What gift will make your ‘significant other’ smile on Valentine’s Day? That is the question that most of us are left scratching our heads. We have the tendency to think it is flowers, chocolate, or a reservation to your partner’s favorite restaurant. However, we should ask ourselves a new question instead. The new question should be not what I can buy, but instead how I can make Valentine’s Day memorable for my lover. That is why I recommend taking your sweetheart on a trip to Paso Robles, CA.
Located about 2 hours north in San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles is an ideal place to stop on a romantic road trip to take a break from things to do LA or San Francisco. Paso Robles’s small-town feeling will not only make it feel like a romantic getaway, but also make an unforgettable memory. In this article, I have highlighted the top places to tour while visiting this lovely town.
Located on the Niner Estates, this heart-shaped hill has been a visual representation of the town of Paso Robles since the 1950s and further alludes to why the town is the ideal romantic getaway with your spouse. There are many stories about why and how the hill became a perfect heart-shape. However, the real story is that two men named Claude and Dick noticed that there were a group of oak trees that almost looked like the shape of a heart. They then decided to prune the trees to make it a perfect-heart shape. This is also an ideal location to take a selfie with you and your wife(husband) to remember and cherish the romantic getaway in Paso Robles. In addition, the Niner Estates also contains a restaurant called by its name, which serves local cuisine. No matter if it is lunch or dinner, the Niner restaurant is the place to go.
Family-owned and -operated since the winery’s inaugural year of 2008, this winery is one of the top places that you must take your valentine who loves wine. Their specialization of Rhone and Zinfandels not only represent the local flavors of Paso Robles, but also represent the sweetness and joy that you and your soul mate will enjoy. If you and your loved one like the wines that Thacher provides, you are in luck! They also offer a club member, which will give you exclusive benefits and access to the winery. Also, do not forget to come and meet Sherman Thacher and Michelle Thacher, who is the winemaker and one of the owners of the winery.
Il Cortile Restaurant
You and your spouse will love this restaurant if you both love Italian food. Besides the various wineries in Paso Robles, the area also has amazing restaurants with diverse cuisines for all types of palettes. One of those renowned restaurants is Il Cortile Restaurant. This restaurant is managed by the acclaimed chef Santos MacDonal whose philosophy of cooking complements the Paso Robles environment of using local ingredients. Some of the restaurant’s famous dishes can be found in their dinner menu. A few of the dishes that are served at the restaurant are Fettucine Salsiccia and Filetto di Salmone. The restaurant also carries a list of wines endorsed by Chef MacDonal himself.
La Cosecha (translated to “the harvest” in English) is managed by the same acclaimed chef at the Il Cortile restaurant. Instead of an Italian cuisine, Chef MacDonal focuses on the cuisine of Spain and Latin America. If you and your spouse are in the mood for Latin food, I would highly recommend this restaurant. Some of the speciality dishes of La Cosecha are the paella, which is a rice-based dish combined with various kinds of food, such as meat and vegetables. You and your husband(wife) also should save some some room for dessert. One dessert I highly recommend is the chocolate torte (or, “chocolate cake” in English). Besides the various Latin dishes and various dessert, the restaurant is also known for its drinks. A few of the drinks served at the restaurant that also represent the Latin flavor are the “Smoke N’ Mirrors” and “Bachata”. The restaurant also has a selection of wines from Spain and the Latin America region.
All in all, Paso Robles is an ideal place for you and your sweetheart to visit during Valentine’s Day if you like to drink wine and eat. Not only is the town welcoming to visitors, but its small-town feeling allows you and your spouse to explore the area on a deeper level. The wineries and restaurants highlighted in this article are just a sliver of what Paso Robles offers to both its visitors and residents. Interested in coming to Paso Robles for Valentine’s Day with your significant other? Book your room today and come explore Paso Robles!