SPRING BREAK AT RANCHO DOS AMANTES

 

Join us for Spring Break at Rancho Dos Amantes.  A unique place where we invite you to disconnect in order to reconnect to a simpler way of being. Our farm stay bed & breakfast is a scenic drive away from downtown Paso Robles, California. We are hidden away from the hustle and bustle of urban life surrounded by open fields and ancient oak trees. This adventure all started with a desire to live a healthier and more sustainable life and we are excited to share our adventure with you. We invite you to stay with us, enjoy the calm and relaxing environment, unwind on the patios, wander the garden, and learn about our farm.

Famous for its 165 miles of pristine shoreline, Lake Nacimiento Resort is a top destination near California’s central coast.  Located at the mid-way point between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the resort offers fun and adventure for the entire family. Guests enjoy multiple activities at the lake and its surrounding oak and pine forests including water sports, fishing, hiking, camping, wildlife viewing and seasonal dining at The Dragon Lake Grill, and more.  The lake is currently full~ Click here to view boat and pontoon rentals!

Schedule a tour of Redwings Horse Sanctuary during your stay at Rancho Dos Amantes and learn about what you can do to help. They welcome visitors to the Sanctuary Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. They will be happy to give you a tour, showing you the horses and burros of Redwings and telling you their stories. Please call ahead to check the availability and weather. Please call the ranch office at 831-386-0135 to schedule a tour.  To order the above calendar and make a donation click here.

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Valentines Special

Escape to Rancho Dos Amantes for a Romantic Getaway

Photography by Wobsarazzi

Indulge with complimentary Champagne and Chocolates waiting in your Casita upon arrival.  Cozy up by our fire pits with s'mores and blankets.  Enjoy a well rounded breakfast in our Red Barn Kitchen with fresh eggs from our hens and warm homemade bread.  

Disconnect to reconnect on our farm as you roam our guest garden and cook in our commercial quality kitchen with freshly harvested vegetables.  Close to the town of Paso Robles, famous for it's fine wines and beautiful lakes.  Take a wine tour of local vineyards or enjoy gourmet dining and a stroll through the park.

Considering making a special treat for a loved one?

Try out this decadent recipe:

Chocolate Chocolate Tart

CRUST

  • 1 ½ cups AP flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter

FILLING

  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
  • 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate (not more than 65% cocoa if marked), chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

GLAZE

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 ¾ ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon warm water

equipment: a 9 inch round fluted tart pan (1 inch deep)

instructions:

  1. Make the crust: Prepare crust by combining all crust ingredients in a food processor. Process until a ball a forms. press into a tart pan bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool before filling.
  2. Make the filling:  Bring cream to a boil, then pour over chocolate in a bowl and let stand 5 minutes. Gently stir until smooth. Whisk together eggs, vanilla, and salt in another bowl, then stir into melted chocolate.
  3. Pour filling into cooled crust. Bake until filling is set about 3 inches from edge but center is still wobbly, 20 to 25 minutes. (Center will continue to set as tart cools.) Cool completely in pan on rack, about 1 hour.
  4. Make the glaze:  Bring cream to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in chocolate until smooth. Stir in corn syrup, then warm water Pour glaze onto tart, then tilt and rotate tart so glaze coats top evenly. Let stand until glaze is set, about 1 hour.

 
 

Fresh Tastes From the Garden- olive oil

Hand picked and pressed olive oil

Our olive tree orchard is really coming along!  With over 30 trees and 3 years growth time, they are established and fruiting!  This year we teamed up with friends Sharon and Greg to harvest and press our very own olive oil.

a note about NIÇOISE olives

"Grown on a variety of olive tree called "Le Cailletier," demure Niçoise olives are a crucial ingredient in the classic dishes of the French Riviera—think salade Niçoise and tapenade. But they're equally wonderful nibbled on their own. A bit assertive, but not overpowering, the Niçoise has an enticingly herbal fragrance with faint notes of licorice."

