Hang out with al­pacas at these Paso Rob­les Airbnbs — for less than $100 a night

The Tribune (SLO) - - Neighbors - By Gabby Ferreira [email protected]­BUNE­NEWS.COM

Look­ing for a place to stay in Paso Rob­les? One prop­erty prom­ises al­pacas as part of the pack­age.

Ca­paldi Ranch, lo­cated at 872 Ex­line Road, boasts a pack of eight al­pacas that vis­i­tors can walk around on a lead and take pic­tures with. It’s about a 12-minute drive out­side of the city.

Daphne Ca­paldi, the ranch’s owner, said she started rais­ing the al­pacas about 11 years ago and works hard to train the an­i­mals to be friendly enough for peo­ple to han­dle. Five of the al­pacas are preg­nant now, so Ca­paldi said they hope to have up to 13 al­pacas by next spring.

Ca­paldi said the ranch of­fers of­fers two places peo­ple can stay — in­clud­ing the Vista, an RV that sleeps five peo­ple. The RV costs $78 a night, ac­cord­ing to the Airbnb list­ing. The other, the Hideaway, sleeps two peo­ple and costs $74 a night on Airbnb. Break­fast is in­cluded at both places, and the menu for folks who stay at the RV in­cludes

farm-fresh eggs from the ranch, Ca­paldi said.

Ca­paldi said she started of­fer­ing the Airbnb rentals about three years ago after talk­ing to her sis­ter, who was an Airbnb host.

“She thought it would be some­thing to of­fer peo­ple in Paso Rob­les, in the heart of wine coun­try,” Ca­paldi said.

The prop­erty boasts 360-de­gree views of Paso Rob­les, she said. “We’ve got sun­rise in the morn­ing and sun­set in the evening. It’s a great set­ting,” Ca­paldi said.

In ad­di­tion to al­pacas, Ca­paldi Ranch has more than 600 almond trees, Ca­paldi said.

There are also two large dogs — a Great Pyre­nees and an Ana­to­lian shep­herd — who work to keep coy­otes and other an­i­mals away from the ranch and “pretty much steal ev­ery­one’s hearts,” Ca­paldi said.

The ranch also boasts a store, where vis­i­tors can shop for prod­ucts made from the al­pacas’ fleece such as rugs, hats, scarves and horse blan­kets. Ca­paldi also sells yarn that she spins from the fleece.

The ranch also has a paint­ing sta­tion, where guests can paint rocks and leave them around the prop­erty. Many peo­ple paint por­traits of the al­pacas or coun­try flags, Ca­paldi said.

Ac­cord­ing to the owner, Ca­paldi Ranch has hosted guests from as far away as Rus­sia, Sin­ga­pore and the Nether­lands.

“It’s not like stay­ing in a room. They re­ally get an ex­pe­ri­ence at the same time,” Ca­paldi said of vis­i­tors.

The vis­i­tor re­views on both Airbnb prop­er­ties are glow­ing, with re­view­ers call­ing the ranch a “gem” with great hos­pi­tal­ity.

“Just the ex­pe­ri­ence with the al­pacas alone is worth this money,” wrote one re­viewer.

“Airbnb has changed my life,” Ca­paldi said. “It’s been a great ex­pe­ri­ence and a great ride. I’m go­ing to ride it as long as I can and en­joy it.”

She said Ca­paldi Ranch’s Airbnb rentals are booked through Novem­ber on week­ends — although there are some mid­week avail­abil­i­ties in com­ing months.

If you can’t make it up for a stay, the ranch also of­fers tours for $10 apiece — or free with a $25 pur­chase from the ranch’s store. Tours are by ap­point­ment only; call Daphne at 818-515-2216 to make an ap­point­ment.

COUR­TESY OF CA­PALDI RANCH

Al­pacas are among the draws at Ca­paldi Ranch in Paso Rob­les, which has two Airbnb rentals.

COUR­TESY OF CA­PALDI RANCH

A view of the sun­rise from the deck of the RV at Ca­paldi Ranch in Paso Rob­les.

COUR­TESY OF CA­PALDI RANCH

Al­pacas roam Ca­paldi Ranch in Paso Rob­les. The ranch of­fers two Airbnb rentals.

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