Located in San Luis Obispo County, visiting Paso Robles is a perfect day trip from Morro Bay, only 40 minutes away. The area is known for its wineries, hot springs, and more. Here are some of the best things to do in Paso Robles.
Taste local wines
One of the most famous things to do in Paso Robles is to explore one of the over 250 wineries in the area. Paso Robles is a designated American Viticultural Area known for its vineyards and tasting rooms. Thirty-five types of grapes are grown in and around Paso Robles, making for a unique assortment of locally produced wines. Explore the area by renting a car or signing up for a guided wine tour. If you’re looking for a free wine tasting experience, try Eberle Winery. There are also other affordable wine tasting options at Niner Wine Estates and Zenaida Cellars.
Explore an olive orchard
California’s Central Coast has the ideal climate for growing a wide variety of produce, including grapes, almonds, and olives. Paso Robles is home to a plethora of olive orchards, many of them with olive-oil tasting rooms. Take a break from sampling the area’s wines for a unique type of tasting. Taste the difference of locally produced olive oil at orchards like Alta Cresta and Pasolivo Ranch.
Visit Downtown Paso Robles
Paso Robles’ historic downtown is filled with unique architecture. The area is anchored by City Park, which hosts picnic tables, paved sidewalks, and a historic gazebo. You can also visit the Carnegie Library, built in 1907, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are also various antique shops, boutiques, and even a Willy Wonka-style candy store in the downtown area.
With over 250 wineries in the Paso Robles area, it’s hard to visit them all. Luckily, you can go on a self-guided walking wine tour in downtown Paso Robles! Many of the area wineries have tasting rooms in the downtown area so you can explore local wines all in one place.
Soak at a hot spring
There are several places in the area to enjoy a fresh hot spring, mineral, or mud bath. It’s believed that the area’s mineral baths date back to the 1700s! River Oaks Hot Springs has outdoor hot tubs fed with hot spring water, a spa, and more. View local vineyards while you soak and taste some local wine while you’re there! Franklin Hot Springs is a more family-friendly spring with a public pool and other activities.
Wine and dine
Paso Robles has a wide range of restaurants, bars, and lounges with dishes that blend classic and modern styles. Visit the downtown area and beyond to experience some of the best places to eat in California. Many local restaurants feature locally sourced ingredients.
A unique place to visit is Tin City, located off Highway 101. Tin City hosts over 20 tasting rooms located in individual tin shed booths. There are also a wide variety of restaurants in the area as well.
Visit California’s Central Coast and stay close
If you’re wondering how to get to Morro Bay attractions like Morro Rock after exploring Paso Robles, come back and relax at the Blue Sail Inn where you can enjoy beautiful views of downtown Morro Bay, and Morro Rock!