Paso Robles Travel Guide

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Paso Robles Highlights

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     Lovely boutique wineries 

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     downtown closes up after 6pm 

  • In a nutshell
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     Wine tasting with a down home feel 

Paso Robles Things to Do

  • Wine Tasting at Law Estate Wines

    Wow! What an amazing building they have! It's massive! And, the wine tasting room has amazing views. No bar you walk up to. It's more civilized, sitting down to a table. Wine tasting is by appointment only. This is a new winery in Paso. Just opened their facility this year (2014). We tasted 4 wines all red blends from 2010. They were all great!...

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  • Wine Tasting at Venteux Vineyards

    It is pronounced Ven-tooo not Ven-tow, A wonderful boutique winery producing old world style of wines. You can only buy their wines here. They don't produce enough for distribution. Most of the grapes for their wines are sourced but they do have some estate grown grapes. Wine tasting fee is waived if you buy a bottle. I really liked their cabernet...

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  • Wine Tasting at Sculpterra

    We were planning to check out this winery in advance. We checked into our hotel, La Quinta Inn, and there was a little wine shop in the lobby. Actually, they had a great selection. Saw the Sculpterra, knowing we would be visiting, bought a bottle and drank it that evening. It was good. So, on our way home on Sunday, we stopped by. Wow! The premises...

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  • Wine Tasting at Shale Oak

    We were wine tasting at Red Soles and from their vantage point, we could see this modern looking building that was very interesting. Looked like another winery so we went to check it out. Good thing we did. Great tasting wines. We bought a case of 3 different varietals. The tasting room and outdoor patio was great. The tasting room was designed to...

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  • Wine Tasting at Red Soles

    This was probably one of my least favorite wineries. It's okay and quite affordable. But, nothing really stood out for us. We did meet a very nice gal, Jayna, who doesn't normally work there (just happened she was helping them out that day). She revealed a new restaurant in town, Second Press, and made dinner reservations for us. I did buy a...

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  • Wine Tasting at Caliza

    We came here on the recommendation from one of our friends. Turned out to be pretty good. We did buy wine. Small tasting room. Hours Thursday - Sunday 11am-4:30pm

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Paso Robles Restaurants

  • New in Town

    On our visit in November 2013, we happen to over hear about a new restaurant in town. The executive chef was working at Robert's which is a great restaurant. So, I was curious. She made reservations for us. It was the very first weekend they were open. So, it was chaotic and food was running out. Beautiful restaurant and I'm sure they will work out...

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  • Great Italian Restaurant

    Definitely should make reservations if it is a Friday or Saturday evening. The place was packed even at 8pm. We really enjoyed the food at this restaurant. Bread is brought to the table with an olive tapenade. Make sure to ask for olive oil and balsamic. They use the most flavorful extra virgin olive oil, green in color, very tasty. We started with...

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  • Panolivo has a better breakfast

    After considering trying something new, we decided to have breakfast here. It was not great. My boyfriend ordered something called the "Mix up" and he said it was very greasy. The hash brown potatoes were soggy and coffee was bland in flavor. I ordered the Huevos Rancheros. It tasted okay, definitely better than the "Mix up" but the tortillas were...

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  • #2 Restaurant in Paso

    Six of us for dinner and it was all delicious! The wild boar and pig cheek entree was extremely good. I was able to have a bite though it was not what I ordered. I had the duck breast and confit leg entree with quinoa. Very yummy. All the dishes went well with wine. Ambiance is upbeat. The tables are tightly together but the staff manages to...

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  • Big old fashioned breakfast

    This is a small restaurant located on the outskirts of downtown on Spring Street. Great atmosphere for old fashioned home cooked meals. I had a nice hearty breakfast Ham and Cheese omelet which was huge!

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  • Really Good Coffee!

    We saw this small, interesting little coffee house as we were driving through town. My boyfriend immediately looks over at me and says he wants to have breakfast there in the morning. The breakfast menu isn't too extensive. Breakfast sandwich or a breakfast burrito. They have muffins and pastries, too. But the coffee...was amazingly good! In fact,...

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Paso Robles Nightlife

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    by tvdandy Written Nov 18, 2005

    As I said, nightime is for drinking wine. So not a crazy party town, but more of a classy, elegant crowd, enjoying wine with yuppy conversation. There are several bars in this little town where people just drink wine, chat and listen to a piano player. Not bad, if this is your thing. More of a older crowd wondering the streets.

    Dress Code: Dress code for strolling is more of yuppy kahki's and turtleneck sweater for nightime

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Paso Robles Transportation

  • Drive to Paso Robles

    There are no Tour Companies offering Paso Robles Wine tasting tours to and from the San Francisco Bay Area so if you are a tourist, you have to rent a car to go here. The drive to Paso Robles takes about 4 hours if taking the US 101 south (excluding the gas stop restroom breaks) or if you are coming from the scenic route of Ca Highway 1 from a...

