Restaurateur Debbie Thomas, Thomas Hill Organics, Paso Robles

Debbie Thomas of Thomas Hill Organics

“Deemed one of the best restaurants in Paso Robles since its launch in 2009, Thomas Hill Organics is a farm-to-table restaurant dedicated to serving creative, organic cuisine and highlighting unique wines from the Central Coast.” Serving Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch.

“With a dynamic menu reflecting Paso Robles’ local abundance, Thomas Hill Organics sources a vivid array of fresh ingredients to concoct bold, imaginative dishes. What began as a humble organic CSA showcasing the Central Coast’s bounty quickly evolved into a popular destination for creatively prepared, honest food.”

“Thomas Hill Organics believes in the significance of organic, regionally-produced food, working with California purveyors for their poultry, fish, beef, lamb, and exotic meats. Nearby farmers provide their fruits and vegetables, which are always straight-from-the-earth fresh, and the breads are crafted by local bakers who are celebrated artisans of their trade.”

Proprietress and Founder Debbie Thomas joins us.

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Show 436, July 31, 2021: Eric Connolly, The Hatch Rotisserie & Bar, Paso Robles

The Hatch is a simple rotisserie and bar located just off the town square in beautiful downtown Paso Robles wine country. It’s fueled by wood fire, small batch whiskey, and a bustling atmosphere full of mingling locals and visitors. The restaurant is intimate and seating is a mix of banquettes, high wood tables, and tall backed stools at the bar for those who like front row interaction with some of the best in the cocktail biz. Limited sidewalk seating is still available on a first come, first served basis.”

“The Hatch was founded in the spring of 2015 by Maggie Cameron and Eric Connolly who had envisioned a cozy, comfortable joint with great food, interesting cocktails, and weekend late night dining. Those two had lived in Paso Robles long enough to recognize a need in the downtown dining scene so they quit their day jobs (in wine and restaurants) when the opportunity arose to open The Hatch in one of their favorite spaces in the historic Grangers Union Building. Today you’ll find a mix of wine industry professionals, brewers, and visitors from all over California and beyond chatting at the bar, enjoying a mid-week cocktail, or sitting down to tuck into their favorite rotisserie special.”

“Executive Chef Cory Bidwell’s comfort food-driven menu largely changes seasonally while some of the perennial favorites remain with The Hatch year-round. The wood-fired rotisserie is the focal point of The Hatch’s small, open kitchen, and the chef team is always happy to chat with guests passing by the window. Sauces are made in-house daily and longer-term projects like their fermented hot sauce and pickled seasonal produce keep the culinary team busy. Daily specials like fried chicken, smoked beef ribs, and braised lamb shanks are available until sold out!”

Eric and Maggie have just launched Della’s (wood-fired pizza & cocktails) next door to The Hatch under the culinary direction of Chef Cory.

Proprietor Eric Connolly is our guest with a Mockingbird House Cocktail in hand.

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Show 434, July 17, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

The beloved OC Fair is back in Costa Mesa from July 16th through August 15th. If you love to cook or love to eat, this is the place to meet! “Culinary Arts is again taking center stage at the 2021 OC Fair in the OC Promenade. The Main Stage there is booked every day throughout the fair and will be host to chefs, bakers, farmers, floral artists, food bloggers, mixologists, brewers, butchers and more. (Every evening there’s a great band to provide music.)” The OC Fair’s long-time Agriculture Education Supervisor, Evy Young, is our guide to all the delights.

Proprietors of Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Jim and Barbara Moroney, “came to Paso Robles with the singular dream of producing wines that had they found them elsewhere, would become favorites of theirs. The Moroneys want to express the singular character of their Westside Paso soil in wines they look forward to drinking every day.” “Sixmilebridge is best known for it’s estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blends. Their commitment to showcasing world-class wines begins with organically farmed, limestone-rich Paso Robles vineyards.” Jim Moroney joins us to pull the cork on Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery.

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s (our resident Prince of Produce) presented two, well attended talks on the Culinary Stage in the OC Promenade on Opening Day at the 2021 OC Fair. On the menu were California Specialty Fruit Crops and California Specialty Vegetable Crops. Also a preview of the always eagerly anticipated upcoming Hatch Chile season which is starting now. Robert will share a condensed version of his presentations with us. Melissa’s Produce will be featured in many cooking demonstrations on the Main Stage in the OC Pavilion, the site of the major culinary happenings. For the run of The Fair they will be showcased in the Rare Fruit Growers exhibit located in the Centennial Farms area.

