a kayak and explore the serene waters of the cove;
  • Taste wine and enjoy a sandwich at Hearst Ranch winery and Sebastian’s located just down the street from the beach;
  • Take a hike out to the point;
  • Relax on the beach and catch up on your summer reading.

There are many beautiful beaches on the Central Coast, San Simeon is one of our favorites!

California Mid-State Fair

Cal Midstate Fair

Cal Midstate Fair

Come and visit for the California Mid-State Fair! The Mid-State Fair, located in Paso Robles, California offers a flurry of activities during its  12 day run from July 22, 2015 to August 2, 2015. On the docket are equestrian and livestock shows, musical and other performances, displays of agricultural, fine arts, flowers, home and industrial arts and landscaping. A

There is plenty of food and drink activity to keep everyone entertained including the Central Coast wine and olive oil competitions, a variety of food and drink demonstrations, and winemaker nights.

The fair is open from 12pm – 12am for the duration of the fair. For a listing of the musical headliners, click here. For the daily schedule of events, click here. Tickets for the fair can be purchased at the entrance gates for $6 p/person.

Enjoy the fun!

Willie Nelson in Concert!

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

No denying Willie Nelson has been around for a long time … and has collected an assortment of fans who enjoy his music. If you are one of these folks, then mark your calendar for July 21, 2015 to see Willie Nelson in concert!. According to his biography:


“Willie Nelson is one of the most successful country music singer-songwriters in history, releasing 68 studio albums and 10 live albums. He wrote his first song at the age of seven and joined his first band at ten, playing concerts as a lead singer and guitar player while still in high school. He spent the ‘50s and ‘60s writing songs for established acts such as Ray Price and Patsy Cline, as well as releasing a string of albums on Liberty and RCA beginning with his debut …And Then I Wrote in 1962. In 1973, he signed to Atlantic Records and put out Shotgun Willie, which veered into outlaw country, a stark contrast from the mainstream Nashville sound and clean-cut country artists of the era. 1975’s Red Headed Stranger and 1978’s Stardust followed on Columbia Records, both garnering commercial and critical success. The ‘80s saw the release of No. 1 albums Honeysuckle Rose, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Always on My Mind, and The Promiseland, as well as Nelson joining Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson in the country supergroup The Highwaymen, touring and releasing three studio albums between 1985 and 1995. Nelson continues to release a new album almost every year and delight ticket buyers in live shows to this day.”

Willie Nelson and his band will be playing at the Vine Robles Ampitheater in Paso Robles. Tickets cost $60 – $135 depending upon seating location. Get your tickets here. Enjoy Willie Nelson in concert!

Paso Robles Park Concerts

Paso Robles Park

Paso Robles Park

Living on the Central Coast, we are incredibly lucky to have so many different communities offering free summer concerts. One of our favorites takes place in the downtown historical park in Paso Robles. Starting Thursday, June 18th, the city rolls out the welcome matts for locals and visitors alike to join in the fun at the downtown park. A wide variety of music genres will be presented throughout the summer – you’re sure to find some tunes you like! Add to the music, local wineries, Firestone-Walker, and a variety of local food venders will be present to make assembling your “picnic” super-easy.

Or, if half the fun is creating your own picnic to pack for the event consider a visit to one of our local cheese shops (DiRamona and Vivant). And, don’t forget a visit to one of our 15 downtown tasting rooms to pick up a bottle or two of your favorite wine. There’s plenty to choose from!

The nice thing about Paso Robles’ Park Concerts is that it truly is a family event. You’ll see families congregate with the little one’s enjoying the fun as much as their parents. For a trip back in time to Old Time Americana don’t miss the Paso Robles Park Concerts.

Luxury at The El Colibri Hotel

Sunset at Moonstone BeachLet’s face it;we all need a little luxury now and then. It might be enjoying a smooth, velvety wine that costs more than we usually spend, or perhaps that pair of shoes that looked perfect on but was way over the budget, or maybe it’s just indulging in a little escape from the day to day. Luxury is truly, all in the eyes of the beholder.

Let me offer up one of my ideas of luxury – a stay at the El Colibri Hotel and Spa. For me, luxury is the ability to remove myself from the day to day demands of work and life and immerse myself in a beautiful new environment where I can relax and refill myself with energy and enthusiasm for life. The El Colibri gives me just that sort of getaway. From the moment I walk through the front door, my mind clicks into a different setting. It says something like this: slow down, enjoy, relax. And while my mind may be leading the way, the El Colibri has never failed to deliver. The rooms with their cool restful color palettes, the super-soft linens on the bed, the modern hip wine bar and easy access to long walks along the beach make my stay at the El Colibri nothing short luxurious.

What’s your definition of luxury?

Music on the Central Coast

Music on the Central Coast

Music on the Central Coast

It’s with a sense of excitement and a certain amazement that music on the Central Coast has become a major draw to the area. While it’s no secret we have a growing and extremely talented cadre of local musicians, the news is that several venues are bringing in major name talent. From the PAC at Calpoly and venues up in the North County such as the Event Center and Vina Robles Ampitheater we are seeing a stream of talent parade through the County.

Below are the links to check out each venue’s upcoming shows:




Come visit us and enjoy the music!

Paso Robles Wine Area

Central Coast Wines

Central Coast Wines

Have you visited the Paso Robles Wine Area? The area stepped into the limelight when Wine Spectator recognized a Paso Robles wine as the #1 wine – worldwide in 2010. Since then thousands of people have visited the area to see what all the commotion is about. Not disappointed, visitors are tasting the delights and learning the history of Paso Robles. An interesting factoid is that Paso Robles is the second largest Rhone grape growing area – in the world! Where is the first? The Rhone Valley in France, of course. So, if you love those heady reds, you’ve found your nirvana!

Visit the Paso Robles Wine area and take a wine tour as a great way to learn about and enjoy the area’s treasures. With over 200 wineries to explore, it’s difficult to know where to start. There are several wine touring companies in Paso Robles that offer safe transportation to the wineries to allow you to enjoy the wine without worrying about driving. If you seek a private wine tour, individually crafted to your particular tasting preferences, you should try Central Coast Food & Wine Tours. In addition to transportation, they provide a gourmet catered lunch and cover all your tasting fees.

Whether you decide to book a tour or elect to explore on your own, rest assured there is plenty to discover in the Paso Robles Wine Country!

Visit the Coastal Discovery Center

Coastal Discovery Center

Coastal Discovery Center

We invite you to visit the Coastal Discovery Center located in San Simeon, California. The Coastal Discovery Center is a joint effort between the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and California State Parks. The Center is located on San Simeon Bay in the San Simeon Beach recreation area.

The The Coastal Discovery Center explores the interface of land and sea. The Center offers a variety of interactive exhibits, educational programs and is currently conducting several studies. Our cultural and natural history is a primary focus in the Center’s activities and exhibits.

Hours of operation are:

Open Friday through Sunday 11:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. and holidays.

Call for holiday hours: 805-927-6575

School groups welcome by appointment. Call 805-927-2145.

Located at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach just across the entrance from Hearst Castle on Highway One near the historic town of San Simeon.