Wine, Hiking and Events around Paso Robles, Creston and Atascadero

California’s Central Coast has been known as California’s other wine country since the actor Paul Giamatti went on a road trip and swore off merlot in “Sideways” 16 years ago. But while Paso Robles in particular is undoubtedly an accomplished wine terroir with more than 300 wineries (L’Aventure and Adelaida wineries recently expanded), to assume it is a string of tasting rooms would be to underestimate it. Last fall, the artist Bruce Munro created “Field of Light,” a show of 60,000 illuminated glass orbs spread over 15 acres that has turned Paso Robles into an art destination (until June 30, when the show ends). Meanwhile, the city has turned the good life — of wine, olive oil, cheese and boutique hotels — into an identity…Chef Julien Asseo (of Guy Savoy in Las Vegas) just opened Les Petites Canailles, a buzzy new farm-to-table restaurant, in November. And Paso Market Walk, a 16,000-square-foot marketplace, is expected to open this year — bringing a bakery, microbrewery, gelateria, vegan cheese shop, olive oil tasting room, coffee roasters and artisanal, local specialties to Paso.

Danielle Pergament, New York Times

As secluded and serene as HorseTail Ranch is, you are just minutes away from a veritable feast of gastronomic and viticultural delights. Good food and great wines are held to a higher standard in this part of the world – find out about the many restaurants and vineyards, as well as wonderful tours and adventurous hiking trails in the Creston/Atascadero/Paso Robles area. All within 20 minutes.

In Creston, don’t miss out on the Loading Chute restaurant. Authentic and rustic, the Loading Chute is a long-time favorite of the locals.

Wine Tours:

There are plenty of ways to stake out new and favorite vineyards. The Paso wine region has exploded and there is always something new to try. It’s best if you map out your day and decide on the best locations and ways to get around.

Hikes:

A great way to start your special day at Horsetail Ranch. Probably best to load up on a hearty breakfast before taking on a casual to moderate hike. Dress appropriately for warm or cold weather and sunshine.

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