FINCA Paso Robles is a casual restaurant which highlights Baja and Sonora style Mexican food with an emphasis on wood-grilled seafood and carne asada. Located in the historic farmhouse of the Old Hometown Nursery of Paso Robles adjacent to the Paso Market Walk comes the latest project from the owners of La Taquiza – a casual Napa based Mexican restaurant that has been in the Michelin Guide over the years.” Co-proprietor Diego Aguirre, a third generation restaurateur, joins us.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Chef Andrew is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Chef Andrew provides more of his insider’s perspective on how the restaurant business is bouncing back from the pandemic. What changes can we now expect in full-service dining, including fine dining? He also reports on the progress of his new, ambitious Save the Brave Burger” Summer fundraiser to benefit Veterans with PTS.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!

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Show 434, July 17, 2021: Jim Moroney, Proprietor, Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Paso Robles Part One

Jim Moroney of Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery

“Proprietors of Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Jim and Barbara Moroney, came to Paso Robles with the singular dream of producing wines that had they found them elsewhere, would become favorites of theirs. The Moroneys want to express the singular character of their Westside Paso soil in wines they look forward to drinking every day.”

“Sixmilebridge is best known for it’s estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blends. Their commitment to showcasing world-class wines begins with organically farmed, limestone-rich Paso Robles vineyards.”

Sixmilebridge offers relaxed tasting room appointments daily from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. “The Moroney’s believe that wine is best experienced when hosts are able to dedicate their time exclusively to one group. Consequently, guests can expect one of Sixmilebridge’s welcoming staff to remain available exclusively to your party for the duration of the visit.”

“Winemaker Anthony Yount said it best: our terroir at Sixmilebridge is nothing if not extreme. Were we crazy to plant Bordeaux varietal grapes into the face of an impossibly steep, untamed hillside overlooking the westside of Paso Robles—best known as premier Rhone growing country? Maybe a little. But we’ve never run from hard work, and we knew the growing conditions rivaled the best in the world.”

“Here, exceptional quality fruit is born from a thick layer of limestone dominate terrain that stretches out in every direction down steep hillsides. With staggering temperature swings of up to 50 degrees that soar and drop daily, and a consistent and daily breeze from the Pacific Ocean, our low-yield fruit is stressed, tried, and tested.”

Upcoming releases for 2021 are the 2018 Apparition (Cab Franc,) 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2019 Rose of Cabernet Franc.

Jim Moroney pulls the cork on all things Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery for us.

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Show 434, July 17, 2021: Jim Moroney, Proprietor, Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Paso Robles Part Two

Jim Moroney of Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery

Proprietors of Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Jim and Barbara Moroney, came to Paso Robles with the singular dream of producing wines that had they found them elsewhere, would become favorites of theirs. The Moroneys want to express the singular character of their Westside Paso soil in wines they look forward to drinking every day.

“Sixmilebridge is best known for it’s estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blends. Their commitment to showcasing world-class wines begins with organically farmed, limestone-rich Paso Robles vineyards.”

Sixmilebridge offers relaxed tasting room appointments daily from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. “The Moroney’s believe that wine is best experienced when hosts are able to dedicate their time exclusively to one group. Consequently, guests can expect one of Sixmilebridge’s welcoming staff to remain available exclusively to your party for the duration of the visit.”

“Winemaker Anthony Yount said it best: our terroir at Sixmilebridge is nothing if not extreme. Were we crazy to plant Bordeaux varietal grapes into the face of an impossibly steep, untamed hillside overlooking the westside of Paso Robles—best known as premier Rhone growing country? Maybe a little. But we’ve never run from hard work, and we knew the growing conditions rivaled the best in the world.”

“Here, exceptional quality fruit is born from a thick layer of limestone dominate terrain that stretches out in every direction down steep hillsides. With staggering temperature swings of up to 50 degrees that soar and drop daily, and a consistent and daily breeze from the Pacific Ocean, our low-yield fruit is stressed, tried, and tested.”

“The Sixmilebridge wines are sourced solely from their two, organic, high-elevation estate vineyards, Maidie and Grace, located in the acclaimed Adelaida District AVA.”

Jim Moroney now pulls the cork on the 2018 Paladin blend from Sixmilebridge and continues with us.

