Not far off the Pacific Coast Highway along the Central Coast of California, you’ll find one of the state’s hidden treasures. The Paso Robles wine country. Here you’ll find picturesque vineyards, delicious wine, mouthwatering food, luxurious resorts, and more.
It’s only a few hour drive from Los Angeles or San Francisco, and basically half way between the two. If you’re looking for a weekend escape you’ll find the perfect getaway in Paso Robles, California. Or make it a stop along your trip around California.
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Relax in Wine Country Luxury
Start off your trip by relaxing in a little luxury. If you’re looking for a resort feel during your getaway in Paso Robles look no further than the Allegretto Vineyard Resort. This beautiful property has everything you’ll need for a relaxing weekend while being tucked up in the vines.
If you’d rather stay right downtown and avoid driving during your weekend the Paso Robles Inn is located just off the Paso Robles Square. Below you’ll learn a little more about why you don’t have to go far to get the most out of Paso Robles.
If you’re looking to save a little without giving up the amenities check out the Black Oak Best Western Plus. Another one of the Best Western Plus properties scattered around California wine countries that will pleasantly surprise you.
An Evening on the Square
All of my favorite wine country towns have squares right in the center of them and Paso Robles is no exception. What makes the squares or plazas so great is that they allow you to find just about everything you need for a getaway in one place.
Do you want to go wine tasting without worrying about a driver? Then just wander around the square and nearby streets and you’ll have more than you can make it to. Want to eat a progressive meal to give a few places a try?
Want to eat a progressive meal to give a few places a try? You can have drinks at one spot, appetizers+ at the next, dinner a door down, and then wrap it up with dessert somewhere new.
On top of that, you’ll find adorable stores and galleries. Giving you a chance to bring home some local keepsakes to remember you trip from.
Eat Your Way Around Paso Robles
The city of Paso Robles is filled with countless places worth stopping in for a bite. You can head over to the Tin City area or in right in downtown. On top of that, a variety of the wineries in the area serve food as well, more than most regions. Meaning no matter where you are in the region you’ll be able to find a tasty bite.
Three spots I enjoyed during a recent trip that you shouldn’t miss include The Hatch, right at the square. A perfect place to start your evening for their craft cocktails and savory appetizers. I loved their burrata plate. A spot you’ll find filled with more locals that visitors.
At Berryhill Bistro you can have a relaxing dinner with tasty pasta dishes and entrees or pop in for lunch to enjoy some salads and sandwiches
In the morning you’ll want to take a short drive over to Joe’s Place. It’s just south of downtown and worth taking the trip for. It looks like a simple diner in a cute old house on the hill, but the food was exceptional. Perfectly cooked hashbrowns and a loaded omelet were exactly what I needed before a day of wine tasting.
Wine Tasting, Beer Flights, & More
The Paso Robles area is known for its wineries and there are many reasons why it should be. Justin is one of the best known in the region and well worth a stop. You’ll also want to visit Grey Wolf and Barton Family Wines, which is home to two different labels and great wines at a variety of price points. They also have a beautiful back patio to enjoy on a nice day and serve some great food. Not far you’ll also find Treana, another spot worth popping into.
If you’re traveling with others who aren’t big wine drinkers there will be something they will enjoy in the region. What Paso Robles also has is a variety of other types of beverages to taste. You can start with Firestone Walker Brewing, best known for 805. Pop in for a beer tasting and some lunch. If you’re more into cider you’ll want to visit Tin City Cider. If spirits are more your thing you also have Krobar Craft Distillery who create gin, whiskey, and brandy.
A Perfect Weekend Getaway in Paso Robles
For me, a wine country getaway needs a little luxury, some good food, and even better wine. Paso Robles has that and more. Making it a perfect getaway from the craziness of everyday life.
If you’re looking for one more reason to visit, it’s the ease to add the coast to your trip. Pop down to Pismo Beach or over to Cambria. Both cute little beach towns worth visiting. Or head down just a few miles down the road to visit the hot spring in the area.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a wine country getaway? Have you been to Paso Robles before? Leave a comment below.