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Exploring High Ridge Manor: a Bed and Breakfast High Above Paso Robles

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Are you searching for Paso Robles hotels? How about a “Bed and Breakfast” in Paso Robles that is away from the crowded downtown, but close enough to the wineries to enjoy tastings? This was exactly the kind of place we were looking for when we stumbled upon High Ridge Manor. It’s a B&B under new ownership that checked off all of our boxes. And while there were definitely some hiccups along the way, it’s a place worth exploring.

High Ridge Manor is near the top of High Ridge Road, and it has stunning views of the valley below it. When we arrived, we were the only guests, and it was like having our own private estate. We booked the VIP room (aka The Grand Manor Suite) for the first two nights and planned to move to one of the smaller rooms for the weekend. However, we were upgraded to stay in the VIP suite over the weekend in celebration of our honeymoon.

This was no small decadence for us. The bathroom had a massive jetted tub and gorgeous shower, the room was very large for a Bed and Breakfast, and we had a private jacuzzi on the balcony just outside of our room. There was also a fireplace in the room, but it wasn’t working (and after the first night, it was too hot to want to use it). We did finally manage to figure out how to fire up the jacuzzi (it’s on propane, so the heating up process was a bit slower, and it helped enormously to leave the top on as it heated). Relaxing in there was a huge bonus, particularly for the first few nights when we didn’t have to worry about other guests wandering along the balcony that connected our side of the B&B with the rest of the place.

The Grand Manor Suite bathroom at High Ridge Manor, Paso Robles, California, Travel, B&B

The Grand Manor Suite bathroom at High Ridge Manor.

 

Grand Manor Suite at High Ridge Manor, bedroom, Paso Robles, California, Travel, B&B

The bedroom in the Grand Manor Suite at High Ridge Manor. Andy is already getting comfortable.

 

Jacuzzi outside the Grand Manor Suite at High Ridge Manor, Paso Robles, California, Travel, B&B

Jacuzzi outside the Grand Manor Suite at High Ridge Manor.

 

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High Ridge Manor

 

High Ridge Manor chickens, Paso Robles, California, Travel

High Ridge Manor chickens

 

There is always someone on staff to make breakfast for you, but the weekend saw the arrival of the owner and the B&B’s chef, Brianna. She was truly a gem. Every meal was amazing. While we expected breakfast, we were surprised to learn that they also offer Saturday night dinner on the wide balcony under the stars (price not included in stay, but very reasonable if you want to indulge). She also routinely made treats for the Happy Hour/Owner’s Reception every night (at no additional charge). I probably gained all the weight back I lost during the wedding week eating there, but it was so worth it.

Breakfast, High Ridge Manor, Paso Robles, California, Travel, B&B

One of Brianna’s breakfasts at High Ridge Manor.

 

dinner, High Ridge Manor, Paso Robles, California, Travel

Romantic Saturday night dinner on the balcony. Couple claimed the balcony spots, while the group opted for the dining room.

 

A word about the Happy Hour/Owner’s Reception – we really enjoyed that particular perk of the place. When it was quiet, and we were the only guests, they actually brought the bottle wine and nibbles to our room to enjoy. When the big party of guests arrived for the weekend, it took on a more festive, Hollywood atmosphere (aided by the arrival of a Real Housewife), and it involved a lot more wine and food (including flatbread pizza made in their wood-fired oven).

Happy Hour, High Ridge Manor, Paso Robles, California, Travel

Happy Hour in our room

 

Happy Hour, High Ridge Manor, Paso Robles, California, Travel

Happy Hour Day 2

 

Pizza oven, High Ridge Manor, Paso Robles, California, Travel

Pizza oven and recreation spot

 

The owner and everyone who worked there had suggestions for us about places to try, wine to sample and possible experiences in the area. In fact, two of the suggested wineries, Still Waters and Sarzotti were two of our favorite wineries in Paso Robles.

Was it all perfect? With all changes in ownership, there come quirks. One of the running jokes of the weekend was “Do I own this?” when the owner happened upon something on the property. It feels like things might have fallen into disuse before they took over, and they are just now getting everything up and running.

Also, I’m not sure I’m a “Bed and Breakfast” person. On the one hand, the rooms are gorgeous, and the food was amazing. On the other hand, when the big group of people (who all knew each other) arrived for the weekend, it suddenly felt like we were part of someone else’s party in someone else’s home. And little things like our area of the balcony not being blocked off for privacy added to that – I know it seems small, but it’s weird when someone takes a business cell phone call right in front of your sliding door, and I didn’t feel super comfortable jumping into the hot tub (even in a bathing suit) with a big group of people standing a couple of yards away.

