What’s New in Paso Robles, CA: May – August 2013

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With summertime just around the corner, Paso Robles is exploding with exciting culinary news, new adventures, hotel renovations and a new amphitheatre nestled on a picturesque hillside.

As always, the Paso Robles event calendar is brimming over with events for everyone including music, art, festivals, wine and a plethora of family friendly activities.

With summertime just around the corner, Paso Robles is exploding with exciting culinary news, new adventures, hotel renovations and a new amphitheatre nestled on a picturesque hillside. As always, the Paso Robles event calendar is brimming over with events for everyone including music, art, festivals, wine and a plethora of family friendly activities. Enjoy world class wines, farm fresh culinary delights and winemaker seminars during the 31st Annual Wine Festival or learn about the other local riches Paso Robles has to offer at the 10th Annual Olive Festival.

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 memorable and enjoyable vacation. Visitors will enjoy miles of breathtaking, untouched natural beauty, more than 250 wineries, an abundance of farm-fresh cuisine, a quaint downtown filled with local artisan shops and galleries along with a wide selection of accommodations.

Below is a roundup of exciting new activities and treasures for travelers to enjoy during a summer getaway to Paso Robles. For more information on attractions, dining and lodging in Paso Robles, visit http://www.travelpaso.com. For the latest news, visit the Paso Robles Insider.

Special Note: All locations are in Paso Robles unless otherwise noted.

  • WINE AND BREWERY NEWS –

Paso Underground Opening in May!
While the details are still very underground, here are a few tidbits to share about Paso’s newest downtown tasting room, Paso Underground. Four of Paso Robles’ most talked about up-and-coming winemakers have joined forces for this new and highly anticipated tasting room including Aaron, Clos Solene, Edmond August and Turtle Rock Vineyards, each producing less than 500 cases per year. Guests will have the opportunity to taste small lots of critically acclaimed wines that usually sell out before reaching the public spotlight. 1140 Pine Street, Paso Robles, (805) 237-0799, http://www.pasounderground.com.

BarrelHouse Brewing Co. is on the Scene
After years of planning, blood, sweat and beer, the Central Coast’s newest and most unique craft brewery is open. This brewery consists of a 17-barrel brew house, a bottling operation and a half-acre, beautiful outdoor beer garden. Outside is a flatbed truck used as a stage for live music, surrounded by seating and a large grassy area for picnicking. A pond and gorgeous waterfall create the perfect ambiance. Bring a lunch or pick up something from one of the passing food trucks that have added this popular new venue to their list of stops. 3055 Limestone Way, Paso Robles, (805) 296-1128, http://www.barrelhousebrewing.com.

Newly Remodeled “Club Clautiere”
The fun has expanded at Clautiere Vineyards! Known for their room full of silly dress-up gear, they have recently completed an extensive renovation of their large barn which still has all the famous charm and whimsy of the original tasting room, but with plenty more room. Complete with a stage outfitted with multi-channel surround-sound for special recorded or live music, this larger space can host special events for groups from 10 to 100. (805) 237-3789, 1340 Penman Springs Road, Paso Robles, http://www.clautiere.com.

Ancient Peaks Guided Vineyard and Food Pairing Tours
Experience a 90-minute vineyard tour like none other at Ancient Peaks’ Estate Margarita Vineyard. Wine lovers will receive an intimate hands-on look at growing wine from the ground to glass, followed by a special wine and food pairing experience. Guests will leave satiated and knowledgeable about viticulture, soils and climate, sustainability, and food and wine pairing. Call for reservations at (805) 365-7045, http://www.ancientpeaks.com.

Paso Robles Brewing Company (PRBC) Now Open!
An exceptional beer inspired experience awaits patrons at one of Paso Robles” newest brew pubs, the Paso Robles Brewing Company. With 21 taps representing PRBC's line up, other local brewers, and many guest taps from around the U.S., as well as an outstanding collection of specialty bottles, beer lovers are sure to find something to satisfy their tastes. For those seeking something a little different, local cider and wines are also available. In addition to the outstanding beer lineup, local and traveling musical acts will perform on a regular basis. From Bluegrass to Blues, covers or originals, the music promises to be top notch. (805) 239-1000, 525 Pine Street, Paso Robles, http://www.pasobrewing.com.

