Enjoy the Outdoor Lifestyle in Paso Robles
The weather is warming up and so are we... spring is right around the corner and with it comes outdoor events and activities, al fresco wining and dining, and stunning Central Coast views. Embrace the outdoor lifestyle, jump into action, then rest and recoup in beautiful Paso Robles Wine Country. Accomplish all your goals here, whether it's tackling a challenging hillside hike, eating farm-fresh, or simply soaking up the sun from a vineyard patio. Race to Paso Robles — on your mark, get set go.
Top Outside Activities in Paso
Hiking, Biking, Kayaking and More
The Road Less Traveled
Pack your hiking boots and travel on foot, to fully immerse yourself in nature. Take in the stunning scenery with hundreds of hiking trails located throughout Paso Robles and SLO County. Get moving, breathe the fresh air, soak in the sunshine and find inspiration while traversing the beautiful rolling landscapes and vistas. Whether you are looking for a family, pet-friendly, challenging or moderate hike, there are plenty to choose from. From hikes along the coastal bluffs to vineyard treks, you could stay for weeks discovering the Central Coast.
Cycle Central Coast
World class wine and world class cycling – come explore the Paso Robles wine region by bike! Paso is a veritable paradise for hikers and cyclists alike, with incredible scenery and rolling terrain, you can see it all from a new perspective. Whether you're looking to rent a bike and blaze a trail, or enjoy a guided tour of wine country, there are plenty of customizable options for you.
Make a Splash
Adventure begins at Lake Nacimiento Resort! With 165 miles of scenic shoreline, mountains, canyons, forests and waterfalls, the lake is a popular family destination. Here, you can take part in a long list of exciting outdoor activities like water sports, fishing, hiking, camping, lodging, and wildlife viewing. Looking to try something new? With equipment available for rent, now is the perfect opportunity to try it all. Stay on-site with a variety of accommodations suited for solo travelers or families of all sizes. This fun filled getaway is perfect for a quick trip or a staycation with plenty of things to do and see.
Top Places to Refuel
Fuel Up for a Day of Adventure
Refresh & Refuel
After an active afternoon of adventure and sightseeing, stop for a pick me up at The Neighborhood Cafe. This fresh juice bar serves up the trendiest acai bowls, organic cold pressed juices, smoothies and plant-based foods. Everything you need to cleanse, refresh and refuel with the most aesthetic presentation.
Nothing beats carbs, comfort food and hot skillet cornbread after a long, grueling day of training. Head over to The Hatch Rotisserie & Bar for the perfect balance of protein and carbs to prepare for the big day. Fueled by wood fire, small batch whiskey, and a bustling atmosphere, The Hatch, is the go to place for fried chicken, a cold drink and good company.
For classic and inventive California cuisine, Thomas Hill Organics brings a whole new meaning to farm-fresh. Dedicated to serving creative, organic foods and wines straight from the local farm and vineyard, it doesn't get fresher than this. Their dynamic menu reflects seasonal specialties and regional flavors. Come enjoy grass-fed Central Coast beef, an array of fruits and vegetables straight from farm, and breads from the bakery down the road.
Looking for local vegan and vegetarian options? Ziggy's is the newest vegetarian/vegan restaurant specializing in 100% plant-based burgers, tacos, sides, and desserts. Stop by for a house-made black bean veggie patty or an impossible patty hot off the grill paired with a fun mix of punk rock, gangsta rap, and old school jams to pump you out for a day outdoors.
The Vreamery, at Paso Market Walk will fulfill all your cheese and charcuterie needs — because even vegans like cheese with their wine. The Vreamery is the first vegan cheese shop in San Luis Obispo county, offering plant-based, dairy free cheese alternatives using superfood ingredients. Stop by for all your "dairy" needs and the best vegan panini in Paso!
Top Places to Recharge
Relax in Wine Country
Good Old-fashioned Glamping
Perhaps you’re looking for an upscale "glamping" stay – check out the new cottages at Sun Outdoors RV Resort. Sip a glass of wine on the rooftop of your cottage and order dinner directly to your doorstep. If you’re looking to stay under the stars, park your RV at Sun Outdoors RV Resort equipped with a large pool, pizza ovens, on-site wine tasting and campfires for the family to enjoy. No matter your needs, Paso has the perfect accommodations for an enjoyable getaway.
Top Places to Replenish
Open-air Markets, Surf Shops, and Local Goods
Weekly Farmer's Market
If you're staying at a rental property and can't wait to get your hands on some fresh produce, don't miss the local farmer's markets. Held every Saturday morning in Templeton and Tuesday morning on the north side of the Downtown square, each week dozens of local farmers man their booths, and are ready to give you a taste and a tale of their family farming philosophy.
You may need to restock on gear while you're here or purchase equipment for a new Central Coast hobby. Kahuna's Surf & Sport and Alliance Board Co. are the go-to for all things surf. Kahuna's Surf & Sport is the soul shops of surf, skate, and snow and has been long serving the community of Paso Robles for over 15 years. Alliance Board Co. is another board shop complete with clothes, sunglasses, shoes, skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, hats, watches.
Modern Day Market
Mercantile By Haley & Co. is a modern day market complimenting the purveyors of Paso Market Walk. This is your one-stop-shop for fresh bread, olive oil, aged meats, chocolates, candies and more. The displays are consistently stocked with unique and quality home goods, from coffee mugs to leather aprons and everything in between — making it a great spot to pick up Paso Robles souvenirs as well.
Where to Indulge
Wineries, Breweries, Bars and More
Explore Tin City
Explore Paso’s craft beverage epicenter, Tin City, where great beer, wine, spirits and food meet for a unique tasting experience all located within a two-block radius. Start your day at the region’s namesake Tin City Cider Co. for a dry-hopped cider made with California apples from the Sierra Foothills. Round your friends at the tables in the taproom to play games or play a game of cornhole on the patio and soak in the sunshine. Sip on a glass of Cabernet at the dozens of small-batch wineries in warehouse tasting rooms that allow you to get up close with boutique wines and learn about the stories behind the bottles. Then, grab lunch from the food trucks parked by the picnic tables and enjoy the outdoor beer garden. Stop for a tasty treat at Negranti Creamery afterwards, serving creamy sheep milk’s ice cream with a variety of flavors like Blackberry Rosemary, Black Coffee Chip and Strawberry Basil. Taste artisan spirits at Wine Shine Distillery, located along the Paso Robles Distillery Trail, known for its age-old distillation techniques with innovative flavors that will entice your palate. Sample brandy, whiskey and a variety of small batch spirits that will leave your taste buds craving more. End your day browsing through Etto, the pasta 101 shop full of homemade gourmet pasta, Italian pantry items, wine and more.
Live Music at The Pour House
At The Pour House, live music is a common occurrence, often starting on Thirsty Thursdays and continuing through to Sunday! Sharing craft beer, live music, good times, and pour decisions is their motto and they serve it well. In addition to an outstanding beer lineup, The Pour House also hosts great local bands and traveling musical acts. Expect high energy and volume as it should be, turned up loud.
Upcoming Outdoor Events
Farmstead ED & SLO County Farm Trail
OPEN FARM DAYS | Annually in July
FARMstead ED is home of the SLO County Farm Trail, where local produce, farms, ranches, and provisions are celebrated through hands-on educational experiences. Attendees are invited to put themselves on the map, where they'll find a wide array of authentic Farm Trail activities, tours, and workshops that include everything from lavender fields to olive oil workshops. Learn to make soap, feed baby goats, and get to know a farmer who cares. Folks who have a passion for living and learning will love this agri-CULTURAL experience! Put yourself on the map today.