The Pass of the Oaks – Paso Robles – California

The city-limits of Paso Robles is amid in San Luis Obispo County in Central California. Acclaimed for the 200 additional wineries accoutrement over 40,000 acreage of buried vineyards, there is a lot added to this different arena than the brewed grapes corked up in a bottle.

The abounding name of Paso Robles “El Paso de Robles” in English agency “The Pass of the Oaks”… which is the aspect of this article… casual through to the wonders that beleaguer this bugged enclave.

A Little Background

Paso, as the locals alarm it, is a almost small, farming/ranching boondocks with a citizenry of about 30,000 humans and is accepted for wineries, almond orchards and the assembly of olive oil, capped off with hot springs which was Paso’s aboriginal day-tripper attraction.

Paso Robles has a active city breadth consisting of aberrant dining options, and all-embracing arcade choices with something for everyone’s aftertaste and imaginations. The “Main Street Association” is a actual acceptable antecedent of advice (PasoRoblesDowntown.Org) with their adage getting “Where Everybody Comes Together”… and it is true.

Therapeutic Hot Springs of Paso

As in a lot of biking experiences, it is the adventure and the abrupt that leaves an enduring banner in your memory. In Paso’s case it is the ancient acid that appears to smell of sulfur that adds a little something extra.

The abounding thermal amnion are accepted for their ameliorative and rejuvenate allowances and appropriately were a above allure in the actual aboriginal canicule of the town’s history.

The Salinan Indian Tribe was the aboriginal settlers of this area. In the aboriginal 1700s they alien the anew accustomed Franciscan Priests to the benign furnishings of the water. The Franciscan’s afterwards alien the locals to farming, beasts ranching and… delay for it… wine authoritative and acreage cultivation.

Hot sulfur springs still breeze through Paso Robles and are attainable to the attainable in three locations: River Oaks Hot Springs Spa, Franklin Hot Springs as able-bodied as in baddest bedfellow apartment at the Paso Robles Inn.

A Special Treat – The Paso Robles Amphitheatre

The Vina Robles Vineyards and Winery has been in the wine business back 1996 and began hosting an anniversary Summer Concert Series in 2007. The aggregate of reside music and wine beneath the stars accepted so acknowledged that they absitively to actualize the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in 2013.

The Amphitheatre is one of the better alfresco venues for arts and ball in San Luis Obispo County and offers a concert division that runs from April through November and appearance top bank acts from about the apple and in all genres. The allegorical Tony Bennett assuming on a warm, starry summer night… 100 anxiety away… was a bewitched experience.

There is not a “bad” bench in the abode and all at reasonable prices to board everyone’s budget… accepted acceptance backyard basement to VIP boxes… all aural 150 anxiety from the stage.

Tin City

When visiting Paso a must-see stop is on the east ancillary of the 101 Highway. A accumulation of ambitious humans created a accumulating of automated warehouses accepted as Tin City.

Their cold is to advertise their different creations such as small-production wineries, breweries, distilleries, cider houses and an amazing pasta branch and their new restaurant. You can watch them accomplish the pasta as you adore bistro their accomplished entrees.

Parking is abounding and you can calmly airing the absolute array of barrio set up in a two or three block radius. Of advance a stop forth the way may cover an alfresco beer garden serenaded by a bounded bandage as you partake in a different tasting experience.

Excellent Logistical Jumping-Off Point

Located on U.S. 101 and amid amid Los Angeles and San Francisco this breadth makes a abundant destination for a alley trip.

Paso is a cardinal jumping off point with simple admission to the backdrop that fabricated this allotment of California acclaimed including the different towns and villages such as Morro Bay, Cambria, Harmony, Cayucos and San Simeon… home of the arresting Hearst Castle.

A Alley Cruise Back In History – Hearst Castle

California Department of Parks and Recreation manages added than 280 esplanade units and this deluxe acreage is advised to be one of the acme jewels in the system.

In 1919, Newspaper administrator William Randolph Hearst, forth with artist Julia Morgan accomplished the affairs for the architecture of a acropolis abode on his agronomical at San Simeon. With all-inclusive sums of money at his disposal, the “house” became a Mediterranean Revival acreage which he called “La Cuesta Encantada” (The Bugged Hill).

The history is aswell alluring but by 1947 the activity was still not finished. Unfortunately Hearst’s bloom became an affair and he had to leave his house… all 165 apartment on 123 acreage of prime bank acreage with gardens, terraces, and pools… but the abode became a full-fledged alcazar all the same.

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A Alley Cruise to the Point Piedras Blancas Rookery

Driving 5 afar arctic from Hearst Castle, forth one of California’s a lot of breathtaking vistas leads you to a actual different destination and experience… the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery.

The birthplace spreads over 6 afar of bank with abounding parking and simple access, as able-bodied as docents to accommodate information.

The examination areas are attainable every day of the year, are wheelchair accessible, and free. No anxiety required.


Paso is accepted for their wine and aberrant cuisine options, but in absoluteness afterwards a few tasting sessions your aftertaste buds go flat. To get added out of your appointment one should analyze the abounding options of abbreviate day trips and acquaintance a allotment of California that fabricated the Central Coast famous.

After all, what is the hurry… be inspired…

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