The Pass of the Oaks

Writer Rob McGovern | March 13, 2018

VINA ROBLES GUESTHOUSE

If, on the other hand, you do have time to stay, check out Vina Robles Guesthouse at Pleasant Valley. The spacious four-bedroom home has fantastic views of the surrounding wine country. The recently renovated property has a fully equipped kitchen, office and two patios making it perfect for families or groups. Guests also enjoy a complimentary wine tasting at the Vina Robles Hospitality Center.

www.vinarobles.com

ALLEGRETTO VINEYARD RESORT

If you’re looking for something a little less hands-on, take your haul of wine (and maybe something a little stronger from Re:Find) and head to Allegretto Vineyard Resort.

On the east side of town and close to a few golf courses, the regional airport and Vina Robles, Allegretto is set on 20 acres that, in keeping with the region, includes vines and olive trees. The Tuscan-style property has a large courtyard that is the perfect setting for a few glasses of the wine you will have undoubtedly picked up along your travels. Alternatively, reserve a poolside cabana and enjoy a few with a plate of local produce from Cello Ristorante, the property’s Mediterranean-inspired restaurant.   

After a long day touring, dinner at Cello Ristorante is a good idea because the food served by Chef Eric Olsen is both innovative and superb, made with local ingredients, both farmed and foraged.   

To really relax and unwind, Spa Allegretto offers everything from quick treatments to full-day packages.

www.allegrettovineyardresort.com

HOTEL CHEVAL

Elsewhere in Paso Robles, there is Hotel Cheval. Sitting just off Paso Robles’ historic town square, the boutique hotel is as quirky as it is charming – the property has a dedicated S’mores Butler who makes complimentary S’mores by the fire every evening between dusk and 10pm. With just 16 tastefully decorated rooms and a stellar reputation, it is advisable to book well in advance. www.hotelcheval.com

Although Paso Robles is definitely wine country, there are other industries here, notably olive oil (the Daou brothers even produce their own oil from olives grown on property in a nod to their Lebanese heritage). For the full olive oil experience you could visit Pasolivio Ranch. Located between Michael Gill Cellars and Justin Winery, they offer free tastings and tours of the olive press. There is also a tasting room downtown. The ‘liquid gold’ is even celebrated in Paso every June with the Paso Robles Olive festival.

Coast to Coast

For those with a little more time, consider a day trip out of town. Paso Robles is just 30 miles from the California Coast and there are several towns worth your consideration. Morro Bay, a city of 10,000 that is just 10 square miles (half of which is water) has six beaches, a beautiful state park and one of the Nine Sisters, a chain of volcanic mountains. Another 20 miles down the coast is Avila Beach. A lovely little beach community, it is perfect for a picnic on the beach or just a stroll down the boardwalk. As small as it is, there are still half a dozen accommodation options, plenty of down-to-earth eateries, and of course, several wine tasting rooms.

The best way to enjoy the region, both for its wine and beauty, is to take a leisurely drive to several wineries to sip and swirl some samples, taking a few of your favourite bottles with you to savour later