Paso Robles: A Traveler’s Guide

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If you’re looking for a nice wine tasting excursion that doesn’t include the hustle and bustle of Napa Valley or Sonoma County, Paso Robles is the perfect alternative. Located about 200 miles south of San Francisco, the town has made a huge name for itself primarily because of its wine and close proximity to the central coast of California. We’ve compiled a list of places to stay, places to eat, and things to do in Paso Robles that will make your vacation very memorable.

Where to Stay

Hotel Cheval
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Hotel Cheval
1021 Pine St.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 220-1166
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 250 reviews
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Situated in the heart of downtown, Hotel Cheval is the perfect place to stay when you’re visiting Paso Robles. It’s close to shops and restaurants making it easy to walk and explore. Comfortable and cozy, each room has a fireplace and its own patio with a fountain. If it’s a special occasion, be sure to tell the staff and you will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne. Insider tip: Sit outside under the stars next to the many fire pits and be sure to splurge on the delicious s’mores.

La Bellasura Hotel
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La Bellasera Hotel
206 Alexa Ct.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 238-2834
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 464 reviews
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Unwind and pamper yourself after a long day of wine tasting and exploring. With its in room jacuzzis, private spa packages, and onsite pool, the Tuscan inspired La Bellasera Hotel will have you relaxed by the time you go to bed. Check the website for special packages that include wine tasting, golfing, bike tours, and more. Insider tip: Book a wine tour through La Bellasera and have the tasting fees waived.

Sundance Bed and Breakfast
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Sundance Bed and Breakfast
7735 Sundance Trail
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 226-2888
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 71 reviews
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This little gem of a bed and breakfast is simply amazing. Owners Neil and Alma want to make your stay very special and memorable. Start the day out on the patio and enjoy a three course breakfast by Le Cordon Bleu trained chef Alma. From the fresh, out of the oven pastries, to the smoked salmon and poached eggs, you’re in for a wonderful treat. Sign up for one of the wine tasting packages and then return to a social hour where you can meet fellow travelers over wine and appetizers before heading out to dinner in downtown Paso Robles. Insider tip: Staying on a Saturday night? Splurge for the Sundance Private Dinner—a prix fixe gourmet dinner prepared by Alma at your own private table.

Where to Eat

Springside Restaurant
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Springside Restaurant
1646 Spring St.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 238-2629
Yelp: 4 stars, 80 reviews
Reservations: Not required

Small, cozy and local—that’s the ambiance at Springside Cafe. Known for its extensive breakfast menu, you’ll have your pick of pancakes, omelets, french toast, huevos rancheros and much, much more. Can’t make it to breakfast?, Springside is also open for lunch and dinner where you can enjoy a meal out on the patio as the sun sets. Insider tip: Want to open a bottle of wine from your wine tasting tour? Springside has no corkage fee.

Il Cortile Ristorante
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Il Cortile Ristorante
608 12th St
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 226-0300
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 427 reviews
Reservations: Strongly recommended

With its intimate and romantic ambiance, Il Cortile Ristorante is simply magnifico. Pasta with truffles, grilled octopus, seafood linguine, risotto, and asparagus ravioli are just a small sample of the rich, authentic Italian menu. Be sure to save room for the cannoli dessert. This is a very popular spot so reservations are highly recommended. Insider tip: The beef carpaccio with truffles is one of the best dishes served.

Goshi’s Japanese
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Goshi’s Japanese
722 Pine St
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 227-4860
Yelp: 4 stars, 103 reviews
Reservations: Not required

If it’s a tasty, low key sushi lunch or dinner you’re seeking, Goshi’s is the perfect spot. Its authentic Japanese menu extends way past sushi rolls to tsukiyaki with shiritaki noodles, marinated shiitake mushrooms, and healthy chicken breast with teriyaki sauce. Insider tip: Tour the historic train station located next door while you wait for your table.

