Welcome to Paso Robles

Welcome to Paso Robles


It wasn’t so long ago that the Central Coast city of Paso Robles was just a sleepy little hamlet, a half-way rest stop between Los Angles and San Francisco. Now it has become a real destination locale beginning to rival Napa to the north with over 40 different wine varieties grown, 200 wineries and 26,000 vineyard acres of its own. In fact, Spanish missionaries at the San Miguel Mission near Paso Robles were making wine forty years before George Calvert Yount planted wine grapes in Napa Valley in 1836.

While it doesn’t yet have the cache of the moneyed Napa Valley, Paso Robles does share comparable attributes. Paso, as locals refer to it, has similar rolling hills dotted with vineyards and award-winning wineries, a historic downtown, famous mineral baths and day spas, shopping, excellent restaurants and sidewalk bistros, art galleries, picturesque bed and breakfasts, and an abundance of outdoor activities (including balloon rides). There are enough festivals, including the “Biggest Little Fair Anywhere,” the California Mid State Fair, to keep locals and visitors alike busy every month of the year. Plus, Paso Robles has plenty of nearby recreation opportunities for the whole family. In addition to four local golf courses, including one recognized by Golf Digest, there are world-class equestrian facilities, ten walking trails, and a super clean water park with rides and activities for all ages. There’s so much more to do in Paso Robles than just wine tasting.

Paso has been called the “anti-Napa,” for its laid-back, down-to-earth vibe. Unlike the sometimes snooty cities of the Napa Valley, the atmosphere here is Western, relaxed and friendly but still sophisticated without being burdened by the superiority complex of that other, somewhat pretentious wine region.

~ Written by C.S. Nicholson



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