Trailer Camping & Wine Tasting in Paso Robles
We spent the best three day weekend in Paso Robles at the end of February in 2021. We stayed at an RV resort and spent the weekend wine tasting and exploring Downtown Paso Robles. In this blog post I'll be sharing my thoughts on the RV resort we stayed at and share our itinerary for our 3-day weekend. We had our mini doxie, Vienna, with us on this trip so we made sure that everything we did while in Paso Robles was dog friendly.
Wine Country RV Resort
We booked our stay at the Wine Country RV Resort in Paso Robles. This campsite is in association with Sun RV Resorts which has over 150 locations all over the country. Each of their camp sites promises to offer exceptional experiences with a fun and friendly atmosphere. The Wine Country RV Resort in Paso Robles is dog friendly and includes a swimming pool and a hottub, play ground, picnic area, fitness center, laundry and WIFI, a game room, a club house and an outdoor wine bar.
To stay at this RV resort you can either choose to bring a trailer or RV and reserve one of several different kinds of designated RV sites, or choose to stay in one of their 1 and 2 bedroom cottages. All RV sites are dog friendly and come with a picnic table. Once you choose which kind of RV site you want, you can then choose the exact site number (it's not guaranteed it'll will be available when you arrive but they do their best to reserve it for you). Sites with the best views are number 83 - 88 and 151 - 156.
We reserved the "Economy Full Hookup Back In RV Site". Next time we would probably reserve a Premium or Deluxe site which also comes with a charcoal grill and gorgeous views of the resort and surrounding valley or of the winery next door. The Economy sites are right near the highway so it's a little noisy at night. For just three nights it was fine but if we decide to come back and stay for longer, the less noise at night the better.
We had two full days in Paso Robles which was a great amount of time to explore several different wineries, the downtown area, and some local attractions!
The first winery we tastes at was DAOU Vineyards. If you're looking for a place with breathtaking views and delicious wine, make a tasting reservation here. We opted for their Discover DAOU Tasting experience which is $45 per person and you taste 5 wines. Tasting fee is waved with a purchase of 3 bottles or signing up for the wine club. The most wine I purchased during our trip was from DAOU Vineyards. I absolutely loved their Estate Rose and the "Chemin De Fleur" white blend.
Our next tasting was located just down the road at Justin Vineyards and Winery. Their tastings start at $40 per person and are waved with $100 wine purchase. They also have a restaurant so we were able to order lunch with our tasting. We decided on the cheese and charcuterie board, the truffle fries and the focaccia bread. Everything was delicious and paired so well with all the wines we tasted.
After our 2nd tasting I intentionally kept our afternoon open in hopes of chatting with the locals and learning about something fun to do afterwards, and thats exactly what happened! While talking with our tasting associate at DAOU Vineyards, we asked him what we should do for our free afternoon and he told us to go check out Tin City.
Tin City is a fun outdoor market with several wine tasting rooms, craft breweries and an ice cream shop! We stopped by Tin City Cider first to switch it up and try some craft cider, then we were able to walk into Turtle Rock Vineyards' tasting room and enjoy a wine tasting. Every spot has outdoor seating and is incredibly dog friendly.
On our second full day in Paso Robles we enjoyed a tasting at Hammer Sky Vineyards. They're tastings are $20 per person and are waved with a 2 bottle purchase. They have a lovely outdoor seating area with views of their vineyards and century old farmhouse (which they rent to their wine club members). I absolutely loved their "Detained" sparkling wine and their "Heritage" red blend.
After our wine tasting at Hammer Sky, we headed just a short ways down the road to Pasolivo Ranch where you can taste different flavors of their extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegars and artisanal salts and spices. You don't have to make a reservation to do a tasting here and no purchase is necessary but I guarantee you'll taste something you'll want to take home! I didn't take any oils or sauces home but we did take some black lava and siracha salt.
We had a free afternoon before our dinner reservations so we wanted to take this opportunity to take a walk in Downtown Paso Robles and maybe grab a drink and people watch. There is no shortage of restaurants and bars with outdoor seating. There's also quite a few tasting rooms where we could have easily have spent a whole day here wine tasting and eating delicious food. We settled on grabbing a drink at The Backyard, a beer garden that was once an empty lot that sat mostly vacant and unused until the current owners purchased the lot in 2017. They added some shipping containers and converted them to house a bar and restrooms and set up picnic tables, chairs and umbrellas all over the lot.
We made dinner reservations at Fish Gaucho in Downtown Paso Robles. Before coming here you should absolutely make a reservation ahead of time. From what we saw, there was always a wait if you didn't have a reservation. Items on the menu that we really enjoyed were the Carne Asada Burrito with wagyu tri-tip (my boyfriend said this was possibly the best burrito he's ever had), the Chile Verde de Gaucho, and my cocktail the "Mach 1".
Notes For Next Time
There were a few things we missed due to our trip only being 3 days and because some places were either fully booked while we were there or closed. Here's a few wineries and restaurants I'm bookmarking for next time we get an opportunity to go to Paso Robles.