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A Few Words of History

In the old days, 1977 that is, a person could bop around Paso Robles wineries and see the sights in a short weekend. When we purchased our vineyard site, there was one traffic light in downtown Paso Robles, one fancy restaurant, one golf course, numerous banks and churches and 5 wineries. It was 'town' to the ranchers whose cattle gave us tri-tip, and to the Italian - Swiss whose dairies gave us cream and milk, and whose owners planted some grapevines.

It had a little light industry; none of those big shopping malls. It had pick-ups pulling boats to the lakes west of town, stopping for a quick bite to eat at Wilson's and the Little Acorn.

It had retired folks, with Victorian houses lining Vine Street. It had the Christmas Parade down Vine Street, all the homes brightly decorated, and Ebenezar Scrooge bah humbugging the passers-by. It had a Pioneer Day Parade in October, and the whole town closed down to see it, getting together for lunch in the City Park after all the old tractors and young children had passed by.

It had nice people, open spaces, a past and a future.

Now, it still has nice people, open spaces, a past and a future. The number of traffic lights has increased to more than we can count, and the town itself has grown east to accommodate its population of 30,000 and one big shopping entity, a new high school and numerous elementary schools.

Now there are:

3 golf courses, one a traditional Scottish style that's a  real experience, a newly remodeled Paso Robles Inn (where Jesse James would  dash from the ballroom, through the underground tunnel and out onto the street 2 blocks away when the law showed too much interest in him),  many really good restaurants right in town, with more coming, an Amtrak stop. still 2 terrific lakes for fishing and water skiing and bald eagle sightings, 25 miles to the Pacific Ocean for sunsets, elephant seals, pelicans, Hearst Castle 5 miles on up the coast and, of course, 300 wineries with more opening soon.

It would seem we have been found. Being halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, that was probably inevitable. Luckily, we have many nice visitors from all over the world who stay just long enough to enjoy the easy pace and fresh air, the good company and great wines.

Our home and winery where we produce only estate grown wines is just a few minutes from Highway 101 off of Highway 46 west.

Wine

With an ever-increasing number of producers joining the dozens of existing wineries, Paso Robles is a major wine producing area. There are also diverse festivals during the year. The area is famous for its Zinfandel, and this is celebrated in March during the Zinfandel weekend, In May there is the Paso Robles Wine Festival, and October and the fall brings the Harvest Wine Affair. For festival information, visit the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance web pages.

Many wineries have areas where you can picnic, and there certainly are enough wines and wineries to keep you busy for at least a week. We certainly would like to show-off our wonderful wines, so stop by, but don't miss some of the other wineries that may be just around the corner or only minutes away. Here are some of the others:
 

Adelaida Cellars
AmByth
Caliza
Caparone Winery
Castoro Cellars
Chateau Margene
Dover Canyon Winery
Dunning Vineyards Estate Wines
Eberle Winery
Ecluse
Four Lanterns
Gray Wolf Cellars
Harmony Cellars
Hunt Cellars
J Dusi
J. Lohr Winery
Justin Vineyards & Winery

L'Aventure
Le Cuvier Winery
Le Vigne
Midnight Cellars
Nadeau Family Vintners
Peachy Canyon Winery
Pelletiere
Penman Springs Vineyards
Rio Seco
Summerwood Winery
Tablas Creek Vineyard
TH Estate (Terry Hoage)
Tobin James Cellars
Treana Tasting Center
Windward Vineyard
Vista Del Rey
Zenaida Cellars

More Events

Our area isn't just about wine, it is still has the small town flavor that makes for a good time for the entire family. In the summer, go on the rides, see the rodeo, the home-made foods, the animals, exhibits and more at the California Mid-State Fair.

In 1919, Ignacio (Jan) Paderewski was the prime minister of Poland. But besides being known as a statesman, he is probably best known as a pianist and composer. He is celebrated by The Paso Robles Foundation for Culture and the Arts in the annual Paderewski Festival.

You can always find out more things to do at the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce.
 

Sight Seeing

Citizen Kane's Charles Foster Kane had his mythical Xanadu, but the very real and legendary William Randolph Hearst built his home in the Santa Lucia Mountains of San Simeon, on the California coast. It is said that from the "Hearst Castle," there was no land that you could see that was not owned by Hearst. The State of California now operates the 127 acre Hearst Castle which contains 165 rooms, antiques and artwork, pools and gardens. A number of different tours are given, many that focus on individual parts of the property. For example, those who enjoy cooking might want to take the "Kitchen Tour." When in the area, you should definitely see the astonishing Hearst Castle!

Near Hearst Castle is the small town of Cambria, where you can shop in the boutiques and  galleries, and other interesting stores; dine in a number of wonderful restaurants and head out to the beach.

During the early 1800's, the Catholic church established a number places where the traveler through what would become California could find safe haven (and a bit of Christianity). The 21 historic California Missions are each approximately a day's walk from each other from Sonoma in the north to San Diego in the South. California State Historic Landmark 326 is the 200 year old Mission San Miguel, just north of Paso Robles.

Just north of Paso Robles is the Helen Moe Doll Museum. A knowing grandmother's retail store and walk through museum of more than 700 dolls. Our daughters loved this when they were young. 

Hot springs were a focal point in the past, and now there are two locations to experience them again. One, the Paso Robles Inn on Spring Street, and the Paso Robles Hot Springs and Spa overlooking the Salinas River. 

