Paso Robles Wines

Rhone Valley

Rhone Valley

With Winefest coming up this weekend, we invite you to discover Paso Robles wines. Paso Robles has recently been noted for the quality of their wines in a variety of wine publications. What wines is the area known for? Paso Robles is predominately known for the big, bold reds produced. Here I invite you to think about Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah and the many blends these two staples create. Additionally, Paso Robles is recognized as the second largest growing area of Rhone Valley varietals – second only to the Rhone Valley in France! Our trademark blend from the Rhone varietals is called “GSM” referring the to combination of Grenach-Syrah-Mourvedre grapes. You’ll find many wineries creating their unique blend of GSM – some use more of one grape or less, creating very unique wines despite the common or shared ingredients.

This weekend at the Paso Robles Winefest, we invite you to explore the many wonderful wines!

Cheers

Farm Fresh Cuisine in Cambria, California

local fruit and vegetables

local fruit and vegetables

We invite you to enjoy the farm fresh cuisine in Cambria, California. One of the many benefits of being on the Central Coast is access to the many local farms, ranchers and growers. We are lucky to have locally sourced row crops, fruits and nuts, meats, olive oil, honey and more! We also have one of the few abalone farms in the United States.

This veritable bounty of fresh, local food proves ample incentive to our many creative chefs. While many of Cambria’s restaurants source their product locally, three standouts come to mind: Robin’s, Madeline’s and the Black Cat Bistro. In these restaurants you’ll find their menus changing frequently to highlight the seasonal bounty. And frankly, I can’t think of a meal more delicious than one curated fresh off the local farms.

Next time you are in Cambria, California plan your dinners to take advantage of our local growers and our inspired local chefs.

Cheers!

Enjoy Dinner at Madeline’s

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cambria-restaurants-madelines-dinner-

Looking for a delightful dinner in Cambria, California? Then I invite you to enjoy dinner at Madeline’s! Located on Main Street, Madeline’s is known for their creative and delicious dinners using locally sourced and seasonally available ingredients. A few of their specialities are double cut pork chops, filet mignon and rack of lamb. And don’t forget the wine! Madeline’s offers a special 5 course dinner paired with wines, or you can order off the menu and ask for wine to be paired with your meal. In any event, Madeline’s offers an exquisite wine list for their patron’s enjoyment. This is a small, intimate restaurant so be certain to make reservations.

Madeline’s is located at 788 Main St., in Cambria, California. Their phone number is 805.927.4175. Madeline’s is open daily from 5 – 9 p.m.

A Walk on Moonstone Beach in Cambria, Ca.

Cambria Moonstone Beach

Cambria Moonstone Beach

It’s only spring, but the weather is glorious and perfect for a walk on Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California. Access to the boardwalk that skirts the nature reserve and leads down to the beach is just outside the front door of the El Colibri Hotel and Spa.

Enjoy a beautiful walk on the boardwalk with breathtaking ocean views. I can’t think of a better way to familiarize oneself with the bluffs along Moonstone Beach Dr. As the boardwalk works it way along the beachfront, you’ll be encouraged to sit and rest awhile with the several benches you’ll find along the way. There are also steps down from the boardwalk to the sands of the beach. Down on the beach you may be tempted to look for the moonstones that gave this beach its namesake. Whether you want to enjoy your views from the bluff, or dip your toes in the water today’s a perfect day to enjoy a walk on Moonstone Beach.

Tesla EV Charging Station at El Colibri Hotel

Tesla charging station

Tesla charging station

The El Colibri Hotel and Spa is pleased to offer their guests a TESLA EV charging station! Yes, with electric vehicles on the road growing at the rate of 33% annually, more and more of our guests are looking for a quick and convenient charge for their vehicle. What better way to charge your car – than while you sleep.

Offering our guests an electric vehicle charging station is just one of many initiatives the El Colibri Hotel and Spa has implemented to keep our planet green and preserve our natural resources. To learn more about the hotel’s electric vehicle charging capabilities please give one of our service associates a call at 805.924.3003.

