Paso Robles: Sense-sational Family Travel

You know a family vacation location is successful when your kids start picking up real estate flyers.

“Can we move to Paso Robles? Please!”

With over 200 vineyards,  fabulous boutiques and bistros,  and a comfortable climate all year round,  Paso Robles is a chic place for couples and adult groups to visit. But it’s also a perfect vacation spot for families. From apple picking and honey tasting, to horseback riding, cycling and art festivals, there’s something fun for everyone. What’s a family vacation without fun!?

The best family travel experiences engage all your senses. New sights, and sounds, delicious smells and tastes. Part of the successful family journey is the joyful experience of surprise when trying something new, and wonderful.

Paso Robles offers an exciting and ever-changing treat for all your senses. If you are looking for a fun family get away that is sure to appeal to every member of your clan, look no further.

Things to Taste in Paso Robles

Wine Tasting is probably the first thing  that comes to mind when you think of Paso Robles. What to do with the kids? Bring them along! At Pithy Little Wine Company the kids are treated to their own tastings. Paired with popcorn, the company’s signature line of soft drinks are spectacularly tasty. Kids get the chance to try their hand at custom blends as well, mixing their favorite flavors.

For the adults, a real treat awaits. Pithy pairs sips sips of their signature blends with small bites. A gift box of cheeses and sausage provides the perfect complement to their carefully crafted and artfully bottled selection. If you want to take it home, consider joining their wine club. It’s is a popular hit with locals, visitors and mail order customers.

Once you are in taste test mode you won’t want to stop!

  • Pop in and try out locally made chocolates at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. This local establishment is also famous for their Caramel Apples and serves up fresh locally made ice cream courtesy of Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab.
  • Taste Extra Virgin California artisan olive oils at We Olive
  • Try out specially blended cider (we highly recommend the pomegranate/apple cider slushies) and then be amazed at the variety of flavors when you sample the of honey at Jack Creek Farms. This family farm is a fifth generation source of local pride and heritage. Don’t leave without getting one of their farmer trading cards.


Things to Touch in Paso Robles

While you are at Jack Creek Farms you also can pet farm animals and pick apples, tomatoes, berries and other seasonal produce.

All of their produce is grown without pesticides and can be eaten right off the tree and vine. They specialize in dozens of varieties of heirloom tomatoes.

If you are there in the fall, their pumpkin patch and hay maze are a must see that attracts many local school children and families. The hay maze is the perfect height for little ones – they can still see mom and dad, so no need to get frightened.


Looking for some more old-fashioned hands on fun? Local riders can take the reins and touch a piece of history at Harris Stage Lines. This local “horse riding, driving, party and event headquarters” bills itself as where the pavement ends and the west begins.

Owners Tom and Debby Harris are internationally known in the equestrian and entertainment industry and will entertain you with tales of the films they have worked on. They’ll also custom craft your family’s experience to your taste. Want to learn how to drive a wagon? Go for a ride in a stagecoach? Take a hayride to the neighboring pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin? This is the place for you. It’s also a great place to host a family event or get together.

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Disclosure: Travel Paso provided our family with lodging, activities and select meals as part of a press trip for purpose of review. All opinions as well as acorns and real estate flyers gathered by my children, are my own.