Monday, April 25, 2022

Central Coast Wine Getaway

Our wine country getaway started by picking up Robyn and Kevin at LAX then fighting LA traffic on the way to the PCH.  But the traffic had others plans as we got rear-ended on the 10.  My new jeep had damage to the bumper and exhaust system so wasn't driveable.  The other car had a lot of front end damage.  After a bizarre turn of events with tow trucks and cops, we got Rosie towed back to San Diego and we got rental Sahara to continue our vacation.

Our first stop was Santa Barbara for two nights.  We stayed at the Cheshire Cat Inn which is a place we liked when we lived in Santa Monica. 

Then we headed up to Paso Robles for three nights at the Paso Robles Inn.  I like old school  places like this one but this was a bit noisy.  But they did have hot tubs on the patios!


  • Alma Rosa - awesome hike among the vineyards
  • Ancient Peaks - good wines and even better roast beef sandwiches
  • Cass - Paso classic
  • Nicora - Great wines at a great Tin City winery
  • McPrice Myers - my favorite wines of the trip
  • Justin - good wines but very pretentious 
  • Tablas Creek - tried a new varietal, Tannat
  • Law - another hipster winery
  • L'Aventure - good reds and a fabulous location
  • Turley - wonderful wines
  • Booker - the most hipster of them all


  • Opel - probably the best food of the trip
  • Lark - the most hipster
  • Stokehouse Grill - great food with a more moderately priced wine list
  • The Hatch - best cornbread ever
  • Thomas Hill Organics - farm to table is not my favorite style


  • Cattleman's Lounge - the bar at the Inn was a nice place to play cards
  • Eleven Twenty-Two - cool speakeasy where they lock up your phones



Our post trip inventory

Blue skies over Tablas Creek

Braving the cold at McPrice Myers

Cheshire Cat Inn

Resting on our hike at Alma Rosa

Cheshire Cat Inn garden


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