An Adventure Awaits In Paso Robles

by | Mar 25, 2019 | Great Escape

Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Paso Robles mixes the fun-loving energy of Southern California with Northern California’s sophistication and innovation. With more than 200 wineries and 40,000 vineyard acres, as well as verdant hills, charming restaurants, great golfing, agritourism adventures, abundant hiking, biking, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, hot springs, zipline tours, and much more, cowboy country meets world-class wine region here in Paso Robles. Lodging includes charming B&Bs and upscale hotels, as well as old-style motor court motels, private home rentals, to RV resorts, and lodging in wineries.

April 6 and May 5

The first Saturday of every month brings After Dark Art Paso – a fun tradition of art, wine, and live music filled evenings, 6 – 8pm Wine for $8 a glass, chance to stroll in the spring evening air and check out art.

May 16 – 19

Wine events abound including the granddaddy of them all, the 37th Paso Robles Wine Festival runs May 16-19, and includes Winemakers Dinners, seminars, food pairings, barrel tastings, winery and vineyard tours, and more, with events held in Downtown City Park and at more than 100 winery events throughout the area.

May 19

The grand opening of the world’s largest Bruce Munro installation – an enormous, walk-through “Field of Light,” launching the first phase of a new Paso Roble destination, Sensorio. Transforming 15 acres of Sensorio’s planned extensive grounds, Field of Light offers a surreal experience for guests, who will be able to wander through an array of more than 58,800 multi-hued fiber-optic stems, which illuminate the landscape in color-changing waves. Smithsonian Magazine has called Munro’s work “stunning,” while The Guardian noted, “This is art you feel, rather than art you view.” The Huffington Post said, “It can be hard to describe in words the gifts that Munro bestows on the landscape as his work escapes description in either written or photographic form, it is something to be experienced.”  Powered by solar energy, this breathtaking artwork will be the artist’s largest Field of Light to date. The largest preceding this was installed in 2016 in Uluru, Northern Territories in Australia, where it was met with instant international acclaim. Involving 326 miles of optic fiber, it has been seen by over 200,000 guests and will remain on display through December 2020. For Sensorio, Munro will create an even larger field, offering visitors an unparalleled experience of immersing themselves in a breathtaking sensory realm.  Photo credit: Mark Pickthall

Fun Facts

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio spent the first night of their honeymoon in Paso Robles. After their 1954 wedding at San Francisco’s City Hall, they drove down and stopped at the Clifton Motel, spending a night before continuing to Palm Springs.

Piano virtuoso Paderewski loved Paso Robles, eventually buying 2,000 acres and planning Petit Sirah and Zinfandel at his Rancho San Ignacio. He became a fixture at the local Paso Robles Inn, and performing amidst a glittering group of luminaries, such as Jack Dempsey, President Theodore Roosevelt, Douglas Fairbanks, Boris Karloff, Bob Hope, and Clark Gable.

Paso Robles is becoming a mecca for olive oil lovers. Among the activities: tour an olive processing facility and take your pick of several olive oil tasting rooms – or sample dozens of local varietals at We Olive’s flagship store in downtown Paso Robles.