Our Paso Robles vacation rentals will inspire, delight, and enthrall you as much as this lovely town in California's Central Valley. Situated at the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains in San Luis Obispo County, and about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Paso Robles is one of the state's most desired vacation destinations.
First settled by the Salinan People, the Franciscans arrived in the 1700s, harnessing the power of the natural hot springs and planting the first vineyards in the area. More Anglo Europeans arrived in the 1800s to farm the land and tourists soon followed - and have never stopped coming. Today, Paso Robles is best known for its verdant vineyards. You can enjoy it all from one of our Paso Robles vacation rentals.
Paso Robles Wine Country
Wine reigns here, and when you stay in one of our Central Coast vacation rentals in Paso Robles, you'll be conveniently located near many excellent vineyards. With more than 200 wineries across 26,000 acres of vineyards in the domain, you'll be sure to buy a case or two for family and friends back home (and a few bottles to savor at your Paso Robles vacation rental). In general, this particular AVA is known for such California favorites as Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Cabernet, but each winery, of course, has its own nuances with varietals. The large region is east and west split by the Salinas River, with canyons cutting deep to the west and rolling hills to the east. West side wineries worth visiting include Peachy Canyon for their Zinfandels, Oso Libre for vinos in the style of Bordeaux, and Saxum Vineyards for award-winning blends of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. To the east, stop at Proulx its Cabernet Franc and Merlot, L'Aventure Winery for Cabernet Sauvignon, and Le Vigne for the added benefit of an on-site cheese shop.
You'll work up an appetite while on your winery tour. Luckily, Paso Robles restaurants are abundant! Experience a farm-to-table dinner at the New American cuisine Thomas Hill Organics, a classic French fare at Bistro Laurent, or homestyle Mexican at Restaurant 4 Hermanos.
Don't allow yourself to feel overwhelmed by the quantity of high-quality wineries in Paso Robles. To make it easier to enjoy an afternoon of tastings, treat yourself to a knowledgeable designated driver with one of the many Paso Robles wine tours in the area. Some will even transport you from such coastal destinations as Cambria and Morro Bay.
Things to Do in Paso Robles
Built by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, Hearst Castle is one of the most visited sites in town. This expansive historic estate, erected in the 1920s, showcases grand rooms and cottages boasting opulent furnishings as well as ancient art that rivals collections found in the world's great museums. Casa Del Mar is one of the most popular spots on the site due to its views of the Central Coast and its elaborate interiors.
The Paso Robles Pioneer Museum highlights the region's history and its founding fathers. Tour historical literature and displays dating back to the 1800s.
Day Trips from Paso Robles
The Central Valley is resplendent in towns and sites that you'll want to explore.Visit the Montana de Oro State Park outside of San Luis Obispo, where golden flowers bloom in the spring, and guests can enjoy hiking up Valenica Peak or meandering along Spooner's Cove. Pismo Beach is 44 miles away and offers spots to surf as well as the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove.
Get away from the everyday and tour world-class vineyards in lovely Paso Robles. Our Paso Robles vacation rentals are your gateway to this Central Valley town!
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