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A rustic, western spirit meets great taste in Paso Robles, a historic valley community at the crossroads between Northern and Southern California. The several wine trails which crisscross this sheltered inland region draw vino-loving visitors to unfussy tasting rooms and rolling vineyards, and rank among the top things to do in Paso Robles. Paso’s walkable downtown is also a hub for arts and locally sourced shopping, while the surrounding hills and ranches beckon outdoor enthusiasts for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. For travelers seeking a taste of luxury, opulent Hearst Castle is just up the road.
If you’re a wine enthusiast, the best time to visit Paso Robles is in the springtime, not only for the weather, but also for the city’s annual Spring Release festival. March offers visitors a chance to partake in some of the 100 events planned during the festival month, including specialty tours, winemaker dinners, and much more. If you’re looking for more daylight hours to pack in activities, fall offers a balance of daylight hours and cooler temperatures than summer months.
Downtown Paso Robles is walkable, and it’s easy to explore the area’s wine-tasting rooms, antique shops, and art galleries by foot. If you’re planning to go to the wineries—Paso Robles is one of California’s largest wine-producing regions—taking a tour or hiring a designated driver are your best bets. Take note that with rideshares you could experience long wait times or high fluctuating prices during busy times, which isn’t ideal if you’re on a tight schedule or budget.
No matter what time of year you visit Paso Robles, you’ll want to plan a visit to Sensorio, a 15-acre (6-hectare) light-art show just past Eberle Winery. Book your admission tickets in advance to guarantee entry; there are limited walk-up tickets available. Other standouts include the castle-like grounds (complete with moat) at Tooth and Nail Winery on Anderson Road, where all the wine is sustainably made.
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Yes, the beautiful valley region of Paso Robles is worth a visit. Home to rolling hillsides and acres of vineyards, this quaint town has loads to explore. There are wine-tasting rooms, restaurants, and outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing, and hiking....More
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Paso Robles is a medium-sized city, so getting around is relatively easy. Most residents choose to drive, although there is local bus service and an Amtrak train station. Low traffic and country roads with winding hills typify this bicycle-friendly community. Taxis and ride-share services are also available....More