What's New in Paso Robles, CA September - December 2012

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The fall and early winter seasons in Paso Robles, CA are a fantastic time to celebrate everything that makes this burgeoning town so wonderful. With the SAVOR the Central Coast Food and Wine Festival and harvest season right around the corner, visitors can relish in Paso Robles’ natural treasures. A plethora of newly opened wineries, culinary delights and events make Paso Robles a dream for lovers of food, wine and outdoor adventures. Nestled in the coastal mountain range of Central California mid-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Paso Robles is a stunning hideaway that offers everything necessary for a relaxing and enjoyable getaway. Take in miles of breathtaking, untouched natural beauty featuring over 200 wineries, farm-fresh cuisine, a quaint downtown filled with local artisan shops and galleries, a wide selection of accommodations, and much more. Below is a roundup of exciting activities and treasures for travelers to enjoy during a relaxing getaway to Paso Robles this fall and winter. 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. Special Note: All locations are in Paso Robles unless otherwise noted.


Below is just a sampling of the many exciting events taking place from September through December. For a full listing of year round events, visit http://www.travelpaso.com.

9/14 - 9/15: Crush and Roll West
Paso Robles Event Center
Cigar enthusiasts and wine lovers will gather at 4th annual Crush & Roll West to enjoy a variety of events, tastings, live music and educational seminars. Celebrate premium cigars, premium wine and the good life. Day passes are $75. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (805) 474-1133 or visit http://www.crushandrollwest.com.

9/27 - 9/30: SAVOR the Central Coast
Santa Margarita Ranch
This four-day food and wine extravaganza showcases the rich agricultural and aqua-cultural bounty located throughout the California Central Coast with classes, seminars, dinners, celebrity chef book signings and demonstration, a culinary garden and a two-day marketplace filled with tastings from local restaurants, chefs and culinary artisans. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.savorcentralcoast.com.
10/19: A Taste of the Backroads (new!)
Windfall Farms in Creston, CA
Back Roads Wineries of Paso Robles, a brand new collective of wineries, olive producers and B&B’s located on the East side of Paso Robles, announces their first annual “Taste of the Back Roads” wine seminar and grand tasting, along with delicious food from local artisans and vendors. For more information, visit http://www.backroadswineries.com
10/19 - 10/21: Harvest Wine Weekend
Various Wineries
Harvest is a time of huge celebration in Paso Robles wine country, and over this weekend more than 130 wineries will host 150+ individual events throughout the weekend. Enjoy special barrel tastings, blending seminars, grape stomping, food and wine pairings, live music and much more! For more information, visit http://www.pasowine.com.

11/8 - 11/11: Paderewski Festival
Various Venues
The 2012 Paderewski Festival celebrates the legacy of Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) – world famous pianist, composer, statesman, humanitarian, major California Central Coast land holder, vineyard owner, winemaker and almond grower – with four days of concerts and special events featuring internationally renowned performers, young pianists from Poland and the Central Coast region, wine tasting and a special lecture by preeminent Paderewski authority.

12/8 - 12/9: Adelaida Cellar’s Walnut & Wine Festival (new!)
5805 Adelaida Road, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Grapes aren’t the only thing harvested at Adelaida Cellars. Boasting over 700 acres of walnuts, Adelaida houses one of California’s largest walnut ranches. Visitors are invited to celebrate the walnut harvest with wine and food pairings, featuring Adelaida’s own delicious walnuts. Barry Lundgren, a local woodworker, will be present to showcase his work creating stunning bowls made from walnut wood. Guests will also experience olive oil pressing with Olea Farms, live music and more. For more information, call (800) 676-1232 or visit http://www.adelaida.com.


The Oaks Hotel - coming soon!
The Oaks Hotel in Paso Robles is set to open this fall, and will feature three stories with 90 comfortable guest rooms. Guests will enjoy services and amenities such as hot breakfast, a wine bar, conference room, exercise room, pool and spa, as well as a stunning restaurant, making it a great place to enjoy a relaxing stay in Paso Robles. 3000 Riverside Avenue, (888) 298-4141 http://www.pasooaks.com.

Balloons, Bubbles and Golf
Enjoy a refreshing escape at La Bellasera, where luxury accommodations are combined with exceptional service. Guests will feel right at home with deluxe amenities such as signature beddings and in-room spa therapy treatments, and can now enjoy one of one of La Bellasera’s fabulous new packages:

