Sipping wine is a beloved pastime here in Paso Robles Wine Country. But what—you might ask—do we do with our days when we aren’t uncorking bottles or tending to our vineyards? Well, we’ll tell you! From exploring the great outdoors to discovering new ways to thrill our taste buds, there’s so much to do, see and savor! Next time you come to visit, be sure to check out these fun wine-adjacent activities happening in and around our coveted slice of California.
Hot Air Balloon and Helicopter tours
Up, up and away: Experience Paso from the sky when you book a hot air balloon or helicopter ride over our rolling green hills! Ready to take flight? Adelaide Inn offers a customizable, high-flying service that will have you on cloud nine before lunch! Enjoy sunrise hot air balloon flights seven days a week and complimentary champagne and breakfast served after your airborne excursion. If an action-packed helicopter tour is more your thing, you’ll be glad to know that this is also an option (you and three of your favorite people are invited along for the ride). Plus, the hotel’s “Wine and Wave” helicopter tour offers up breathtaking coastal views you won’t want to miss. Want to combine your elevated adventure with some world class wine? Enjoy wine tours, tastings and even vineyard landings! Captain speaking: You’re in for one heck of a good time.
Hop in the saddle: Galloping along the scenic vineyards of Paso Robles Wine Country might sound like a romantic dream, but we can assure you this can be your reality! With plenty of rustic trails snaking across the Paso Robles Wine Country region, you can easily book a guided ride that fits your style and skill level (newbies welcome!). Ready to giddy up? Allegretto Vineyard Resort offers up a 1.5 horseback ride through Cass Vineyards, courtesy of Central Coast Trail Rides. Their popular “Sip and Saddle” package even comes with two days of luxury accommodations and free wi-fi (you know—so you can post that obligatory Instagram pic). Time to trot into your own western movie!
Hit the beach
Most people are shocked to hear how close to the beach we really are (especially if you’re visiting our popular Westside). Drive Highway 46 West the approximate 20 miles to the beach, stopping at exciting tasting rooms along the way. This dynamic route has no shortage of interesting road stops to enjoy: Why not stop at Donati Family Vineyard and pick up a bottle or two along the way? Open seven days a week from 11 am to 4 p.m., you’ll find a lovely outdoor seating area overlooking a particularly scenic portion of the Highway 46 West Wine Trail. Afterward, head west to Cambria’s Moonstone Beach, where the sunsets are legendary.
Growing strong: We don’t just grow excellent wine grapes in Paso Robles—we also grow amazing produce! Explore and celebrate the many farms, ranches, and artisan food producers in Paso Robles by heading to one of the city’s weekly markets: Tuesday 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 to 1 p.m. at Paso Robles City Park and Friday 9 a.m. to noon in the Walmart parking lot on Niblick and River Road. Be sure to also check out our regional Farm Trail Map courtesy of FARMstead ED or head to one of the city’s many ag-centered events. In fact, May 7th brings about the anticipated Lavender and Olive Festival, hosted in downtown Paso Robles. When you’re done shopping the stalls, head to one of the dozens of downtown tasting rooms waiting nearby. Spend happy hour at Iron Oaks Winery, just a few blocks from Paso’s town square, and you’ll see why we’re known for our laid back attitude and warm hospitality. Note: You can also pick up some locally raised beef while you’re there!
Eat (a lot)!
Belly up: Did you know that Paso Robles Wine Country is home to tasting rooms that feature full service sit-down restaurants? If this is news to you, check out our latest blog on the subject here. Aside from these incredible tasting room-kitchen hybrids, you can also find awesome eats in downtown Paso Robles. Experience a fresh twist on Mexican fare at Fish Gaucho, home of refreshing craft cocktails, tequila and mezcal. Thomas Hill Organics is a mainstay for farm-fresh cuisine and for elevated pub fare, you simply must try Pappy McGregor’s, ground zero for crave-worthy comfort food served with a Paso palate in mind.
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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.
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!