While the people who own the place try to blend when it is quiet, it’s hard not to be aware that you are in someone else’s home. This doesn’t hit me when I’m in a larger hotel, but it definitely does when I’m in a B&B (this has been true of the other three I’ve stayed in), probably because of the more intimate surroundings. Also, the alcohol that flows in a town like Paso Robles can create a party-with-strangers atmosphere.

So, would I go to High Ridge Manor again? Yes, I probably would. It’s in a lovely spot, the room was very nice, and Brianna’s food was a delight. But I also think I’d go in with a better idea of what to expect should we once again be part of a larger party. And I might choose to go off-season.

 

Sunset at High Ridge Manor, Paso Robles, California, Travel, wine tasting

Sunset at High Ridge Manor

 

How about you? Does High Ridge Manor sound like it is up your alley? Are you a “Bed and Breakfast” person?

 

Related: The Hits And Misses of Wine Tasting In Paso Robles

 

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44 Comments on Exploring High Ridge Manor: a Bed and Breakfast High Above Paso Robles

  1. I love bed and breakfasts, especially where you have a really great room and bathroom, a great breakfast cooked fresh to order, and an excellent view / location. However, the privacy issue is one I’d have been hugely disappointed with too, especially if other guests decide to make personal calls in the space outside my room, and your comment about the hot tub privacy makes sense too. In most places that have rooms opening out into a garden or deck, there are screens to separate… I hope the High Ridge new owners put that into place.
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    • PatriciaSteffy // July 26, 2017 at 9:02 pm // Reply

      It’s a great place, but it was super awkward for me. Maybe even just plants to discourage walking over that also yield a little privacy would make it work.

  2. Megan Indoe // July 26, 2017 at 11:06 pm // Reply

    We LOVE Paso Robles and this seems like a unique place to stay and do some wine tasting! I have never done a bed and breakfast and have always wanted to try one, but the privacy thing might bother me a bit. I guess going in knowing what to expect would be a start. After all the incredible wine tasting around you may want somewhere with more privacy if you’re with your significant other! haha

    • PatriciaSteffy // July 26, 2017 at 11:09 pm // Reply

      LOL!! Exactly! I know the group that came in was hitting the tasting rooms pretty hard and then enjoying even more wine at the B&B afterward. It wasn’t exactly a party, but it was certainly festive. There was another couple like us — not part of the group — and I think we gravitated toward each other because we were so low key. 🙂

  3. This looks like a gorgeous place to stay. I love that they bring happy hour to your rooms. That’s a really unique twist on it that feels really romantic!

    • PatriciaSteffy // July 28, 2017 at 1:47 am // Reply

      That was a really nice touch. The only thing I wish we had done before the big group arrived was try out the pool. Maybe next time!

  4. Megan Jerrard // July 28, 2017 at 1:58 am // Reply

    High Ridge Manor sounds like a lovely place to stay in Paso Robles – yes, it’s always an adjustment re the experience if you’re not used to staying at a bed and breakfast, it’s a much more personalized experience and is very similar to staying in someone’s home. Beautiful grounds and room though, I personally love B&B’s – feels more authentic and relaxed than corporate hotels. And is that a crepe on your breakfast plate?! Looks delicious!

    • PatriciaSteffy // July 28, 2017 at 4:31 am // Reply

      That is a crepe! Brianna was an amazing chef. They are so lucky to have her! And High Ridge really is lovely — I just need to get used to feeling like I’m in someone else’s space.

  5. This is just so cute!!! I have always wanted to try a B and B and this looks amazing!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • PatriciaSteffy // July 29, 2017 at 6:04 pm // Reply

      It’s a fun spot — particularly if you like B&Bs. Plus, Paso is so much fun for wine lovers!

  6. I do love B&Bs but I understand how you can have an issue with them. I like them if you still have your own space and if I had people I didn’t know outside my balcony I don’t think I’d like it either. The sunsets, wine and food looked gorgeous though!

    • PatriciaSteffy // July 29, 2017 at 8:25 pm // Reply

      The pluses outweighed the minuses for sure. It’s just hard for me to get used to having to mix with strangers like that.

