Self-Guided “Day in Wine Country” Tour Itinerary (Westside)

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Breakfast:
Panolivo
1344 Park St, Downtown Paso Robles
805-239-3366
Panolivo is a great place to start your Paso Robles adventure!  A family run French Bistro with an in house bakery, the owners are hands on and everything is made from scratch, including the yogurt. Though the quality is certainly upscale, the emphasis is that of a family restaurant complete with a very comprehensive kids menu. Whether you crave fresh pastries or the perfect omelette with your latte, this undoubtably will not be your last visit.


Starting on the Westside

Castoro Cellars
1315 North Bethel Rd, Templeton
888-Dam-Fine (326-3463)
http://www.castorocellars.com/
The owner’s nickname is “Beaver” and Castoro is the Italian equivalent, hence the “Dam Fine Wine” motto.  They have concerts here year round with some complimentary shows in the Summer months. This winery has one of the longest tasting lists in Paso Robles, so pick your tastes carefully.

For the kids Varietal grape juice. Lush picnic area with access to 30-plus year old Cobble Creek zinfandel vineyard. Hunter, the tasting room cat.

For the adults Initially known for their Zinfandels, they also make a great Pinot Grigio and Tempranillo. Finish up with their Estate Grown Late Harvest Zinfandel served with dark chocolate.

Warning This winery gets very crowded late in the day and there a lot of breakable items for sale in the tasting room.

Pipestone Vineyards
2040 Niderer Road
Paso Robles, 93446
805-227-6385
http://www.pipestonevinyards.com

Draft Horses, Feng Shui, Certified Wildlife Habitat and excellent Rhone varietals is reason enough to visit this small family owned winery. This family focused winery shows respect for the land by minimizing it’s carbon footprint and living in harmony with nature. They also make wine in the traditional method, by growing premium grapes and letting the wine express the terrior it is grown from.

For the kids Tour the grounds and learn about the Wildlife Habitat.

For the adults The Grenache, dry Rosé and the red Rhône blend.

Warning The Pipestone daughters, Grace and Gwendolyn are wily jokesters!

Lunch: On special occasions Jeff will have his wood-fired pizza oven baking some of the best thin crust that will pass your lips!

Shamel Park (at Moonstone Beach)
5455 Windsor Blvd, Cambria
Head over to the coast for a little refreshing walk on the beach. Only 20 minutes from Paso Robles westside wineries in the village of Cambria, here’s a nice park with a wind protected playground and lots of grass. Situated only steps from the beach along Santa Rosa Creek. The beach is a treasure trove of moonstones and driftwood with lots of bird-watching to take in as well. Picnic table and BBQ grills are available at a first come basis.

Harmony Cellars
3255 Harmony Valley Road
Harmony, California 93435
Open Daily 10 – 5pm
Summer Hours 10 – 5:30pm
http://www.harmonycellars.com/
805-927-1625
Children and dog friendly feel free to roam the gardens and relax in the gazebo. While this family run winery excels in all its offering,  They also offer Friday twilight hours during the Summer months where they stay open until 7pm and feature snacks and live music to harmonize with their vino.

For the kids  Let the kids create sidewalk art, chalk is provided!

For the adults  The two “must tries” are the Diamond Reserve Pinot Gris and Diamond Reserve Aria Meritage style blend.

Warning  Lots of tempting gift items are within a curious hand’s reach.

HarmonyWalk the historic old dairy village of Harmony  A Quaint old town with a rotating selection of artisan craftwork. The two longtime businesses are the Harmony Glassworks and Harmony Pottery. Adult supervision is a must at these places of business, but exposure to the arts is important!

Harmony Glassworks
If you time it right, you can see live glassblowing! This is an art that will amaze all ages.
2180 Old Creamery Road, Harmony, CA 93435
805-927-4248
http://harmonyglassworks.com/
Open Daily 9 – 5:30pm

Harmony Pottery
Established in 1973, this gallery features the work of over 25 talented ceramic artists and candle artisans.
Downtown, Harmony, CA 93435
http://www.harmonyca.com/HarmonyPottery/
Open Daily 10-5pm

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner:
Robin’s Restaurant
4095 Burton Drive Cambria, CA 93428
http://www.robinsrestaurant.com/
805-927-5007
Open daily 11-9pm  Sunday Brunch 11-3pm
Inspiration drawn from world cuisines, this family friendly gem cooks-up handcrafted, original gastronomical creations that won’t break the budget. This is the one restaurant that will make almost all diners happy, whether it’s seafood, chicken, lamb or an adventurous vegetarian meal you’re looking for, you will find it here. Great children’s menu as well. Tip #1: Early Dinner, offered 4-4:50pm. Tip #2: Ask for a table on the patio, overlooking the garden, it is covered and heated and won’t stress you out if the kids are a little boisterous. Robin’s offers a daily vegetarian soup as well as a delicious Salmon Bisque, there’s gluten-free dishes on the menu as well. Tip #3: Save room for one of their homemade desserts, yum!

Dinner option #2 (If you’d rather eat closer to Paso Robles lodging)
El Vino Mexican Restaurant
1510 Park, Downtown Paso Robles
805-227-0600
Don’t be fooled by the exterior, El Vino is a Mexican restaurant that tailors itself to the wine country family without losing its authentic roots. Featuring a great salsa with super thin, crisp chips are a great start. Order the made-at-the-table guacamole to fully realize the experience. The entrees are made to order and use meat-free sauces as to give the health-conscious or vegetarian diner more choices. There is a large vegetarian section on the menu and it even offers tofu as a meat substitute!  Of course the usual mexican fare is available; burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, etc. but made with freshness usually only seen in kitchens South of the border. Specials vary from grilled chicken breast to scallops with mushrooms and spinach.

July 20, 2011 |

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