Vine Street Lights

What’s more Christmas-y than lovely, quaint Paso Robles homes adorned with more Christmas lights than you could ever imagine. Every year, the wonderful families on Vine Street in Paso go to all ends to decorate their homes for the holiday. You’ll see 14 blocks of lights, storytellers, Santas, Grinches, Music, Carolers, Dancers, Hot cocoa and cider, and tons of Christmas cheer!

Some of my best memories from my childhood involve the total and utter awe that this holiday display invokes. There is seriously nothing more special (except for maybe the first time I remember meeting the real Santa Claus!). And even today, the Vine Street families make me think that I can be way more ambitious in my holiday decorating—I don’t think I’m up for the kinds of light like on the house below this year…but there’s always next, right?!

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Come Visit for a little Rest and Relaxation

Rest and Relaxation at El ColibriI don’t know about you, but once Thanksgiving is past we seem to shift into high gear: A count down of sort until the Christmas celebration. My “to-do” lists seem to take on a life of their own, growing exponentially longer by the day!

As I’ve aged, I’ve learned to pace myself and actually plan for a little R&R in these very busy times. Yes, there are still the holiday celebrations to attend, as well as our own party to plan and host… as well as the house decorations, gift shopping, and well… you get the idea. But, it somehow seems all the manageable when part of my “plans” include a plan for my own respite!

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“Tasteful Decor, Cozy Fireplace, Great Bar, and Excellent Complimentary Breakfast!”

El Colibri Wine Bar“Tasteful Decor, Cozy Fireplace, Great Bar, and Excellent Complimentary Breakfast!”
- Reviewed November 7, 2012

My husband and I stayed at El Colibri Hotel and Spa on our way up the California coast during our honeymoon. Our suite included a living room area with a mini bar, cozy fireplace, jacuzzi tub, great shower, and was decorated simply yet elegantly. The staff was warm and welcoming. Our room was decorated with rose petals and chocolates upon our arrival because was told them we were on our honeymoon. The bar was having a wine tasting event which was excellent including live music. Lastly, the complimentary breakfast in the morning was yummy and included a nice assortment of cereals, yogurt, fruit, bagels, and pastries. We very much enjoyed our stay and would definitely return.

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Favorite Wines of the Colibri

Favorite Wines of El ColibriI feel so privileged to work at the El Colibri. It’s not only a wonderful hotel that strives to be the best we can be, to treat our guests with care and try to make every guests stay something special. But we also have the advantage of working in a boutique that has one of the best Wine Bars on the Central Coast—and THE place to be in Cambria on a Saturday evening. Every Saturday during our Wine and Music nights, we have the opportunity to listen to some fantastic local musicians as well as learning about and tasting wines from some of the best boutique vinters in the county. I’ve learned more about wine than I could have hoped for and have some to enjoy not only tasting wine but also thinking about the processes that go into making an excellent bottle.

I thought it might be helpful to do a round up of some of our featured wineries on the blog so that if you are thinking of taking a trip to the Central Coast and want to plan out a winery or wine tasting day, you can have a leg up.

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Grape Harvest – What Goes into Harvest Season

Central Coast Grape HarvestHere on the Central Coast we have the luxury of living and working in the midst of one of the best up and coming wine regions in the world. We have the pleasure of knowing a number of growers, vinters, and other wine lovers. We also have the advantage of having tastings from boutique wineries right in our Wine Bar each week. All this means that over the years we’ve come to know a fair bit about the wine making process—of course we’re not professionals by any means, but we can share our little bit of knowledge with you.

As the fall season dawns, the wine industry is thinking one thing: CRUSH! The grape harvest or the crush is a crucial part of the wine making process. It happens as the grapes finish ripening on the vines and the wine-maker decides that the time has come to pick the grapes. This is a massive, massive effort and oftentimes this means that people from all over the world will flock to Paso Robles to help with the Harvest and Crush. Did you know that there are actually wine professionals who fly around the world helping with the Crush at different wineries for a living? They’ll spend September, October, November in the Northern Hemisphere and March, April, May in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Halloween on the Central Coast

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays around these parts. It’s such a fun time when you have kids (or when you are young at heart!) with the costumes, the parties, the celebrations, and… the candy!! Because we live in small communities throughout the Central Coast, you’ll find that there are lots of neighborhoods that really get into the holiday spirit.

In the spirit of Halloween and because you know we love our food and wine region, here are a couple of ideas for costumes that celebrate our region.

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“Great hotel!!”

Superior King with Spa Tub“Great Hotel!!”
-Reviewed July 27, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights at El Colibri and it was an amazing experience. My wife and I stayed at the jacuzzi king room and it was very spacious! It included every amenity you could possibly need, except for your basic kitchen appliances. The room was very clean and the staff was very helpful and attentive. Our only complaint about the room is the pillows are very uncomfortable. It was either too hard or too soft, which gave my wife and I neck pains. Anyways, Cambria is a beautiful place, but restaurants, gas station and shops over charge for their goods. We mostly spent our time at Morro Bay and Pismo Beach where prices were much reasonable. El Colibri is the best choice for hotel in the area and we will surely come back.

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Colibri Wine Bar

El Colibri Wine BarWhether you are just passing through on a drive from San Francisco to LA or if you’ve come to explore the Central Coast and all it has to offer, the El Colibri has what you’re looking for. Even if you are short on time, we hope that you’ll be able to join us at the Colibri Wine Bar where we have some of the best bottles of Central Coast wines from boutique vintners and wineries. Our owners and wine buyers know the region well—they’ve visited, talked to, and tasted bottles from all over the region.

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“Love, love, love this hotel!”

El Colibri Room“Love, love, love this hotel! Great for parents of small children”
-Reviewed August 2, 2012

I love this hotel! We stayed here for the first time in 2010, with our two children. Loved it then and now because it makes indulging in local wines and massage so easy. Rooms lovely, too. Comfortable beds, nice decor, the sound of the ocean. This time we got the executive suite above the reception area. Nice and roomy, though a little noisy with the windows open. Highway One traffic is just beyond the window and people park just down below to check in. It was nice having some separation between the kids’ bed and ours. Made staying up and enjoying wine from the wine bar much easier. NIce breakfast, though more protein options would have been appreciated. The only real drawback is that there is no refrigerator in the room. That would have really useful with the kids.

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