Paso Robles is so Near San Simeon, where the Hearst Castle State Monument, is located. It is just a 45 minute 40 mile drive from CA Route 46 up to Cambria then turn north to Historic Highway 1. You can do a Hearst Castle Tour as a side trip when going on a Paso Robles Jaunt.
Just A Reminder if you do the Hearst Castle Tour:there is no single grand tour of the complex, what the administrators did is to split the tours of the Hearst Castle into 4 kinds of tours (to be able to make more money?) and you cand do all of them if you have a whole day and part of the night free time ok.
according to their website:
All tours view the Castle’s two spectacular swimming pools—the outdoor Neptune Pool and the indoor Roman Pool. All visitors will also receive a ticket for our exclusive 40-minute film Hearst Castle – Building the Dream, shown on a five-story screen at the Visitor Center’s Hearst Castle Theater. This fascinating glimpse behind the scenes is shown all day at forty-five minute intervals. The first screening begins at 8:15 am.
Grand Rooms Tour
View the magnificent ground floor rooms of La Casa Grande (big house) where Mr. Hearst's guests met their host and were entertained during their stay at La Cuesta Encantada (the Enchanted Hill). See the Assembly Room, where guests met for cocktails, the Refectory, where meals were served, the Morning Room, Billiard Room and Theater. Your knowledgeable Guide will bring this estate to life sharing stories about Mr. Hearst and his many guests who visited for nearly three decades in the early part of the last century. Stroll the grounds at your leisure at the conclusion of your guided tour inside the castle.
Upstairs Suites Tour
View guest quarters and Mr. Hearst's private floor as you climb high up inside the castle. Visit two libraries and learn how Mr. Hearst's art collection was utilized in the castle. Stroll the grounds at your leisure at the conclusion of your guided tour inside the castle.
Cottages & Kitchen Tour
Visit the Wine Cellar, two lavish guest houses (including the one Mr. Hearst used when he first stayed here), and the surprisingly modern kitchen. Stroll the grounds at your leisure at the conclusion of your guided tour.
Fondest memory: Ticket Prices:
Tours Adult Ages(5-12)
Grand Rooms Tour $25 $12
Upstairs Suites Tour $25 $12
Cottages & Kitchen Tour $25 $12
Evening Tour $36 $18
Children under 5 are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Prices are subject to change without notice.
I did the grand rooms tour 21 years ago and on a revisit, did the Upstairs Suites Tour.
Address: 750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452-9740
like what I've said, you can have a free wine tasting at the Paso Robles Area if you buy wines from the wineries in and around Paso Robles or Join their wine club where they will ship you their wines for the month for every month for up to 1 year or up to 5 years. Prices for the Wine Club membership varies like if you want only the regular wines, it will cost cheaper at $ 240 a year for a set of 2 wines delivered at your home per month (they only offer shipment for the United States customers only). reserve wines for wine club costs more at $ 400 and up and single wine varietals at $ 450 and more. Every winery has their wine club and you can also see the website below for more information.
There is nothing in Paso Robles that is more spectacular than this vineyard! How's that for a statement. Our plan is to come up to Paso about twice a year (to pick up our wine club orders) and visit the wineries we haven't been to yet because there are plenty. This is a stop we will probably make on every trip there! It is elegant, it is comfortable, the views are astonishing and the wine isn't bad either. Lot of seating area to be had. The grounds give the illusion of an inifinity edge and you can literally sit at the edge. The wine bar is gorgeous. Made of onyx and back lit to boot! What a beautiful place! On this visit, they just started clearing land and planting vines. So, the current releases of wine were not estate grown. Let's see how they do in the future with their estate grown grapes. It is a budget destination if you just pay for a tasting and enjoy the ammenities! A definite stop to make!
A fabulous view shot is posted on my Paso intro page.
2777 Hidden Mountain Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446
JK Wines is Justin Kahler. He is the winemaker and produces some phenomenal wines! We were quite impressed with our $20 per person wine tasting. We tasted 4 bottles and was even treated to a barrel tasting. He DOES NOT have his own vineyard. He contracts rows of grapes from various growers but oversees the growing/harvesting and rents a site to make and store his wines. You must make an appointment to taste the wine and it is well worth it. I like to think this is my little own secret but it's too important and must be shared. We need to keep this guy in business. He sells only to wine club members and to a few restaurants. The wines are not sold in stores.
You can call or email him at email@example.com
Another small family owned and opererated vineyard and winery. They specialize in premium estate grown wines that they produce in limited quanitities. They are one of the wineries in the area that still hand bottles their wines.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the flagship variety, but other premium varietals include Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Muscat Canelli, and Malvasia Bianca. In all, Maloy O’Neill Vineyards in Paso Robles offers up to 36 wines each year — all within a total production of 5,000 cases.
They have recently built a new tasting room which has a large bar area.
5725 Union Road
Bruce Hansen makes wine for himself and for his wine club- period. He is passionate about it and uses only organic materials. I had read about the winery in my Grape Escapes book and decided to check it out. The winery is off of the main strip (46 W or E) and as Hunt Cellars told us- is on the way to the town dump. We were not disappointed. We first did the tasting with another couple who frequents the area and Bruce's wife. The tasting room is small and consists of a long bar and displays of barb wire which according to Bruce's wife is a souvenir from Bruce's first marriage. We had sampled all of the wines- great syrah, zinfandel and a cabernet when Bruce returned from the plumbing store. He decided we should start over with him and poured us a viogner. Then we followed him for the next hour back into the cellar where he tapped into his private reserve using a wine thief to take wine from the different barrels. We spent the next hour or so comparing mixes (he would have us mix wines from the different barrels- as they all have their own flavor) against wine he had already bottled. Lots of fun and very informative. We definately signed up for Bruce's wine club and look forward to receiving his wines. The tasting room is only open on the weekend from 11:30am-5:30 pm.
Head up 101 North about 20 miles and you will find the Mission San Miguel. This impressive mission is very big and some impressive artwork and architecture with religious overtones. This reminds you of something you would see in one of those old Spahgetti Westerns from Clint Eastwood back in the 60's, (think the Good, the Bad and the Ugly). You can almost hear that familair whistling open from the movie as you walk the grounds.
Head out of town to Highway 40 West, towards the ocean, and you will see about 10 to 15 wineries along the way. What a way to spend the day. Just about all of them have sampling rooms with beautiful views of the grape fields. Very relaxing and stylish. Many of them educate you on the process of wine making as well. Remember, don't get carried away, or better yet, get a designated driver. Have fun and get a buzz with style.
take off south east on creston rd towards creston when it ends at websters crossing go straight across the old highway on LaPanza rd when that ends turn left on highway 58.run up and down the hills till you see shell creek rd.turn left and drive stop and hunt for fossils enjoy A COOL REFRESSING BEVERAGE of your choice and continue on. this rd will lead you to Shandon or take a left and back to Paso robles if you wish if you get lost stop and directions its along way to fuel take care now JOHN
Just off almost any main junction are great rural areas to hike. We headed West on Hwy 46 towards Cambria and turned into some wonderful old lanes with oak trees and, of course, vineyards.