Paso Robles will always hold a special place in my heart because it is where I picked up my first fur-baby, Rosie! We bought little Rosie from a breeder right outside of Paso Robles, so we decided to make a weekend out of it.
Paso Robles is beautiful wine country that is set between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The rolling hills, minimal crowds, and perfect weather makes this the perfect spot for wine tasting!
TIP: Don’t be that dumb tourist that everyone makes fun of and say Paso Robles wrong! Most people want to say Paso Robles with a Spanish “roll of the tongue,” but it is pronounced Paso “Row-Buls!” If you still have no clue that right way to say it, just call it Paso, that’s what the locals do anyway!
What to Pack for Summer in Paso Robles?
I keep a list of all my summer essentials and favorite finds on this guide here. I am constantly updated it after every warm destination – tried, true & tested!
Also, I have a list of my 10 travel essentials I can’t live without, you can read those here!
Day 1: Drive from Las Vegas to Paso Robles
The drive is roughly 6 hours from Las Vegas to Paso Robles. If you have ever driven to California before, the first half of the drive is dreadful and boring! But just push through because once you pass Bakersfield, the drive becomes so beautiful! With miles of farmland and fields of grass lining the highway.
My boyfriend, Joseph, and I checked into this magical Airbnb that made it practically impossible to leave! We unpacked and got ready for our date night in downtown Paso Robles. This adorable little town looked like something out of an episode of Gilmore Girls! So many restaurants and shops to explore.
We stopped at a grocery store on the way home to pick up some champagne and muffins for breakfast the next morning.
Day 2: Wine Tasting!
We popped some champagne and soaked in this breathtaking view until our ride arrived.
Ok.. Seriously?? Look at that view! We had our own private balcony / fire pit just outside our guest house. Check out the Airbnb we stayed at here.
TIP: Don’t depend on Uber / Lyft to take you from winery to winery. Paso Robles is very spread out with minimal service.
Stop 1: Halter Ranch
Halter Ranch is a well-known winery with a beautiful tasting room of floor to ceiling windows. They offer a free tour of the winery as long as you schedule in advance. The story of the owner is truly impressive – I encourage you to check it out!
Good Lighting with floor to ceiling windows too, ha!
Stop 2: Lunch at Justin
After the raving reviews of lunch at Justin, we decided to do a wine-paired lunch on the patio that overlooks the vineyard. Justin has always been one of my favorite wines so I was eager to visit! Plus, wine always tastes that much better when you are at a tasting looking over vineyards, ha!
After our lunch, we grabbed our favorite glass of the three and sat out on their patio that is literally on the vineyards!
TIP: They also have a hotel at Justin so you can wake up and waste no time not drinking wine, ha!
Stop 3: Dilecta
Our last stop was to a smaller, family owned winery: Dilecta. It was a smaller winery with an outside tasting deck. I always love to end with the lesser known wineries because they always treat you the best! We got to meet the owner and his daughter and of course, their adorable winery dog! This place was PACKED – I see big things in the future for them!
Day 3: Drive Home
Finally… the day I was waiting, what felt like years, for! We got to pick up our little baby, Rosie! Having an adorable sleeping puppy on my lap made the 6 hour drive home more than bearable.
My little baby is all grown up!