in & around paso robles

Located midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco along Hwy 101,in the heart of Central Coast’s wine country, the Rancho Paso Robles (Spanish for “Pass of the Oaks”) was created in a land grant in 1844. The region was known for its thermal springs enjoyed by the Native American tribes and by the Franciscan fathers. The area has also seen its share of rogues & ranchers, visionaries and outlaws. In the decade following the Gold Rush, the 26,000-acre site was purchased for $8,000 by a pair of brothers and a partner. Three years after the Civil Was ended, a half-interest in the town site was purchased by Drury James, uncle of Jesse James.
In 1886, the Southern Pacific Railroad came into town and brought prospective buyers. Hotels and dry good stores sprung up along with numerous saloons for the parched ranchers. The one time farming town now boasts some 200 wineries and fine restaurants serving cuisine inspired by the Central Coast bounty. The are a number of festivals year round including the Zinfandel Festival in March, the Wine Festival in May, the Harvest Wine Tour in October, the Olive Oil Festival in August and the nostalgic Pioneer Day in July.