Paso Robles is well know for its wineries, and granted there are over 250 bonded wineries in the area. There is no doubt that if you love wine like we do you must, at some time in your life, come to Paso Robles to experience the Grape, to slurp, to taste until your giddy. However there is more to this region than grapes.
Located half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco, this area is full of nature. If you like driving and looking at nature consider taking a trip down Peachy Canyon Road. Heading west outside of town, this road offers several wineries, hairpin curves, and a glimpse of wildlife indicative to the area. It is not uncommon to see deer, quail, fox, coyotes, and even mountain lions on this drive. This drive also offers the opportunity to taste from several new and well established wineries.
If you can spend the night in the hills you will be in for a treat you will never forget. The views are astounding and the sunrise and sunsets are memorable. If you slip outside before the sun rises you are sure to see some deer and turkey roaming around the hills. On one morning we were lucky enough to see a pack of coyotes hunting deer. It was truly one of our National Geographic moments. One Bed and Breakfast with a movie star view is the Belvino Viaggio although there are others in the area.
A few miles away on the Pacific is Hearst Castle. William Randolph Hearst started building his dream home in the 1920’s but never saw it to completion. If you have never been there you absolutely must go. Prized for it’s art work from around the world, this home will awe you. Plan in advance and while you are there go look at the Elephant Seals on the beach. It is something you will never forget.
If you have not been to Paso Robles then you should go. While you are driving around go off the beaten path. You will be rewarded.