Plan to stay at least 2-3 nights in Paso Robles if you want to visit wineries and the charming downtown center.  As a convenient base, there are several top tier B & Bs conveniently located near Hwy 46 on the Route to Cambria and Hearst Castle which gives you the best of both worlds--you will be close to everything in Paso Robles but will also be near the popular small wineries on the West side and can get to the coastal attractions easily. 

The luxury B & Bs are Summerwood, Le Domaine and Canyon Villa.  Summerwood has Japanese owners but local management and a winery across the road, Le Domaine is a French country estate at Moss Ridge Vineyard with local hosts who really know the local wine and dining scene and the Canyon Villa is a Tuscan style place with local hosts who also are very knowledgeable.  You can find a list of lodging options here Paso Lodging

There are more high quality restaurants in Paso than one would think for a town its size.  Artisan is the newest star on the horizon and is hitting all the high notes.  Its contemporary California cuisine is a creative addition to the dining scene and the service is excellent.  Their wine country friendly $10 corkage fee beats the competition and their wine list is reasonable too.  Dinner at Bistro Laurent is always a value given quality, and Buona Tavola is as good as Italian gets. Villa Creek has an excellent chef who specializes in local ingredients--menu quality varies depending on specials and service is spotty.  Lunch at Gaetanos, Berry Hill, or Panolivo offers selections of salads, sandwiches, pastas and more, and the Pine Street Patisserie and Odyssey Cafe are good for lighter fare.  Basil Restaurant on the park, is popular for Thai food and doesn't take reservations--try lunch when it is less crowded. You can find an up to date list of dinig options at  Paso Dining

There are some artisan food shops in town worth noting:  DiRaimondo's Cheese shop offers a large variety of local and international cheeses, meats, wine,olives, freshly baked breads, etc.  You can pick up sandwiches and picnic food and they will pack a complete picnic basket for you.  The Wine Attic, along with wines from small producers,  also has gourmet picnic fare and will pack a basket for you.  The area is also becoming known as an olive oil producing region.  You can visit  Willow Creek Olive Farm where a local brand of oil is made or stop in to WeOlive, a store in downtown Paso that has all things related to the olive and has a tasting bar with a dozen plus oils to try.    In less than a half hour, you can visit the towns of Morro Bay or Cambria (10 minutes more to Hearst Castle) for shopping or meals and that is also a reason to add another day to your stay in Paso.

The town offers two Farmers Markets every week, including one in the downtown City Park.  The local Main Street organization hosts many events thru the year, including the very popular "Olive Festival" in August, and the "Taste of Downtown" in September.You can find an events calendar at Travel Paso Events

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