The Tale of Two Paso Robles – Wine Country’s Influence
We have been traveling to Paso Robles for many years; well before wine country became “a thing” in Paso Robles. The City of Paso Robles was essentially a cowboy town with saloons and steak houses, boot shops and hardware stores. Fast forward to 2017, and we still have a bit of the cowboy in Paso Robles but, by and large, the town has gone very much upscale and wine oriented. Many gourmet restaurants surround the City Park, and there are more than twenty winery tasting rooms to visit and to try Paso wine. Surrounding Paso Robles are eleven AVA’s, or wine appellations, and over 200 wineries producing a wide range of wine varietals. When we go to Paso, we always stay at the Paso Robles Inn. It has been there since 1891. A fire in 1940 destroyed the hotel, but is was rebuilt a few years afterward. It is on Spring Street, which was Highway 101 until the freeway was completed. The Paso Robles Inn is convenient for us, comfortable, clean and affordable. We can walk to shopping, dining, and more. Nothing tells the tale of two Paso Robles than comparing the Paso Robles Inn to the Hotel Cheval. The Hotel Cheval is the new Paso Robles. “Paso Robles’ finest boutique luxury hotel.” It is upscale and chic. It represents how wine country has changed much of Paso Robles.