Looking for a wine getaway just for the weekend? Set your sights on Paso Robles Wine Country, where each weekend brings loads to celebrate! Located conveniently midway between San Francisco to the north and Los Angeles to the south, this bucolic wine wonderland is easily accessible by plane, car or train. This winter, explore Paso’s quaint downtown decked out in holiday decorations, traverse the backroads where tasting rooms and cows dot the rolling hillsides or find yourself far off the beaten path, where unconventional winemakers are known to make a splash. Ready to experience it all? Let’s go!
Follow your hunger
Eat, sip and be merry all season long! A weekend excursion to Robert Hall on 46 East and close to Highway 101 features a festive feast worth waiting for. Check out this unique tasting room’s meal specials offered Wednesday through Sunday, including a juicy harvest mushroom truffle burger, crave-worthy artisan grilled cheese sandwich with a sun-dried tomato bisque to which you can add Italian cured ham, and a fall squash salad made with locally grown green kale, roasted butternut squash, candied walnuts with spiced goat cheese. Pair all this fabulous foodie goodness with the winery’s top notch selection of award-winning reds and white wines and you’ll be feeling jolly and stuffed, indeed! P.S. You’ll want to indulge in their spectacular wine and food pairing prepared by Chef Mike Learned that will excite your tasted buds. Included in the tastings are their Cavern Select wines expertly paired with season dishes.
BONUS: Stay for the Barrel Tasting which includes a tour into their Cavern OR their Estate Vineyard Tour. Reservations required.
EXTRA BONUS: Ring in the New Year at Robert Hall “Midday”, celebrating the release of 2020 Sparkling Grenache Blanc highlighted with opulent California treasures: Oysters and Caviar.
Chef Michael Learned presents a decadent menu of culinary gems representing the best of California. Humboldt Bay Kumamoto Oysters and Sterling’s sustainably farmed Royal Caviar. Five Parts Devil will be performing their eclectic, high energy style of music as we celebrate the new year around the globe.
There is no better way to enjoy fresh bubbles than with Caviar and Oysters! RESERVE YOUR NEW YEARS DAY NOW
Do downtown and feel oh so good
The beating heart of Paso awaits! While some destinations switch to hibernation mode this time of year, you’ll find that this picture-perfect downtown is all aglow and have a policy of welcoming people without reservations – they’re so easy peasy. A weekend in charming downtown Paso Robles has it all: dozens of dynamic wine tasting rooms, awesome restaurants and fantastic boutique shopping all wrapped up in that signature small town feel. Admire the holiday décor on display while strolling along the town square before stopping into Crazy Woman Cellars for a boutique tasting flight. Here, you can kick back and enjoy some lively conversation and friendly wine education in a casual, cozy setting while celebrating ‘brave, often misunderstood women who changed history’. You’ll feel extra good knowing that a portion of their profits are donated to local non-profits that focus on giving back to women and causes related to women.
Nearby Stilson Cellars and Hayseed and Housdon offer up an excellent selection of small batch wines in the heart of downtown Paso Robles. Both are also altruistic and donate proceeds to worthy causes that will touch your hearts. Whether you grab a bottle for yourself or a case to give out to your favorite folks this holiday, you’ll be glad you took the time to explore Paso’s authentic epicenter all while giving back to people in need. Now that’s the best spirit imaginable!
Expect the unexpected
Shake up your weekend plans when you allow for happy surprises: In Paso Robles, each twist and turn offers up a fresh opportunity to enjoy the moment. Housed within an industrial warehouse space, Bodega de Edgar might appear to be some sort of up-and-coming art gallery from the outside. Inside, we can assure you that this clean and minimal tasting room is awash in smiling faces and excellent wines. At Bodega de Edgar, you and your besties can sip award-winning bottles focusing on Spanish driven and Rhone varietals while thanking your lucky stars that you took the road less traveled. In Paso Robles, every tasting room has its own personality—and you’ll soon find that’s one of the best parts of planning not to plan!
Brunch it up
Start your morning at the castle: Tooth and Nail Winery’s gothic castle doesn’t just inspire feelings of awe and whimsy—it’s also a great place for folks to meet up and chow down on some of the best brunch staples around! Each Sunday from 11 a.m. To 2 p.m., this lavish locale is home to live music and brunchy munchies you’ve just got to taste to believe (yes, they’re all paired with Tooth and Nail’s awesome lineup of bold, award-winning wines)! Whether you plan to hit a few other tasting rooms later in the day or simply wish to lounge to your heart’s content while admiring the scenery, you can rest assured that you’ll receive nothing less than the royal treatment.
Check into the Guest House
Wake up to wine country: Wouldn’t it be nice if you had your own Paso Robles vacation rental to escape to whenever the world got a little too hectic? Well, Copia’s Guest House might be the next best thing! Located in the heart of Paso’s famed Willow Creek District and just 1.5 miles from downtown Paso Robles, you can experience both vines and good times during your overnight weekend stay. Featuring stunning views of rolling hills and vineyards, this spacious, comfortable and modern cottage sleeps six of your favorite people. Consider this your new home away from home. After all, home is where the wine is, and Copia’s wines are spectacular!
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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
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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.