Hearst CastleA renowned Central Coast landmark, the captivating hilltop retreat of William Randolph Hearst is one of the world’s greatest estates and a California Historical Monument. Located on top of a hillside of the Santa Lucia Mountains in San Simeon, Hearst Castle offers tours of the estate’s 165 rooms, European artwork, architectural magnificence, ornate swimming pools, beautiful gardens and walkways, and exceptional artifacts that offer a glimpse into the lifestyle of America's leading publishing tycoon. Call (800) 444-4445 for ticket and tour information.
California Polytechnic State UniversityLocated in San Luis Obispo, California, Cal Poly is a top ranked, four-year, comprehensive university with a "learn by doing" educational experience for 18,000+ students. Nestled in the foothills of San Luis Obispo, the prestigious California state university offers an innovative academic environment, hand-on learning and a diversity of enriching academic programs that combine technical and professional curricula with arts and humanities.
Charles Paddock ZooLocated in Atascadero, Charles Paddock Zoo offers an awareness of biodiversity in Nature, presenting animals and their habitats from around the world. This accredited zoo exhibits over 100 animals in naturalistic habitats on 5 park-like acres within beautiful Atascadero Lake Park.
Paso Robles Event CenterThe Event Center presents year-round events, shows, conventions, exhibitions and sports, including Central Coast Roller Derby, Mid-State Fall Home Show, and the signature event, The California Mid-State Fair for 12 days in July/August with a concert series featuring top-name entertainers, rides, shows, exhibits and great food. In addition during the year there are cattle and horse shows, equestrian and livestock events and great family entertainment.
Lake NacimientoLake Nacimiento is a water sports oasis just 20 minutes west of Paso Robles. The lake offers outdoor recreational opportunities, including excellent fishing, boating, water skiing, or sunbathing, and a surrounding wilderness that make for a distinctive hiking site. For information, call 805-238-3256.
Oceano Dunes SVRAOceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area is a geologically unique sand dune complex that provides a playground for off-highway and ATV enthusiasts. One of several OHV areas in California, Oceano Dunes is the most extensive coastal dunes remaining in California. The SVRA also offers recreational activities such as swimming, surfing, surf fishing and hiking. Most of the sand that forms these impressive dunes has been deposited here by ocean currents, and shaped by the wind.
Morro Bay/Morro RockMorro Bay is a tranquil fishing village and vacation destination on the Central California Coast. Famous for Morro Rock, an ancient volcanic peak that rises 576 feet from the Pacific Ocean, Morro Bay is a bird sanctuary for Pelegrine Falcons and 250 bird species. The picturesque town of Morro Bay offers fishing piers, marinas, Morro Bay State Park and Morro Bay Golf Course. Morro Bay is an outstanding spot for surfing, kayaking, sailing, bird watching, sport fishing, and whale watching. Rent a boat, cruise the beautiful bay and enjoy the sounds of the waves. Downtown Morro Bay is lined with wonderful restaurants, shops, theatres, museums, wineries, and art galleries.
Estrella WarBird MuseumLocated at Paso Robles Municipal Airport, Estrella Warbirds Museum presents a living, entertaining, and educational museum dedicated to the preservation and collection of military aircraft, artifacts and memorabilia, including early aircraft, retired fighter jets, modern missiles, the earliest pilot's licenses issued by the FFA, airplanes that made aviation history, and restored vintage aircraft.
Big SurFrom gorgeous beaches to mountains to stately redwoods, Big Sur is one of Geographic Traveler’s “50 Places of a Lifetime” and the perfect place to find spiritual serenity. Hike tree-lined valleys, climb high ridges above the coastline, and gaze into millions of acres of wilderness in the Los Padres National Forest. You’ll find gorgeous hiking and horseback riding trails through wildflowers to the beach at Andrew Molera State Park. The turn-out at Bixby Bridge, one of the highest single-span arch bridges in the world, affords awesome photo ops.
San Luis Obispo WineriesSan Luis Obispo is one of the crown jewels of the Central California Coast Wine Country. Nurtured by the mild Mediterranean climate and ocean breezes, the finest vineyards in the world thrive just south of the city. Savor the wines and vines at any of these charming San Luis Obispo wineries:
Cerro Caliente Cellars (805) 544-2842
Claiborne & Churchill Winery (805) 544-4066
Domaine Alfred (805) 541-9463
Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards (805) 595-9700
Salisbury Vineyards & Fine Art (805) 595-9463
Shadow Canyon Cellars (805) 781-0862
Nipa Cellars (805) 704-4920
Per Bacco Cellars (805) 787-0485
San Luis Obispo Vintners (805) 541-5868
Sextant Wines/ 10 Knots Cellars/ Windemere Wines (805) 542-0133
Tolosa Winery (805) 782-0500
Baileyana & Tangent Wineries (805) 269-8200
Edna Valley Winery (805) 544-5855
Paso Robles Wineries
Journey through the magnificent Paso Robles Wine Country and enjoy acclaimed Central Coast wines. The Paso Robles Wine Region features 90 wineries, 25,000 acres of grapes on the vine and a variety of award-winning wines, including big Zinfandels, bold Cabernets and velvety-smooth Merlots. With the first grapes planted in 1779 by Franciscan missionaries, the Paso Robles appellation of California’s Central Coast has the third highest concentration of wineries in the country. Tour the charming wineries and enjoy daily wine tasting.
Treana Winery (805) 238-6979
Eberle Winery (805) 238-9607
Tobin James Cellars (805) 239-2204
Opolo Vineyards (805) 238-9593
Peachy Canyon Winery (805) 239-1918
Castoro Cellars (888) Dam-Fine
Robert Hall Winery (805) 239-1616
Still Waters Vineyards (805) 237-9231
Justin Vineyards & Winery (805) 238-6932
Donati Family Vineyard (805) 238-0676
Clayhouse Wines (805) 727-4720
Ancient Peaks Winery (805) 365-7045
Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards (805) 434-2541
Calendar of Events:
- Paso Robles Wine Festival - 3rd weekend in May
- Mid State Fair - July/August
- Lavender Festival - July
- Hot El Camino Night - August
- Mid State Cruizers Car Show - August
- Creston Classic Rodeo - September
- Harvest Wine Festival - October
- 10 mile(s) from Paso Robles
- 20 mile(s) from San Luis Obispo
- 20 mile(s) from Morro Bay
- 30 mile(s) from Pismo Beach
- CCAT, local in-town bus
- Greyhound bus terminal
- Atascadero Cab Company
- Enterprise Car Rental
- Paso Robles private Airport
- San Luis Obispo Airport