Destination Paso Robles

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If you’re looking for an authentic California experience boasting untouched natural beauty, farm fresh cuisine, 200+ wineries, and an extensive variety of things to do, please read on.

First settled for its fertile soil and therapeutic hot springs in the 1700s, Paso Robles, California has evolved over the past 30 years into a significant wine region worthy of international note. This rural community is now home to 26,000 vineyard acres and has become widely known as California’s Rhône Zone. True oenophiles also know Paso Robles for its proprietary blends that often cross the traditional lines to create soft, intense, lush, and voluptuous wines.

But there’s something that even many of the most knowledgeable wine connoisseurs do not realize about Paso Robles. It’s an ideal destination. Located midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco (just 30 minutes from the San Luis Obispo Airport, Hearst Castle, beaches, and coastal hiking) Paso Robles provides a wonderful place to tour, play, and stay.

Tour: Start at the heart

On the map, you’ll find Paso Robles along the Pacific Coast, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. As a visitor, you’ll find the heart of Paso Robles in City Park, the town’s classic downtown square home to two weekly farmers’ markets, summer concerts, and an annual roster of food and wine events. This is authentic California. Stroll across City Park—graced with a traditional bandstand, shady trees, and a place for children to play—and feel instantly at home. The streets that frame the park offer boutique shops, a movie theater, and a few wine country restaurants. Start walking and you’ll discover there’s more. Wine bars, pubs, inns, tasting rooms (both wine and olive oil), artisan shops, a variety of restaurants featuring farm-to-table, tapas, Thai, and Italian, that will make you wonder what to try first. Downtown Paso Robles simply brims with possibilities. And around every corner, you’ll meet another nice person from Paso who wants you to feel right at home.

Play: For days and days

You can easily while away a good portion of the day in downtown Paso Robles. But when you’re ready for more, grab your map, smartphone, GPS, or all of the above, and head out on a country road. Besides being a wine lover’s paradise, Paso Robles is a haven for gourmands, sophisticated travelers, budget seekers, bridal couples, lovers of any age, and families traveling with children and dogs. And there’s so much to do! Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll find.

Biodynamic Windrose Farm This small family farm, located on the southeast side of Paso Robles, is tucked in a 50-acre valley. The farm grows 80 types of fruits and vegetables including 12 types of lettuce, 45 types of apples, and more than 100 heirloom tomatoes. Hour-long farm tours are available on Saturdays to those who call ahead, and campsites are available upon request from April until the end of October for a small fee. 805.239.3757, windrosefarm.org

Central Coast Lavender Just north of town, Lila Avery-Fuson and family grow several varieties of lavender and distill their own oil on-site in a 50-gallon copper still. Lila, who copes with MS, relies on essential oils to help her relax and to boost her immune system. Private farm tours can be arranged via email during the growing season and the farm is open to all during the Lavender Bloom Celebration. There’s also a Lavender Farm Stand and fun seasonal upick. 805.233.3288, centralcoastlavender.com

Happy Acres Family Farm In nearby Templeton, Stephanie Simonin cares for an adorable menagerie of goats, pigs, chickens, alpacas, miniature horses, and more. She offers delightful behind-the-scenes, hands-on tours, which can be arranged by phone. Mingle with the friendly farm animals, snuggle the babies, milk the goats, and make your own fresh cheese (you can take it home). Tours last up to two hours. Be sure to bring your camera because the animals are anything but camera shy. 805.434.7580, happyacresfamilyfarm.net

Harris Stage Lines Debby and Tom Harris offer year-round Horse Day Camps where children spend time on a working ranch, riding, driving, and training horses. They also have a unique party facility—a coach house and pole barn—ideal for an impromptu picnic or a true Western-style barbecue, catered by Tom and Debby. Small groups or full-blown parties can arrange a stagecoach or hay wagon ride, too. Call ahead to explore all your options. 805.237.1860, harrisstagelines.com

