Surrounded by rolling hills and many wineries, Paso Robles reminds me a little of Healdsburg. It has a large downtown square with many restaurants, shops, galleries and tasting rooms.
Throughout the year there are special wine weekends, art walks, art fairs and concerts in the park. In addition to great food and wine make sure to add these to your list:
Studios on the Park: Walk through this art center with nine studios with 25 working artists and two galleries. 1130 Pine St.
Pasolivo Olive Oil: Here you will find a very attractive tasting room and store featuring several types of plain olive oil and oil flavored with basil, rosemary or citrus. My favorite was the basil. They also have several choices of flavored salts and spices. 8530 Vineyard Drive.
BarrelHouse Brewing Company: Beer lovers might enjoy BarrelHouse Brewting Co. with its relaxed patio and live-music events. This brewery comes recommended by the New Yorker. 3055 Limestone Way.
Limerock Orchards: Check out Limerock Orchards for raw walnuts, walnut oil and handmade walnut butters and sweets. This fun excursion is suggested by the New Yorker. 6996 Peachy Canyon Road.