Let’s flashback. It’s the Sunday before Labor Day, and a crazy beautiful weekend on the Central Coast. With so many choices of where you could spend your three day weekend in Cen Cal, we decided on a trip to Harmony. The town that has only 18+ residents, but an ever-growing name. It’s quaint, it’s artisan and at the top of the hill overlooking it all, is Harmony Cellars Winery.
I want to say our favorite time in Harmony is in Spring, when the drive over Hwy 46 is miles of bright green, rolling hills. My husband says it looks like Middle Earth (…it’s a Lord of the Rings thing). The view from Harmony Cellars that time of year is beautiful to sit outside above the emerald countryside.
But as I sit there on an afternoon in September, it’s just as picturesque. Instead of green, you have the golden brush of summer, what we call “California blonde.” Between the winery’s open view and the handful of small shops that dot the town, it’s a simple, yet active, connected community. You can set your own speed, but to me, the easygoing pace in Harmony is always just right.
After taking in a few breaths outside, we headed into the winery. The tasting room is great. First, they carry a few items of MudPie which is a whimsical coastal brand I’ve loved for years (like these sea turtle spreaders, this whale topper or this starfish platter).
They also have a wide array of their own olive oils and a mini-farmer’s market, if you will, right at their entrance with jams and other locally made goods. Be sure to stock up.
I definitely bought one of these vases. I love anything organic and natural looking… that one in the center is currently holding a few lavender shoots on my counter right now!
There’s lots of other great locally-made (including Harmony ceramics) and creative wine goods to take with you too.
We talked with the nice woman in the tasting room for a while, and then it was time to soak in the sunshine (I’m a bit of a heliophiliac afterall). There’s plenty of seating outside from picnic tables to benches overlooking the bluff. The cement is covered in colored chalk drawings from wee ones so the family-friendly feeling is very much present.
While we only had an hour to visit the winery, I’m counting the days until we can come back to Harmony to see the latest from Harmony Glassworks or Harmony Pottery. From one artist to another, a regular trip to Harmony keeps those creative juices energized.
It’s always a great stop in point on your way to or from Cambria, but Harmony is a destination all its own. It’s a sweet and special place for the Central Coast.
Harmony Cellars has a star gazing event coming up on Friday, October 9th. Stars in an open sky, wine, live music and a food truck? Quite a heavenly combination indeed. Reservations are required – I’d check it out soon if I were you!