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Show 434, July 17, 2021: Diego Aguirre, Co-Proprietor, FINCA restaurant, Paso Robles

Diego Aguirre of Finca Paso Robles

FINCA Paso Robles is a casual restaurant which highlights Baja and Sonora style Mexican food with an emphasis on wood-grilled seafood and carne asada. Located in the historic farmhouse of the Old Hometown Nursery of Paso Robles adjacent to the Paso Market Walk comes the latest project from the owners of La Taquiza – a casual Napa based Mexican restaurant launched in 2006 that has been in the Michelin Guide over the years.”

“With over 20 years experience in the service industry, co-owner Patrick Aguirre has worked under the likes of Thomas Keller at Bouchon Bakery and Suzanne Goin of A.O.C. His business partner and wife Stephanie, has managed multiple businesses, from aiding in her family’s seafood distribution company to running restaurants in both Napa and Los Angeles.”

“Accompanying them in opening FINCA is son, Diego, and daughter-in-law, Cecilia, who both graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and have been in the area since 2013. With a combined 15 years experience in the wine and service industry between them, they are excited to bring their passion and love for their community to this home-grown venture.”

Everything on the menu that can be scratch-made, is. Also hand-selected wines and beers.

Diego Aguirre, a 3rd generation restaurateur, is our guest.

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July 17: OC Fair featuring Melissa’s World Variety Produce, Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, FINCA Paso Robles

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Evy Young, Agriculture Education Supervisor, OC Fair
Segment Three: Jim Moroney, Proprietor, Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Paso Robles Part One
Segment Four: Jim Moroney, Proprietor, Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Paso Robles Part Two
Segment Five: Robert Schueller, “The Prince of Produce,” Melissa’s Part One
Segment Six: Robert Schueller, “The Prince of Produce,” Melissa’s Part Two
Segment Seven: Diego Aguirre, Co-Proprietor, FINCA restaurant, Paso Robles
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

The beloved OC Fair is back in Costa Mesa from July 16th through August 15th. If you love to cook or love to eat, this is the place to meet! “Culinary Arts is again taking center stage at the 2021 OC Fair in the OC Promenade. The Main Stage there is booked every day throughout the fair and will be host to chefs, bakers, farmers, floral artists, food bloggers, mixologists, brewers, butchers and more. (Every evening there’s a great band to provide music.)” The OC Fair’s long-time Culinary Arts Supervisor, Evy Young, is our guide to all the delights.

Proprietors of Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Jim and Barbara Moroney, “came to Paso Robles with the singular dream of producing wines that had they found them elsewhere, would become favorites of theirs. The Moroneys want to express the singular character of their Westside Paso soil in wines they look forward to drinking every day.” “Sixmilebridge is best known for it’s estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blends. Their commitment to showcasing world-class wines begins with organically farmed, limestone-rich Paso Robles vineyards.” Jim Moroney joins us to pull the cork on Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery.

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s (our resident Prince of Produce) is presenting two talks on the Culinary Stage in the OC Pavilion on Opening Day at the 2021 OC Fair. On the menu are California Specialty Fruit Crops and California Specialty Vegetable Crops. Also a preview of the always eagerly anticipated upcoming Hatch Chile season. Robert will share a condensed version of his presentations with us. Melissa’s Produce will be featured in many cooking demonstrations on the Main Stage in the OC Pavilion, the site of the major culinary happenings. For the run of The Fair they will be showcased in the Rare Fruit Growers exhibit located in the Centennial Farms area.

“FINCA Paso Robles is a casual restaurant which highlights Baja and Sonora style Mexican food with an emphasis on wood-grilled seafood and carne asada. Located in the historic farmhouse of the Old Hometown Nursery of Paso Robles comes the latest project from the owners of La Taquiza – a casual Napa based Mexican restaurant that has been in the Michelin Guide over the years.” Co-proprietor Diego Aguirre, a second generation restaurateur, joins us.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Chef Andrew is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Chef Andrew provides more of his insider’s perspective on how the restaurant business is bouncing back from the pandemic. What changes can we expect in fine dining? He also reports on the progress of his new, ambitious “Save the Brave Burger” fundraiser to benefit Veterans with PTS.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!

Evy Young of the OC Fair

The beloved OC Fair is back in Costa Mesa from July 16th through August 15th. “If you love to cook or love to eat, this is the place to meet!”

“Culinary Arts is taking center stage at the 2021 OC Fair in the OC Promenade. The Main Stage there is booked every day throughout the fair and will be host to chefs, bakers, farmers, floral artists, food bloggers, mixologists, brewers, butchers and more. (And every evening there’s a great band to provide music.)”

