Paso Robles is in the middle of the Central Coast wine-growing region with organic farms and a plentiful supply of seafood. It’s become a destination for chefs enthralled by the wealth of ranchers and food artisans selling organic produce fruits, grass-fed meats, virgin olive oil, artisan cheese and a variety of freshly caught seafood.
Foodie tourists have discovered talented, well-known chefs (many are transplants from popular restaurants in New York and Los Angeles) who have created a culinary hot spot, similar to what is found in the Napa Valley area. Here’s a list of best inns, wineries, organic growers and restaurants to visit during this weekend tour aimed at foodies and wine lovers.
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JUSTIN WINERY & INN
This is a destination location, a bit out of the way but the breathtaking drive is part of the experience. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll find a stunning new tasting room with an outdoor patio area overlooking the vineyards and a first class restaurant. The new Inn is just behind the tasting room. 11680 Chimney Rock Rd, Paso Robles, CA 805.238.6932. Visit the website: www.justinwine.com
SUMMERWOOD INN & WINERY
The SummerWood Inn, located at the gateway to the Paso Robles wine region on Arbor Road and Highway 46 West, has recently undergone an extensive interior and exterior renovation that includes updates of the guest suites, and a re-design of the inn’s grand living room and dining room, along with the addition of a large demonstration kitchen and an outdoor dining space. Included in the stay, guests are treated to a daily farm fresh cooked-to-order breakfast, an afternoon wine and appetizer reception, evening dessert and coffee, and a nightly turn-down service. 2175 Arbor Road, Paso Robles, CA, 805.227.1111. Visit the website: www.summerwoodwine.com
Hotel Cheval offers a welcoming haven for travelers visiting California’s central coast. The European-style hotel is located almost halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on scenic Highway 101 and is situated just off the charming and historic Paso Robles Central Square Park. Owners Robert Gilson and his wife Sherry first came to the area years ago and purchased a horse ranch as a weekend retreat from their home in Montecito. Working with Santa Barbara interior designer Ann James, they created an inn that is both casual and elegant and a quiet place to relax after a long day of wine touring. 1021 Pine Street, Paso Robles, CA Visit the website: www.hotelcheval.com
Situated on a breezy hilltop amongst old oak trees, Inn Paradiso is just five minutes from the center of Paso Robles. Deer, fox and hawks abound on the property. Rustic elegance with modern eclectic design…four unique rooms, each extraordinary in its own way. The rooms feature fireplaces and balconies with views of the swimming pool and gardens. Comfortable king beds with 1200 count Egyptian cotton sheets, sumptuous pillows, and designer John Robshaw textiles. A delicious organic breakfast, including vegetarian, gluten-free and lactose-intolerant comes with your stay. In-room coffee stations are french-press and locally roasted organic coffee and herbal teas. 975 Mojave Lane, Paso Robles, CA 805.239.2800. Visit the website: www.innparadiso.com
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And Be LIFESTYLE BOUTIQUE
And Be is the place to discover beautiful and unique gifts for you and your home. Offering quality home linens and decor, stylish clothing for men and women, jewelry and leather goods.
1140 Pine Street, Paso Robles, CA (805) 238-0787. Visit the website: www.andbeboutique.com
Pithy Little Wine Co.
A tasting room combined with artisanal foods and wine related gift items. A producer and purveyor of fine California wines, olive oils, sodas and lifestyle products. The winery & mercantile is a great place to taste their collection of reserve wines, extra virgin olive oils and old fashioned cane sugar sodas while exploring a selection of California lifestyle inspired products for your home and life. 1244 Pine Street, Paso Robles, 805.546.1059 www.pithywine.com
Paso Robles General Store
The General Store Paso Robles opened its doors in May and is conveniently located in the square in downtown Paso Robles. Providing provisions for picnic, pantry and home, the owners are passionate about sharing healthy, artisan foods and quality home accessories from the Central Coast and beyond. 841 12th Street, Paso Robles, CA 805.226.5757. www.generalstorepr.com
Brown Butter Cookie Company
The Central Coast bakery based in Cayucos, recently opened a new retail store at Park and 12th streets in downtown Paso Robles. The business is owned by Traci and Crista Hozie, who have become famous for their brown butter cookies topped with sea salt. They offer more than a dozen varieties of cookies in the retail space, but continue to bake at their other location in Cayucos, CA. www.brownbuttercookies.com.