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  • Two ways to drive up from LA

    There are two routes to Paso Robles from Los Angeles. The longer, more beautiful scenery route is taking the 101 FWY up the coast and going east on highway 46. The faster route (3 1/2 hours) is going up the 5 FWY and go west on highway 46. But, make sure you have good company along or some great CD's to listen to. There is not much to see on the...

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  • Don't Drink and Drive

    It is not a good idea to drive yourself if you are going wine tasting. Better to hire a driver to take you around. We hired a car from Sultans. They have pricey but what amounted to the going rate. About $85/hour.

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Paso Robles Shopping

  • Interesting Store!

    I didn't go inside this store because it was closed at the time. But, when I get a chance on one of my future visits, I hope to go in. Eclectic items, probably things you can't get just anywhere. I loved this octopus in the window. It gives me an idea for a gift for my grand daughter!

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  • Stack up on Wines

    since there are more than 180 wineries dotting the paso robles area and it's environs, you can choose more than 180 places to buy your favorite wine be it a zinfandel (the most famous varietal in Paso Robles) or Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon and more. These wineries are a combination of large, big name wineries and boutique and unique wineries that...

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Paso Robles Local Customs

  • Paso Robles Shot Glasses

    Besides collecting fridge magnets and sometimes wine glasses if i'm ona wine region, i also collect assorted shot glasses of my travels too and going on a wine tasting tour at the Paso Robles Area is no different and you can buy these shot glasses at the different souvenir shops that you can find at the assorted wineries at the Paso Robles area....

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  • Paso Robles Fridge Magnets

    Everybody knows that I'm an avid collector of refrigerator or fridge magnets and on a jaunt to Paso Robles Area from a multi day hop around the Monterey Bay and Central Coast Area is no different. Every winery in the Paso Robles area sells assorted stuffs as souvenirs like these refrigerator magnets and they come in different shapes and sizes and...

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  • Paso Robles Wine Glass

    Although I collect mostly Fridge magnets and Shot Glasses among the places that I've visited, when I'm touring a wine growing area, I also buy the wine glass as souvenirs. Every winery at the Paso Robles area sell their wine glasses with their logo stamped in it and they offer to sell them to the public after the wine tasting part of the wine...

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Paso Robles Tourist Traps

  • Wine Tours

    Not sure if it is appropriate to say this is a tourist trap but the cost could be outrageously expensive. It is all dependent on you and how well you can function on tasting wine all day long. My boyfriend and I have learned to share one tasting between the two of us and we are very selective on which wineries to visit. We don't rush from one...

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  • Themed Wineries

    A recent trend in Paso Robles is the opening of "themed" wineries. Most of the tasting rooms we visited in Paso were very quaint- usually a large room in a house along the highway. Nothing fancy. And with great wines who needs fancy or gimmicks. We made a conscious effort to avoid these winieries: Eagle Castle (medieval themed with a drawbridge and...

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  • Ya gotta tour a Winery, try Robert Hall

    Robert Hall Winery is one of the best on the road down 46 East heading out of Paso Robles. Not only do you get a wide range of tasty wines to refresh you, but these grounds have some wonderful architecture, a nice outdoor area to sip wine while gazing over the grape fields, a free grill style lunch, and a really nice tour of the downstairs...

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Paso Robles What to Pack

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    by machomikemd Written May 15, 2012

    Miscellaneous: If you plan to do a wine tasting tour of Paso Robles, first have a designated sober driver so that you would not be arrested by the Police for DUI hehhehe. You can also visit the paso robles wineries website below for a free download and print out of the Paso Robles AVA winery map with the locations of the more than 180 wineries and you can punch their addresses on your GPS System in your car if if you don't have GPS, then print the map and when you get to the first winery you plan to stop, get a free Paso Robles Wine Country Brochure and it includes the address and operating hours of the wineries and the address of each.

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Paso Robles Off The Beaten Path

  • Go to Hearst Castle

    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...

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  • Join A Wine Club

    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,...

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  • Daou Vineyards up in the sky!

    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...

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Paso Robles Favorites

  • Assorted Wines in Paso Robles

    Paso Robles has an older wine growing tradition than Napa Valley but the former is more popular worldwide than the latter. There are many wine varietals that are grown along this central coast location due to it's mediterrenean like climate. More than 180 wineries are present and more than approximately 26,000 acres of winegrapes are planted in the...

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  • Wine Tasting at Paso Robles

    California has one of the largest wine growing regions in the United States and Paso Robles is one of these many wine growing regions. It is eclipsed in popularity by the Napa Valley area since this location is at the Central Coast of California at San Luis Obispo County, far from the touristy San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles Metropolitan...

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