Pairings in Paso: Spicy Hummus and Le Cuvier Chardonnay

by Tina Swithin

I wear several hats for the Travel Paso Robles Alliance but one of my favorite jobs is scouting around for new and exciting recipes.  With over 200 local wineries and the best restaurants this side of the Mississippi, I have an endless supply of artisan delights right at my fingertips.  I am one lucky lady!

Being that the holidays are behind us, I have been on the hunt for recipes that are a little bit lighter and more nutritious.  I have had my fill (and then some) of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and everything else that graces a Thanksgiving Day table.  Throughout the year, I tend to lean towards foods that are on the  healthy side.  I am a huge fan of hummus so you can imagine my delight when I stumbled upon this Curry Spiced Hummus recipe from Le Cuvier Winery in Paso Robles.  I couldn’t wait to get home and try it! And here’s the recipe: Continue reading


Lights, Cameras, Action: On the American Riviera®


You’re in luck if you consider yourself a foodie, a film buff AND a traveler. You get to experience all three if you join in on the Film Feast festivities in Santa Barbara.

While you’ll have to wait until we ring in the new year, it will be a great opportunity to heal your post holiday blues. It’s just another way of indulging in your food and entertainment addictions, as it coincides with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and California Restaurant Month.

Cheers to lights, cameras, action, food, fun, and new places!

Holiday Gifts: Rest, Relaxation and Pampering in Paso Robles

by Tina Swithin, Travel Paso Robles Alliance

IMG_2574Are you still seeking that special gift for the one you love?  Luckily, I’ve done the work so you can rest assured that you’ll have the best gift under the tree.  I happily continue on my quest to bring you the very best gift ideas in Paso Robles. The theme for this series is quite simple: Rest, Relation and Pampering in Paso Robles.

A weekend getaway to Paso Robles complete with a day of pampering will make you a hero on Christmas morning.  Consider me your personal shopping assistant as we put together a package that they’ll never forget.

What are you waiting for—let’s start planning!  Continue reading

Christmas at the Castle

Hearst Castle in San Simeon – San Luis Obispo Region

Courtesy Hearst Castle®

Experience Hearst Castle as it might have been on Christmas in the 1920s or 1930s during Christmas at the Castle. The estate is decorated for the holidays making for an impressive sight. Two 18-foot Christmas trees fill the Assembly Room, while Living History Docents are dressed in 1930s period clothing for the Evening Tour.

Weekend Evening Tours are difficult to reserve, but there are also many Evening Tours during the week in December.

A Magical Night in Paso Robles: Vine Street Victorian Christmas Showcase

by Tina Swithin, Travel Paso Robles Alliance

IndexAs you all know by now, I am smitten with Paso Robles.  They just don’t come any more charming than Paso!  There are so many events throughout the year that add to the appeal of this fabulous town.

One such event (and one of my personal favorites!) is the Vine Street Victorian Christmas Showcase.  This isn’t just another holiday event to add to your calendar, this is a must-do!  Grab your friends, your neighbors and your co-workers and create a new family tradition.        Continue reading

Picture Prefect Weddings in Paso Robles

by Patrice, Arranged by Patrice

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Paso Robles Wine Country!  Who wouldn’t want to get married here?  The scenery and the incredible venues draw you in immediately.  Picture perfect weddings every time.   The wine is just as varied as the venues themselves, first class all the way.

As beautiful as Paso Robles Wine Country is, there is plenty of space to create a wedding that says YOU!  Your wedding is about claiming the day for yourself and making it your own with your own unique touches.  Continue reading

Special Holiday Events on the Fillmore & Western Railway Co.

Fillmore & Western Railway Co.

If you’re like most visitors to a new place, you love experiencing historical landmarks or famous attractions found in your destination. So, when you’re near Fillmore, California this holiday season, check out the Fillmore & Western Railway Co.

Fillmore & Western Railway Co.

They offer multiple special events including the Christmas Tree, Santa Shopper, North Pole Express and Dinner With Santa.

See all the special events and Train Rides the Fillmore & Western Railway Co. offers throughout the year!