The Westside Loop
Paso’s gateway to the sea, 46 West snakes to historic Highway 1 from the 101, carving up and over the Santa Lucia Coastal Mountain Range, through hillside vineyards and ends with life-changing vistas overlooking the Pacific coastline.
Along this inspiring 15-mile corridor to the beaches -- and Highway 1, home of Hearst Castle -- sit some of Paso’s premier wineries with full-service restaurants, including Grey Wolf/Barton Family Wines and Niner Wine Estates. Enjoy an indulgent afternoon with magical vineyard views and gourmet dishes perfectly paired with each winery’s estate wines. What’s more, along 46 West are three of Paso’s marquee craft distilleries – Bethel Road Distillery, KroBar and Paso Port/Pendray’s.
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As you make your way closer to the sea, you’ll come upon two crossroads adored by locals. Head north on Santa Rosa Road, and you’ll weave down to Cambria, home of Stepladder Creamery. Head south, on Old Creek Road, and you’ll encounter gentle hairpin turns, avocado and orange groves. Old Creek ends with expansive views of Whale Rock Reservoir and the Pacific.
In the last few miles of 46 West, you can view the Santa Lucia Coastal Mountain Range cascading down to the sea. Soak in this majestic descent at several designated overlooks along the route (you can’t miss them). Prepared to be awestruck as you look out on the massive hills slinking into the curved coastlines of Morro Bay and Cayucos and the big blue slate of the Pacific. The vantage point is so high the roaming cattle below on the grassy hillsides appear as black specks.