We visit Cental California nearly every year. We have always stayed in an ocean-front room in Cambria. We decided to try something different this year and stay in a B&B in El Paso de Robles. We reviewed the five top-rated B&Bs on Trip Advisor and, through a process of elimination, selected High Ridge Manor. (We eliminated two of the five because they don't have king-sized beds, which is very important to us.)
High Ridge Manor (HRM) is appropriately named. It sits at the top of a high ridge, at the end of a long road. If you've never been there before, I suggest you arrive before dark. We arrived after dark and had some amount of difficulty finding HRM.
As we drove to and from the B&B each day, we'd see rabbits, deer, horses, cows, goats and of course lots of birds. The owners have three dogs and four cats. As we ate breakfast each morning, we watched deer graze in the nearby hills. Cindy & Jim have found a little piece of heaven here on earth.
We arrived on a Monday evening and checked out Friday morning. The smaller wineries are not open for tasting on week days. While we were enjoying the gourmet breakfast Jim had prepared for us Tuesday morning, Cindy discreetly disappeared. She returned a few minutes later to tell us that both Dubost and Jack Creek would accomodate us, even though they wouldn't be open to the public that day! They also turned us on to two great "steals" -- the Homestead Red from Dubost and 2007 Savignon Blanc from Clayhouse. We bought a case of each.
Our room was beautifully decorated. The four-poster bed is very high which is part of what makes the room so dramatic. But my husband has physical challenges and found it difficult to get down off of the bed. That won't be an issue for most people, but I'm sure there are a few Trip Advisor Members who will find it hard to get into or out of a high bed, so I mention it. The pillows were not firm enough for either one of us. They might be down-filled, which many people like and find luxurious but we need firmer fatter pillows. The room is not designed for reading or watching TV -- unless you can do so comfortably in bed, which we can't.
HRM has a game room which sports a pool table, Ms. Pac Man, a chess set, and a TV. We were usually dressed and ready by 8:30 A.M. Because breakfast is served at 9, my husband and I spent 1/2 hour each morning playing pool. It's been ages since we've played pool with each other and it was great fun. We'd get three games in before breakfast while catching the morning news.
This was, at time time of our stay, one of our best B&B experiences.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Beautiful new Bed & Breakfast featuring the "Best Views in Paso Robles!" Please enjoy our hospitality while you explore the best that the Central Coast Wine Country has to offer. Paso Robles is known for its amazing wines, unique shopping and sweeping country views. You won't be disappointed! ... more less
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