Savor the summer before it’s gone! In Paso Robles, the days are long, the skies are blue and the wines are worth writing home about. Thinking of taking a road trip along the California coast? There’s never been a better time to visit Paso Robles Wine Country, conveniently located between Los Angeles and San Francisco (plus, the Amtrak train pulls right into downtown Paso, so you can always leave the car at home). Whether you lounge under an umbrella at a gorgeous outdoor tasting patio, unfurl your picnic blanket and enjoy a wine flight on a fragrant lawn or dig into gourmet eats paired perfectly to your glass, you’ll soon find that summer is Paso’s sweetest season!
Have a picnic
Break out the bread and cheese (and olives, and meats, and desserts): With warm weather and peaceful days ahead, it’s a crime to dine inside all three meals! Instead of worrying about that restaurant reservation, why not pick up a meal and spread out your favorite picnic blanket at a local winery? Four Lanterns Winery encourages picnics, and they should (few places are more well suited for al fresco dining). This casual, dog-friendly winery is known for its sprawling, grassy lawn perfect for whiling away the afternoon under a cloudless Paso Robles sky. Whether you sip a fruity grenache or a refreshing glass of picpoul blanc, you’ll be glad you brought nibbles to pair. Bon appetite!
Head toward the coast
Go coastal: Yes, it gets pretty hot around here during the summer—a fact that our grapes love. Ready for a beach day? Head to Harmony Cellars, with a lovely view of the hamlet of Harmony, population 18 (if you count the cows). Just a short, scenic drive from Paso Robles on Highway 46 West, enjoy a white, red or mixed flight while the cool coastal breezes refresh your senses. Celebration or party coming up? Treat your family and friends to an immersive educational experience when you book a private tasting on their hilltop patio. It’s the coast plus wine country, the best of both worlds!
Lounge the day away
Your to-do list can wait: Experience the slower pace of life in Paso Robles, where it’s all about squeezing every last drop of the summer season. Austin Hope & Treana Tasting Cellars is the perfect oasis for lounging, relaxing and sipping incredible wines in a swanky setting. With a fresh, modern tasting lounge featuring lots of cozy nooks perfect for conversing with friends, your group will reconnect over Austin Hope, Treana, Liberty School and Troublemaker selections. Consider this your own wine-centric clubhouse for the day!
Lunch in the shade
Taste the rainbow: Escape the sun’s hot mid-day rays under a shaded umbrella at Villa San-Juliette, where the wine is wonderful and lunch always a cut above. This mediterranean inspired villa offers up a romantic place to sip, swirl and savor world class wines paired with gourmet eats. Avocado toast with heirloom tomatoes and microgreens, prosciutto melon skewers dipped in honey glaze, crab cakes with remoulade and lemon—all this deliciousness (and so much more) is on the menu! Seriously, can you believe those are just the appetizers?
Learn a lot at ONX
The more you know: Serious, yet unscripted, an ONX Wine tasting is always educational without being stuffy. Located in Paso’s hip epicurean epicenter of Tin City, you’ll taste a lineup of yummy current releases, as well as rare library selections you just can’t find anywhere else. Looking to shake up your wine cellar with some new additions? You’ve come to the right place. ONX’s blends are known to buck the status quo, from artful labels to creative varietal combinations. Feeling peckish? Grab a cheese and charcuterie box all while enjoying a sumptuous study session hosted by friendly staff. All that learning can make a body hungry!
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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.
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.
Hoyt Family Vineyard Retreats Two 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®
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
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.
Peachy Canyon Guest Inn Sits above Peachy Canyon Winery + acres of vines at Mustang Springs Vineyard. The house has 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, living room, family room + panoramic views.
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.