Taste like a local! Nobody loves a tourist trap. The antidote? Authentic Paso Robles Wine Country, a welcoming respite among the vines. You’ve probably heard that our world renowned wine region is well worth a visit. But do you know the true secrets behind our success? From breezy outdoor tasting rooms and restaurant-worthy meals to swanky speakeasies, there’s plenty you don’t know about our little slice of heaven. But good news, friend: you’re about to find out! Here’s 5 locally-approved secrets that encapsulate Paso Robles’ unique charm:
The offseason rocks
Winter is your best friend: Beat the crowds and head to Paso Robles in December-March, the absolute best time to enjoy the area exactly the way the locals do. You’ll be delighted to find less lines and fabulous weather, to boot. That’s right–we’re known for our year-round sunshine! Pack your sandals, sunscreen and a pair of shades: tasting at Lone Madrone is a dream all winter long. The outdoor and indoor seating areas are delightfully relaxed and the wines–crafted from premium Paso Robles vineyards–are totally top notch. Want to up your experience, sign up for their exclusive Pinnacle Tastings that comes with your dedicated Wine Expert/Guru. Or, depending on your mood, you may even want to order up a chilled white to enjoy in the sun with their gourmet offerings. Winter just hits different in Paso Robles Wine Country! Walk-ins welcomed!
Plan to throw your plan out the window: Not all who wander are lost. Locals are always stumbling upon new tasting rooms (with more than 250+ to explore, it’s hard not to). There’s nothing like meandering down a back road and happening upon your new favorite winery. Windward Vineyard is a breath of fresh air surrounded by rolling hills and fragrant lavender on Paso’s stunning westside. Known for putting Paso Robles pinot noir on the map (they make Pinot Noir exclusively!), you’ll find exciting ways to savor this earthy varietal amid an elegantly casual tasting area. New to Paso? Locals leave room for an element of spontaneity–you should, too! Walk-ins welcomed and every Wednesday enjoy a complimentary cheese pairing!
Ditch the reservation
No reservations: While online reservations are often appreciated for large wine tasting groups, plenty of Paso wineries will seat walk-ins in a snap. The best part? Paso Robles Wine Country is home to several wineries that serve full sit down meals! These are real deal, multi-course offerings fit for a foodie. At Villa San-Juliette, you can enjoy crab cakes, duck fettuccine or a classic burger. Note: the seven ounce premium beef patty comes with fontina cheese, tomato, grilled onions and aioli on a Brioche bun. Drooling a little? It truly begs the question: Why wait for a traditional table ever again?
It’s not that serious
A playground for adults: Sure, we take our wine seriously, that much is true. But Paso Robles Wine Country locals are notoriously carefree and friendly. No stuffy tasting rooms or velvet ropes here. In fact, we’re home to a true magic castle. No, not that Magic Castle. Play king or queen for the day at Tooth and Nail Winery and get into the whimsical spirit of the region. Wine, like life, should be a fun adventure! Be sure to check out this gothic manor’s colorful live events (there are SO MANY), modern culinary offerings and sunset rooftop tastings, sure to get you grinning from ear to ear.
There’s more than wine
Drink it up: Yes, you heard right. As much as we adore sipping fine wine, we also know how to have a good time when the sun goes down. If you’re new to Paso Robles, you might be surprised to learn that we have not only amazing wine tasting rooms, but also unique and funky cocktail lounges. Cane Tiki Room is located in beautiful downtown Paso Robles and serves up tropical concoctions fit for a dreamy summer vacay. Speaking of secret getaways, Eleven Twenty Two Speakeasy (also in downtown Paso Robles) was named one of the Top 50 Hidden Speakeasies by The Venue Report. Whether you don a Hawaiian shirt or a swanky get-up, you’re sure to have a blast clinking that glass.
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This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.
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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.
Enjoy time with your loved ones with a glass of wine while taking in the panoramic views of ONX Wines Certified Sustainable Estate Vineyard. Clark House is a five-bedroom, four-bathroom home that is a perfect escape for up to ten people. All five bedrooms offer views of the vines and are impeccably furnished to help you unwind from an exciting day of exploring the Paso Robles area.
The GENESEO INN is a luxury boutique hotel nestled in the rolling hills of Paso Robles wine country. Built of industrial shipping crates perched above the vines on CASS Winery’s 145 acres of vineyard, the experience truly allows you to “breathe in the vineyard views.”
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 chic, sparkling clean 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
Oxford Suites Paso Robles You’ll find that from our lobby, our on-site restaurant, to our meeting spaces, to our 101 spacious suites, every space is beautiful + functional as well as comfortable + chic.
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 160 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. Ask us how you save 15% on booking service fees! Feel free to call 805-423-9174 to talk with a local expert or book online at PasoStay.com.
The Farmhouse at Pelletiere Estate is a modern & luxurious wine country retreat. Privately situated & surrounded by our estate vineyards, located just off Hwy46w on a very accessible country road, nestled in the heart of Paso Robles’ renowned Westside, just 6 miles to Paso’s downtown square. The Farmhouse offers stunning vineyard views from every angle, as well as a stylish yet cozy house you’re bound to fall in love with!