– CULINARY NEWS –

Artisan Prepares for their Move
The James Beard nominated Artisan restaurant will open in its new location at 843 12th Street in June, placing it directly in the heart of Downtown Paso Robles. Artisan is largely credited for helping to place Paso Robles on the map as a culinary destination as well as a critically acclaimed leader in the farm-to-table dining movement. In addition to this exciting news, owners Chris and Mike Kobayashi recently announced that hospitality veteran Daniel Green has joined the team as the restaurant’s General Manager. Green arrives to Artisan after four years at the award-winning Eleven Madison Park in Manhattan where he served as Assistant General Manager. Current address: 1401 Park Street, Paso Robles, (805) 237-8084, http://www.artisanpasorobles.com.

Paso Robles Inn Organic Garden- Summer Bounty
Paso Robles Inn’s Chef’s Organic Kitchen Garden has been planted for a summer bounty! Now in its second year, the garden, designed by Melanie Blankenship of Nature’s Touch Nursery in Templeton, shares the three-acre, manicured gardens of the historic Inn and is steps from Chef Kevin Fryburger’s kitchen for easy access. This year’s planting includes a variety of melons, tomatoes, squash, eggplant, cucumbers, brussel sprouts, carrots, peppers, spices and sunflowers. Chef Fryburger’s goal is to use his fresh, organic, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables in menu items every day at the Steakhouse. Guests are invited to sample ripe offerings fresh off the vine during a garden stroll. 1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles, (800) 676-1713, http://www.pasoroblesinn.com.

Sugar + Spoon Caramels
Life in Paso Robles just got a little bit sweeter when Anne Marquart decided to continue her Great-Grandma Edith’s tradition of making fresh, handmade caramels. Edith’s caramel was a huge hit with friends and family many moons ago; 80 years later, it’s making its debut in Paso Robles. While they don’t have a retail location, these caramels can be found at the Country Farm & Craft Market every Saturday in the Downtown Park in Paso Robles, Vivant Fine Cheese, Calcareous Tasting Room, Meadow Muffins Antique Shop and the Carnegie Library. (805) 674-7579, http://www.sugarandspooncaramels.com.

  • OLIVE OIL NEWS –

A New Direction for Pasolivo
The planned renovation of the award-winning Pasolivo Olive Oil Ranch is underway and at the helm is the new owner, Brian Dirk who is dedicated to preserving the existing olive oil business while expanding the visitor experience. Dirk’s team plans to remove foreign vegetation and reinstate indigenous plant life and flora, including rosemary, sage and lavender. New walking trails will enable the public to enjoy the scenic vistas for both recreation and meditation. More olive groves are planned to expand their olive oil production. The tasting room will be redesigned utilizing reclaimed woods, solar integration and repurposed materials. The barn, which is used for gatherings, presentations, musical performances and exhibits, will be renovated to preserve the original structure while updating it with fresh contemporary elements. The first phase of the renovation will be completed in 2014. 8530 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles, (805) 227-0186, http://www.pasolivo.com.

Laraneta Winery Now Offers Vineyard and Olive Orchard Tours
Guests can now experience the magical world of wine and olives all in one gorgeous vineyard. Laraneta Winery is proud to announce that in addition to their vineyard tours, they will now offer olive orchard tours by appointment on Saturdays and Sundays. Call or email for reservations at (805) 434-5090 or info@laraneta.com, http://www.laraneta.com.

– ARTS & CULTURE –

Vina Robles Amphitheatre
The grand opening for the highly anticipated Vina Robles Amphitheatre is scheduled for early July 2013. This incredible, one of a kind amphitheatre will seat 3,300 concert-goers creating a unique experience by pairing exceptional wine with an intimate live music performance. Promoter partners, AEG Live and Prescient Entertainment, are busy booking shows for the inaugural season, which will include 15-20 shows of all genres. The season calendar will be released early May, at which point tickets will become available for purchase. This venue will feature a combination of tiered reserved seats, VIP boxes and general admission lawn seating, offering a variety of ticket pricing options for concert goers. 3700 Mill Road, Paso Robles, (805) 227-4812, http://www.vinarobles.com.

– ADVENTURES –

A Night under the Canopy and Summer Camps at THE ZOO Paso Robles
Grab a sleeping bag and prepare to enjoy the great outdoors - jungle style! Guests will hear the macaws sing, wolves howl, tigers roar and watch the night creatures come alive during this exotic overnight adventure at THE ZOO Paso Robles. This camping experience includes a flashlight led tour of the zoo at night. THE ZOO Paso Robles is also offering an extremely interactive and creative camp for children during the months of June-August. Led by a local grade school teacher, kids will see many different aspects of the animal world including natural history, anatomy, geography and even a section on animal tracking and footprints. 2445 Adobe Road, Paso Robles, (805) 391-0604, http://www.the-zoo-paso-robles.com.

