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The Wellness Coach
Visitors love traveling to Paso Robles to rest and recharge. Paso local and owner of Refine Barre Studio, Sybil Bonelli, has a passion for health and wellness and will show you some of the best places around town to nourish the mind, body and soul. Join "The Wellness Coach" as she shares unique and fresh dining options and fun ways to incorporate wellness into your next visit to Paso Robles.
Breakfast at Panolivo Family Bistro
Must-Try: The granola parfait with house-made granola (add blueberries or raspberry coulis).
Taste: Panolivo’s incredible pastries and baked treats made daily, and try their bread pudding for a little indulgence - it's to die for. For something more substantial, try the spinach and mushroom quiche or a vegetarian burrito with eggs, avocado and cheese wrapped inside a spinach tortilla.
Maverick Tip: Panolivo also offers gluten-free and other options for special dietary needs.
Work Out at Kennedy Club Fitness
Do: Hit the gym with a one-day guest pass at Kennedy Club Fitness. They offer a myriad of classes, over 70 per week, including yoga, barre, spin and weightlifting.
Try: A lap (or two or three) in the Olympic-size pool, break a sweat with some racquetball and push your limits at the indoor rock climbing wall.
Maverick Tip: If you’re traveling with the kids, this gym is very family friendly with childcare and their GoMommy! outdoor fitness program, designed around active parents with strollers. They also have a smoothie bar with post-workout treats to fuel up and keep you moving to your next stop.
Snack at The Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center
Taste: Anything from their Pay It Forward menu. Proceeds go to their Pay It Forward Program, which provides nourishing meals and educational support, free of charge, to those going through cancer treatment and other serious illnesses.
Maverick Tip: Take a little more time and enjoy a cooking class. The Wellness Kitchen offers both private and group classes. These hands-on classes are free, but donations are welcome and go towards the many programs offered by The Wellness Kitchen.
Lunch and Tour at Mt. Olive Organic Farm
Taste: All things olive, such as olive oil, olive tapenade, olive jam and savory olives by the handful, all in their tasting room.
Do: Take a tour of the Mt. Olive fruit and herb gardens followed by lunch made with fresh, organic ingredients from the farm. Try the tofu and kale salad and a fresh-pressed organic juice while enjoying the amazing view.
Maverick Tip: Beyond the leafy greens and olives, check out the natural cultivators who do a majority of the composting - earthworms. Mt. Olive taps into these wiggly helpers to create the rich, organic fertilizer used throughout the farm.
Wine and Cheese Pairing at Jada Vineyard & Winery
Drink: I’m a big fan of their Cabernet. All of their wine comes from their estate vineyard.
See: Their vineyard, which they farm by hand using biodynamic principles. Biodynamic farming relies on the interrelated connection between soil fertility, plants and livestock.
Maverick Tip: Jada Winery offers wine pairings with artisan cheeses from Vivant, a local gourmet cheese shop, as well as chocolate pairings. The family-run winery is both accessible and inviting. It’s family friendly, dog friendly, and picnic friendly, so bring Fido, the kids and your favorite snacks for a great time.
Dinner at Mistura
Appetizer: My absolute favorite, the Ceviche Rompe Muelle. For a sample of what Mistura has to offer, try the Sabor Mistura appetizer that dishes up a quartet sampler of Peruvian flavor.
Entrée: I highly recommend the Escabeche, a serving of white seabass sautéed with garlic, olive oil, red onion, Botija olives and a colorful medley of locally grown potatoes.
Drink: If you’re making a mid-week stop, be sure to check out Wine Wednesday where local wineries are showcased and paired with meals.
Maverick Tip: Salsa dancing is a great way to have fun and unwind at the end of the day. If you happen to come on the last Thursday of the month, join one of Mistura’s salsa classes.
Breakfast & Golf at Hunter Ranch Golf Course and Restaurant
Do: Start the day off with a quick round of golf at Hunter Ranch Golf Course. Choose from a 9- or 18-hole course surrounded by vineyards and oak trees, or use their Quick.golf app to play by the hole.
Eat: Reward yourself with a hearty, fresh garden omelet – spinach, tomatoes, bell peppers, onion and mushrooms folded into three eggs and topped with cheddar and jack cheese and dished up with a side of salsa.
Maverick Tip: The Bloody Marys are amazing and taste great with some of Chef Kelly’s famous bacon.
Spa Experience with Vino Therapy Spa & Events
Do: An alternative vineyard experience with Vino Therapy. The mobile wine spa fuses wine with spa services by utilizing the byproducts of the winemaking process in their treatments. Enjoy facials, pedicures massages and more. It is the ultimate pampering experience for wine lovers.
Maverick Tip: Vino Therapy also offers wellness retreats and spa and yoga workshops to round out your morning.
Lunch and Tea at Spice of Life
Eat: The day’s salad, which owner Lori adjusts each day based on the fresh produce she picks up at the farmers’ market.
Drink: The matcha, hot or iced depending on your mood or the weather.
Maverick Tip: If you’re looking to bring home something to share, Spice of Life has an assortment of locally crafted products such as olive oils, muesli and cookbooks. Or fill your carry-on with teas and spices to savor your trip all over again.
Soak at River Oaks Hot Springs or Paso Robles Inn
Do: A soak in natural hot springs at River Oaks Hot Springs. They have indoor and, my personal favorite, outdoor tubs, nestled in the vineyard featuring views of the countryside or the stars.
Maverick Tip: If you’re looking for a more in-depth hot springs experience, stay in a deluxe room at the Paso Robles Inn, which comes with an in-room hot springs tub. Here you can also take a stroll along the Reflexology Path amidst the serene gardens and, if you have little ones, stop by the front desk for some fish food to sprinkle in the Koi ponds.
Barre Class at Refine Barre Studio
Do: A Barre class, which is a fusion of yoga, ballet and Pilates, at my studio – Refine Barre Studio.
Maverick Tip: I offer 1-hour drop-in classes for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. I’d love to see you so be sure to stop by.
Dinner at Goshi Japanese Restaurant
Eat: The Robert Roll with shrimp tempura, crab, avocado and yakidore sauce; the Special Spicy Albacore with Albacore tuna topped with green onion and spicy sauce; the Eel Roll with cucumber, avocado, salmon and dynamite sauce; and the Nikki Roll with crab, avocado, salmon and dynamite sauce. Their dynamite sauce is the bomb!
Maverick Tip: Goshi is right next door to the Barre studio so after working up a sweat, you can sit at the bar and watch these expert craftsmen create edible works of art.