Have to admit, right off the bat, that I'm not a big fan of southwestern decor, but Wild Coyote has me smitten! This wonderfully unique place is perfect to re-charge your batteries - close enough to town/Hwy 101 and their amenities, but far (and high) enough to feel like you've got the whole wine country to yourself.
Friends brought us to Wild Coyote for the first time this spring to taste wine. We had to drive through construction to reach the temporary Tasting Room in the back barrel barn - they were working on the new kitchen and tasting room at the time. The wine was great (we joined the Port Wine Club), but the location and scenery stole the show.
My husband turned the double nickel (55) over Labor Day Weekend - and as a last minute treat - we decided to spend a couple of nights at one of WC's five private casitas. We checked in late Tuesday with Paul in the new tasting room and gift shop. It was like arriving at a long lost friend's! I booked one of the two available King rooms - the Pueblo. You walk to the casitas via a community patio (that they light up at night). We were shown our room and Paul gave a quick run-down of the amenities including how to turn on the A/C or, if it got too cool at night, the fireplace!
The room was lovely! The decor is hardly your motel/hotel chain variety. They state (in a nicely thorough one page paper they give you regarding your stay) that the items have been lovingly collected along the owners', Gianni and Kati's, travels.
We quickly settled in, but not before noticing the nice touches: mini-fridge, microwave, coffee machine, bottled water (for bringing along for wine tasting), water jug for making coffee (they are on a well and the water, while safe, tastes funny), complimentary bottle of WC Zinfandel (with 2 glasses and opener), fluffy towels (including beach towels for the hot-tub), private front deck (with 2 adirondacks and a table). This was such a well-appointed room!
Most wineries close by about 5pm, so since it was 4:15 - we decided to stay at Wild Coyote and taste their juice. Paul was knowledgable, passionate and engaging. We learned even more about their wine, but also, where to go for dinner. Based on his recommendation - we enjoyed at lovely meal that night at local Italian restaurant, Buona Tavola.
We spent the rest of our evening enjoying our Zin on the patio - watching the stars and enjoying the solitude - yum! We would have slept with the doors wide open for the fresh air, but the crickets were enjoying the lovely September evening as well... quite... vociferously! Thankfully the sliders in the room cut out the outside sounds very thoroughly!
The next morning we watched the sun rise above the hills. We enjoyed a lazy wake-up. Internet service was pretty spotty - so reading an online paper was out. We made due... Then right about 8:45 we got the promised knock on the door and Kati whirled in with the most amazing breakfast! There is a table in the room, but also, tv trays and, of course front deck or community patio - so many dining venue options! The food was really yummy and a perfect start to a perfect day.
We will definitely be back - with friends that we know will love this place as much as we do. FYI - wine club members get a 20% discount on rooms!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A MYSTICAL RETREAT. . . Experience Santa Fe New Mexico, in Central Coast California. We have 5 Individual & Private Casitas carved into our mountainside with Panoramic Views overlooking our Vineyards. Hacienda/Spanish Interiors that offer Kiva fireplace's, Private Bathrooms, Kitchenette's, Highest End Tempurpedic Mattresses, Leather Reclining Sofa's, Private Patio's, Flat Screen TV's. We have a Santa Maria style BBQ for you to use if you want to relax and enjoy the View's and Ambiance of our Gorgeous Property, Jacuzzi just steps away from your Casita... A Perfect & Romantic getaway for you to Relax and Rejuvenate your Soul.. ... more less
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