  7. Wow, this place looks totally awesome and would love to stay here. eating outside, having a glass of wine and watching the sun, i take that 🙂
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  8. OMG. Which Real Housewife? How fun that must have been. It sounds like a lovely place and I’m glad you got upgraded. That jacuzzi at sunset would be lovely.

    • PatriciaSteffy // July 30, 2017 at 12:30 am // Reply

      I think she said her name was Taylor? I haven’t watched any of the shows, but they mentioned it while they were there. It really is a beautiful place, and we loved enjoy the jacuzzi at both at sunset and later at night when the stars came out.

  9. We haven’t stayed in many Bed and Breakfasts but the ones that we have, were all great. I can imagine it being weird with a big group though. However, Brianna’s food sounds and looks very delicious. So maybe High Ridge Manor is worth it after all.

    • PatriciaSteffy // July 30, 2017 at 12:31 am // Reply

      It was a place I’d definitely try again, maybe mid-week to avoid the big crowds on the weekend? We also went on Wine Festival weekend when the crowds coming to really do a lot of wine tasting came into town. Brianna’s food was incredible. I’d go again just for that!

  10. Wow the pictures are lovely and so romantic! The upgrade is such a treat. Congrats newly weds!

  11. I love your honesty in this review! I never thought about staying in a B&B and the potential feeling of being apart of someone else’s party in their home. I’m glad you were able to make the best of your time. The jacuzzi view was stunning! And the food looked delectable!

    • PatriciaSteffy // July 30, 2017 at 1:36 pm // Reply

      There were a lot of positives to it, and we would probably go back. But it definitely helps knowing now what to expect!

  12. This hotel looks incredible to stay at, particularly due to the views, the bathroom and the location. I adore California! I’ve added this to my list of possible places to stay at if I’m lucky enough to find my way over there again 🙂

    • PatriciaSteffy // July 30, 2017 at 4:52 pm // Reply

      That tub was amazing!! Even the non-VIP rooms were quite nice, the views were spectacular and the food was fantastic.

  13. I have never stayed in a B&B but I think I would like it. I’m guessing the ‘Real Housewife’ but a damper on the relaxed atmosphere!
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    • PatriciaSteffy // July 30, 2017 at 4:54 pm // Reply

      She was very nice — it was more of the group party atmosphere that arrived with them that changed things. I’m sure if you had a house full of singles and couples, it would stay more relaxed and quiet. 🙂

  14. I’m on the lower end of the budget and normally go for hostels but this looks incredible. I would definitely love to stay here.

  15. Aside from having the large group join your vacation time, it looks like a lovely spot with good food.

  16. How about that private jacuzzi on the balcony! Sounds lovely. Besides all the obvious reasons to stay here, have to say that I loved that sunset view, great photo. 🙂

  17. Cherene Saradar // July 30, 2017 at 9:26 pm // Reply

    Well you had me at “happy hour brought to the room”! LOl. Seriously though, looks so lovely! Hope you enjoyed your honeymoon!

  18. This sounds so relaxing! I especially love the jacuzzi overlooking the sunset.
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    • PatriciaSteffy // July 31, 2017 at 12:58 am // Reply

      It was beautiful. We also loved getting a chance to see the stars at night without all the light pollution you get here in LA.

  19. As a city girl, this looks like the perfect escape for a weekend. I love that there’s a private jacuzzi as well. And such beautiful views. I would love to stay here next time I make it to California!
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    • PatriciaSteffy // July 31, 2017 at 12:59 am // Reply

      It’s a really lovely escape from city living. I think we need to do more of those little breaks when big trips aren’t possible.

  20. It’s a lovely place.To see the pictures Mind becomes good. especially I like sunset & garden picture. I would definitely love to stay here.Thanks for post
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  21. The place looks lovely!!! It sounds like the people there are very accommodating to their guests, too. I haven’t tried B&B yet, but with your story, I guess the best time of booking is on weekdays to feel the ambiance of the place. And I think there’s really something different when you experience a place all to yourselves!

    • PatriciaSteffy // August 2, 2017 at 12:05 am // Reply

      It’s definitely a quieter experience, and we loved having the run of the place. But if you are looking to meet people and enjoy a more festive atmosphere, the weekend is the time. I’m super curious what it’s like in the winter.

  22. Looks like a really nice place and the sunset views looks lovely. I have never stayed in a B&B before but I cannot stop to wonder why after reading this. I am glad you had a nice experience.

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