Paso Robles Wine Country Tour
7 Day Tour
Meet Saturday, April 22; ride April 23-29, 2017
Non-refundable deposit due at the time of registration: $300 ($40 member discount on this price)
Single supplement: $600
Final payment $750 due by Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
Total cost $1050
Rider limit: 30
Come join us for a fixed base tour through California’s fastest growing wine region – Paso Robles. This area is home to more than 250 wineries, many of which are small boutique producers that dot the countryside amongst 26,000 vineyard acres. In addition to wine the area is known for its distilleries and walnut, olive oil and cheese tasting rooms. The majority of the riding is on quiet, winding, hilly back roads through vineyards, farms and forests. There a few short stretches on major roadways. The daily mileage is ~50 miles with 2,000 – 3,000 ft elevation gain (2 days are 4000+ ft.). Since mileage is relatively short there will be ample opportunity to stop and sample the local fare. This approximately 300 mile, 7-day tour provides many opportunities for shutterbugs and early season days of touring in warm, sunny weather..
What to expect
This tour provides a BASIC level of support. This differs from the STANDARD level of support (as described on the Club Tours FAQ page.) This tour does not provide lunch on route and provides only one SAG vehicle (a passenger van). BASIC support is otherwise identical to STANDARD support.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
This tour is rated Moderate. Although the basic tour mileage (300 miles) and total elevation gain (under 20,000’) are appropriate for a moderate rider who is comfortable with climbing, the tour occurs early in the season and may appear more difficult initially.
Late April generally sees highs in the mid-70s in the Paso Robles area. Lows are in the mid-40s. One day will be on the coast where temps can be expected to be about 10 degrees lower. These averages predict beautiful, sunny cycling weather but mornings will be cool. As usual, riders should also be prepared for rain.
LODGING and MEALS
Seven nights lodging is provided at the Holiday Inn Express. This hotel is close to several restaurants and just a mile from the center of town. The hotel provides an ample breakfast each day as well as appetizers, beer, and wine on several nights.
You are responsible for your own dinner and most lunches on this tour. On two days where lunch venues are not convenient, we will supply lunch.
Go Green! We encourage carpooling and alternative means of transportation. The start point for this tour is approximately 1,000 miles from Seattle, about half way between San Francisco(190 miles) and Los Angeles (213 miles.) For those of you not driving, AmTrac’s Coast Starlight makes two stops daily both southbound and northbound. United Express and US Airways fly to San Luis Obispo Airport(30 miles). We will make one trip on each Saturday to shuttle riders to and from the SLO Airport.
All elevations were computed using RidewithGPS. Actual elevations are generally less than stated.
Day 0, April 22, 2017 - Saturday Evening - Orientation Meeting
Day 1, San Miguel Loop, 48 miles, 2400 ft.
Mission San Miguel Arcangel (founded in 1797) and Rios Caledonia Adobe (founded in 1835) are today’s destinations. The route heads for Hog Canyon where you may see the remains of old Almond orchards, as well as old buildings and equipment from the early farming days. The ride back to Paso is along the Salinas River, the world’s largest underground river, called the “upside down river” by locals. Hopefully it will have water flowing after the expected winter rainfall!
Day 2, Chimney Rock 48 Miles 2,700’
Today’s route will take you south out of town through some of the most popular area for wineries and ending up in olive tree country. Along the way we stop at Pasolivo Olive Oil pasolivo.com to sample some olive oil. We will continue on to revisit San Miguel and enjoy a late lunch before retracing the last ten miles of Monday’s ride to Paso Robles
Day 3, Cayucos State Beach, 50 miles, 4700’
Today we head for the ocean. The ride travels west from Paso Robles. The first 16 miles is a gradual climb along a quiet highway with its wide shoulders and seemingly endless views followed by a quick decent into Cayucos. We will spend some time relaxing on the beach before the challenging 3 mile climb through vineyards, oak and eucalyptus, followed by a fun descent back to Paso Robles. The reward at the end of the day is a relaxing dip in pool and if we are lucky it will be the night for some wine & beer tasting at the Holiday Inn.
Day 4, Wednesday – Day Off
- Visit the Paso Robles City Park with its Carnegie Library, completed in 1908.
- Estrella Warbird Air Museum (4251 Dry Creek Rd)
- Paso Robles Pioneer Museum (2010 Riverside)
- Studios on the Park (1130 Pine St) Over 20 artists and craftspeople display and sell an eclectic variety of art for almost every taste
- Paso Robles Walking Food and Wine Tour https://www.zerve.com/CCFoodTours/Paso
Day 5, Peachy Canyon Loop, 47 miles, 4100’
Today’s ride is highlighted by beautiful rolling hills on quiet back roads lined by ancient oaks. Since the roads are so quiet, wildlife sightings are expected. Watch out for tiny mule deer and wild turkeys! We’ll have lunch at the Donati Family Winery. On the way back to Paso Robles, follow roads used in the Tour of California and find out how much fun they had! For those who want a shorter ride, there is an option to bypass one 13 mile loop.
Day 6, Sculpterra Loop, 53 miles, 2500’
The day starts on quiet, winding roads through countless vineyards. The first stop will be in the town of Santa Margarita to refuel before continuing through the winding, hilly forested roads then past pristine horse ranches on to Creston for lunch at a small local store. We will spend time at Sculpterra Winery for a stroll through their larger than life granite and bronze sculptures.
Day 7, Tobin Winery Loop, 53 miles, 2300’
Today we head south out of Paso Robles on quiet roads past many of the most popular wineries in the region – Cass, Hansen, Sarzotti, Pomar Junction and Burbank. Our lunch stop is at Tobin James Winery which is one of the few wineries in the region that still offers free wine tasting. The return trip to Paso Robles is through vineyards on some of the quietest roads in the region