  •     Hot Air Balloon Package – Take in an aerial view of Paso Robles Wine Country from a hot air balloon floating several thousand feet above the ground. Enjoy this hour-long balloon ride at dawn after a relaxing night in a romantic Deluxe King guestroom with a private whirlpool or fireplace. This fully guided tour is met with a chase team upon landing and is followed by a hearty breakfast at Enoteca after the ride. Rates start at $666 per couple, excluding tax. Dependent on availability and weather.
  •     Spa and Golf Getaway Package – Relax with overnight accommodations in a deluxe two-room King Whirlpool room. Enjoy a round of golf at Hunter Ranch Golf Course, and then unwind with two one-hour spa treatments. Each morning, wake up to a delicious breakfast at Enoteca, an excellent way to round out a perfect trip. Rates start at $924, excluding tax and based on availability.
  •     Double Bubble Romance Package – Guests will be swept off their feet with the Double Bubble Romance Package without ever leaving the room. Spend the night in a luxurious Two Room King Whirlpool room while savoring chocolates and a bottle of local sparkling wine. The next morning, wake up to room service from Enoteca to complete the perfect romantic getaway. Rates start at $578, excluding tax and based on availability.

206 Alexa Court, (805) 238-2834, http://www.labellasera.com.

Behind the Vines
Enjoy a relaxing stay at Hotel Cheval, where guests can sit outside by a cozy outdoor stone fireplace, catch up on some reading in the library or enjoy a glass of wine in the hotel’s horseshoe shaped wine bar, the Pony Club. Regular events are held at the Pony Club, including happy hour every day, and weekly “Behind the Vines” seminars featuring ever-changing three two-ounce tastings showcasing local wines poured by the winemaker. 1021 Pine Street, (805) 226-9995, http://www.hotelcheval.com.

A Tasty Stay
While Paso Robles is known for its expansive list of wine tasting venues, there is also a world of culinary treasures waiting to be discovered. The historic Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse embraces these treasures with their organic chef’s garden featuring local fruits, produce and herbs throughout the year. In addition, Paso Robles Inn invites its guests to explore other fine purveyors in the area by offering new packages to help visitors to get the most out of the delicious foods Paso Robles has to offer:

  •     Taste Around –The “Taste Around” package allows guests to indulge in two fine purveyors conveniently located within walking distance of the Paso Robles Inn. Pasolivo Olive Oils introduces guests to a variety of locally made olive oils, while guests to Vivant Fine Cheese sample some of the finest cheese available. The “Taste Around” package is complete with an overnight stay and breakfast for two. Rates begin at $205, excluding tax and based on availability.
  •     A Walk to Remember – Experience local, fresh and often handcrafted artisanal foods, and get up close and personal with the artisans who call Paso Robles home. This 3 ½ hour walking tour features five food and beverage tastings with Central Coast Food Tours and gives guests an exclusive look into the inspiration behind the local chef’s creative menus. Guests will also receive the book “The History of The Paso Robles Inn, More Than a Century of Pride” along with two complimentary drinks in the Cattlemen’s Lounge. Rates begin at $458, excluding tax and based on availability.

1103 Spring Street, (805) 238-2660, http://www.pasoroblesinn.com.

Coming Soon… Ayres Resort & Spa
Paso Robles can look forward to a new full-service resort and spa on Buena Vista Drive, anticipated to open in 2014. This chic new resort will feature 225 guest rooms, a fine dining restaurant, on-site spa, boutique, 20 guest villas and 5,000 square feet of conference space. In addition, the resort will include a pool, spa and bocce ball courts, as well as beautiful vineyards, olive orchards and a variety of classic meditation gardens for ultimate relaxation.
The Marker Restaurant
River Oaks Golf Course just opened The Marker Restaurant in August, with views overlooking the golf course and rolling west hills. The menu features Mediterranean and Greek influences, sourced from locally grown produce and meats, with most items entirely homemade and prepared on site. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner and features a Sunday brunch with live jazz. The patio is a popular spot to dine or simply enjoy their large selection of local wines and premium beers. Guests will enjoy live jazz music plus open mic nights for local musicians on Friday and Saturday evenings. 700 Clubhouse Drive, (805) 226-2096

Firestone Brewhouse
Firestone Brewery in Paso Robles introduces a brand new brewhouse, conveniently attached to the front of the existing brewery. Located across the street from the brewery’s restaurant, Taproom, the new 60-barrel brewhouse occupies a three-story tower that has been integrated into the front of the brewery building. Beginning in September, it will be the centerpiece of an expanded brewery tour available to the public, offering amazing insights into the brewing process. Whether on a tour or not, visitors to the new Firestone Walker Brewhouse will get a great look into the brewing process, thanks to the broad glass walls on two sides of the second story, offering a permanent window inside. Brewery tours are now available Fridays-Sundays, every hour from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. 1400 Ramada Drive, (805) 225-5911, http://www.firestonebeer.com.

Opening on September 15 by Chef Andre and Cristina Averseng, PasoTerra will feature sustainably farmed products such as abalone, oysters, olive oil, goat cheese and fresh produce from local farms. Located in the front area of Dining with Andre, a catering company and culinary school, PasoTerra will be ideally located in the heart of downtown Paso Robles. 1032 Pine Street, (805) 227-4100, http://www.pasoterra.com.

