It’s Fair Time once again at the Adelaide Inn! After a few days of watching our guests head over to the fairgrounds each day, I couldn’t help but wonder if the fair was any different this year than the last. Perhaps I was missing out somehow in my resolve to stave off the crowds and stay home this year? After conveniently receiving a free admission ticket, I decided to go and see for myself.
Years ago, the Mid-State Fair began as an agricultural event, and today hundreds of local youth bring their animals to the fairgrounds for show and auction. I began my visit here. As I ambled between the livestock buildings I was reminded of my summers spent raising a hog for the fair’s livestock auction. On Saturday these same animals will be available for purchase. Those who would like to purchase an animal can arrive a few minutes early to register and pick up their auction paddle.
After my nostalgic walk through the barns, a friend and I headed over to the food vendors where we indulged in the infamous deep-fried snickers. Controversial as it may be, few can deny that the warm, gooey, batter-wrapped chocolate bar is anything but delicious. Once we had our fill of corn dogs, funnel cakes, and turkey legs, we stopped by a few of the commercial buildings. Here one can buy anything from teeth-whitening services to organic makeup and local designer clothing. I stocked up on a few “necessities” and walked outside before I was tempted by anything else. A local dance studio was performing at the Fort Frontier stage and a surmountable crowd had formed to see the show. Over at the carnival we found some traditional rides and attractions as well as some newer small roller coasters. If one were feeling adventurous I would recommend the Graviton, a UFO shaped disc that spins at top speed making your cheeks widen into an involuntary smile.
As my day at the fair came to an end I decided that the fair hadn’t changed at all – and perhaps, that was the best part. Check out pictures of my fun and post pictures of yours on the Adelaide Inn, Paso Robles Facebook page!
School is ending, the thermostat is rising, and the carefree attitude of the summer season is almost upon us. Let Paso Robles be your summer kick-off destination! Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner (May 28 – 30) and both Paso Robles and the Adelaide Inn have everything you need to start the season off right
The Great Western Bicycle Rally is a 46-year old event, which will be held at the Paso Robles Event Center, walking distance from the Adelaide Inn. Participants will experience the breathtaking landscape of Paso Robles wine country as they wind through back roads, exploring the scenic beauty of Adelaida. Other rides include a Paso Robles city tour and country rides to neighboring Templeton. Whether you want to ride for one day, or all three, The Great Western Bike Rally has a course for all ages and skill levels. Registration is still open and available at www.greatwesternbicyclerally.com
If your interests are more artistic that aerobic, join us for the Paso Robles Festival of the Arts in the downtown park area. On Saturday May 29, the downtown park will be hosting several local artists and artisans showcasing their work and providing demonstrations. Street performers, children’s activities, and live musical performances will entertain the whole family. www.PasoArtFestival.com
The Ravine Water Park, located just 3 miles from the Adelaide Inn, will also open its doors for the summer season on Saturday May 29. The hottest place to cool off on the Central Coast, the Ravine features several water slides, a wave pool, and ‘kickback kreek’ for those looking to relax. See the fun for yourself with the Ravine’s live web cam: http://www.ravinewaterpark.com
Memorial Day in Paso Robles has everything you need to get your summer started right – warm weather, fun events and the friendly hospitality of the Adelaide Inn! Call us today for more on these events as well as rates and availability!
It’s time for Spring Cleaning and I’m not talking about the house. Instead of clearing out the cobwebs in that corner of the house, why not clear out the cobwebs that have left a winter weave in our minds.
For those of you who find joy in flowers, this is your time of year. Let’s wipe those cobwebs from our minds. Fields of California Poppies, Owls Clover, Chinese houses, Larkspurs, Shooting Stars, Goldfields, Lupines, Blazing Stars, Baby Blue Eyes, Indian Warrior, Cream Cups, Woolly Blue Curls, and Violets are the creation of a painters’ palette. “I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. “ ~Claude Monet
Inspiration comes and goes but in a field of wildflowers inspiration only grows. Photograph or paint nature’s palette and make it your own. Sit silently among the earthy perfumes and let the breeze carry your thoughts.
Find restoration in nature, if only for a day. Take off and explore nature’s celebration of Spring, the Wildflower. The back roads of Paso Robles offer many Treasures; one gem is an area east of the Adelaide Inn. Here the “The Earth Laughs in Flowers”- Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Tips for your Wildflower Road Trip:
What to Wear/Bring: Casual dress, comfortable walking shoes, sweater or jacket,
sunscreen, bottled water and camera.
To order your picnic lunch to go, call the afternoon before your trip:
Panolivo Gourmet Bistro: 1334 Park St. Paso Robles (805) 239-3366
Odyssey World Café: 1214 Pine St. Paso Robles (805)237-7516
For the photographer, Photonaturalist. net has a Free download on “13 Tips for Better Wildflower Photography.”
The National Audubon Society has a comprehensive field guide of Western Wildflowers. You can pick up a copy at any local bookstore. Online, Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com have these field guides available new or used.