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A R T I S A N
Artisan showcases locally grown produce and foods, Executive Chef Chris Kobayashi draws much of the inspiration for his dishes from regular trips to the farmers market and organic farms in the area. His menu evolves to meet the seasonality of the area’s products, yet his unique approach to the American Bistro remains constant. 843 12th Street, Paso Robles, CA 805.237.8084. Visit the website: www.artisanpasorobles.com
THOMAS HILL ORGANICS BISTRO & WINE LOUNGE
Thomas Hill Organics is a bistro and wine lounge dedicated to serving creative, fresh food and highlighting unique wines from the Central Coast. The menu changes weekly depending on the season and the availability of ingredients. They work with local providers for our proteins: local, natural and grass-fed livestock for beef, lamb and free range poultry. Fish is fresh from local fisheries/providers and bread is made exclusively by local bakers who are celebrated artisans of their trade. 1313 Park St., Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 226-5888. Visit the website: www.thomashillorganics.com
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KILER RIDGE OLIVE OIL FARM & TASTING ROOM
Tasting and food pairing in gorgeous setting overlooking the valley. Enjoy olive oil tasting at the farm’s frantoio, an eco-friendly building, stay for an olive-oil paired lunch, take an olive oil production tour through the olive mill, and relax with spectacular views of olive orchards and surrounding vineyards. 1111 Kiler Canyon Rd, Paso Robles, CA 805.400.1439. Visit the website: www.kilerridge.com
VILLICANA WINERY/ RE:FIND
Villicana Winery is home to RE:FIND Distillery, Paso Robles’ first craft distillery. As of 2012, the Villicana launched Paso Robles’ first craft distillery: RE:FIND. The name tells their story about this venture. They have found a reuse of saignée, the juice removed to improve wine quality before fermentation, and are refining it into top-shelf spirits. Stop by for tours and tasting of Villacana Wines and the Re:Find distillery, both in one convenient location. 2725 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles, CA 805.239.9456. Visit the Website: www.villicanawinery.com
LONE MADRONE TASTING ROOM
The new tasting room is on Adelaida Road, directly opposite Adelaida Cellars. Gary and Wendy Schmidt are the owners of the barn and the property. They did a spectacular job of converting the barn into a rustic, yet elegant winery/tasting room for Lone Madrone wines. Local artist are on display in the tasting room. Set amongst the vines, with a forever view and two patios. A perfect afternoon retreat for a picnic, or visit during one of their special events, with live music and BBQ. 5800 Adelaida Rd, Paso Robles, CA 805.238.0845. www.lonemadrone.com.
Booker Vineyard is located on Paso Robles’ Westside, immediately joining the famous Stephan Vineyards that produce L’Aventure Wines. The high-density, biodynamically farmed vineyard is mostly Rhone varietals planted on steep hillsides of calcareous shale. Eric and Lisa Jensen purchased 72 acres of the property in 2001 with the intent of growing the best fruit for some of the best wineries in the area. The 2005 Vintage was Booker Vineyard’s first release. 2640 Anderson Road, Paso Robles, CA 805.237.7367. Visit the website: www.bookerwines.com
The L’Aventure tasting room is a small, intimate space where club members and guests can taste currently available wines. The “degustation” experience at L’Aventure is for wine aficionados with emphasis placed on learning about the west side terroir and understanding Stephan Asseo’s wine making and grape growing philosophies. The spirit of L’Aventure is most evident in Stephan’s Paso blends, such as Optimus and Estate Cuvée. Both wines are Cabernet Sauvignon /Syrah blends. 2815 Live Oak Rd., Paso Robles, CA. Call to confirm tasting room hours. 805.227.1588. www.aventurewine.com
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The Goat Farm…
The Farm Stand stand sells their all natural goat milk skincare products as well as fresh goat cheese, eggs and farm-fresh certified organic produce grown on the farm’s 30 certified organic acres. Happy Acres welcomes visitors and families to their unique farm stand. Feed the friendly goats and try their farm fresh goat cheese and produce.
Visit California Missions…
Founded in 1797, Mission San Miguel is a National Historical Landmark that has been an important part of Central Coast history for over 200 years. Come experience the rich history of Mission San Miguel.
Located on eighty pristine acres on what was once the Milpitas unit of the sprawling Hearst Ranch, Mission San Antonio de Padua sits within the “Valley of the Oaks” on California’s scenic Central Coast.
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