Paso Terra Seafood
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Paso Terra Seafood
1032 Pine St
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 227-4100
Yelp: 4 stars, 34 reviews
Reservations: Recommended

With its locally sustainable menu and warm hospitality, Paso Terra is a perfect choice after a day of wine tasting. When you first walk in, you’ll be greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne and appetizer. Once you’re seated comfortably, the menu will have your mouth watering with choices such as lobster bisque, crab cakes, delicious pasta, and seafood. Vegetarian and/or gluten free? The menu offers dishes just for you. Be sure to save room for dessert like homemade lemon cheesecake, flourless chocolate roll filled with chocolate mousse, or the raspberry sorbet. Insider tip: Not sure what wine to order with your dinner? Owner Cristina will help you with the wine and food pairings.

Things to Do

Winery Tours

JUSTIN-Winery
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You can plan a trip to Paso Robles simply for wine tasting. With over 200 wineries in the central coast region, you have a myriad of choices. The scenery is gorgeous no matter which winery you choose and the tastings are fairly inexpensive. From exclusive wineries like JUSTIN to national brands like Eberle and Wild Horse, you can taste just about everything. Visit during the off season of October through May and not only will you experience the best weather, you’ll also see the tasting rooms less crowded. Take the stress out of driving and hire a tour company such as Breakaway Tours.

Vina Robles Winery and Ampitheatre

vina-robles
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Looking for a fun evening of music and wine tasting? Vina Robles offers both. Most nights, Vina Robles features local music and name bands such as Social Distortion, Tears for Fears, and Ringo Starr. If you are visiting for the day only, make sure to splurge for the Gourmet Enthusiast’s recommended Gourmet Lunch Tasting—a tasting of five select wines from the Estate or Reserve list, followed by a gourmet wine country lunch, including a glass of Vina Robles wine. Insider tip: Spend an evening with other wine enthusiasts during a unique combination of a painting class and wine party. With a blank canvas and a glass of wine, you’ll be led stroke by stroke to create a personal picture that is yours to keep.

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle
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Famous for his publishing empire, William Randolph Hearst spared no expense creating his gorgeous estate atop the mountain in San Simeon. Filled with medieval antiques he purchased from around the world, Hearst was famous for his celebrity parties and generous hospitality. Now a museum and California State Park, Hearst Castle is open to the public for tours. You can choose to tour the main room of the castle, the upstairs, or the guest house and everyone can tour the outside grounds. Insider tip: For $2,000 you can purchase an hour of swimming in the famous outdoor pool.

Margarita Adventures

California Mid State Fair
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As if wine tasting wasn’t thrilling enough, combine it with ziplining and you’ve got a true California adventure. Located 15 minutes south of Paso Robles on the historical Santa Margarita Ranch, Margarita Adventures provides ziplining, kayaking and wine tasting. You’ll soar above the vineyards, mountains, and forest on five different ziplines. The newest zipline, called the Pinot Express, takes you through a replica of a goldmine by the stars of the hit Animal Planet television show Redwood Kings. Insider tip: Once you’re done with ziplining and wine tasting, head into the quaint town of Santa Margarita for dinner at The Range. Phenomenal food without the high price. Just be sure to bring cash—they don’t accept credit cards.

Brewery Tours

Firestone Brewery
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Although known for its wine, the Paso Robles region has some great breweries that are worth a trip. Tasting Firestone Brewery’s 805 and DBA beers is a wonderful way to enjoy an afternoon. Enter the taproom for lunch and a beer and then take a tour of the brewery. Or try Barrelhouse Brewery, where you can bring a picnic lunch and enjoy tastings outside next to the waterfall and live music. Insider tip: Don’t want to bring your lunch to Barrelhouse? Try the many food trucks that stop in throughout the day.

Beaches

If you’ve traveled any portion of Highway1 along the central coast, you will see many romantic and unspoiled beaches. From San Simeon down to Montana De Oro, the beaches offer everything from hiking, horseback riding, camping, kayaking, and relaxation. Walk along Moonstone Beach in Cambria or rent a kayak and paddle around Morro Bay among the boats and seals. If you plan to camp, travel about 45 minutes south of Paso Robles to Pismo Beach where you can camp right on the sand or in a campground. Looking to entertain the kids? Try Avila Beach with its swings, aquarium, and restaurants. Insider tip: Hike or take a trolley ride up to The Point San Luis Lighthouse. Guided day tours are available for purchase.



Looking forward to your trip to the Paso Robles region? Its one of the most beautiful places in California and you are just about guaranteed to have an experience of a lifetime.