Your Dream Central Coast Wine Country Road Trip
With September being California Wine Month, get ready to celebrate and experience the excitement of the harvest season first-hand.
California's Wine Institute has developed five big road trip ideas to inspire wine lovers everywhere. Included in their five best California wine road trips is (you guessed it) the beautiful Central Coast! Exploring the iconic California Coast is on just about everyone's bucket list, so they've made it easy with an accessible and enlightening itinerary for your dream Wine Country Road Trip. Enjoy!
What says California more than driving a convertible with the top down, traveling up Highway 1? WIth the ocean in view, wind in your hair, and wine on your mind, this trip takes you from Santa Barbara's "Sideways" movie territory to the cool-cliamte wines of San Luis Obispo and the red-wine mecca Paso Robles. Besides wining and dining, there's coastal views, a zip line, hiking, and Hearst Castle.
Day One: In the morning, head north to the unique historic Danish town of Solvang. Enjoy break-fast and coffee at a Danish bakery of cafe, folled by shopping for souvenirs and admiring the Old World Architecture. Do a self guided Sideways Tour of Santa Barbara's wine regions, grabbing lunch on the go. If there's time, try dinner at the Hitching Post II, famous for Santa Maria-style barbecue featured in the film. Or if you're in the mood for seafood after the tour, head north on Highway 1 for dinner in downtown Pismo Beach. Overnight in Pismo Beach.
Day Two: Head to downtown San Luis Obispo in the morning, exploring museums, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, the world-famous bubblegum alley, and many fun shops. Enjoy lunch in one of the renowned restaurants before exploring various San Luis Obispo wineries including those in Edna valley. Your other great way to spend the day is to head to downtown Paso Robles for shopping and dining, followed by winery hopping in Paso Robles Wine Region, known for day/night temperature swings that create bold red wines. If you're seeking a more adventurous way to explore wine country, go zip lining over the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, or hiking on a beautiful coastal trail. Enjoy dinner and overnight in the charming seaside town of Cambria.
Day Three: In the morning, stroll the shops of Cambria and head 15 minutes north to San Simeon. Sneak a rare peek at elephant seals before heading to the world-famous Hearst Castle, the former home of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. You can see his wine cellars on the Kitchen & Cottages tour and taste his descendants' wines nearby at Hearst Ranch WInery.
For a complete five-day itinerary for the Central Coast, or more information on visiting California Wine Country go to www.discovercaliforniawines.com. And to help get you inspired, you can also check out the new California Wine Road Trip Video.
For the ultimate dream wine visit this September, experience Sunset Savor the Central Coast. You'll delight your senses in four days of culinary adventures while Sunset highlights "the most Californian place in all of California," the beautiful Central Coast.