As adapted from A Beginner's Guide To Olives
Photo Cred- Fabrizio Angius, Flickr 

Photo Cred- Fabrizio Angius, Flickr 

Fresh Tastes From The Garden- carrot top pesto

Carrot Top Pesto

Pesto is a sauce with many uses and different methods to make it.  Did you know you can make it with the greens from carrots?  Minimal waste, maximum taste!  Heres how:

  1. Add carrot tops, walnut halves, garlic, and salt to the food processor.  Turn food processor on high.  Add Parmesan cheese and continue to process until smooth.
  • 2 cups carrot tops, washed with stems removed
  • 1/3 cup walnut halves, toasted
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

This pesto was made to serve with our farm fresh carrots that were picked from the garden just this morning.  We drizzled a little homemade olive oil, salt, and pepper over the carrots and roasted them at 425 for 20 minutes.  Then toss with pesto and serve!  

Stay tuned to our next blog to learn about our olive orchard and the making of our fresh olive oil!

 

Weddings at Rancho Dos Amantes

wedding planning 101

where to start:

The Venue

Venue is key!  First comes love, then comes the venue.  After you secure your engagement you'll need to lock down a ceremony and reception space.  Some venues are booked up to a year in advance, so you will definitely want to start here.  Things to consider are guest capacity, the ceremony site and reception area.  Here at Rancho Dos Amantes we have several ceremony site options as well as a beautiful outdoor reception area equipped with a commercial quality kitchen, romantic bistro lighting and a dance floor!  What is your perfect venue style?  Take the quiz!

The Wedding Party

You have your love, your ring and your venue.  Now who's going to accompany you as you say I Do?  The wedding party is a sentimental tradition and for some tricky to choose.  Best friends, sisters and soon to be sisters often are some of your potential options.  Choose carefully, your big day is about you!  So don't choose anyone who will try and steal your spotlight!  Giving your gals notice is key so they can be there for you.  Be sure to let them know of important dates they will need to be present for, like Engagement Dinner and dress fittings. 

The Dress

What girl hasn't been planning her dream wedding in her head?  So I'm sure you have a dress style in mind.  Search online.  It's a great way to find deals and any dress you can dream of.  Of course local shops are a great option to get that perfect fit.  We have even had a Bride make her own gown!  You can find great deals by going to Bridal Gown Floor Shows where you choose a dress and walk away with it that day!

The Food 

Caterers are important.  Many companies can handle not only preparing and serving the food but also can arrange for rentals of tables and chairs as well as taking care of the bar.  You can have plated dinner served or a buffet line.  Food can be fun because there are many options.  Taco bar?  Italian?  We have seen it all!  Rancho Dos Amantes has a kitchen caterers love!  If you have a Chef in the family maybe they can DYI and save time and money.

The Band

Many couples go with DJ's but bands are big as well.  You'll want to book someone who suits your style.  Bands that do covers songs are great so everyone can sign along.  DJ's are very diverse as well.  Rancho Dos Amantes has a beautiful patio surrounding the Red Barn Kitchen that doubles as the dance floor, with plenty of electricity to cover even the most eccentric rock band.

What truly makes Rancho Dos Amantes a unique wedding venue are our lodging accommodations that are included with the rental. Not only does Rancho Dos Amantes provide a stunningly beautiful and intimate event space for your ceremony and reception, but allows you to really make your wedding weekend your own by providing you the space and time to celebrate more than just your big day.  

(All Photographers credited on Wedding Gallery Page)

New Years at Rancho Dos Amantes

Come celebrate the New Year at Rancho Dos Amantes!

 ENJOY COOKING, DANCING OR JUST KICKING BACK iN OUR SPACIOUS RENTAL ESTATE while counting down to 2017!  WE INVITE YOU TO STAY WITH US, ENJOY THE CALM AND RELAXING ENVIRONMENT, UNWIND ON THE PATIOS, WANDER THE GARDENs AND FEEL LIKE A CHEF IN OUR COMMERCIAL QUALITY KITCHEN.  Our three Casitas sleep up to 12 guests and are each equipped with a complimentary bottle of champagne! 

RANCHO DOS AMANTES IS A BEAUTIFUL CALIFORNIA-COUNTRY FARM STAY BED & BREAKFAST LOCATED ON A 40 ACRE RANCH TUCKED AWAY IN THE HEART OF THE CENTRAL COAST WINE COUNTRY.

A unique place where we invite you to disconnect in order to reconnect to a simpler way of being. Our farm stay bed & breakfast is a scenic 25 mile drive away from downtown Paso Robles, California. We are hidden away from the hustle and bustle of urban life surrounded by open fields and ancient oak trees. 

We are a little out of the way, a lot out of the ordinary.