How to Do a Kid-Friendly Weekend in Paso Robles
Updated: Mar 21, 2022
Many of us have been part of what feels like Groundhogs Day since Covid started, which changed all lives and vacation plans. Looking for a family-friendly week/weekend getaway is a must. Since we love Paso Robles, we wanted to put together a great itinerary and guide for parents to come visit! Unabashedly, there is a lot of wine sprinkled in the itinerary.
Where to stay?
While a hotel may be a great option for an older kiddo, an Airbnb is a great choice for kids who need to continue school, run around and not ruffle any feathers. These are our top three we love. We have a larger list that will come in a later blog. :)
Kory and Cathy put a tremendous amount of thought into The Olio, and it shows. The property sits on an acre vineyard and has plenty of room for several families to spread out. If you have small kids there is a playground onsite, as well as plenty of toys. It’s located in East Paso with lots of easy backroad access to wineries.
Whether you are looking for a home in the country with a pool or a hip compound with Airstreams, Jeff and Dina have you covered. These properties are located in oak-studded hills and allow for some privacy for kids to run around and explore.
Historic Stowell House Downtown
This is an amazing home located downtown and can easily house a couple of families. It also has a pool with a pool house if folks need to have their own space. This is an historic home and one of the oldest homes in Paso—built in 1888!
What to do?
If you're like me, having an itinerary will be the recipe for a successful and fun trip. Below is an itinerary that is sure to make the most out of your time in town. Please note, most of the places and wineries require advance reservations. We encourage you to explore the embedded links for further information. For those working remotely, consider making a week-long reservation.
HALF DAY - Arrival
3:00 PM Arrive to Paso
6:00 PM Head to Sensario (amazing art installation made up of a field of lights when the sun goes down); dinner is available for purchase onsite
DAY 1 - Coffee, Airplanes and Wine, Oh my!
8:00 AM Grab coffee at Spearhead Coffee and head to Downtown Park Playground (if time permits, pop over to the Paso Robles Inn to feed the fish in their ponds; the front desk has free fish food to feed them)
9:00 AM Enjoy breakfast nearby at Touch of Paso or Joe's Place
10:00 AM Pick up a togo lunch from Red Scooter Deli (Tip: Preorder the day before)
Schedule a tour with Windrose Organic Farms (Sheep, geese and garlic Oh My!)
Head to the Warbirds Museum (Super cool old planes, cars and military vehicles)
Eat your lunch at Warbirds or head to Sculpterra Winery (big outdoor gardens for picnicking with wine)
Wine taste at Still Waters Vineyards (beautiful open areas with a koi pond)
3:30 PM Head back to Downtown Paso
5:00 PM Dinner at The Backyard or Paso Market Walk
DAY 2 - Highway 46 and Tin City
8:00 AM Grab breakfast from Cider Creek Bakery (their cinnamon rolls and quiche are our favs)
9:00 AM Zip-lining a Margarita Adventures
Wine tasting and lunch at Tooth and Nail Winery (the winery looks like a castle and their food is great)
Cruise to Jack Creek Farms (charming farm stand with u-pick produce, animals, play area)
Play Disc Golf at Castoro Cellars! If you don't have the equipment you can buy some at the tasting room.
End your day at Tin City (an awesome industrial park full of makers) and enjoy provisions from BarrelHouse Brewing (check their website for food truck info), Tin City Cider and Negranti Ice Cream
5:00 PM Dinner made by a Private Chef at the Airbnb
DAY 3 Hit the Beach
9:00 AM Enjoy breakfast at Hidden Kitchen in Cambria (they’re waffles are incredible)
10:00 AM Head up north and when you make your way through San Simeon, be on the lookout for Zebras (typically on the east side of Highway 1)
10:30 AM Multiple Options
Setup beach base camp at William Randolph Hearst State Beach
Older kids schedule a tour at Hearst Castle (if open)
Check out the Elephant Seal Rookery (December through March)
12:00 PM Wine taste and lunch (The Truck) at the beach Hearst Ranch Winery
2:00 PM Drive to Linn’s Original Farm Store to pick-up some of their prized pies
3:00 PM Head to Stolo Vineyards for a Wine and Pie Picnic (beautiful grounds)
4:00 PM Head back to Paso for some R&R
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