 

Wine Festival in Paso Robles May 14-17th, 2015

Paso wine fest

Paso wine fest

These four days in wine country are set to delight, educate and captivate with winemaker dinners, seminars, musical events, and vineyard tours. This quintessential Paso experience culminates in the picturesque Downtown Paso Robles City Park with more than 70 of Paso Robles’ best wineries sharing their wines on a beautiful day in May.

What’s planned for the weekend? Thursday, May 14th you’ll find several winemaker dinners at Paso Robles’ top restaurants. Friday offers the event named “RESERVE” – this outdoor tasting offers reserve, library or futures with local restaurants providing small bites to pair with the wines, and an auction.

Saturday will offer a winemaker seminar and the Festival Grand Tasting. A picnic lunch available for purchase will be offered at the Grand tasting. Tickets are on sale at www.pasowine.com You can plan your weekend by viewing the wine festival, accommodations and touring pages on this same website. Over 130 wineries will be hosting special activities during wine festival weekend in Paso Robles.

 

 

Castoro Cellars Summer Concert Schedule

Each summer all us locals look forward to the start of Castoro Cellars summer concert season. This year quite a line up is planned:

castoro cellars

castoro cellars

  • May 10th     Free concert from 1-4pm “Rewined”
  • May 15th     $40 includes dinner – concert starts at 6:15pm  “Snap Jackson + the Knock on Wood Band”
  • June 21st     Free concert from 1-4pm  “The Martin Paris Band”
  • June 27th    $22 – concert starts at 6pm  “Laurence Juber”
  • July 19th      Free concert from 1-4pm   “Guy Budd Band”
  • July 25th      $22 – concert starts at 6pm   “Blame Sally”
  • Aug. 22nd    $22 – concert starts at 6 pm   “”Wake the Dead”

For more information, contact castoro cellars at  805  238-0725

Wildflowers on HWY 46

wildflowers

wildflowers

Many of our guests are driving to the El Colibri Hotel and Spa from the California’s central valley. Along this drive you will be treated to wildflowers on Hwy 46.  While the eastern section of Hwy 46 is perhaps one of the driest areas around, come spring the land becomes littered with wild flowers. The wild flower season is a short one – so don’t miss out. Plan your trip before the end of April not to miss this lovely collection of wildflowers!

Enjoy!

Luxury at The El Colibri Hotel

Superior King with Spa Tub

King with Spa Tub

Why not take a mini-vacation and enjoy a stay and the luxury at the El Colibri Hotel? The hotel sits at the start of the boardwalk that leads you on a short walk to Moonstone Beach. Back at the hotel, you’ll enjoy the top notch service offered by our caring staff, clean modern accommodations, the Colibri wine bar, and our Petite Spa with a rooftop jacuzzi, steam showers and private massage rooms.

Many of the El Colibri’s rooms come with large jacuzzi or soaking tubs. And, all rooms will warm you with in-room fireplaces. Add to that the beautiful views out over the wooded parkland … well, relaxation is the inevitable conclusion. Which is exactly what a stay at the El Colibri Hotel and Spa is intended to offer – relaxation and refreshment. A stay at the El Colibri will leave you pampered, refreshed and ready to take on the realities of daily life. Meanwhile though, enjoy the luxury at the El Colibri Hotel!

Enjoy your stay….

Spring on the Central Coast

cambria-spring

cambria-spring

Enjoy Spring on the Central Coast. Spring has sprung on the Central Coast and the hills are an amazing color of green. We haven’t seen this sort of color since the drought. Not to say the drought has ended… but Paso Robles rainfall is close to historical levels. The result –  an explosion of color. The hills are growing grass, the vines are breaking buds and the flowers are in bloom like never before. A drive along highway 46 W will leave you gawking at all the wildflowers!

A walk down main street in Cambria leaves you feeling as if you were visiting a well tended disneyland! And with all the foliage and blossoms comes the most amazing scents. Indeed, you’ll feel transported back to a beautiful New England village.

So whether you might enjoy a drive through the countryside or a stroll down Main St. – consider this the perfect time to visit to see the first breath of Spring.

Enjoy!