Blue skies, warm sun, and a glass of Paso Robles wine in hand. Ahhhhhhhh…. Is there any better way to enjoy summer in Paso Wine Country? Throw in some good grub and live music, and we think not! Here are five great outdoor escapes perfect for lounging, laughing, and toe-tapping all summer long. Grab those picnic blankets, slather on the SPF, and meet us in the vineyard! It’s time to see where summer takes us.
Motel Radio at Tooth and Nail
When: June 30
What: An epic outdoor show on Tooth and Nail’s sun-dappled patio complete with the funky sounds of New Orleans rockers Motel Radio. Small plates, refreshing glasses, and a regal, castle-like backdrop make this summer bash one for the history books. Plus, did we mention this concert is totally free? Don’t forget to check the winery’s bustling summer calendar—live music erupts each weekend and the tunes are as varied as the fantastic wines.
Burger Sundays at Lone Madrone
When: July 2
What: A big, juicy burger anointed with gourmet toppings and served up with a side of live music and community spirit. Meet the locals, pet some cute dogs, and get your cowboy boots a little dusty during Lone Madrone’s Legendary Burger Sundays (which, you should note, take place each Sunday through Oct. 22). Lone Madrone is known for its welcoming atmosphere, chill lounging area, award winning wines and ciders (oh, and massive portions), so leave those skinny jeans at home, ya hear?
Summer Tunes on the Patio at Sextant
When: July 9
What: Mix one part Edna Valley sunset, one part refreshing Chardonnay, and one part rocking music. What do you get? A fun loving cocktail known as Summer Tunes on the Patio, which kicks off each Sunday this summer at this longtime wine stop. Les Beck will serenade sippers with acoustic covers this time around, but each Sunday at Sextant is different. Want to find out? Bring your friends, nibble a cheese platter, and end your weekend on a chill note.
Twilight Hour at Jada
When: July 29
What: Wing-flapping Music by country duo The Turkey Buzzards, world class wine by the glass or bottle, and gourmet cheese pairing on Jada Vineyard’s gorgeous westside wine deck. Watch the sun sink and your worries shrink. Can’t make this one? Don’t fret! These fabulous concerts continue on Aug. 11 with a classic vinyl record night and Aug. 25 with Erin Montgomery. Talk about the perfect pre-dinner date night stop!
Rhone Rangers BBQ Dinner
When: August 15
What: Join Brecon Estate, Eberle Winery, Hearst Ranch Winery, J. Lohr and more for a casual barbecue at gorgeous Cass Winery. On the menu: cilantro and lime chicken, vine-smoked tri-tip, organic sweet corn, roasted baby red potatoes, house made salsa, garlic bread, fine cheese and (of course) wine tasting from 29 local wineries producing incredible Rhone offerings. Live music always adds to the festive ambiance, which will unfold under a sky of oak branches and twinkling stars. This is one summer bash you won’t want to skip.
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.
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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.
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