The Paso Pup


Love traveling with your furry friend? Take a tip from the Paso pooch. Napoleon will take you around town showing off the best of Paso from a pup’s perspective. Complete with Napoleon's favorite place to relax with your favorite chew toy, this itinerary will leave you both begging for more.

Breakfast at Spearhead Coffee

For People: Spearhead Coffee is on a mission to offer the very best coffee with wonderful service at a great price, giving my human increased disposable income for more chew toys.

For Pups: The café is canine-friendly with fresh water outside for dogs like me.

Maverick Tip: They sniff out the finest coffees from around the world and roast the beans to perfection for a sublime cup o’ Joe, every time.
The vibe is creative and the staff is knowledgeable, super friendly, and great at belly rubs!

Salinas River Walk

For People & Pups: Did someone say, “WALK!?” Just minutes from downtown Paso, the Salinas River Walk is a favorite go-to for fun and socializing! People and their dogs can walk for miles and experience beautiful trails winding alongside the Salinas River bed.

Play at Sherwood Dog Park

For People: When visiting the dog park, check out the message board for updates on dog-focused events like the annual Paso Robles Dog Jog, Howl’oween and Sherwood Dog Parkaversary!

For Pups: I always find friends to dig in the dirt with me and play on airplane obstacles around this 1.25-acre slice of doggie dreamland.

Maverick Tip: Once the southern end of Paso Robles’ first airport, this land is now a beautiful dog park with areas for big and small dogs to romp together. Known as the park “where dogs take flight,” this park was opened in April 2012 and is a favorite of doggie travelers and local pups alike.

Check in at Hotel Cheval

For People: A short walk from Paso Robles’ Downtown Park, Hotel Cheval features 16 luxury rooms and The Pony Club on-site restaurant. It’s a great place to grab a bite to eat and enjoy the outdoor patio.

For Pups: This dog-friendly hotel offers dog treats in the lobby, an open patio for lounging and doggie beds and blankets in the room!

Maverick Tip: Hotel Cheval is only one of several dog-friendly places to stay while visiting Paso. See what other lodging properties also welcome your favorite fur baby. Many offer doggie goodie bags at check-in along with other hound-happy amenities!

Lunch at Hunter Ranch Golf Course

For People: The Pooch Patio at The Grill at Hunter Ranch Golf Course has a patio that overlooks the beautiful 4.5-star golf course and delicious menu.

For Pups: Hunter Ranch Golf Course has dog bowls of fresh water and the special Pooch Patio menu for me! I can’t get enough of their tri-tip bites, but you can also choose from chopped burger, grilled chicken, or a grilled hot dog!

Maverick Tip: Breakfast and lunch are served seven days a week with a spectacular Sunday brunch and a daily happy hour from 3pm-6pm. The Grill at Hunter Ranch also offers a full list of fine local wines and a great selection of beers. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.

Wine Tasting at Eberle Winery

For People: Enjoy a glass or bottle of wine on the scenic deck overlooking the 38-acre estate vineyard and the Santa Lucia Mountains. Bring a picnic to pair with your favorite wines, or order a gourmet picnic lunch (24-hour advanced notice required). A bocce ball court and corn hole await your challenge.

For Pups: I always enjoy their homemade dog treats while watching visitors enjoy their award-winning wines. I also love visiting with Roussane and Sangiovese, the Eberle family’s two standard poodles that love to greet visitors (people and pups alike!).

Maverick Tip: Gary Eberle–known as the Paso Robles Wine Industry Pioneer–began making wine in Paso in the ‘70s with the 1979 Cabernet Sauvignon as his first release. The winery production facility and tasting room were opened in 1984 and 1994, with the operation eventually expanding to the first wine caves in Paso Robles. Today, cave tours of the 16,000-sq.-ft. underground caves are offered daily along with a complimentary wine tasting.

Breakfast at Panolivo

For People: Savor the traditional French family cooking with California flair. Mouthwatering desserts and French pastries from the in-house bakery and their unique take on comfort food is delicious, so I’ve heard.

For Pups: Enjoy a bowl of fresh water while doing some great people watching downtown!

Maverick Tip: Panolivo was awarded Diner’s Choice in 2015 for Open Table and is also highly rated by dog owners on Bring Fido.

Art at Studios in the Park

For People: Located in the heart of historic downtown Paso, this nonprofit open studio art center features five studios housing thirteen working artists, four galleries and a fine craft/fine art gift shop. There’s even an artist who creates dog paintings!

For Pups: Dogs are always welcome to join their people at the gallery for a creative activity like a class, workshop or exhibit viewing.

Maverick Tip: I often run into many of my buddies when visiting Studios on the Park, including owner Sasha Irving’s two Boston terriers – Smudge and Squiggle.

Snacks at the Paso General Store and Downtown Stroll

For Pups: The Paso Robles General Store is one of my favorite stops, filled with unique and locally made artisan items for people and dogs alike. I recommend the Polka Dog Bakery Chicken Strips to go along with your very own Paso dog magnet!

Maverick Tip: In many stores, you’ll find Paso dogs greeting you as they work alongside their people. So many downtown Paso businesses welcome us four-legged fur balls with open arms (and paws!). Several shops even spread the doggie love with dog treats and fresh water to share.

Wine Tasting at LXV Wine Lounge

For People: LXV Wine also offers something special: a spice and wine pairing – Viognier with garam masala or a Sangiovese Rosé with herbs de Provence – and visitors can enjoy cheese pairings like sheep's milk cheese dusted with spice blends. I’m salivating already!

For Pups: This must-stop has a great patio and vibrant tasting room with many comfortable cushions for relaxing. Find the pillow made in honor of the owner’s dog and you might be in for a treat!

Maverick Tip: LXV Wine was recently voted “Readers' Choice for 10 Best Tasting Rooms” by USA Today!

Wine Tasting at Ecluse Winery

For People: Écluse is dedicated to producing limited production, handcrafted, award-winning wines and features Bordeaux and Rhône style wines along with their fabulous Zinfandel.

For Pups: Their beautiful tasting room and patio are all dog friendly, so bring Fido along with a picnic to enjoy with Écluse wines!

Maverick Tip: Écluse is the French word describing the locks on the canals that gently carve their way through the remarkable French wine countryside, and because owners Steve and Pam’s last name is Lock, Écluse Winery–a family-owned boutique winery– was born. Their tribute wine, Blind Dog Wine, honors their late rescue dog Toby and a portion of proceeds benefit Dogs for the Deaf.

Beach Romp at Toro Creek Beach

For People: Just a short and scenic 25-minute drive from downtown Paso, this beautiful and relaxing strand of beach is located between Morro Bay and Cayucos. The views are a must see!

For Pups: Toro Creek Beach isn’t just dog friendly; it’s also an off-leash beach so I can run for miles and miles with my friends!

Maverick Tip: Because parking is located on Hwy 1, I highly recommend keeping your dog on leash until you hit the sand and leash up before you leave the fenced area. Bring water, a towel, a few balls, doggie waste bags and your best friend.