This hotel in Paso Robles wine country has a wine shop and wine-and-cheese receptions; stay includes daily wine tastings for two
Hotel at a Glance: La Quinta Inn & Suites Paso Robles
Much like the surrounding countryside, La Quinta Inn & Suites is dedicated to fine wines: the hotel has a wine shop and hosts wine-and-cheese receptions. There are more than 200 wineries in the area, and this deal comes with two daily tastings for two guests.
- Free breakfast starts the day with dishes like waffles, potatoes, and eggs.
- In-room amenities include a fridge and a microwave, plus free WiFi.
- Best way to relax: with a dip in the outdoor pool or hot tub
- Recent award: TripAdvisor’s 2018 Certificate of Excellence
- Things to do nearby include soaking in private rooms at River Oaks Hot Springs Spa and playing at River Oaks Golf Course.
The lobby area will be undergoing renovations from November through April, 2020. During that time, staying guests are invited to the breakfast and the wine and cheese reception to the adjoining Villa Suites Meeting Room.
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.