Where to Stay in SLO Wine Country

There are more than two dozen wineries to explore in San Luis Obispo wine country, located half-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and you can read all about them at: www.slowine.com.

But what about a place to stay in the area? Glad you asked.

Between my junior and senior years in high school, I was fortunate to be selected to attend a journalism camp on the beautiful campus of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I fell in love with the area and have returned dozens of times to enjoy the SLO life…and, for the past 28 years or so, to visit the area’s wineries.

You name the SLO-area motel, hotel or B&B, and chances are I’ve stayed there at least once. And because of the journalistic ethics I was taught at Cal Poly, I’ve always paid my own way, even when junkets and other freebies were offered.

Thus, my thoughts about SLO-area accommodations are just that: my thoughts. Here are three of my favorite places to savor the SLO life after a busy day of wine touring…

  • Favorite ResortDolphin Bay Resort & Spa
    Located on the beach in Pismo Beach, Dolphin Bay is a wine-friendly resort where the sound of the waves will help lull you to sleep…but only after enjoying a meal at the Lido Restaurant, where there’s no corkage fee for up to two bottles of wine.
  • Favorite Bed & BreakfastPetit Soleil
    You’ll think you’re in Provence once you’re on the property and inside the cobblestone courtyard. With 15 rooms and one suite, it’s a bit larger than the typical B&B, but there’s plenty of privacy for those who are looking to get away from it all. That said, don’t miss the evening gathering, when yummy bites are served with fine wines.
  • Once in a LifetimeMadonna Inn
    You’ve probably heard of it, but if you’ve never stayed at the Madonna Inn, you need to do so at least once. Yes, there’s a spa. Yes, there’s a pool-side bar. Yes, there are hiking and biking trails. But what makes the Madonna Inn unique is its rooms—each one different, each one themed, each one unforgettable.

Have you ever been to the Dolphin Bay Resort, Petit Soleil or the Madonna Inn? Do you have a favorite place of your own to stay in or near San Luis Obispo? We’d love to share your experiences with the Vinesse universe. The comment box below awaits.

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