Oh… my… goodness… now I know everyone knows this hard truth, but my, oh my, is it difficult to come back to the “real world” after a good vacation. Right?!

Ryan and I had a wonderful weekend away in beautiful Paso Robles. It was vacation time that was well needed and very deserved. Do you realize that Ryan hasn’t had any time off in 6 months?! Terrible, right?

Everything is absolutely gorgeous right now in and around the Paso Robles/Templeton area. The tons and tons of rain that we’ve been getting in this state is truly paying off in rolling green hills, lush green trees and bushes, and scads of wildflowers painting the hills. I haven’t seen it look like that in years… if I’ve even EVER seen it that way. If seen at the right time in the right way, California is a really beautiful place to live. Just coming into the area, we were struck with this scene, and the photos don’t even seem to do it justice. Greens, oranges, yellows and purples against the bright blue sky. I made Ryan pull over so I could snap a few shots.

I knew that we were off to a very good start.

We got into town just after noon and decided to hit up a local seafood place in Templeton called Pier 46 Seafood Market. Mmmm! There is just something about a cold beer on tap and a fresh fish taco. It was a yummy meal and just what we needed to get started off on a great trip.

After that we trolled around looking for a good coffee place to grab a quick caffeine fix. Success! And after that we headed into the back hills of Templeton to find our Bed and Breakfast. As we drove deeper and deeper into the hills, I started to wonder. But, my heart for leaped for joy at just the sight of the signed nestled in the trees…

And continued to smile as we drove down the path…

This is Hidden Hills Bed and Breakfast and it is about one of the coolest places I’ve ever stayed. I wasn’t sure how I felt about a B&B and if it would be a good fit for Ryan and I. Wow, is about all I can say. The manager, Chris, made us feel like we were staying at a very good friends house – offering privacy when we needed it, help when we asked, a wonderful and tasty breakfast every morning and just about everything else our hearts desired. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and perfect place to stay. We even had some fun animal friends to greet us – Max the dog, some wily kitties and these clucky little chickens and roosters…

After checking out our room and our fluffy white king bed, we decided to venture out and check out a few local wineries. We stopped at one just around the corner and though we could say much about the wine, the view was spectacular!

So we decided to hit up a little bigger winery to check out their offerings. Much better wine and an even cooler pourer that surprised us. You just never think of tattoo sleeves for a wine aficionado!

We wrapped up the evening with dinner at a wonderful pizza joint, Griff’s, in Templeton, a newfound favorite of ours.

The next morning after sleeping in a bit we were greeted with the delicious smell of coffee and cinnamon wafting upstairs and after a wonderful breakfast with Chris and the other couple staying the weekend, we ventured out to Paso. I was treated to an amazing facial from Heather at Renu U and Ryan headed to a different spa to get a massage. What a treat for both of us!!! I walked around downtown and did a bit of shopping while Ryan was finishing up. We were famished by then so we headed to lunch at a place that I’m now convinced Ryan is mildly obsessed with. Tortilla Town. Look it up. You’ll see what I mean.

The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent doing what you should do in Paso and Templeton… wine tasting and dining.

Rotta Winery – our personal favorite

Saturday was a little gloomier than we’d like, but it didn’t stop us from having fun, venturing out to the back hills to a family vineyard where Ryan has distant relatives and even catching a cave tour at Eberle. Very cool!

We had dinner out at a lovely little Italian place that good friends recommended. It was delicious and nice as it was our ‘fancy meal’ for the weekend. That night, we went back to the B&B and spent some time soaking in the hot tub to wind down for the night. We really want one of those someday soon. We slept like exhausted babies.
Sunday was filled with just a little bit more sleeping in, wonderful breakfast, wine tasting, and dining out before we headed home… not empty handed of course. No, 13 bottles of wine later, we’ve officially reached a bit of wine fatigue. 😉

And though that last part tapers off pretty quickly, there isn’t much to tell and no photos to vouch for it. I had officially and finally RELAXED enough to not take photos and really start taking in the beauty around me and the joy of spening so much quality time with Ryan. What a joy this trip was and sorely needed. I can hardly wait until our next escape together. Hopefully we won’t have to wait another 6 months!!

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