Thursday, May 17, 2012

Places to stay and visit in Paso Robles/Creston

Reality is sinking in. There are 87 more wonderful days to enjoy of our engagement until we move into the newlywed period. 

Wedding planning has proven to be one of the most fun and creative things I've ever poured my heart into. There have only been a few bumps along the way, but hey, it's my first and only wedding and I'm not perfect (despite what you all may think)

To aid you all in having a wonderful wedding weekend in the Paso Robles area, Sam and I have compiled a list of hotels and activities in the area:

PS - we want to thank all of you in advance if you are traveling from out of state or from a far away place to come enjoy this special day with us. Even if you can't make it, everyone who reads this holds a special place in our hearts and we are so grateful to call you a friend or family.

Ok, first things first, if you're traveling from out of town, you'll probably want a place with a comfy bed to rest your head for the night. Here is a list of hotels that have availability for the weekend of  August 11th. There are other places to stay other than this list, but these are the one's that I've called and checked with.

  1. Holiday Inn Express - 805.238.6500
Hotel Near San Luis Obispo Location

 2. Courtyard Marriot - 805.239.9700


 3. La Quinta Inn and Suites - 805.239.3004

La Quinta Inns and La Quinta Inn & Suites

 4. Hampton Inn and Suites - 805.226.9988
 Hampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles Hotel, CA - Two Queen Beds

 5. Best Western Plus Black Oak - 805.238.4740

Full Service Hotel in Paso Robles Near San Luis Obispo

Most of us these days are pretty computer savvy - so check , , or any other site that searches for the best deal around. 

Here's a crappy map - but you can see approximately how close everything is - Creston (the location of the wedding) is about where the 229 is marked - towards the right side of the map. It's about 45 - 60 minutes to the coast, but staying in Templeton or Atascadero will be about 15 - 20 minutes from Creston (the same as Paso Robles) and about 10 - 15 minutes from Paso Robles.... I hope that makes me if you need help finding a place. 

Ok, here comes the fun stuff - some of you have mentioned making this a fun family vacation, so Sam and I have also compiled a list of all our favorite things to do while on the Central Coast. 

1. Wine Tasting - duh. The wedding party is going wine tasting on Friday, August 10 at 1:00pm. Anyone is welcome to join us, I even have a driver service that we can hire to drive your car around - WAY FUN! Totally recommend this. Or, hop on one of the many wine tasting tours - just Google "wine tasting tours Paso Robles". Done.

2. BEACHES! If you read the Central Coast news, you'll probably have heard about the kayaker that was just attacked by the great white shark....not to worry, this only happens if you smell really good... kidding. But there are tons of awesome beaches to hit up - San Simeon, Pismo, Avila, Cayucas, Morro Bay....a quick Google search will show you how to get there. 

     San Simeon - Family favorite - a great spot to stop if you are going to hit up Hearst Castle (which you should definitely do if you are new to the area) 

     Pismo - great place to rent horses, or ATV's and ride along the dunes.Can be crowded - but good people watching ;)

      Avila - one of my favorites, it's got that Southern California feel, but most of the time, it's not near as crowded as Pismo.This is where I had my Junior Prom - little bit of history for ya!

     Cayucas - A sweet little central coast town, sleepy and awesome. Good tide pools on the north end, good fresh salt water taffy at the candy store - rent wet suits, because the water is FaRidged. (That's freaking fridged) and boogie boards, and have an awesome afternoon.  

     And lastly, Morro Bay - another family favorite - go to Tognazzini's for some wicked good fish tacos (dog friendly dockside eating). Rent kayaks and paddle through the bay - a must see, I think. 

 3. Downtown Paso Robles - wine bar hope downtown, shop, or relax in the Park. It's an awesome city, and the downtown is really the heart of it.

4. Lake Nacimiento - another family favorite, we've spent soooo many days on this lake, it's fantastic. Fish from the shore, or bring your boat and go wake boarding, fun times! And only about 30 minutes from Paso Robles.

Ok, that's a lot of info for one post. But most important thing - get a hotel room ASAP - Paso Robles is a destination city for lots of folks in the summer time, so rooms will go fast. And again, feel free to contact me,or Sam, or our parents anytime. Cause again, we LOVE YOU ALL and want you to come and have a great weekend with us!

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