Paso Robles is celebrating its 125th Anniversary in style this year with events, discounts, special historic tours and more! 2014 is the perfect time to visit this burgeoning wine region on California’s Central Coast.
Nestled in the coastal mountain range of Central California mid-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Paso Robles is a stunning getaway that offers everything necessary for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation. From wine festivals to cattle drives and car shows, Paso Robles is an ideal respite for visitors to enjoy new experiences. This beautiful town offers miles of breathtaking, untouched natural beauty featuring over 250 wineries, an abundance of farm-fresh cuisine, a quaint downtown filled with local artisan shops and galleries, and a wide selection of accommodations.
Below is a roundup of exciting activities and new happenings taking place this winter and spring, from January to April, 2014. For more information on attractions, dining and lodging, visit www.travelpaso.com. For the latest news, visit blog.travelpaso.com or follow us on Twitter @travelpaso. For a full listing of year round events, visit www.travelpaso.com.
– WINE NEWS –
Paso Robles Named Wine Region of the Year
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Wine Enthusiast named Paso Robles the Wine Region of the Year in 2013. The entire region was recognized not only for excellence in wine quality, but also for innovation and excitement. According to the magazine, “there are wine regions far more famous than Paso Robles that produce great wines, but few places exhibit the spirit and can-do positivity of this Central Coast appellation. It’s not easy for a wine region to reinvent itself, but Paso is doing it with flair.” For further info, read the article here at www.winemag.com/Web-2013/2013-Wine-Region-of-the-Year-Paso-Robles
Biodynamic in the Vineyard
Tablas Creek Vineyard
9339 Adelaide Road
By studying the grazing herd of sheep living at Tablas Creek, vineyard owners are convinced the animals are highly effective in farming the grapes. The winery invites visitors to see the herd for themselves as it effortlessly removes the unwanted weeds from underneath the vines and within the vine rows. Besides being adorable, the herd reduces the need for at least two tractor passes in any given block, creating a reduction in biodiesel use, total man hours and tractor repair costs. As they eat, they are simultaneously fertilizing the vineyard, that nutrient cycling happens without any human effort, reducing the total amount of compost purchased and the labor to apply it. The sheep can only be in the vineyard when the vines aren't growing, usually from mid-November to mid-April. For more info, visit www.tablascreek.typepad.com/tablas/2013/08/counting-sheep-not-always-sleep-inducing.html
Earth Day Food & Wine Festival
Hosted at Castoro Cellars and JUSTIN Winery
April 11-14, 2014
Head on down to the Food & Wine Festival and celebrate the very best of the Central Coast. Be there when over 200 growers, vintners and chefs come out to serve amazing pairings of award-winning wines with delectable dishes made with the freshest of local ingredients. Top it all off with live music, dancing and fun activities. Tickets start at $75. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (805) 466-2288 or visit www.earthdayfoodandwine.com
Historic Wine Trail
Various area wineries
Celebrating Paso Robles’ 125th Anniversary by waiving tasting fees In 2014, a handful of historic Paso Robles wineries are waiving their tasting fees in support of Paso Robles 125th Anniversary. The fees will be waived through the end of 2014. Pick up a glass and a map at the Paso Robles Visitor’s Center, located downtown at 1225 Park Street and GO! Glasses are $25 each and proceeds benefit the 125th Anniversary. Visit www.paso125.com for more information after February 1.
Wild Coyote Estate Winery
3775 Adelaida Road
The popular Wild Coyote Estate has expanded their tasting room and made the entire estate much larger. Wild Coyote is now able to accommodate larger parties, buses, limos and more. For more information on the expansion visit www.wildcoyote.biz.
– CULINARY NEWS –
Second Press Wine Bar and Eatery
810 11th Street
Second Press Wine Bar and Eatery is now open in beautiful downtown Paso Robles square. Offering contemporary wine country cuisine with magnificent park views, this restaurant brings a new, fresh flavor to Paso Robles. The lunch and dinner menu features seasonal, local, organic ingredients, creating an upscale casual feel. Second Press features central coast wines and local craft beers. For more information visit www.secondpress.biz.
The Dish Restaurant
835 13th Street
This hidden gem has just opened offering visitors an overall great dining experience in the heart of downtown Paso Robles. The food is outstanding featuring a small menu with a big range of style from sweet potato waffle fries to chili verde tacos and shrimp sliders. The service is friendly, fast and attentive. Don’t forget your doggie bag! Visit www.thedishpasorobles.com for more info.
