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5 Ways to Wean Yourself off Summer in Paso Robles

Here come the books, pencils, and tantrums about not having the “cool” backpack. Yes, summer is almost over and back to school is nearly back again! Yikes, right? Although it would be easy to shut yourself in your room and cry while watching re-runs of Baywatch, there is no need. Savor the last moments of summer with these five incredible Paso Robles experiences. Live it up and wean yourself off that summer fun. Just try not to think too hard about tomorrow. Take it one day at a time!

1. A Reason to (Sorta) Like Mondays and Tuesdays Only at Thomas Hill Organics

Mondays have a new meaning once fall starts to roll around. Not only are all the fun summer parties nearing an end, but you’ll have to go back to really working (when the boss isn’t on vacation, you’ve got to buckle down too). Kick those Monday blues in the behind and stop by Thomas Hill Organics for half off your draft beer with a delectable burger. Of course, this is not just any burger. It is a THO gourmet burger, cooked just how you like it (and topped with local sourced yummy greens). And to help get the most from your Tuesdays, THO offers all wine under $100 at half off! For your wine coupon go to There will be no doggie bags and only smiles at the end of this epicurean, farm-to-table experience.

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2. TGIF at Penman Springs

Sure, September means sharpening pencils and putting away your pool floaties, but it also means…barbecue? Well, at Penman Springs Winery, summer barbecue season never ends! Join the winery for their monthly ‘Penman’s First Friday of the Month Dinner and Wine Evening’ and sink into a pool of denial and barbecue sauce. The next one’s slated for September 7th from 5-8pm. Expect welcoming vibes, oak fired tri-tip, smoked chicken plates and fantastic veggie options, too! Grab a bottle or a glass and groove to live music by Martin Paris. Doesn’t it feel good to pencil that into your calendar? You never have to stop grilling if you don’t want to.
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3. Send Summer Off with a Bang

One last hurrah is in order. Gather your friends, frienemies, family and colleagues at Cello Ristorante & Bar, a culinary getaway that celebrates the Allegretto culture of joy, discovery and the good life. Savor rustic northern Italian cuisine made from the freshest local ingredients sourced from regional farmers, ranchers and purveyors. Enjoy creative foods, an extensive wine list, garden-inspired craft cocktails, and artisanal beers in a resort-casual atmosphere. Whether in jeans and boots or elegant dress, come indulge in a gastronomic adventure just as you are. Sometimes all you really need to do is mark the end of a great summer is to really do it up right!
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Mappings and Directions to Cello Ristorante

4. Wine Down at Opolo

There may be no more perfect place to enjoy the last lingering lushness of summer in Paso Robles than Opolo Vineyard. Sit back, relax, order up a wood-fired pizza (it’s amazing, the real Italian deal, and our fave!) and sip up your final summer selection. Of course, the pain is made easier when Paul Steven Silva serenades guests with his elegant guitar stylings. Make a date for Opolo this September 3 from 12-3pm and soak up every ounce of this winery’s stunningly beautiful, countryside ambiance and views.
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5. Book That Vacation (Kinda)

So you never took that tropical vacation to Hawaii. You never hiked that trail or made your way down to those tide pools. Things happened. Life happened. We understand. Maybe all you have time for is one quick staycation, and that’s more than fine! Check into comfort at the Hampton Inn in Paso Robles and know that you aren’t stealing funds away for next summer’s vacation (2019 is really going to be your year, we just know it). Enjoy an affordable, comfortable holiday located near hundreds of wine tasting rooms and attractions. Hey…you may not be riding a sweet wave in a teeny bikini, but you’re still in Paso Robles! That’s saying something.

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 This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and You can reach her at [email protected] or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.

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