Along the Way Central Coast

My ramble down the central coast through the lettuce fields and the acres of grapes yielded a surprising number of local attractions and dining venues besides my goal of attending the Bruce Munro Field of Light at Sensorio.

Paso Robles, I’m not listing the numerous wine tasting options as there are hundreds of vineyards and everyone has a specific variety. We do have a professional team who work with us on private visits with local owners. 

Cass Winery tag line: French DNA and Paso Personality, hosts farm to table dining events at their wine facility in the countryside. Wednesdays Around The World country specific monthly wine pairing dinners catered by a well-known local chef. I was pleasantly surprised by the sophisticated dining experience. Open Air Vineyard Yoga, Olive Harvest Retreat, their site lists seasonal offerings.

They also recently opened The Geneseo Inn, built of industrial shipping crates perched above the vines on Cass Winery’s 145 acres of vineyard, the experience truly allows you to “breathe in the vineyard views.” Proving to be hugely popular, reserve long in advance.

Cass Camp offers a plethora of Camp Activities including Olive Oil pressing, A Bees Life- Experience the ancient magic of beekeeping. Cooking classes, winemaker in training, Sip like a Sommelier, Archery, Photography, horseback rides. 

Lunch at Villa San-Juliette in the rolling hillsides beneath a stone terrace, relax in a Tuscan type landscape of fountains and gardens. Do reserve and request shady terrace to avoid the summer heat, lunch was delicious!

Events | Villa San-Juliette
Villa San-Juliette, San Miguel

There are a plethora of interesting tours and tastings: Jam Making at Hartley Farms, Olive Oil Pressing at Groves on 41, Oyster Shucking in Morro Bay, Farm & Creamery Tour at Step Ladder Creamery, Chocolatiers Classes and for those who love Clydesdales yes, you read that right. The Covell Clydesdale Ranch is the only one place on earth where you can experience the majestic Clydesdale horses grazing on nearly 2,000 acres of rolling pastures speckled with pristine Monterey Pines and overlooking an exquisite view of the Pacific Ocean. Many Olive Oil farms have popped up in the area as well and invite private tours.

We have the best professional bike riding firm if you need to challenge yourself throughout the undulating hillsides.

Along the Way: Bob’s Well Bread Bakery, always such a treat to discover artisan bakers, if you travel the Highways in these out of the way locations, look up Bob’s Well Bread Bakery – Covid restrictions can create long lines, but hunker down in the garden and stock up on bread to freeze or nosh during your Journey. Bob’s Well Bread was started by an executive-turned-baker who was looking for some balance in his life, and found a passion and a new calling that was both delightful and unexpected.  Bob Oswaks proprietor and Boulanger: “When you make something naturally, and with your hands, there’s a magic to it. Their loaves are made with the finest milled 100% organic flour, sea salt, and freshly filtered water. They benefit from an extended fermentation and are baked in a radiant stone hearth deck oven. Our breads are out of the oven each day at various times throughout the day, depending on type.” They pride themselves on the finest ingredients, sourced locally and seasonally, in all of their products, including Jane’s house made jams, marmalades, marshmallows and gluten-free specialties. Two locations Ballard and historic Los Alamos, they serve meals from 7 am – 6 pm, but check holidays and hours.

Countryside near Cass Winery Paso Robles