Road Trip to Paso Robles

Paso Robles Road Sign

My favorite road trip escape is the rolling wine country of Paso Robles, California

I call it “my happy place.” 

This sleepy, more-Western-than-thou landscape is set halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and makes a great getaway on its own or as part of a journey around the state’s Central Coast. 

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Tryptophan, Thanks and Travel


Boardwalk at Moonstone Beach, Cambria, Californa

In the last few weeks, I haven’t been doing a whole lot of writing here.

Instead, I’ve been writing a novel.

Y’know, like one does.

But for the Thanksgiving holiday I’ll be traveling again: Adam and I are heading up to Central California to go cove exploring, wine tasting and beachcombing in Morro Bay, Paso Robles and Cambria.

Y’know, like two do.

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Central California: Morro Bay

Spooner Cove, Morro Bay - Photo by Susan Liepa

Shortly after San Luis Obispo in Central California, the 101 splits off to Highway 1 and beautiful Morro Bay.

Take the Los Osos/Baywood Park exit for entrance to town via Morro Bay State Park, driving one mile along a wide stretch of verdant road bordered by extinct volcanoes.  Look out for the town’s huge landmark in the bay, Morro Rock.

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The Best of Central California

The ubiquitous California Valley Oak

We get away to Central California as often as we can — it’s a couples’ paradise, with driving routes that hug both the Pacific Ocean and gently sloping hills dotted with gnarled trees.

Within this region of the state you’ll find pristine beaches, historic towns and buildings, excellent wineries, a great meal here and there, sweeping views, little inns, posh resorts, and the new millenium phenomenon known as “upscale camping.”

With all of its attractions between 2 and 5 hours north of Los Angeles, it’s easy to take regular two- or three-day weekends and always feel like you had a true vacation.

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