When it comes to a couples’ weekend getaway, Paso Robles Wine Festival has what you’re looking for. Located throughout Paso Robles Wine Country, the 37th Annual Wine Festival kicks-off Thursday, May 16 with a selection of Winemaker Dinners at area restaurants
On Friday, May 17, select wineries feature their Library, Reserve, White/Rosé, and Futures selections complemented by fresh and local gourmet bites at the Reserve Tasting Event.
Start your morning on Saturday, May 18 with a fun and educational Winemaker Seminar.
Raise a glass on Saturday and toast with more than 70 wineries that come together in the heart of Downtown Paso Robles for the festival’s signature Grand Tasting.
Wineries at the Grand Tasting will be arranged by “regions” for a seamless and focused tasting experience: Bordeaux-style, Rhône-style, Zinfandel, Burgundy-style, Italian varieties and Other Wild Wines for your tasting pleasure.
Wine Fest is one of the most popular wine gatherings in the world, so be sure to secure your hotels sooner than later. Click here on all the amazing lodging offerings in Paso Robles.
The Bruce Munro Field of Light at Sensorio is the perfect late-night spectacular that will have you and yours in awe as you walk through several acres of rolling hills adorned with thousands of lights. Set to open May 19, the immersive and walk-able art installation was created by artist Bruce Munro, whose work has been featured all over the globe, including Australia, South Korea and the UK.
The “garden” will feature nearly 60,000 stemmed glass spheres lit by fiber optic, solar-powered cables that will illuminate the field in a wave of color – and this is only the start. Plans are underway to further connect art, technology and nature with a permanent attraction and in due time, an event and conference center that will encompass and highlight Paso Roble’s fantastic climate, wine culture and art.
Open Wednesday – Sunday this new exhibit is Munro’s largest artwork to date.
Known for fresh and local ingredients, innovative dishes and craft cocktails, Paso offers an impressive collection of restaurants and bars that will woo your loved one.
Start your night off at Eleven Twenty-Two, the hidden speakeasy that is sure to jump-start your evening. You can hear the bartenders shaking up drinks, hushed chatter from the patrons enjoying their craft cocktails and, in the background, music from the Great Gatsby era.
Once hunger hits, choose from an array of Paso Robles’ noteworthy restaurants, from classic French fare to Italian or authentic and upscale Mexican.
Six Test Kitchen
Cozy up at this intimate and innovative dining experience. Chef Ricky Odbert opened his chefs-choice, multi-course concept in Tin City this spring. Be sure to call ahead and reserve a spot, along with mentioning any dietary restrictions. This revolutionary restaurant only holds seats for 12 people.
Jeffry’s Wine Country BBQ
The newest venture by Chef Jeffry Wiesinger that opened this past summer. The menu favorites include Smoked Tri-Tip with Zinfandel BBQ Sauce and Truffle Potato Chips. Insider tip: On Sundays, Jeffry cooks up a massive paella that locals love. It’s not on the menu, but if you ask, you shall receive one of the best dishes in Paso.
There’s no better way to relax on your spring couples’ getaway than at River Oaks Hot Springs. Whether it’s soaking in their artesian thermal mineral springs under the starlit sky, or relaxing in the shade of a private open-air spa, you will be reborn in this relaxing atmosphere. In an area where the Salina Native Americans came to heal, the mineral spring water emerges at 117 degrees. Rich with healing, restorative minerals and sulfur compounds, the spa waters are said to soothe a variety of ailments from respiratory issues to joint pain.
Hotel Cheval, located just off of Paso Robles’ historic town square, offers therapeutic spa services in a luxurious setting. Named TripAdvisor’s No. 1 boutique luxury hotel, Cheval offers a welcoming and calming refuge and guaranteed rejuvenation. Spa therapies include invigorating body scrubs including uplifting orange and grapefruit, or soothing lavender and lemongrass. The hotel spa even offers a “vine inspired massage” with cedarwood, lavender and rosemary oils for weary muscles.
Paso Robles wineries are famous for hosting experiences that take you beyond the tasting room. Here are a few of the region’s favorites:
Those couples seeking an intimate, deep dive into wine, head to Adelaida Vineyards and sign up for its “Vineyard Tour, Taste and Tailgate.” A personal wine guide will drive you through Adelaida’s storied vineyards. At each historic vineyard block, you’ll be treated to a spread of bites and wines made from the vines that surround you.
For those seeking a more rocking experience, then check out Vina Robles, where wine meets music. An award-winning winery and a concert venue, Vina Robles is home to big-name shows (Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson), but every Saturday afternoon hosts more intimate concerts with the area’s top acts.
If you want to explore the next Big Thing in wine, then travel to Paso’s Tin City. An enclave of industrial tin buildings, Tin City is home to about 23 small-production wineries. Tin City is like a cheat sheet to the New California wine scene, and a microcosm of Paso in terms of style and attitude. Here you’ll find the very talented young gun wineries, such as Levo, Desparada, mixed with more established innovators like Field Recordings, Giornatta and ONX.