Central Coast Food Tours
Newly launched Central Coast Food Tours introduces guests to a new culinary frontier where food, wine and history are brought together. Guests will indulge in a mix of food and wine tastings at five specially selected food and wine venues that best represent the array of agricultural, culinary and viticulture resources in the area. Learn about the culture, cuisine and agricultural roots that make Paso Robles a foodies dream. Tours last approximately 3 ½ hours and are available Thursday-Monday. Rates start at $69. (800) 979-3370, http://www.centralcoastfoodtours.com.

Olivas’ Olives
For premium organic olive oil, visit Olivas de Oro Olive Company along the newly opened Creston Wine Trail. This 160-acre olive orchard boasts a mill, tasting room and guesthouse on site. After relocating 2000 100-year old olive trees from Northern California to Creston, Olivas de Oro planted a 15-acre high density orchard, making this family-run ranch the largest estate-grown organic olive oil producer on the Central Coast. Olivas de Ora also raises grass fed sheep that can be found milling around the property. Visitors are welcome to tour the property and the mill, and take part in olive oil tasting. Tasting room is open Friday-Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm and by appointment. 4625 La Panza Road, Creston, CA 93432, (805) 227-4223, http://www.olivasdeoro.com.


Creston Wine Trail
The Creston Wine Trail is the latest wine country destination, featuring wineries, olive oil tastings, cozy bed & breakfasts, restaurants and even a country store and deli. Just a 15-minute drive from Paso Robles, visitors to the Creston Wine Trail can visit the tastings rooms of five boutique wineries and an olive oil producer. Travel this trail and experience some of the finest Bordeaux, Rhone, Burgundies and Italian style wines in a relaxing environment. Visitors can also take advantage of comfy lodging and delicious dining. http://www.crestonwinetrail.com.

Cellar Mates
Get a real taste of Paso Robles winemaking at Cellar Mates, the first and only cooperative winery and tasting room in Paso Robles opening mid-September. Conveniently located mid-town, this upscale cooperative winery will feature five wineries, a spectacular, cave-themed tasting room, indoor and outdoor event areas and a winemaking facility. First Crush Cellars will be one of the five participating wineries represented in the tasting room, where they will offer their educational wine classes, blending seminars and events from the facility. Cellar Mates will also be available for private parties and events. 2975 Limestone Way, (805) 434-2772, http://www.firstcrushwinemaking.com.

Vegas to Paso
Travelers to Las Vegas will now be able to visit wineries in Paso Robles thanks to the “Day Wine Journey” offered by Vegas Express. One of their new package options includes a one hour and 45 minute flight from Las Vegas to Paso Robles and a scenic drive to Santa Barbara where a return flight awaits. While in the Central Coast, visitors can travel in a luxury Lincoln Town Car and receive a VIP welcome at the wineries. After enjoying a picnic lunch, guests will travel down the picturesque 101 highway to Santa Barbara to enjoy another round of wine tasting before heading back to Las Vegas. Travelers have the option of making a weekend of it by booking a one or two night stay in the Central Coast for an additional charge. For more information, call Vegas Express Jet Concierge at (702) 458-5191 or email at info(at)vegasexpressjet(dot)com.

Swiss Days Celebrate Food, Wine and Art
Celebrate Harvest Wine Weekend on October 20 and 21 with a culinary trip through Switzerland during the Sixth Annual Swiss Days at Vina Robles Winery. In addition to traditional Swiss fare and wine pairings, Vina Robles is offering a visual treat as well. Swiss sculptress Simona Bellini and California watercolorist Tom di Santo will showcase their exhibit, entitled “Stagioni” celebrating nature and the seasons, all the while expressing the similarities and bond between California and Switzerland through form and color. The exhibit will be on display from October 20 – December 31, 2012. 3700 Mill Road, (805) 227-4812, http://www.vinarobles.com.

From Berry to Bottle
From harvest crush encounters to bottling their own custom blends, visitors can learn all about wine and the Paso Robles wine region with the fall with First Crush Winemaking. New this year is Harvest Tour de Vin, the ultimate behind-the-scenes winery tour held during the fall harvest crush season from September 23-25. Discover what makes Paso Robles distinct and different during this two-day luxury winery and vineyard tour. Find out how wine is made from “berry-to-bottle” by touring, tasting and dining at multiple vineyards and wineries throughout the region. This is a rare treat that gives wine lovers the royal treatment while taking exclusive tours of vineyards and wineries to meet growers and winemakers, enjoy fantastic wine country cuisine and get a “taste” of what winemaking is like. The Harvest Tour de Vin includes deluxe transportation. All-inclusive hotel packages are available. For more information, call (805) 434-2772 or visit http://www.firstcrushwinemaking.com.

