If you love food and wine, but can do without the crowds typical of Napa, then Paso Robles, California may be just the destination you’re looking for. The region features over 40,000 vineyard acres & 40 wine grape varieties, ranging from Spanish to Italian, Bordeaux to Rhône, and a heritage variety of Zinfandel.
Equidistant between Los Angeles and San Francisco and nestled in hills dotted with oak-trees, Paso Robles has grown to become known as a wine region featuring a bustling, historic downtown known for its dining. And though it’s gotten more popular in recent years, it remains a preferred destination for those seeking a more laid-back experience—either as a day trip, weekend getaway, or something of a longer duration.
With your OYAMA ebike you can leave your car, SUV, or pick-up parked back at the hotel, condo, or campground and shop, dine, or go on mini adventures to all the places in Paso Robles you normally would not go if you first had to fight traffic, park, and then walk.
About Paso Robles
Here are a few fun facts about Paso Robles from the www.travelpaso.com website:
- Paso Robles features hot sulfur springs that are open to the public at River Oaks Hot Springs Spa, Franklin Hot Springs, and in select guest rooms at the Paso Robles Inn.
- Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio spent the first night of their honeymoon at the Clifton motel on the south side of Paso Robles in 1954. They were married in San Francisco and were on their way to Palm Springs. No longer a motel, the building still stands on the corner of 1st and Spring streets.
- Drury James, the uncle of the outlaw Jesse James, was one of the city’s original architects who built the original Hotel El Paso de Robles.
- From 1914 to 1939, piano virtuoso Ignacy Paderewski visited Paso Robles between his concert tours and other responsibilities. He purchased 2,000 acres and planted Petite Sirah and Zinfandel on his Rancho San Ignacio vineyard in the Adelaide area. With his performances at the Paso Robles Inn, he entertained Jack Dempsey, Theodore Roosevelt, Douglas Fairbanks, Bob Hope, Clark Gable, and many others.
What to do in Paso Robles
Most activities in Paso Robles (as you might have guessed) center around wine tasting, wineries, or food. The rule of thumb, per Pasowine.com is not to visit/sample more than three wineries a day. Do more than that, and you may run the risk of getting tipsy—which is not conducive to driving your automobile (or bicycle)!
While not as busy as Napa, Paso Robles still gets busy, especially around holiday weekends and during the fall grape harvest.
- Zenaida Cellars—This family-owned winery specializes in handcrafted, sustainable Rhone varietals. This 35-acre property (22 acres of vineyard) lies west of Paso Robles at the base of the Santa Lucia Coastal Range. Wine making there dates back over 100 years.
- Frolicking Frog Cellars—Founded in 2000, this winery produces small lots of handcrafted wines, ranging from 250 to 400 cases a year. Owned and operated by a husband and wife team, the property lies at the bottom of Frog Pond Mountain on State Hwy. 41 in Atascadero, with a tasting room in Downtown Paso.
- Rava Wines—Established in 1996 and spanning over 2000 acres (including an 80-acre boutique vineyard in the heart of Paso Robles wine country), Rava Wines specializes in sparkling wines. They are a third-generation farming family who grows and harvests their own grapes.
- La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant—This bar and restaurant prides itself on creative mixology, South American and Spanish food specialties, stone-fired pizzas, and a wide selection of local and International wines.
- The Restaurant at JUSTIN Winery—Featuring an award-winning wine list, this well-known restaurant offers fresh local ingredients in dishes that reflect the changing seasons. Lunch, brunch and dinner are available.
- Red Scooter Deli—Located in the heart of downtown Paso Robles, this deli features Breakfast & Lunch, Espresso/Smoothies, and Box Lunches/Platters . . . and yes, they do deliver!
- Old Mission San Miguel—Founded in 1797, this National Historical Landmark was the 16th mission founded in the 21-mission chain in Alta California. It looks much the same today as when it was founded (the inside has never been repainted) and still operates as a parish church.
- Hearst Castle—Built between 1919 and 1947 by media mogul William Randolph Hearst and architect Julia Morgan, this Mediterranean Revival mansion features 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkway. It offers a true glimpse into the lifestyle of the super-rich in early twentieth century America.
- Paso Robles Pioneer Museum—This museum houses an extensive collection that showcases life in small California towns in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Artifacts include many cultural and agricultural items.
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