We flew into Santa Barbara and then visited several wineries on the way to Paso. After four nights there and one in Santa Maria, we can say this was a great trip – and one that I’ll report over multiple posts.
Although we had outstanding weather (high 80s, low 50s) with a nice breeze, Paso can be quite hot in July, August, and September.
Our stay at the Adelaide Inn is worthy of praise. The Adelaide Inn, a motor-lodge style motel, provided clean, spacious, renovated king rooms. The inn is only a half-mile walk from downtown for those who like to walk (like us). The Adelaide staff is friendly and helpful – but beware of Charlie, the evening clerk with a sense of humor and the guardian of the cookies. The only downside on the Adelaide is that guests may need more than the Adelaide’s simple continental breakfast – but there are options.
Many, if not most, wine tasting rooms in this region have tasting fees. Although some waive the fee with a purchase, the Adelaide staff provided numerous complimentary tasting coupons.
Here are some broad recommendations for first-time wine tasters to this area.
- Take a collapsible cooler along for packing a lunch because food isn’t easy to find out on the tasting trails.
- Research before you go because not all tasting rooms are open daily as some are only on weekends while others only on extended weekends.
- Consider the Wine Wrangler as it provides a good wine tour and they drive and provide lunch. (Advance purchase through Costco saves $20 per ticket. I’ll post about our day later).
- If flying, plan so the wine is your checked luggage on your return flight because the baggage fee will probably be less expensive than a shipping fee – but buy a shipping box with styrofoam to protect the bottles.
- Take time to visit Hearst Castle (about a 45-minute drive).
- Paso Wine Country Alliance
- Paso Wineries
- Wineries of Paso
- Wine Country Getaways
- Central Coast Uncorked (a helpful wine blog)
- Daily Wine Dispatch (another helpful wine blog)
- Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce
- The Wine Wrangler
- Hearst Castle
More posts to come about this trip … especially the wine!