Our family and friends just returned from another visit to Paso Robles, one of California’s premier wine regions. While a wine-buying trip is always a treat, our trip was made even more memorable because of our stay at The Canyon Villa. From the moment we arrived and were greeted by Kath, who, along with her husband, Chef Wills, is the proprietor of The Canyon Villa, we felt the tension from our six-hour drive melt away.
This is our third visit to The Canyon Villa. Often when returning to the site of a well-loved memory, the new experience fails to live up to what we remembered; that is not the case with The Canyon Villa, as the quality of the accommodations, services, and experience remain exceptional.
Because The Canyon Villa is intimate, with only four guest bedrooms, the experience is warm and inviting – like staying at a villa in the Italian countryside, only better! Every evening began with Wine Hour, including thoughtfully selected wines from California’s central coast and small bites masterfully prepared by Chef Wills. While excellent culinary experiences may be found locally, after returning to the Villa after a day of wine tasting, we found no reason to venture out again. Instead, we arranged to have Chef Wills, a Michelin Star-trained chef, prepare our dinner each night – and let me tell you, each dinner with its artistic presentation was as much a treat for the eyes as it was for our tastebuds. After dinner, we settled in front of the living room fireplace, knowing that we would soon be rewarded with an excellent night’s sleep in a spacious guest room overlooking the rolling hills of Paso.
Each morning we were treated to a delicious breakfast complete with freshly baked croissants, followed by a fruit course, and then the main course. Fortified, we headed out to visit one or two of Paso’s more than 350 world-class wineries.
When traveling to Paso, we always plan to stay three or more days over the weekend to enjoy Sunday Supper, a five-star evening featuring wines presented by a local winery and Chef Wills’ fantastic cuisine.
The Canyon Villa, with Kath and Chef Wills’ warm hospitality, is our happy place! We’ve already booked our next visit.