The Thespian

Casey Biggs

A man of many characters – wine connoisseur, drama coach, recognized actor, man about town – the former Paso Wine Man takes on his greatest role yet: Maverick. Let Casey Biggs take you on journey to his favorite Paso destinations and show you why you’ll want to follow this story line to the end.

Breakfast at Cowgirl Cafe

Eat: From fluffy pancakes to chicken-fried steak, The Cowgirl Café is a Paso fixture and the place for an all-American down-home breakfast. I recommend Grandma Dodd’s biscuits, gravy and sausage.

Maverick Tip: Take advantage of the photo op with the friendly wooden cowgirl sign and metal cowgirl sculpture that welcomes you to this delicious slice of Paso. Also, all of the recipes are passed down from generations of great cooks who’ve mastered the art of hearty trail cooking from Texas and Oklahoma.

Studios on the Park

See: The gallery with five studios housing thirteen working artists, four galleries and a fine craft/fine art gift shop. Observe artists in the process of creating, or enroll in a class or workshop, including several painting classes for budding artists. 

Chat With: Anne Laddon, Paso resident, artist and Studios on the Park founder along with her daughter, Sasha Irving. Visitors can often find Anne in the studio, either teaching or working on her own paintings.

Maverick Tip: The galleries opened in 2009 after a major renovation of the old Pioneer Auto Parts store on the downtown square and feature many local artists with an ever-changing exhibition of inspiring art.

Lunch and Paderewski Discussion at Cass Winery

Eat: Pop into the Cass Café, where visitors can enjoy picnic fare and wine and food pairings created by local favorite Chef Jacob Lovejoy.

Drink: Visitors will enjoy being surrounded by vineyards while tasting spectacular wines, all of which are crafted at Cass Winery and are estate grown. If you love Rhône wines, theirs are truly delicious. Be sure to try the Roussanne and Marsanne, as well as the Mourvedre and Cabernet Sauvignon. Cass also makes a limited release Paderewski Zinfandel.

Maverick Tip: Cass Winery was named Winery of the Year at the 2015 Central Coast Wine Competition. Cass Winery’s owner is one of the founders of the Paderewski Festival, Paso’s premier music festival in November. If you’re in town during the four-day festival enjoy concerts with world-renowned talent, exhibits, lectures, master classes, film screenings, wine tastings and tours of local vineyards. He's also the founder of Paso Pops, a new outdoor symphony Indepedence Day celebration, so save the date and book your room! 

Dinner at Bistro Laurent

Eat: Tuesday through Saturday, visitors can enjoy a four or five course tasting menu paired with local and French wines. Changing daily, the menu features local and seasonal ingredients prepared beautifully and enhanced by warm, attentive service.

Drink: Bistro Laurent also has a wine shop with an extensive collection of wines from the local region and from around the globe. 

Maverick Tip: Laurent Grangien has owned and operated Bistro Laurent for 19+ years and has succeeded admirably in creating an unpretentious fine-dining restaurant with a welcoming atmosphere and reasonable prices.

Drinks at Pine Street Saloon

See: One of the oldest operating bars in California and the oldest bar in Paso. This historic saloon dates back to the 1880s.

Experience: Live music is a mainstay at the Pine Street Saloon, where you can listen to bands from all over California on Saturday nights, karaoke on Friday, Sunday and Tuesday nights, and open mic on Monday nights.

Maverick Tip: The Pine Street Saloon has seen its fair share of notable visitors including Frank and Jesse James. It's also rumored to be haunted! The Travel Channel's show "Dead Files" filmed an episode here. If you ask owner Ron French about his experiences, he has some interesting stories to share.

Breakfast at Vic's Cafe

Eat: Since 1942, Vic’s Café has been serving up homestyle meals featuring an extensive menu that focuses on regional flavors and ingredients. Think strong cup of coffee and a homemade cinnamon roll or stack of blueberry pancakes. No matter the time of day, be sure to save room for a piece of Jan’s homemade pie.

Maverick Tip: If lunch or dinner is more your style, you’ll be glad to find an extensive regional wine list to complement your meal.

Carnegie Library

See: The library pays homage to Paso’s most famous resident pianist, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, with a statue at the Carnegie Library’s entrance.

Explore: The library’s main floor showcases the Paso Robles Historical Society’s collections through exhibits and displays celebrating the area’s unique history. Docents greet visitors and answer questions, and the main floor gift shop offers an eclectic mix of vintage and new items, antique jewelry, books on local history and children’s educational toys and books.

Maverick Tip: Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie built 3,500 libraries across the U.S. (his picture graces the library’s main floor). Check out the many permanent exhibits including a fun installation on the Paso Robles High School Bearcats. 

Sculpterra Winery

Eat: Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic or enjoy locally made cheeses, salamis, and spreads from the tasting room.

Drink: Open daily, the tasting room and surrounding sculpture gardens are nestled in the heart of the vineyards, and you can enjoy live music with your wine tasting every Sunday afternoon between 1-4pm. Try their Sculpterra label and Hérie label wines.

Do: Explore your inner gaming master at Central Park West–an awesome, family-friendly recreational area outside the tasting room featuring two stone chess tables, a bocce ball court, a cement foosball table and a custom-made ping pong table. Play all games for free!

See: Sculpterra Winery’s sculpture garden speaks to Paso’s vibrant arts and culture scene, and the complimentary visitor’s guide provides interesting details about the featured artists whose inspiring pieces adorn the winery grounds. 

Maverick Tip: Sculpterra Winery, family owned and operated with son Paul Frankel as winemaker, has two winery labels: Sculpterra (original label) and the Héroe label, which honors the vineyard workers, paying homage to these unsung heroes of the wine industry locally and around the world. Both labels are designed to give back a portion of their proceeds to benefit medical missionary organizations. 

Lunch and Tour at Hearst Castle

Explore: Four different tours are offered daily, with occasional special events and tours. First-time visitor? The Grand Rooms tour–featuring the grand social rooms of Casa Grande, the largest house at Hearst Castle–is highly recommended.

Eat: Given you can spend hours and sometimes even an entire day exploring the castle, I recommend grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many dining options in the Hearst Castle Visitors Center. Not to be missed: organic, locally raised Hearst Ranch beef is served at the Chief’s Gallery Café.

Maverick Tip: Hearst Castle welcomes thousands of visitors from across the U.S. and all around the world, so book tours ahead of time before they sell out.

Dinner and Show at Vina Robles

Experience: Renowned performances in one of the Central Coast's largest venues for entertainment. The premier Vina Robles Amphitheatre treats guests to intimate concerts in a venue nestled on a picturesque, oak-dotted hillside overlooking Vina Robles' vineyards. 

Eat: Choose to order from the Plaza Bistro & Bar (tasty burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and salads), Suendero Bar (sip Vina Robles estate wines and local craft beers by Firestone Walker and other domestic breweries), as well as the Terrace Club (specialty dinner plates, lighter fare and small desserts). All menu items feature seasonally inspired local ingredients.

Try: Arrive early for a chance to visit Vina Robles winery and taste your way through their spectacular lineup of wines. Crafted in a style that represents both Old World and New World, these wines express the finesse associated with European wines while celebrating the bold, natural flavors of the estate vineyards. 

Maverick Tip: Vina Robles Amphitheatre proudly offers zero waste concessions–all items are either compostable or recyclable!

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