Just a 3 ½ hour drive from San Francisco and Los Angeles, Paso Robles is a perfect stopping point or overnight located in the heart of San Luis Obispo County between California’s two major cities. Known for its quality wine and rolling green hillsides, Paso Robles is forever changing and growing. Here are some new and exciting additions from construction to cuisine.
Tour of Tin City
A new boutique winery village sits on 50 acres off Ramada Drive across Highway 101, featuring some 10 winemakers from Westside Paso Robles. Each winemaker has set up a small wine production facility within this renovated industrial park to produce handcrafted, high-end designed wines.
One such winemaker, 31-year-old Aaron Jackson of Aaron Winery, produces a limited supply of Petite Sirah. According to Jackson, “It’s about quality not quantity. There is a sense of community here. It’s like a little village—a one-stop shop for special labels.”
Wearing its own label, the community is known as Tin City where half of the wineries are by appointment only and the other half have mostly open weekend hours. The wineries involved are Aaron, Clos Solene, Nicora, Torrin, Desparada, Giornata, Field Recordings, Brian BensonCellars, Jacob Toft Wines, ONX Wines, and Powell Mountain Cellars. In addition, the popular Barrelhouse Brewing Company was one of the first to open onsite at 3055 Limestone Way.
An innovative Peruvian restaurant, Mistura (means mixture), has only been open four months. Italian-born Owner and Chef Nicola Allegretta and Peruvian wife Jackeline have captured the multicultural personality of Peru with a gastronomic blend of tastes, from its native Pre-Columbian and Incas heritage to Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and African influences. The free-range meats, organic and locally grown vegetables, and the sustainable seafood are all prepared in a tasty blend of spices, herbs, and sauces. The restaurant also offers some refreshing drinks, including sangria and Chicha Morada (made from purple corn, fruits, cloves, and cinnamon) which complement the Sea Bass Ceviche Rompe Muelle, Tamalito Negro (a shrimp tamale), and Anticuchos (grilled beef hearts).
Complete your meal with a digestive tea drink of Emoliente created from a blend of lemongrass, flaxseed, verbena, and mixed herbs. The Picarones, yam donuts, are quite delectable for a finishing touch.
If you are planning an event, try Haute Catering, an event production and catering offshoot of Mistura. Note that the Allegrettas are also proud owners of Mama’s Meatball in Downtown San Luis Obispo.
Paso Robles Golf Club
Recently completing a multimillion-dollar renovation, Paso Robles Golf Club first opened on a 120-acre stretch of greenery surrounded by olive and oak trees in 1961.There have been significant improvements in the playing conditions, along with a new clubhouse, restaurant, and practice facility. “The ambiance is an experience of a country club without the stuffiness,” states Mike Brabenec, PGA and Director of Golf.
The newly built restaurant with indoor and outside seating, serving some memorable salads and sandwiches, is an added plus. The fig and pear salad with grilled succulent shrimp and light, crunchy walnuts is a favorite.
La Quinta Inn & Suites
Located on Route 46 by Highway 101, La Quinta Inn & Suites is uplifting its reputation in Paso Robles and beyond,with positive changes in comfort and amenities. The establishment has recently undergone a renovation of its existing 101 guestrooms and suites. It is continuing to grow with the addition of an all-suite wing, the Villa Suites, which caters to those who want a more homey and luxurious experience. All suites in this new addition will offer amenities such as full kitchens, large balconies, and many with extra touches such as fireplaces.The additions are slated to be complete by the summer.
Guests can now enjoy an early evening cheese and wine tasting in lobby of hotel Monday through Thursday and purchase some quality wines from hotel’s recently built wine shop. Spacious and comfy rooms range from $145 to $229 per night. Some rooms have whirlpool tubs.
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