When it comes to Spring Break planning, we could all use a little help. Instead of wondering where you’ll take those precious vacation days, allow us to reveal the plan, right down to the transport, lodging and activities! Spring Break 2020 is your chance to live it up in Paso Robles Wine Country. Don’t miss your moment! Experience the sights, the fun and the flavor, down to the very last drop. Yes, this is your golden opportunity to experience world class wines in an unforgettable setting. Break out the flip flops and make a run for the hills. Your dream itinerary awaits.
1. How to Fly or Drive Paso Robles
Wow, that was easy! Conveniently located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Paso Robles Wine Country is closer than you think. With more direct flights arriving daily at nearby San Luis Obispo Regional Airport, you could be just a few hours from enjoying Spring Break amidst the vines. Ride the rails with Amtrak and take in the gorgeous scenery, including the Central Coast of California’s breathtaking coastline, beautiful at sunrise or sunset. Once you arrive, get ready for warm hospitality like you’ve never experienced before. Expect short lines, zero traffic, friendly tasting room staff and a general sense of well being. Howdy, partner. You’re on your way to becoming a local.
2. Pick your passion
Sky’s the limit. Whether you prefer red, white rose or a craft cocktail, Paso Robles Wine Country is the best place to quench your thirst for adventure this Spring Break. There are dozens of varietals growing in Paso Robles Wine Country, and each grape has it’s own distinct charm. Encounter 18 different varietals at ONX Wines, known for pushing the envelope and crafting unique blends. Located in Tin City, a former warehouse district now home to dozens of colorful epicurean delights, the ONX tasting room offers sensory experiences that incorporate a blind tasting of five sumptuous selections. Yes, all this diversity at one single tasting room! Better get used to it. With more than 300 wineries to choose from in Paso Robles, including breweries and distilleries too, your Paso Robles flavor adventure is truly of the “choose-your-own” variety.
Mapping and Directions to ONX Wines Tasting Room & Winery click here
3. Eat like you mean it
No, it’s not a dream: many Paso Robles tasting rooms feature elegant culinary offerings, too. No, we’re not just talking about a cheese plate (although those are quite nice). Whether you stop in at Parrish Family Vineyard, JUSTIN, Villa San Juliette, Opolo, Cello at Allegretto Vineyard Resort or Cass Winery, expect not just a fabulous lineup of wines, but also a sit-down restaurant style dining experience. From small plates to full-on entrees, you’ll come hungry and leave inspired. Itching to drool over a few menus unfolding this spring? Click here and eat your heart out. Tip: Don’t forget the locally grown olive oil, another Paso Robles Wine Country staple! Taste a range of extra virgin olive oil samples—from grassy to buttery—at Pasolivo’s downtown tasting room or at the scenic ranch, where you can take a farm tour while you nibble. Rio Seco Winery and Dubost Ranch Winery also have some of our fave extra-virgin olive oil made from their estate olive trees.
Photo Credit: Cecily Parrish Ray, Parrish Family Vineyard
Mapping and Directions to Parrish Family Vineyard click here
Mapping and Directions to JUSTIN Winery click here
Mapping and Directions to Villa San Juliette Winery click here
Mapping and Directions to Opolo Vineyards click here
Mapping and Directions to Cass Winery click here
Mapping and Directions to Rio Seco Vineyard & Winery click here
Mapping and Directions to Dubost click here
4. Lay of the land
See the bigger picture. Before you embark on your Spring Break adventure in Paso Robles, inspect the map (click here for a free downloadable map that we can promise will come in very handy). Notice the distinct wine trails, each with its own specialty. Highway 46 West, which snakes through Templeton to the coast, features breezy tasting rooms offering all manner of experiences (Tooth and Nail Winery, housed in a storybook castle is known for its robust live music and events schedule). The wineries of Highway 46 East are nestled in Paso’s dusty and authentic agricultural region (stop by Bodega de Edgar, known for passionate Spanish varietals). Downtown tasting rooms have their own allure, thanks to easy walkability and close proximity to boutique shopping and award winning restaurants (Hoyt Family Vineyards is as must-see downtown stop, featuring expressive wines grown from Malibu to Monterey). Worried about keeping it all straight, even when you’re out of cell range? No worries. Get driving directions that stay on your phone, even if you lose service! Tip: Leave all the pesky driving to a professional and check out these awesome transportation and tour offerings.
5. Lodge like a local
You’re home with us. Whether you’re looking for a romantic vacation rental surrounded by vines, a unique winery stay, a luxury resort suite, or an affordable hotel, Paso Robles Wine Country always has the door open and the pillows fluffed. If peace and quiet suite your mood, go for a vacation rental off the beaten path. Eden House at Carriage Vineyards Bed and Breakfast features an entire home overlooking lush vineyards as far as the eye can see (so that you can pretend you really do live here full time). Want the hands-on winery experience? The Inn at Opolo is located at fun-loving Opolo Vineyards, where wine, wood fired pizza and good conversation comes with every check-in. Looking for a homey and welcoming stay that won’t break the bank? The Adelaide Inn features all the comforts of home—including a kitchenette—for a stellar value. And Lekai Ranch vacation rental offers a tranquil, chic, country getaway with views that soar past Halter Ranch Winery’s vineyard, to the backside of Hearst Castle and up to Big Sur. Take a look of the aerial video of the ranch and swoon!
This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.
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. 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.
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®
Treat yourself to the ultimate Paso Robles wine country experience by booking your stay at The Inn at Opolo Vineyards. Guests enjoy our luxurious, spacious rooms and all of the sensory pleasures of Paso Robles in one destination. TOUR VIRTUALLY
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
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.
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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR
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.