Dude Ranch Getaway Weekend at the V6 Ranch
June 20-23, 2013 or July 18-21, 2013
Experience the perfect relaxing getaway on the 20,000-acre V6 Ranch which is reminiscent of days gone by. Guests will enjoy guided trail rides, a unique cattle drive along with optional activities such as wine tasting, hiking, fishing, massages, swimming in the pool or relaxing in the hot tub.    
The large variety of horses can accommodate all levels of riding skills. 70410 Parkfield Coalinga Road, Parkfield, (805) 441-3507, http://www.parkfield.com.

– ACCOMMODATIONS –

La Quinta Inn & Suites is Expanding
In an effort to keep up with Paso Robles’ bustling wine country and the soon to open Vina Robles Amphitheatre, the owners of La Quinta Inn & Suites have decided to expand once again! This planned expansion includes 37 new rooms, some of which will include luxurious Villa Suites with special features such as full size balconies, fireplaces, and full kitchenettes. Currently, the La Quinta Inn and Suites has 100 guestrooms including 44 suites. The rooms are filled with modern amenities including luxurious beds, 32-inch LCD televisions with cable and free WiFi. The two room suites feature spacious bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs, a separate living room and large bedroom. Guests will enjoy special amenities including a complimentary breakfast buffet, an evening wine and gourmet cheese reception, a heated outdoor pool and spa, fitness center, and business center. 2615 Buena Vista Drive, Paso Robles, (805) 239-3004, http://832.lq.com.    

The Paso Robles Inn Renovation is Underway
The historic Paso Robles Inn, renowned for their therapeutic mineral spa tubs, is currently undergoing a multi-phase renovation program slated to be completed this July. This 98-room historic inn has been welcoming guests for more than a century; guests now have something new to look forward to this summer. The planned renovation includes exterior paint and décor along with new guestroom furniture, soft goods and the hotel’s signature mineral hot tubs are being replaced with new spa tubs. Additional features that are hallmarks of the Paso Robles Inn include gardens, streams, koi ponds and majestic oak trees surrounding the Inn. The Inn also features an outdoor heated pool and spa, the Paso Robles Steakhouse, and historic meeting and event spaces. Many rooms have fireplaces and some come with private hot springs mineral spa tubs located either on the balcony or in the bath. 1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles, (800) 676-1713, http://www.pasoroblesinn.com.

Spa Suite Remodel at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Black Oak
Guests can now enjoy a completely remodeled spa suite while staying at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Black Oak. This spa suite contains a king bed with a full-size Jacuzzi tub which is the perfect way to end the night after a day of wine tasting or celebrating a special occasion in Paso Robles. 1135 24th Street, Paso Robles, (805) 238-4740, http://www.bestwesternblackoak.com.

–WEDDING NEWS –

A Match Made in Bridal Party Heaven
The BEST WESTERN PLUS Black Oak has paired up with spa and wine experts Vino+Therapy to provide several exceptionally unique experiences for bridal parties. Currently available on Thursdays and Fridays, the Vino+Therapy staff will transport guests to their studio for a day of spa pampering including a wine foot soak, Champagne sugar scrub, port-infused truffles, vino massages and coco-cab facials. Guests can even continue on with some educational wine tasting at the Barrel Room which is proud to feature seven different boutique wineries. Packages can be tailored to wedding parties, girls getaways or birthday parties. 1135 24th Street, Paso Robles, (805) 238-4740, http://www.vinotherapystudio.com.

Olive Orchard Weddings at The Groves on 41
Romance is alive in the olive orchards at the newest wedding venue recently unveiled The Groves on 41. This pristine country estate sits on 18 stunning acres of olive orchards, providing a gorgeous, intimate and scenic setting for both weddings and events. This new venue is able to accommodate large groups up to 125 people (indoor seating) and up to 200 with the indoor and outdoor areas combined. 4455 Highway 41 East, Templeton, (805) 466-1542, http://www.thegroveson41.com.        

New Bridal Suite at Silver Horse Winery
Perched high on a hilltop overlooking acres of grapevines with dazzling views of the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail, Silver Horse Winery is putting the finishing touches on their new bridal suite to be completed in May. The property currently boasts two event areas that can accommodate 40 to 400 people for events and weddings, along with a huge lawn custom made for a garden wedding. Designed with events in mind, the winery building has adjustable walls that can connect the outdoors to the stylish interior spaces. The tasting room, with its dramatic vaulted ceilings, wrought-iron chandeliers and wood-burning fireplace, is reminiscent of a chic wine country bistro. The intimate Barrel Room is made even more enchanting with the addition of candles and fairy lights. 2995 Pleasant Road, San Miguel, (805) 467-9463, http://www.silverhorse.com.

