By Fran Endicott Miller with JustLuxe
To visit Paso Robles is to take a step back in time to a simpler and slower pace. This quaint, central coast town in San Luis Obispo County was once primarily a ranching and farming community and home to fruit and nut orchards. A relaxed, rural feel is well maintained, and the classic California vibe is one of Paso’s greatest attractions. But these days, the region’s proliferation of wineries, wine tasting rooms, haute cuisine, and luxe accommodations provide Paso Robles with a posh profile that is sure to gratify the most well-traveled visitor. Here are some of our favorite spots:
STAY: Until recent years, Paso’s hotel options were both limited and outdated. A new crop of sophisticated choices has emerged, including the ‘invisible service’ The Lofts at Paso Market Walk. The Lofts believes that the best way to help its guests get the most out of their stay is to simply get out of their way. Rather than a standard check-in process, it provides unique access codes. Six spacious and exceedingly stylish rooms (two two-bedroom, two one-bedroom, and two studios) offer thoughtfully appointed accommodations. Each features fully stocked kitchenettes, a welcome basket of treats from the adjacent Paso Market Walk, luxe linens, and a full menu of televised entertainment options.
Just downstairs, the new Paso Market Walk features 16,000 sq ft. of mixed-use goodness such as local coffee, fine cuisine, wine, and regional culinary products. Merchants include GATHER | Urban Agriculture, Joebella Coffee, Third Degree Grill, Hog Canyon Brewing, Paso Robles Wine Merchant, Momotaro Ramen, Leo Leo Gelato, Just Baked Cake Studio & Bakery, Montello Tasting Room, and The Vreamery featuring vegan cheeses. Grab most of the offerings and go back to your comfy room, or grab and stay, and enjoy your items on the large, street-facing patio where tables and chairs are safely spaced.