Last Updated on October 10, 2022
There’s something about stepping out on your private Paso Robles bed and breakfast patio on a cool quiet morning, mug of hot coffee in hand, and gazing in awe over the picturesque verdant vineyards of wine country. It’s simply magical!
Paso Robles, located just 30-minutes from California’s magnificent Central Coast, just happens to be one of my and my husband’s favorite wine destinations. This impressive wine lover’s paradise covering 40,000 acres of vineyards including over 200 wineries – some of the state’s best – is blessed with astonishing landscapes. And there’s no better way to experience Paso (as the locals call it), then to stay in the heart of wine country in one of the premier Paso Robles bed and breakfasts.
Paso Robles Bed and Breakfast Inns
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SummerWood Inn is a charming, intimate, 9-room bed and breakfast inn situated on the grounds of Summerwood Winery. The scenic property with rolling hills, majestic oaks, and impressive vineyards isn’t far from the heart of town, but its ambience and vibe make it feel a world away.
After an extensive renovation in August 2013, this favorite among Paso Robles bed and breakfasts re-opened sporting a blend of contemporary and rustic farmhouse design with a focus on sustainability, energy efficiency, and use of repurposed materials.
The main entrance to the inn leads to an elegant grand living room with a fireplace and vaulted ceiling. The property also boasts a demonstration kitchen and plenty of indoor dining and outside patio dining overlooking its picturesque grounds.
The check-in experience was attentive and impressive. It’s service with a smile accompanied by incredibly detailed information about the Paso Robles bed and breakfast inns, its amenities, the winery, and what to see and do in the local area. To say we felt like a favorite valued guest was putting it mildly.
Even though the SummerWood Inn has only nine rooms, guests have their choice of unique accommodations. These range from queen and king guestrooms to larger suites and even a rooftop luxury suite.
All rooms are beautifully appointed with palettes of elegant soft tones and a European influence that melds beautifully with its surroundings. Each room is named after a red or white wine vintage and includes a complimentary bottle of SummerWood wine welcoming guests. Accommodations also include a private bath with upscale bath products and towels, soft high-quality Turkish robes, and a fireplace to set the mood for wine-sharing or warding off the chill of the evening.
We couldn’t have been more in love with our second-floor, 390-square-foot #8 suite named Zinfandel that included a king bed, fireplace, corner settee, and private balcony with stunning views. Bedding included luxury ring spun-cotton sheets and fluffy, soft, warm duvet covers. Slumber came easy here after a busy day of wine-tasting and touring, and the mattress was so comfortable it was hard to get out of bed in the mornings. But we did, as we loved having our first cup of coffee overlooking the rows and rows of vineyards.
Our room was decorated in soft taupes, grays and whites with silver accents and a repurposed headboard —all making for a perfect combination.
Other Amenities of the Inn
Breakfast each morning at this Paso Robles bed and breakfast inns featured a choice of creative farm-to-table gourmet entrees which we’re hailing as some of the best breakfasts we’ve ever had at a B&B. We enjoyed these tantalizing delights on a picturesque patio surrounded by colorful flowers, plants, and water fountains. Ingredients are fresh and procured from local farms and purveyors in the valley and nearby coast. I have to say the Eggs Benedict absolutely took the cake!
Each afternoon the inn hosts seasonal-inspired appetizers, a cheeseboard, and a SummerWood wine. If these amenities aren’t impressive enough, guests also receive a complimentary wine tasting experience at SummerWood Winery just adjacent to the inn. The tasting experience alone for non-guests would run $20 per person.
About Summerwood Winery
Paso Robles’ warm days are followed by coastal maritime breezes and cool evenings helping create perfect growing conditions for its magnificent vines.
Summerwood is just one of the many wineries we love in this region. Small lots of ultra-premium artisan wines are produced here and guests can taste these amazing varietals in a bucolic setting overlooking the vineyards and rolling-hills terrain.
What we loved (other than the incredible wines produced here) was the collection of varietals to choose from. I am primarily a white wine drinker; my hubby loves his reds. No problem, since Summerwood Winery’s gifts from the vine include Rose to Marsannes, and GSMs to Mourvèdres. And we can’t emphasize enough how impressive they really are.
Other Paso Robles Gems
The wineries may be one of the main reason visitors flock to Paso Robles, but there are so many other incredible places to visit and experiences to share. And Summerwood Inn provides the ideal home base to venture out and explore this piece of heaven on earth.
The downtown exudes a small-town USA vibe—a throwback to simpler times. A picturesque gazebo and grassy park form the centerpiece of its lovely main plaza.
The historic town is easily walkable and hosts of myriad of delectable dining establishments, charming cafes, brews, spirits, boutique shops, and an impressive and thriving art scene.
Venturing out from town leads to more treasures like other award-winning wineries, olive farms, mineral springs, and an unforgettable experience called Field of Light at Sensorio.
At sunset, almost 60,000 stemmed spheres lit by fiber optics begin to illuminate 15 acres of rolling landscape. This creates a painter’s palate of magnificent colors that’s absolutely mesmerizing. The evening we visited we were treated to a stunning sunset that resulted in an almost indescribable ethereal spectacle. There is absolutely nothing like it, and no one should visit Paso Robles without seeing this masterful and unforgettable creation of light.
It’s impossible to visit Paso Robles and not be drawn like a moth to flame. And guaranteed a stay at Summerwood Inn will set the stage for an experience you’ll long remember. It certainly was for us.