Our 10th Wedding Anniversary Getaway Weekend

10 years ago, Jason and I said “I Do” in front of family and friends. I remember the day like it was yesterday. It was so special and magical. It was everything that I wanted it to be. I really can’t believe it’s already been 10 years.

And so much has happened in those 10 years that have passed so fast. We have a family now. I don’t work anymore. Jason’s in the best shape of his life, and I’m still trying to get in shape.

But one thing that hasn’t changed is how in love I am with him.

Our actual anniversary was this past Friday, which is when we left for our first getaway weekend without the kids in way too long. He surprised me on Thursday by telling me he’s taking me to the central coast for the weekend to Paso Robles for wine tasting and fantastic food.

We left early Friday morning, and drove straight up to Hearst Castle, about 45 minutes north of Paso Robles. I have been there before, but he had not. If you’ve never been, it’s really an amazing and beautiful place to visit.

Of course I wanted to see the wine cellar. 100+ year old bottles of wine, some still corked, were on display. Pretty cool to see!

We then headed to our hotel to freshen up and to The Range in Santa Margarita, a local treasure that they like to keep secret. There’s no website, they aren’t on Facebook or Twitter, you can’t make reservations and they only take cash. And if you didn’t know it was there, you’d drive right passed it. The food was AMAZING. I mean AMAZING. Everybody was so friendly (our waiter actually put together of wineries we shouldn’t miss) and we were lucky enough to get seated right away. They serve a great selection of local wines. We can’t wait to go back.

The following day was a day of wine tasting. Now I knew that harvesting season had started around the country, but had been told that harvest in Paso Robles was still a couple of weeks away. I’ve always wanted to go during harvest, and was bummed to miss it.

We ended the day at one of my favorite wineries in the country, Eberle Winery. We had scheduled a VIP tour and tasting and I was excited to get down into the wine caves to check them out. I hadn’t been there in over 15 years, and it’s changed a lot since then. When we got to the winery, I noticed grapes that had been harvested! To say I was excited was an understatement.

We were introduced to the winemaker, who told us he was just getting ready to start the process of getting the grapes off the stems and crushing them to start the winemaking process. We got to watch!

It was such an awesome surprise to be able to be at my favorite winery and watch the process. Followed of course by tasting lots of their awesome wines. It was a perfect afternoon.

We ended the day with dinner at one of the best restaurants in the area: Bistro Laurent. Now I loves me some eating and fine dining, but I will admit I’m not a very adventurous eater. We sat down and Jason asked our waitress what she recommended. She recommended a four course meal, but said just let Chef Laurent surprise you. To me? This sounded dangerous. There were things on the menu I would never order. But thanks to several glasses of wine at Eberle, I said what the hell and said okay.

Warm lobster salad. I would never order it on my own because I’m not a huge fan of lobster. It was beautiful and velvety and not at all fishy and perfect.

Ling Cod and Lentils. I’m not a fan of fish so again wouldn’t have ordered it. It was over the top good. I wanted to ask for more!

Lamb Chops. No way in a million years would I ever order this. No way. And it was much better than I expected it to be, but I still wouldn’t order them in the future.

Figs with creme. To.Die.For.! It was the perfect ending to the perfect meal.

We can’t wait to go back for more wine tasting and eating. The central coast is stunningly beautiful and I could see spending every anniversary there. Thank you Jason for such a special weekend.


  1. Happy anniversary! So glad you got to celebrate it in such an awesome way! MandyE recently posted..A Bit ABout Me, September EditionMy Profile
  2. Glad you had such a magical getaway! They do wonders for the soul, don't they? Happy 10 years. xoxo Tonya recently posted..If You Give A Kid A CameraMy Profile
  3. Happy Anniversary! What a fun weekend. I've been to Paso and Eberle was my favorite winery there. Mmmm, I hope you took home some bottles to enjoy now that you're home. Twingle Mommy recently posted..Pinterest FAIL!My Profile
  4. Happy Anniversary! 10 years is a big deal! I'm glad you got some time for the two of you :) angela recently posted..Giving Hemingway a Second ChanceMy Profile
  5. Happy Anniversary!! What a wonderful way to celebrate it! Jessica recently posted..Happy Birthday, CMy Profile
  6. Congrats on 10 years! We will hit that mile stone next June and I am excited. Especially since 2 years ago I did not think we would make it. I have always wanted to go on a wine tasting tour. The next time we visit my sister (southern Ontario) we are going to do that. So happy you had a great time celebrating your tenth! Stephanie recently posted..Learning to Simplify Through PurgingMy Profile
  7. I am glad you got away from your anniversary. What a fun time. Jen recently posted..My ‘Listen to Your Mother’ MomentMy Profile
  8. Happy Anniversary! Wishing you many, many more!
  9. Happy Anniversary! Sounds like the perfect getaway! PragmaticMom recently posted..Family Reunion Vacation in Oahu, HawaiiMy Profile
  10. Happy Anniversary - and dude your husband is in GREAT shape. :) I thought he was taking you to a gun show! Poppy recently posted..Pretty Little LiarMy Profile


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