Found in the hills of the
upper Salinas River Valley. I call it cowboy wine country...Have the feelings of the early
days of Santa Fe, NM, Austin, Texas...laid back and beautiful, artistic,
picturesque, undiscovered feeling...Victorian-era charm. For
untold centuries Native
American tribes enjoyed the area and the thermal springs in the area and was called
"Heaven's Spot." Might say looking at history, it is the hot springs that is
why Paso Robles is here. And now we have the wine...
Sulfur/Geothermal Spas: Paso Robles has
long been known for its hot sulfur springs. In the 19th and 20th
Centuries many visitors came to Paso Robles for what they believed to be
the curative powers of the geothermal waters. The Salinan Indians—the most historical inhabitants of
the area—were here thousands of years even before the mission era.
They knew this area as the “Springs” or the “Hot Springs.” The Indians,
and later the Mission Fathers and their congregations, found relief from
various ailments in the therapeutic waters and soothing mud baths, later
cam the tourist and the famous, even baseball teams would come to heal
in the springs.
Downtown Events: City Park is the focus for
many different events and celebrations throughout the year. Parades,
festivals, exhibits, and shows are all part of the downtown calendars
maintained by the Paso Robles Visitors and Conference Bureau and Paso
Robles Main Street.
Paso Robles Event Center:Formerly
known as the Mid-State Fairgrounds, the State’s fairgrounds are home
to the annual California Mid-State Fair (end of July through early
August) and a great variety of year-round activities, shows, and
back to life by the quake, causing flooding and a sink
hole in the parking lot of the city hall/library. The sinkhole still
requires pumping to move the water from the center of the
city to the riverbed, where it is allowed to flow unimpeded.
The sinkhole has also continually released sulfur gas
since the earthquake, creating an odor that occasionally lingers
over the area surrounding the hole. Seems the
city is not sure what to do with this...seems to me being next to a
library and with the city shooting for tourist, this could
be made a great stop for tourist and a learning place for kids.
Lakes: Two lakes west of Paso
Lake San Antonio,
draw visitors to the Paso Robles area and provide a setting for both
vacation homes and permanent area residents. Boating, water skiing,
fishing, wildlife programs, and camping are among the many activities in
Golf: Paso Robles currently has three
18-hole golf courses with additional in the planning stages. Clear
weather makes golf a pleasurable past time anytime of year. Please
Paso Robles Visitors and Conference Bureau
great Guest Ranches, Camping, Hunting, Wine tours, the ocean and other
recreation in the area...just up 46 you can visit the site where James Dean had his fateful ride.
He was on the way to Paso when he died.
check their website
Olive Festival and
a Wine Festivals are great events
in the City Park...Music on Fridays
in the Summer
are a great family event on
blankets, food and wine.