El Paso de Robles or "The Pass of the Oaks"
Located approximately 25 miles inland
from the Pacific Ocean in Central California, Paso Robles is half way
between Los Angeles (230 miles south) and San Francisco (210 miles north) on
Highway 101. This inland region experiences greater contrasts in
seasonal weather than its beach counterparts such as Cambria, Cayucos and
San Simeon. Those who think beaches don't have seasons, prefer Paso Robles
with its warmer summers and cooler winters. Grapes grown for wine
thrive in the local climate and naturally occurring hot springs can't be
beat for enjoyment and relaxation. Paso Robles is served by local Paso Robles Airport.
Colorful, well kept buildings in an historic downtown
region, 20 wineries, two golf courses, horse stables, bed and breakfast
inns, Lake Naciemento boating and fishing and the Paso Robles Fairgrounds
are a few of the attractions bringing several million tourists to the region
annually. Once a year, the city of 20,000 residents bursts at its
seams as people from far and wide gather for several weeks of competitions,
entertainment and carnival rides at the Mid State Fair held in Paso Robles.
Top name entertainers who appear at the event know all about Paso Robles,
this seemingly tiny spot on the map. But what goes on the rest of
Out of a dozen people visiting Paso Robles, we learned
that the majority spent the night there. Some passed through on Highway
101 and found this mid point between Los Angeles and San Francisco ideal
for getting much needed sleep during their journeys between major cities.
Others considered Paso Robles their destination. Bed and breakfast inns
offer quaint charm, a relaxing atmosphere and location near wineries where
tasting is the number one sport. While attending conferences, meetings
and events, some explored historic buildings and antique shops while others
golfed, road horses and enjoyed water sports at nearby Lake Naciemento.
From wine grapes to hot springs...
Hot springs are sought out for their relaxing properties.
Paso Robles developed around local springs with Paso Robles Hot Springs
Hotel built in 1864. Situated near an artesian hot spring, the property
attracted thousands who found the region's weather also to their liking.
The new Paso Robles Inn replaced this structure in 1906 and was built by
the famous architect, W.H. Weeks. Over a million gallons per day of water
were produced through the springs at a warm 106° F. The hotel became
a world class resort and entertained many dignitaries including concert
pianist Ignace Paderewski (who the city recognizes in an annual celebration)
and the Pittsburgh Pirates who made the hotel their spring training home.
Today, the hotel has been renovated and offers spectacular gardens and
Don't miss the charming Victorian homes along Vine Street...a
spectacular sight during the holiday season.
Mission San Miguel was founded in 1797. Many of its original
decorations are still intact and the appearance is much the same as when
it was first founded. Today it serves as a parish church. It is open to
the public daily from 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
The Rios-Caledonia Adobe and the Estrella Adobe Church
are designated state historical landmarks. Since 1860 the Rios-Caledonia
Adobe has been used an Inn and Stage stop, as a private home and as an
elementary school. The nearby Estrella Adobe church was the first Protestant
church in Northern California. It was
built in early 1872.
The Call-Booth House Gallery is a Queen Anne style cottage
built in 1893. It is also the home of the Paso Robles Art Association.
It is located at 1315 Vine St., Paso Robles. It is open to the public from
11:00 AM -3:00 PM Wednesday through Sunday.
Camp Roberts, California is the headquarters of the California
Army National Guard . The community is invited to tour two military museums
which house an extensive collection of military vehicles and artifacts
from World War II, Korea and Desert Storm.
Camp Roberts Historical Museum is open to the public
Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Groups are encouraged to schedule special visits
on other days by just calling (805) 238-8288 or (805) 237-0819. Entrance is
through the Main Gate off Hwy. 101, with proof of registration and insurance
required for a visitor's pass.
Carnegie Historic Library opened June 19, 1908 800 Twelfth
Street Paso Robles, CA 93446 Served as a public library from 1908 to 1998
Currently a museum, architectural style: Classical Revival (Type B) architect:
W. H. Weeks
The Estrella Warbirds Museum's primary goal is to preserve,
perpetuate, and display American aviation history, especially that of our
nation's military services.
Lake Nacimiento Resort 10625 Nacimiento Lake
Drive Bradley, CA. 93426 Phone: 1-800-323-3839 or
Blue Sky Adventures (Sky Diving) 4990 Wing Way #B-2
Paso Robles, CA 93446 805-239-3483
Charles Paddock Zoo 9305 Pismo Atascadero,
CA 93422 805-461-5083
Paso Robles Mains Street Association Events, pasoroblesdowntown.org
The El Paso de Robles Area Pioneer Museum, 2010 Riverside
Donations P.O. Box 461, Paso Robles, CA 93447, or call (805) 238-0506.
Artifacts from the early Indian settlements, vintage farm and ranching
equipment, Paderewski memorabilia, items from early day schools.