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Holiday glitz


Nom! Madonna Inn is rolling out a super savory T-Day feast! Release the top button of those jeans and make room for roast ham, succulent duck, buttery mashed potatoes, and signature pink cake (plus tons of pies!) Nosh from noon to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day ( … Celebrate the holidays with an elegant evening at Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles, where more than a dozen Paso Robles Rhône Ranger wineries will pour smoky, sultry syrah. It all uncorks Dec. 6 with a sparkling wine reception and carolers, followed by a seated multi-course, seasonal dinner prepared by the Niner Culinary Team (go to for tickets). A holiday tradition: On Dec. 6, head to Apple Farm for deals at the gift shop, free gift wrapping, and complimentary chocolates and champagne tasting. Bring your friends, get a bit of holiday shopping done, and have some fun, too. Mark your calendar and relax!

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Revamped: Tolosa Winery recently celebrated a grand re-opening of its new and improved tasting room in Edna Valley. Check out the winery’s remarkable estate pinot noir and chardonnay and be sure to take home the experience of barrel tasting a single vineyard and flagship Primera wines (learn about all the new details at … Vintage trailers galore: Alta Colina Winery, in partnership with the Tinker Tin Trailer Company, now offers luxe camping at its new Trailer Pond located at their estate Paso Robles vineyard ( Reservations are available now, so jump on this awesome chance to camp stylishly with fine wine in hand. Glamping for the holidays, anyone?

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Winter harvest: Paso farm-to-table mainstay Thomas Hill Organics will open its downtown SLO location at The Collection this Nov. 14 with a grand opening celebration kicking off from 4 to 6 p.m. The restaurant will continue to serve the seasonal produce you know and love plus wood-fired pizzas and craft cocktails. Located in the heart of San Luis Obispo, The Collection also features fellow eateries Luna Café, and Mint + Craft (for all the info, go to … it’s cheese season, people! OK, it’s always cheese season, but it can never hurt to up your charcuterie game for the holidays. Check out Fromagerie Sophie’s cheese of the month club and get your paws on at least a pound of Sophie’s finest selections each month (cheeses are based on seasonality and peak of ripeness, so you know you’re always getting dreamy dairy. Join up at 

Hayley Thomas Cain is on the lookout for holiday events that satisfy and satiate. She can be reached at

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