3 Must-See Holiday Decoration Destinations

The Central Coast is a beautiful place to be year-round, but there’s a certain magic in the air during the holiday season that has us falling in love with the area all over again. Across San Luis Obispo County, you’ll encounter festive fun around almost every corner—whether you’re shopping around downtown, hiking one of the Nine Sisters, or relaxing on the beach.

Why We Celebrate Paderewski in Paso Robles

This weekend, the entire town of Paso Robles will be hosting the Paderewski Festival, a four-day music festival celebrating the legacy of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, world-renowned pianist, composer, politician, and Polish patriot. You might be wondering why Paso Robles devotes an entire weekend to a Polish pianist, and the answer is this: Ignacy Paderewski became one of the most famous individuals to take up residence in charming Paso Robles, California.

3 Things You Didn’t Know About the Paso Robles Inn

Since 1891, the Paso Robles Inn has had an important role in the rich and colorful history of Paso Robles, but for those 127 years, our guests have held just as significant a role in influencing our own story. At the Paso Robles Inn, your stories become our history. With every tale of mysterious happenings, famous guests, and new beginnings, you’ve helped us weave a century’s worth of precious memories into one story—one of community, camaraderie, and hospitality that we’re proud to call our own. In the spirit of welcoming the New Year, we’re looking back on some of the Inn’s most significant moments. Below, discover 3 things you didn’t know…

Must-See Venues of Festival Mozaic

Festival Mozaic, while originally a festival to celebrate Mozart and his music, has since evolved into a celebration of classically-inspired music and the beauty of our own Central Coast landscape. In years past, there have been a variety of different venues in which world-class musicians perform and share their love of the genre, and this year is no different. To learn more about this stand-out festival, click here, or read on to discover some of the most fascinating, gorgeous, and historic venues that Festival Mozaic will make use of later this month. Tolosa Winery The sun-drenched vineyards of Tolosa Winery provide…

California’s “Royal Road”

If you’ve traveled along the gorgeous 101 Highway connecting the northern and southern parts of California, you’ve also traveled along a piece of California history! California’s “Royal Road” or El Camino Real, is the historic 600 mile stretch of roadway that was intended to connect the established missions for travelers and visitors. Still standing today are the commemorative bell-markers, which can be spotted as your travel along this highway. These special markers served have a distinctive shape, hanging on support poles in the shape of a shepherd’s crook to commemorate a Franciscan walking stick. These bells on the shepherd’s crook…

Paso’s First Wine: Zinfandel

Referred to as the “wild west of California wine,” Paso Robles wine country is characterized by breaking diversity and the innovative spirit of its winemakers. The Paso Robles American Viticultural Appellation (AVA) is the fastest growing AVA in California, having seen the number of wineries grow from 50 to over 200 since 2000. But how did this wine region’s success begin? If we go back to the beginning, Paso’s wine roots connect to the establishment of the California Missions. Read on to learn more about the rise of winemaking in Paso Robles and to get a taste of what Vintage Paso…

Piedras Blancas: A New National Monument

Protecting California’s Coast Before leaving office last month, Barack Obama extended protection to over 6,000 acres of land on California’s coast by upgrading six sites to national monuments across coastal lands in Orange County, Santa Cruz county, Humboldt county, and our very own San Luis Obispo county. With this decision, the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse located in San Simeon is now the Central Coast’s newest national monument. In Humboldt County, the new sites are Trinidad Head, Lighthouse Ranch, and Lost Coast Headlands. Santa Cruz’s newest monument are the Coast Dairies, while outcroppings and small islands off the Orange County coast are now protected, too.  With this declaration,…

Ghost Stories of the Central Coast

Halloween is just around the corner…but who knows what else could be? While the Central Coast has a rich history, there are definitely some skeletons hiding in the closet. Whether or not you believe in ghost stories, these chilling tales are sure to raise the hair on the back of your neck. 1. Room 1007 at the Paso Robles Inn Founded in 1864, the Paso Robles Inn is one of the most historic buildings in Paso Robles, and with history comes a lot of mystery. After the first event was held in the newly renovated ballroom in 2001, the front desk…