valentine's day

by Shonna Howenstine

While the exact origins of Valentine's Day are hazy, the current manner of celebrating the holiday in Paso Robles is clear - it's all about love, romance,

That's right, food. Valentine's Day is the second busiest day of the year for most restaurants (right behind New Year's Eve) and this is great news for lovebirds AND foodies. If the way to a lover's heart is through the stomach, then Paso Robles is the place to be for Valentine's Day. Our restaurants and wineries pull out all the stops with their Valentine's Day menus.

Here are a few examples:
• Bistro Laurent
Calcareous Winery
Clayhouse Winery
Dining with Andre
Eberle Winery
Thomas Hill Organics
Robert Hall Winery
Vina Robles Winery

Don't forget that February is HOTEL MONTH in Paso Robles, which makes us the ideal destination if you're looking for a romantic getaway for Valentine's Day. Book two nights and get the third night free PLUS a bottle of Paso Robles wine. Click here for more information.

Also, there is a chance to win a free Paso Robles Valentine's getaway, simply by telling La Bellasera Hotel & Suites what makes your Valentine special (requires posting to Facebook).

If a movie is your style, the Paso Robles Main Street Association is hosting a Valentine's Movie Night at Park Cinemas. This year, the featured movie is "Bringing up Baby" with Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. If rest and relation are the way to your lover's heart then head out to River Oaks Hot Springs Spa for a theraputic hot springs experience or a couples massage.

So if you're looking for a romantic getaway to celebrate Valentine's Day, Paso Robles features fantastic wine, delicious food and the best hotel deals we've ever seen. Isn't that romantic?

Shonna Howenstine is the tourism coordinator for the City of Paso Robles and has lived in Paso since 1983. She once helped a friend win a cowboy's heart with a killer tri-tip burrito recipe. She can be reached