Vintage Paso: Zinfandel

Zinfandel

Zinfandel

Calling all Zin lovers out there to “Vintage Paso:Zinfandel”. Paso Robles’ own heritage grape is Zinfandel – and what better way to celebrate this heritage than by a festival?

Over 140 wineries are offering some fun tasting or activity to celebrate this wonderful wine. There are wine and chocolate pairings, winemaker dinners, vineyard tours, barbecues, barrel tastings, live music and more. Visit www.pasowine.com to craft your individual itinerary then surrender yourself to a weekend of zinfully wonderful activities.

 

 

Hearst Castle Upstairs Rooms Tour

Have you visited Hearst Castle Lately? Have you ever experienced the Hearst Castle upstairs rooms tour?

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tour-highlight-gothic-study

On this tour you will wind your way up spiral staircases to the upper floors of this remarkable architectural wonder to discover its most private rooms, including William Randolf Hearst’s personal quarters known as the Gothic Suite, and sumptuous bedrooms assigned to special guests. Once at the top, relish the sweeping views of the lush Castle grounds and the distant shoreline of California’s Central Coast.

This tour includes almost 300 stair steps so may not be appropriate for those with limited mobility. But, if you can manage the climb, your effort will be rewarded by some of the most beautiful views on the Central Coast!

Consider a trip to the Central Coast, and while here consider a trip to Hearst Castle! Try the upstairs rooms tour; you won’t be disappointed!

Enjoy!

Walking Moonstone Beach in Cambria, Ca.

Visitors to the area find enjoyment in walking Moonstone Beach in Cambria, Ca. Why – you might ask. What makes this beach special?

Moonstone gems

Moonstone gems

Consider the name itself – “Moonstone” Beach. If you haven’t guessed, the beach is famous for it’s moonstones. Aside from the beauty of this stone, their is an interesting story to it as well. According to the International Gem Stone Association, “This gemstone is surrounded by a good deal of mystique and magic. In many cultures, for example in India, it is regarded as a holy, magical gemstone. In India, moonstones are also regarded as ‘dream stones’ which bring the wearer beautiful visions at night. In Arabic countries, women often wear moonstones sewn out of sight into their garments, for in their cultures the moonstone is a symbol of fertility.

The moonstone symbolises our being in its entirety. With its soft shimmer, it strengthens our emotional and subconscious aspects. The associations connected with that make it a “lovers’ stone”, evoking tender feelings and safeguarding the true joys of love. It is also said that wearing a moonstone strengthens our intuition and our capacity to understand.”

With a story such as this, a walk on Moonstone Beach in search of your special gem stone sounds like a lot of fun. And, it is! Next time you are in Cambria, California find enjoyment in walking moonstone beach.

Hearst Castle Grand Rooms Tour

A trip to the Central Coast is not complete without partaking of Hearst Castle: Consider a Hearst Castle Grand Rooms Tour!

Assembly-Room

Assembly-Room

Every evening, W. R. Hearst’s guests gathered in the splendid social rooms on the ground floor of Casa Grande—his formal name for the main house. Follow in their footsteps as you travel back in time and experience what it was like to be a guest at Hearst Castle, known then as “The Enchanted Hill.”

Tour highlights include Assembly Room, Refectory, Billiard Room, Theater, Gardens, Neptune Pool and Roman Pool.

As you stroll these historic and lavish structures and gorgeous grounds, consider how Mr. Hearst must have done so over 70 years ago! You’ll be amazed by the treasures he amassed as well as the stories of his entertaining the Hollywood elite.

The El Colibri Hotel and Spa offers a special Hearst Castle hotel package.

Enjoy!

Wine Coast Country Website

Looking to plan your get-away? Then, this is a great place to start!

www.winecoastcountry.com

If you are looking for an insider’s view of the Central Coast, then I encourage you to check out the wine coast country website. The website covers most of the Central Coast and offers vacation ideas, videos on many of the different locals, links to places to stay and things to do. They are also the sponsor of the “Stewardship Travel” program here on the Central Coast.Enjoy!

El Colibri Hotel and Spa

El Colibri Hotel & Spa

El Colibri Hotel & Spa

El Colibri Hotel and Spa operates a lovely petite spa on the premises of the hotel grounds. The Spa is located on the second floor of the hotel and includes two massage rooms, two steam rooms, a rooftop jacuzzi and his/hers dressing rooms. From the moment you enter the reign of the spa, you will be immersed in sights and smells that lead you into utter relaxation. And that is what the El Colibri Hotel and Spa is all about – relaxation and refreshing your spirit.

Massages are available (call the front desk), but even without a massage this spirit of relaxation can be experienced by a trip to the spa and use of the facilities. Unlike many other spas, the use of the facilities is complimentary for guests.

If you find yourself seeking a little rest and relaxation head on over to the El Colibri and take advantage of this wonderful spa facility!

Contact the front desk to make your reservations: (805)924-3003

Private Wine Tours in Paso Robles

Experience the exclusivity of a private wine tour in Paso Robles. We’ve just added a room package to our specials that includes an overnight at the luxury El Colibri Hotel and a private wine tour designed just for you. Group wine tours are a dine a dozen in wine country, but a private wine tour is a memory making experience.

colibri_guests_on_ wine_tour

colibri_guests_on_ wine_tour

For these tours we’ve partnered with Central Coast Food Tours, currently rated the #1 tour provider on Trip Advisor. The Central Coast Food Tours Team will connect with you prior to your visit to learn more about the types of wines you enjoy, the types of tasting room experiences you desire and help you design a gourmet catered lunch to be served at one of the wineries.

If you are looking for a most special experience to celebrate a special occasion, or are traveling with a group who seeks a personalized experience – you’ve found your tour! Visit our Hotel Specials page for more information.

 

New Room Package at El Colibri Hotel and Spa

New Room Package at El Colibri Hotel and Spa during February.

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indulge-me-package

The El Colibri Boutique Hotel and Spa is a romantic getaway for couples during their special occasions or just to rediscover each other. Start off your stay with a welcoming Romance Platter which includes a bottle of wine from the Paso Robles region handpicked by our staff, as well as gourmet chocolates and a rose petal welcome. Next up is your private wine and food tour. Central Coast Food and Wine Tours will craft a private, most special, individualized and romantic tour just for you! Your tour includes transportation to and from the hotel, all tasting fees, a 4 course gourmet catered lunch and all gratuities. Upon booking you will be contacted by Central Coast Food & Wine Tours to plan your special day. Indulge yourself in this special package for lovers.

Visit the hotel website at http://www.elcolibrihotel.com/specials for more information. This special runs through the month of February.

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.