“Learn from the best during demos and tasting sessions stocked with kitchen secrets, war stories and more – straight from the experts.”

The OC Fair’s long-time Culinary Arts Supervisor, Evy Young, is our guide to all the delights.

Jim Moroney of Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery

“Proprietors of Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Jim and Barbara Moroney, came to Paso Robles with the singular dream of producing wines that had they found them elsewhere, would become favorites of theirs. The Moroneys want to express the singular character of their Westside Paso soil in wines they look forward to drinking every day.”

“Sixmilebridge is best known for it’s estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blends. Their commitment to showcasing world-class wines begins with organically farmed, limestone-rich Paso Robles vineyards.”

Sixmilebridge offers relaxed tasting room appointments daily from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. “The Moroney’s believe that wine is best experienced when hosts are able to dedicate their time exclusively to one group. Consequently, guests can expect one of Sixmilebridge’s welcoming staff to remain available exclusively to your party for the duration of the visit.”

“Winemaker Anthony Yount said it best: our terroir at Sixmilebridge is nothing if not extreme. Were we crazy to plant Bordeaux varietal grapes into the face of an impossibly steep, untamed hillside overlooking the westside of Paso Robles—best known as premier Rhone growing country? Maybe a little. But we’ve never run from hard work, and we knew the growing conditions rivaled the best in the world.”

“Here, exceptional quality fruit is born from a thick layer of limestone dominate terrain that stretches out in every direction down steep hillsides. With staggering temperature swings of up to 50 degrees that soar and drop daily, and a consistent and daily breeze from the Pacific Ocean, our low-yield fruit is stressed, tried, and tested.”

Jim Moroney pulls the cork on all things Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery for us.

Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce in the AM830 KLAA Studio

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s (our resident Prince of Produce) is presenting two talks on the Culinary Stage in the OC Pavilion on Opening Day at the 2021 OC Fair. On the menu are California Specialty Fruit Crops and California Specialty Vegetable Crops. Also a preview of the always eagerly anticipated upcoming Hatch Chile season. Robert will share a highlighted version of his engaging presentation with us.

Melissa’s Produce will be featured in many cooking demonstrations on the Main Stage in the OC Pavilion, the site of the major culinary happenings. For the run of The Fair they will be showcased in the Rare Fruit Growers exhibit located in the Centennial Farms area.

Melissa’s Robert Schueller joins us White Dragon Fruit in hand.

Diego Aguirre of Finca Paso Robles

FINCA Paso Robles is a casual restaurant which highlights Baja and Sonora style Mexican food with an emphasis on wood-grilled seafood and carne asada. Located in the historic farmhouse of the Old Hometown Nursery of Paso Robles comes the latest project from the owners of La Taquiza – a casual Napa based Mexican restaurant that has been in the Michelin Guide over the years.”

“With over 20 years experience in the service industry, co-owner Patrick Aguirre has worked under the likes of Thomas Keller at Bouchon Bakery and Suzanne Goin of A.O.C. His business partner and wife Stephanie, has managed multiple businesses, from aiding in her family’s seafood distribution company to running restaurants in both Napa and Los Angeles. Accompanying them in opening FINCA is son, Diego, and daughter-in-law, Cecilia, who both graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and have been in the area since 2013. With a combined 15 years experience in the wine and service industry between them, they are excited to bring their passion and love for their community to this home-grown venture.”

Diego Aguirre, a 2nd generation restaurateur, is our guest.

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Chef Andrew is continually updating us on the real impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the continued survival of restaurants during the initial, highly fluid stages of the hoped-for recovery. Genuine concerns remain…

Chef Andrew provides more of his insider’s perspective on how the restaurant business is bouncing back from the pandemic. What changes can we expect in fine dining?

