Ready, set, lounge! As Ferris Bueller so succinctly put it: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” This summer, slow down in Paso Robles, where the tasting rooms are inviting and the vibe is most certainly relaxed. If lingering over world class wines, great conversation and fabulous culinary pairings is your idea of the perfect hang, you’re in the right place. Here’s our top unique tasting lounges perfect for watching the world go by.
Austin Hope & Treana Tasting Cellar
The more the merrier: Seeking a relaxed reset with your diehard squad? Invite the whole gang to loiter over a bottle or tasting at Paso’s Austin Hope & Treana Tasting Cellar, where you can sample five delicious labels all under one luxurious roof. Home to a colorful, modern tasting lounge and known for offering a casual, fun approach to award winning wines, you’ll feel like you’re chilling out in a very cool friend’s living room. Here, you can let your hair down and kick up your feet: Spacious tasting areas blend eclectic décor, cozy alcoves and outdoor cabanas overlooking verdant estate vines. It’s like the ultimate party pad, and you’re invited to come on over!
Eleven Twenty Two Cocktail Lounge
Taste of time travel: Weary of today’s relentless hustle and bustle? Eleven Twenty Two Cocktail Lounge has one foot firmly planted in bygone ’30s charm. This swanky downtown Paso speakeasy doesn’t just offer up craft cocktails to die for, it’s our best kept wine country secret! Savor select spirits—and fine local wines procured from Paso Wineries—all washed in the romance of a candlelight glow. Imagine bartenders shaking up drinks, hushed chatter from delighted patrons and festive music of the Great Gatsby era (swoon!). Plus, there’s no password required: The speakeasy is located on the back patio of Pappy McGregor’s in downtown Paso. Once inside Pappy’s, continue through the dining area and exit out the rear patio, turn left, then once at the door. Next ring the doorbell and await your turn to travel back in time.
Bask under the oaks: Not all Paso wine tasting lounges are of the “fancy” variety. In fact, some of our favorite places to spend a few hours sipping and swirling are nestled among the great outdoors (birds, bees and butterflies included). Spend a chill summer afternoon at Dubost Wines and you’ll see what we mean: surrounded by majestic oak trees and gorgeous wildflowers, you’ll soak up our famous combo of warm sun, blue skies and fresh air. Ready for a real treat? Stop by the tasting room Saturday and Sunday for gourmet wood-fired pizzas topped with elevated ingredients like caramelized onions, gouda cheese, prosciutto and balsamic drizzle—to name just a few. Whether you pair this Italian delicacy with Dubost’s white, red or mixed wine flight, you’re sure to appreciate the understated elegance that makes an al fresco dinner in Paso so darn magical.
Coastal cool: Not every Paso tasting room boasts a view like this! Overlooking the tiny coastal hamlet of Harmony (population 18, if you count the cows) Harmony Cellars combines storybook charm with seriously great wines and a jam-packed summer calendar. Located at the scenic junction of Highway 46 West and Highway 1, you’re sure to appreciate the crisp coastal air on those particularly hot summer days. Ready for your relaxation to commence? Kick back on the lawn for luxurious Sunset Wine Dinners, fun outdoor concerts and creative workshops. This summer, you’ll find oodles of events to savor: Learn to craft charms from local sea glass, enjoy a Parisian-inspired food and wine pairing or groove to the sounds of live local music. Yep—you’ll be lounging till the cows come home.
Fun on deck: A seated tasting at Eberle Winery is all about new and old friends connecting over fine wines and good times. Perhaps that’s why this long-cherished Paso establishment is known the world over for its welcoming charm and lovely vineyard deck. Located off Highway 46 East, Eberle—established in 1979 by Paso winemaking pioneer Gary Eberle—remains a must-taste attraction for wine newbies and veterans alike. Experiencing the legacy is easy: Pull up a chair and enjoy your tasting on the sunny wine tasting deck overlooking sprawling vines. Want to break up a joyful afternoon of lounging with a little adventure? Spring for the winery’s awesome Cellar Club Reserve Tour & Tasting, which promises to whisk you and your pals into Eberle’s fascinating underground wine caves. One thing’s for certain: this time-honored hangout is always a hoot and a half.
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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.
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.”
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.
Hoyt Family Vineyard RetreatsTwo very cool, tiny houses, designed using fertile imagination and repurposing of materials are located on Hoyt Family Vineyard.
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 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.
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!