Hotel at a Glance: La Quinta Inn & Suites Paso Robles
Much like the surrounding Paso Robles countryside, La Quinta Inn & Suites—recipient of a 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence—is dedicated to fine wines: the hotel has an on-site wine store and friendly staffers offer an evening wine-and-cheese reception Monday thru Thursday. There are more than 150 wineries within a 15-mile drive, and several restaurants are about a mile away. This means you can easily soak up the wine with some burgers, barbecue, and Mexican fare.
- Extra perk: Enjoy two tastings at local wineries per day.
- Start the day right with complimentary waffles, cereal, muffins, and coffee at the Bright Side Breakfast.
- Get some rest on your spacious room’s comfy bed. Rooms also feature a fridge and microwave, an LCD TV, and complimentary WiFi.
- Other activities include the nearby River Oaks Hot Springs Spa, River Oaks golf course, fishing at the lake in Barney Schwartz Park, and the Paso Robles Children’s Museum.
Paso Robles, California: Family-Owned Wineries and Hot Springs
Paso Robles was founded just after the Civil War by the uncle of notorious outlaw Jesse James, who even hid out there on occasion. Today, though, the town isn’t too rough around the edges—Paso Robles exudes an understated European elegance, with its Victorian architecture and vibrant green hills. The temperate Mediterranean climate is conducive to the growth of grapes, too—in fact, the area was named Wine Enthusiast’s Region of the Year in 2013. You can sample rhone and syrah blends at any of the area’s roughly 200 wineries, many of them family owned. In the historical town center, you’ll find stately buildings and specialty shops that sell chocolate and artisan cheese from local farms.
There are therapeutic minerals in the water at the popular Franklin Hot Springs, which keep at a temperature around 97 degrees. Nearby Franklin Ponds is a nice, quiet place to canoe or cast out for bluegill, largemouth bass, and bags of Goldfish crackers. Or head to the Salinas River trail, where you can bike or take a peaceful hike.