Stop in Paso Robles for a fantastic dive into California’s laidback wine and food scene.
Driving from the coast, you’ll pass gorgeous rolling golden hills before you get a hint of what’s to come in Paso Robles: green vines begin racing up and down the hillsides. You’ll discover more than 200 wineries and vineyards in Paso Robles, plus a friendly, laid-back town.
With more than 60 wine grape varieties grown here, choose between a variety of wine trails. And if you just want to pop in to a winery, stop by Tobin James Cellars for an Old West-type of experience. You can sit at the 1860s Brunswick mahogany bar and sip wine at what was once a stagecoach stop. To get up-close with the grapes, sign up for a Jeep tour at Halter Ranch, Steinbeck Vineyards or Villa San-Juliette.
"Paso Robles offers subtle surprises around every turn and we welcome visitors from around the globe to experience our warm hospitality, award-winning wines and emerging arts and cultural scene," says Danna Stroud of Travel Paso.
There’s more to this beautiful area than grapes, so swing by Tin City, a walkable warehouse district three miles south of downtown made up of tin buildings housing BarrelHouse Brewery, Tin City Cider and Wine Shine Distillery. You’ll find lawn games and food trucks serving up Paso Robles-style cowboy barbecue and wood-fired flatbreads. The Farmers Market on Tuesday and Saturday mornings for artisanal cheese, seasonal produce and more. A Distillery Trail includes Eleven Twenty-Two, a hip speakeasy.
In the evening, visit Field of Light at Sensorio where nearly 60,000 stemmed-glass spheres ignite 15 rolling acres. Created by British artists Bruce Munro, the spheres are lit by fiber optic solar-powered cables. Afterwards, relax in one of Paso Robles elegant vineyard-based hotels like Allegretto Vineyard Resort or boutique hotels like newly opened The Piccolo.
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