IMG_3254If your family is like ours you’ll love our suggestion for the perfect family vacation or weekend jaunt just a one tank getaway from Sacramento. Paso Robles is the place. Once a beautiful farming community amidst rolling hills hugging the Central Coast, Paso Robles has evolved into a premier family vacation destination and now mixes much of the old with so much new. When I was a kid it was just a farming town so I am amazed to see how much it has changed into a thriving tourist destination.

If keeping travel costs on the frugal side is important to your family, that’s just one more reason to love Paso Robles for family vacations. It’s a budget-friendly, luxury family vacation destination but with regards to value.


The Travel Paso Robles Alliance encompasses a group of hoteliers committed to ensuring that families receive outstanding values. The value isn’t just in the lodging but can be enjoyed at restaurants, golf courses, wineries, and shopping attractions, alike. Even your auto will be economy-driven with free un-metered parking throughout the downtown area.

IMG_0643One great family lodging option is the newly renovated Best Western Plus Black Oak. We found this to be perfect because of its central location and amenities. Equipped with free high-speed internet, microwaves, refrigerators, premium cable television with HBO, all rooms feature Simmons Westbury mattresses and lush linens. We even had plenty of room in our suite to keep our bicycles at night.


Visitors to Paso Robles enjoy the commonly appreciated venues such as Hearst Castle, beaches, bicycling, and the water park. However, the outstanding museums, festivals, holiday celebrations, and cowboys are sure to be a hit too.

The Paso Robles Children’s Museum is one of the best in the country and we (mom and dad) enjoyed it as much as the kids.

Your whole family will be captivated by the story of the Hearst Castle and the grandeur of the grounds at this California treasure State Park. Plan to spend a few hours to thoroughly enjoy the magnitude of the vision and the dream.

On the way back to Paso Robles from Hearst Castle, any hungry family will appreciate the local, sustainable and mouth watering fare at Farmstand 46 where delectable and unique home-created sandwiches and salads worthy of the most discriminating palette, will satisfy.


Excellent wines and a beautiful outdoor dining area make this the perfect filling station for mom and dad too. We all loved the unforgettable roasted carrot salad, chicken apple salad, and gigantic gourmet deli sandwiches. We make our own versions at home now when the kids request the “yummy stuff we had at Farmstead 46.”

In our family’s opinion, no visit would be complete without a full dining experience at F. McLintock’s Saloon & Steakhouse. From the moment we entered this spectacular downtown establishment, we appreciated the fun decor and ambiance along with the friendly western hospitality. Sumptuous, perfectly aged, fine quality, hand cut, seasoned steaks and entrees, all cooked to utter perfection with generous helpings and reasonable prices, made this a place we truly relished. A separate breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu each offer the very best in home-cooked, quality. Every mouthful is a joy. The kids’ menu was fantastic!

Not the little farming town it was when I was a kid, Paso Robles is now more than just home to over 200 vintners, but also farm fresh cuisine at every turn. Our family loves the small town charm and cowboy hospitality. Just a few hours from Sacramento, Paso Robles is the perfect respite for any family seeking a relaxing getaway rich in history, culture, and modern attractions.