Austin Hope Winery, Big sur, Big Sur CA, biscuits, CA, California, dessert, Family, Firestone Walker Brewery, Food, Foodie, Pismo Beach, Red Wine, Road, Road trip, Travel, Treana Wines, West Coast, Wine, Wine Tasting
* Disclaimer This is a food and drink trip.
Monday: We leave Carmel Valley around 10 AM and head towards Paso Robles where we have a great lunch, meet some fine people and experienced delicious beer at the Firestone Walker Tap Room and Brewery.
Then it was onto Pismo Beach. After settling into our hotel room (Inn at the Pier) we took a little (read nap) break before venturing out for a frozen yogurt snack at Pismo Yogurt. Need to keep the strength up for walking around Pismo Beach, which is a pretty cute place with funky shops and lots of places to eat and drink. Dinner was at the Oyster Loft, excellent raw seafood and a fun, lively atmosphere even for a Monday night.
After dinner we walked back to the hotel and had a night cap with a slice of decadent chocolate torte with ice cream. We were able to try a 2017 Treana Cabernet Sauvignon, which really brought out the rich chocolate flavors of our dessert. It was a little tight at first, but when it was swirled and it got some oxygen it opened up and was impressive even at its’ very young age. It was definitely sweet dreams for us. Snore.
Tuesday: Next morning we strolled to Beachin’ Biscuits for a hearty breakfast. This place is so cute and the biscuits are heavenly. A former nurse decided to follow her cooking passion and opened up this lovely restaurant and the locals and tourists couldn’t be more delighted. Totally scrumptious biscuits and other breakfast delights.
Even if you’re eating low carb or keto you can leave satisfied here. They have excellent scrambled (if you don’t want them with cheese, you need to let the staff know when ordering) eggs, bacon, sausage and linguica, not to mention potatoes if you’re yearning for something other than biscuits. Very good coffee, cappuccino, mocha ,etc. also help get the brain fog cleared. To go available.
Breakfast done, we were rolling out of town and decided to got to Treana, which is actually a label belonging to Hope Family Wines.
Seriously folks, this is the best! Amazing hospitality and magnificent wines! (Interview coming soon) .
We continued down 46 West to the coast and drove north to Cambria for lunch at Linn’s
Do not miss their Oallalieberry pie, it’s legendary! I have to have mine with McConnell’s Vanilla ice cream and then all is right with the world. The food is delicious, they even have good salads and burgers!
Hwy 1 going North or South right now is under a lot of construction and there are a lot of one way closures, landslides and other stuff that may make some drivers wary . If you do take Hwy 1 from Big Sur down south just be prepared to wait and drive the speed limit, nj. (no joke) But that didn’t stop us, oh no, we just rolled along until it was time for a break and a class of wine and a beer at Ventana, which is ALSO under construction. Their parking lot, to be exact. But the views are inspiring and it’s a perfect place to hang out for the afternoon and soak in the air, the Big Sur vibe and chill.
We finally made it home and are getting ready for the next road trip!