– ARTS & CULTURE –
Happy Birthday Paso Robles
Downtown City Park
March 11, 2014
Get ready to party like its 1889! Paso Robles is celebrating its 125th Anniversary in style. The area is growing in popularity, especially in regard to the wine industry and was just named the top wine region of the year. Wine has been a part of the history of El Paso de Robles but the early beginnings of the town had as much or more to do with ranching, farming, orchards and hot springs. For more information on the history of Paso Robles, the 125th Anniversary events, cookbook, calendar, merchandise, beneficiaries and sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, go to www.paso125.com.
Arbor Day 125th Anniversary Tree Planting
Various locations throughout the city
April 25, 2014
El Paso de Robles is Spanish for "Pass of the Oaks" and locals honor the majestic oak tree in word and deed. In honor of the community’s 125th Anniversary, volunteers and City staff will come together in 2014 to plant 125 oak trees around the city. The trees will be purchased out of the City’s Oak Tree Replacement Fund, which is designed to replace oak trees that have been removed, with City Council approval, by developers and homeowners over the years. The locations of the new trees will be chosen prior to Arbor Day 2014. For more details visit www.paso125.com/events.
Vina Robles Amphitheatre
3800 Mill Road
The Vina Robles Amphitheatre, where European Inspiration meets exceptional wine and intimate live music, offers an unforgettable wine country experience. The 3,300 seat boutique amphitheater is nestled on a picturesque, oak-dotted hillside in Paso Robles on California's Central Coast. The concert season runs from May through November and features top tier acts from around the world in all genres. The 2014 concert season schedule will be announced in spring. Pre-register here: www.vinaroblesamphitheatre.com/offseason or go to www.vinaroblesamphitheatre.com for more info.
Video Quest Adventure Workshop
Guests exploring the California Central Coast can learn to master the art of cinematic expression thanks to the Video Quest Adventure Workshop. In the full day workshop, guests will learn how to shoot and edit video for business and personal purposes with a smart phone and laptop. Between six to ten students per class, which starts in Cayucos for the morning, then moves to Opolo Winery for lunch and the editing portions of the class, finishing the day with wine tasting. For more information, visit cinemaevino.com/video-quest-adventure and www.facebook.com/videoquestadventure
California Mid-State Fair
Paso Robles Event Center
2198 Riverside Avenue
The Paso Robles Event Center is home to the California Mid-State Fair, "The Biggest Little Fair Anywhere!" In 2014, highlights include Kid Rock, Journey, Steve Miller Band, Doobie Brothers and Tower of Power, to name a few. Tickets will be on sale this spring. Visit www.midstatefair.com as more acts are announced.
– ACCOMMODATIONS –
Paso Robles Hotel Month
February 1-28, 2014
Everyone needs a holiday after the holidays. That’s why the Travel Paso Robles Alliance is sponsoring “Paso Robles Hotel Month” throughout the month of February, providing a third consecutive night free to guests who stay two nights. This amazing deal is offered at a range of participating resorts, flagship hotels and inns. Guests will also be able to enjoy special amenities unique to each property. For more details visit www.travelpaso.com.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Paso Robles
2615 Buena Vista Drive
This popular destination is growing again. Construction has begun on a new 37-room hotel addition that should be opening in fall 2014. Featuring luxurious Villa Suites that include full size balconies and full kitchenettes, the property hopes to better accommodate long term, extended stay guests and business professionals seeking an experience more like home. La Quinta’s complimentary full, hot buffet style breakfast will continue to be served each morning for all guests. Hotel guests are also invited to enjoy complimentary Manager’s Wine and Gourmet Cheese receptions on weekday evenings. For more information, visit http://832.lq.com or call 805-239-3004.
2700 Buena Vista Drive
Opening November 2014
The city of Paso Robles is looking forward to the opening of its first resort and spa from Ayres Resorts. This brand new property is in the framing stage of their Paso Robles Resort on Buena Vista Drive with a tentative completion date of November 2014. This is one of the most environmentally conscious projects of its kind and will pursue the prestigious SLO Green Building Certificate of Recognition. For more information, visit www.ayreshotels.com/newsroom/press-release/pasorobleshotel.
– OUTDOOR ADVENTURE –
Historic Scavenger Hunt
Downtown Paso Robles
Launches March 11, 2014
Kids of all ages are invited to participate in the Historic Scavenger Hunt in celebration of Paso Robles’ 125th Anniversary. Simply pick up a walking treasure map and follow the clues that lead participants through the historic sites in downtown Paso Robles. Completed maps can be entered into a drawing for a gigantic giveaway of family-friendly outings and items from Paso Robles. More information can be found soon at www.paso125.com
Historical Paso Robles Geocaching Tour
Paso Robles area
Launches March, 2014
Learn about the past 125 years of Paso Robles history while geocaching through the area vineyards, hot springs, mines, historic neighborhoods and more. Visit www.paso125.com for more information after February 1, 2014.
