Paso Robles is the halfway point between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the perfect place to pull off the road and give the kids a break. Depending on how much time you want to spend, here are some suggestions to break up your trip and keep everyone happy.
Pit Stop #1 – The Quickie with Lunch
Exit at 46 East
Lunch at Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ. You can put the kids in the jail cells but you can’t leave them there. Burn off some steam on the mechanical bull. Fill your gas tank at one of the many gas stations next door.
Head out 46 East to Tobin James Cellars. The kids can play arcade games or pet Cisco the dog while you taste a few of the excellent wines. Sparkling grape juice for the kids and designated driver.
If you need to head back west to hwy 101, and if you have a little bit more time, pull into Eberle Winery. The kids will burn off more energy on the really fun cave tour or bocce ball court and you will love the wines and view from the deck.
Pit Stop #2 – A Taste and a Park
If you are just passing through, but would still like to get a “taste” of the area, here are some options:
Winery: Depending on which way you are going, Castoro Cellars on highway 46 west (heading to Cambria) or Eberle on highway 46 east (headed toward the San Joaquin valley). For highway 101 travelers, either winery is less than 3 miles from the freeway and Paso Robles.
Stretch your legs and treat your darling(s) to something sweet at the Paso Robles city park (on the square) and a stop at the Powell’s Sweet Shop. The park features a playground and grass area with a gazebo bandstand shaded by towering mature trees.
Generous parking is found nearby and restrooms are available near the playground. In addition to multitudes of candy, the gelato is what my family yearns for, as it is of the highest quality and goes down silky smooth.