Another Reason to Stay -- Winter and Spring Events in Paso Robles, CA: World Class Wine Festivals, Horse Derbies, Dynamic Art Shows and Much More: February-May 2012

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Paso Robles, CA, a stunning retreat located mid-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco, is a centrally located respite for families, couples and groups of friends longing to enjoy a relaxing getaway this winter and spring. Below is a roundup of not-to-miss events to plan a visit this season.

Take in the beauty of Paso Robles this winter and spring where warm sunny days give way to cool, crisp nights. With so many exciting events happening, visitors can enjoy premier wine and art festivals, authentic horse derbies, vintage sidecar shows, and so much more. Additionally, a multitude of events showcase this vast wine region where visitors can enjoy tastings of superb Zinfandels, Rhônes and many other varietals.

Nestled in the coastal mountain range of central California mid-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco and just 30 minutes from the San Luis Obispo Regional Airport, Hearst Castle and Central Coast beaches, Paso Robles is a centrally located respite for families, couples and groups of friends longing to enjoy a relaxing getaway. Boasting a vast wine region with more than 200 vintners, farm-fresh cuisine, a quaint downtown filled with local artisan shops and galleries and a wide selection of accommodations, Paso Robles offers something for everyone.

Below is a roundup of not-to-miss events. Visitors can plan their stay around the following activities, or just come and relax. For more information on attractions, dining and lodging in Paso Robles, visit http://www.travelpaso.com. For the latest news, visit http://blog.travelpaso.com.

  • FEBRUARY –

2/12: Valentine Movie Night
Park Cinemas, 7 p.m.
Cuddle up in the dark next to your sweetheart to watch a Valentine’s Day classic at Park Cinema. Tickets are $12 and include complimentary popcorn, a soft drink or champagne, and truffles. For more information, call (805) 238-4103 or visit http://www.travelpaso.com.

  • MARCH –

3/4: Wedding and Event Expo
Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Showcasing the latest bridal trends and newest styles, this is the place to be for planning the perfect wedding or event. For more information, call (805) 238-4103 or visit http://www.travelpaso.com.

3/13 - 3/18: PCCHA Derby (free!)
Paso Robles Event Center, 8 a.m. - 5p.m.
The Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association returns to the Paso Robles Event Center for their annual Derby/Classic-Challenge. This event offers approximately $400,000 in prize money for its competitors and free entertainment for attendees. Admission and parking are free. For a full schedule of events, visit http://www.pccha.com.

3/16 - 3/18: Zinfandel Festival
Paso Robles Event Center, 6 - 10 p.m.
Celebrate Zinfandel with over 50 vintners showcasing this spicy varietal, Zin-perfect food and a unique wine country auction. In addition to the festival, wineries throughout the area will hold “Zintacular” activities to add to the experience. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.pasowine.com.

3/24: Dog Jog
Kennedy Club Fitness, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Dogs and their owners are invited to join in the fun and get some exercise at the same time. Parks-4-Pups is the sponsor of this event and is committed to providing recreational areas and events for dogs and their families in North San Luis Obispo County. Registration is $15. For more information and to register, call (805) 239-4437 or visit http://www.parks4pups.org.

3/25: Wine Country Half Marathon
River Oaks Hot Springs, 7:15 a.m.
Starting and ending at the beautiful River Oaks Hot Springs, this mostly paved course takes runners over rolling hills, through picturesque vineyards and down along the Salinas River.
After the race, take in breathtaking views and enjoy a complimentary breakfast bar, live music, raffles and the post-race award ceremony. Accompanying events include a 5K Race and a Kids' Half Mile Grape Stomp. First place winners of the half marathon run win their weight in wine. Entry fees: $55 1/2, $35 5K, $15 Stomp. For more information and to register, visit http://www.winecountryruns.com.

3/30 - 4/1: Cattlemen's Western Art Show
Paso Robles Event Center, Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Boasting original art from 60 superbly talented western artists, this three-day extravaganza will spur excitement the whole weekend. The event kicks off on Friday night with the Artists’ Wine and Hors d'oeuvre Reception (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; $20 per person). Admission to the show is free. For more information, call (805) 472-9100 or visit http://www.cattlemenswesternartshow.com.

