Who’s to say that wine tasting is a purely grown up activity? Sure, your sixteen-year-old probably shouldn’t be consuming old vine zinfandel by the carafe, or any wine for that matter (although the French mighty actually argue this point). However, your kid can still tag along and enjoy the ride, savoring all the food, vineyards, and general wonderment that Paso Robles Wine Country has to offer. With these family friendly wineries offering beautiful outdoor environs to play lawn games or catch some live music, “family fun” has never been more fun … for everyone!
1. Chronic Cellars Lawn Games
Game on. Chronic Cellars is all about serving up serious sophisticated wines that still know how to have a whole lot of fun. Chill out with a glass of the humorously named “Sofa King Bueno,” a popular red blend around these parts, while the kids pick up a rousing game of corn hole, pool, or horseshoes. Kick back and stay a while. No one is worried about how long you’ve “camped out” here. Quench your need to stretch out and unplug (and their burning need to get out of the car and let off a little steam). Sure, you might get asked to referee a few games, but who knows; perhaps you’ll turn into the one arguing passionately over half-points!
2. Lone Madrone Burger Sundays
Lunch is served (and everyone will eat it). Lone Madrone is known for elegant terroir driven wines, but that doesn’t make this tasting room stuffy. In fact, the folks at Lone Madrone believe that killer wine is best paired with killer barbecue! Gather under the oaks with your clan for a longtime tradition: Burger Sundays at Lone Madrone, which kick off every Sunday through Oct. 17 from 11:30-2:30 p.m. Choose from lamb, beef, or vegetarian mushroom burgers (for your environmentally conscious pre-teen). The only rule is to have fun, eat, drink, and be merry (play corn hole for extra points)! Well, that and put the phone down while eating.
3. Sextant Wines Self-Guided Old Edna Tour
Pinot noir for the grown ups and play time for the kiddos? Check and check! Grab a stellar wine tasting at Sextant Winery in Edna Valley (which also boasts a tasting room in Paso Robles on Hwy 46 West). Nosh on some gourmet deli items then head next door, where you’ll find the Old Edna Townsite. Home to historic structures and even an old gypsy wagon, it’s truly is a sight to behold—like something torn from a history book! A self-guided tour is perfect for the kids, who will have a blast imagining just what life was like in Edna more than a hundred years ago. Perhaps they’ll even start to appreciate just how easy their weekly chores really are.
4. Rio Seco Winery Fifth Friday Music and Merriment
Party on, family! End the summer with a bang at Rio Seco Winery’s famously popular Fifth Fridays Music & Merriment party slated for this August 31! Kids and their parental units will love grooving to the sounds of Back Bay Betty, a local band known for its fusion of rhythm and blues, rock n roll and soul sounds. I mean, every generation can agree on that, right? The little ones will be overjoyed to hear that wood-fired pizza is on the menu courtesy of Gypsy Flame Food Truck, and, thanks to a plethora of gourmet toppings that transcend basic “pepperoni,” so will you.
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5. Oso Libre Memorial Angus BBQ
Make memories together. Memorial Day is a classic holiday for families of all walks of life to gather, thank our service men and women—and, well, at least in Paso Robles—raise a glass of award winning estate grown Cab. Head to Oso Libre on Saturday, May 25 from noon to 3 p.m. and know that tasting fees from the day will be donated to the Vino for Vets, a local non-profit organization that helps local veterans. Bask in the sunny spring weather at an Estate Angus BBQ featuring wine by the glass, estate Angus burgers, and plenty of cute photo opportunities with the whole fam to post on social media with sheep, alpaca and cattle in the background. Expand your kids’ flavor profiles with a child-friendly food upgraded for sophisticated pleasure: cave aged gruyere, caramelized onion, whole grain mustard aioli, fresh baked brioche bun, and organic field greens all adorn your juicy, oak grilled patty. Looks like you’re raising a little foodie!
This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.
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. TOUR VIRTUALLY
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.
Wouldn’t you love to wake up among the vines? Eden House at Carriage Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is on a real working vineyard and longhorn ranch in the Paso Robles Wine Region. Our rooms overlook vineyards, creeks and oaks, right in the Paso Robles Wine Country of Central California.
Spend an idyllic getaway at Briarwood Cottage at ONX Estate Vineyards in an English-cottage inspired vineyard-side home. Guests may rent rooms in the main cottage, reserve the entire main cottage for a large group, or book the fully equipped apartment. Wake up to peaceful vineyard views and spend twilight hours sipping wine on the back porch of the cottage. It’s a time you won’t quickly forget. Contact us for pricing and availability (see form below). Case, 6 Bottle, and 4 Bottle Collective Members receive preferred pricing.
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®
Treat yourself to the ultimate Paso Robles wine country experience by booking your stay at The Inn at Opolo Vineyards. Guests enjoy our luxurious, spacious rooms and all of the sensory pleasures of Paso Robles in one destination. TOUR VIRTUALLY
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. TOUR VIRTUALLY
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.
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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR
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.