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About Paso Robles

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Paso Robles is located in the beautiful San Luis County, California and enjoys a mix of a semi-arid, humid climate and the traditional Mediterranean climate the rest of the state is known for. Visitors and locals alike can look forward to a rich cultural, culinary and natural environment, filled with a thriving spirit of entrepreneurship, hospitality and general friendliness. It's no surprise this city sees excellent foot traffic from out of state and international travelers each year.

 

Outdoor Fun

As far back as 1795, Paso Robles has been spoken of and written about as “California’s oldest watering place”—the place to go for springs and mud baths and people continue to flock to Paso Robles to bathe in the mineral-rich waters that spring from the Earth’s crust. A hidden gem in eastern Paso Robles, the River Oaks Hot Springs Spa is tucked into a quiet residential neighborhood and boasts 10 indoor and enclosed open-air tubs that are fed directly from wells bubbling at 117 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also look forward to the entrepreneurial spirit of local minds with the Paso Robles Inn. This historic 98-room hotel is the oldest site of Paso’s natural artesian hot springs well, and 36 of the rooms feature a spa tub gurgling with those beneficial minerals. Renovated in 2005, the deluxe mineral spa rooms feature not only the pristine tubs but onsite wineries and vouchers for additional charm. And of course, there's the Franklin Hot Springs, which is privately owned but open to the public. This spot sits just a stone’s throw from a freshwater lake open for fishing largemouth bass and lolling on your canoe or small fishing boat. 

Paso Robles offers its residents and visitors endless opportunities for cycling, golfing, tennis and swimming, and even hosts the annual Wine Vine Run a Half Marathon and 5k foot race to benefit Paso Robles High School youth sports programs and keep the area filled happy and healthy people. Lake Nacimiento is an 18-mile lake located about 13 miles north west of the city up in the Santa Lucia Range. "The Lake", as it is known to locals provides ample room for waterskiing, wake-boarding, jet skiing, and other water-related activities, in addition to fishing and swimming.

 

Events

Every year in March, the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance hosts the Zinfandel Festival, during which Central Coast Zinfandel producers and the public visit the area to enjoy the wine of the area. This event is held by the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, a non-profit cooperative marketing alliance working not to only educate the community and surrounding communities of the excellence and heritage of Paso Robles wine, but to also give back to the community. 

The Paso Robles Wine Festival takes place in May and an olive festival takes place yearly also, plus, in October the area hosts the Harvest Wine Weekend, celebrating the wine harvest in the region. The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance joins in the fun to host a Grand Tasting Tour, which is taking the wines of the Paso Robles area to other areas in California, and other states such as Washington DC. 

On Memorial Day Weekend, the city hosts the Festival of the Arts in the downtown park. With over 100 artists over three art-filled days, the festival of the arts is the premiere multi-day arts festival in Central California honoring and preserving the natural beauty and character of the region through the arts. And finally, every August, the Paso Robles Main Street Association presents the Olive Festival in the downtown park featuring free Olive Oil and Olive product sampling from producers from all over California. You can also look forward to a rotating calendar of events, bringing something new and exciting to the city almost every week!

 

Fine Wine

Paso Robles wineries run the gamut in California's robust wine region; the region is home to large resort style wineries as well as small family run yards that may make just a couple of wines from their own estate grapes. The region is more relaxed, rural and unpretentious than other wine areas, which is a welcomed environment for out-of-towners. There are more than 40 different grape varieties grown in Paso Robles, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel making up 72% of the regions 26,000 acres of vineyards.

The Salinas River Valley splits the area into the “West Side” and the “East Side”, and there are over 200 wineries that share the appellation. The “West Side” is cooler and wetter with wooded hillsides with narrow valleys and chalky, limestone and calcareous-rich soils. This is a great place to discover small boutique wineries, and you're sure to appreciate the mix of high-priced wines and reputations as well as less expensive blends that are just as enjoyable. There's quite a few world-class vineyards in the area, some featured below.

You can play bocce, sip wine on the expansive deck overlooking the vineyard or enjoy the lively tasting room at the Eberle Winery. The cave tours are a must and you can even schedule a private tasting and food pairing in an exclusive corner of the cave. 

Stephan Asseo transformed a former barley farm into one of the most beautiful wine tasting spots in Paso Robles, known at the L'Aventure Winery. The drive out to their Paso Robles winery vineyards Paso Robles tasting room takes you through rolling hills dotted with ancient Oak trees. The feeling of serenity only increases when you reach the vineyard.

Sleek and beautiful is how most people describe the tasting room at Jada Tasting Room. With gorgeous views of the rolling Paso Robles vineyards out the window and just beyond the deck, it's understandable if you want to hang out for a while. Spend your time getting to know the lineup of bold red wines that is making Jada famous.

 

Dining

With a strong international demographic, and immigrants from European countries and even the east, Paso Robles enjoys a rich, diverse culinary landscape. You can look forward to flavors from Italy, Mexico, Peru, Japan and even Thailand. Popular spots include Bistro Laurent, Cello Ristorante, Enoteca Restaurant and Lounge and Fish Guacho. There's also Il Cortile Ristorante, Odyssey World Cafe, Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse and Pappy McGregor's Paso Robles. And of course, there's no shortage of great breweries and wineries for a drink after dinner. 

 

Campgrounds and Parks

There's only a few campgrounds in Paso Robles, but since you're camping, we'd suggest the Paso Robles RV Ranch. Known for tis superior customer service, friendly staff and helpful owners, this park sees thousands of visitors each year, so be sure to book early. Visitors there can look forward to onsite hiking and swimming, plus nearby attractions and outdoor adventure spots to explore. RVers there can sit back and take advantage of well-managed amenities such as 30/50 amp sites, water, sewer hookups, propane refilling station, RV hook-ups, showers, cable and WIFI. It's not just worth it to explore the outdoor areas - camp Paso Robles.

 

With such as breathtaking scenic environment, vineyards, excellent festivals, restaurants and attractions, it's no wonder this city sees so many visitors year year, and the residents never leave. Hope to see you soon!