Fall has arrived in Paso Robles! The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hold your sweetheart close, pop a bottle of Paso Robles wine, and enjoy all this magical wine region has to offer. From lounging around a crackling fire pit to soaking in the sunset under the oaks, there is no better time for romance in Paso Robles. Book your stay now and get ready for seasonal delicacies, harvest events, and cozy stays. Don’t forget to pack a light sweater and stay for the stargazing!
1. Book a rural vacation rental
Romance blossoms across Paso Robles’ gorgeous wine trails. Whether you prefer to stay in a rural, rugged landscape or want something closer to downtown, you can rest your head (and salute the sun) a stone’s throw from flourishing vineyards. Lekai Ranch is conveniently located on Paso’s west side, near dozens of world class tasting rooms. Come and luxuriate in a tranquil, private suite appointed with a Cal-King Tempurpedic bed. Sip coffee on the private porch and take in stunning views. Only 15 minutes from town and nestled along the border Halter Ranch Winery (a top 10 Hot Winery brand), this ranch is a must-stay for your fall excursion.
2. Stay at the Winery—Really!
Yes, you can even stay at your favorite Paso Robles winery! That means you’re always just steps away from wine tasting, beautiful views, and fine food. The Inn at Opolo has everything you might need in one breathtaking location: winery, tasting room, distillery, wood-fired pizza kitchen, and a romantic inn tucked just off Vineyard drive. Home to a dozen varietals of wine, your neighbors include gorgeous Zinfandel Vineyards, owl boxes, oak trees, and a meandering creek. The stylish rooms boast fireplaces, soaking tubs, and the staff will even create a yummy breakfast that for you and your sweetie every morning. If that’s not enough to entice you out this fall, enjoy complimentary wine and appetizers each afternoon. Want to walk off all that foodie fare? Take a leisurely stroll along the walking paths that cut through the lush vineyards.
3. Savor the Harvest
Harvest in Paso Robles wine country is hectic, yet truly special. As much as the winemakers and vineyard works are scurrying around crafting the next best vintage, there’s also a sense of celebration and excitement in the air. Many Paso Robles Wineries are throwing epic dinners and soirees during this time of year, and Four Lanterns Winery is no exception. Join the Highway 46 West winery this Oct. 13 for a Harvest Season dinner at the winery starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a meal served at the production facility paired with an array of sumptuous wine selections. Looking for even more to do with your date during this frenetic time? Four Lanterns is hosting ballroom dancing classes throughout the fall season, and all levels of skill are welcome. You’ll be planning a second honeymoon in no time.
4. Eat and be merry
What’s fine wine without fresh, fantastic food to pair with? If you ask the folks at Thomas Hill Organics, wine is best enjoyed with an array of farm-to-table entrees that express Paso Robles’ unique terroir. Savor the most seasonal grub this side of the Cuesta grade at this iconic Paso Robles restaurant, beloved by wine critics, locals, and winemakers alike. Dinner might include foie gras with truffle crostini and black radish, scallop tartar, braised pork shank, and blistered heirloom tomatoes (tomato season explodes in late September, so now is the best time to get in on the juiciest end-of-summer fare before it’s gone). As winter rolls on, note even more goodies, like local apples, dark bitter greens, and roasted root veggies making their appearance on THO’s ever-evolving menu.
5. Get your boots dirty
Agritourism is a big deal in Paso Robles Wine Country, where the bounty is always overflowing thanks to sublime weather and dynamic soil. If you haven’t yet explored the local olive oil scene, you are missing out on big flavor and a lot of fun! Grab your love by the hand and embark on a tour of Pasolivo’s rural farm nestled in the heart of wine country. With over 140 acres of lush, rolling hills along the central coast of California, the Pasolivo Ranch is home to majestic olive trees that are farmed both organically and sustainably. The many varieties grown on property include: Arbequina, Ascolano, Frantoio, Leccino, Pendolino, Lucca, Mission, Manzanillo, Coratina, and Maurino. Each olive is carefully hand-picked and pressed in the on-site mill within hours of leaving the tree. This attention to detail and “tree to table” philosophy delivers award-winning California EVOO year after year. Stop by for a tasting today (and pick up a few bottles to bring home).
This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and PasoRoblesWineries.net. You can reach her at email@example.com or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.