San Luis Obispo County Guided Tours 


by Shonna Howenstine

You want to know what's cool? Taking a guided tour of a place you've never been to before. Like a brewery. Or wine caves. Or an abalone farm.

We have all of that and then some in or near Paso Robles, here is a breakdown of some local favorites: 

Firestone Walker Brewhouse - Just completed this month, you get a glimpse into how some of the best beer in the world is made in a custom-designed state-of-the-art facility modelled after European brewhouses. Weekend tours from 10:30-3:30 and weekday tours by appointment.  These killer tours are FREE. 

Wine Caves - Three Paso Robles wineries feature caves - Robert Hall Winery, JUSTIN Winery and Eberle Winery, which features FREE daily tours of their winemaking facilities and the underground cave system, the first in the area. Eberle will have their caves all scaried-up for Halloween, check their website for details.  

Downtown Walking Tour - Take a guided tour of 4 wineries, We Olive and a chocolate store throughout downtown Paso Robles. Learn all about the history of Paso Robles,  and be delivered back at your car in the Mercedes Limo Coach after an Old Historical Home tour on Vine St. These tours are a very easy walk only, 4-blocks. 

Paso Robles Food Tour - Come learn about the culture and cuisine that is uniquely Paso Robles. Booking a food tour on the first day of your vacation is the absolute best way to get the very most out of the area's treasures. Your guide has lived in the area and knows all the insider spots to send you for wine-tasting, foodie excursions, dining locations throughout the Central Coast.  

Abalone Farm Tour - The largest abalone farming operation in the country is located just 30 minutes west of Paso Robles. Monthly tours each summer offer the visitor insight into the life and farming methods of one of the most mouth-watering delicacies ever to come out of our coastal waters. You will leave with a whole new respect for abalone, and possibly a couple of recipes. The last tour of the summer happens on September 20th, so give them a call to grab a spot.

Don't forget, Sunset Magazine's annual chef, farmer and wine extravaganza,  SAVOR The Central Coast, features a number of amazing culinary, wine and adventure tours that you can only take during the event, this September 27 through 30, 2012. Check their website for more information.

Have you taken any of these tours?  Do you have a favorite tour that we should know about? Let us know in the comments section. Happy Touring!

Shonna Howenstine is the Tourism Coordinator for the City of Paso Robles and believes that  a tour left undone is a site unseen.