He also reports on the progress of his new ambitious Save the Brave Burger” fundraiser to benefit Veterans with PTS.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Evy Young, Agriculture Education Supervisor, OC Fair
Segment Three: Jim Moroney, Proprietor, Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Paso Robles Part One
Segment Four: Jim Moroney, Proprietor, Sixmilebridge Vineyards and Winery, Paso Robles Part Two
Segment Five: Robert Schueller, “The Prince of Produce,” Melissa’s Part One
Segment Six: Robert Schueller, “The Prince of Produce,” Melissa’s Part Two
Segment Seven: Diego Aguirre, Co-Proprietor, FINCA restaurant, Paso Robles
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef”

Show 433, July 10, 2021: Riley Roddick, Winemaker & Proprietress, Hubba Wines, Tin City, Paso Robles Part One

Riley Roddick of Hubba Wines

“Proprietress Riley Hubbard’s (Hubba Wines in Tin City, Paso Robles) journey as a winemaker spans all corners of the world and her wines are a reflection of a myriad of influences, education, and experience. Born and raised in San Diego, Riley received a degree in Ag Business with a minor in Viticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.”

“During her time at Cal Poly, she began her career in wine in Paso Robles at L’Aventure Winery under the tutelage of rogue winemaker Stephan Asseo. From working the tasting room, harvest production, to vineyard work, Hubbard immersed herself in the boutique winery’s lifestyle and lived on the property for a few years.”

“Building on her experience from L’Aventure, Riley moved to the Barossa Valley of Australia and worked a harvest at Torbreck Winery. Committed to learning more, she then moved to Montpellier, France and began working on her Master’s Degree with the Vinafera Euromaster program. She studied in France, worked at Domaine d’Aupilhac in Montpeyroux, France and finished her degree in Udine, Italy in the heart of the Friuli region.”

“Her love of the Central Coast of California called her back to the Paso Robles region where she worked as assistant winemaker at Law Estate Wines moving later to assistant winemaker under Vailia From at Desparada Wines. She continues to consult for Monochrome Wines.”

“Hubba Wines are a reflection of Riley’s international influences, inspiration from friends and family, and her never-ending wanderlust. Share these wines with friends, family, food, and whatever the day brings.”

Hubba Wines in Tin City is open for tastings and special events. Reservations are suggested.

Riley Roddick uncorks all that is Hubba Wines for us.

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Show 433, July 10, 2021: Riley Roddick, Winemaker & Proprietress, Hubba Wines, Tin City, Paso Robles Part Two

Riley Roddick of Hubba Wines

“Proprietress Riley Hubbard’s (Hubba Wines in Tin City, Paso Robles) journey as a winemaker spans all corners of the world and her wines are a reflection of a myriad of influences, education, and experience. Born and raised in San Diego, Riley received a degree in Ag Business with a minor in Viticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.”

“During her time at Cal Poly, she began her career in wine in Paso Robles at L’Aventure Winery under the tutelage of rogue winemaker Stephan Asseo. From working the tasting room, harvest production, to vineyard work, Hubbard immersed herself in the boutique winery’s lifestyle and lived on the property for a few years.”

“Building on her experience from L’Aventure, Riley moved to the Barossa Valley of Australia and worked a harvest at Torbreck Winery. Committed to learning more, she then moved to Montpellier, France and began working on her Master’s Degree with the Vinafera Euromaster program. She studied in France, worked at Domaine d’Aupilhac in Montpeyroux, France and finished her degree in Udine, Italy in the heart of the Friuli region.”

“Her love of the Central Coast of California called her back to the Paso Robles region where she worked as assistant winemaker at Law Estate Wines moving later to assistant winemaker under Vailia From at Desparada Wines. She continues to consult for Monochrome Wines.”

“Hubba Wines are a reflection of Riley’s international influences, inspiration from friends and family, and her never-ending wanderlust. Share these wines with friends, family, food, and whatever the day brings.”

Hubba Wines in Tin City is open for tastings and special events. Reservations are suggested.

Riley Roddick pulls the cork on Hubba Wines’ 2019 The Eskimo and continues with us.

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Show 432, July 3, 2021: Lindsey Sparkman, Hotel Manager, Stables Inn, Paso Robles, CA

Lindsay Starkman of the Stables Inn

“Inspired by the timeless charm of horses, riders, and traditional whitewashed stables, Paso Robles’ The Stables Inn, a celebration of the great outdoors, is a totally renovated 19-room hotel located three short blocks from Paso Robles historic Downtown City Park and town center where shops, restaurants and tasting rooms abound.”

“Featuring modern, stylish and unpretentious accommodations with touches of Western chic, The Stables Inn is the perfect spot to call home as you enjoy and explore all that the Paso Robles AVA has to offer.”

There is a landscaped communal firepit area centrally located on the property. It’s designed for after-dinner gatherings and wine tastings. Stables Inn is also dog-friendly.

Hotel Manager Lindsey Sparkman is graciously at our service.

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