Naci Adventures

Looking for an adventure?

"Nacimiento Adventures is the main source that brings to you, everything under the sun. From visits to historic locations along the seldom taken back roads, tours of century old ranches and homesteads to wine tasting at award winning wineries. Lake activities include all the fun in the sun tour packages; private sunset cruises, wake board / skiing sessions, and early morning fishing excursions...  Anything from rouging it on the waters edge at the Main Marina... to glamping.  Any season, any weather, there is always adventure to be found at Lake Nacimiento!" - adapted from Nacimiento Adventures website

Boat rides, Anyone?

"...with a wild idea and buying a pontoon boat was the unimaginable start of an adventurous lifestyle and career in one. Starting in 2012 the 4-year journey of preparation was a wild ride of ups and downs. Thanks to Grandma’s house at Lake Nacimiento, I was fated to be a water girl. And while water sports brought the happiest memories of my life, my grandmother gave me freedom to roam and explore by letting me take the boat out by myself long before I was old enough. A childhood spent on the lake naturally created fearless paths of adventure. Now older it’s quite simple, through my passions and lake experiences I get to share it with my two sons and with anyone else who wants to go on an adventure! - Mel"

A pontoon boat is a perfect place and to be wild means to be led by heart.

Pontoon Wild!

-Adapted from Pontoon Wild's website

Informative and Entertaining Art and Design

 "Lake Nacimiento is just outside of Paso Robles, in the Central Coast of California.  It has always been a place for me to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. I used to come to this place to vacation and relax and now finally I can call this amazing place home. I grew up in Los Angeles working a trade in art and graphic design for over 20 years until I had to chance to uproot my old ties and move to this paradise permanently in 2012. I picked Nacimiento because of its scenic beauty, geographic isolation and old town charm, a perfect inspiration to create and explore new opportunities.
 This website is not only a promotion tool for my artwork and design skills but also a fun and interactive way to show others how wonderful this place is.  I hope you find Naci Design informative, entertaining and productive, I’ve had a blast working on this project,
I hope you enjoy it.- Joe" -adapted from Naci Designs website

Nacimiento, Birth of the Dragon Book


"A 125 page, historical documentation of Lake Nacimiento. A coffee-table style book filled with beautiful photos and illustrations of the lake and surrounding communities. Well researched and wonderfully designed, the book is sure to be an excellent addition to any library."

Be sure to catch Joe at his book signing this Saturday, May 19th at Oak Hill Market!

We currently have July 19th through the 30th available at Rancho Dos Amantes.  Come and relax at the farm after a long day of adventures on the lake!

The California Mid State Fair is going on in Paso Robles July 18th through the 29th.  What a perfect time to book your stay!  Stay tuned for updates and fair schedules.

Memorial Day

Celebrate Memorial Day at Rancho Dos Amantes!

Bring the special friends in your life and stay with up to 12 people.  Rent a boat at the lake, cook an impressive meal in our Red Barn Kitchen or just kick back and relax on the farm.  

We still have May 25th through the 29th available!

It is Spring and our veggies have started to appear! Radishes and beets are some of our favorites this time of year....

Click here to learn more about radishes and see last years harvest and blog

Don't know what to do with those radishes?  Here's a recipe from Love & Risotto

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A lot is going on around the ranch.  New mama sheep and their babies have arrived and now call the pen in our guest garden home.  Our mamas goats are pregnant.  Our community garden is up and running. 



Finally the rain has come and it looks like it is staying for the next two weeks.  On and off, of course, but we will take what we can get!

April 20th through the 24th is still available for Spring Break bookings!

 winter recipe: Creamed Kale

Click Kale image to learn more about the vegetable

Click Kale image to learn more about the vegetable


  1. 1 tbsp butter
  2. 1/4 cup onion, minced
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 2 tbsp flour
  5. 1.5 cup nonfat milk
  6. 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  7. Salt and pepper
  8. 1/16 tsp. nutmeg
  9. 4 oz reduced fat cream cheese
  10. 16 oz kale


  1. Microwave, steam, or saute the kale until tender. Drain any excess liquid. You can also use frozen defrosted kale.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and when melted, add the onion and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes until fragrant and translucent.
  4. Whisk in the flour and cook for one minute until it begins to brown. Whisk the milk in slowly.
  5. Add 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and cream cheese. Stir gently until melted.
  6. Add the kale and stir together.
  7. Pour into a baking dish coated with cooking spray and sprinkle remaining Parmesan on topTop with buttered toasted bread crumbs. Bake for 10 minutes.

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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


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


  • 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


  • 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)


  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