Today’s Forecast: Sunshine, blue skies and good times in Paso Robles.
Welcome to Paso, where the air is hot and the wine is cold. If you’re a fan of the sweaty summer season, we have good news for you — as long as the sun is shining, we’re serving up endless summer fun well into the fall season. So let your neighbors pull out the pumpkins and Christmas decorations, we’ll be sitting poolside with frosé in hand until further notice. Plan your last minute summer escape now.
Whale Rock Music Festival | Photo: Luke Udsen Photography
POV: Music sounds better in the open air.
From live music series starring local artists and bands, to sold-out music festivals and big-name concert venues, Paso knows how to party. As we welcome live music back into our lives with open arms, prepare your calendars for pop, rock, and plenty of fine tunes. The return of the Whale Rock Music Festival this month promises an exciting fall for music-lovers of all kinds. Hot days make way for cool evenings perfect for singing your heart out, so now is the time to scour the schedule for Vina Robles Amphitheatre. Looking for something a little more lowkey? Paso Market Walk and Rava Wine & Events are both known for hosting exciting pop-up bands. And of course, for those who wish to sip and sing, local wineries and breweries like Tooth & Nail Winery and Barrelhouse Brewing Co. have a hot live music lineup ready to carry you through to the holidays.
DAOU Mountain | Photo: DAOU Family Estates
POV: Wine tastes better in the sunshine.
Speaking of wine, if Covid-19 has taught us anything, it is the beauty of wining and dining outdoors. With so many wineries, breweries, distilleries and restaurants transitioning their service to (pet-friendly!) outdoor patios we haven’t quite gotten over the trend. Not only is eating outside a fun change of scenery but it’s also an exciting way to soak up Paso’s many incredible views. To put it simply, an exceptional glass of wine deserves an exceptional view. Plus, that drool-worthy pic of your food just got better with a sunset backdrop. Here’s our curated list of wineries with the best outdoor views to help you chase the sunshine and aesthetic.
DAOU Vineyards - DAOU Mountain stands alone at an elevation of 2,200 feet creating an amazing view of the rugged coastal range west of Paso Robles.
Opolo Vineyards - Located off of picturesque Vineyard Drive, Opolo is known for its gorgeous vineyard views.
Sculpterra Winery - At this memorable ultra premium wine experience, you will also find a multi-million dollar sculpture garden surrounded by 360 degree views of vineyards and rolling hills.
Calcareous Vineyard - Indulge your senses in their award-winning wines and breathtaking views.
Halter Ranch Vineyard - In the heart of Paso Robles’ Westside Adelaida District, you can taste 100% estate-grown wines while surrounded by the vineyard views that grew them.
Le Cuvier Winery - At this stunning hilltop winery you can find exquisite small-production wines and a picture-perfect place to kick up your heels.
Croad Vineyards - Off Oakdale Road, enjoy panoramic views at this beautiful hilltop mission-style winery.
Niner Wine Estates - Enjoy a tasting with estate-grown wines and a photogenic farm-to-table inspired lunch.
Pear Valley Vineyard - Experience the harvest view of your dreams with rows of picturesque grape vines as far as the eye can see.
Central Coast Trailrides with Cass Winery | Photo: Travel Paso
POV: Fall is better in Paso Robles.
Okay, we said it. As much as we love sweater-weather and watching the seasons change, fall is better with a side of summer. In a city with so many wonderful outdoor activities, summer to fall is easily one of our favorite times in Paso. Warm days and cool nights make for the perfect compromise. Enjoy picnics in the park by day and campfire s’mores by night. Horseback riding through wine country as the sun comes up, cozy farmer’s market cider as the sun goes down. Shopping the day away, champagne and hot springs all night. Ideal bar hopping weather, with the fun of seasonal craft beer flavors. And they say you can’t have it all… Luckily, Paso excels at seasonal transition, slowly creeping into the colder months with grace so that every bit of time in Paso Robles can be truly savored.