Paso Robles


We have been all about the California road trip this year. A couple months ago, we headed south, about three hours south of San Francisco, to Paso Robles and the surrounding Central Coast areas. It made for a wonderful long weekend excursion.

Our first stop was Bruce Munro’s Field of Light at Sensorio. It’s a temporary art installation that comes on each night– currently closed due to Covid, but slated to reopen through summer 2021.

It looks kind of funny, like white lollipops, in the waning daylight.

But twilight is the best, with sunset and the light show coming into balance.

Very cool!

Our airbnb was very clean, with plenty of pandemic provisions.

I loved the plethora of birds we saw on this whole trip! A huge family of quails lived right outside, as well as a bunch of woodpeckers and many other types of birds.

Paso Robles is one of California’s lesser known wine countries. Still beautiful! We visited Justin for a wine and chocolate flight.

Also spotted some yellow-billed magpies here.

Evening by the firepit. Every night was 45 degrees and every day was 95.

SloCoDo donut! And some coffee from The Nutty Bean. Two little stops in San Luis Obispo.

A perfect Halloween Day visit to Avila Valley Barn, where we purchased some jam and an olallieberry pie.

Next stop, Pismo Beach, where we got a clam chowder fully loaded from Splash Cafe, which somehow involves crab and bacon, amongst other things.

Then a walk around MontaƱa de Oro State Park.

Dinner in Morro Bay.

Tasting at L’Aventure Winery.

Then, Field Recordings, set in Tin City, an industrial makers market with a bunch of different wineries, distilleries, and foodie outposts. Also, we had a tri tip sandwich from Firestone Grill in downtown San Luis Obispo.

And that was it! A quick and lovely trip down to the Central Coast of California.

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