Nestled in the mountains of California’s central coast, Paso Robles earned the title “California’s Oldest Watering Place” when settlers flocked to the area for its “healing” sulphur springs and natural mud baths. Initially discovered by Salinan Indians, Paso Robles became a center for not only spas, but also agriculture—the city once boasted the world’s largest concentration of almond orchards. Now, Paso Robles remains a city deeply connected to its roots. With abundant wine, olive oil, and hot springs, the charming yet buzzing city is a haven for those looking for a little rest and relaxation.
The Templeton Gap in the coastal Santa Lucia mountains allows marine air to flow inland across Paso Robles, which has helped create the area’s reputation for complex and unique wines. With grapes in the area dating back to 1797, now there are over 200 wineries to visit! Tour Paso Roble’s first wine caves at Eberle Winery, or sample some award-winning wine before seeing a performance at Vina Robles Vineyards and Winery’s Amphitheatre. Recent acts include Kevin Hart, The Steve Miller Band, and The Go-Go’s. After hitting up the wineries, change things up by touring and tasting at the famous Firestone Walker Brewery, or one of the area’s 7 craft distilleries.
Paso Robles’ fame as a hot spring oasis dates back as early as 1795. Experience this history while relaxing at Franklin Hot Springs, where the swimming pools remain a constant 97.3 degrees fahrenheit! This kid-friendly property even offers fishing, boating, and paintball, too. If you’re looking for something a bit more luxurious, River Oak Hot Springs and Paso Robles Inn’s hot spring-fed jacuzzi tubs offer more traditional spa experiences, with massages, facials, and waxing also available.
To soak up more of the area’s rich history, check out one of the many museums in and around the city. Paso Robles Pioneer Museum, for one, dedicates itself to preserving and sharing its city’s story, and just a 15-minute drive north, Camp Roberts Historical Museum is the largest Army museum in California. With its airport once an Air Force base, Paso Robles also pays homage to the military aviation field with its famous Estrella Warbirds Museum. Here, visitors can tour military aircraft and vehicles, or even try their hand at a flight simulator.
After a long day taking in the bucolic countryside, relax with some music or performance in Paso Robles’ vibrant arts community. Throughout the summer months, settle down with a picnic at the City Park to enjoy their free Concerts in the Park Series, featuring genres from jazz to rock and roll. Throughout the year, the city also hosts many free festivals open to the public, such as the Paso Artsfest, Olive Festival, and Paso Robles Wine Festival. Every July, Paso Robles Event Center proudly hosts the California Mid-State Fair, “The Biggest Little State Fair Anywhere.” In addition to agricultural exhibits, food demonstrations, and art competitions, the Fair attracts big-name musical acts such as Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, and Duran Duran.
A mere 45-minute drive from Paso Robles is Lake Nacimiento, where visitors can enjoy watersports, fishing, and walking their 5k Dog Path. At the Marina, you can rent everything from boats to stand-up paddleboards.
45-minutes west of Paso Robles lies Hearst Castle, a popular San Simeon attraction for California visitors. Publishing tycoon, former Congressman, and film producer William R. Hearst established this 165-room mansion in 1947 to showcase his art collection, and the beautifully-designed property has garnered a past as storied as Hearst’s himself. For a fee, visitors can tour their choice of various sections of the house, in addition to the estate’s 127 acres of gardens and pools.
For a taste of the Pacific, travellers can venture southwest to Morro Bay, where they can visit the State Park’s Museum of Natural History, try their luck at the Park’s 18-hole golf course, or explore even more of the nearby beaches and outdoors in areas such as Cayucos and Montana de Oro State Park.
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Paso Robles is located mid-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco, off of US-101. The closest international airport is 159 miles north in San Jose, with the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport less than 40 miles south and providing connecting flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. Amtrak also provides service to Paso Robles.
While in the city, the Paso Express can take you anywhere you need to be. For curb-to-curb service, Dial-A-Ride is available in Paso Robles, along with local taxi service.
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