Sunday, March 27, 2022

Paso Robles, California

One of my favorite getaways from LA is Paso Robles! Not only is it a beautiful wine country, but it is also generally affordable to road trip and stay at The Allegretto (always book in advance). This is from a trip I took with my boyfriend, but I have also been on a girls' trip to Paso Robles and it was just as fun!!
On our first night, we had an early tasting at the JUSTIN Tasting Room Downtown which was so nice to start our weekend. We had our flight with some nuts and chocolates & loved every bit of it. It is located in this adorable square with great restaurants & bars all within walking distance!
After our tasting, we walked to The Hatch where we had a great, casual dinner. There are so many options and while The Hatch wouldn't be my #1 pick it did the job! (See my #1 restaurant pick on Night Two below)
One of my favorite parts of Paso is this little speakeasy called Eleven Twenty-Two which is located behind Pappy McGregor's Pub! You'll notice I only have a photo of the entrance (very unlike me - I take pictures of everything), which is because they securely take your phone while inside to give the feel of a traditional speakeasy back in the day! Experience aside, the drinks are insanely good and the bartenders are so kind & spoke with us the entire time! 
As I mentioned before I love staying at The Allegretto while in Paso Robles for so many reasons! Almost every room has a view of their vineyard, the grounds are pretty big and offer plenty of places to explore during your stay, and my top reason would have to be their delicious breakfast and cappuccinos! 
After breakfast, we got ready and had a car service pick us up at the hotel for our day of wine tasting. My favorite car service in Paso Robles is Lush Limousine because they offer great prices & you can even have the driver use your personal vehicle! 
Our first stop was Daou, which we have both already been to and LOVE! I mean how could you not with these views and charcuterie?! It is so breathtaking and peaceful, but also Daou has some of my favorite wines. I found it so wild that people recommend 3+ hours at each vineyard, but the time does fly at a place like this! We also ran into a few friends while here which made it even more fun.
Our second stop was Booker, which is also another one of my favorites that I have been to before! The interior design here is a complete dream and they have the cutest dog. We really enjoyed the more upbeat vibe at Booker and hanging out with the pup who loved Scott lol.
Booker also has a cave below the tasting room that is saved for private events and we were lucky enough to check that out along with their barrels! I cannot wait for the day when I attend or host an event in the cave because it is so cool (& yes that is the exposed earth in the circle lol) and the vibe is like being an elevated living room of a good friend! 
And last, but not least my favorite meal in Paso Robles, which is also in the downtown vicinity, is Il Cortile! It is a small, delicious Italian restaurant that is slightly upscale. The food is always amazing, the people there are so kind and I couldn't resist having a lemon drop martini as a nightcap on my day of vino! 

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