Cal Poly Takes Paso

Hey Cal Poly students! Are you getting bored of the dreary Thursday night routine or looking for somewhere new to explore on those beautiful Central Coast weekends? It’s time to expand your adventure palettes and travel up the grade to beautiful Paso Robles! Don’t get me wrong, San Luis Obispo (SLO) is the perfect college town for us Cal Poly students, but it’s time to explore and add to our San Luis Obispo County bucket list.


For the Adventurers

1. Hot Springs

Destress from the long hours spent in Kennedy Library studying for midterms and treat yo’self. Put the laptop away and take a dip in the waters at River Oaks Hot Springs where the hot springs are heated by the Earth, not technology. It’s also perfect for that starving-college-student budget at only $15 per person per hour.

2. Horseback Riding

Explore Paso Robles’ rolling, lush hills in true Mustang fashion: by horseback. Book a ride with The Work Family Guest Ranch and experience a fun-filled day with your friends and Paso’s happy horses. Be sure to also check out Central Coast Trailrides to set up a private custom ride to celebrate a birthday or special occasion. All the students in your dorm, and even the RA’s will be jealous!

For the Foodies


1. Cooking Classes

Tired of your ramen routine or microwavable mac and cheese meals for dinner? Sign up for Paso Robles’ top-rated cooking classes to make all your friends jealous of your skills in the kitchen. Dining with André lets you experience what it’s like to make ratatouille, fresh pasta, dim sum, crème caramel, and more. If you are looking to step it up a notch, head to Refugio Cooking School to master grilled lobster or California halibut on wine-braised leeks from Williams-Sonoma cookbook writer, Brigit Binns. Check out Refugio’s 2018 cooking class schedule here.

2. Olive Oil Tasting

If you are not yet 21 years old (which is sadly the case for most of us), practice your tasting skills with fresh olive oil. Olive oil tasting is a fun and unique way to indulge in the culture and tastes of Paso Robles. Check out Mt. Olive Organic Farm, Olivas de Oro Olive Ranch, and Kiler Ridge Olive Farm and for more olive oil tasting options.


3. Spearhead Coffee

If you still have midterms and presentations to prepare for, pack your highlighters and laptops because Paso Robles has some of the best study spots. Spearhead Coffee has a hip, creative and rustic atmosphere that will give you new motivation. The place is decked with string lights and wooden accents and the staff is extremely personable. Not to mention their affogato (espresso over vanilla bean ice cream) is to die-for. For all you coffee lovers out there (and I know there’s a lot of you at Cal Poly), head north to check out Spearhead.

4. Wine Tasting

For you lucky juniors and seniors that are now of drinking age, flash those ID’s in the classy winery tasting rooms of Paso Robles. Make it an easy group activity and check out The Wine Line, a “hop on, hop off” shuttle service. You and your friends can visit any Paso Robles winery of your choosing and leave at anytime, given that shuttles return every 40 minutes. Gather your friends and experience the feeling of freedom that wine and The Wine Line can offer you. For a full list of wineries in Paso Robles, click here.

Add Paso Robles to your SLO County bucket list for experiences you will never forget. We’re taught to learn by doing, so start planning your trip to Paso Robles. From one Cal Poly student to another, you won’t be disappointed.