  • RETAIL NEWS –

AndBe Boutique
New on the downtown square near Villa Creak is AndBe, a Euro-sleek store ideal for discovering beautiful and unique jewelry, handbags, home accessories, clothing and so much more. 1140 Pine Street, Paso Robles, (805) 238-0787.

Firefly Gallery
Downtown favorite Firefly Gallery, a gifts and apparel retailer, is moving into a larger space, allowing this mother-daughter duo to expand their eclectic clothing and unique art. Known by many for their eye-catching window displays, the new location will add an additional 700-square feet to their current operation and is a welcome addition to the downtown square. 841 12th Street, Paso Robles, (805) 237-9265, http://www.park13.com.

Picnic, Pantry and Home- General Store Paso Robles
The General Store Paso Robles is slated to open their doors on the downtown square in mid-May! The new owners have spent months searching for the very best gourmet foods, custom vinegars and herbal blends that Paso Robles has to offer. An amazing selection of local gifts will be available including lotions, herbs, cards, linens, bar soaps, healing balms, and, sugar lip balm, all specially made from local ingredients. The pantry section will showcase harder-to-find items such as California hot sauce trios, orange habanero jam and chocolate dipped homemade graham crackers. A special picnic section, overseen by Trumpet Vine Catering will provide everything needed for winery picnics in the summer sun. 841 12th Street, Paso Robles, (805) 674-6358, http://www.generalstorepr.com.

– UPCOMING EVENTS –

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

31st Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival
May 17-19, 2013
Paso Robles City Park
World-class wines, farm fresh culinary delights and winemaker seminars make this festival the place to be for wine enthusiasts. Guests can experience the character and rich history reflected in each glass of Paso Robles wine. This celebration will include the finest food and wine and embrace all that defines Paso Robles Wine County. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (800) 549-WINE or visit http://www.pasowine.com.

Festival of the Arts
May 24-26, 2013
Downtown Paso Robles
Celebrate summer with this magical event for families. New this year is a Plein Air Masters exhibition, two-day workshops (taking place the week prior to the main events), guest lectures and an art tour. The weekend kicks off with a party on Friday night, followed by a full day of activities on Saturday including a Plein Air Quick-Draw and auction, followed by a fine art show, a public mural project, hands-on youth art stations, the Travel Channel’s Sand Masters constructing giant sand castles, street performers, adult art seminars, live music, dance performances, stilt walkers and other musical and visual surprises for kids. Sunday is a full day of strolling open galleries. For more information, call (888) 988-PASO (7276) or visit http://www.pasoartfestival.com.

Concerts in the Park
June 14 – August 23, 2013 (Friday nights)
Downtown City Park
Enjoy the sounds of live jazz, blues, rock, fusion and more at this free summer concert series in downtown Paso Robles. Savor a glass of J. Lohr wine for sale at the concert. Proceeds benefit the REC Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.travelpaso.com.

California Mid-State Fair
July17-28, 2013
Paso Robles Event Center
This star-studded annual event features the brightest stars in show business. Headliners this year include Tim McGraw, John Mayer, Matchbox Twenty with the Goo Goo Dolls, and Rascal Flatts. Accompanying the live music are carnival rides, fabulous fair food and amazing Paso Robles wine. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (800) 909-FAIR or visit http://www.midstatefair.com.

Winemakers’ Cookoff
August 10, 2013
River Oaks Hot Springs
More than 30 winemakers will show off their talents while pairing culinary creations with their finest wines to compete for the Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice awards. Proceeds from this event support local high school seniors in need of financial assistance for college. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (877) 264-6979 or visit http://www.winemakerscookoff.com.

Paso Robles Olive Festival
August 17, 2013
Downtown City Park
Bring the family for a day of olive-inspired fun. Enjoy complimentary olive oil and olive product sampling (including olive oil ice cream!) from producers from all over California, a “Culinary Row” filled with delectable local cuisine, local wine and beer tasting, and an open olive dish cooking contest. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (805) 238-4103 or visit http://www.pasoroblesolivefestival.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 http://www.travelpaso.com, call (888) 988-PASO (7276) or email tourism@prcity.com. For the latest news on the area, visit http://www.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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