It’s not ALWAYS park playdates and DIY projects! Getting away with the girls or the other half is so good for the soul; there is nothing wrong with a little recharge. But escaping away from the hustle and bustle and routines that come with three kids (or one, or two) can make it hard to do just that. This is why my closest friends and I created Birthmas — an evening we coordinate every year, months in advance, to celebrate the many birthday celebrations we missed, and of course, Christmas. Hence the term, Birth-mas. Catching up on life, as we nibble on delicious food and sip on our favorite drink, is something I look forward to all year.

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Photos by Sarah Pope

Our tradition begins at the Pony Club Bar — just off the Hotel Cheval’s lobby — for their local wines, appetizers, holiday atmosphere and live music. Their outdoor fire pits and large oak trees covered in twinkle lights make for a cozy setting to set the evening’s mood. We plan our reservations just right, to squeeze in their fabulous happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., right before dinner.

Throughout the years, we have taken advantage of the many places that Paso Robles has to offer — Thomas Hill Organics and Cass Winery, to name a couple. But we always make our way back to the place of our very first Birthmas in 2012 — Berry Hill Bistro — in downtown Paso Robles.

girls night out, moms, Paso Robles, wine countryTheir Pomegranate Martinis never disappoint and those frites with endless dipping options are so tasty! The Raspberry Chicken Panini is a dream! And did I mention they make their own pickles?!

Their charming outdoor patio paired with our gorgeous Central Coast also weather makes for a fun afternoon out with the kids, and fur babies too, with kid-friendly options on the menu.

So, CHEERS to an evening of good eats, drink, laughter, recharging and enjoying beautiful downtown Paso Robles.