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5 Ways to Enjoy the Beautiful Outdoors in Paso Robles
Friday, October 27, 2017
Fall is officially upon us, making it a great time to get out of the city and enjoy being an agritourist in beautiful Paso Robles! Known for our perfect fall weather and picturesque landscapes, Paso Robles is ripe in opportunity for adventure. Staying true to its roots of rich agricultural heritage, we invite visitors to experience the California lifestyle through the many agritourism activities and experiences offered in Paso. Read on for these five ways to enjoy the outdoors in Paso Robles, complete with insider Maverick tips and recommendations!
#1. U-Pick with our Farmer Mavericks
Our Maverick Farmers, Bill and Barbara Spencer, have the perfect itinerary if you are looking for an experience to bring you back down to earth! While they spend most of their time at their property, Windrose Farms, these rock stars of California farming will take you on an outdoor adventure through Paso Robles that is unmatched by any other. One of the best stops to experience agritourism in Paso is Jack Creek Farms. This 5th generation family farm invites you to their U-Pick Gardens where you can pick your own in-season crops and indulge in the tastes of fresh off-the-stem produce. From blackberries to pumpkins to Paso’s iconic heirloom tomatoes, Jack Creek Farms offers a plethora of delicious options.
Along with these U-Pick options, the whole family can try their hand at throwing a lasso and roping Bailey, their mascot roping steer. Let the kids enjoy a fort hay bale maze, wooden train and tractor tire garden while you sample the apple cider slushees and pomegranate juice granitas. Take home your favorite memories from Jack Creek Farms and stop by their country store where you can buy freshly baked treats, free-range eggs, honey and more goodies that are grown on-site.
#2. Jeep Tours at Steinbeck
Have you ever experienced the exhilaration of riding in a jeep through beautiful vineyards? Head to Steinbeck Vineyards and Winery to take a Crash Course Jeep Tour through their 600 acre family vineyards. With three tours to choose from, these fast-paced, bumpy excursions will give you a behind-the-scenes look into wine from the Steinbeck’s eyes. The Steinbeck Family themselves will be your instructors for commandeering these vintage jeeps. These Crash Courses are designed with the wine enthusiast in mind, so of course they include a complimentary wine tasting after your ride!
#3. Satisfy Your Taste for Adventure at Halter Ranch Vineyards
The historic Halter Ranch Vineyard is located in the Westside Adelaida District and focuses on growing superior wine grapes and producing world-class wines. Elevate your wine tasting experience and embark on a famous cave tour at Halter Ranch. These tours will start in the tasting room and take you through their cutting-edge winery facility and 20,000 feet of barrel caves.
In addition to the traditional cave tours, Halter Ranch also offers three-hour long Excursion Tours. Awarded the Best Vineyard Experience, this tour allows you to travel in style with a 1984 Land Rover Defender 110 through 281 acres of vineyards. This excursion will take you to the Ancestor Tree where you will be able to taste their current vintage of Estate Reserve Ancestor, around the wildlife corridors, and continue on to their state-of-the-art, gravity flow winery. This tour is the extravagant adventure that every wine enthusiast will never forget.
#4. Cycle Through Paso With Mike Milby
Grab a bike and cycle your way through the rolling hills of Paso Robles! Paso has various bike tours and trails for outdoor excitement while visiting the area. Indulge in a Paso-esque bike ride and take a tour along vineyard drive; it wouldn’t be Paso-style without a glass of wine in hand! Maverick Mike will take you through the Adelaida Bike Ride—a perfect ride on the far west side for cyclists of all abilities. This path will take you along 24th Street, over to Vineyard Drive and all the way back to downtown.
A key stop on this tour is Kiamie Wine Cellars for some wine tasting. Their rosé is refreshing and perfect to have between your bike stops. A fun Maverick Tip for Kiamie: they are a small-lot winery that only produces 2,000 to 3,000 cases each year!
Of course, you must stop at Adelaida Vineyards to taste their iconic dry-farmed zinfandels paired with a delicious lunch. This winery is a great place for a first-time Paso visitor because of their various unique wine tasting options. Try their Hilltop Tasting to sip wine at 2,320 feet up—the highest elevation in Paso Robles. After lunch with wine looking over the Paso Robles landscapes, finish up your bike tour in downtown with some treats!
#5. Creamery Tour
Go back to your roots and experience a traditional Paso Robles agricultural adventure. Negranti Creamery is a family-owned and operated sheep dairy that is located in the heart of the Central Coast. Take a tour of this sustainable dairy that raises ewes to produce 100% sheep milk ice cream. The Negranti Creamery embraces their family farm philosophy and believes in artfully crafted, quality products. Contact Negranti Creamery to set up your private tour of this dairy today!