– SERVICES –
A Ride Awaits
A Ride Awaits is a new taxi service that just launched in Paso Robles. Offering door to door service, A Ride Awaits joins Paso Robles’ Fetch Taxi Service in offering fast, friendly and affordable transportation.
– EVENTS –
Esprit du Vin
January 18, 2014
Villa San-Juliette Winery
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Come and celebrate Esprit du Vin, the Spirit of Wine, at Villa San-Juliette Winery. Thirteen wineries will gather for an exciting night of wine, cheese and appetizers. Wines will be expertly paired with different gourmet cheeses. Stroll around our spacious tasting room and savor each pairing! Gourmet olives, olive oils, breads, pastries and more will be served by local chefs and artisans. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (805) 227-4812 or visit www.pasorobleswinerieseast.com.
Rhone Rangers Experience
February 16, 2014
Broken Earth Winery
10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Join the Paso Robles Chapter of the Rhone Rangers as they come together for the 2014 Paso Robles Rhone Rangers Experience. Spend the day in the beautiful Paso Robles Wine Country with some of America’s leading producers of Rhone varietals as they demonstrate what makes Paso Robles an ideal place for these wonderful grapes and wines. This fun-filled day is full of fascinating information about all things Rhone and will include a “Rhone Essentials” seminar, a Vintner’s Lunch, silent auction and best of all, a Grand Tasting of nearly 150 wines. Tickets for the seminar and lunch are $85 per person, and seminar/lunch attendees will receive free entry into the Grand Tasting. Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $25 per person. For more information, visit www.rhonerangers.org.
Happy Birthday, Paso Robles
March 11, 2014
Paso Robles City Park
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Get ready to party like its 1889! Paso Robles is celebrating its 125th anniversary in style. The area is growing in popularity, especially in regards to the wine industry and was just named the top wine region of the year. Wine has been a part of the history of El Paso de Robles but the early beginnings of the town had as much or more to do with ranching, farming, orchards and hot springs. For more information on the history of Paso Robles, the 125th Anniversary events, cookbook, calendar, merchandise, beneficiaries and sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, go to www.paso125.com.
Vintage Paso: Zinfandel and other Wild Wines
March 14 – 15, 2014
130+ Wineries throughout Paso Robles Wine Country Spring in Paso Robles Wine Country means complex flavors, bright fruit and the intense colors of Zinfandel. During Vintage Paso, producers and enthusiasts come together in celebration of everything that Zinfandel and the Other Wild Wines of Paso Robles add to your palate and your experience. Enjoy a zin-filled weekend with activities including winemaker dinners, exclusive Zinfandel tastings, winery and vineyard tours and so much more! For more info, visit www.pasowine.com/events/vintage-paso.
24th Annual Cattlemen’s Western Art Show
April 4 – 6, 2014
Paso Robles Event Center
This nationally renowned art show continues to offer all original art and this year features the works of Barron Postmus. Enjoy works from 50 extremely talented professional western artists. All artists will be available to meet and talk to the public during all hours of the show. Admission is free all day on Saturday and Sunday and don't miss the Cattlemen's BBQ Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, $10 per plate. For more info, visit www.cattlemenswesternartshow.com.
About Paso Robles, CA & the Travel Paso Robles Alliance
Nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountains of the Central California Coast midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Paso Robles is a welcoming retreat that offers the authentic California experience. Founded in 2008, the Travel Paso Robles Alliance (TPRA) is a group of 19 area hoteliers with the mission to market Paso Robles as world-class visitor destination. The extensive variety of activities and experiences provide enjoyment for everyone including untouched natural beauty, more than 250 wineries, renowned cultural attractions such as nearby Hearst Castle, a bounty of fresh cuisine supplied by local organic specialty farmers, ranchers and fisherman, first-class shopping, golf and entertainment, and much more. Visitors can choose from a wide selection of accommodations, from historic hotels and boutique inns to leading brand properties and affordable, family friendly motels. For information on how to make the most of your stay in Paso Robles and to order a free visitor guide, visit www.travelpaso.com, call (888) 988-PASO (7276) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For the latest news on the area, visit www.blog.travelpaso.com, join us on Facebook www.facebook.com/travelpaso and follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/travelpaso.