A resort designed by nature, Cava Robles is Paso’s newest luxury RV and cabin glamping site. Refresh and relax in the sparkling swimming pools and spas. Enjoy great food paired with selections of local wine and beer when you dine at the Farmhouse Bistro, or order in and have your dinner delivered to your site.
To live the winery life, then park your rig at the resplendent Wine Country RV Resort. The resort is conveniently located in the heart of Paso Robles wine country. Here, guests can choose from RV camping, one and two bedroom cottages or its unique chalet rentals. Activities are boundless and events are held in the wine garden with live entertainment, dancing, wine tasting and outdoor movies.
At Vines RV Resort, beauty and adventure await you in a refined but relaxed setting. Vines RV Resort boasts features like a swimming pool complex, Quilter’s Haven at the Vines, a library stocked floor-to-ceiling with books, state-of-the-art fitness center and the Magnolia Lounge where you can unwind with a glass of local wine or a cold beer.
Hunter Ranch, known for its pristine course and remarkable dining, has arguably some of the best views in town. Set atop the highest point in Paso Robles, enjoy views of vineyards and rolling hills while playing between oak trees and natural lakes. After your round, stop by the Hunter Ranch Grill, recognized as one of the best dining experiences in Paso Robles– there is even a dog friendly menu offered for your furry companions.
The newly renovated Paso Robles Golf Club is open to the public. This beautifully conditioned course has the perfect balance of challenge and fun, yet not overwhelming to the average player. The clubhouse has panoramic views from the restaurant, bar and veranda. With live music every Wednesday, Skins Games twice a week and ladies golf on Tuesdays, it’s easy to join in on the fun.
Trade in your sticks for a round of disc golf at Castoro Cellars. This course features 18 holes along a two-mile loop, peppered with old-growth oak trees and beautiful views of the vineyard. The course starts near their tasting room and winds its way throughout Whale Rock Vineyard. The scenic course is fun yet challenging, and perfect for all skill levels.
Anchored by the darling of California’s craft beer scene more than a dozen craft breweries call Paso home, including the region’s very own Firestone Walker Brewing Company. What’s more, you and your companion can easily hit several of these marquee breweries via a short stroll though Paso’s picturesque downtown.
Start your tour at Silva Brewing for craft brew with a legacy. Brewer Chuck Silva left the San Diego brew scene (Green Flash) to come back to his roots to open Silva. M.J. Silva, his wife, adds inspiration for the beers that are produced and seasonally released. Be sure to try the Kolsch.
Next, sidle up to the bar at Earth and Fire Brewing Company. A locals favorite, E & F embraces the nickname of “hometown brewery, and is home to award-winning beer and an endless supply of board games.
Round out your tour at Toro Creek Brewing Company. Taking the motto “not all hops are created equal” seriously, Toro Creek decided to grow its own hops that tower around 20 feet high. Try their American style amber ale or Belgian style saison.
Coastal Trek. Take Highway 46, heading west from Paso, and head north on Old Creek Road. This bucolic drive takes you under old oak tree canopies and through hilly ranchlands with grazing cattle. Be sure to roll your windows down and enjoy the fresh spring air, made sweet by the scent of blooming wildflowers. At the end of your drive the view opens up to reveal Whale Rock Reservoir and an unforgettable view of the Pacific.
Wine Country. Adelaida Road to Vineyard Drive features some of Paso Robles best wineries along with jaw-dropping views. Start off on Vineyard Drive and make Thacher Winery your first stop. This countryside winery offers a friendly atmosphere and lesser-known varieties such as Valdigue and Cinsault. Continue down Vineyard Drive and turn onto Adelaida Road. Stop at Lone Madrone for Rhone varietals and its outdoor hilltop tables, designed for whiling the day away. After Lone Madrone, head to Daou Vineyards and Winery for lunch. With award-winning wines and a full-service menu, Daou’s tasting patio offers one of the best views in California.
Soar over valleys, glide through Santa Margarita Lake and be guided through hikes and nature tours with Margarita Adventures. This exciting tour company offers many options for your day of adventure. Experience breathtaking views and make unforgettable memories on a zipline tour. The zipline tour will take you across six different ziplines spanning more than 7,500 feet.
If you prefer a more relaxed adventure, reboot your connection with nature as you learn about native wildlife on a guided kayak tour around Santa Margarita Lake. There’s even time to rest along the shore and enjoy the beautiful weather with a picnic.
Looking for that perfect balance of relaxation and adventure? Join Margarita Adventures for a Wildlife Hummer Tour. Take a ride on one of their vintage Humvees and explore a variety of different habitats and animal corridors. Get out to explore on foot with a hike around the vast property and learn to interpret animal tracks, gain insight on native plants and see wildlife up-close.
After your daring escapades, sit back with a glass of wine and some food at Ancient Peaks Winery. With this sensational, family-owned winery located just across the street, wine tastings are always an option with Margarita Adventures. The companies even offer a “Zip n’ Sip” Package including a guided tasting and light appetizers after your adventure tour.
Paso Robles Visitors Center
1225 Park Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446
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