Passing Through: 48 Hours in Paso Robles

Halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles lies one of California’s not-so-best-kept secrets: Paso Robles Wine Country. Not only is it home to two of our beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards, but it’s a perfect getaway spot. Sneak away for a weekend and consider a few of our suggestions:

Day One: Explore the shops and cafe’s surrounding Paso Robles’ downtown square, make sure not to miss the Paso Robles General Store. The shop encompasses everything the region has to offer. You’re guaranteed to find a unique piece of Paso to take home with you. Grab coffee at Kreuzberg and pair it with cookies from Brown Butter Cookie Co. The perfect pre-lunch snack.

The Paso Robles General Store. Known for amazing local gifts.

When you’re ready for lunch, enjoy tapas and a craft cocktail at La Cosecha or go French at Bistro Laurent before heading to the westside for an afternoon of wine tasting. Use the Paso Robles Wine Alliance directory of amazing wineries to find the perfect stops for you. Or continue on HWY 46 West until you reach the coast. Want to keep exploring? Drive north to Hearst Castle to experience a piece of California’s “rich history” first hand. Pun intended.

Return to Paso Robles in time for dinner. You can’t go wrong indulging at Artisan or Thomas Hill Organics. Two restaurants with welcoming ambiance that focuses on local ingredients. (Reservations recommended). Then return to your room for a great night’s sleep at The Paso Robles Inn, right across the town square.

Thomas Hill Organics: The definition of Farm to Table.

Day Two: Mix it up and explore the east side’s wineries. Look back at the winery directory or simply drive down HWY 46 East until you see signs. Instead of returning to town for lunch, enjoy it overlooking the greens and ponds at Hunter Ranch Golf Course Restaurant.

Keep an eye out for concerts happening at Vina Robles Amphitheater and hit two birds with one stone: wine tasting and big music names all in one place. As for attire, summer in Paso Robles can be warm; shorts, collard shirts and sun dresses will get you in any door. Just make sure to bring a hat for those sunny days and a light jacket when it cools down after sunset.

If you hit half of this list, consider your trip a success. Cheers!