We planned a rendezvous with my husband brother and his wife in Paso. Two of the four of us celebrate April Birthday's, and Paso is between our two home cities at the moment. Once we knew the town I went looking for lodging - I chose the Winemaker's Porch for the location and the rooms - ours was a suite-ish room called the Bordeaux Suite. The bathroom had a regular sized (not huge, but not tiny) soaking tub which was nice. The room itself has a queen bed that was SO comfortable, and our room also had a very nice, large tiled area that was basically kitchen with a microwave and fridge, nice table with 4 chairs, dishes, sink - and there is also an area with two very comfy wing backed chairs and an electric faux-fireplace heater, that did add a very fun aire, cool light, and nice heat. The other room (Burgundy Room) shared our second floor of the barn location (actually "over" the barrel room, and wine making areas, but it's QUIET), their room was smaller in comparison, but still a nice size. Their bathroom was back down the stairs and down a hallway though. This wasn't a problem for them (we're all between 35 and 45), but it's something that people should be aware of (it's stated as such on the Winemaker's Porch website).
Now, about the Inn Keepers. Marlowe and Corinne are absolutely wonderful, and Marlowe makes a really fine cab! In fact, there was a complimentary bottle in our room when we arrived, with some really tasty cookies. The same for our brother and sis-in-law. Marlowe also did a barrel tasting for us one of the nights we were there, and we just hung out in the wine making space sipping and talking. Very nice.
About breakfast: both mornings I was amazed. First, the guest picks a time, say between 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., for coffee delivery outside of their room. Then, the guest picks a breakfast time to wander over to the main house for food - although the simple label of "food" doesn't do justice to the magical transformation from grocery to sumptuous repast called breakfast. Our last morning there we had baby bran muffins with fresh fruit and yogurt, which is about my normal breakfast, but then we were served a croissant sandwich with ham and cheese. I could only eat half, as could my husband, so they happily packaged the rest to go. That was our lunch at one of the California Missions, in the mission garden, on our way home - so nice! The first morning we were there a guest that was staying in the main house (The Estate Room) had dietary restrictions (no wheat) and Corinne created something special for her, which looked very tasty as well.
I can't say enough good things about this place... I like to stay in different places each time I visit a place, but I have to say I'd make an exception for Paso. I'll stay with Marlowe and Corinne again! Hopefully on our next stay I'll have time to read whilst laying in the hammock!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Winemakers Porch Bed & Breakfast is perched on top of a knoll overlooking the Bordeaux vineyards of Frances James Vineyards. Conveniently located just 5 miles from downtown Paso Robles but situated along the Backroads Wineries tour you are minutes from tastings at several boutique wineries. The Bordeaux and Burgundy suites are located above the Barrel room and the Estate suite is in the main house. All of the rooms offer fine linens, plush robes, complimentary bottle of wine as well as firpleaces and soaker tub. During your stay you will be offered estate barrel tastings and a chance to discuss grape growing and wine making with the owners, Corinne & Marlowe Evenson. They invite you to share in there Vineyard Lifestyle and experience a complete vine to wine weekend at The Winemakers Porch. ... more less