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My once a year vacation was spent working hard and playing hard in Paso Robles, California. Kris Beal with SIP Certified was our gracious hostess over a three day adventure. Each day was packed full of behind the scenes activities, good food with wine and lots of exercise with fellow bloggers. We were able to SIP the good life in Paso Robles.
What is SIP Certified? It’s the seal you can trust for great wines that have healthy vineyards and are using sustainable practices. If you are looking for green or organic wines then SIP Certified wines are for you! We were lucky enough to get a few behind the scenes tours from Castoro Cellars and Halter Ranch. Does your favorite wine have the SIP seal? Check here.
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Our first night after we arrived we toured downtown Paso Robles with stops at the Pithy Little Wine Co., Brown Butter Cookie Company and The General Store. It was so much fun running into friends in each store and there were many other little shops along the way. We dined at Studios on the Park which is a non profit organization to promote the visual arts. Our dinner was catered by Fig Good Food and paired with different flavors of wine that were SIP Certified of course.
A few of us opted for an evening stroll back to our hotel. After our plane and car rides it was a perfect way to stretch our legs and the evening weather was nice and cool. A perfect way to end our first night in Paso Robles.
Our second day started with an fantastic outdoor bootcamp and then it was off to Castoro Cellars to view their winery. We were greeted by Luke who gave us a brief history of the winery. We learned that they would also be hosting the Earth Day Food and Wine Festival in April 2014. You won’t want to miss this, go ahead and start planning your trip for this festival.
We were led to a beautiful room where we ate a catered lunch by Cahoots. We were able to sample more wines but this time we were surprised by Stasi Seay of Unlock Wine. She gave us a crash course in wine tasting. This was so much fun and were all taking in everything she had to share. Biggest tip, “Don’t smell the wine cork!” We got the scoop on exactly what to do and what order to do it in.
Our next stop was Pasolivo where we would learn all about olive oil with a behind the scenes hike and tour of their mill. The amount of work that goes into watering the trees, hand picking and pressing olives is amazing. We were able to sample so many different kinds of salt, seasons and of course olive oils. Did you know you there is olive oil soap?
We toured Halter Ranch next where we hiked the vineyards, visited the Ancestor tree and got a another behind the scenes tour of their gravity flow winery and wine caves. Our group was herded by non other than Phoebe the vineyard watch dog. She did an amazing job making sure we all stayed together. My favorite part had to be the wine caves. It was a blast being down there with all those barrels of wine.
Dinner was served in the Halter Ranch barn where we were greeted by Earth Footwear! There were so many shoes on display and their Fall line up is amazing. We got to try on lots of shoes because we each received a pair! They were so kind to bring in two reflexologist to pamper all of us. We were served dinner paired with Halter Ranch wines. This was one of the most relaxing dinners I have ever had. Where else can you hike all day, get a foot message and dinner with wine?
The next morning we began our day with a tour of Hearst Castle followed by a catered lunch by Robin’s Restaurant in Cambria on the beach. The view was breathtaking! We followed our visit in Cambria with a bit of yoga on the beach. It was nice to get centered before we headed to Morrow Bay for kayaking.
We traveled to San Luis Obisipo and ended the evening at Eatz where we had a variety of fresh foods fast paired with wine from TOLOSA vineyards. This was the end to a perfect all girls three day vacation around California.
These small towns are great for not only a girls vacation but they are just as romantic for a couples get away too. There is so many fun outdoor activities, nice restaurants and shopping. The views are breath taking. If you would like to know more about the area you can visit Travel Paso.com. There may be some tours that you can arrange as well.