The eyes of Texas are upon us

May 2, 2010

Nice write-up about the Central Coast by the travel writer for the Houston Chronicle in last Friday’s paper. [Houston Chronicle]

Kristin Finan and her husband recently spent a long three-day weekend hanging out at the Madonna Inn and wandering through wine country, mostly up in Paso Robles. Like other recent travel profiles, this writer seems pleasantly surprised that there is a legitimate alternative to Napa.

Calling the Central Coast “the perfect weekend destination,” Finan offers this description: “The geography is reminiscent of parts of Ireland, with the lush green landscape bumping up against the severe coastline battered by crashing waves.”

Finan had good things to say about the Wine Line, a Paso Robles-based shuttle service that transports wine lovers between local wineries.

Understandably, the article also focuses on Hearst Castle and gives written shout-outs to both Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House and Louisa’s Place in San Luis Obispo.

“We found the Madonna Inn, with all its quirks, to be much like the Central California coast–charming, entertaining, and ripe for visitors.”

Something tells us that she will be back.