Harvest Wine Weekend - Wine Tours and Accomodations
Paso Harvest Wine Weekend: Where to Stay
Forget the tour bus crowds and nightmarish traffic of Napa and Sonoma. This harvest season, it’s all about Paso wine country. From October 20-22, Paso Robles will completely transform for Harvest Wine Weekend.
Paso is California’s fastest-growing wine region, with 26,000 acres of vineyards and 200+ wineries. Sure, the vibe here is a bit cowboy-meets-winemaker, but the wines produced here rival those from iconic U.S. wine regions.
October might be several weeks away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about your accommodations. Over the years, we’ve become pretty familiar with the hotels in Paso Robles and in the surrounding Central Coast.
If you want to treat yourself…
11680 Chimney Rock Road, Paso Robles, CA
First planted in 1981, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery is one of the most revered wineries in the Central Coast. Today, they’re known for their world-class Bordeaux-style blends, among other award-winners.
In 2013, JUSTIN Vineyards underwent a major redesign and opened up a tasting room that offers sweeping views of the natural landscape, a gorgeous restaurant and upgraded rooms in the JUST Inn Suites.
Their three suites are located a short walk from the tasting room and restaurant. Each suite is outfitted with sleek, contemporary decor, fireplaces and hotel linens, with breathtaking vineyard views. An overnight stay at The JUST Inn includes breakfast and a tour of the winery and caves. That’s right: caves. Suites start at $375 per night.
Or, if you’re looking to take it up a notch, book the Vintner’s Villa: a 1,400 square foot French country villa located on the second story of their production facility, a quarter mile from the tasting room. The Villa has one upstairs bedroom, and the downstairs living room has a queen size sofa bed. You’ll get access to an entire home, complete with a full kitchen and dining room, and you’ll be completely surrounded by vineyards. $575 per night.
Maybe you really want to splurge. If that’s the case, check out The Chateau at JUSTIN. The 12,000 square foot mansion is an ideal wine country vacation rental. It’s located atop a hill overlooking the winery and boasts four bedrooms, six bathrooms, a chef’s kitchen, dining room, lavish living area and a library. $2,600 per night.
If you want to stay in the heart of Paso…
1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles, CA
The Paso Robles Inn is in the heart of downtown Paso, making it an ideal spot if you want to be within walking distance of all of Paso’s great shops, bars and restaurants. You’ll get to spend your days exploring the countryside vineyards, and your evenings immersing yourself in Paso nightlife.
Situated on a property that dates back to 1857, that frontier town hospitality is alive and well at the Paso Robles Inn. The Spanish-style brick façade may appear unassuming from the outside, but the cozy and casual hotel provides an experience that is uniquely Paso.
Guests can take advantage of the Inn’s steakhouse restaurant and coffee shop, outdoor pool, spa and fitness club. Accommodations range from traditional guest rooms to the newly renovated winery-themed mineral spa rooms, which offer garden views and private hot springs mineral spa tubs. It doesn’t get more Paso than that! Rooms start at $259 per night.
If you like a little eccentricity...
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo
Madonna Inn, just 30 minutes south of Paso, has been a Central Coast landmark since it opened in 1958. It may be a bit of a drive, but if you want to stay somewhere unlike any hotel you’ve ever been to -- and you want some Instagram photo ops -- it’s the place to be.
Each of the Madonna Inn’s 110 guest rooms are uniquely designed and themed, catering to a range of tastes: rock rooms, waterfall showers, fireplaces, vintage furnishings… Room names include “California Poppy,” “Desert Sands” and “Jungle Rock.” The grounds are also home to a steakhouse, café, cocktail lounge and bakery.
Some may call it tacky, but either way, it’s probably the most outrageous motel you’ve ever seen. Rooms start at $209 per night.
Click here to make a reservation. To book a specific guest room, call Guest Services at 805-543-3000.
If you want to be on the water…
2727 Shell Beach Road, Pismo Beach, CA
This 4-star cliffside resort overlooks San Luis Obispo Bay and is the perfect setting for a romantic weekend getaway. The all-suite resort’s rooms are equipped with a living room, dining room, gourmet kitchen, laundry facilities and a balcony. Plus, you’re only 10 miles from downtown SLO and 6 miles from Oceano Dunes Natural Preserve, undisturbed coastal dunes that are the perfect place to go for a walk.
Grab dinner at Lido, the Inn’s fine dining restaurant, or book a spa day to unwind and relax. And since the resort is so close to Central Coast Wine Country, you can work with the concierge to set up reservations and transportation to and from wineries.
If you want to go to wine country without actually staying in wine country, the Dolphin Bay Inn is a perfect option. You get the best of both worlds! Suites start at $359 per night.
If you want unparalleled hospitality…
101 San Miguel Street, Avila Beach, CA
The staff at Avila La Fonda Hotel are known for going above and beyond to provide a level of hospitality you’ve never before experienced. Although the hotel is still relatively new, it was designed with California’s iconic Spanish Colonial architecture in mind.
That, coupled with Old World Mexican hospitality, combine to create a resort oasis. The hotel offers your typical amenities, like 24-hour concierge and complimentary breakfast, but they kick it up a notch with commemorative welcome and departure gifts, a nightly manager’s reception where guests can enjoy local wine and hors d’oeuvres, and late night ice cream and fresh Avila Valley Barn pie.
Stay at the Avila La Fonda Hotel, and you’ll be in the heart of the charming seaside town’s dining district, the beach and the pier. Rooms start around $230 per night.
If you want to be on the water on a budget…
60 State Park Road, Morro Bay, CA
This picturesque beachfront motel is perfect for people who want that oceanside experience, but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it. The Inn at Morro Bay has simple accommodations and it’s close to all the attractions: Morro Rock, SLO, Elfin Forest, Mission San Luis Obispo, plus a handful of museums and aquariums.
Morro Bay is a 45-minute drive from Paso Robles. If you want to split your time between wine country and the beach, then the Inn at Moro Bay is the place to be. Rooms start around $100 per night. Click here for reservation information.
If you want to be in wine country…
2700 Buena Vista Drive, Paso Robles, CA
Just 3 miles outside of downtown Paso, Allegretto offers some of the most breathtaking vineyard views you’ll find in wine country. The Mediterranean-style countryside refuge is located on Paso’s east side among 20 acres of vineyards and olive and fruit orchards. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a Tuscan villa.
Explore wine country on horseback, taste wine (including Allegretto’s private label) or lounge by the pool in a private cabana. Allegretto’s 171 guestrooms and suites boast tall ceilings, balconies or patios, and garden views.
A stay in this resort puts you right in the middle of Paso wine country. And during harvest, where else would you want to be? Rooms start at $349 per night.