Chic and Cozy
Brochelle Winery has opened a swanky new tasting room. Get a taste of their famed Estate Zinfandel while seated at a bar made out of reclaimed oak, or at a comfy seating area beneath the expansive wine glass chandelier. Just like their wines, the owners and operators of Brochelle Winery did all the work on the tasting room by hand. 2323 Tuley Court #130, (805) 237-0519, http://www.brochelle.com.

An Artful Tasting Room
Visit the brand new tasting room at Vine on the Marycrest, a small boutique winery specializing in award-winning Zinfandel and Rhone blends and varietals. Designed by Vitus Matare, this modern new tasting room opening October 1was inspired by a love of art, music and wine. The tasting room is also equipped for multi-track recording, making it an ideal venue for intimate musical performances. 5076 Mustard Creek Road, (805) 237-0378, http://www.vinesonthemarycrest.com.
Taste of the Back Roads
On October 19, join the Back Roads Wineries of Paso Robles for their first annual “Taste of the Back Roads” wine seminar and grand tasting at Windfall Farm’s Foaling Barn. Guests will get a taste of handcrafted wines and olive oils from family owned producers along with tasty food from local artisans and vendors. The evening will start with a wine seminar, where five winemakers will not only share their favorite wines, but will also talk about what went into making them. The seminar will be followed by a walk around tasting, where guests can meet and greet the winemakers and find out first hand what makes them passionate about making wine. Delicious food will be available and live music will be provided. Tickets are limited and available for sale at participating wineries and online. VIP wine seminar, grand tasting and two food tickets: $75; Tasting and two food tickets: $40. Proceeds will benefit Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation. Foaling Barn: 4715 Flying Paster Lane, (805) 227-2888; http://www.backroadswineries.com.

Arroyo’s New Home
Arroyo Robles Winery has moved to a new location and can now be found in a cozy tasting room on Park Street, the former home of Ortman Family Wines. Fans of Arroyo Robles can still expect the same delicious wines that they have grown accustomed to including Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet and more while sitting on the comfortable patio outside with shaded tables. This new backyard area will be a real treat for guests, who can look forward to fun events held on the patio. 1317 Park Street, (877) 759-WINE (9463), http://www.arroyorobles.com.

Derby Wines and Farmers Alliance
Coming soon to Paso Robles is a chic new winery that also holds historic value. The historic “Farmers Alliance” Building on Riverside Avenue is currently being restored by Derby Wine Estates. What was once an almond processing plant in the early 1920s has since been transformed, and upon completion will feature a winery, tasting room and wine club viewing lounge. Central Coast local architect Craig Smith was retained on this project for his extensive experience in the rehabilitation of historic buildings. Construction is currently under way and is expected to be completed in early 2014. Current address: 5620 E. Highway 46, (805) 238-6300, http://www.derbywineestates.com.

Naughty but Nice
For couples looking to spice things up, there’s a new boutique store on Spring Street that has just what they are looking for. Naughty but Nice is a great shop where visitors can find those romantic and saucy items they are looking for while still being at ease. Customers will find a wide selection lingerie and bridal collections to novelties and bachelorette party supplies. 1319 Spring Street #101, (805) 238-2787, http://www.nbnstores.com.

Happy 215th Birthday
Join Old Mission San Miguel on September 16 for its 215th birthday, which will be celebrated with their annual barbeque. The celebration will begin following Mass and will feature live music, folklore dancers, arts and crafts, a silent auction and other fun activities for the whole family. The proceeds from this celebration will help to restore and maintain this national historical landmark. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door for adults, and $8 for children 12 and under. 775 Mission Street, San Miguel, CA, (805) 441-1243, http://www.missionsanmiguel.org; Media Contact: Susan Velaquez, parishcenter(at)missionsanmiguel(dot)org.


New River Trail
Get your bikes and walking shoes ready! A new River Trail that runs parallel to River Road and 13th Street is under construction. This new trail will allow pedestrians and cyclists to travel safely from Larry Moore Park to North River Road without needing to use the busy roads. The completed trail path will be 12-feet wide, featuring an 8-foot wide concrete path with two 2-foot shoulders on either side. Approximately 2,000 feet long, the path will be easily accessible to all and will be lighted with benches to rest on along the way. The trail is expected to be available for public use by December 2012.

About Paso Robles, CA
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. The extensive variety of activities and experiences provide enjoyment for everyone including untouched natural beauty, more than 200 wineries, renowned cultural attractions including 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 http://www.travelpaso.com, call (888) 988-PASO (7276) or email tourism@prcity.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 market Paso Robles as world class visitor destination. The alliance offers information on the 1,100 luxury, specialty, value, and budget room choices available to visitors, as well upcoming events, leisure and group activities and specialty promotions. For more information on Paso Robles and to order a free visitor guide, visit http://www.travelpaso.com, call (888) 988-PASO (7276) or email 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.


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