Downtown Paso Robles is quite diverse, old town square charm merging locally made gems to Bohemian embroidered wool belts from Peru by Jenny Krauss. I had to have one, and Carolyn surprised me with the other I wanted as a birthday gift. Yes, it was my birthday week too! Carolyn found a cute chic slumber outfit for Remi. We treated ourselves to Amish lady finger popcorn, the most delicate crunchy popcorn, created in Indiana. We snooped for the town's secrets and scouted the Paso Underground, though it was closed that hour.
The Stables, in the small downtown strip, was my second overnight visit of choice - the first being last November. It was on that visit I saw the most beautiful rainbows of my life cascading over Paso. Rainbows and rainbows and rainbows were beckoning the sky and land over the hilly terrain of Paso. It was euphoric, unbelievable, I fell in love with Paso Robles.
If you love horses, stay at the ever so quaint and nicely priced Stables. Last November was the last girl trip with my ailing chocolate lab, Coco, and they were very pet friendly. I remembered that the double bed was a bit like sleeping in a hay bale, so on my second visit I politely asked to test the beds first. We girls grew up in rural Pennsylvania so we know a bit or two about barns and barn parties. I don’t think sleeping on a hay bale is in vogue yet, is it?! All jokes aside, we loved the quaint boutique hotel. The lobby was welcoming, and accompanied by a nook that opens up with wide barn doors, to coffee and water!
You need lots of water traversing the wineries because when at the wineries, and I speak for us, we only wanted to enjoy sips of beautifully crafted Paso Robles wines. Need to stay hydrated! After browsing and shopping the town, we ventured back to The Stables to relax by the quaint circular fire pit and gorgeous lit tree, to sip more Paso Robles wine, heaven.
We ran out of time on our 24-hour Paso Robles blitz but really wanted to spend a few hours at Tin City, Paso’s industrial makers market known now as the hip cluster hub to imbibe. Next time Paso! For more info on Tin City: www.tincitypasorobles.com
If you love local art, visit A local artist collective - Studios on the Park: www.StudiosonthePark.org
Coupled with 700 - 2,000-foot elevations, 30 distinct soil series, and the diverse mesoclimate created by these factors, Paso Robles is blessed with a long season that allows growers to ripen 69 different varieties balanced with sugar and acidity ideal for producing world-class wine.
Comparing wine countries, Paso Robles boasts 200 wineries, half of Napa’s, offering wine tastings at half the price too! Sonoma has 425 wineries and many tastings are complimentary with purchase!
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