Monday, April 19, 2010

Winetasting Near Paso Robles - Lodging

When you go winetasting near Paso Robles, where to stay depends on where you want to taste and if you want to combine a visit to Paso Robles with other activities. If you want to taste wine only on the east side of Paso Robles, then you probably want to stay in the town of Paso Robles or at a bed and breakfast on the east side. 

If you only want to taste wine on the west side of Paso Robles, you can stay in Paso Robles, at a bed and breakfast in the countryside, or in the coast-side towns of Cambria or San Simeon.  If you stay in Cambria or San Simeon, you can also easily visit the Hearst Castle at San Simeon and enjoy the beaches at both towns.

If your sole mission is to taste wine and you plan to visit wineries both east and west of Paso Robles, then you probably want to stay in Paso Robles or at a bed and breakfast that's in the countryside but not too far away.
Paso Robles has an array of hotel options but my preference would be to stay near the main square.  If you are near the square you can easily walk to one of the city's good restaurants (more on this in my next post), tasting rooms, and wine bars.  If you decide to make the plaza your home for your Paso Robles vacation, you have two options:  Hotel Cheval and Paso Robles Inn.  The former is an upscale boutique hotel, while the latter is a much larger and less expensive hotel that is a member of Historic Hotels of America.  You'll do fine at either.  Your decision depends on your budget and the type of experience you want to have.

If you decide to stay on the coast, you have three areas to choose from.  In San Simeon, there are motels lining CA Route 1, a few miles south of the Hearst Castle.  The motels on the ocean side generally cost more than those on the inland side, particularly if you have an ocean view.  In Cambria, you can either stay at a motel/bed and breakfast on Moonstone Beach or at a bed and breakfast in town.  Some of the establishments along Moonstone Beach call themselves bed and breakfasts but are really motels that serve breakfast.  The motels along Moonstone Beach sit across a small road from the beach, while those in San Simeon are on a low bluff overlooking the beach.  You can also stay in the town of Cambria where there are a few bed and breakfasts.  You'll be closer to the town's shops and restaurants but will sacrifice an ocean view or an easy walk along the Pacific.

For more detailed lodging information visit the websites of the Paso Robles Wine Alliance, Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, Cambria Chamber of Commerce, or San Simeon Chamber of Commerce.  If you would like to take a private tour of Paso Robles wine country, San Simeon, and/or Cambria that starts in San Francisco, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or Rick@BlueHeronTours.com

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