No snow in the forecast, perhaps some frost, but plenty of fine wine, sure! Yes, winter in Paso Robles, California is just as festive anywhere else in the world—and perhaps even more pleasurable, since you can savor the sunshine while shopping for holiday gifts, sampling seasonal treats, and generally partaking in the good merriment and cheer! Here’s four ways to experience Paso Robles’ wondrous Wine Wonderland in style (no bulky winter coats required). Just bring your appetite!
1. Elegant Evening Downtown
Nov. 10 from 5-8 p.m. // Free
Enjoy winter elegance, Paso Robles style! Sip world-class wines from Hoyt Family Vineyards, one of our favorite Downtown Wineries, relish good food provided by local chefs and take a stroll along one of the most beautiful and romantic places to enjoy winter’s enchantments: Downtown Paso Robles including Bijou Boutique. You’ll see live mannequins posted up in shop windows (thanks to Class Act Dance Studio), partake in carriage rides, have a twirl with magical dancers, enjoy live singers and musicians, too. What a gift (and all for the low, low price of free). All that snacking making your tummy grumble? Head to Thomas Hill Organics, Pappy McGregors or Fish Gaucho for a seasonally inspired feast.
2. Holiday Craft Bazaar
Nov. 23 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. // Free
Not quite sure what to get the loved ones on your list? There are plenty of artisanal products on sale in Paso Robles all winter long, and who doesn’t need an extra bottle of EVOO or fine wine for their holiday table? Just in time for the holidays, the Holiday Craft Bazaar features arts, crafts and handmade goods from local purveyors. Visit the variety of booths stationed in Paso Robles Downtown City park and search for that hard-to-find gift you’ve been looking for. We love gifting (and enjoying) bottles of Pasolivo Olive Oil, grown in Paso Robles and available in an array of wintery flavors, from citrus to rosemary.
3. Holiday Gift and Food Showcase
Dec. 9 from 2-6 p.m. // Free
Nothing like a crisp, sunny (or rainy) day for sipping Harmony Cellars famous mulled (spiced!) wine with gourmet sweet and savory bites served with open-arm hospitality! Swing by and swoon over gourmet jewelry that can be yours and support Woods Humane Society (the local dog and cat rescue) by purchasing bows to decorate their tasting room barrel stave tree. From Rosé to Zinfandel, this amazing winery offers something for every palate. Discover your next new favorite wine.
4. Fabulous Holiday Party
Dec. 15 7:30-11:30 p.m.
Sculpterra is always ground zero for live music and fun events, but every winter the owners go a tad overboard (in a very good way). It’s that time again for the winery’s annual holiday party, and this isn’t just any snowflake-themed bash. Hosted at 2801 Johnson Ave. #11 in San Luis Obispo, you’ll find plenty of Paso Robles bottles under the tree. Make the yuletide gay and join the whole Sculpterra gang for an evening of fab food crafted by The Prancing Chef, themed signature cocktails, and dancing to your heart’s delight. Yes, this is a great way to counter-balance all the egg nog you’ll be no doubt drinking, against your better judgement.
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This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and PasoRoblesWineries.net. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.
Looking for a place to stay in Paso Robles?
The Adelaide Inn is an iconic, locally owned hotel known for its friendly staff and lush landscaping. With spacious rooms and a convenient location close to highway 101 and the event center – home of the California Mid-State Fair – this hotel is a great choice for most travelers.
Majestically set among vineyards, olive groves and fruit baring orchards, the 20-acre Allegretto Vineyard Resort is a world unto itself, offering breathtaking settings that inspire and bring joy to all who choose this memorable wine country haven. Featuring 171 rooms and suites, on-site spa, grand ballroom, wine tasting room, and inspired culinary creations at Cello, the resort’s full service restaurant.
La Bellasera Hotel & Suites is an elegant boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Central Coast Wine Country. Influenced by Mediterranean and Italian architecture, the luxurious accommodations reflect the aged sophistication of the Central Coast region and the relaxed nature of the California countryside.
Hampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles is nestled in the Central Coast wine region, home to over 200 wineries, beautiful beaches, mountains and diverse attractions. Relax and revive in a comfortable guest room with all you need for a successful stay. You can count on Hampton to deliver value, consistency and service with a smile. We love having you here®
Experience the pristine countryside of Paso Robles Wine Country at Lekai Ranch. Lounge on the porch of your private suite and lose yourself in the tranquility and stunning views of the vineyards and oak studded hills beyond. This vacation rental is located just minutes from some of the most distinguished wineries and a premier olive oil estate, and only 15 minutes from downtown Paso Robles’ restaurants, wineries and shopping.
Enjoy the elegance, style and natural beauty of California’s Central Coast at the JUST Inn®. Surrounded by vineyards, our JUST Inn Suites offer luxurious appointments like fireplaces, Tempur-Pedic®mattresses, Frette linens, hydro-spa tubs, and range in size from 600–1,200 square feet. An overnight stay includes breakfast and a tour of the winery and caves.
Paso Robles Vacation Rentals, also known as PasoStay.com assists guests in creating memories and wonderful experiences by providing quality privately owned vacation home rentals in Paso Robles Wine Country. With over 90 vacation homes to choose from, small enough for a couple’s romantic getaway to large homes amongst local vineyards and olive orchards, PasoStay.com has the perfect option for you. Feel free to call 805-423-9174 to talk with a local expert or book online at PasoStay.com.