My husband and I stayed here last Memorial Day (2010) weekend and vowed to return, bring friends, and rent all three rooms. Last year we were celebrating my husband's successful cancer surgery, this year we wanted to bring friends with us.
This year, we again stayed for two nights, and had a fantastic time! Our two couple friends were both wine lovers, and like us, amateur astronomers, so not only did we enjoy the inn by day, but turned off all the lights after dark, set up five telescopes on the patios and grassy lawn looking down towards Morro Rock, and held a star party for ourselves, vintner and innkeeper Philip and some of his friends.
Last year my hubby and I stayed in the Zinfandel Suite, and this year we took the huge Pinot Noir Suite. We just loved it - the tub with picture windows overlooked giant oak trees was fabulous! The king bed was super comfy, with first class linens, great art, interesting knick knacks (giraffe bookends, for example). It's just a perfect room.
The three couples really enjoyed having the place to ourselves, especially as we wanted to turn off all the lights for our dark sky star party.
When we first arrived, several wines were set out for tasting along with some yummy almonds. One couple drove from SF and the other two of us drove from the LA area. We all convened at about 5 p.m. and enjoyed winding down with the lovely Asuncion Ridge wines. After we unpacked, we all jumped into one car for dinner in Morro Bay at the Black Cat Bistro. It's a 45 minute drive to either Paso Robles or the coast, so make dinner reservations, and allow time for driving to and from. The drive is beautiful, with herds of longhorn cattle (one is on Asuncion Ridge's wine labels). After dinner, we sat and talked back at the inn for hours and hours - it was raining so no star party that night. Philip set out some lovely port, and more of his wines. He joined us later in the evening, too. He asked us when we'd like breakfast and we agreed on about 8 a.m.
We all started stirring at about 8 and the French pressed coffee was waiting for the early risers. When we were all assembled, Philip donned a chef's white coat, set up a buffet of fruit, yogurt, juice, granola, milk and made souffles, or crustless quiches, or baked eggs. Sunday morning we were served rameklins ofegg, pancetta, gruyere, leeks, and Monday morning we had eggs with spicy vegetarian chorizo. We had leisurely breakfasts, and we really enjoyed having the place to ourselves. Sunlight poured in from big windows everywhere, and there are lovely sight lines no matter where you look inside. When not together, there are nooks to ready alone everywhere inside and out. We all had time to be alone , or quiet but near our friends. This is true even if you are with people you don't know here. Lots of privacy.
The service was so spot-on, we felt like we owned the place and that Philip was our friend who came to visit, not just our host. I can't recommend Philip or Asuncion Ridge enough!
The highlight, as if the room, food, stargazing, and camaraderie weren't enough, was when Philip invited us to barrel taste some of his wines! We got a lesson in winemaking, saw all the big equipment used to de-stem, sort, crush, and tasted several young wines in barrels. He then made a blend of three grapes! This was totally our favorite moment of a perfect weekend.
We're already planning to come back next Memorial Day weekend (I hope). It will also be a favorable sky watching, wine tasting, and relaxing-in-luxury weekend.
Best: everything, and worth every penny!
Least: leaving when the weekend was over :'-(
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just thirty minutes from our downtown tasting room,is our 320 Acre vineyard estate with luxury suites, stunning ocean and forest vistas and gormet meals. Complimentary wine tasting and discounts at our downtown tasting room. ... more less