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Tour Paso Robles, California

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The JUSTIN Tasting Room
The JUSTIN Tasting Room

 

PASO ROBLES TOUR: DAY 3

Today you'll explore the westside of Paso Robles. The scenic country roads you'll be winding through will offer up glimpses of deer, wild turkeys, soaring hawks, and — if you're really lucky — the occasional fox or bobcat. Keep in mind that you may be visiting smaller wineries that have limited days of operations, so plan accordingly. Packing up a bite to eat is a good idea. Many wineries have scenic picnic tables where you can enjoy your snacks.

Halter Ranch vineyard
Halter Ranch vineyard

For breakfast, House of Bagels on the south end of town makes authentic boiled bagels and an assortment of schmears. (If it's a Saturday morning, check out the lively Templeton Farmers Market, where you'll find not only fresh produce but also prepared food ranging from Thai to Mexican to vegan.)

The westside of Paso Robles boasts a staggering number of wineries and wine tasting rooms. Be sure to taste the Zinfandels from tiny Fratelli Perata or cult classic Turley; try the Pinot Noirs at Jack Creek Cellars or the Rhônes at Edward Sellers; revel in the state-of-the-art sustainable design at Shale Oak Winery or absorb the feng shui energy at Pipestone Vineyards.

Several destinations on the westside combine wines with a bit of the culinary as well. Chateau Margene's tasting room is home to Limerock Orchards, a producer of local walnut oil, and just up the road you can taste award-winning olive oils at Pasolivo. In the same area of Vineyard Drive, you'll see Oso Libre Winery, which makes its grass-fed Angus beef available to wine club members. If you head north and take Adelaida Road back into Paso Robles, you'll pass by Villicana Winery, a family-owned producer of fine wines that's recently added a handcrafted distilling label called re:find.

After your day of sipping and sampling in Paso's westside wine country, you can sink into the calm elegance of Robert's downtown, grab a sushi special at Goshi, or relax a hearty steak at casual bistro Odyssey World Café.

The garden patio at Odyssey World Cafe in Paso Robles, California
The patio at Odyssey World Café

Perhaps on your next trip to the area, you'll visit cities such as San Luis Obispo, Cambria, and Shell Beach, and check out other local attractions and events like Hearst Castle, Montaña de Oro State Park, and the Festival Mozaic — a ten-day celebration of classical music. Until then, rest assured that you've gotten a real glimpse into the Central Coast and El Paso de Robles.

Additional information is available at the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, located just off the town square on Park Street, 805-238-0506, www.pasorobleschamber.com; or from the Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association, at 835 12th Street D, 805-238-4103, www.pasoroblesdowntown.org.

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