What rural town would be without its Pioneer Museum. Ours is next to the California Mid - State Fair on Riverside, just off Highway 101. A large building containing literally pieces of the past. Included are whalebone fossils millions of years old, local families' memorabilia displayed as if part of their homes, old cars, horse buggies, and tractors. Every kindergarten class in Paso Robles visits this museum and you should, too.
 

Dining

Paso Robles' growing list of fine dining establishments go together as well as wine and food. There are also plenty of family style restaurants. Something for everyone's taste and the entire family. Here are our favorites:

Artisan
843 12th St.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 237-8084

Bistro Laurent
1202 Pine Street
Paso Robles, Ca
(805) 226-8191

Chef-Owner Laurent Grangien's bistro is an unpretentious neighborhood restaurant with a welcoming atmosphere. Laurent prepares seasonally fresh country French cuisine from the intimate open air Kitchen. The bistro also has a fine selection of local and international wines and holds the Wine Spectator's award of excellence. Located across from the Northeast corner of the city park.

Buona Tavola 

943 Spring St.
Paso Robles, Ca.
(805) 237-0600

1037 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, Ca
(805) 545-8000

Authentic Northern Italian cuisine, impeccable service in a friendly, warm atmosphere makes this the 'hidden Secret' of San Luis Obispo. Open for lunch and dinner the selections of antipasti, soups and main entrées are made fresh daily. Alfresco dining is available on the outside patio terrace.

Enoteca Restaurant
Located in the La Bella Sera Hotel at 101 and 46 West
805-238-4911

Excellent across the board. Relaxed atmosphere. Wonderful food.

Il Cortile
608 12th St # 101
Paso Robles, CA 93446-2237
(805) 226-0300

McPhee's Grill
416 Main Street
Templeton, Ca
(805) 434-3204

Our thanks to Ian McPhee for locating nearby many years ago and delighting us with a varied selection of steaks, seafood, duck and pastas. The open-air kitchen provides a great atmosphere along with friendly service. McPhee's also has a full service intimate bar. Located in downtown Templeton across from the granary.

Roberts
1218 Pine Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 226-5556

Villa Creek
1144 Pine Street
Paso Robles, Ca
(805) 238-3000

Cris and Jo-Ann Cherry aptly describe their style as 'Early California.'  The Spanish - Mexican - California motif lets you feel like you've entered one of the olden Adobes. The food is based on game, poultry and beef, with wait staff to help guide you through an entirely memorable dining experience. Some like it hot, some not. Since they hold the Wine Spectator's award of excellence for their wine list, you know this restaurant is unique. Located across from the downtown park. 
 

Lodging

For those that feel "wine country" and "bed and breakfast" is the way to stay, you have plenty of choices in our area. We think you may enjoy one of these:
 
Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast
1455 Kiler Canyon Rd
Paso Robles, CA 
(805) 238-3362

Summit Creek Ranch
6350 Peachy Canyon Road
Paso Robles, CA
(805) 237-1870

Summerwood Inn
2130 Arbor Road
Paso Robles, CA
(805) 227-1111

Inn Paradiso
975 Mojave Lane
Paso Robles, CA
(805) 239-2800

Chanticleer Vineyard Bed and Breakfast
Off Doce Robles
805-226-0600

Outdoor Activities

The Adelaida Hills are great for cycling. Ride all day past the vineyards, orchards and rolling landscape. (There won't be a lot of traffic, but keep and eye out for deer and wild turkey!)

Try boating, fishing, picnicking and camping just 17 miles north of Paso Robles is Lake Nacimiento. (You can find out more about this recreation area at www.nacimientoresort.com.) 

There's  even sky diving!

For the dudes and a farm and ranch experience including sunset horseback rides, stay at the Work Family Guest Ranch.

Golf courses abound in Paso Robles, from the original Paso Robles Golf Club, the wonderful Hunter Ranch Golf Course and the rough and ready Links Course at Paso Robles.

Rock hounds will find fossils and shark teeth in the surrounding countryside.  Visit the Carnegie Library in the downtown park to set your bearings.

Bird watching is almost too easy here. There are, among others, bald eagles, red tail hawks, Cooper hawks, the intimidating turkey vultures (the garbage detail of the countryside), wild turkeys, flickers, quail, dove, and meadowlarks, but no pigeons except in town. Bald eagle sightings are formalized during January and February, call the Chamber of Commerce office for more information.

Animals move about a lot here, so you may see not just deer, but wild boar and mountain lions, elk (east of town), and bears. Or if you like your animals at the zoo, there's the Atascadero Zoo just 11 miles south of Paso Robles on Highway 41 West.

And last but not least, there are clear skies at night. You probably never knew there were so many stars in the sky.

Farmers' Markets

Farmers' Markets are a wonderful way to find fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, cheeses, olive oil, breads and unique gifts produced by local growers and crafts people. They are great fun and the price and quality is often great. 

Some nearby include:. Paso Robles Farmers' Market, Tuesdays from 3-6pm at 14th & spring, also on Fridays from 9:00am-12: 30pm at Niblick & River Road. Templeton Farmers' Market is on Saturdays from 9:00am-12: 30pm at the Templeton Park. San Luis Obispo Farmers' Market is the largest on Thursday night from 6pm to 10pm on the streets of the city.