Plan Your Visit
Paso Robles is wine country for sure, but there's so much more to the Central Coast of California than just wines. Take a list of just a few of our favorite things to see while you're visiting with us both on and off the farm.
Wine, Spirits and Beer ...
Tour the Central Coast Route 1
I know, I said there's more to the central coast than just great wine, well ... look spirits and beer too! But seriously, there are so many great producers in Paso Robles, it would be foolish to try to name them all here, instead, if you're looking for wine, go to Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. They have the most comprehensive list of the nearly 300 wineries open for tastings in Paso.
If you're thirsty for something with a bit more of a kick, Paso Robles is now home to more than 10 craft distilleries, many of which offer combination wine and spirits tastings. Re:Find Distillery is a standout as the first legal distillery in the county since prohibition. To check out all the distilleries visit the Paso Robles Distillery Trail.
And as the saying goes, 'it takes a lot of beer to make a bottle of wine' Paso Robles is now also known for many great breweries. Among the best known are Firestone Walker and Barrelhouse Brewing in Tin City.
Still looking for more insight? Ask Evan when you arrive, as a local working in the wine and spirits industry as well as a sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, he can help guide you based on your personal preferences for beer, wine and spirits!
San Luis Obispo is home to enough farmer's markets that you can visit one every day of the week. Want to stay close by? The Paso Robles Farmer's market is every Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm at the park downtown. A little further, the Templeton Farmer's Market is every Saturday from 9am - 12:30pm. Finally, the largest and most fun Farmer's Market on the Central Coast is the San Luis Obispo Farmer's Market every Thursday from 6pm - 9pm.
There are some big events that happen in Paso every year that make this town truly special. Travel Paso is a great site that includes lots of updated events as well as a complete list of annual events.
The three major wine weekends are; Vintage Paso the third weekend in March, Wine Festival the third weekend in May and Harvest Wine Weekend the third weekend in October.
Starting in June, every Thursday night at the downtown square is Concerts in the Park. Grab a lawn chair, your dancing shoes and a bottle of wine (yes it's allowed!) In July, the California Mid-State Fair arrives with some pretty outstanding bands always performing on the main stage and some years, you may even find a Rêves de Moutons goat or sheep being shown by 4H students, so don't forget to stop by the sheep and goat barn and meet all the young exhibitors!
The second Saturday in October brings 'Pioneer Day' to downtown. This festival has been held every year since 1931 as a way to celebrate the heritage and community of Paso Robles. The streets are closed off and a platoon of old-time tractors make up the parade. Beans and bread are offered at the downtown square, and you can even have a beer with a horse at the Pine Street Saloon!
November starts with Elegant Evenings as a kickoff to the holiday season and continues with lighting the downtown tree, the Christmas Parade, Vine Street and so much more.
Route 1 runs the entire coast of California and if you're visiting us for an extended stay you can easily make a day and evening of driving between the coast towns of San Simeon and Morro Bay.
At the north of your trip, San Simeon is home to one of the most famous homes in the United States; Hearst Castle. Tours are offered throughout the day of the castle and is truly a must see if you have the time.
Our favorite tour is the holiday twilight tour where the castle is made up for Christmas. If you happen to not be here for the holidays, the Grand Rooms tour and Cottages and Kitchen tours are two other standouts. Don't forget to wander the gardens after you finish the tour ... you can wander as long as you want after the tour is over!
Turn right out of Hearst Castle and just to the North is Elephant Seal beach. These massive animals cover the rocks and shore all year long, and if you happen to be visiting in November you'll be able to see the adult male bulls in town for breeding season. In January, birthing begins and the beach will be covered with Bulls, Cows and newborn Calves.
South of Seal Beach and Hearst Castle, a little further down Route 1 are the towns of Cambria and Cayucos, both small cute beach towns with lots of little antique stores and interesting shops. If you stop in Cayucos at lunch, a must stop is Ruddle's Smokehouse.
Finally, continuing south is the beautiful town of Morro Bay. The embarcadero at Morro Bay is lined with restaurants, bars, shops and tasting rooms, but the real site is the monolithic Morro Rock. You can venture out to the rock, either by renting a kayak, and rowing through the quiet bay or by driving to Morro Rock Beach.
Finish the day with a meal at Morro Bay, or venture just east to the college town of San Luis Obispo for a nearly endless supply of restaurants and bars.
Farm Tours Daily
Bring your farm shoes, mucking boots or worn out trainers! Evan offers farm tours every morning after feeding and milking. Between 9 - 10 am you can meet the animals, including any new babies we might have, let us know the day before and we'll let you know where to meet to start the tour.
If you want to get up early to help feed, collect eggs and observe milking let us know; we'll give you the schedule and have coffee ready at the house before chores. If you have a hankering for mucking out pens or cleaning chicken coops ... don't worry ... we have rakes. :-)