Where’s the Paso Robles Wine? After a day of floral exploration, you have the option of stopping at several Paso Robles wineries on your return or you can have a bottle of wine waiting in your room at the Adelaide Inn. Make a reservation for the Adelaide Inn Manager’s Special Winery of the Month and you will receive a complimentary bottle of wine, wine tasting tickets for two, free wildflower seed packet, a map to the wildflower area and $5.00 per person off breakfast.
Please let us know if you prefer red wine or white wine.
Winery of the Month for April 2010: Bianchi Vineyard
Winery of the Month for May & June 2010: Sculpterra Vineyards
April through May is the best time to see what the winter rains have
nourished and brought to life
The Pleasant Valley Wine Trail is the newest group of Paso Robles wineries and businesses joining
together to provide visitors with one easy route to premium wine tasting and olive oil sampling.
On a crisp winter day, a friend and I meandered down the country roads to visit a few of the wineries located
on the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail. The wineries we visited are all small producer family owned and operated so not only was I able to taste some award winning wines and olive oil, I met the people who pour their hearts and souls into the land to produce a dream come true, their own wines!
Ranchita Canyon Vineyard is owned and operated by Bill and Teresa Hinrichs. I met Teresa and as she lead me to the tasting room which is also a barrel room. It was cold that afternoon but as Teresa spoke about
the wines Ranchita Canyon was producing, her warmth filled the room. After tasting a 2007 Zinfandel,
2005 Cabernet Franc, 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2006 Sauvignon Blanc, it was very difficult deciding
which wine to purchase. We choose the 2005 Cabernet Franc and the 2006 Sauvignon Blanc.
Winery Open Friday to Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m
Ranchita Canyon Vineyard: 3439 Ranchita Canyon Road, San Miguel, CA 93451. 805-467-9448
Tackitt Family Vineyard is owned and operated by Leon, his wife Cindy and his father Boyd Tackitt.
Leon’s grandfather had started the small vineyard back in 1970, planting Gewürztraminer vines.
“With my retirement from a 28-year career in the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal community
coming into view, my wife and I saw our modest family vineyard as a wonderful possibility. In the
summer of 1998, Cindy and I decided to take what my grandfather had started to the next level,
and Tackitt Family Vineyards began.”
The tasting room is also in the barrel room. The Tackitts are in the process of building a
tasting room just below the barrel room. We had to try the Gewürztraminer. Cindy brought out
a small tray of cheese and crackers. My friend remarked that this wine would go really well
with Thai food. Leon’s face lit up and his eyes sparkled. It was like Leon was saying without
words, “you understand my wine.” We also tried the 2005 Merlot and 2007 Swisscolena Zinfandel.
Again we were faced with a hard choice and purchased the 2007 Swisscolena Zinfandel.
Tackitt Family Vineyard: 6640 Von Dollen Road, San Miguel, CA 93451.
Please call 805 296-0866 www.tackittfamilyvineyards.com
Terrace Hill Olive Oil is owned and operated by Uwe and Martina Henze. Martina told me that
you “retire to do the things that you love”. Martina was born in France, has lived in many
U.S cities including N.Y. Her husband, Uwe, was born in Germany, was a chef in Europe and
the U.S. and keeps his eye on the olive orchard. Although Martina was born in France she has,
over years come to love to culinary experience of Italy and Spain and this shows in her
olive oil produced on site.
The olive oil tasting room is right next to their house. The view from Terrace Hill Olive Oil Co
is reminiscent of the hillsides in Tuscany. As the olive oil produced are award-winning Tuscan
varietals olive oils and flavored oils. The olive oil is the best I have tasted. I learned the
correct way to taste olive oil. You do not dunk the bread into the small cup. When tasting olive
oil, you pour the small tasting in your mouth and breathe in so the oil coats the inside of your
mouth and let it linger. We could not leave without purchasing the Estate Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Terrace Hill Olive Oil: Hours of operation: Saturday and Sunday from 11a.m. to 5 p.m.
2620 California Poppy Lane, San Miguel, CA 93451 805-467-1906 www.terracehilloliveco.com
I am not going to go into detail about the specifics of each wine because I believe that each person
is their own connoisseur of wine. I will say that the area produces excellent Zinfandels and the wineries
are experimenting with different varietals, such as Cabernet Franc and Malbec. I will tell you that we
thoroughly enjoyed all of our purchases. We plan to go back to the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail to try the other wineries.www.pleasantvalleywinetrail.com
This is just a small sampling of what is happening all over the Paso Robles countryside.
People doing what they love --- a passion, understanding and commitment to the land that
surrounds them. Their labors have produced award winning wines and olive oil. To have a
sense of the land and the growing process completes a cycle, creating a oneness with the
original pioneers of the Paso Robles Region.
Two Wine Tasting Tips I would like to share with you. Research the wineries before you go.
You know what types of wine you enjoy or would like to try. If you are new to the Wine Tasting
experience, I would suggest taking a guided wine tour. The guides know the Paso Robles Wine Region
very well and can make suggestions based on your likes and dislikes.