21 Aug Weekend Getaway: Paso Robles Wine Tour
Paso Robles is a premier Wine Country destination, located off the coast of California in San Luis Obispo County and known for its wineries, olive oil and orchards. For a weekend trip or as a stop along the drive up the coast, Paso Robles is a destination you don’t want to miss.
Along our travels, here are some of our favorite spots that are sure to please your wanderlust.
Where to Stay:
Paso Robles Inn
1103 Spring St, Paso Robles, CA 93446; (805) 238-4707
Whether you are planning an extended stay or overnight visit, the Paso Robles Inn is definitely the hotel to stay at. With amenities like spa services, suites, and dining, this is a great place to stay in the heart of downtown Paso Robles. Paso Robles is a historical hotel packed with all the charm the city has to offer. Originally built in 1891, this legendary hotel has been a destination to visitors for years. This hotel also offers the best location for visitors looking to visit wineries, eateries and local boutiques. Located less than five minutes from everything, this spot is great for those looking to explore the city by foot. Oak trees, Koi ponds, and lush gardens surround the grounds, making this the perfect relaxing getaway for visitors.
Where to Eat:
Amsterdam Coffee House
725 13th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446
After a relaxing stay at Paso Robles Inn, it’s time to rise and shine and start the day. If you’re a coffee fiend (like most of us), be sure to check out Amsterdam Coffee House. Located in the heart of Paso Robles, this local hot spot is sure to kick start your day. With great staff, delicious coffee and a number of breakfast choices, the quality here is hard to beat.
Hours are Mon-Fri 6am-7pm, and Sat-Sun 7am-7pm.
Thomas Hill Organics Market Bistro and Wine Bar
1305 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 93446
At the end of the day, there are a number of restaurants in the town of Paso Robles but one stand out is Thomas Hill Organics Market Bistro and Wine Bar. Open for lunch and dinner, Thomas Hill Organics serves organic produce that comes straight from their farm and bread made exclusively by in-town bakers. The fish and other proteins are also from local providers and are organic and free range. Thomas Hill changes their menus weekly, so there is always something fresh and new to try.
Hours: Sunday 10am-3pm, 5-9pm; Mon-Thurs 11am-3pm, 5-9pm; Fri-Sat 11am-3pm, 5-10pm
Where to Taste Wine: There are more than 180 wineries in Paso Robles now. Here are a few recommended stops.
1340 Penman Springs Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446; (805) 237-3789
One great winery you should be sure to visit is Clautiere Vineyard. This vineyard is over 145 acres, and its colorful tasting room is a coverted farm house. The property has been decorated with hand detailing by owner Claudine, and features metal sculptures and beautiful mosaics. The whimsical tasting room is something straight out of a fantasy themed Tim Burton attraction. With its unique vibe and premium wines, this winery ensures a great time for all who visit. Clautiere specializes in the production of premium Rhone, Bordeaux, and Port style wines. When you finish tasting their wines, head into the playroom where they have a room full of wigs to play with. Tasting room hours are Thursday-Monday from 12pm-5pm.
Red Soles Winery
3230 Oakdale Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Located in the rolling hills west of Paso Robles is Red Soles Winery. Located in the “gap,” this region allows for ocean breezes and warm days-the perfect weather for enjoying a glass of white or red. Family owned and operated, this winery comes from humble beginnings, with a name to match. Owners Cheryl and Randy crushed their first barrel ever with their own feet, rightfully naming their company after each other’s grape-stained soles. From then on the rest was history, and this wine making duo has put their heart and soul into farming harvesting grapes from their 200 acre vineyard. Red Soles is open daily from 11am-5pm. It is advised that groups of six or more schedule an appointment.
2815 Live Oak Road, Paso Robles, CA.
L’Aventure is a Paso winery that seeks to reflect the spirit of sustainable agriculture. So much so, that this winery is powered solely on solar power, ensuring that in addition to making great wine, they are also producing an environmentally responsible product. In addition to the winery, they produce enough enery to power up to 7 homes! If that doesn’t make you want to be apart of the tasting experience, I don’t know what will. Their tasting room is open to the public Thursday- Sunday from 11am-4pm
870 Arbor Road, Paso Robles, CA
Founded by winemakers Terry and Jennifer Hoage, Terry Hoage Vineyards opened its doors in 2002. They use 100% French oak and craft their wines with a minimalist philosophy. This vineyard is a 100% organically farmed estate and critics have noticed saying: “This is the kind of wine the Central Coast should be producing more.” Tasting room is open Thursday-Monday from 11am-4pm. Reservations required for parties larger than six.
6169 Airport Road, Paso Robles, CA
Pioneered by Jerry Lohr, J.Lohr Vineyards & Wines has been producing wine for nearly three decades. Noting the great agriculture on the central coast for wine making, this family wasted no time and began planting on over 280 acres. Inspired by the French, they planted Cabarnet Sauvignon and other red varietals. Today, J.Lohr Vineyards includes more than 900 acres and emphasizes Chardonnay, Riesling, Valdiguie and Pinot Noir. Additionally, acres are dedicated to Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, and Petite Sirah. Tasting room hours are daily from 10am-5pm.
3443 Mill Rd Paso Robles, CA
Tucked away into the hillside of Paso Robles, Robert Hall Wineries continues to uphold their mission of producing the finest fruit with a “farmers first” attitude. Founded by entrepreneur Robert L. Hall, who has a past including construction ventures, restaurants, centers, and even horse breeding, this man is dedicated to his product and invests his time into the details of harvesting. His winery was inspired by a trip to France that made him realize the beauty behind the winery lifestyle of farming. This state-of-the-art winemaking facility has produced many award winning bottles. Tasting room hours are daily from 10am-5pm. Guided educational tours are also available daily and lasts approx. 30 min.