Cultivating Wines and More in Paso Robles

Guests at SummerWood Winery & Inn in Paso Robles enjoy summer landscapes of shady oak trees and rolling vineyards

Guests at SummerWood Winery & Inn in Paso Robles enjoy summer landscapes of shady oak trees and rolling vineyards

Taking the train from Los Angeles’ Union Station to Paso Robles was the start of a glorious getaway to wine country in California’s Central Coast, located midway between the City of Angels and San Francisco. I had decided to nix a four-hour road trip by car and instead purchased a ticket to ride Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, “the most spectacular of all train routes.” The commute became a journey as I plunged into my cushy reserved seat and sipped a steamy cup of coffee all the while charging my Blackberry, watching gentle Pacific waves wash ashore, and drooling over gorgeous beachfront properties.

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Reflect and Refresh in Harmony, California

Population 18

Population 18

The joys of the coastal small town along California’s coast cannot be overrated. Quaint inns, coffee houses, amazing restaurants, surf shops, herb stores, bakeries, and jewelry and art galleries abound along the entire ocean-line of the West Coast. Add lovely, mild summer weather and “coastal paradise” is not too strong a phrase.

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Paso Is Pure Delight

Paso’s downtown park

Paso’s downtown park

A visit to Paso Robles, which is a little more than three hours from San Francisco, reaps huge rewards: gorgeous vistas, verdant hillsides, delicious wines, farm fresh ingredients, and terrific people.

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Food and Wine Lovers’ Paradise at Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast

Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast signage

Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast signage

Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast is a foodie and wine lover’s four-day parade that allows a full experience in culinary adventures with a two-day Main Event at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. The event highlighted winemakers and celebrity chefs and was an exciting getaway for this jet setter. The ranch was completely covered with tents and booths featuring wine and food seminars. I dove into the chance to meet local brew masters, fishermen, artisanal food producers, and representatives from Sunset magazine.

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