She’s your everything. He makes your heart dance all a-flutter. You just know that this love was meant to be (forever and ever and ever, till death do you part, amen). The wedding planning, however, can be a lot less blissful. If you’re looking at nuptials slightly larger than a courthouse wed-and-dash, there’s a lot to stress over. Case in point: The invitations (personalized, but late from the printer), the flowers (imported) and—gasp—the bridesmaid dresses, which were supposed to be Robin’s Egg blue, but somehow arrived a neon electric teal. OK. Before you start turning into Bridezilla and quite possibly pissing off your mother in law for life, why not take a deep breath and consider Paso Robles for your big day? There is no place more charming, chill, or convenient to get hitched. You have enough to worry about, really!
1. It’s convenient
Travel smarter. You have family in Los Angeles, Fresno, Monterey, and San Francisco. No problem! Paso Robles Wine Country is located conveniently between both San Francisco to the north and Los Angeles to the south (a 3.5-4 hour drive each, respectively). Have guests flying in from everywhere? We’re known for a “slower” pace of life here in SLO County (San Luis Obispo County), and the same goes for our charming SLO Regional Airport (SBP), located just south of Paso Robles. Really, your wedding party won’t believe just how relaxed and low stress this beautiful airport is. Big plus: SBP has announced new nonstop flights to and from Seattle/Tacoma and Denver.
Tip: Near the airport, find Edna Valley, home to Sextant Wines. Stop in for a glass of celebratory wine and a gourmet lunch of fine meats and cheeses before making your way to your lodging. You’ll be in “SLO” County, why rush?
For mapping and directions to Sextant click here
2. It’s scenic
There’s a reason the hot trend in weddings has been to find a wedding destination that looks like an enchanted fairytale scene: This kind of aesthetic literally can come with your Paso Robles Winery wedding destination.
Escape to a stunning Italian inspired resort replete with a stone abbey and a Tuscan Piazza. Allegretto Vineyard Resort offers up a magical Tuscan wedding venue. You’ll feel like you are in Italy (without spending a dime in airfare). “Ciao bella” will roll right off the groom’s tongue.
How about your very own Chateau at JUSTIN Winery? There’s no fussy decorations to fret over when you’ve already got a backdrop of gorgeous vines, and a pink sunset. Like a dreamy Monet painting, this wedding venue needs not one more accessory to provide a blissful and unforgettable ambiance.
Paso Robles is literally covered with such fantastical photo opps as this, meaning you can say, “I do” without giving much thought to whether the napkins should have been ivory lace or pale pink linen.
Tip: Kiss your beloved (and start a whole new future together) while strolling through the vines at Allegretto Vineyard Resort and JUSTIN Winery’s Chateau, both home to amazing world-class wine. We’ll toast to that!
For mapping and directions to Allegretto Vineyard Resort click here.
For mapping and directions to JUSTIN click here.
3. So many venues
Throw a wine cork, hit a wedding venue. Many Paso Robles wineries double as event spaces and killer wedding venues (which is understandable, when you consider the fact that we have generally sunny skies year round). Each location is a tad different, so every couple can do their thing. At Cass Winery, you can get hitched under an ancient oak tree surrounded by estate vineyards, then dance the night away under twinkle lights located just outside the tasting room. Whether you seek an intimate indoor setting—like an authentic barn or barrel room—or you want to stroll through the Zinfandel vines in your matching red gown, take our pick in Paso! You do you.
Photo credit: Peer Johnson Wedding Photographer
For mapping and directions to Cass Winery click here.
4. Lodging they’ll love
A modern hotel suite for the father of the bride and a multi-room vacation rental with a patio area for your bridesmaids? Done and done. You might even want a beachfront cottage for the groomsmen (who will no doubt try to catch a little surf before they need to wriggle into those starched matching suits). Whether you need to house your entire extended family (and his) or just a few friends, Paso Robles Wine Country is home to all kinds of unique stays that will ensure your guests are comfortable, happy and ready to throw rice all over you and your chosen mate.
Tip: Large groups will love the room and flexibility of staying at a unique Paso Robles vacation rental. Looking for something elegant for the bridal party? Allegretto Vineyard Resort offers up luxurious amenities including estate wine, spa services, and a pool.
For mapping and directions to Allegretto Vineyard Resort click here.
5. The wine!
Yes, I am captain obvious. Weddings and fine wine go together like—well—the money dance and the electric slide. When you tie the knot in Paso Robles, you’ll have hundreds of award winning wines at your engaged fingertips. Robust, fruity, light, sparkling—whatever your heart (or mother in law) desires—we have it all. When you get married at a winery or tasting room, it just makes sense to sip the fruit of their labor! Of course, you could bring some beer too, just for Uncle Larry’s sake.
Tip: When you get married at gorgeous Rava Wines you can sip on amazing, small lot sparkling and still wines crafted to dazzle and delight on your most momentous of days. Throw in views of their pond and surrounding vineyards and you’ll think that you have died and gone to heaven.
For mapping and directions to Rava click here.
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.