Jack Creek Farms This fifth-generation family farm offers u-pick herb, blackberry, heirloom tomato, summer squash, cucumber, pea, bean, and a whole lot more vegetable gardens, plus a u-pick pumpkin patch in the fall. There are also farm animals, antique farm equipment, a farm store, and bakery. Selfguided tours are available during regular business hours, plus several organized group tours which must be scheduled two days in advance. 805.239.1915, jackcreekfarms.com

Lake Nacimiento If you’re looking for a beautiful, pristine spot revered by white bass fishermen and water-skiers alike, put Lake Nacimiento on your itinerary. The lake is famous for its 165 miles of unspoiled shoreline and there are plenty of ways to explore it via kayak, pontoon, ski boat, or fishing boat. There is also abundant wildlife for viewing; a variety of campgrounds; and cottages, lodges, and cabins to rent. nacimientoresort.com

Mt. Olive Organic Farm Dedicated to organic farming techniques, this farm grows 150 acres of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Livestock and chickens are free to roam. There’s a petting zoo and free tours of the fruit garden, sprout house, open garden, greenhouse, herb garden, and earthworm beds are offered. Brief presentations on Effective Microorganisms (EM) are available too, to groups of 15 or more. 805.237.0147, mtoliveco.com

Stay: And discover more tomorrow

From luxurious inns to leading brand hotels, and reliable budget to specialty accommodations, you’ll find a great place to stay in Paso Robles.

Adelaide Inn Family owned for 50 years, boutique style inn, colorful gardens, baked goods each day 805.238.2770, adelaideinn.com

Best Western Plus Black Oak Outdoor heated pool, hot tub, dry sauna, Internet access 805.238.4740, bestwesternblackoak.com

Budget Inn of Paso Robles Swimming pool, spacious rooms, Internet access 805.239.3030, budgetinn.com

Courtyard by Marriott Outdoor pool, fitness facility, Internet access, restaurant and bar on site 805.239.9700, Marriott.com/sbppr

Economy Inn Newly appointed rooms, Internet access, kitchenette, pet friendly 805.238.3412

Farmhouse Motel Kitchenette, pet friendly, just blocks from downtown 805.238.1720

Hampton Inn & Suites Remodeled, complimentary breakfast, fitness facility, Internet access, pool 805.226.9988, hamptoninnpasorobles.com

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Free hot breakfast, pool, spa, 24 hour gym, Internet, pet friendly 805.238.6500, hixpaso.com

Hotel Cheval Sophisticated, stylish, complimentary breakfast, in-room fireplace, Internet access 805.226.9995, hotelcheval.com

La Bellasera Hotel & Suites Enchanting, elegant, in-room fireplace, fitness facility, Internet access, kitchenette, pool, spa

805.238.2834, labellasera.com

La Quinta Inn & Suites Complimentary breakfast and wine reception, wine shop, Internet access, in-room spa tub, pet friendly 805.239.3004, 832.lq.com

Melody Ranch Motel Cozy, family friendly, pool, just steps from downtown

Paso Robles 805.238.3911

Motel 6 Paso Robles Outdoor pool, family friendly, Internet access, pet friendly 805.239.9090

Paso Robles Inn Historic, private, Internet access, in-room spa tub, pool, restaurant and bar on site, steps from downtown Paso Robles 805.238.2660, pasoroblesinn.com

Paso Robles Travel Lodge Internet access, pet friendly, pool 805.238.0078, travelodge.com/paso-robles

Paso Robles Wine Country Inn In-room spa tub, microwave, refrigerator, laundry equipment on site 805.238.2660, pasoroblesinn.com

Relax Inn Friendly, complimentary breakfast, microwave, mini-refrigerator 805.238.3013

Suburban River Lodge Quiet, pool, extended stay rates, free internet, laundry on site 805.238.3814

Townhouse Motel Cable TV with HBO, family friendly, pool 805.238.2080


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