  • APRIL –

4/2 – 4/7: Horsemen’s Reunion
Paso Robles Event Center
The first and only event of its kind, anywhere featuring 20 renowned horsemen, including Chris Cox and Martin Black, who break 40 horses over six days at the Paso Robles Event Center. Spectators may purchase tickets to attend all six days for $180 or $35 per day. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.horsemensreunion.com.

4/28: Vintage Sidecar Rendezvous (free!)
Downtown City Park, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Enjoy vintage motorcycles and sidecars in the downtown city park. For more information call, (805) 238-4103 or visit http://www.travelpaso.com.

4/26- 4/28: 20th Annual Hospice du Rhone
Paso Robles Event Center
For the past 20 years, three-days in the late spring have been reserved for an exclusive weekend surrounding all things Rhône. A palate provoking weekend embracing the enchantment, history and tastes of the 22 Rhône varieties. Throughout the weekend, tip your glass with worldly Rhône wine producers, journey through the largest international collection of Rhônes and savor exceptional cuisine, all while taking in the local Rhône community. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (805)784-9543 or visit http://www.hospicedurhone.org.

– MAY –
5/18 - 5/20: 30th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival
Paso Robles City Park
World-class wines, farm fresh culinary delights and winemaker seminars make this festival the place to be for wine enthusiasts. Whether crisp whites or bold reds satisfy your palate, the Paso Robles Wine Festival has something for everyone. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (800) 549-WINE or visit http://www.pasowine.com.

5/25-5/27: Festival of the Arts (free!)
Downtown Paso Robles Celebrate summer with this magical event for families. Saturday begins with a Plein Air Quick-Draw and auction, followed by a fine art show, a community paint jam, hands-on art stations, street performers, adult art seminars, live music, dance performances and other musical and visual surprises for kids. This three day family event also features guest lectures on Friday and an Art Collectors Tour of four local homes on Sunday. For more information, call (888) 988-PASO (7276) or visit http://www.pasoartfestival.com.

5/25 - 5/28: Great Western Bicycle Rally
Paso Robles Event Center, Memorial Day Weekend
Gather some friends, hop on your bikes and get ready for a thrilling weekend of bicycling through the rolling hills of stunning Paso Robles. A variety of routes are geared for all levels of riders so everyone can join in. For more information and to register, call (866) 909-4927 or visit http://www.greatwesternbicyclerally.com.

About Paso Robles, CA
Nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountains of the Central California Coast midway between Los Angles and San Francisco, Paso Robles is an affordable and welcoming retreat that offers the authentic California experience. An extensive variety of activities and experiences offer something for everyone including untouched natural beauty, a bounty of farm fresh cuisine supplied by local organic and specialty farms and the nearby Pacific Ocean, more than 200 wineries, renowned cultural attractions, first-class shopping, golf and entertainment, and much more. Visitors can choose from a wide selection of accommodations, from luxurious resorts and boutique inns to leading brand hotels and affordable, family friendly motels. For information on how to make the most of your stay in Paso Robles, visit http://www.travelpaso.com or contact, tourism(at)prcity(dot)com. For the latest news on the area, visit http://blog.travelpaso.com, join us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/travelpaso and follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/travelpaso.

About the Travel Paso Robles Alliance
The Travel Paso Robles Alliance (TPRA) was founded in 2008 by a group of 19 area hoteliers with the mission to help business, leisure and group travelers discover the Authentic California™ experience of the Central Coast. The alliance offers information for the 1,100 luxury, specialty, value, and budget room choices available to visitors. The organization consists of owners and operators of luxurious resorts and inns, leading brand hotels, quaint bed and breakfasts, motels and budget accommodations. For more information on the TPRA, call 888-988-PASO (7276), visit http://www.travelpaso.com or contact tourism(at)prcity(dot)com.

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