Central Coast Wine: Arroyo Grande versus Edna Valley

The Central Coast is home to one of the country’s most rapidly growing wine regions. While the Central Coast AVA is known for its high output of award-winning Chardonnays, two small and undiscovered wine regions in southern San Luis Obispo county stand alone in variety and quality. Just miles apart, Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande AVAs offer two distinct, yet equally remarkable wine trails. The two little-known appellations have come to be recognized for their remarkable quality and gorgeous vistas by wine experts around the world. Both Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley wineries will be featured during the 32nd Annual Central…

#CentralCoasting Fun on the Fourth

Parades, concerts, and fireworks, oh my! Independence Day is only a few days away, and everyone at Martin Resorts is excited for some Fourth of July fun! We’ve compiled a list of some of the best local celebrations happening over the long weekend, so take a look, pick your favorites, grab your essentials, and plan accordingly! But wherever you go, be safe and be sure to show us what you’re up to on Instagram by using #CentralCoasting! When you do, you’ll be entered to win a 1-night stay at a Martin Resorts property! From all of us at Martin Resorts, Happy…

Visiting Brewers featured at the California Festival of Beers

Here on the Central Coast, we are spoiled with immediate access to local breweries and distilleries. With so many beers to choose from on our own turf, sometimes we can forget about all the other amazing breweries from around the nation that we have yet to try. Luckily, at the California Festival of Beers happening Memorial Day weekend at the Madonna Inn, you’ll have the chance to sample beers from local breweries and visiting breweries alike. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the brewers who don’t call the Central Coast their home: Deschutes Brewery – Oregon Central Oregon’s flagship brewpub,…

Strawberries Four Ways

Strawberries are one of our favorite summer treats, cute, delicious, and healthy just on their own. Join us at the Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival this Memorial Day weekend to taste local farmer’s strawberries at the peak of their harvest season. There will be live music, activities, entertainment, crafts, and of course, strawberry treats available for purchase and by the box. However, many people don’t know the great variety of dishes you can make with them strawberries a main ingredient, instead of just taking a few bites and throwing away the stems. Additionally, strawberry dishes don’t even have to be desserts – they can be…

Our Favorite Paso Robles Wine Festival Events

Are you a fan of Paso Robles wine? That’s a great starting point for the Paso Robles Wine Festival, but the events celebrate far more than our beloved vino. Great food, fun events, and informational exhibitions are all meant to be enjoyed during the festival, which takes place during four sunny days in late May. We encourage out-of-towners to come visit for the festival, which adds a great variety of activity to a vacation to the Central Coast! Here are some of our favorite Paso Robles Wine Festival events that you won’t want to miss over the weekend of May 18th-21st. Grand Tasting…

Festival Season Essentials

We have to say – spring and summer might be the best time to visit the Central Coast. The daily near-perfect weather makes it easy to enjoy all your favorite outdoor activities, like camping, hiking or swimming. Better yet, there is never a shortage of things to do, because many music, food and culture festivals take place during these beautiful months. Do you love live music, outdoor concerts, or delicious farm-to-table food? There are festivals that celebrate all these and more during the next new months here on the Central Coast. When you’re getting ready to go to a festival on…

What’s New with Vintage Paso

Paso Robles and Zinfandel wine have a long history that’s blossomed into a beautiful love story. As Paso’s first wine, Zinfandel has been here since the beginning—before the national recognition, and before the impressive titles. Beginning March 17th, we’d like to raise a glass to our region’s first wine with the celebration of Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend. Over the course of three days, explore more than 140 weekend activities ranging from winemaker dinners and barrel tastings to artisanal food pairings and live music. Experience small town charm while drinking in world class wine at some of our favorite events of the…

Paso’s First Wine: Zinfandel

Referred to as the “wild west of California wine,” Paso Robles wine country is characterized by breaking diversity and the innovative spirit of its winemakers. The Paso Robles American Viticultural Appellation (AVA) is the fastest growing AVA in California, having seen the number of wineries grow from 50 to over 200 since 2000. But how did this wine region’s success begin? If we go back to the beginning, Paso’s wine roots connect to the establishment of the California Missions. Read on to learn more about the rise of winemaking in Paso Robles and to get a taste of what Vintage Paso…