Harvest Weekend in Paso Robles 2012
Well, it’s harvest weekend again in the wine country of Paso Robles, California. A wonderful time of year to visit this part of the Golden State with many special events to attend and wine tasting to be done. We began early this morning, Friday, October 19th, with a drive up the coast (about three hours) from where we live to one of our favorite beach towns on the Central Coast – Cayucos. It’s a gorgeous drive on a gorgeous day. We arrived in time for an early lunch of fish and chips at Duckie’s by the pier – cute, casual little place and decent food with a nice view of the pier and the beach.
With time to kill before we can check into our hotel, we decided to do a little shopping. We started at a nice antique mall on Ocean Avenue called Remember When Too - yes, there is the original Remember When right up the street. This one isn’t huge but has a good variety of vintage goods for sale. We found a great 1950′s vegetarian cookbook – just what we need for the harvest from our gardens.
After some antiquing, we walked up the street a block or so to the Brown Butter Cookie Company. Here you will find the best cookies ever. A combination of sweet and salty, they’re made in a variety of flavors from original sugar cookie type to cocoa, espresso, bourbon and lime coconut. Even if you’re a sweetsaholic, you can probably eat no more than two at one sitting. Delicious – OMG!
Finally time to go check into our favorite hotel on the coast – the Best Western Cavalier in San Simeon – about 15 miles north of Cayucos. We have a Winemaker Dinner to attend back in Cayucos at Cass House, sponsored by one of our favorite wine clubs – Tablas Creek – so it’s time to get dressed up. Arrived back at Cass House at 6:30 for the Winemaker Dinner – it’s our second year in a row. There’s only room for 32 people so it’s an intimate setting with the opportunity to get to know some of the other wine club members. The meal will be prepared by the Cass House chef and created specifically to be paired with the wine provided by Tablas Creek. It’s a very special, tasty evening and we’re looking forward to it. Here’s a picture of Cass House which is an historical home that was owned by a British Seaman named Captain James Cass. Built originally in stages between 1867 and 1875, it was abandoned for several years. In 1993, it was purchased, restored and is now a luxury bed & breakfast located right across the street from the pier and beach pictured above.