Exploring Downtown Paso Robles


Historic mural at the Paso Robles Inn

Continued from
 A Road Trip to Paso Robles

Paso Robles, a ranch and winery town set halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, is my favorite getaway destination in the state of California.

I use the Spanish pronounciation, “Pahhso Rrroh-bless,” instead of the more local/gringo “Pass-o Roe-bulls.” Either way you say it, though, it simply means: “The Pass of the Oaks.” 

Though I’d visited Paso Robles many times before, this was the first time I stayed in the area’s sweet, small and historic downtown.

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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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A Weekend of Wine in Paso Robles


The grapevines at Jada, a winery in Paso Robles, California

We hadn’t been to our favorite California wine region, Paso Robles, in over a year…and so it was time.

In the past year, there’s been an explosion of new wineries in this valley (a climate similar to France’s Cotes du Rhône), with more on the way.

We just spent a blissful weekend trying some of what’s new in the area, as well as what’s simply new to us.


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Central California: Paso Robles

Paso Robles is a dream to us for its light, its soft hills, and its modest elegance. Four hours north of Los Angeles, it’s really best for a long weekend.

It’s our favorite place to go wine tasting in Central California, and our Valentine’s weekend escape of choice.

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