To celebrate our 18th Anniversary, my husband and I decided to take a road-trip up to Paso Robles for some wine tasting. We found Ann and George’s B&B on TripAdvisor.com. Seeing Rave reviews, we were lucky to make a reservation for two nights at a short notice. We did see the One bad review that a city slicker from Los Angeles posted. He seemed to have trouble driving on dirt roads in the dark…next time; he should perhaps just stay at the Hampton Inn right off of the 46—there are a lot of lights and paved roadways there.
We look for peaceful unique places, and this B&B situated on the Rancho de Voladores Vineyard is one of them. We planned accordingly and made it to their place just before sunset. The scenery was awesome as the sun peeked through the oak trees and bathed the fields of grapevines softly. The directions given to us were accurate, while our GPS helped us see the roads we were driving on.
Ann, George and Roxy their very friendly ‘guard dog’ greeted us warmly. They all proceeded to give us a tour of their lovely home and then we unloaded our things. We stayed in The Loft room. It was very spacious, tidy and had all the amenities we expected. The flat screen in our room had great satellite reception and the wifi worked perfectly. There was a bottle of Justin wine along with cheese, crackers and fruit waiting for us to enjoy.
My husband took a nap after the long drive, while I took a little hike down the dirt road to watch the sun set and listen to the birds singing their night songs. We don’t have Robins in the desert, so it was nice to hear them warbling. There was an owl hooting in the distance, I thought it was my husband goofing around, but it was a real owl that I was listening to. Never seeing wild turkeys before, I enjoyed hearing their ‘gobbling’ whilst they were walking up to their nightly tree roosts. You could hear their wings flapping so they could fly up into the trees to perch for the night. When I got back from my hike, George explained this all to me, since I didn't know about the turkeys or their nighttime activities.
We slept like babies at this peaceful at this hilltop house. There were no trains, helicopters, planes or automobiles to be heard. It was almost too quiet. The bed was incredibly comfortable with its very soft sheets made by The Comphy Co. (We will certainly buy some of the same sheets and pillowcases for our home.) The bathroom was fully stocked with towels and other essentials. We couldn't believe how the hot water worked so quickly! The shower-head in the shower could use a little tweaking though.
George was the chef and made delicious breakfasts. He also makes a Great virgin bloody Mary, which I enjoyed immensely. My husband, who’s not a fan of this drink, even liked it. I’ll attach a photo of the dining room. You’ll see it’s nicely appointed and is adorned by beautiful paintings created by various members of their family. George and Ann joined us for breakfast where we had delightful conversations about travel, the B&B's history as well as suggestions of wineries for us to visit.
We totally enjoyed our stay and Ann and George’s place, we hated to leave, but will plan to return some day and stay a little longer than a weekend!
Thank you Ann and George for allowing us to enjoy your beautiful home in the middle of paradise!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Bed and Breakfast is located on Rancho de Voladores Vineyard located on eighty secluded acres of some of Paso Robles most beautiful mountain country. Whether green in the spring or golden in the fall, the views are enhanced by faraway mountains, open vineyards and nearby oak trees. Spacious quarters with private baths. Full style breakfast served on deck, weather permitting. Wine and snacks provided. Peace and quiet are two of our favorite amenities. ... more less