We recently stayed a night at Summerwood -- our 3rd visit in a few years -- and it was like coming home. We have also stayed at the Hotel Cheval in downtown Paso, which is exceptionally nice and really convenient for walking to restaurants for dinner, but we missed staying in the midst of the vineyards.
As always, the grounds and gardens are lovely and there are very comfortable chairs and tables outside, so you can really enjoy sitting and reading or talking outdoors. In addition, several rooms have private patios. We have stayed in the Bordeaux room twice (a favorite since it has a private patio and is further away from the road) and also in the Diosa Suite (which we actually don't care for -- we found it too dark, and it doesn't offer enough more to justify the additional cost). Per some earlier reviews, I probably did notice a few nicks and scuff marks here and there in the room, but I'd still say the rooms are in excellent condition (and yes, maybe the old air conditioning units are a bit noisy). As comfortable as we are in the room, having the inn's main living room and outdoor spaces available to us makes the inn feel even more spacious.
In our experience, the wine and hors d'oeuvres time is second to none. On this last visit, we had 3 or 4 terrific items, with lots available so that we could take what we wanted and not feel like we were allotted 2 bites per person (as we have felt in some other places). In the evening, when we got back from dinner downtown, there was coffee, tea and sweets left in the living room - which we've always experienced and a touch we like so much.
In the morning, coffee, tea and scones were set out early; we came down to get some, then went to our private patio to read for a while before having our delicious breakfast outdoors on the main patio.
In our experience, the staff has always been very pleasant and friendly, available to help (they offered to make dinner reservations, although I'd made some already) or to leave you alone in your privacy.
All things included, we think Summerwood offers a great product in a lovely setting -- and a great base for exploring the Paso Robles wine region. It's also not a long drive at all to the coast, Cambria, Cayucos etc.
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