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!



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.


Wine Coast Country Website

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


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.



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



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.



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